SklarO World Tela Pip Danny
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Thursday, February 24, 2005
4 Misconceptions Jews Have About Judaism
This is great. I've had some of those misconceptions and I couldnt agree more.
Via: Aish HaTorah
Monday, February 21, 2005
Does any body know why if I type out a post in MS Word and copy and paste it into Blogger, Blogger won't recognize certain characters like apostrophes, commas, and quotations? It's really irritating. Some one HELP!!! Velvel? Anybody?
My Aliyah Nightmare
I think a lot about living in pre-messianic Israel but I don't know if it could ever be a true possibility as long as frum Jews are treated as terrorists and terrorists are treated as citizen. I am going crazy. I am dyeing to do something, but what can I do??! This a wonderful time to live in Israel if you are a left wing self-hating Jew. Frum Jews who peacefully protest disengagement are thrown in jail for weeks without being charged, terrorists that have murdered Jewish children are being freed from prison, Religious settlers are being evicted from there homes, the arabs who have been bombing Netzarim for the past 4 years are being rewarded by being presented with a nice piece of land called.......Netzarim.
I can't stand to watch the Israeli left led by rogue warrior Sharon and Abbas destroy the Jewish homeland. It's killing me because nothing can be done to stop Sharon. He is a madman.
As long as religious Jews are being persecuted in Israel I will not even think about making Aliyah. I can't. It would be completely irresponsible to my family. If in the middle of the night 8 soldiers kicked in my door and through me in jail for an unknown period of time what the hell would my wife do?
The majority of Israeli's don't want to kick Jews out of their homes and give their land to a bunch of inbred terrorists.
Sharon's time is up. The dictator must go.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Anyone who reads this Blog often probably knows the I HATE my current Job. I have been working at 'The Office' for just under 4 years. We are a software company of anywhere between 20 - 35 employees at any given time. If you've ever seen the movie Office Space then you will understand my workplace. I pretty much can't stand anybody that I work with and the feeling is for the most part mutual. I can't count my office allies on one hand and I've been here longer than everybody except for maybe 10 people.
3 people in particular have really been making it really hard for me lately and I want to strangle them.
The most irritating of them all is an extremely nice muslim fellow from Pakistan who we'll refer to as Foolish. Foolish might be one of the most harmless people I've ever met. While it's refreshing to know a muslim who doesn't care if you are Jewish or Kurdish, the guy is a complete and total MORON. He has been here for 3 years and still knows next to nothing about our products. I have to be working with this guy constantly for I am the Development support for the tech support Engineers who deal directly with the customers. For some reason the Engineering manager who appears to be fairly competent despite the fact that seems to be living his life as if it were still the 1950's, doesn't realize that Foolish doesn't understand the difference between up and down. So what does Engineering manager do?? He puts Foolish in charge of support for 2 customers. Nice.
So on a daily basis I'm retraining him on our platform. Sometimes I think I should just record some instructional tapes for this idiot and he can play them as he's going to bed. That way maybe SOMETHING will sink in. Until then I'll probably just try and grow some more gray hairs and keep hitting the ole punching bag after work.
Here is his photo courtesy of Velvel....
The next guy on difficult list we'll call Carl. The origin of Carl is from the Simpsons (Velvel came up with that dead on comparison). We have to two of the support engineers here are best friend's or best enemy's depending on how you look at it. Anyways they look and bicker just like Lenny and Carl. Well Carl is another guy who has been here for a couple of years and doesn't know much about the system. The difference between Carl and Foolish is that Foolish is a nice guy who is dedicated to the company but just doesn't have any smarts. Carl is a defensive prick who is completely disloyal to the company (and everyone else for that matter) and is to stubborn to learn the company platform. What really irks me is that he whines about other people and other departments to his manager. He is in essence an immature 7 year old with 5 kids. Message to Carl: STOP KEEPING TRACK OF WHEN OTHER PEOPLE ARE COMING AND LEAVING, AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT HOW LONG I WENT OUT FOR LUNCH. YOUR MANAGER IS AWARE OF YOUR INEFFICIENCIES SO START WORRYING ABOUT YOUR OWN DAMN SELF BEFORE YOU GET FIRED. ASSHOLE.
Here is his photo.....
The last guy is probably the most hazardous. There I no reason to use an alias here because this guy has a nickname already that says it all. Sneazie. This is the 30 year Lucent veteran type if that means anything to you. Basically the guy knows more about telecom and SS7 protocol than any human should. He is the nerd of nerds. The problem is he has the absolute worst breath out of anyone on the planet. You can't possibly imagine the stench and I can't accurately describe it but I'm sure it would smell similar to the inside lining of a hippopotamus carcass that has been rotting in the sun for weeks. Not only that but the guy is ALWAYS sick. He is coughing and sneezing all the time around the office. Normally I would have sympathy for a guy like Sneazie, but he's an inconsiderate schmuck. He will cough or sneeze directly in your face without hesitation. Either he is completely oblivious to the point of no longer being connected to reality or he's some kind of deranged psychopath that gets off by spreading disease. Either way, we've been working on a project together and I'm going out of my mind.
