Friday, July 30, 2010

Haiti Needs Help

I first found out about the raping via What About Our Daughters blog. Not sure if the regular MSM (main stream media) put this out. Something has got to be changed.


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Bandits in Haiti are preying on vulnerable earthquake survivors, even raping women, in makeshift camps which were set up in the capital of Port-au-Prince after the disaster.

"With the blackout that's befallen the Haitian capital, bandits are taking advantage to harass and rape women and young girls under the tents," Haiti’s national police chief Mario Andresol said yesterday.

"We have more than 7,000 detainees in the streets who escaped from the National Penitentiary the evening of the earthquake... It took us five years to apprehend them. Today they are running wild."

Read more:

Philip Emeagwali -Where have You Been in My Education Process?

Once again, I have to thank my FB friends for this one:

("The unsung hero behind the internet")

I just discovered his website Well, that should keep me busy for a few days. **grabs fork and knife**

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Eric Eyutchae's YouTube!

His own creation! Yay, Eric!

The Power of Religion

I was talking to Mr. BFWF today and he was telling me about the Magus of Strovolos. The author and follower of the Magus was said to have written that there are three things a person needs, goodness, wisdom and power in order to be an upstanding person.

In the Jewish book, Eim Habanim Smeicha (Happy Mother of Children), he writes that one needs goodness, wisdom and religion.

That then made me remember all the rants by various people afraid of being duped by religion who says, "Religion is just a tool to control the masses!"

So, there is a connection between power and religion. Certainly, religion does give one power. How many AA preachers have discovered this route and decide to go the path of religion for the sake of its power? There are many admonitions against studying Torah because of its power. But truly, religion is only one of those qualifiers for creating an upstanding person. Without the goodness and with out the wisdom, religion is nothing but a tool to control the masses -anybody else but the self.

Wisdom + Goodness + Religion (the ability to be effective, to dominate, control the SELF) = uprightiousness.

Only Wisdom + Goodness = an ineffective individual who holds on to the idea that the meek will eventually get some inheritance. Somewhere...

Only Goodness + Religion (effectiveness) = cult. Going strongly down a wrong path.

OnlyWisdom + Religion= Evil! What's going on nowadays most of the time (i.e. religion being a tool to control the masses and all that).

This topic needs more exploration!

Proverbs 7

1 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
2 Keep my commandments and live, and my teaching as the apple of thine eye.
3 Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thy heart.
4 Say unto wisdom: 'Thou art my sister', and call understanding thy kinswoman;
5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the alien woman that maketh smooth her words.
6 For at the window of my house I looked forth through my lattice;
7 And I beheld among the thoughtless ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,
8 Passing through the street near her corner, and he went the way to her house;
9 In the twilight, in the evening of the day, in the blackness of night and the darkness.
10 And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of a harlot, and wily of heart.
11 She is riotous and rebellious, her feet abide not in her house;
12 Now she is in the streets, now in the broad places, and lieth in wait at every corner.
13 So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face she said unto him:
14 'Sacrifices of peace-offerings were due from me; this day have I paid my vows.
15 Therefore came I forth to meet thee, to seek thy face, and I have found thee.
16 I have decked my couch with coverlets, with striped cloths of the yarn of Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.
18 Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning; let us solace ourselves with loves.
19 For my husband is not at home, he is gone a long journey;
20 He hath taken the bag of money with him; he will come home at the full moon.'
21 With her much fair speech she causeth him to yield, with the blandishment of her lips she enticeth him away.
22 He goeth after her straightway, as an ox that goeth to the slaughter, or as one in fetters to the correction of the fool;
23 Till an arrow strike through his liver; as a bird hasteneth to the snare-- {N}
and knoweth not that it is at the cost of his life.
24 Now therefore, O ye children, hearken unto me, and attend to the words of my mouth.

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Elders of Zion Strikes Again!


Kid Fears

Its just too cute. My 4 year old son was afraid there was a kangaroo in our closet. Aw!



Ethiopians who made Aliyah (lit. = ascension. came to Israel)

(woman singing)

Happy Tu B'Av !!

Today is Tu B'Av, the Jewish valentine's day, of sorts.

On this day, there is no confession of sins! Some single women dress in white and dance in commemoration of the dancing from the women of the tribe of Benjamin so long ago. And whoever did not have a wife -goes there to find a bride! (in the vineyard where the women were dancing).

