Friday, May 26, 2006

Yom Yerushalayim - Parshas Digalim

אִישׁ עַל דִּגְלוֹ בְאֹתֹת לְבֵית אֲבֹתָם יַחֲנוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל מִנֶּגֶד סָבִיב לְאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד יַחֲנוּ

Monday, May 15, 2006

*Lamed Gimel*

"Where are you going with these flowers?" - R' Shimon Bar Yochai


"... I wish I were in Meiron right now..." - Me

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Embryonic Blaine

On Sunday a friend and I went to Lincoln Plaza to check out David Blaine’s latest stunt. I wasn’t expecting anything too exciting, and as such was not disappointed afterwards. Seeing a man in a giant bubble of water is rather interesting... for about a minute. One point I really enjoyed though was the visual resemblance to a fetus in utero. I am not a big fan of his stunts, but his street magic is incredible. I imagine Houdini was similar in that regard, except a grand spectacle in his day and age probably drew a relatively larger crowd. I heard recently that Blaine is Jewish (his mother being a Russian Jew, and his father Puerto Rican), and have already known that Houdini was a Jew (born Eric Wiess). What is it with Jewish illusionists (I prefer the term illusionist, as I would be hesitant to call such performances "magic")? What draws a Jewish soul to desire such large crowds gather in order to witness such spectacles? Is it simply ego? Or something grander? Anyway - I watched last night on ABC when he emerged for the first time in 7 days and then attempted to beat the record of longest amount of time spent underwater while holding ones breath. Ultimately he failed and came short of the record (which is 8 minutes, 58 seconds) with a nonetheless impressive 7 minutes and 8 seconds. After being rescued from the tank he seemed rather ill and depressed, I imagine it will take him some time to truly recuperate from this feat. His hands looked rather disgusting frankly and presumably large swaths of his skin will fall off (imagine the pruney look of your hands after a long bath multiplied by thousands). Hopefully there wasn’t extensive nerve damage which would put a bit of a handicap on his career. All in all... it was entertainment for the 21st century.

Monday, May 01, 2006

- Korban Pesach * Korban Omer -

First I read this interesting article over at ArutzSheva:

Rabbi Yisrael Ariel: Paschal Sacrifice is Still Obligatory
"It's not a question of 'maybe' or 'if'," says the Temple Institute's Rabbi Yisrael Ariel. "Bringing the Paschal sacrifice is a Torah obligation incumbent upon the People of Israel these very days."
(Rest of article).

Then later on stumbled across this at JTA:

Wall Sacrifice Blocked

Israeli police prevented the attempted sacrifice of a Passover lamb at the Western Wall.
A group of religious Jews led by far-right activist Itamar Ben-Gvir, lamb in hand, was blocked from reaching Judaism’s holiest site Wednesday.They said they wanted to slaughter the lamb as part of pre-Passover rituals.
(Rest of article).

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I have heard [though I have not yet had a chance to investigate myself ] that HaRav Kook held that in the Third Beis HaMikdash only non animal sacrifices will be offered such as the Omer. Any thoughts on wether the Korban Pesach should be re-instituted sans Temple? Any thoughts on wether animal Korbanos should be offered in the future Temple?