SklarO World Tela Pip Danny
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Monday, December 27, 2004
I will be in New York on vacation until mid-next week. I don't plan to look at a computer until then. Have a great week, I know I will.
It was a very Merry Knishmas Indeed....
So the long awaited Knishmas concert was last night. For those who don't know what Knishmas is, it was a basically a long night of musical celebration that we are Jews....on Christmas. The concert was produced by Kfar Center.
So the advertised lineup was as follows:
The concert cost $20 a ticket, for 6 hours of good Jewish Music. Great. I was really excited about the concert but I not until it was over could I let out a big sigh of relief. See, I had many on my mind. Firstly, was my wife going to be able to sit through this entire concert? This was a big if. She had seen about 70,000 Even Sh'siyah shows with me already and I wasn't sure she could do another one, let alone 4 other bands. She did wonderfully. She had some friends there, and she enjoyed the music very much. Plus, she new how freekin excited I was, and I think that that helped.
My next worry had to do with Blue Fringe. Where they in-fact going to show? Last week I had tickets to a Kfar sponsored Soulfarm show, and a week before the show was informed that Soulfarm wasn't going to be there and that the show would carry on with Rebbesoul. No offense, but FUCK Rebbesoul. Soulfarm is one of my favorite bands lately and I was freeking pissed. Now, Kfar was promising Blue Fringe, another one of my favorite bands. Blue Fringe was in-town to perform for an NCSY convention in Itaska. The likelihood of Blue Fringe showing up in downtown Chicago on a Saturday night AFTER a gig in Itaska, seemed pretty small to me. Aside from the fact that it's far as hell, I know that often when an organization brings in a big name band, they don't like when the band plays somewhere else in town. It's usually in the contract.
I was also quite nervous for my boys at Farbringiton. I think I have been to all of there shows (5 of them?). They are a very new band and they weren't so tight until very recently. Recently they lost one of their founding members and talents to corporate America. Yosef Nathan was replaced by guitar prodigy Aryeh Goldsmith who is 'metal as hell'. They have some great originals and great covers but they needed more growing together as a band. This past Friday there was a full page feature article and picture on Farbringiton in the Chicago Reader. I'm not sure how they got this article since the band is new and relatively un-heard of. They have had 5 gigs and zero recorded tracks. However, the article was very complimentary.
Well, the acapella group was gay as hell so I won't even waste my words on them. Next, was Even Sh'siyah who rocked the house. This was one of their best shows in a while. I think when these guys play in a bar/club setting the energy is better than the energy at their usual shul gigs, and the REALLY open up.
Next, was supposed to be Yuri Lane who I've heard was pretty hot shit but he didn't show.
On to Farbringiton. Awesome! By far the best gig I've seen from them yet. Last night they were tighter than Dick Cheney. Singer Shneur Nathan had incredible command and control over his voice, and really proved himself as a singer. Upright Bassist Neer Spinner was excellent. I heard Blue Fringe in the crowd complimenting his skills. I LOVE Zev's Aishet Chayil song that he wrote for his wife Becky. Excellent. Last night Fargbringiton was the highlight of the show for me....until Blue Fringe came up.....
By 1AM most of the old people who were taking up the tables all night had cleared out of the place and Blue Fringe came on stage. My wife and I were sitting next to the stage. I think I might have even had my feet resting ON the stage. They played 3 songs from their album; City of Gold, Kacha Lo, and Shma Kolanu which I requested. They did their segue into Phish's First Tube, and they did a sweet cover of Stevie's Superstition adding that "Danny (the drummer) loves Stevie). They also played the Shidduch song which is a hidden track on their first album, My Awakening.
So Knishmas turned out to be a huge success. Thank you Kfar for a kick-ass night. Now let's get Soulfarm here, eh?
Friday, December 10, 2004
AP.......Gotta love em
The Associated Press does it again. Another incredible story. Please read the following un-biased and beautifully written piece of jouralism in an article cleverly titled.....
Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Girl
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli troops shot and killed a 7-year-old Palestinian
girl on Friday after militants fired mortar rounds at a Gaza Strip settlement,
injuring four Israelis, one of them a child, officials
Palestinian militants fired three mortars at the Neve
Dekalim settlement, which is adjacent to the Khan Younis refugee camp -
seriously wounding three Israelis, one of them a child, the army said. A fourth
Israelis was lightly injured. In response, soldiers fired at the refugee
camp, where the mortars were apparently fired from, killing 7-year-old Rana
Siyam, Palestinian security sources said. The army had no immediate comment.
