Thursday, December 20, 2012

Bayit Ne'eman 101

If the Jewish people who have returned to the Land will let go of their Western ways that they picked up while in galut, what type of clothing would they begin to wear? What is practical for hard working people? For the climate and the land?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

USA Cash Cow?

US sells fighter jets to Egypt. despite all the turmoil going on over there...

US set to sell bombs to Israel.

Is someone cashing in on all the fighting in the middle east? If so, why would they ever want it to end?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Get your Lemonheads book series for your entertainment...

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A Na Nach moment...

Egypt on Fire

Egypt is ablaze with protest.
The protest is escalating. Morsi ran out the back door from the presidential palace, but the army is still going strong against the secularist protesters.

(hi/five: Vlad Tepes blog)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

This Shabbat -parashat Vayishlach

This Shabbat, we read: Bereishit 32: 4-36,45    (Genesis)

Jacob is frettin.  He heard that Esav, his brother is coming towards him with about 400 men.  Last time he had anything to do with his brother Esav, Esav was wanting him dead for having taken the blessings from their father Yitzchok.

He gets an idea to send him gifts after gifts after gifts in the hopes of winning him over. Will it work?!

Mechon Mamre will say!

(This is the parasha where Jacob wrestles with the mysterious "Why-should-I-Tell-You-My-Name" angel.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Revenge of the Psychedelic DayDream Monster - And Musings

Sleep is not my friend. Most things related to sleep are not my friends. Things related to sleeping would be: working --things I have to do in a drone-like fashion.

And yet, every night I'm faced with this task of sleeping.  It doesn't come easy.  I lay on the bed and usually I can fall a sleep pretty nicely.  But at around 2am, my eyes just open. It opens and can't close back.  Now, I can move about and busy myself and do stuff.  But then I end up being a shmatta, a rag, during the regular day time.

So I have to stay on the bed.  Either I get a little light and read ---that is the best!  Or sometimes, I resort to daydreaming. I make up a family in my head and all sorts of adventures for them. But then the story grows and grows and gets a life of its own and then soon, it wants to spill into the regular day time hours.  During regular day time hours, I'll feel this urge to run under the covers and day dream some more.

If I"m not careful, this day dream can become more "important" than the real life situations -especially if there is something in real life that I don't want to face.

Back in the day, during a time of abuse in my life,  it was a life saver. A relief.  But now, I have to slay this monster everytime it rears its head.  Like an alcoholic that has to watch out for his driniking, i think...

But day dreaming and thinking about things does have its pluses --which is why its so attractive- and as long as I keep it contained its rather okay

Anyway, that is some of my night time, day dream musings.

How are you readers? What's up?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hilary Clinton -to visit Israel

Hilary Clinton is set to visit Israel. Curious what will be said behind closed doors.  Definitely NOT going to be anything like Glenn Beck's message, but we can hope...

I like that the Iron Dome is called the Iron Dome, in Hebrew its the " Iron Kippah" (kippat barzel). Here's a video of this kippah at work...

The Jewish people are one of the few people who actually have a deed to the land, a document that says Israel should be ours. Something like that can probably make many "take over" nations hate us and want us gone for how can they look at the people that lived in the land before them with a serious face?

Nevertheless, if we do not keep our side of the bargain, than what good is that document.  We have to keep Shabbat, eat kosher, and do the mitzvot and celebrate the festivals so that we can claim Israel.

The Whole You -Conclusion

Shalom Friends,

Here is the link to the conclusion of the exciting adventures of the Barzel family. I hope you thoroughly enjoy yourself!! Thank you for reading and G-d bless. Love you guys!!

Follow this blog and get updates whenever a new story comes out.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Barzel Family Adventure

Please visit the Adventures in the Holy Land blog for a new exciting adventures with the Barzel family.

This story is called, "The Whole You"

Summary: Yaakov and Gideon learn that one must be whole and content to ward away temptors.

Bond --Not James Bond

To all the goodly people of the world who appreciate conservative values, who want good for their children, who can think critically and who are able bodied, Let's BOND!

Now I would like to take this opportunity to weed out the fluffy, misty eyed, we-love-the world, "there is no bad here, only withering flowers" type. These type of people, bless their hearts, are so tired of the evil in the world, that they just mentally place themselves in the redemption already -as if, that will erase the current situation we are in.