From the Talmud, last Mishnah in Taanit (4:8)

Rabban Shimon the son of Gamliel said: There were no holidays so joyous for the Jewish People as the Fifteenth of Av and Yom HaKippurim, for on those days, daughters of Yerushalayim would go out dressed in borrowed white clothing, so as not to embarrass the one who didn't have. . . And the daughters of Jerusalem would go out and dance in the vineyards. And what would they [the women] say?

"Young man, lift up your eyes and see what you are choosing for yourself. Don't look only at physical beauty - look rather at the family - 'For charm is false, and beauty is vanity. A G-d - fearing woman is the one to be praised...' ("Mishlei"/Proverbs 31:30)

They proceed to quote further further from Eshes Chayil, and the Mishna concludes with Tanna's addition of a quote from Shir HaShirim. whose explications leads up to "this is is the building of the Holy Temple that should be rebuilt speedily in our days, Amen."

The Gemara (Taanis 30b-31a; Bava Bathra 121) remarks, Yom Kippur was a day of joy and celebration, for "selicha and mechila," as well as the giving of the luchos, but what happened on the 15th of Av? It goes on to list the events that Kehati refers to in his gloss of the MIshna. There is another,more detailed version of this story in the Gemara, in which the nubile girls offer more options to the boys. I hope to draw the compare/contrast at some point. But for now, let us just concentrate on this particular Mishna. The way it ends forces a connection between this event that would lead to marriages and the building of the Bais Hamikdash, which is what is signified by "yom simchas libo" [the day of his {Shlomo's} heart's gladness]. As a marriage of accord is one in which the yud and the heh combine from Ish and Isha (this was referred to in Hanoch Teller's talk, as I quoted in the previous post, though it is a well-known idea) it is meant to serve as a dwelling, so to speak for the Schina [Divine presence]. So building a marriage is building a Mikdash, which is what the Bayis ne'eman everyone wishes for the young couple in their congratulation is supposed to be about. [Hanoch Teller referred to marrying in order to build a Mishkan, but he did not reference this Mishna.

6 positive things are commemorated on the 15th of Av. Two of them are directly related to marriage, or, more specifically, permission to marry:

1. On this day, the tribes were granted permission to marry out of their tribes. In the first generation to enter the Land of Israel and to receive their portion of land, women who inherited their fathers were not allowed to marry out of their tribe, so as not to allow land belonging to one tribe to pass over to another, as we read in the recent Torah portion about the daughter of Tzlofchad.
On Tu B'Av, it was clarified that this limitation was only for the generation of the daughters of Tzolfchad and would not apply to future generations. 
You can read more at Kallah (bride) Magazine Blog.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Germany: Was that A Smart Move???

Germany, unable to handle the riots by Muslim neighborhoods, imports Turkish police force. Hmmmmm...

Is that so smart?


Friday, July 23, 2010

Psalm 137: By the Rivers of Babylon

Boney M sings by the Rivers of Babylon.


story of what happened in Israel.

Mild Rant

I really don't like getting on a soap box but sometimes I gotta.

I really try to keep the house in order. Everything in its place, etc. But with little kids.....

Its as if everything is considered a toy! The drawers, cabinets, pots, pans, spoons, forks, everything. And then they end up broken or lost. ***sigh***.


Deeper and Higher

At times in my posts I use the words "deeper" and "higher" interchangeably. I suppose I should explain myself because mostly when we think of the word "deep" we think of something going lower.

So I have two two-dimensional pictures in my mind when I talk about depth:


The red section is the outer portion of the body. That would be like the head /the brains /the beginning / wisdom/ knowledge, data bank part.  The pink section would be the middle, deeper part (the heart / the emotions, the spiritual, faith, confidence, humility capability, etc) Then the white part would be the deepest part (yesod, the womb, production, reality making, child bearing, foundation, new beginning based on the new info that got funneled through the brain and downwards through the heart, the groin, all that type of thing.)

Now, if I could turn both of these pictures into 3D, it would look about the same!

This was the best picture I could find from the google stock pile. But notice the circles are no longer next to each other, but rises the more internal we go.

The only funny thing about this imagery is that it makes one think of an upside down person! With his brains downwards and his rear end upwards!!

