Saturday, November 10, 2007

Wolf's Law of the Variance of The Start of Shabbos

It doesn't matter whether Shabbos starts at 4 o'clock or 8 o'clock -- you'll only be ready for Shabbos fifteen minutes before it starts.

Corollary to Wolf's Law of the Variance of The Start of Shabbos:

It doesn't matter whether it's 6:30 or 11:30 -- you'll be zonked fifteen minutes after the Friday night meal ends.

The Wolf

12 comments:

Rafi G said...

ready 15 minutes before shabbos??? you are pretty optimistic... it is more like just afew minutes...

and 15 minutes after dinner? How about 15 seconds after barchu!!!

Lion of Zion said...

for some of us--i'm not implicating myself, of course--you'll only be ready for Shabbos eighteen minutes after it starts.

Kmelion said...

The general Friday memory growing up is my dad coming home from work 10 minutes before candle lighting... no matter what time Shabbat was set to start.

Now that I think about it, it was probably his way of getting out of doing any kind of cleaning. The few times he was home with considerable time to spare, he washed the floors.

Stubborn and Strong said...

i agree with lion of zion, guilty as charged, i was always ready 18 min after candle lighting...

Anonymous said...

hear hear

SephardiLady said...

I'm an outlier on the charts. I'm almost already prepared for Shabbat by noon. If not, I'm a bit mess. However, I do use the last few minutes to set the timer for the light in the dining room and put on lipstick.

But on Friday night I'm zonked no matter what. :)

Charlie Hall said...

Before I was married I would take off all Friday afternoon, finish what little prep remained from Thursday night, and take a nice long nap before lighting candles.

Then I married someone who can be counted on to be ready for Shabat 15 minutes after candlelighting time -- summer and winter. Fortunately we are compatible in just about everything else :).

Lion of Zion said...

dr. hall:

rav palachi used to take a nap every erev shabbat

Michael Koplow said...

Wolf, you made a mistake. This is science, and you classified it as humor.

Just pointing this out, not carping.

daat y said...

terrific.Isn't it amazing.

-suitepotato- said...

If it is as good as it is supposed to be, then you can never truly be ready or worthy of it. That's the glowing picture I keep getting. D*mn this stupid job... I'd like to get a shot at trying anyhow.

Miriam said...

so true, so true!

Do you have any formulas of how to keep the kids entertained during Shabbos day?