*Mount the TV and look in the back to see the best place to locate the
outlet as well as the video and audio cables. Sometimes there are templates
with the mounts that indicate the best location for the outlet. I usually
This was settled about 2,000 years ago when the rabbinc scholars debated the
orientation of the mezuzah on the door posts of a Jewish home. Some sages
argued for vertical, others for horizontal.
A compromise was finally reached. Mezuzahs are installed at an angle.
I asked one of my Jewish customers if the things kept Jehovah Witnesses
away from the door. I haven't seen my Jewish relatives in many years
because they live in Yankee land or I would ask them. Will the presence
of a Mezuzah repel door to door Christian proselytizers?
Dunno. They used to show up here and I told them the following story:
Written in Roman (instead of Hebrew) characters, the name of God is YHWH
(there are no vowels in Hebrew). When reading the Hebrew text aloud in the
synagogue, the Jew speaks the word "Adonai" (lord, master) when he
encounters YHWH in the sacred text, much like we say "et cetera" when
reading "etc." To avoid taking the name of the Lord in vain, the trick is to
never say God's name.
About A.D 200, the Masorites, fearing that the new generation was not
learning the holy language, invented vowels for Hebrew. These vowels took
the form of diacritical marks above and below the Hebrew letters. When it
came to the YHWH business, they Masorites used the vowels for Adonai, since
that was what everybody was saying.
Martin Luther, in translating the Hebrew and Greek texts into German did not
know the YHWH+Adonai trick, so he wrote the word in the German version of
the Bible as "Yahowah."
Using the Luther's German translation, English translators turned "Y" into
"J" and "W" into "V" yielding "Jehovah."
Bottom line: "Jehovah" is a completely made up word based on several
mistakes. Moses wouldn't know what it meant, Jesus wouldn't know what it
meant, and it's possible that when a Jehovah's Witness gets to heaven, St
Peter will say "Never heard of you."
I think the Witnesses passed the word around to not bother with my house;
it's filled with crazy people.
I like rabbis, they're cool and have a fatalistic sense of humor.
Southern Baptist preachers usually have a stick so far up their
tailpipe that the end of it's that bump you think is their Adam's
apple. Catholic priests are funny drunks. I can say this because they're
all my cousins. I can pick on family. 8-)
Second that. One local rabbit wrote a book: "Stories a Rabbi Shouldn't Tell"
filled with jokes and stuff. He was the Jewish Chaplin at the Texas Medical
Center and part of his job was cheering up patients.
One interesting thing he told me: He has a card file of some 500 names of
Jews in the community with foreign language skills he can call on. The Texas
Medical Center gets patients from all over the world and it is obviously
helpful if they can communicate!
Standard languages are pretty easy, but he was worried that he had only two
resources that spoke Coptic! Believe it or not, he had a lot of people in
the community that could speak Mandarin, Farsi, or COBOL.
People don't understand that part of the culture is similar to that of
the Chinese where scholars are revered much like the adulation given
athletes in American culture. It's cool to learn and excel at getting an
education. I once asked a football freak if a college would hold
a press conference announcing the hiring of a Nobel Prize winning math
professor at a high salary. He couldn't comprehend the reason or irony
of my question. I'm considered an evil heretic here in Alabamastan
because I care nothing for football.
Not funny, that's offically required in New York City. Inspector told me,
it was so that if a knife falls on the not quite totally inserted plug, the
current will be shorted to ground, and not start a fire.
Yes, my mileage does vary. If a knife falls and shorts out the hot to
either ground or neutral, the chances of it starting a fire are probably
the same. Not to mention that 99.9999% of the time it will trip the
breaker, not start a fire.
You're welcome to look up the code for New York City. As a hobbyist/
homeowner I got the inspector in so I ccould get a certificate of whatever
for the insurance company. If the inspector then says jump through this
hoop and go wipe you nose, I'll do that rather than arguing with him.
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