Sunday, September 17, 2006

Dave Sim's blogandmail #5 (September 17th, 2006)



Thou Shalt not be afraid of them: shalt well remember what the YHWH thy God did vnto Pharoah, and vnto all Egypt, The great temptations which thine eyes sawe, and the signes and the wonders, and the mightie hand, and the stretched out arme, whereby the YHWH thy God brought thee out: So shall the YHWH thy God doe vnto all the people of whom thou art afraid.

Deuteronomy 7: 18-19

Last week (September 10) saw the last of the Scripture readings at the Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick Street in downtown Kitchener before the Ramadan break. Ramadan starts on the 24th or 23rd this year depending on who you ask: one of them is Sunni and one is Shiite. My annual calendar of events from Reflections on Islam gives me the later date and then my actual schedule of prayer times gives me the earlier date. Why? I have no idea. The start date for Ramadan backs up nineteen days every year (lunar instead of solar calendar). Hard to believe it's already back here in September. The first time I fasted in 1999 it started December 8.

Admission is free with any and all donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region welcomed at the intermission. Apologies to Chris Corrigan of the Food Bank for my not having an intermission on August 27. Having decided to just plough through Numbers 1 to 18 in one session—most previous readings I got through 12 or 13 chapters without a break—I forgotten exactly how long that stretch of the Torah is. Particularly chapter 7. When I hit the "six covered wagons and twelve oxen" in verse 3, I thought "Uh-oh". Nothing for it but to try to make the 89 repetitive verses as interesting as I could. It turned out that I finished around 4, same as usual, but without a break. To say that Sandeep could use a cigarette by then is to understate the case dramatically. And, of course, this had to be the week that we had our first new audience member since we started: Bernard, the owner of the Jane Bond Café, 5 Princess St. W. in Waterloo (e-mail ). If you're in the neighbourhood please go in and spend lavishly and tell him "Scripture Guy" sent you.

Those interested in getting copies on DVD of the readings so far (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers) can contact Trevor Grace at . He's been dubbing off three copies for the Cerebus Archive and a couple of spares. I gave Greg a set as a reward for "perfect attendance" and he missed the next reading so that's the last time I do that.

Scripture at the Registry Theatre

November 12, November 19, January 7, January 21,

January 28 All 1 pm start times


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