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Tuesday, March 12th, 2002

Subject:[Yitz] We haven't forgotten...
Time:9:31 am.
We haven't forgotten about this place, but things have been a bit hectic around here and it's been tough to get into the habit of writing here. Both Leah and I have a break coming up in a few weeks (after Pesach {Heb.; Passover}), and we've made a note to ourselves to make a conscious effort to put our thoughts here on a more regular basis, hoping that it carries over when things start to get hectic for us again...

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2002

Subject:[Administrivia] Abbreviations
Time:9:19 pm.
Leah told me that she didn't even recognize my abbreviations right away and my explanations and translations were actually making things more confusing rather than less. I think this list should cover all of them:

Heb. Hebrew
Yid. Yiddish
Ara. Aramaic

Lit. Literal Meaning
Col. Colloquial Usage
Acr. Acronym
Sla. Slang

I hope this helps!

Subject:[Yitz] Multitasking...
Time:9:11 pm.
This should be an interesting evening. Leah has to go out for a few hours and I'm playing Tottie {Yid.; sla.; Father}. I called my night seder {Heb.; Lit. Order; Col. A Daily Study Session} chavrusa {Heb.; Study Partner} to cancel, but he offered to come here to learn instead (we normally meet to learn in the Beis Medrash {Heb.; Lit. House of Learning; Col. Study Hall}). Juggling learning and babysitting should make for an entertaining evening.

Thank G-d the baby is so well behaved. She'll likely sleep through the whole thing. I suppose, worst case, she'll be hungry, but since she's started to hold her own bottle, even feeding shouldn't be such a distraction.

Subject:[Yitz] "Honey, Honey, we had a visitor!"
Time:7:43 pm.
"Somebody signed our guestbook!"

I guess people really do read these things! Now we're both going to have to make a greater effort to add real content. I don't suppose too many poeple would stop back to see the latest "Administrivia" post...

Monday, January 21st, 2002

Subject:[Yitz] Sign Our Guestbook! (Administrivia)
Time:11:36 am.
One of the exciting things about creating an online Journal is the idea of other people "looking over our shoulder" as we write it. The only thing better would be if we knew about it! With this in mind, Leah had the great idea to create a Guestbook so people could drop us a note and let us know they had visited.

I've enabled the Comments feature for this post so that it can serve as our Guestbook. So if you've gotten this far, please take a moment to click on the small "Add Your Own" link at the end of this post and do just that - we'd love to hear from you! You can even leave a comment anonymously, so please let us know you were here.

(As an aside, I think from the point on, posts such as this will be indicated by the "[Administrivia]" preface in the subject line.)
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Sunday, January 20th, 2002

Subject:[Yitz] Our First Entry! (Administrivia)
Time:8:47 pm.
ChaZal {Heb.; Acr. - Chochmeinu, Zichronam L'vrocha; Lit. Our Wisened Sages, May their Memory be for a Blessing; Col. Used to repectfully refer to the Sages of the Talmudic Period} say: Cal haschalos kashos {Heb.; All beginnings are difficult}. As such, I thought I'd jump right in as soon as we'd created the Journal to "break the ice" a bit, even if I might be somewhat short on content.

Perhaps this would be the best time to point out a few Journal posting conventions that my wife and I agreed upon that should make following our Journal a bit easier for everyone.

First, the subject will almost always begin with either "[Yitz]" or "[Leah]". Since we're sharing a single Journal, we thought this would be the best way to identify, before you read the post, which of us is posting. It might help to avoid confusion in the content of the post this way, and you can always use this indicator to help you skip over one or the other of our postings. If the line doesn't begin with a name, it's likely an atypical post - I have a thought to post the occasional d'var Torah {Heb.; Lit. A Word of Torah; Col. A prepared insight on a Torah subject} and my wife also thought to post her favorite traditional Jewish recipes now and again. A post like one this probably wouldn't begin with my name in the subject line the next time, either, for instance. If these become too frequent, we might give them a heading of their own, too.

Second, as above, we'll try to include translations, definitions and/or explanatory notes in brackets. We understand that most people reading our journal will be of a radically different cultural background, so we'll do our best to keep everything well explained. We chose to do this in brackets, however, so that our posts wouldn't lose the their authentic flavor - after all, that's one of the things that makes us (hopefully) interesting to you. As time goes on, we'll likely stop explaining frequently repeated items, but in the beginning, we'll try to err or the side of over-explaining.

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