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veysahmierah! Sep. 29th, 2005 @ 01:29 pm
professor_specs

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from yahoo:

In this Sept. 12, 2005, photo released by the Brooklyn borough president's office, a sign on the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge proclaims 'Leaving Brooklyn: Oy Vey!' The sign, bearing the Jewish expression of dismay or hurt, is intended as a way of acknowledging Brooklyn's large Jewish population. Borough President Marty Markowitz says motorists seeing it know it means 'Dear me, I'm so sad you're leaving.'

holocaust vs. photoshop Sep. 20th, 2005 @ 01:47 pm
professor_specs
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Simon Wiesenthal
1908-2005

pull me out, baby! Aug. 18th, 2005 @ 03:02 pm
professor_specs
here's a pic of israeli forces dismantling the synagogue hide-out of some gaza protestors:

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and to illustrate the futility of it all, from here:

On Friday, Abbas told a rally celebrating the imminent Israeli withdrawal in Gaza: “From here, from this place, our nation and our masses are marching toward the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.”

Yellow stars and fuzzy beards Jul. 21st, 2005 @ 04:55 am
film_is_dead
I like this site.
moody: amusedamused
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aliyes, aliyno Jul. 12th, 2005 @ 09:50 am
professor_specs
from here: http://www.canada.com/fortstjohn/story.html?id=ab18291b-bd1d-487a-ab56-a5a8a04aa787

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A gun, Israeli women and cash.

Those are among the incentives for Ryan Paddock who quit his job at a Winnipeg convenience store to immigrate to Israel this month along with 400 other Canadians.

Some, like the 19-year-old Winnipegger, want to serve in Israel's armed forces as the country embarks on a plan to withdraw from settlements in the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank.

Other Canadians are moving because they think that now, more than ever, Israel needs their help to stabilize the economy, grow businesses and strengthen the democratic process.

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i've always had a hard time relating to the idea of aliyah: an jewish non-israelite having such a strong tie to israel that they would go and enlist for the country. i get the association between fighting for the concept of it all (peace, democracy, etc.), but to do such an act based wholely or ever partially based on the JEW aspect, seems odd to me. is it the idea of protecting "your" land, and if so isn't that a bit selfish/unrealistic? is it the mere concept of the noble yet constantly persecuted jew fighting off the great evil? is it trendiness?

i suppose the canadian aspect makes sense. after all, being in the canadian army is like being a half-full bathtub on the shores of lake superior. but still, what's going on here?

Holy Ciz-ow! Jun. 18th, 2005 @ 10:37 am
film_is_dead
Wow. This is the longest "day of rest" I've ever seen.
moody: blankblank
klesmer melody of the minute: Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe

May. 13th, 2005 @ 04:34 pm
slutbodan69
Yes or no:

There's no such thing as the "Judaeo-Christian" tradition.

I've always had an issue with the term...it seemed to suggest a false sameness of Christian and Jewish values, traditions, and beliefs. I also don't like many of the ends to which it is used - postmodern thinkers implicitly suggesting that "the jews" are part of some imaginary hegemonic power elite that wants to spread "Judaeo-Christian" values across the world or something. Either that, or it feels like an appropriation of the Jewish tradition by the Christian tradition.

But anyhow, what do you guys think?
moody: curiouscurious
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Today I am a manchild.... Apr. 26th, 2005 @ 04:13 pm
film_is_dead
Graduating from "Hebrew High" tonight!!! How 'bout a big "WOOO-EEEE" for me?!?! YEAH!!!!


Yeah, so that whoopin' and hollerin' was all a joke. This is possibly the biggest waste of time I've ever been privileged to attend. I SHOULD be happy that I've "accomplished something", but in all honesty, I've just wasted four years' worth of Tuesdays on this shit. Lame shizzles, Jew-dawgs!
moody: angryangry
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nonsensical words for nonsensical wieners Apr. 24th, 2005 @ 10:46 am
professor_specs
happy passover, turds!

in going through the motions of the passover seder last night, it came to my attention that the hebrew-english translation of elijah's prayer went something like this:

PHONETICS

Eliyahu ha-navi,
Eliyahu hatishbee,
Eliyahu hagiladee.....
ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Elijah the prophet,
Elijah the Tishbee,
Elijah the Giladee.....


i always figured that hatishbee and hagiladee were more goofy hebrew hoohah, but no. it actually means tishbee and giladee. right. so just what the gerg is a tishbee and giladee? after some internet inference i found the following:

Tishbe

Traditionally the town of Listib, located 8 miles North of the Jabbok River. Birthplace of Elijah the Prophet.

okay, the guy's from tishbe. easy enough. but what about giladee? the closest thing i could find was this:

Gilgal

Gilgal is a place name in the Bible.

Gilgal, mentioned in connection with the entering of the promised land, is said to have been "on the eastern border of Jericho" (Joshua 4:19).

It was the first encampment after crossing the Jordan river. At Gilgal all male persons were circumcised, because this had not been done in the wilderness.

Although opinions may differ, the Gilgal mentioned in 2 Book of Kings, is commonly believed to be another place. It is said that Elijah and Elisha went down to Bethel from Gilgal, which means the place must have been in a mountainous region.


so being a giladee, it seems that elijah had his wiener whacked at gilgal.

but then, i found this (from a slightly less-reliable source):

Elijah the Prophet was known by many names that were used as descriptions of him. He was also known as Elijah The Tishbite because he belonged to a class of people called "toshavim" ("dwellers" in Hebrew) since he once dwelt in Transjordanic Gilead, but he was not a citizen of that area, and so the descriptive name "Tishbi" or "Tishbite" ("settler" or "dweller" in Hebrew) was applied to him and appended to his name. Because Elijah dwelt or lived in Transjordanic Gilead, a geographically-oriented descriptive name was applied and appended to his name and as a result, he was also known as Elijah the Gileadite.


anyone have any insight into this situation?

Biggest Douche In The Universe = John Edward Apr. 7th, 2005 @ 05:10 pm
film_is_dead
In anticipation for Passover, I hope this (poorly) Photoshop'ed picture will make the waiting a little easier to bear.


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Unfortunately, it probably won't make my lousy computer-art any easier to bear....

moody: exanimateexanimate
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