Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Gung hai fat choi!

The upcoming new moon is not only the Chinese New Year and Presidents' Day; it's also Rosh Chodesh Adar! When Adar enters, increase in happiness! Therefore, we will be holding a rocking apartment minyan in the City, County, and State of New York, on Monday, February 19, at 9:00 AM. We'll even have a Torah!

But that's not all. Because Adar is at hand, the minyan will be followed at 10:30 AM by a long-awaited siyyum on Masechet Megillah. MAK and I studied this tractate in 2005-06, and then MAK moved out of town, so we haven't been able to get together in person for a formal siyyum, and this will be no exception, but MAK will be presenting his drash on video while I'll be there in person.

Post in the comments or email mahrabu at gmail if you'd like to be added to the evite.


  1. bz - do you have an archive, and if so, how do i - luddite that i am - find it? i have a friend who wants to read what you had to say re the survey of rk's.

  2. BZ- It is actually "Kung Hei Fat Choi" (Cantonese) or in Mandarin Gong Xi Fa Cai (where the c is pronounced sort of like a ts).

    Sorry to be nit-picky.

  3. ravaj-
    Here are the survey, the multiple-choice results, and the free-response results.

    In the future, you can search the archive with the search box at the top of the page, or if you know what month a post was from, go to the "Archives" links on the right (scroll down past the blogroll, etc.).

    Thanks! I'm out of my league here. (Despite teaching at a school with a substantial Chinese-American population, with massive absences when Chinese New Year is on a school day, I haven't learned the languages.)

  4. Of course, Preisdent's Day is a purely political "holiday." It is not as though the third Monday in February has any particular significance for the institution or its occupants.

    It was set there to have a three-day weekend rather than a holiday in the middle of a week honiring Washington.

    More importantly, it was given its present name to dodge the sticky (in certain parts of the country) political question of whether to honor Lincoln as well as Washington.

    It was politically safer to just call it "Presidents Day" and be done with it.