Did you know that European nations are offering aid to African nations only on the condition that they accept gay marriage?

There is probably more going on that is swept under the rug. But truth must prevail and the good must be victorious.

Friday, November 16, 2012

War in Israel

Yes. as you know we are in war with Hamas in the Gaza area.

so much to say, but for the sake of the military, its best not to reveal too much now.

Pray for us -those who care.

Thank you.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Noahide Nation: Why is This Nation Different from all the Other Nations?

On Passover we do many things different. So much so that there is the requisite child question which is: "Why is this night different from all the other nights?"  Its even a song.

A great "YES!" moment is when a child unprompted, sees that the Passover night is different, i.e. we eat matzot instead of bread, we wash ahead of time, etc., they ask of their own accord, "why are we doing things different this night from the other nights?"  Yes!!

Anyway, so who are the Noahides? Those are the many people who choose to live at the very least according to the seven laws of Noah.

Here are the seven laws:

    1. Prohibition of Idolatry
    2. Prohibition of Murder
    3. Prohibition of Theft
    4. Prohibition of Sexual Immorality
    5. Prohibition of Blasphemy
    6. Prohibition of eating flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive
    7. Establishment of courts of law

(courtesy of wikipedia)

 These laws are gathered and compiled from the "Christian Old Testament"  or really from the Tannakh. I say at the very least because really they can take on other mitzvot from the Torah.

So, how is this nation different from all the other nations?

Well first of all, they are the only non-Jewish group that goes according to the Torah. That right there eliminates many other nations. But Islam did take some of its teachings from the Jewish faith, so would that be right up there with Islam?

The way --derech eretz of a Noahide would probably be most comparable to that of the Jews.  Sharia -the word for "the Path" in Islam is almost antithetical to Judaism.   With the Noahides learning and undersrtanding derech eretz, they are most apt to understand the spirit of the Torah more than any other non-(practicing) Jewish groups.

So, there you have it!

Another interesting thing about Noahides, is that where ever they are, whatever actual land space that they are in, there they create part of the Noahide global community.  Imagine if they traded together, visited one another? build with each other and held hands across the globe, what a wonderful world it would be!

Breaking news...

Israel  Defense Force struck and killed Hamas military head via air.

This causing retaliation from Hamas, firing yet more missiles into Israel, Beer Sheva, one aimed at Dimona. 

There is unconfirmed report that Syria is attempting something in northern Israel -in the Golan. This is from ARabic media so...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Neshama News

news from an Emuna perspective

Congratulations goes to Barrack Housein Obama, the people's choice!! It was a tight race and an amazing race.  With the media backing incumbant President Obama, Mitt Romney had a few media outlets to push his program and the three debates in which to push --along with the road campaign.  However, there were many Americans who, even though they weren't crazy about Mitt Romney, would rather vote for anyone other than Barrack Obama. Its a tell tale very divided America.  I hope the president has the ability to bring America together.

As a result of the elections, there are many states (Texas, Louisana) that are attempting to request secession from America. They want to become their own country and not be a part of America --until the next election?

In Europe, as you recall Muslims have reached a certain amount where they feel empowered to demand sharia to be the law of the land.  Now Europeans have created a counter group:  In France, its the Generation Identitaire. In other countries, there are other groups which I will hopefully research and report.

Superstorm Sandy's devastations are still being sorted through as many still without power, no place to live are trying to find their way.  Great time for chessed (acts of kindness): Yay for Apple, Anhauser Busch, Cox Enterprise, many more! You can donate too at RED CROSS.

Derailment for the "Enlightened" Hebrew Israelites

For those rare Hebrew Israelites who actually found a way to reject hate from their hearts and seek to be a part of the Jewish people....


There are many people who will seek to derail your efforts.  The latest that I've seen are Black folks who claim to be "rabbinical Jews" and somehow they have access to Torah books, and they lure awakened Hebrew Israelites and other black folks to their version of "rabbinical Judaism."  Something that has no relationship with the actual Jewish people what so ever. No conversion necessary.  I guess these are some new offshoot branch, just like messianic, commandment keepers or well, Hebrew Israelite.

