Jewish date: 14 Ṭeveth 5770 (Parashath Wayḥi).
Today’s holidays: New Years Eve (Western Christianity), Feast of Sylvester (Roman Catholicism), Affeye (Discordianism).
Worthy cause of the day: “Support Clinical Trials: A Vital Lifeline for Cancer Patients! - The Petition Site”.
Topic 1: Did not know that New Years Eve is a religious holiday? Then consider this: Assume that Jesus of Nazareth was born on December 25. (The date is questionable, but let us assume it anyway.) Jewish males are supposed to be circumcised on the eighth day of life. Therefor, if Jesus was born on December 25, he was circumcised on January 1. That is what tonight’s celebration is about.
Topic 2: The latest episode of Eastwick, “Magic Snow and Creep Gene”. This is the least magical episode so far. Roxie killed Jamie in self-defense, and Kat and Joanna helped her fake him leaving town. After that they do not feel inclined to use their powers. Darryl disappears temporarily, and when he returns he tells Roxie something of his life-story. Twenty-five years earlier, Eleanor, Bun, and a third woman, Gloria (mother of Jamie), inadvertently summoned Darryl when they started to work magic. Unfortunately, things went horribly wrong, Gloria had a relationship with Darryl and then about nine months later committed suicide, and Eleanor and Bun tried to kill Darryl. Darryl left Eastwick and only returned when inadvertently summoned by Roxie, Kat, and Joanna. While Darryl refuses to say what he is other than a “person”, his purpose in Eastwick is to help people with magic. Now that his magical protégées have stopped working magic, he has to leave Eastwick again. This course of action is obviated when Roxie, Kat, and Joanna take up magic again, most graphically in this episode when Kat makes it snow indoors. I hope we get a bit more info on what Darryl is in the last two episodes.
Also notable: String-pulling behind the scenes. Bizarre conspiracies. The first episode in which Darryl sleeps with one of his protégées (Roxie).
Topic 3: For today’s religious humor, noting how far New Years Eve has strayed from its religious roots: “fred at last new years party”: