Using Sod’s Law to control the weather

Let me explain.

img_4240.jpgMy office window gets direct sunlight in the afternoon—if, that is, it is sunny outside. When it does, it casts a glare on my computer screen, in which case, I pull down the blinds.

But (in accordance with Sod’s Law), the moment I do that, the sun no longer has fun casting a glare on my screen—so it tends to go away.

So I pull up the blinds again—and sure enough, the sun returns (67.3% of the time—significantly more than the 50-50% of it happening by chance).

So I put the blinds down again. And the same thing repeats.

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Q&A: How does one write and say “My best wishes are with you” in Hebrew?

It all depends on the type of letter, or message:

If it’s a formal letter, such an ending would be over-egging it, a bit. In Hebrew, the convention is to end formal letters with just:

  • בברכה (bivrakhah = “with [a] blessing”) — the equivalent of the English “Sincerely,” or the even more formal “Yours faithfully,”
  • בכבוד רב (bekhavod rav = “with great respect”)

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Do descendants of Jews living in Eretz Yisrael before Zionism have a distinct status or identity in Modern Israel?

Actually, yes. Broadly speaking, there were two types of Jews living in Eretz-Israel in the nineteenth century before the first Zionists arrived: small Ashkenazi Orthodox kollelim (communities supported by donations from their communities of origin abroad), and Sephardi Jews who were the descendants of Spanish Jews who had reached the Holy Land, directly or indirectly, after the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and Portugal in the 1490s.

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