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October 7, 2015 / conservadox

irritating things

Shemini Atzeret for me was less joyous than the rest of Sukkot, because people around me kept arguing about/discussing depressing matters.  I think if Chazal were alive today they’d be tempted to ban the discussion of certain topics on Yom Tov/Shabbat as interfering with the joy of the holiday.  In particular, (1) Arab terrorism (sad, interferes with simcha) and (2) race relations/African-Americans (always seems to lead to acrimony, since if you are white and Jewish, everyone more prejudiced than you is a cross-burning racist and everyone less prejudiced is a self-hating ultraliberal).

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