Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Havdala Exercise

What is the qualitative difference between this, this and this on the one hand, and THIS on the other hand?  Remember the question is qualitative NOT quantitative.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Separated at Birth?

The Doppelgänger
By all accounts the Doppelgänger is a champion of transparency, Some critics say that he just wears his heart on his sleeve.

while the star is a paragon of accountability.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


The old Jewish saying goes that the ultimate in chutzpah is when the double-patricide criminal is found guilty but begs the judge for mercy on account of being an orphan.

This reminds me of the new hue and cry emanating from Anus Mundi Poland over comments from the FBI director James Comey that Poles were complicit in Holocaust crimes.  It is no accident that the shrewd and calculating Germans established the lions share of their death factories in Poland.

During the War the poles sowed the wind of murder in their killing fields.  The time for them to reap the Zyklon-B perfumed whirlwind is long overdue.  Before they shed any more "indignant" crocodile tears I suggest that they read the copiously footnoted and impeccably documented by Hiltler's Willing Executioners by Daniel Goldhagen.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Great Quote

in honor of the beings with fins and removable scales:

Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.” 
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit
Havdalah question to ponder:  What differentiates kosher fish from other baalei khaim? Why is the blood of fish permitted and the flesh of fish permitted absent shechitah? Not that you'd want to but technically you could eat a fish that died of natural causes.  Not so a beheimah or ohf... whats the havdalah that's mavdil?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Federalist Papers

Maybe I'm late to the party but I just discovered a great site called the Federalist.

Click here and here for two recent essays that manifest some real Havdalah Sensitivity cultivated in the University of Hard-Knocks.

It;s bracing, even rejuvenating to see madness and mass-hysteria called by their real names.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

It's almost חמשה עשר

so why haven't I seen these on sale in Pomegranate yet?  the last one looks like a bedikas tolaim nightmare.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Ten Teshuvah Days are Here

and Rapprochement is in the Air

We are supposed to be doing a moral/ethical audit of our previous year(s).  What follows may fall under the heading of  עבירות שהתוודה עליהן יום כפורים זה לא יתודה עליהו יום כפורים אחר but as there has been precious little new material here this past year I have been reviewing some of the archival material.

Additionally this  represents the confluence of my real life (such as it is) and my bloggish life (such as it is).

I am addressing myself in particular to an angry (at me) and (apparently) aggrieved (by me) respondent who used to troll here quite frequently.  A commenter who always posted anonymously but whom I dubbed דיין ומוכיח for his withering and dismissive critiques of me, my education, my background and, tangentially, my posts.