Posts Tagged ‘Shofar’

28
Aug

Machines In The Garage

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Spiritual Growth

The garage was calling. We store our succah there and, for some reason, my wife doesn’t rely on my having returned all the parts to their proper place. I have to work my way through the boxes and spider webs and make sure that our succah survived being stored by me.

As I was making my way through the well-organized mess I found two old machines covered in dust and dead bugs. The first is a very early model time machine that was only able to return to a maximum of one year in the past. I would use it before each Rosh Hashana to travel back over the year and try to fix all my mistakes. I would spend hours, if not days, traveling back in time to make the repairs necessary for Rosh Hashana.

All the travel to the past did not help me feel adequately prepared for Rosh Hashana. Perhaps it was the machine’s fault. It wasn’t that reliable and I always feared getting stuck in the past as so many do when preparing for the Day of Judgment, so I bought a different model. The newer machine, the second, traveled into the future, but being the least expensive model (I didn’t earn enough to buy the more expensive model), only traveled a distance of one year in time.

Now, that seemed a great way to prepare for the coming year: Instead of focusing entirely on the past, I planned for the future, and dreamed of what I could accomplish with another year of life. The problem was that I needed to know everything that would happen over the coming year, so I had to live through the year first before planning for everything that would come my way. I was back to the beginning. I stored the newer machine with the first right next to my succah and forgot about them.

I now have the most extraordinary time machine. It doesn’t travel to the past or the future. It is centers me in the present moment. It pushes me to maximize each second as I experience it and to savor every single moment as it happens. I no longer put on my safety goggles before hooking myself into a time machine. I think about the past without getting stuck. I dream of the future without needing to know everything in advance. I dress as I am and live where and when I am.

What’s the machine?

A Shofar.

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27
Aug

No Water To Float

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Spiritual Growth

I look at this picture of boats stranded on the dry Aral Sea, Kazakhstan, and I immediately recall how I feel once the High Holidays are over. I begin my journey with the first sound of the Elul Shofar. My small boat takes off into the water.

I pick up speed, enjoying the adventure, the refreshing spray of water, the sense of excitement and adventure. I no longer ride a small boat, but a yacht.

By the time Rosh Hashanah arrives, my ship has grown even more. I can ride the highest waves, empowered by my prayers, the Shofar, and the intense connection with God.

Even when some dark clouds appear during the Ten Days of Teshuva, I can still see the light of the sun shining through. I am now on a battleship, and I know where I am headed. I am moving forward.

My boat becomes an aircraft carrier on Yom Kippur. It can tackle any challenge. I am safe and secure. I am confident in facing any future battles.

The Succah, Lulav, Etrog, Hoshanot, and Hallels, carry me forward with joy. This has been an awesome adventure.

The Simchat Torah dance is a celebration of what I have achieved, and the fresh perspective I can take into the coming year.

A day or two after the festivals conclude, my ship is grounded. I peek over the sides and see that the sea that was carrying me, has dried up.

I will have to supply the water in order for my ship to float again. I wanted my boat to grow, and now I need far more water than I did for the small boat I used at the beginning of Elul. Perhaps that is why we pray Geshem, the Prayer for Rain on Shemini Atzeret; we pray for the ability to provide the necessary water for our ships to continue their exciting journey.

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26
Aug

Dancing 2: Forgiveness

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Spiritual Growth

“Miriam, the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took her drum in her hand and all the women went forth after her with drums and dances – mecholot.” (Exodus 15:20) How did the women have musical instruments? Rashi explains that the women understood that if God had performed such great miracles in Egypt that they could expect more miracles on their journey in the desert. So, they took musical instruments with them to be prepared to sing God’s praises. No wonder their dance is described as mecholot which also means forgiveness, as in mechila.

