Monday, July 30, 2007
אמר רבן שמעון בן גמליאל, לא היו ימים טובים לישראל כחמישה עשר באב וכיום הכיפורים, שבהם בני ירושלים יוצאין בכלי לבן שאולים, כדי שלא לבייש את מי שאין לו. וכל הכלים טעונין טבילה. ובנות ירושלים יוצאות וחונות בכרמים. וכך הן אומרות, שא נא בחור עיניך וראה, מה אתה בורר לך; אל תיתן עיניך בנואי, אלא תן עיניך במשפחה. וכן הוא אומר, "צאנה וראינה בנות ציון, במלך שלמה--בעטרה, שעיטרה לו אימו ביום חתונתו, וביום, שמחת ליבו" (שיר השירים ג,יא): "ביום חתונתו", זה מתן תורה; "וביום, שמחת ליבו", זה בניין בית המקדש. יהי רצון שייבנה בימינו
Sunday, July 22, 2007
The Haftorah for Parshas Devarim is taken from Sefer Yishayahu wherein we find the following passage:
"שר֣יך סורר֗ים וחברי֙ גנב֔ים כלו֙ אה֣ב ש֔חד ורד֖ף שלמנ֑ים יתום֙ ל֣א ישפ֔טו ור֥יב אלמנ֖ה לא־יב֥וא אליהם"
“Your rulers are rogues and cronies of thieves, every one avid for presents and greedy for gifts; they do not judge the case of the orphan, and the widow's cause never reaches them.”
Sadly this cry of moral outrage is still applicable. Knesset members are being tried in court, numerous MK's are under police investigation, and the leader of the pack has decided to release 250 Arab terrorists. Allegedly none of those released have “blood on their hands”… I don’t think Hitler Yemach Shemo literally had any on his either, but we still appropriately place the blood upon his head for having orchestrated it all. What is the difference between that vile NAZI scum and these murderers who are being freed to bolster a “moderate”? A moderate whose doctoral thesis asserts that the Holocaust never happened and whose henchmen just weeks ago were responsible for tossing their Arab brethren off of rooftops, and killing them in the street execution style? Olmert could not give a damn about the Jewish families shattered by these murderers, for all he cares the orphaned families, and the widows could rot. He and a good chunk of those sitting holding the reigns of power within the government of Israel are greedily concerned with their own skins. Olmert, and those around him have been charged with nepotism, cronyism, and corruption yet we still allow him and them to sit there pretending to represent the Jewish people.
I for one, anticipate the day when the words of the Navi are fulfilled:
"ואש֤יבה ידי֙ על֔יך ואצר֥ף כב֖ר סיג֑יך ואס֖ירה כל־בדיליך ואש֤יבה שפט֙יך֙ כבר֣אשנ֔ה ויעצ֖יך כבתחל֑ה אחרי־כ֗ן יק֤רא לך֙ ע֣יר הצ֔דק קרי֖ה נאמנה"
“I will turn My hand against you, and smelt out your dross as with lye, and remove all your slag: I will restore your magistrates as of old, and your counselors as of yore. After that you shall be called City of Righteousness, Faithful City.”
May we merit that day...
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I’ve officially been tagged by the Good Samaritan (literally), Ben-Yehudah of Esser Agaroth. Though normally I would refrain from engaging in this sort of activity, I figured it would be rude of me to ignore the call so here goes.
Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
- I’ve been in love with fishing (though I do wonder if it qualifies as Tzaar Baalei Chaim, especially if it is just ‘catch and release’) since I was a toddler.
- My Dad and his brothers were all members of the JDL’s infamous ‘Chaya Squad’.
- If I were not extremely attached to Eretz HaTzvi then I’d choose to live in New Zealand.
- I was a vegetarian for about a year.
- I appreciate ‘urban art’ (aka graffiti) but have become perturbed as of late regarding the ethical aspect of it.
- I was born at the Miamonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, and the RaMBaM is one of my all-time philosophical heroes.
- I own some relatively old coins and as such confer upon myself the pretentious title of “amateur numismatist”.
- My favorite roller coaster of all time is ‘The Cyclone’.
Unfortunately, I do not always have much time to peruse the J-Blogosphere, though here are some bloggers that I have found to be of interest:
Elchonon, Mad Zionist, David Guttman, ManuscriptBoy, RebelJew, ReJewvanator, Beis Runner, and Ben Bayit.
To any of the bloggers who feel me having tagged them was very random, my apologies. Additionally please forgive me if you’ve already been tagged, and I have not realized it. Please do not feel burdened to continue with this meme.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
It seems that some sources within Judaism indicate that the things we choose to eat, and in particular the animals we choose to eat carry potent symbolism and messages. Different species embody traits we are either to shun or emulate. The stork, is despite its generosity speciesist (or reflectively ethnocentric), the pig is inherently deceptive… This has led me to consider the dictum “you are what you eat”, particularly in light of some astounding footage that was taken by some tourists on safari in Kruger Park, South Africa. The buffalo’s status as a permitted kosher animal as percieved through the lens of this glimpse into the animal kingdom should encourage us as the Jewish nation to actively and collectively pursue the return of our captives in accord with the Torah’s command of ‘pidyun shvuyim’. If only the raw, natural instinct that drove these buffalo toward the course of action they took would be adopted, then our holy nation would be able to dwell securely within its own Land... sadly it seems that the so called "leaders" in Israel are addicted to a menu of treif spineless jellyfish.