Just a warning.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Quotable Quotes

"I voted for Barack because he was black..."
Samuel L. Jackson, Actor.

from Ebony Magazine Feb 13 2012

Seriously, I have seen so many videos of non-Democratic African Amerians tearing their own fellow African American democrats for their choice of voitng for Obama.

I understand their concern political and for the future of America, but calling them names such as "negros" and "monkeys", spewing vitriol and hatred... If I didn't know any better, i'd think deep down they had a complete disrespect and possibly even hatred for their own Black skin! I mean, how can someone degrade another so?!

Is it such an impossibility that those who voted for Obama did so out of logic? Even those "interesting" ones who screech about getting an Obama phone, It may not be everyone's logic, but it is a thought process none the less (as opposed to a mindless monkey just reacting).  I mean, what if they were happy with the state of affairs and didn't care much for world affairs?  As long as they have food and clothing they are fine, so why not vote for someone who validates them?  If all politicians lie, then why not vote for your "favorite" one?

I wasn't pro-Obama, but to destroy the image of G-d in the people who did vote for him is too much!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Last of a Breed? the Pro-Israel Black Jew

Many of the Black Jews that I met and connected with in Israel tend to be much older than I am.  Them and their children. Most of the ones I know are pro-Israel, love the country, etc.

Many of the younger ones I meet, not in Israel, but on the internet, I can't say that I sense that they are strong Israel supporters.  They'll never say this to my face or to the face of any Jew, I don't think. But this is what I sense.

I wonder about this....

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A New Beginning

I have a very dear friend who was talking to me about herself and her husband.  She said that she said to her would be husband, "you are socially awkward!"  and the man replied, "so what's wrong with being socially awkward?"  and that gave her pause.

I saw this very interesting video by Bill Whittle. Here it is...

It was inspiring for me in many ways, but there was a few points I wanted to make.

There are certain segments of the American population that actually have felt being very cold or very hot; who have been in real danger, even killed. etc.

Drug addicts, people living under the poverty level (true its not like Thailand), gays, disenfranchised people --they have been hurt, they have felt danger.

However, the problem occurs when these people think that their "problems" are unfixable. As if there is no way around their situation.

Its like a race and some people are starting far back away from the start line while others are at the start line.   For those way behind the start line, if they can understand that they can still be "virtuous" and that there is just a few other steps to take, I think it would make a world of difference.  If they saw their "labels" as just that, "labels" without emotions attached to it, I think it would make a difference. Or, if they could illiminate their labels altogether and begin to work towards their goals, their idea of success --that too would make a world of difference and encourage them to become "vituous" people.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

America's Obama

Obama was elected for another 4 years as President of the United States of America.

Romney, for someone who didn't have the backing of most mainstream media, did will for himself which was a near tie.

The next four years should be interesting.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Crown --Where it all begins!

This is where it all begins.

The crown around your head.  Faith.  Brit/Circumcision.

Here's the opposite:

So, breath.. a cool breath..  breath of calmness, collectedness, faith.

Use your creativity for spiritual things and not just for physical pleasure.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Dog Eat Dog World?

I shouldn't be surprise.

There is a blog that I enjoy reading for the comprehensive info it gives on the whole take over going on in the Western countries.  But I have long since stopped commenting there when I realized that, unfortunately, many of them are such racists!

I sincerely wonder if they are against the take over that is going on in their country or if they are against THEMSELVES getting taken over rather than the other way around.

Recently I saw this comment:

This is the dawn of World War Three, but not everyone realises it yet!

World War Three started on 9/11. However, this was just visible evidence of a continuing war.

1. The Jihad never ceased.

2. The Crusades never ceased, despite all denials from Western leaders.

In fact, I don’t see the Jihad ever stopping, and even if it did, the Crusades will not stop.

What we have are two very distinct patters of life and behaviour, both insisting that they have to be the only one on the planet. So far, or since early 1800, we have been winning hands down, all over the world, including the Islamic world. But there are some in the Islamic world who are now resisting the Western juggernaut, and they do so by terrorism. Terrorism is merely a manifestation of defeat, as the losers strike out by turning over tables – bad manners. Even here, in bad manners, we are far more adept at turning over tables – Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq etc. So its lose lose again.