Their dance was repeated by young women each Yom Kippur and Tu B’Av, the 15th of Av and will be copied in the World To Come by all the righteous: Ulla Bira’ah said in the name of R. Eleazar: In the days to come the Holy One, blessed be He, will hold a chorus for the righteous and He will sit in their midst in the Garden of Eden and every one of them will point with his finger towards Him, as it is said, And it shall be said in that day: Lo, this is our God, for whom we waited, that He might save us; this is the Lord for whom we waited, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.(Ta’anit 31a)

Those who see life through the eyes of expectation, as did Miriam and her dancing women, will be privileged, having been forgiven for their mistakes, to dance in the World To Come.

Elul is a month of expectation: The Children of Israel were filled with the expectation that Moshe would return from his third trip up Mt. Sinai with the Second Tablets. They would be forgiven for their dances, mecholot around the Golden Calf.

We blow the Shofar each day of Elul filled with expectation of the magic of the Rosh Hashana Shofar.

We prepare throughout Elul for the Judgment of Rosh Hashana, thrilled with the expectation of God’s Coronation as King.

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25
Aug

Shofarot: Patterning Our Breath

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer

Some birds, like grebes

and eiders, have more hemoglobin in their blood, and the higher concentrations of oxygen allow them to remain underwater for extended periods. I watched an eider

swimming deep under the surface, and I inhaled deeply and tried to hold my breath in concert, but was forced to exhale long before the bird surfaced. Again I tried. And again. Deep breath in, hold, exhale. My lung capacity could not equal theirs, and I was awed at how long they could remain submerged.

When I was patterning my breath to the sea ducks, I was practicing Pranayama, the conscious breathing that is one of the eight stages of Yoga.

Last year I practiced patterning my breath to the Shofar blower. It was different from actually blowing because I wasn’t frustrated by the Shofar’s weak sounds when I try to blow. (I’m convinced that the problem is with the Shofar, not my blowing, but my friend, Rabbi Chaim Goldberger, played the same Shofar as a magic flute – I still insist that the Shofar is too old, and Rav Chaim simply used his power of Bitachon to make it work!)

The listening to the Shofar, which is the actual Mitzvah, while patterning my breath, allowed me to hear differently. The sounds penetrated far deeper into my soul and bones. The experience was so powerful, that I used the same patterned breathing on Yom Kippur as we read of the Kohen Gadol entering the Holy of Holies. I held my breath as I imagined he would as he first entered. I breathed quick breaths as I pictured him pacing the incense on the burning coals. I breathed a deep breath of relief as I read of him backing out of the holiest of places, happy to still be alive.

The experience was even more intense than the Shofar breathing. My prayers describing those few moments of his life were as if I was standing with him. I decided to practice this same patterning during Elul.

I chose the most intense Teshuva moments of my life, and patterned my breath to each moments, while reciting the blessing of Teshuva.

I selected the most intense moments of feeling alive and bursting with potential, after which to pattern my breath and mind, when praying for life.

I relived the experience of entering Peter the Great’s throne room in the Hermitage each time I mentioned God as King in my prayers.

My father zt”l always insisted that we never think of a festival as commemorating an experience, but as reliving the original event. I believe that this patterning has opened a new way to experience the original story. It brings me there. It makes it real.

Next patterning exercise? The original Shabbat.

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22
Aug

He Stopped Quacking!

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Spiritual Growth

*An Excerpt from **The Simple Truths of Service**

by Ken Blanchard and Barbara Glanz*

Great Service is a Choice

No one can make you serve customers well. That’s because great service is a

choice. Years ago, my friend, Harvey Mackay, told me a wonderful story about

a cab driver that proved this point. He was waiting in line for a ride at

the airport. When a cab pulled up, the first thing Harvey noticed was that

the taxi was polished to a bright shine. Smartly dressed in a white shirt,

black tie, and freshly pressed black slacks, the cab driver jumped out and

rounded the car to open the back passenger door for Harvey. He handed my

friend a laminated card and said:

“I’m Wally, your driver. While I’m loading your bags in the trunk, I’d like

you to read my mission statement.”

Taken aback, Harvey read the card. It said:

*Wally’s **Mission** Statement:*

*To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest, and

cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.*

This blew Harvey away. Especially when he noticed that the inside of the cab

matched the outside. Spotlessly clean!

