Just a brief after-Shabbat report from the Holy Land. While we Ashkenazim are breathing a sigh of relief that we have one more week before Selihot start, our Sephardic brothers are in full penitential mode. Luckily, their greatest living rabbinic star, Maran R. Ovadia Yosef, has a solution.
Send $99.99 to his favorite
charity, and he will pray FOR you on both Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur
eves! Yes, you will be named as a co-supplicant with Maran!
exaggerate, of course. By today's exchange rate, 360 shekels would
actually be one hundred dollars and thirty-one cents. Still, keep your
eyes on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange--the annual salvation of your soul
may get cheaper yet.