Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ethiopian teen attacked at mikveh - Israel News, Ynetnews

Ethiopian teen attacked at mikveh - Israel News, Ynetnews

All is not well. There are some crazy folks out there. Some strategy needs to be had. Enough with the shaking of the head and fussing amongst ourselves.

Hindu’s Take Back Yoga

Hindu’s Take Back Yoga

The debate goes on. Is it avoda zara or not?

Wade in the Water!

Don't be intimidated! Its great!!! Come wade in the water!!! lol

(so happy to find spiritual songs minus the Jzus theme)

Monday, November 29, 2010

PM on WikiLeaks: %u2018Now World Knows what Arabs Say About Iran%u2019 - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

PM on WikiLeaks: %u2018Now World Knows what Arabs Say About Iran%u2019 - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

Yes, Bibi, but do they care?


Thank God. Whenever its needed, friend come out of the most amazing places. No need to fret about haters, frenemies, and the like.

When Israel lost Turkey as a friend, praise God they got the Greeks. And now the Amish visited the kotel and pledged to be a friend to Israel.  I don't know what they can do, but they are prayerful people --something which brings zero honor in the present world, but rocks the heavens (which effects changes right back in this present world).

I too have friends. Praise God.


30 New Civil Service Positions for Ethiopian Community - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

30 New Civil Service Positions for Ethiopian Community - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

This is good. Its like Affirmative Action in America. Except, in this case, I sure hope they get settled into their position and then help others to climb. Like human ladders made of lovingkindness.

But mainly, I hope the need for this won't even be there!

Its Amazing - (more Chanukah fun)



Wrecked My Schedule

I am trying to find the perfect time to be on the computer. No time seems right. I would come at night, but now I"m so sleep deprived, I have nothing to post, no thoughts, just zombie-like me.  Also, in addition to my regular schedule, I 've been trying to practice animation, plus I've been speeding up the drawings for a book project I"m working on. Just alot of doings and no refueling. Not good. My shedule is wrecked.

Anyway, I'll figure stuff out....

I've got to get into gear for Chanukah. Tell the kids the story behind it all...buy treats..its getting colder weatherwise here, but still no rain. Hmmm.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Israel to send aid to Haiti - Israel News, Ynetnews

Israel to send aid to Haiti - Israel News, Ynetnews


Still waiting...Hannukah is just around the corner....



Psalms 23

1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul; He guideth me in straight paths for His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me; {N}
Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; {N}
Thou hast anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; {N}
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. {P}

(Personally, I like the books that don't omit the first line "a Psalm of David" and the like. They are important too. There are ten different types of these beginnings and each on possess something that the others don't have.  A Psalm doctor -I'm making up the name- i.e. a religious person can maybe gather these 'word herbs' and make a remedy.  The famous one is Tikkun haklaki: Psalms 
16, 32, 41, 42, 59, 77, 90, 105, 137, and 150)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Sparks

Almost every good thing is encased in a surrounding bad. Like the orange analogy. Or, if you will, picture a mountain top surrounded by clouds. The mountain is the good and the surrounding clouds is the evil that feeds off of it.

More examples of this is when someone has confidence in themselves. The surrounding evil would be pride, arrogance, boastfulness.

When someone is very intelligent, the surrounding evil would be chutzpah, boldness, arrogance.

and so on and so forth.

And so the game is to surgically (lol) reach for the good and stay away from the bad.  That reminds me of one of the 39 works we are not allowed to do on Shabbat: bore /separating (בורר.) Well, we can take the good from the bad, but not the bad from a pile. On Shabbat we only want the good.   But anyway, as a kabbalist once said to my husband, who in turn told me; In this particular work of separating, the actual act of separating is na'ar () which is the gematria of 320. Once the good has been separated its 1 less the 320, which leaves us with 319.

300 =(sh) = ש

+10= (i) =  '

+ 9=  (t) =ט

=???!!! %$&*#


May we all merit the wisdom to distinguish and discriminate between the good, meaty part of an 'orange' (i.e. the confidence, the faith, the intelligence, the inner light) vs the 'peel' (i.e pride, gullibility, chutzpah, raw physical)!

Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You!

The next crudely made but exciting adventures of Moshe and Avigail!!!

If you haven't seen Episode 1 yet, here it is:

Episode 1: part 1
Episode 1: part 2

Quotable Quotes

"Those who would give up essential liberty for little temporary safety deserve neither."

Benjamin Franklin

(his quotes are all so deliciously good and important. I'm leaving the link in case you want to check out some more. priceless! Ben. Franklin's quotes)

Arab Princess Getting Royal Treatment at Israeli Hospital - A7 Exclusive Features - Israel News - Israel National News

Arab Princess Getting Royal Treatment at Israeli Hospital - A7 Exclusive Features - Israel News - Israel National News

I guess they know where to go when they need it.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Israel complains to UN over rocket fire - Israel News, Ynetnews

Israel complains to UN over rocket fire - Israel News, Ynetnews

This should be filed under "Just for Laughs." Israel complains to the UN?! Did we forget that the UN hates our guts?

