This Jewish guy gets to a small town out in the hinterland, and in his kosher traveler’s guide he finds a motel that’s run by a Jewish lady. Sunday morning the church bells are ringing and he hears the motel owner yelling out: Jimmy, the bells are ringing, time to go to church!
So the guest knocks on her office door and asks, What’s it to you if Jimmy goes to church or not?
So she wipes a tearful eye and says, Jimmy is my only child, and, God forgive me, he converted to Christianity. So I’m thinking, if I didn’t merit to have a God fearing Jewish son, at least let him be a God fearing sheigetz.
Reading Menachem Lipkin’s entry (see below) about Ami magazine and their coverage of things non-Haredi reminded me of that story. In a sense, we, Haredi, stam frum, and secular, are wishing for the other to be the best God awful misguided fool they can be.
Better than violence..
|GEORGE CONSTANZA COULD WIN THE VIETNAM WAR|
What an awesome article by Sultan Knish! And, incidentally, you can apply everything he wrote about GW’s and Obama’s fundamental failures in Afghanistan to Israel’s failures with the Palestinians. It comes down to politicians doing stuff because it made sense at the time. It’s the stuff that spawns all human tragedy.
My recommendation to all political leaders is to follow the example of Seinfeld’s George Constanza, who knew the value of doing the opposite of what made sense to him.
The Afghanistan victory lap is as much about disguising the ‘cut and run’ phase; as it is about reminding the folks in Virginia and Iowa that the man on television parachuted in, cut the throats of all of Osama’s guards, shot him in the face and then made a topical quip. Waving around Bin Laden’s head is a good way to distract them from the fact that the United States has lost the war in Afghanistan, that Obama’s own strategy there failed badly and cost numerous American and British lives, and that we are turning the country over to the Taliban.
Afghanistan and Iraq were part of a strategy for containing and draining the fever swamps of terrorism. That strategy failed for a variety of reasons, not the least of them being that we failed to learn the lessons of Vietnam. The Obama Administration alone managed to roll out a “hearts and minds” strategy and a brief push to intimidate the other side into coming to the negotiating table for a face-saving withdrawal. It’s almost a pity that Obama wasn’t old enough to have to dodged the draft. At least that way he might have actually known something about the Vietnam War. Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish
|WE’RE ALL THE SAME UNDER THE BEARD|
I’m waiting for the day when the media offer this headline:
Secular People Stole a Million Dollars
Agnostic Molested Children
Religiously Ambivalent Guy Cheated the IRS
It’s only fair. If we’re so happy to point out that this or that individual who just robbed the public treasure is a shomer Shabbat, we should also mention that the guy who did the hit and run eats traif.
With that in mind, here’s a juicy Jewsy:
Again: Haredim Stole Millions From Government In New Yeshiva Fraud, Cops Say Israel police raided several haredi yeshivas earlier today and arrested five school principals in what police say is a multimillion shekel fraud scheme. Failed Messiah
And, speaking of folks who won’t publish the picture of a woman, here’s a gripe against the Haredi Ami magazine.
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Through Charedi Eyes Ami’s CEO and Editor In Chief, Rabbi Yizchok Frankfurter, penned an editorial that was very troubling. It represents much that is wrong with this type of publication today. Make no mistake, while Ami pretends to be an opened-minded publication, throwing out a few bones here and there to unsuspecting readers, at its core, as proven by this editorial and the fact that they won’t publish pictures of women among other things, they are solidly in the Chareidi camp. Menachem Lipkin, Emes Ve-Emunah
|CULTURE SHOCK NEVER GOES AWAY|
The difference between knowing and being…
My Children Live a Mixture of America and Israel. Today, my husband mentioned Shirley Temple and my children were oblivious to who she was. It happens quite often and is, for many people, unexpected. For the most part, their English skills are quite good. They are, most definitely, all bilingual. They understand English, read it, and speak it quite well. But where they “fall” – is with the culture and the sayings related to it. Paula R. Stern, A Soldier’s Mother
|THERE’S AN INTELLECTUAL IN MY SOUP|
Leslie Stein (“The Making of Modern Israel: 1948-1967”) is tackling the familiar question: Can one be an anti-Zionist without being an anti-Semite? But don’t assume you know what she’s about to say. Read, man, read, she’s really good.
