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From: Russell Hendel <rhendel@mcs.drexel.edu> Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 19:47:24 -0500 (EST) Subject: Concerns over my Safety I thank all the private email coming to me since I posted that I pray with cavannah while driving home--a trick to gain more time. Several people have expressed alarm (and others amusement) at my endangering myself. Allow me first to thank everybody. Also...I thank people for the implied complement that I am thinking about prayer and not about the road!? But what I am doing increases safety. Several pointers may help. * I do this on the highway not on side streets...it is well known that driving 15 miles per hour down a side street is more risky than doing 60 on a highway. Highways are made for fast driving. The only real caution you need is to have ample space between you and the next driver. But then maintaining a cruising speed requires very little concentration. You can listen to Rabbi Fran, the radio or pray. * I do not daven shmoneh esray...just psookay dzimra, shmah and bracoth. * Since I don't want to get home before I finish davening I usually go slower because I am deliberately not in a rush...thus my safety increases. * Considering some of the family squabbles that occur in cars and the phone calls that can be made in them (I believe Great Britain has recently outlawed calls in cars) I really can't see that praying is a problem. As I said...try it...you really get this delicious feeling of spending 20 minutes on Kriath Shmah and her blessings. Russell Jay Hendel;Phd ASA Rhendel @ mcs drexel edu