There is no reason to be pessimistic. We are winning – Islam will have to accept dhimmi
status, one way or other. As Islam is a militaristic religion, a dhimmi status will sound its death knell.

Whatever you think of Obama does not matter. The policy was set long ago. All Western nations are following the global same script. Obama may make small changes, but he is just as much a bystander in the unfolding drama.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Forgotten Refugees in the Middle East

Jews suffer like all humans, drinking problems, drug problems, learning disabilities, etc.  But it seems as if we can't afford to have any drawbacks, we have to be on our toes at all times, because you just never know when the world will turn against us...

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Sometimes I think the whole world is made out of BS. Just a truck load shtuff.  

And then I have to go back to basics.  Hashem is in control.

And everything around, is His creations... And He gives endlessly, i've got the goods to prove it.

And there is a purpose and a Torah in the world which answers lots of questions.

And there are rabbis who paved alot of the way for us, blessed their neshamot...

And suddenly the world doesn't look so bad. Except for the corners.

We are commanded to give charity to the orphans and widow, etc in one's community. People who tend to fall through the cracks or get neglected or ignored...the corners.   I don't mean to equate disadvantaged people as cobwebs, but its like clearing the cobwebs around a room...or bringing light to even the corners of a picture..  and then G-d's light and Knowledge of Him shines everywhere.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Discourse Institute

I didn't know there was such athing as a "discourse institute"

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tonight is YOM KIPPUR



Thursday, September 20, 2012

More Bill Warner

All I can do is shake my head.

While he makes good points. Its important for "infidels" to know this.  But at the same time, its a bit nauseating the way he white washes the whole European civilization.  Their inability to confront truth, their own wrong doings, is a problem.

Not to say they should be back-bent, head-bowed and forever sorry and making up for all their wrong doings. but its slightly hard to have compassion for people who are being hunted, when once upon a time they themselves were hunting Black folks and committing holocaust upon the Jewish people and others. Its like a big elephant in the room. And its not like they had stopped hunting when this happen, they just got frozen in their tracks with this new threat.

No wonder many Black folks -much to their own detriment- feel the need to side with anyone other than them, even if their new team's motto is to kill and pillage and rape, etc.And how do Jewish people feel when they see this?  I'm sure they feel inclined to join people like Bill Warner, but do they thicken their minds so as not to fear that one day, they will be the next target?

The world needs kindness. I mean true kindness.  Not just, "oh no! they're coming after me now, so let's all raise our voices against injustice, against slavery, etc etc."

Kindness enclothed in strength.  I don't mean starry eyed, flower holding, lets all love one another type kindness. I don't mean kindness without intellect.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

"The" Movie

I hope y'all don't really believe that all these riots going on is only because of "the" movie...

Friday, September 14, 2012

Regret part 2

Can anyone with EMUNA have any regrets?

Truly, my kids are in a good school with diversity. And yes, I will have to stand up and protest a particular picture there, and its uncomfortable.  But the fact of the matter is, its a good school.

My ego was bruised that I was shown that I am not in control. And for that I must be humble and move on.

And as for the surgery, I can only pray that i forgive person z so that should I ever do a damn fool thing, someone on the other end will forgive ME!

Shana tova!! 

Monday, September 10, 2012


Thank goodness, there are very few things that I regret in my life.

I always have that question, "will I regret this?"  and try to always make sure that the answer is no.  Effectively, there are very few things I actually regret having done.

However, for the few things that I do regret, goodness, I don't know if I can ever shake that feeling.'

There are really two things I regret:

(1)Ending the homeschooling.   Mainly because of the way I ended it --out collapsing under peer pressure from everyone around me -mainly my own husband.

Every one who met my kids saw their middot and how smart they were.  Oddly, the response was always the same, "oh! you should send them to school, they're so smart!!"

I always smiled because, its BECAUSE they were homeschooled that they knew as much as they knew at the age that they knew them....but the "logic" goes...that if they're so smart, they need to be in a school setting -probably to show off all that smartness????

