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Facebook has informed me it’s Marc Saidel’s birthday

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Happy birthday, Mr. Saidel

One thing I dig about Facebook is the massive quantities of otherwise unknowable information it brings me.

For example, today is Marc Saidel’s birthday!

Back when I was a kid, I attended Hebrew school with Jenna, Mr. Saidel’s daughter. We came up through the ranks of lukewarm Torah study together, learned our Hebrew letters together, sat through weekly two-hour sessions together, suppressing yawns, sharing laughs, wondering whether Carey Jackson would be showing up that week. We attended each other’s Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, pretty sure we showed up at a couple of overlapping parties …

And all the while, there was Mr. Saidel.

He was a v-e-r-y warm man, with a deep voice, a kind smile, gestures that made you think, “I like this guy.” I can’t recall what sort of Hebrew skills he had, or whether he ever taught one of my classes. But he was a positive presence in my boyhood.

And now, thanks to Facebook, I know today is his birthday.

How did we ever survive sans social media?

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