The Talmud (Pesachim 50a) records that Rav Yosef passed away briefly and was then revived. After his recovery, his father asked him what he saw during his brief journey Heavenwards. Rav Yosef answered tersely: "I saw an upside-down world. I saw upper ones below and lower ones above."

Of course, in the Talmud (Pesachim 50a) he meant that the people who were the truly Great Ones, were in lower positions, lowly regarded and scorned by others; whereas those who were revered as giants, wonderful people, sucess stories, etc., were regarded in Heaven as the lowly ones.

I also heard some sages say that the beginning lust (the one that snowballs into other lusts and sins) is the lust for seksh. ( I misspelled on purpose because I don't want the 'wrong crowd' coming on my blog) which to me means that this lust is very unadulterated, I'd dare say pure but that just doesn't go with the territory. More like a one-celled amoeba that hasn't evolved yet. Thus, the other sins, stealing, murder, bribery, embezzlement, fraud, false witness, kidnapping, damaging, etc (God protect us from them all!) are more complex sins derived from that lust. (Other rabbis say the lust for food, gluttony, is also an original sin starter.)

Thus, if one can control this lust, its as if the reigns for all the other sins are somewhat in control. Its much harder than it seems because it may try to pop out in different ways. But basically, if that lust can be reigned, a very righteous, holy person can be had! This also makes me wonder if people who are accused of this basic lust is not so bad as those who's lust have snowballed into all kinds of higher, "white collar" crimes.

Please note: I am NOT condoning any bad behavior. And when I say, one sin is not as bad as its derivatives, that doesn't mean one should allow oneself to fall prey to lustful people! Discern.

At any rate, there is definitely an inclination towards holiness when one is keeping oneself in control of this very strong lust -especially since it originates from a very deep part of us. Like homeopathy or wholistic medicine-fixing the problem from all the way inside and it works its way outwards (hopefully).

Thursday, July 22, 2010

An Igbo Jewish Blog!!

Baruch Hashem! Praise God!!

Now we have an Igbo Jewish blog: The Voice of Igbo Israel.   My community is getting larger! woohoo.

(Igbo is a Nigerian tribe that believe their ancestors were Jewish or many of them are drawn to Judaism.)


Deep Inside: Kola Boof

Check out Kola Boof's book: The Sexy Part of the Bible.

You can read an interview with Ms. Boof at DeepKola blog.

(More info on Kola Boof at the book's scheduled release time, Feb 1, 2011!)


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Celeste Bright: A New Beginning!

This is very exciting! I feel as if the fruits of self empowerment are finally starting to come out. A reader of What About Our Daughters blog is debuting her first movie called Celeste Bright. Here is episode 1.

You can read and learn more about it at What About Our Daughters blog

Yay!! BW characters without all the garbage!!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Those Fasting and Mourning the Destruction of the Holy Temple...

Have an easy fast...

Yearn for the Temple.


Truth and Faith

I don't know if this is the case in the non-Jewish world, but in the Jewish world (in particular, in Breslov), women are compared to Faith and men are compared to Truth.

Well, I sometimes think this is also the case with Black Folks as well. BF are like Faith ,and truth is attracted to Faith.

Unfortunately, there are alot of ugly truths in the world. Many people are haters, they are cruel and hurtful.

If this is true,  then no wonder we constantly get bigots in our faces, etc.

So where do we go for Truth, the real good kind? How do we make sure that we, Faith, encounter more often than not,  the godly Truth?

Those who light their seven candles with clean, good oil, will have a shining countenance. They will also be able to receive and distinguish godly Truth. Those who think they're about truth will only seek Justice and will despise faith (they'll be attracted to and come to Faith, and yet hate her).

"Justice will be the belt around his waist. Faithfulness will be the belt around his hips." (Isaiah 11:5)

Justice and Faith seem to both go in the same place, a belt around the waist. So what's the difference between the two? According to Rebbi Nachman of Breslov, in his Likutey Moharan, lesson #7, they are both forms of judgements. The difference is that in justice, there is no mercy. Who ever does wrong is punished, ostracized, shamed. Whereas (true) Faith comes from a godly Truth which inserts mercy. Here, whoever does wrong deserves punishment, nevertheless, for the good that has been accumulated by that person, the punishment is reduced. So, mercy is the deciding factor. In the godly Truth there is the element of mercy; in justice there is no room for mercy.