(2) The other thing I regret was trusting a certain person. Let's call him person Z.   This person Z and I decided to pool our money together to help person B. Person B was getting diagnosed and could possibly need surgery.  Person Z and I collaborated and decided we would help her when the time came.  But when the time came, Person Z did not want to give the money. It was a tight situation! She needed surgery right away and was already in the hospital.  I had to scramble around to find money as person B layed in the hospital needing surgery.  Thank goodness, others came to the rescue and together we pooled enough money to help her with her surgery.


Very touchy topic.

Now comes the difficult tasks of letting these things go.

But every morning when I hear all the stress and the pressure cooker rush to get everyone dressed and fed and packed up and shipped out... there is always inevitably some slander, some impatience, some feelings hurt, some need to hunt around the house for something, which brings with it mild anger and much negativity and then off they go!  And its not over, while I am glad that the school they are in has a good deal of diversity, I an not happy that they have to face a picture of some pale white Moses with blond hair  every day.  Yes, they can resist the temptation of the thought that Moses was some white European guy...but not for long.

Year after year, I had been expose to Charleton Heston's Moses character and it was hard not to imagine him as moses. But thank goodness I know better--- it also helped that I switched religions, so its like those are all the "christian stuff" in my mind.

But what about my kids?  I am the only one who will care about this sort of thing, because I am the only one who knows the real impact of these sort of things. Others can "compiserate" IF- they can even be emotionally supportive.

Anyway, just had to get this off my chest.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Let's Brainstorm

The best help for those villages in Africa who truly want to pull themselves out from a bad situation (not all Africans are in bad situations!!), what can they do?

Often times, they have a product to sell, and I don't have a problem setting up a website for the groups I feel confident about.  But the problem is can they take credit card payment?

Would it be strange if there was a website that takes payment via western union?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Picture of the Day

Here is  perfect example of people who think themselves very intellectual, brilliant, etc. but lack a heart, lack compassion --so much so that they are in a concealment within a concealment (i.e. they don't even know that they don't even know and so you cant tell them anything, they'll just deny it and dismiss it).

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fear of the Abyss

If your like me, then you probably have this forboding fear of helping anything related to Africa.  As if the endless needs over there --or at least the projected endless needs there - is a bottomless pit that simply can not be fulfilled!

If I start... will there be an end???  Its like going to hell while still being alive...all the souls there are wont to attach to the one person with life...and in the process weigh her down so she in turn is stuck with them.  It is with great effort that she must carry herself and all those attached to her out of the abysmal hell they are all in!!

My goal is to do a sort of blitzkrieg fundraising to get funding for the Putti village mikveh and that is all!!! And yet, I am finding myself getting more and more involved in other groups asking for assistance and funding.

I have to put limits.  All I want to contribute is to help fundraise for the mikveh. and maybe if I can make storybooks for the children. THAT'S ALL.


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Boot


What do you do when someone wants to put a boot on your neck?

Another question:
Why do Black folks have such a hard time teaming up and accomplishing? Well, that's not really my question. My real question is why do they keep trying to despite the history that they have a hard time teaming up and accomplishing.  Am I wrong about that?

There is a midrash /saying that goes like this:

So G-d decided to make man and called his servants, Truth, Peace and Kindness.

He asked them, "Well, I have decided to make man! What do you think about that?"

Truth was vehemently against it. "No, Your Majesty! Don't do it! They will full of falsehood!"

Peace was vehemently against it. "No, Your Honore, Don't do it! They will have endless strife!"

Kindness was completely for it.  "Yes!!! Master do it!! They will do unbelievable kindnesses for each other!"

And so, G-d took Truth and cast him down to the ground and went and made Man.  The end.

So what we got here???

We got Man who was made from the stuff where Truth is hidden.  Truth is down here, on the ground with us.  Maybe I should walk around barefoot more and absorb it? lol.

I think people tend to hold Black folks to truth alot more stringently.  Do we have a tighter connection to truth? Or is it because people want to "smear" us with the "dirty Truth" and so they hold us to an exacting measure?

My mind is spinning.  

What do you do when someone wants to put their boot on your neck?

( If its my neck that I feel is in trouble... the mitzvah connected to neck is not doing idol worship. )

Monday, August 27, 2012

Putti Village 2000

Please let me know if you are game!!

Let's help the Abayudaya in Uganda.

Thanks so much!!!

****UPDATE:  WE HAVE 20% THE GOAL ALREADY*** people are just pledging, no one is giving yet.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Don't Know How?

Praise G-d I am blessed.

I have a huge house with plenty of space for running for the kids, plenty of space for planting and growing food, etc.

The only problem is...

i don't know how to maintain it!

Its funny, my real education came from life.  Yes, I went to school learned grammer (really, I did!), math, science, etc.   But all that didn't equip me sufficiently for life! At least, not the life that I am living.

(1) Ants.  Ants are SO diligent. And they want my house.  Every day is a battle to keep them out, to keep them from eating there way into the house. Its constant.  Is there a better way?

(2) Planting and growing.  Thank goodness, that is going nicely. we have an orange tree, lemon tree and a budding apple tree. Still working on the spices part of the garden. And it really helped to bring in a professional who knows about the drip irrigation system.

But somehow there is a section with tons of itty bitty rocks that needs to get picked up and moved out of the way. I hope the kids will listen to me and help me collect them.

(3) Plain ole House Maintenance.  If I clean at least one room a day... i mean serious cleaning, sweeping, sorting clothing vs papers, etc., sponja (moping)... after a while it will be okay.  The problem is that  Iam not maintaining the house yet...i'm trying to bring it to the level of maintaining. I'm starting from negative.  And truth be told, everytime I have stress --like an argument with the hubster, or trouble elsewhere, the whole schedule goes kapluey! And I have to regather my strength to keep the routine --which often takes days. And days are precious!

(4) Children.  That is going okay. I learn/teach Proverbs with one of my daughters (they all listen in, but the focus was one of them), now I suppose we should review.  I'm doing Pirkey Avot with another, but we always get stuck on the Rabbi's names --their all so colorful and interesting!! Like Nechunia ben Chalafta... Shimon ben Shatach...Chanina ben Dosa..etc. Not your typical Ashkenazi names, that's for sure!

I have to learn/teach Tannakh as well. G-d help.

(5) Healthy Eating.  okay. that needs work lol.

Not to mention work, the things I do re: Judaism in Africa, and  the ecomic blog.  Please forgive this post.  I am currently overwhelmed and a bit depressed and had to write all this to get a good focus on where i'm holding.

Innocent Man

A flash from the past...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Some days...

Some days a mom's gotta do what a mom's gotta do...

This is my babysitter sometimes lol!!

Sefer Mishlei -Book of Proverbs

One thing I like about the book of Proverbs/Mishlei (and highly recommend it! ) is that it speaks "between the line" language.  Like for instance, there is a section that says,

"My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. 11 If they say: 'Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us lurk for the innocent without cause  12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave, and whole, as those that go down into the pit;"

Proverbs 1:12

Now, if someone said that to me, I mean if someone said, "Hey, Miriam..let's go lie in wait for some blood! Hey let's lurk for the innocent without cause, it'll be loads of fun!!"   i'd laugh them off the planet. What? Lie in wait for blood? are you kidding me?!  But if we take that phrase and cloth it to how people talk nowadays, then its a different story.  I have fun with my kids trying to figure what how things would be said in the regular way of speaking.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Black Jews

Just musing...

There is an interesting phenomenon going on.  There are many Black Jews in existence... and ever increasing. However, there is a great disunity going on within that "community."  Disunity in the sense that many speak of wanting a shul together and yet, it is too hard to do... they speak of social events to participate in and that ends up being a strain on the organizers (trying to encourage people to come and contribute).

All this, when the Hebrew Israelites, people of "the Kingdom" etc seem very much so that they are traveling across the globe to Africa spreading their beliefs.

As the saying goes...

"Falsehood can get half way across the world before Truth can get its pants on!"

And why is that?

Just to backtrack, I want to look at the Black community in general.  I think there are alot of holy sparks there...but scattered.  We have been encouraged to think that we are lowly and nothing, etc., thus, with the amazing snowball effect occurring, Black folks have taken it upon their own selves to make sure each one knows that they are lowly and shouldn't raise their heads too high or expect to deserve anything. (there are exceptions of course) This is done out of training, out of protection that their loved ones aren't seen as "uppity," partly out of habit, and maybe partly out of not wanting to exert the effort to bring about positive changes and yet not wanting another to show us down either.