As he slid behind the wheel, Wally said, “Would you like a cup of coffee? I

have a thermos of regular and one of decaf.”

My friend said jokingly, “No, I’d prefer a soft drink.”

Wally smiled and said, “No problem. I have a cooler up front with regular

and Diet Coke, water and orange juice.”

Almost stuttering, Harvey said, “I’ll take a Diet Coke.”

Handing him his drink, Wally said, “If you’d like something to read, I have

*The Wall Street Journal, Time, Sports Illustrated* and *USA** Today.”*

As they were pulling away, Wally handed my friend another laminated card.

“These are the stations I get and the music they play, if you’d like to

listen to the radio.”

As if that weren’t enough, Wally told Harvey that he had the air

conditioning on and asked if the temperature was comfortable for him. Then

he advised Harvey of the best route to his destination for that time of the

day. He also let him know that he’d be happy to chat and tell him about some

of the sights, or, if Harvey preferred, to leave him with his own thoughts.

“Tell me, Wally,” my amazed friend asked the driver, “have you always served

customers like this?”

Wally smiled into the rearview mirror. “No, not always. In fact, it’s only

been in the last two years. My first five years driving, I spent most of my

time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard the

personal growth guru, Wayne Dyer, on the radio one day. He had just written

a book called *You’ll See It When You Believe It.* Dyer said that if you get

up in the morning *expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint

yourself.* He said, ‘Stop complaining! Differentiate yourself from your

competition. Don’t be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles

soar above the crowd.’

“That hit me right between the eyes,” said Wally. “Dyer was really talking

about me. I was always quacking and complaining, so I decided to change my

attitude and become an eagle. I looked around at the other cabs and their

drivers. The cabs were dirty, the drivers were unfriendly, and the customers

were unhappy. So I decided to make some changes. I put in a few at a time.

When my customers responded well, I did more.”

“I take it this has paid off for you,” Harvey said.

“It sure has,” Wally replied. “My first year as an eagle, I doubled my

income from the previous year. This year I’ll probably quadruple it. You

were lucky to get me today. I don’t sit at cabstands anymore. My customers

call me for appointments on my cell phone or leave a message on my answering

machine. If I can’t pick them up myself, I get a reliable cabbie friend to

do it and I take a piece of the action.”

Wally was phenomenal. He was running a limo service out of a Yellow Cab.

I’ve probably told that story to more than fifty cab drivers over the years,

and only two took the idea and ran with it. Whenever I go to their cities, I

give them a call. The rest of the drivers quacked like ducks and told me all

the reasons they couldn’t do any of what I was suggesting.

Wally the Cab Driver made a different choice. He decided to stop quacking

like ducks and start soaring like eagles. How about you?

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22
Aug

Searching For Silence

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Spiritual Growth

I received the following article and do not know who wrote it, but it’s worthwhile. I’m using it to prepare to listen to the sound of the Shofar: It’s high summer and we’re all out there seeing each other. We’re not

hidden away in our homes and offices as we are in winter’s cold. We’re part

of a crowd—on the street, in the park, on the boardwalk, on the top deck of

the ferry to Saltaire. And we can see in some new or clearer ways how

technology is changing us.

For one thing, it is changing our posture. People who used to walk along the

avenues of New York staring alertly ahead, or looking up, now walk along

with their heads down, shoulders slumped, checking their email and text

messages. They’re not watching where they’re going, and frequently bump into

each other. I’m told this is called a BlackBerry jam.

A lot of people seem here but not here. They’re pecking away on a piece of

plastic; they’ve withdrawn from the immediate reality around them and set up

temporary camp in a reality that exists in their heads. It involves their

own music, their own conversation, whether written or oral. This contributes

to the new obliviousness, to the young woman who steps off the curb unaware

the police car with blaring siren is barreling down the street.

In the street café, as soon as they’ve ordered, people scroll down for their

email. Everyone who constantly checks is looking for different things. They

are looking for connection, information. They are attempting to alleviate

anxiety: “If I know what’s going on I can master it.” They are making plans.