So, if we are Faith and we come across someone who thinks himself righteous and is all about justice, he may say hurtful things because he thinks we deserve it. As opposed to someone who is about godly Truth, and even though if he were to judge, he would see perhaps we have a flaw or two, he would also see our accumulated goodness and come to a Truth which includes mercy. He would see us in a more balanced way.

(This reminds me of the story of Noah. Noah was righteous and just. Meaning, he was okay with the world going down and drowning with minimal protest on his part because he felt they deserve it. They did wrong and their punishment must be metted out. Finished.  As long as he and his family could get in that ark and shut the door behind themselves, he was fine.  He was so justice oriented, that when his grandson, Canaan did wrong, rather than giving him reparations to do -as God would- instead he cursed Canaan.  Compare this to Moses, a humble man. Time and time again he put up with the grievance of the Jewish people. He worked tirelessly to bring everyone to the light of the Holy One, Blessed be He because he had mercy on them all. We can even compare Noah to Abraham who, upon hearing of the eminent destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, pleaded to God, "what of there were 50 good people still in the land? What if there were 40? 30?" and so on and so forth.He cared and showed mercy.)

So, to ask the question differently, How can we, Faith, attract godly Truth more often? Instead of the Noahs of the world, how can we attract the Moses and the Abrahams??

I guess we can only check the candles. Is Mr. Truth's candles bright and shining? Ears. Does he enjoy listening to rantings of bigots and haters? Or does he prefer non-hurtful, pleasant music? Does he listen to positive people? Eyes. Does he read trash? Does his eyes roam? Nose. Does he flare up with anger quickly? Is he forever waiting to "exhale" (i.e. is he always releasing emission on some poor unfortunate girl i.e. is he immoral)? Mouth. Does he lie all the time? Does he speak truth?

That is about as much as we can do. We can't peer into anyone's heart, so we just have to settle for what he consumes and puts out. Through this, hopefully, Faith can meet with Truth and holy sparks will fly!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Story: Akiva son of Yosef

Rabbi Akiva ben Yosef decided to become religious at the age of 40.  He asked his teacher, Rabbi Nahum what he should do because he didn't even know basic things and there were no schools for adults that taught basic things. Rabbi Nahum told him he'd have to go to school with the children.

"But they'll laugh at me!" He exclaimed.
Rabbi Nahum calmed him down with a story....

Once there was a poor family. They were so poor, they could only afford a deformed mule who had a gaping hole in its back. The wife said, "Husband, we've got to make some money. Here, take the mule and go into town to sell our wares."

"Go into town?! With that mule?! Why I'll be the laughing stock." Retorted the husband.

"We need the money," the wife was upset. "Not only are you going to go with that mule, but I'm going to put some soil in that gaping hole on its back and place a tree in there!!!"

And that was that.

The man sadly went to town.

The whole town came out to see this man with this strange mule. He truly was the laughing stock that day. Everyone had a good laugh! The man came home humiliated. He didn't want to go again. But the next day, the wife sent him right back into town.

This time, not everyone came out to see him. There were giggles and chortles, but the fun had already been had the first day. And each successive day, brought less laughter and less laughter. Finally, a day came when he became a regular in the town. He came and sold his wares and everyone accepted him and his mule.

One day, a visitor came into the town. He saw this guy with his mule and began to laugh. He searched for someone to laugh with him, "Hey everyone, look, a man with a mule with a tree on his back!!"

"Oy!" They all exclaimed, "that's just Moishy. We know him. He's alright."

The End.

Rabbi Akiva understood. He went to school. Eventually he became one of the greatest sages in Israel and many of his teachings are very important in the Jewish world today.

Neshama News

My favorite nemesis at the moment, BP (British Petroleum) Oil confirmed today that in 2007 it put pressure on the British government with regard to an agreement with Libya on the transfer of prisoners in exchange for an acceleration of talks with Tripoli on offshore oil prospecting. Oh now nice. More terrorist on the loose, in exchange for slick oil money. A spy vs spy scenario, except its terrorist vs greed)

Ah well, the good news is that after 70 some odd numbers of days, they finally put a cap on the oil spill.