But nevertheless there ARE the holy sparks --plain as day-- all around.  And these sparks need to be elevated.  Every group has their share of holy sparks.  For Black folks you can feel it in the music, in the way many flock to the church as their center point-Madea definitely picked up on that one.  It is also seen in the fact that, until recently, a Black athiest was an oddity.

However these holy sparks are fallen.  Scattered on the floor and stepped on without people knowing that they are holy.  And some sparks being picked up but held backwards or upside down -such as listening to the loudest loud mouth.  Or being overly criticizing constantly.  Yes, you can spot a firey person with their "words of coals."  But still one must pay attention to what is being said; just because it's loud doesn't make it right.

The mandingo myth attributed to Black folks once upon a time.  Why? Interestingly there is a connection to sexuality and spirituality... the way the Bible explains how someone KNEW his wife...there is a connection to  knowing and sexuality. And knowing, knowledge, true wisdom is of the wisdom of Hashem.

A more ugly example is the gang rapes that occur, the trains, even that can be seen as a spark gone very wrong.

And in the Black churches, the members are so devoted you would think this was always their religion! They so took it to another level.

So what to do with these shards of holiness?  How to help those to see them laying about and to pick them up the right way? And since many are not Jewish, is it even up to them to pick up those sparks? Perhaps its just up to the Jews to reach out in that direction for the sake of those sparks waiting to be elevated?

I want to note that these "shards" are considered holy in Judaism, but I can not speak for other religions. So from the point of view of other religions these may not be holy sparks at all!

There are religions that are close to Judaism --not quite Judaism yet-  but a sort of stepping stone for some or a permanent dwelling place for others.  Hebrew Israelites, Messianics, Kingdom, Commandment Keepers, etc and so forth.  They may at least recognize the shards.

For those Black folks who choose Judaism either at bar mitzvah or upon conversion, among them still many would rather not see these sparks or not do anything about it. Even in the Black & Jewish community, I see folks speaking in the same "keepin' it real" way, but not saying anything different.  In debates, folks still try to talk down or insult others as a means of winning the argument, and most interestingly, many prefer to include amongst themselves Heb. Israelites and others simply because they are black and not necessarily because they share the same values.

At times I wonder if the reason Black Jews don't want to spread their wings or create their own shuls, or help communities in Africa, etc is they would rather enjoy the rich Jewish life --which is plentiful. Lots of holidays, the family or shul is the focus, one can be very busy with mitzvoth, with hitbodedut, with building one's own malchut (kingship).

Another possible factor is that perhaps there is a fear of maris ayin --the appearance of doing wrong.  With the many wayward groups of Black folks disgracing the Black community, I wonder of some are afraid that doing something that appears "too black" may have the scent of maris ayin?

At any rate, whatever the reason may be, there are still the holy sparks to be picked up, brushed off, and made to shine. B'ezrat Hashem (G-d willing) soon.

(and then there are the instigators that dwell among us, who wouldn't care one way or another about a topic really, but will run with the loudest idea just to appear knowledgeable or tough or I don't really know)

Asher Meza

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Picture of the Day

A big burly scholar in the making?

too sweet!!!

He reminds me of  Reish Lakish.  A talmid Chacham (Torah scholar) back during the times of the Roman rule in Israel.  He used to be a gladiator before he became a Talmid Chacham.

The Raven

Some interesting facts about the raven...

(you can read the whole list at )

The raven is the largest bird of the crow family.  Ravens can soar high above the trees, unlike crows, which rely on active flight.  Ravens are capable of aerial stunts similar to those executed by birds of prey.

They can act in pairs. one individual captures a dog's attention, while the other steals its food.  They also follow wolf packs for picking remains from their preys

Raven's calls can express a wide range of emotions..

Ravens are considered the most intelligent birds, displaying high learning ability and use of logic for solving problems in some tests bypassing the chimpanzees.

Ravens have been even taught to count.

Due to their intelligence, ravens love to play.  In Yellowknife (northwestern Canada) ravens perched on the roofs of supermarkets and waited for people to pass so that they could push snow on them.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Li'l Bit

And for the the comic strip side of things, we have "Li'l Bit". Say hi!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sunday, July 22, 2012

What is Stockholm Syndrome?