Here is his photo.....
I can go on toughing it out with Foolish and Carl, but if I get sick.....
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Hillel Torah was the day school that I attended frome pre-nursury through grade 8. They did me wrong in a number of ways but at least they've done some overall good. This article says that 20% of Hillel Torah alumni make Aliyah. That is outstanding.
Rabbi Bruckenstein was the principal there forever. He finally retired a few years ago and moved to Yerushalayim.
I have always loved Rabbi B.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
The Mitzvah of Tzitzit
The Mitzvah of Tzitzit has to be one of my favorites.
"Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them that they shall make themselves tzitzit on the corners of their garments, throughout their generations and they shall place upon the tzitzit of each corner a thread of blue wool. These shall be your tzitzit, and when you see them, you shall remember all of God's commandments so as to keep them. You will then not stray after your heart and eyes after which have lead you to immorality. You will thus remember and keep all My commandments, and be holy to your God."Bamidbar (Numbers) 15:38-40
I find this to be 100% true. When I'm wearing Tzitzit and I especially when they arent tucked into my pants, I feel like I'm properly in-line so to speak. Tzitzit do remind me of G-d, and I feel more comfortable when I'm wearing them.
What really strikes me about this Mitzvah is that it's not something we HAVE to do anymore. Way back when in the old days, they had a real good fashion sense. They wore 4 cornered garb's instead of shirts. These days we don't have any cornered garments and are therefore not required to where Tzitzit, however we have created 4 cornered garments to where under our shirts so that we can fulfill G-ds commandment. That seems really cool to me.
Read a little about Tzitzit by Rav Aryeh Kaplan zt"l here
The Amazing Race Update
Well last night was the finale of The Amazing Race 6. It was whatever. After Lori and Bolo were wliminated I stopped caring. What IS exiting however, is that 3 weeks from yesterday The Amazing Race 7 premiers with some interesting people.
Rob and Amber from Survivor will be a team (I predict they will be in the final 3).
Another interesting team will be Ron Young and his girlfriend. You may remember Ron Young as the Iraqi POW who's helicopter got shot down.
This seems like it will be the best season to start watching The Amazing Race.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
A Journey Towards G-D......The first chapter
I have been experiencing some very important changes in my life recently.
In the past few months since the holiday of Sukkoth I have been making a conscious effort to keep more and more Mitzvoth. I'm pretty sure that I have believed in G-d my whole life or at least for as long as I can remember, but I just wasn't sure about the whole Torah and Mitzvoth thing. Once I even prayed to G-d for help with something very important when someone close to me was in a bit of trouble, and by the time I got home from shul things were better as if the problem, never occurred. That experience really moved me.
Before I started my 'observance' I was feeling kind of spiritually dead. I was feeling sort of an unexplainable force that was leading me towards G-d. I felt like I had to pray.
I think this past Sukkoth was the start. It was a good opportunity, a fun holiday that didn't cross over Shabbat so my wife and I could still smoke. I had explained to my wife that I wanted to observe the Sukkoth holiday. Naturally she sounded surprised and even a bit alarmed. This was pretty understandable considering that in the last 10 years that we've been together we haven't had much of a relationship with Judaism. Well, I observed Sukkoth the best I could and it was an amazing time. After that I started going to Shacharit minyan at the Chabad close to my house. I have to say that Davening at Chabad is MUCH different then the Misnagdishe background that I was brought up with. The people are loving, accepting, and highly spiritual. I think a big part of why I have been so detached for all of these years can be blamed on my Misnagdishe upbringing. The people I went to shul with and interacted with were for the most part snooty, materialistic, closed minded, judgmental, assholes. This was not an attractive Judaism.
I also started to keep a sort of quasi-Shabbat observance. Try to keep everything except I'd watch TV and smoke. This lasted for a little while until about a month ago when a frum friend of ours from out of town stayed over for Shabbat. I decided that this was a great time to see if I was ready to keep Shabbat. As it turns out the timing was perfect. I had a wonderful Shabbat experience and I also discovered that I had absolutely no temptation at all for any of the things prohibited on the 7th day. So for the last 3 Shabbosim I have been observing the Shabbat.
In this country especially its very easy to get wrapped up in materialism and push G-d to the side. People need to take a step back and think about the bigger picture. Materialism is bullshit. Clothes, movies, work, school, cars, corporations, and even money are not a part of the big picture. While sometimes these things are important, they are also distractions. In the last few Parshiot we are reminded over and over again...This is G-d's world. He put us here and it is unhealthy to try and sideline him.