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June 3, 2014

Today we celebrate:

Shavuot – This Jewish holiday begins this evening at sunset and ends on the evening of June 5.. This day is known as the Feast of Weeks, and is associated with the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.  Synagogues will be decorated with flowers and women will welcome the holiday with lit candles.

National Chocolate Macaroon Day – Light and chocolatey, this is the dessert to try tonight.

Repeat Day – Today is your opportunity to repeat whatever you want to do over again today. Wear the same clothes you wore yesterday, repeat a favorite activity as many times as you want, repeat someone's words back to them. Whatever you desire to do again, do it today.

Chimborazo Day – This is a day to focus on the shape of the earth. It turns out that, surprisingly, the world is not completely round. There are mountains and valleys and such that make it more of a lumpy ball than a round one. One lump in particular is bigger than the others. That would be Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador which has the distinction of poking out into space farther than any other mountain on Earth, including Mount Everest. The reason for this is that the distance from sea level to the center of Earth is 13 miles greater at the Equator than it is at the North Pole which means that Mount Chimborazo has an advantage over Mount Everest which may be a bigger mountain, but is still closer to the center of the Earth.

To celebrate today, climb up Mount Chimborazo and eat chocolate macaroons at the top before you climb down again.  Repeat.  Then go home and light your candles and say the proper blessings.

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