Shabbat Shalom! We hope everyone is enjoying a meaningful Passover this year and can’t wait to hear more about the seder in the desert (this weekend in Moab). This week also saw a flurry of April Fools Day activity around the web, and we hope you enjoyed some of the fun. We’re fairly certain that by the time you see this, Google will have reclaimed its name (which was Topeka for the day), Deviantart will have returned user avatars to their natural state (instead of Twilight captives), YouTube will no longer offer text video streaming (odd), and it will be business as usual on the hundreds of sites that participated this year. USAToday updated its post about the MiniCooper (owners can’t magically change the paint color), you can’t store your keys in the cloud with Google Docs, and no, you can’t use Google Translate for Animals to find out what your pet wants to tell you. You can’t spend the weekend at Camp David.
Here at BJN, we think that Starbucks (which had its own fun launching the Plenta and the Micra cup sizes) could help perk up Shabbat services, we hope that Elijah visits each of our homes (whether tracked by NORAD or not), and dare we say it – we think Neil Diamond would truly rock the Boulder Jewish Festival. To be clear, no ground was broken this week. And while Brownie, our staff writer, was recovering from the escapades, Milo the intern managed to get into (and finish off) all our shmurah matzah. Guess we weren’t paying the intern enough. Thank you to our gentle readers who played along and shared their own comments.
On a more serious note, the counting of the Omer has begun and we hope you noted that Rabbi Goldfeder has published a handy book for the counting. Have a peaceful Shabbat and the rest of the holiday!