But mostly, one way or another, I think they are looking for a love pellet.

*I thought of you. How are you? This will make you laugh. Don’t break this

chain. FYI, because you’re part of the team, the endeavor, the group, my

life. Meet your new nephew—here’s the sonogram. You will like this YouTube

clip. You will like this joke. You are alive. *

We are surrounded by screens. Much of their impact is benign, but not all.

This summer I turned a number of times—every time I did, a chapter seemed to

speak specifically to something on my mind—to the calm and profound

“Hamlet’s BlackBerry” by William Powers. It is a book whose subject is how

to build a good life in the digital age.

Mr. Powers is not against the screens around us. We use digital devices “to

nurture relationships, to feed our emotional, social, and spiritual hungers,

to think creatively and express ourselves.” At their best they produce

moments that make life worth living. “If you’ve written an e-mail straight

from the heart, watched a video that you couldn’t stop thinking about, or

read an online essay that changed how you think about the world, you know

this is true.” But he has real reservations about what digital devices are

at their worst—an addiction to distraction, a way not of connecting but

disconnecting.

In a chapter on Seneca, he finds timeless advice.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca was born at the time of Christ in Cordoba, Spain, an

outpost of the Roman Empire. His father was an official in the Roman

government, and Seneca followed his footsteps, becoming a Roman senator and,

later, advisor to Nero in the early (and more successful) days of his reign.

Seneca was a gifted manager and bureaucrat, but he is remembered today

because he was an inveterate letter writer, and his correspondence contained

thoughts, insights and convictions that revealed him to be a serious

philosopher.

Seneca thought the great job of philosophy was to offer people practical

advice on how to live more deeply and constructively. He came of age in a

time of tumult; the Rome he lived in was being transformed by a new

connectedness. An empire that stretched over millions of square miles was

being connected by new roads, a civil service, an extensive postal system.

And there was the rise of written communication. Writing, says Mr. Powers,

was a huge part of the everyday lives of literate Romans: “Postal deliveries

were important events, as urgently monitored as e-mail is today.” Seneca

himself wrote of his neighbors hurrying “from all directions” to meet the

latest mail boats from Egypt.

As written language began to drive things, Mr. Powers says, “the busy Roman

was constantly navigating crowds—not just the physical ones that filled the

streets and amphitheaters but the virtual crowd of the larger empire and the

torrents of information it produced.”

Seneca, at the center of it all, struggled with the information glut, and

with something else. He became acutely conscious of “the danger of allowing

others—not just friends and colleagues but the masses—to exert too much

influence on one’s thinking.” The more connected a society becomes, the

greater the chance an individual can become a creature, or even slave, of

that connectedness.

“You ask me what you should consider it particularly important to avoid,”

one of Seneca’s letters begins. “My answer is this: a mass crowd. It is

something to which you cannot entrust yourself without risk. . . . I never

come back home with quite the same moral character I went out with;

something or other becomes unsettled where I had achieved internal peace.”

Seneca’s advice: Cultivate self-sufficiency and autonomy. Trust your own

instincts and ideas. You can thrive in the crowd if you are not dependent on

it.

But this is not easy.

Everyone Seneca knew was busy and important, rushing about with what he

called “the restless energy of the hunted mind.” Some traveled to flee their

worries and burdens but found, as the old joke says, “No matter where I go,

there I am.” Stress is portable. Seneca: “The man who spends his time

choosing one resort after another in a hunt for peace and quiet, will in

every place he visits find something to prevent him from relaxing.”

Even in Seneca’s time, Mr. Powers notes, “the busy, crowd-induced state of

mind had gone mobile.” “Today we ask, ‘Does this hotel have Wi-Fi?'”

And there was the way people consumed information. The empire was awash in

texts. “Elite, literate Romans were discovering the great paradox of

information: the more of it that’s available, the harder it is to be truly

knowledgeable. It was impossible to process it all in a thoughtful way.”

People, Seneca observed, grazed and skimmed, absorbing information “in the

mere passing.” But it is better to know one great thinker deeply than dozens

superficially.

