Oh my, what a wild and wonderful roiling bunch of people---My favorite event of the year.
I don't know of any other curre\\\\\\\\\\\\[=========nt rabbinic organization whose members love each other so much, and who strut so little. It is a great honor to be a part of that community.
(Irrgularity above personally typed by Bracha the Cat on her way across the laptop to the blanket-covered heating pad.)
I am always amazed at the riches I discover among our members. Most of all, I appreciate the way I see people encouraging, supporting, enriching each other. This takes place through a whole gamut of expressions: engagement in passionate argument, exchange of information, referrals, mutual inquiry, bad jokes, song, hugs---just imagine.
Because it is taking place so close to home, I can stay in the house, take care of the cats in the morning and commute, which assures I will not be up all night in a corner of the lobby singing with the folks with guitars.
And it gives the possibility of getting to sleep at a decent hour---which has already gone by; it's almost 11:30 and I will be up by 6:30.