So much for Israeli PR,  it seems the job is better done when left to the people themselves. In the wake of a second "flotilla"  attempt, Yedida Freilich comes out with this beautiful song:

(woman singing and playing piano)

Today is the yahrtzeit /commemoration of the Ari (Rabbi Isaac Luria) and a Breslover giant Michel Dorfman. We light a candle and pray that their neshama (high part of the soul) be elevated.

Better Luck Next Time

If you are trying to change your luck. here are some segulot (plural for segula) to help change that.

What is a segula? A segula is ana action or event or thing that can effect something else even though the two seem to have nothing in common.

Change of Place

This is derived from the story of Abraham.

1 Now the LORD said unto Abram: 'Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto the land that I will show thee. 

 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing. 

3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.' (Genesis12:1-3)

Change of  Name

This can be derived from the story of Sarah. She went from Sarai to Sarah and was then able to have a son. (The extra "i" was later transfered to Joshua.)

15 And God said unto Abraham: 'As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. 
16 And I will bless her, and moreover I will give thee a son of her; yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be of her.' (Genesis 17:15-16)

This is also why, in the Jewish world, when someone falls very ill, they change or add a name to the sick person.

Change of Deeds
Here, any time we change or actions (for the good of course), that is, repent from our wrongs and try to be better, upstanding, righteous individuals, we have God's grace on our side. This can be seen from the old adage: you reap what you sow. Sow something different and....

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Last of Five Books

In the Jewish world, we are at the book of Deuteronomy (Devarim) which is the last of the five books of Moses!! That means we are almost done with the it all, which means Rosh Hashana -the new year. Woohooo! Which means lots of celebration.

At the same time I worry about war. Always some potential war looming.

Ah. New year. New resolutions. New beginnings...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The End of Homeschooling (For Now?)

Today I did the sorry act of registering the kids for school.  I really enjoyed the homeschooling and I think its really beneficial for Black kids -while they are very young. Unfortunately, I am just inadequate when it comes to teaching them real, proper Hebrew. For that they will just have to be immersed into the culture for a year.

I am hoping that once they get the Hebrew, hopefully I can extract them out of school and continue the homeschooling or depending on how things go, continue with the institutionalized schooling.

Its a heartbreaker.

And the funny thing is that I did it today right on the eve of the new month of Av on the Jewish calendar. Av is usually not the preferred month to do things. **gulp**.

Africa Collective Will

I have discovered an interesting website called Africacollectivewill thanks to Kola Boof on FB. I can't critique it yet, but you can check it out for yourself w/the link.


Friday, July 9, 2010

Passing Through the Fire (addendum)

There are many who will say we must discard wisdom. That  wisdom is worthless. That  faith is much more important. And they're right that faith is very important! Its the end game.


Faith based on nothing is also foolhardy and should not be called faith at all, but gullibility. We need to be wise -or we need to pass through wisdom- before we can have solid, unshakeable, almost instinctual faith. We need to be wise about wisdom and know how to gather information, when to discard information

"Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? A man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face is changed." (Ecclesiates 8:1)

"The lips of the wise disperse knowledge; but the heart of the foolish is not stedfast." (Proverbs 15:7)

"Rabbi Chanina ben Dosa says, "Anyone whose fear of wrong doing precedes his wisdom will have enduring wisdom. Anyone, however, whose wisdom precedes his fear of wrongdoing will not have enduring wisdom."

He would say, "Anyone whose deeds exceed his wisdom, his wisdom will endure. Anyone whose wisdom exceeds his deeds, his wisdom will not endure."" (Talmud: Pirkei Avot, Chapt 3; Mishna 9)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Lighting Your Precious Candles


Well, what do you use to light up your seven precious candles?

The best oil is olive oil!

According to Rebbe Nachman, in Likutey Moharan lesson #21 we all have seven precious candles. These candles are our eyes, our ears, two nostrils and our mouth. When we use pure, clean oil to illuminate these candles that means we are checking what we take in --good books, good blog posts, positive, useful information, good tidings, important tidings, good food, fragrant or cool air, etc. When it is said that unclean, dirty oil is used, its as if we are putting shmutzy, trashy, junky, gossipy, disgraceful movies, songs, pictures, bad smells into ourselves.

It can be worthwhile to use good, healthy oil for illuminating these candles because a well lit face brings us to grace from The Holy One, Blessed be He and also the intellect can more easily absorbs information (the channels are not clogged up by falsehood, hurtful info, and the like).

