Tuesday, December 16, 2008


This morning at minyan, Lou, who has led Tuesday shacharit services since time immemorial, yielded the bimah to another: It was clearly a Special Occasion.

Afterwards, I congratulated the gentleman on his fine davening skills. “You seem to know what you’re doing up there. If you’re looking for a full-time gig, perhaps I could hook you up,” I told him.

I was, of course, being a Smart-Ass. For the gentleman in question was our very own Rabbi Loomis [note: not his real name], who was celebrating his sixtieth birthday.

After services - and a small tot of Chivas - we headed off to the Local Bagel and Smoked Fish Emporium, where the Rabbi treated us all to breakfast, as dictated by local custom. Houston Steve and I enjoyed a bit of sable and kippered salmon with our Toroidal Breadstuffs as we watched our host blow out the candles on his cake whilst wearing a silly hat. Not as silly as a colander, perhaps, but it got the job done.

Rabbi Loomis
Our Rabbi celebrates. The sign reads, “CAUTION! 60 year old having a senior moment.” And check out that fancy yarmulke!
[Photo credit: Houston Steve]

With his moderately portly build and with his snow-white hair and beard, Rabbi Loomis could conceivably be mistaken for a popular Seasonal Personage. Who knows? If the economy gets really rocky, imagine the possibilities for a side income...

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