Yesterday I attended my sister’s engagement party. “How did you do this?” you ask. It’s a valid question. My family lives in Queens, NY, some 6,000 miles away from my dorm room in Jerusalem. Through the wonders of modern technology, I was able to “attend” the party in a few different ways. First, I was sent numerous pictures of all the various decorations and party treats via Whatsapp and iMessage. Then, I was “tagged” in photos by actual, physical attendees, so I was able to see who was there and what they wore. Last, my father graciously “Skyped” with me at different junctures (before the party, during and wrapping up), so I was able to interact with guests and get a feel for the vibe and the action. This is how I came to be a “floating head” being passed around my sister’s engagement party. I can only imagine what it was like in my grandfather’s time, how absurd the idea of participating in a party happening on another continent would seem. I can imagine him in his tenement house, shaving ice off a block and into a class of cola, seeing only who was in his line of vision. Here I am, 70 years later, a yelping presence in a tiny box on an iPhone screen yelling “Grandpa! I like your haircut!” Unreal. While this was a major event for my family, for me it was even more huge. It was the “first family event I missed due to aliyah.” The first in a seemingly endless stretch of engagement parties, bridal showers, wedding and bar mitzvahs to which I will have to respond “no”, not because I’m busy, or because I’m not interested in going, but because there is this huge ocean in between myself and those I love most. While I definitely have a nice number of friends and family here in the Holy Land, I would guess that 95% of my social and familial worlds live in the US. That, my friends, is a lot of missed happy occasions. Last week I got a shower invitation for a girl whom I absolutely adore. She and I have been friends, and what’s more single friends, for ages. Her simcha truly makes me ecstatic. And yet I will have to miss her special day (and undoubtedly a fabulous party) because I chose to “live the dream.” It definitely stings. This isn’t to say that I regret my decision to be here, even for a second. I always knew that one of the toughest parts about living over here is that time “back home” would not freeze for me. No one would hold off getting engaged or having babies until my yearly trips back to the States. But knowing and experiencing are two very different things, I have learned. And so I will continue to be that floating head at parties, shouting “mazel tovs” and blowing kisses to the people at parties on the other side of the ocean. Until the day I can attend those parties as a hologram.
Posts Tagged ‘WhatsApp’
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani must be addicted to WhatsApp, because he reportedly applied his official veto and overrode the decision to outlaw WhatsApp in Iran.
Zionist owned or not, without WhatsApp, how would Rouhani get his regular progress updates on Iran’s nuclear weapons development program?
Iran’s communications minister told Al Arabiya that until Iran has alternative to WhatsApp and other social media sites, they can’t filter them.
Iran has outlawed WhatsApp, reportedly because it is now owned by that wily, Jewish, Zionist Mark Zuckerberg, according to Benjamin Weinthal on JPost.com.
The outlawing was done by, “Iran’s Committee on Internet Crimes.”
More likely, the unsupervised freedom of expression and discussion that WhatApp brings to the average man on the street scares Iran, just like Twitter scares Turkey.
On the other hand, sometimes antisemitism is sometimes just antisemitism.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed an economic and research partnership agreement with California Gov. Edmund “Jerry” Brown.
The agreement will enhance cooperation between Israel and California in a variety of areas, with a focus on water conservation, alternative energy, cybersecurity, health and biotechnology, education and agricultural technology, according to a press release from Brown’s office.
The agreement also allows Israeli companies access to a variety of Californian technology research facilities, including technology incubators, research parks, federal laboratories and universities.
“Through this agreement, California and Israel will build on their respective strengths in research and technology to confront critical problems we both face, such as water scarcity, cybersecurity and climate change,” said Governor Brown in the statement.
Netanyahu said “the opportunities of our partnerships are truly limitless. They’re limited only by our imagination.” While in California, Netanyahu also met with Apple CEO Tim Cook, as well as with Jan Koum and Brian Acton, the founders of text message service WhatsApp.