Seneca, Mr. Powers observes, could have been writing in this century, “when

it’s hard to think of anything that isn’t done in ‘mere passing,’ and much

of life is beginning to resemble a plant that never puts down roots.”

There are two paths. One is to surrender, to allow the crowd to lead you

around by the nose and your experience to become ever more shallow. The

other is to step back and pare down. “Measure your life,” advises Seneca,

“it just does not have room for so much.”

Beware, in Mr. Powers’s words, “self-created bustle.” Stop checking your

inbox 10 times a day, or an hour. Once will do. Concentrate on your higher,

more serious purpose, enrich your own experience. Don’t be a slave to

technology.

Which is good mid-August wisdom for us all. Focus on central things, quiet

the mind, unplug a little, or a lot. And watch out for those crowds, both

the ones that cause BlackBerry jams and the ones that unsettle, that attempt

to stampede you into going along, or following. Step back, or aside. Think

what you think, not what they think. Everyone is trying to push. Don’t be

pushed.

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19
Aug

Sound Bites: Purposeful Breath

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer, Spiritual Growth

Rabbi Yose taught: Every action in which a person engages that is not in the service of the Holy One, Blessed is He, turns into a breath that goes drifting through the world. And when the person’s soul departs, that breath whirls it through the world like a stone in the sling (David and Goliath), as it is written, “The soul of your enemies He will sling from the hollow of a sling.” (Samuel I 25:29) Who will sling? That breath conducting it through the world. So, everything done under the sun that is not in the service of the Holy One, Blessed is He, turns into a breath – but it is breaking of spirit, for it breaks the spirit, rising and falling in the world, as it is written, Breath (ur’ut ruach), and shattering of spirit.” (Ecclesiastes 1:14)

But whatever is service of his Lord is called ‘above the sun’ and becomes a holy breath. This is seed sown by a person in that world. What is its name? Righteousness, as it is written, “Sow for yourselves righteousness.” (Hosea 10:12) This conducts a person when his soul departs from him, raising him to a place where supernal glory is found, to be bound in the bundle of eternal life, as it is written, “Your righteousness will march before you.” (Isaiah 58:8) – leading you, raising you. To where? To the place of which it is written, “The glory of God will gather you in.” (ibid.)

All those souls conducted by that holy breath are gathered in by the one called “Glory of God”, enwrapped within it, as it is written: “The glory of God will gather you in.” This is called “Tranquility of Spirit”.

Happy are the righteous for all their actions make them worthy of the World to Come.

(Zohar, Volume 2:59a-b, Translation & Commentary by Daniel C. Matt – The Pritzker Edition 2007)

Breath is used to describe the effect of non-purpose driven action as we breathe without thinking. We take it for granted and forget that God used His breath, so to speak, to blow a soul into Adam.

The breath that is used to sound the shofar is directed upward, to ‘above the sun’ to remind us that we must live with a sense of great purpose, and that all for which we ask on Rosh Hashana must be to help us achieve our purpose, master ourselves and cleave to God.

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17
Aug

Sound Bites: The Purity of Its Sound

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Holidays, Prayer, Spiritual Growth

“By His breath the heavens were spread – ‘shifra’ – His hand fashioned the earth-girding serpent.” (Job 26:13) Shifra – spread – shares the same root as Shofar. The Malbim believes that “Shifra” means more than to expand: “As the waters spread they purify the heavens, wash away the clouds, and allow the sky to expand.” Shifra is to expand through cleansing and purification.

The Shofar reminds us we must purify ourselves in order to expand and take full advantage of the potential offered by God as we prepare for Rosh Hashanah.

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15
Aug

Sound Bites: God’s Tent

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in Prayer

“I am sending to take Nebuchadnezar king of Babylonia, My servant, and I am placing his throne above these stones that I have covered, and he will spread his tent – Shafriro – over them.” (Jeremiah 43:10) We have learned how “Shifra” means “to spread” – a verb. (See Sound Bites 5 & 6) Jeremiah uses the same word as a noun – Shafririo – that which is spread – or, Nebuchadnezar’s tent.

