(Continued from here.)
A few weeks earlier I mentioned in an email to the cantor that I had learned today's portion months ago. I'm impressed, he replied. Don't be, I answered; I'm afraid I'll faint from nerves, so want to make sure I know it in my sleep.
"If you pass out," he wrote back, "we'll wake you up. :-)" (A joke, but not really.)
I begin to read, and for the first time today am certain I will remain conscious throughout the creation of the universe.
(To be continued.)