For those who didn't know, here's wiki.....

In psychologyStockholm syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.[1][2] TheFBI’s Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly 27% of victims show evidence of Stockholm Syndrome.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ehav Ever back in the Web

He has written a sci-Fi novel.

As a Black Jewish man, this sci-fi will probably have a very interesting and differeent voice!

How Many?

There are so many Black Jews, and so many from Africa and African American heritage who are or are interested in Judiasm, that at times I wonder, how many would it take before the Black Jews that exist today feel that they're "normal"?

And how long before White Jews feel the normalcy of it all?

And perhaps many already DO feel the normalcy of diversity in Judaism?

I guess the question really is (in a broader sense) how long does it take to take a narrative out of someone's heart?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Bye bye Pyramids?

I have heard so many times, how Africa doesn't have a history, that they may have a history but no body had the brains to write anything down, etc etc.

Well the Muslim Brotherhood who took power in Egypt are contemplating breaking down the pyramids --those famous pyramids that haunt us with history.

Perhaps long ago there just wasn't the technology to destroy it, just the nose.  But now the hope to destroy it is back.

Islam has been in Africa for a long long time.  Much longer than Europeans.  Could something have happened to the African's "history books" and art and the such -the same contemplation the Muslims are having toward the pyramids?

I tend to want to do "don l'chaf zchut" /judging favorably  on the Africans that perhaps there were history but that it was destroyed and the few that do exist are poo-pooed by the Europeans writing their history book.  And I think many Europeans would rather NOT do don l'chaf zchut on Africa  (but rather on things they do like ...such as the idea of intelligent dinosaurs... alien life.... etc)

Just interesting things going on.  But it would be very sad if the pyramids were destroyed..

Monday, July 9, 2012

Today is the fast of Tammuz. The 17th of Tammuz. So many calamities occurred on this day: The first tablets (the 10 commandments) were smashed and destroyed, another year the outer wall was breeched by the Romans, the daily offering ceased, etc and so on.

Another fast day is coming up which is a bigger fast day, the 9th of Av, Tisha b'Av. Also during that time much calamities befell the Jewish people.  The spies came back with a discouraging report on Israel, the Temples were destroyed, Bar Kochba's hideout was discovered and he was taken by the Romans, etc and so forth.

To me there is something related inside all the calamities: for the ones in Tammuz, it seems that it had to do with a lapse of Daat /knowledge of the Holy One.  They thought Moshe died up on the mountain trying to bring down the Torah. So they figured they make for themselves a new idol, the golden calf. It is as if this created a dent or a cavity in time. A hole in which Hashem's countenance is turned away. And when Hashem's countenance is turned away...calamities happen.

In the case of Tisha b'Av, it seems to be a lapse of faith.  Their hopes were dahsed when the spies reported how huge the people of Kanaan were.  Seeing the Holy Temples --the physical mantra of prayer-- set on fire by the Romans was disheartening.  And their herok Bar Kochba being flushed out by the Romans and tortured and killed again is very disheartening.  All this from the hole that was created from the very first incident --the spies report bringing the people to dispair.

Both blows were so great, it caused daat (in the case of Tammuz;s calamities) and faith (in the case of Av's calamities) to crash down and even effect Truth -the basic understanding that Hashem exists, that He loves us and wants to give us good and has faith in us.  Truth was questioned. That was the cavity.

Just like a tooth when exposed to too much sugar or bacteria gets a cavity, so too time was exposed to too great a degeneration --a break even within the basic truth-- and it caused a hole in time.

Most dentist would like you to think that once there is a cavity, there is no choice but to rush to the dentist and get it filled with mercury or other substance.  However, there is a small voice that says that one's tooth can be regenerated, remineralized and repaired!

This hole in time also doesn't have to be simply filled with nothing.  It can be repaired.  By holding on to truth and never letting that line get breached, we can insure that neither another Tammuz calamity nor an Av calamity befall us. As long as we keep revolving around (1) improving our daat /knowledge of Hashem and (2) renewing our fath when things go wrong and never, ever crashing down to the point of even wondering if there is a G-d (back to square one!) there is hope!

Hope you have an easy fast.