Some thoughts

As of now its in the middle of a identity crisis, I am not sure which way its headed.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

28 Iyar - Yom Shchrur Yerusalayim v Chevron.





Looking at the calendar tonight brings back many fond memories of my years spend in the holy land, perhaps the best memories associated with a specific date.
Looking back at the history of the state of Israel, one finds many miracles, and many things to be embarrassed of.

28 Iyar 1967 is one of those days, The recapture of the old city or Jeru, and the recapture of Chevron are two events modern Israel can be proud of, they did screw up by not letting the Arabs run away, and by giving the Arabs control of the Miarat Hamachpela, but all in all it was a good day.

Its the one day that music fills the air for a good reason, dancing, celebrating, walking around the entire city, from Har Hatzofim to Eir Dovid, the day that Arabs are smart enough to stay inside.
Its the one day that I miss being in Israel for.

We still say nachem on the 9th of Av, we are still in Galut, so when I celebrate tonight, it will be with the thought of Lishana Haba BiYerusalaim. By next year we should all be in Jerusalam, together with Moshiach.

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Update: Click HERE to listen to a recording of the capturing of the Temple Mount

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Weddings


Looking at my calendar the other day trying to make plans for the next six weeks I came to the realization that there needs to be a planning commission set up to make sure that my friends weddings don't interfere with my schedule.

I have four weddings, in a four week period in three different parts of the world, so trying to work in a business trip in the middle for more then four days is kind of hard.

So I had a idea, a way to get everyone's wedding in the same time and in the same place, and at the same time help make more weddings.

The Wedding Cruise:

A Ship that can hold about 1500 people.
One nice Ballroom.
Seven Weddings.
A bunch of Guys for the Chosson.
A bunch of Girls for the Kalla.
A bunch of Family Friends.
A few Shadchonim.
A Cruise to South America.

With such a event, you have guaranteed attendance, don't have to move around much, and you have the possibility of many more weddings coming from that.


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Doing My Civic Duty


My short stint in the NYS Jury Pool.

After responding to a Jury questionnaire a few weeks ago, I was a bit surprised that they would want me so soon.

The instructions were quite clear, 8:45 am, I was to be there.

So after a sleepless night I showed up on the dot at 8:53 after getting stuck in traffic on the Subway, thinking that I would be shot, or worse told to come back tomorrow.

But it was not to be, for until 9:40 did we sit in a big room, all 500 of us watching court room dramas on the big screen.

When they finally got around to start processing us, after explaining us how to fill out the forms, a list of exemptions and disqualifications were announced. When the woman announced that all those who don't understand English should go into the next room, about 50 people quickly rose and made their exit, while the rest of the room laughed.

When they finally called my name, not to some murder trial that I had been hoping for did they send me, only to some civil trial where they didn't want me.

It turns out that back in 2003 A Jewish woman from Midwood/Flatbush struck a Latisha something or another, and is being sued for damages.

They didn't want me.

Besides for getting a Jury Questionnaire as a souvenir, I got a letter saying that I am a true American, and that I don't need to show up for another six years


Monday, May 01, 2006

Yizkor


Anyone who knows me knows that I haven't gone back to Israel in a while because of the current political situation, and that I only observe (celebrate) two Israeli holidays. Yom Hazikaron and Yom Yerusalaim.

Yom Yerusalim is as far as I am concerned the only day the state of Israel can be proud of.

Yom Hazikaron is when we remember the 22,123 people killed for Israel. From the first fighters in the hagana, to the victims of the last suicide bombing, heroes whose blood stains the holiest land on earth.

May hashem avenge their blood.