Palestinian militants often fire homemade mortars and missiles into Gaza Strip
settlements, but rarely cause injury or damage.
Let me just say that with this type of reporting, it's no wonder why everyone hates Israel.
Let's analyze the article shall we...
Skipping over the brilliant title,
What really happened looks to me like another prime example of arab terrorists performing their daily barrage of mortar attacks on Israel, while moving there children to the front lines in the hopes that Israel will retaliate and if there lucky, kill a child so the arabs can will another media battle. Another possibility is that the terrorists simply shot the girl themselves and are simply Setting up the Israeli army.
The AP has the nerve to say .....
In response, soldiers fired at the refugee camp, where
Apparently fired from, eh? That's nice. Real accurate. Why don't you ask the
the mortars were apparently fired from, killing 7-year-old Rana Siyam,
Palestinian security sources said.
Israel's who are 'apparently' in shock from a mortar landing on there fucking
bed where they sleep, if the scum actually fired mortars or not
Or how about this gem.....
Palestinian militants often fire homemade mortars
and missiles into Gaza Strip settlements, but rarely cause injury or
Rarely cause injury or damage??? RARELY CAUSE INJURY OR DAMAGE??!!!! You
heartless insensitive Satan loving shit-bags. I'm not sure if that statement has
me laughing or crying. I'll let the facts disprove the AP.
The fact is that Neve Dakalim and most other settelments recieve daily
(literally every day) attacks from mortars and snipers from Gaza. The fact is
that there is OFTEN damage. Buildings are destroyed including houses,
schools, and Shuls. People ARE often hurt. People are routinly treated for shock
and shrapnel. Whether or not you agree with the settelments, the people who live
there are some of the most pure and lovingon our planet. Meet them before you
condemn them. Either way, the world seems to be overlooking the fact that the
arabs are bombing people civilians whether you consider them innocent or not.
If that is an acceptable form of negotiation for the world, then maybe we
should start bombing Jordan.
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Tonight We Light
Why can't people drive in the rain? C'mon what's the big deal.
GET OUT OF MY FREEKIN WAY!!!!!!!
Now that I got that off my chest, we can put the negativity away and be joyous. Why would we be joyous on a miserable Tuesday morning at the office, you ask? Because tonight is Chanukah. For Jewish children in America today, this means gifts! My Family has always been big on Chanukah gift giving even though it has no Religious or Historical roots. The origin of gift giving on Chanukah is solely a result of Chanukah coming at Christmas time.
The Maccabees won a revolt over the murderous oppressor Antiochus IV but that is not what we are celebrating.
Alexander the Great conquered the entire Middle East and years later Antiochus IV was in charge and he no did not allow freedom of Religion. Jews were massacred, and the temple was desecrated. Judah the Maccabees led the Jews to victory.
THIS strikes me as the true miracle of Chanukah.
In actuality what we are celebrating is the miracle of the oil.
After the Greeks were driven out, there was very little oil left in the temple. The oil was for the Menorah which was supposed to burn all night every night. There was enough supply to last for one night. The oil burned for 8 nights. An eight day festival was declared to commemorate the festival of lights.
Chanukah for me means fun. There will be family get-togethers, and some awesome concerts.
To bad we don't have off of work.
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Today is YudTes Kislev (19th of Kislev). Here is the story about why today is special.
SklarO World vs Agriprocessors
I'm completely horrified.
No longer can you assume that Kosher slaughter is humane. The cow does not always die instantly as the Talmud stipulates. In fact, I would goes so far as to say that if you are eating Rubashkins or Aarons.....YOU AREN'T EATING KOSHER MEAT!
PETA has released an undercover videotape of the insanity that is Agriprocessors Inc. It shows the cows in the Postville, Iowa jumping around, thrashing, and screaming in pain long after there throats were cut and there bodies dumped out of the metal tub that holds them while they are "killed". Rabbi Genack of the OU, the company that certifies Aaron's Best as kosher says that.."The perfect model is the headless chicken running around". Bullshit!!! Those animals are extremely alive. Watch the tape and decide for yourselves.
Thankfully, I haven't eats Rubashkins or any other meat in over 2 years. Now is a good time to take a little break from meat.
New York Times article
PETA undercover video
See what Dov Bear has to say.
UPDATE: See the Jerusalem Post article!