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Review of chapter "Unhappy Ninth" from unicornzvi
Chapter 1 was very well done and I'm glad you used a good translation for the quotes (as opposed to the King James bible or similar idiocy). Chapter two was okay, although you seemed confused if it was Rosh Ha'shanna or Yom Kipur,
Chapter three however was annoying. First I find it extremly unlikely that anyone would, when describing Tisha'a be'av think of the prohibition to sit on chairs (which is fairly obscure and not commonly kept) before they'd mention stuff like prohibition to use makeup or non-medicinal lotions, not wearing leather (or fur, unless it's a matter of life-or death), not buying any new clothes during bein hametzarim unless it would case serious hardship, etc...

Then we get to your list of stuff that supposedly occured on the ninth of Av:
-IIRC nothing of any significance happened on that day during the first part of the gulf war, not that it would matter because it's not as if the war caused any pain to Jews in Israel
-The Warsaw Ghetto uprising occurred in 1943 with the final battle around Passover, not Av.
-Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated on June 28, 1914 aka 4th of Tamuz 5674
-The edict ordering Jews to leave Spain wasn't in Av, and the three months the Jews were given to leave or convert ended on the seventh of Av
-The edict expelling Jews from England was issued on the second day of Av.

Etc... Basically every item on your list I checked did not happen on the ninth of Av. I know it's traditional to assign every bad thing that happened on an uncertain date to the ninth of Av (a tradition I personally find annoying) but you should not do that with events we have precise dates for, much less claim historical basis for those claims.
Review By [unicornzvi] • Date [5 Nov 11] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Unhappy Ninth" from (Current Donor)Shieldage
Cool. Good to see this continued :)
Review By [(Current Donor)Shieldage] • Date [18 Aug 08] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Unhappy Ninth" from RevDorothyL
Brilliant! Reminds me a lot of an old Spider Robinson short story, "Overdose" (in which a high-as-a-kite soldier in Vietnam singlehandedly saves the world by hallucinating so much that the invading alien feeding on his creativity overdoses and explodes), but your version has a much more profound and hopeful meaning,

When you get the chance, though, you'll want to correct the spelling of "assassination" (meaning, in modern terms, a murder for political reasons, and quite a different thing than an "assignation," most often used to denote a secretive or romantic rendezvous!): 'The assignation of Archduke Ferdinand ...'
Comments from author:
Thank you. I made the fix (spell check doesn't help if you spell the wrong word correctly). I've read other stories and novels by Spider but not that one.

Speaking of SF, I just got back from Worldcon, which always causes conflicting desires to write something and to spend some serious reading time making my way through my to-be-read pile.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [14 Aug 08] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Forgiving Willow: A High Holidays Tale" from RevDorothyL
Have I said that this is a brilliant idea, and beautifully executed? If not, I've said it now.

Seriously, I feel like the ritual in this chapter adds depth and a greater sense of reality to Willow's search for atonement and reconciliation with her friends in early season 7.

Wonderful work.
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [14 Aug 08] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "I am Isaac, I am the Ram" from RevDorothyL
This is the first time I've thought of Willow's 3rd-season experiences in the light of that particular scripture reading, but it really fits! Excellent work!

You might want to correct the spelling of "altar" (the sacred place for offerings, rather than the verb "alter", meaning to change) in sentences like the following, though, if you get the chance: 'Did Isaac’s memory of his time on alter always stand ...'; 'and Abraham built an alter there and bound Isaac ...'
Comments from author:
Thank you. I altered the spelling of alter
Review By [RevDorothyL] • Date [14 Aug 08] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Unhappy Ninth" from headingout
I love it. These are brilliant stories, well told and touching. Nice to see Willow written with such connections to her heritage, too. Thanks very much for something clever and original!
Comments from author:
Thanks. So many authors write her as a Wiccan but the show never had her use that term as her religion, only as another word for witch. I don't think she ever used Goddess on the show either.
Review By [headingout] • Date [14 Aug 08] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Forgiving Willow: A High Holidays Tale" from MBB
Nice series; compact explenation of the holiday in the format of my favorite show.
There should be a new name for this genre, like infofiction for something.

I was especially captured by the first one about how Willow reacted by being burned by her parents; original idea and horrifieing thoughtprocess.
(Now maybe you could write a christian counter-fic to it of Buffy's pov of being sacrifised by her mum (lie on Easter Jesus sacrified by father) to highlight the differences (between religions or characters) ?
Review By [MBB] • Date [14 Jul 05] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Forgiving Willow: A High Holidays Tale" from (Recent Donor)CaptainBoulanger
I've always loved your Jewish Holidays with Willow... please, keep it up! (Until you run out of holidays, at least... although you could always redo the same holidays again. After all, they do come around once a year, so it's just a matter of a different year...)
Review By [(Recent Donor)CaptainBoulanger] • Date [1 Oct 04] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Forgiving Willow: A High Holidays Tale" from spacey
i liked this. actually, the part you took from the prayer book at the top of the second chapter gave me goosbumps. then again, going to shull always has that effect on me, too. anyway, just wanted to say something about how sukot is not part of the high holy days, and to contest your claim that yom kippur is the holiest of holy days. aside from that, i can see differences in how we practice but it is so wonderful, means so much, to see i'm not the only jew out there. my campus boasts a mere 10 of us, it seems, and... it is very lonely and depressing, around the holy days.
Review By [spacey] • Date [1 Oct 04] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Forgiving Willow: A High Holidays Tale" from CPTSkip
Wow. Both of your stories are quite powerful. I never really looked at both actions from Willow's point of view before. Excellent work that will stay in my memory for quite a while. I don't think I will ever watch the show in quite the same way ever again. Wow.
Review By [CPTSkip] • Date [30 Sep 04] • Not Rated
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