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Dec
14

The Twice-a-Year People

The Twice-a-Year People One of the things that never fails around Christmas is people complaining. The same is true for Easter. Or, if said people are Jewish, around the High Holy Days and then Pesach. They complain about the lack of parking space, complete strangers taking their usual seats, the crowd, the noise… In short, they complain about the people who only come to Church or synagogue twice a year. For some reason...
Dec
8

Let’s Chanukah!

With only eight days left till Chanukah (Hanukah. Hannukah, Hanukkah, or however you prefer to spell it), it’s time to Chanukah! In my family Chanukah and Christmas both can be verbs. Because preparing/celebrating for these holidays is an active activity. I’d like to invite you to share your favourite ways to get ready for the holiday you celebrate at this time of the year, be it Christmas,...
Nov
28

An Undetermined Number of Quick Takes

— 1 — Today, before sunrise in the parking area of the children’s hospital as we switched being with our foster son, he handed me a bag of leftovers from yesterday’s Thanksgiving meal. Now I have not only a full turkey dinner, several turkey sandwiches and a carton of eggnog, but a whole pie with several different fillings… and enough other goodies to share with my...
Nov
22

Cheesy, winey 7 Quick Takes

— 1 — I have been looking for really good Cheddar cheese. Of course experimenting with various brands I found really nice orange coloured, absolutely taste free varieties. I never thought that the best thing I’d fine would be in a small Deli that sells some store brand products of a European chains that are not in Israel. Not sure how they do that, but they  seem to have a pretty...
Nov
15

We Are

We Are We are being targeted. In the last few weeks more Israelis were killed by acts of terrorism than in the last six years before. We are not making it easier. For the first time I can remember I agree with the Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel: If we can save Jewish lives by it, we should keep off Temple Mount. We are the essence of Judaism. I’d like to believe that while the Kotel and other sacred sites...
Nov
14

7 Quick Takes

7 Quick Takes — 1 — It’s been a long time since I listened to Harel Skaat’s Lauf. With Chanukah only about a month away, we have more and more ads for Festigal. And this will be the first year since we moved here that none of us will actually go to Festigal. While my kids always enjoyed it, we can’t justify the cost and the costumes are weird. The two are not related, but I asked my dad...
Nov
12

Operation “Christmas” Child???

It’s time for my annual post about shoeboxes and religion. Why do Samaritan’s Purse folks insist in delivering “Christmas” packages to children in countries and cultures where Christmas is not celebrated? “Oh, but they don’t do that!” said a local pastor friend of ours, a big fan of OCC. Oh, but they do. On their page they say, So… the reason is quite...
Nov
10

Ten Answers to Today Christian’s Questions to Atheists

Today Christian posted a list of questions: 10 Questions For Every Atheist without actually giving a chance for Atheists to reply. So here are my answers. 1. How Did You Become an Atheist? I read enough sacred texts of various religions to find that they contradict each other, and they all claim deities that cross out other deities. How did you pick your deity to believe in? 2. What happens when we die?...
Nov
7

7 Very random Quick Takes

— 1 — November is National Adoption Month in the US. A week into the month, my feeds are overtaken with posts like “10 Things Adoptees Want You To Know”, “5 Things Never To Say To an Adoptive Family” and “6 Things Adoptive Parents Want To Tell You”. These posts make me angry. They are based on the personal experiences and beliefs of the author, and they have...
Oct
25

Clocks. Adjust.

Post by Me to You Online. Related posts: No related...
Oct
16

7 Quick Takes About Why Not To Move To Israel Awaiting The Second Coming/End of the World/Rapture

Eschatology i/ˌɛskəˈtɒlədʒi/ is a part of theology concerned with what are believed to be the final events of history, or the ultimate destiny of humanity. This concept is commonly referred to as the “end of the world” or “end time”. Eschatology – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For the last couple of months many of my Christian friends have been preoccupied with the...
Oct
12

Happy Birthday to Vanessa Hidary

Happy Birthday to Vanessa Hidary Happy Birthday to the Hebrew Mamita! Today is the birthday of poet Vanessa Hidary, also known as the Hebrew Mamita. One of her most famous poems is the one below: I first saw this recording about four years ago, and it really spoke to me. The lines, “You don’t look Jewish. You don’t act Jewish.” have echoed throughout my life. So have “You don’t look gay. You...
Oct
10

7 Quick Takes – Bible on CD, Coffee, Rapture, Sukkot, Rain

— 1 — I decided Benedict Cumberbatch needs to make a recording of reading the Bible. Wouldn’t that just be awesome? I think it would be a narration that could keep my attention. Plus, after narrating “Did God Create The Universe?”, where Hawking’s conclusion is “no”, it would be awesome hearing Cumberbatch say “Let there be light!”. It would...
Sep
28

The Music Reality Show Addict….

Is it okay to root for the same contestant in two different talent shows? Some 7-8 years ago Hungary’s iconic rock opera, István a király (Stephen the King) turned 25, and while the original singers had been performing it constantly, it was time for a brand new cast. Seeing the success of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do public television decided to go...
Sep
27

7 Quick Takes, NOT on a Friday (CW39ish)

— 1 — Shana Tova, my dear readers! It is finally 5775! As you all know, I am not keeping kosher, but I made a resolution to avoid (knowingly) eating pork and non-kosher seafood for 5774. It was a long, long year. Quite literally: this was one of the longest a Jewish calendar year could be, with a leap month. In the beginning it was difficult, but got easier as the year progressed. A reliable...
Sep
12

7 Quick Takes, CW 36

So, my goal of posting every week of the year fell through. With everything going on this summer, I just felt pretty burnt out for blogging that while I have ideas of what i wanted to write, I never did. So the numbering in the post titles is now CW–calendar week–instead of the number of the post this year. — 1 — So m kids started school again. Ezra and Shiri are enrolled in...
Aug
25

One Day — In Jerusalem

  All my life I’ve been waiting forI’ve been praying forFor the people to sayThat we don’t wanna fight no moreThere will be no more warsAnd our children will playOne day –Matisyahu Related posts: Jó reggelt dal: Március 22. Jerusalem, the first night of Chanukah 5772 Jó reggelt! Jerusalem...
Aug
20

How to Spend Shelter Time Well

How to Spend Shelter Time Well After being woken up by Code Red alarms at night, the next one came during my lunch time. We were ordered to stay in the shelters for an undetermined period, and because I had a late lunch break to start with and I was hungry, this is what happened: a slice of pizza, a cup of apple juice, and a good book. I had just bought Steiner Kristóf’s book on iTunes ten minutes before the alarm, so I spent the...
Aug
16

What I Need

Apparently if someone becomes part of the armed forces, people start asking them what they need. I have been asked that in the last month or so a lot of times. To answer shortly: I don’t need anything. There are things I’d love, but those are just luxury items (like iTunes films and new socks and candy). But if you’d like to help other Israeli soldiers, you can send them hamburgers and...
Aug
15

7 Quick Takes — 33 — Adoption, TBBT, Food

— 1 — In my post about Autism and I, I mentioned that I was a difficult person. Jon commented that he didn’t think I was difficult, and that reminded me of something that happened before the madness in Israel began. Kevin and I were trying to catch up on The Big Bang Theory. I hate to admit, but I’m a season and half behind. We were a few episodes into our marathon, when I remarked...

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