September 21, 2020
According to Jewish tradition, one who dies on Rosh Hashana, which began at sundown September 18, 2020, is a tzaddik, a person of great righteousness, 
Baruch dayan haemet.
Rest in strength, Justice Ginsburg.
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A Sweet & HEALTHY New Year

September 17, 2020

In the Year of COVID, the days run together like an endless, blurred reel. Many of us are working from home, home-schooling, and facing other challenges. I have temporarily relocated to Houston to be with my Mother – working from my satellite office in her formal dining room. With everything happening around us, it’s especially important to be present and to observe rituals that keep us grounded.

Shana Tova

For me, that means celebrating birthdays (mine & Mom’s) and the High Holy Day season. This year, most of the holidays begin Fridays at sunset and end Sundays at nightfall, therefore, the impact to my schedule will be minimal. (Remember, we always close early on Fridays for Shabbas.)

To honor my commitment to Torah and restore my sanity, StarrParalegals will be closed as follows to observe and celebrate the High Holy Day season:

  • Rosh Hashanah
    • Closing at 1 pm CT, Friday, September 18, 2020
    • Reopening at 9 am CT, Monday, September 21, 2020
  • Yom Kippur
    • Closed Monday, September 28, 2020
    • Reopening at 11 am CT, Tuesday, September 29, 2020
  • Sukkot
    • Closing at 3 pm CT, Friday, October 2, 2020
    • Reopening at 9 am CT, Monday, October 5, 2020
  • Simchat Torah / Shemini Atzeret
    • Closing at 3 pm CT, Friday, October 9, 2020
    • Reopening at 9 am CT, Monday, October 12, 2020

Shana tova u’metuka! May you have a sweet, prosperous, and HEALTHY new year!

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Elul – Chodesh Tov

August 21, 2020

It’s Rosh Chodesh Elul . A time for teshuvah, tefillah, & tzedakah as we enter the Yamim Noraim, Days of Awe. From now until Yom Kippur, it is customary to wish each other “ketiva v’chatima tova” – may you be inscribed and sealed for a happy and healthy new year.

Elul - ani l'dodi v'dodi li 
I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine

As the month of divine mercy and forgiveness, Elul is a most opportune time for teshuvah (“return” to HaShem), prayer, charity, and increased ahavat Yisrael (love for a fellow Jew and our fellow beings), in the quest for self-improvement and coming closer to HaShem. Chassidic master Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi likens the month of Elul to a time when “the king is in the field” and, in contrast to when he is in the royal palace, “everyone who so desires is permitted to meet him, and he receives them all with a cheerful countenance, showing a smiling face to them all.” (Source: https://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/293704/jewish/Elul-Observances-in-a-Nutshell.htm)

In Elul, HaShem acts charitably toward us by being especially accessible to hear our prayers. We ask for forgiveness, and HaShem hears our pleas. HaShem’s mercy is aroused when we behave to our fellow in the way that HaShem behaves toward us. So when we give charitably, HaShem gives charitably to us.

May HaShem look favorably on us all and grant us relief from COVID and a ketiva v’chatima tova – that we are each inscribed and sealed for a happy and healthy new year.

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StarrParalegals-Helping Lawyers Lawyer Better

August 13, 2020
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August 3, 2020

This is the sort of unexpected comment that can turn a year of Mondays into bright, sunny days.

from Baruch C. Cohen
Pamela. You’re very kind, thank you. You’re the best and most loyal and most resourceful paralegal. No court filing job is too big and no job is too small for you. You always get the job done quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. Your work product is always exceptional. You know how to “work your magic” with court clerks and Efilings. I love you’re “no problem I’ll get it done” attitude. So grateful that you’re on my team. I’ve promoted you to my colleagues and can’t stop raving about my “secret weapon paralegal.” I can’t believe it’s 11 years either! Here’s to another 11 years plus of good health and prosperity. BCC

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