How Anti-Zionism Seduced the Intellectual Left The Zionist movement never commanded a Jewish majority until after the Second World War. Clearly, Jews themselves, not to speak of non-Jews, could and did adopt anti-Zionist positions without any concomitant anti-Semitic overtones. It may seem strange to think of any Jew being anti-Semitic but under certain circumstances, the oppressiveness, continuity and pervasiveness of anti-Semitism can propel some of its victims to seek a way out by associating with and internalizing the views of their persecutors. It is not my intention to labor this point but rather to emphasize that in the past, anti-Zionism did not have the same connotations as it has today and that people holding such views did not necessarily do so with malice. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. Leslie Stein, Quadrant Online
Thanks to Jewish Issues Watchdog for the link.
|DON’T BE HATING THE INTERNET|
Useful and entertaining, a straight forward discussion of everything, but really everything you need to know about using the Interner without giving up your immortal soul.
Internet Filters for the Orthodox Jew There are three methods of filtering: time control, content filtering and content control. Time control sets limits on the time when internet access is available. For example, you can only allow it between the hours of 8 and 9pm or on Sundays from 3 to 5pm. This can help prevent overuse of the internet and also ensure that people only access the internet when others are likely to be awake and may walk into the room.
Also read in this entry about: Activity monitoring, choosing a filter, and mobile devices. Then scroll all the way down to the end of the article, where the author wisely cautions: Filters are not the answer. To my knowledge, no commercially available filters reach the standard of Orthodox Judaism. Hirhurim
Who said Mussar is a thing of the past? Some of us are quite good at dishing it out. Word of advice: don’t try this at home. Leave it to the experts. Like this guy…
Had I gone out to a Kiddush Club Had I gone out to a Kiddush Club during the haftorah this morning, I would have missed a few things. I would have missed seeing a Bar Mitzvah boy read the haftorah – perfectly – from a klaf (parchment, without the vowels). I would have missed saying Yekum Purkan with my youngest, who is racing through the words a little too quickly but is adorable doing so. The Rebbetzin’s Husband
|AND WE THOUGHT ALL THE GERMAN BIBLE CRITICS DIED IN THE DELUGE|
Totally expected something a little richer in citations and references to supporting documents. But the author decided to forego all that, which, to me provided a rare opportunity to see the scientific process in action. Free from the cumbersome weight of proof and evidence, it is easier to see the thought entering the thinker’s mind, spending some necessary time there, and shortly thereafter being squirted onto the computer screen. Now I know. What is Azazel? And How Did our Conception of Him Develop proto-Jews believed some desert demon, connected somehow, or for some reason, to the goats that lived there, that needed to be appeased. So they sent him a goat offering. Possible reasoning: The spiritual lord of that region loves goats.
Later, at various stages, midrashim were developed to further explain or interpret the ritual. DovBear
Stories of Suffering in Talmudic Literature Shulamit Valer. Sorrow and Distress in the Talmud. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2011. 313 pp. $59.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-936235-36-0. Shulamit Valler’s collection of seventy-five narratives from Talmudic literature that deal with grief and distress is an illuminating illustration of the statement: “What a religion has to say about suffering reveals in many ways more than anything else what it believes the nature and purpose of existence to be.”
Valler’s study of stories of sorrow in Talmudic literature exhibits an all too rare combination of scholarly erudition and didactic practicality. This book will fuel further scholarship and also be useful in teaching. It will make a valuable addition to wide variety of Jewish studies collections. Marc Bregman, H-Net Reviews
Thanks to Jewish Ideas Daily for the link.
About the Author: Tibbi Singer is a veteran contributor to publications such as Israel Shelanu and the US supplement of Yedioth, and Jewish Business News.The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.
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