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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Thoughts From The Last Few Days

- Overheard a group of men in shul this morning arguing about people's requirements to support the shul the daven in sometimes but don't consider that particular shul their "regular" shul. One guy was arguing that if you daven in a particular shul every day except Shabbos, you should support it. The other group countered that by dropping your dollar in the shul's tzeddakah box every morning, you are contributing about 200 bucks a year to the shul and that's good enough.

When I was growing up, we davened in a little shteible on shabbos, and that was out shul. we also davened at one shul Friday night and a different place shabbos afternoon. It was a real mishmash. However, my dad always gave money to each one, though he saved his biggest support for the REAL shul, the shteible we all hated going to.

For the first time in my life, I now have only one shul to call "my shul". I daven there both during the week and on shabbos. And while their dues are insanely high (1,200 bucks a year, not counting the building fund), at least I no longer have to fret over this issue.

But since you are all curious, I think that while it's all well and good to call your shabbos shul your "shul", if you are constantly using another facility, even if it's "only" for shacharis during the week, you should pony up to support that shul. it only seems fair.

- Though I have not watched much rangers hockey as of late, they seem to be in big trouble. There is so much firepower on this team (on paper at least) yet they cannot score.43 or so games into the season, you can no longer make the argument the players are still gelling. It's time to start playing.

Also, is Jagr done? Is the tank finally empty? I for one am hoping for the Alex Ovetchkin upgrade this off season.

- The Knicks suck - even if they did manage to win last night on the road for just the second time this season in 15 tries. And can coach Thomas please stop making insane comments about winning championships?

- Georgetown was dominant against an inferior Depaul team last night. They are so deep and so talented, that despite their early season loss to Memphis, I believe this team can win a national championship.

5 Comments:

  • "if you are constantly using another facility, even if it's "only" for shacharis during the week, you should pony up to support that shul"

    Agreed, though the problem is that people can't be expected to pay $1000 membership at that second shul. Shuls should have reasonably priced associate memberships for that purpose.

    "I for one am hoping for the Alex Ovetchkin upgrade this off season."

    I for one am hoping that my 2000 Honda turns into a 2008 Lexus, but there's little chance of that.

    "Georgetown was dominant"

    I am sorry that you went to school a bit north of Georgetown, but you have as much reason to root for Georgetown as to be demanding that gay Catholics be allowed to march on St. Patrick's Day.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 1:19 PM  

  • - Even if you want to give some lesser amount than an associate membership, you should still give somethnig. If you pay 800 to your shul, give 350 to you weekday shul. Make an effort, even if not a full effort.

    - With Jagr's alary coming off the books this year (right?), don't the Rangers have enough to offer Ovetchkin?

    - I began rooting for the Hoyas (my ONLY non-NY sports affiliation) during the Patrick Ewing Era, and because my friends rooted for st. Johns and Syracuse. If just kind of stuck,

    By Blogger Elster, at 1:32 PM  

  • "With Jagr's alary coming off the books this year (right?), don't the Rangers have enough to offer Ovetchkin?"

    No way, not even close. The NHL instituted a hard cap while you were away. And the Caps would match anyway.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 1:49 PM  

  • How much is Jagr making this year? How close to the cap will the Rangers be next year?

    By Anonymous Elster - too lazy to sign in, at 2:53 PM  

  • What Jagr is making this year is irrelevant.

    The Rangers will be over the cap unless they drop some players.

    This is a silly discussion.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 3:09 PM  

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