The commentaries compare Shafriro, which shares the same root as Shofar – to the spread of the heavens: Nebuchadnezar’s reach and influence will affect the entire world.

The Shofar blast is not only for us. It reaches up to the heavens and spreads out as a tent over the world, with its influence and call to change, become beautiful, expand and purify. The Shofar reminds us that we are praying for all existence and we can influence all of God’s creation.

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13
Aug

A Different Sort of Doctor

by Rabbi Simcha Weinberg in 613 Concepts, Holidays, Portion of the Week

I recently had a talk with a different sort of doctor. As he described his frustration dealing with other doctors and insurance companies he spoke of how he deal with patients: “I always call my patients a day or two after I see them to make sure that they are feeling better.” Wow! I have been seen by hundreds of doctors and have never received such a call.

“I always call a patient after he has seen a specialist to whom I sent him to make sure that all went well.” Never happened to me!

“I always sit down with a patient before examination to talk and get a feel for their general sense of well-being.” I can’t even imagine that happening. I wait and wait, go to the examination room, change into a gown, wait again until the doctor comes, and then, one, two, three, he is finished.

“I spend hours researching symptoms I cannot diagnose. I call more experienced doctors. I search for new articles. I will do all I can so I can help my patients.” Nope, never experienced that either.

I carefully listened to this doctor and realized that I had to improve as a Rabbi. I began calling people a day or two after a meeting or conversation to see how they are doing. I now call a student after they have gone to another Rabbi to whom I sent him for a consultation. I have also tried to spend a few extra minutes with someone who calls or visits to get a better sense of their general well-being. I will also spend more time considering ways to help each person, especially those for whom I do not have answers or advice.

Someone recently called me to thank me for the extra attention, “It made a big difference. Thank you.” It was this doctor! “I learned this practice from you,” I said, but he refused to accept my compliment.

This doctor helped me understand something else: I have always wondered why we need the Rosh Hashana Judgment if we are judged every night while we sleep. I understand that they are different sorts of judgments, but I didn’t have peace with that explanation.

Perhaps, Rosh Hashana is the doctor’s appointment, and the daily judgment is God’s way of following up with us every day, as if to say, “I’m thinking about you. How are you doing?”

We find a similar concept in this week’s portion: “And if a Levite come from any of your gates out of all Israel, where he sojourns, and come with all the desire of his soul to the place which God shall choose; then he shall minister in the name of God, his Lord, as all his brethren the Levites do, who stand there before the God.They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which is his due according to the fathers’ houses.” (Deuteronomy 18:6-8) The Kohanim shall work in the Beit Hamikdash according to their shifts, and on the festivals, they shall all serve. (Sefer HaChinuch #498) The Kohanic work shifts must be equal during the Holidays. (Rambam, Hilchot Klei Hamikdash v’HaOvdim Bo – The Laws of The Temple Vessels and Those Who Serve in IT)

The semi-annual shifts are the doctor’s appointment. They are the time when the Kohanim come to directly face God, be inspired, and restart their Spiritual missions. They carry their new heights with them as they return home to guide and teach. Their holiday shifts are the follow-up phone calls, when they can report on their progress.

It seems that my doctor-friend’s approach is thematic to a life dedicated to Spiritual Growth: We can learn from him and from these and other commandments, to focus on certain times and experiences as the “Big” appointment, and other times as follow up phone calls.

We can look at Shabbat as the appointment, and the Psalm of the Day at the conclusion of the morning prayers as the follow up phone call.

We can listen to the Elul Shofar as the phone call asking us how effective was last year’s Rosh Hashana meeting with the Shofar.

Perhaps we can dedicate each day of Elul as a different follow up phone call; each day focusing on one issue we addressed in last year’s Rosh Hashana-Yom Kippur appointment.

I thank this doctor for teaching me a lesson that has enriched my life. He has changed me. I hope he can, despite his great humility, accept these words, and rejoice in his helping me become a better Spiritual Healer.

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