Now who wouldn't want that?

It goes further. There are two kinds of knowledge. The one that is inside the brain already and the one that hoovers around us waiting to be let in. Let's give these two names. The one that's inside us already, we'll call absorbed knowledge; the kind that is not yet processed yet, we'll call floating knowledge (in Hebrew its called makif. Should I use the Hebrew?)

Using my favorite mascot, Karen. Say Karen is waiting to absorb some floating knowledge. For the time being she's just not getting it.

The floating knowledge x, y, and z are buzzing around her. She can't really see it, but its there. Some of it is so pure, so refined that unless Karen refines her seven candles, she may not be able to absorb all of it.

This floating knowledge of x, y, and z can also be called her "garments" because they hoover around her like a coat.

There was once a thug who was waiting for a girl to pass by to hurt her. He hid behind a bush and prepared for his ambush.  Luckily, that girl decided to wear a disguise. She wore something different than what she already had. Thus, when she passed by the thug behind the bush, she was unrecognizable and was able to pass unharmed!
Another good reason for illuminating our candles and absorbing new knowledge is that we eliminate the old "garment" around us and have a brand new garment unrecognizable than before. Thus, we can experience life quite differently than before.  The "thugs" won't recognize the new garment and we pass unharmed; that is to say, old naysayers and previous hurtful words and haters can not effect us because they are chasing after the wrong garments.

(hmmm, perhaps that explains why kids are always putting things in their mouths! lol. Forever learning, absorbing from the outside and bringing it in)

The concept of "garment" is too deep and I don't think I would do it justice to explain any further.

So to sum it all up: using pure oil to make your candles shine bright -i.e. using proper speech, no cuss words, not breathing hot air of anger, keeping cool, seeing good and hearing good- is beneficial in that it allows you to absorb knowledge faster. As you keep absorbing new knowledge and more knowledge, you get wise. You receive grace and you leave your enemies powerless.  

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Black Fire White Fire Moment

Mr. BFWF collecting oranges...

Mr. BFWF tithing oranges!

No Major Media coverage of BP Lawsuits

I just thought it was very interesting that I don't find any major media outlet reporting on the lawsuits out against BP.

Goodness gracious. (according to a yahoo search among others).


Eating in Public (For the Jewish Readers...)

Another interesting post at Hirhurim:

Eating in Public by Rabbi Ari Enkin

The Talmud teaches that eating in public is inappropriate conduct and that one who does so is comparable to a dog.[1] Furthermore, eating in public is one of the activities which disqualify a person from serving as a witness in ritual matters.[2]While the Talmud seems to imply that any form of eating in public is to be shunned, it appears from other sources, however, that it is only eating *while walking* in public which is truly forbidden.[3] As such, it is permitted to eat in a restaurant or any other circumstance where eating in public is appropriate.[4] One should also avoid drinking a beverage in public whenever possible.[5]

The Talmud's comparison between one who eats in public and a dog is actually, well, somewhat accurate. Indeed, animals often continue to walk while eating any food they happen to find in the street rather than establish themselves in one spot in order to eat it in a dignified manner. It is also taught that eating in the street is a sign of personal disregard and indignity.[6] Some authorities teach that eating in public is a sign of poverty, as if one has no food to eat at home.[7] It is permitted, however, to chew gum or suck candies in public.[8]

You can read more at Hirhurim (musings) blog.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Celtic Blues!


Africa in Early 20th Century

Just doing some personal research about various countries in the African continent during the early 20th century.

If anyone has a site to recommend, please do.


Monday, July 5, 2010

One Day (Matisyahu): Kid's Favorite Version


.Now, Matisyahu, if you ever come to Israel, would you please visit my kids, they'd be so thrilled. Thank you.

Golf of Mexico Oil Spill

Honestly, I have never cared deeply for animals. But when I saw the seagulls all covered with oil, I cried out! Something in my gut was wrenched and even now its hard to talk about. This is not the exact picture that touched me, but its also painful to see.

I sure hope the people take things into their own hand and ....I don't know, but I hope the oil spill situation get resolved.

(hat tip: Lemon Lime Moon blog)

Long Nights Ahead....


We are attempting to wean. So, there will be long nights ahead of us. I just hope Naftali can be weaned as quick and as painless (cryless?) as possible. Any tips are welcomed.