U.S. Officials: What Freeze Commitments? - Politics & Gov't - Israel News - Israel National News

U.S. Officials: What Freeze Commitments? - Politics & Gov't - Israel News - Israel National News

Who is in charge of Israel?! Oy HaShem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quotable Quotes

"FBI says home-grown terrorists are becoming a bigger threat than they can handle, especially since there's no system in place to stop them.  But, since terrorists think it's fine and dandy to target innocent civilians, we who are not members of the military or the law enforcement community should see ourselves as combatants, since our enemy sees us that way. If we combat terrorism, then that makes us part of the systemhere that al-Qaeda is more dangerous now than in the past, not to mention Hamas, HezbAllah and various hangers-on. by which this evil death cult is confronted and attacked and eventually defeated. You can read"

Just for fun: Video of Compassion


Friday, November 19, 2010

Flashback Post: The Din Meister

Are you a Din Meister?

Meister = Master. For example a master of all trades.

Din = judgement

A Din Meister (I invented that phrase) is someone whom judgement follows around. Someone always has something negative to say to or about the Din Meister. If there's no one, then s/he say it to himself. Examples of Din Meister behavior:

* Din Meister walks with her kids outside. As soon as Din Meister notices that someone has taken notice of her, or soon after someone greets her, she becomes very self conscious and critical of her kids -yelling at them for slouching, harshly straightening out their clothes, etc.

* Self flagellation

* When something not positive happens to Din Meister, she thinks "it figures" (i.e. "yes, that is the way its suppose to be, the way it's expected..")

* When things are going great, Din Meister waits for the turn of the tides. She thinks its inevitable. And JUST!

* People tend to find things to criticize Din Meister about. Constantly.

* When Din Meister does something any ordinary person would do, its viewed as wrong, bad, evil, out of place, etc.

Well now, how to remove this din, this constant judgement, from DM's life?

Here are some ways I heard about:

A) Tell others of your pain that they may pray for you

B) Charity (monetary or physically helping people)

C) Crying out to God

D) Changing one's name (Abram to Abraham; Sarai to Sarah; Joshua to Yehoshua, etc)

E) Improving one's conduct

F) Rebuke a friend for/with the right motive (Assuming the friend actually needs rebuking)

G) Not succumbing to dispair or depression

H) Repentance

I) Not making the suffering public knowledge (just a close friend or two to pray for you)

J) Visiting a Tzaddik (a holy person)

K) Psalms

L) Humbling one's self

M) Fasting

N) Accepting embarrassment

O) reciting Song of Songs

P) Being merciful to others

I'll say something else. At times I have felt like a Din Meister. But I chase the din away with laughter or lightheartedness. If I see someone looking and I'm feeling self conscious, I joke with my kids and we both laugh. Or if I'm alone, I think a pleasant thought or say some good (or thrilling) news. That usually puts me in a better disposition. Usually the person talking to me critically or looking disapprovingly ends up smiling as well. Joy has an amazing healing and rectifying power that I don't think the western world has tapped into yet.

One interesting sign of of peace and calm is when there are not many businesses going on. Think a nice quiet town in a shanty town or something.  Everyone is of one will. Businesses have to convince people that they are lacking. With so many businesses out there--all needing to have a good profit in order to thrive and grow-- they need to have a wide consumer base. Its an unfortunate need to convince folks that they are lacking something. I think  folks should be aware of this, otherwise, they will always feel lacking and not know why; or walk around with a feeling of incompleteness. At any rate, less "stuff" makes for more breeze-y room which will hopefully lead to clarity and relaxation and calm.

There is another way...

The holiness of dancing:

When someone hears wonderful news, they jump for joy! When they get good tidings, they do a dance and a skip! There is a holiness in dancing. Somehow people know about this subconsciously but I don't hear or read about it anywhere. Well, according to the Likutey Moharan (Lesson 41), dancing -moving the left leg and the right leg- towards good, for a holy reason, for good news, for good, holy thoughts, etc. this also dashes evil decrees in heaven, chases away din /judgement.

Dancing to lewd music, jumping and moving because someone got hurt, or some such reason is akin to the story of Nadav and Avihu. They wanted to bring a fire offering to God, but it was not done in the appropriate fashion. As a result, they were swallowed up by the fire.

In summary, at times din surrounds a person. Things go wrong, even the person himself or herself feels entitled to the wrongs occurring. But there is compassion in the world.  There are ways to chase that air away. Mainly reconnecting to God, charity, reading Psalms (out loud), and dancing. Basically, anything that takes you out of your usual way, or helps you to rise above your "horoscope."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Attempted Stabbing Averted Near Hadassah Hospital - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

Attempted Stabbing Averted Near Hadassah Hospital - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

Oy, oy, oy!!! Everytime I hear news like this it sends my adrenalin pumping! Will I be able to do my part if the situation arises? Will I freeze? Okay breathe just like in the Forbidden Kingdom lol. I can laugh here because there were no victims -- but it wasn't for lack of trying. No, really I have to take this seriously. Everyone counts here.

Who Are These People Anyway?

NEW YORK — Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged "immodest."Read more.

Should I take this news with a straight face?


Argentina's Economic Collapse

There are some middle videos and then this is the end:

At times, I feel like the things I would really like to post about are too dangerous to speak about.

Shyne Blog Post

MaNishtana wrote a short blip on Shyne. check it out!

Personally, I wish shyne all the best, the chance to explore all the avenues, to sit and wear a clothing to see how it fits, to learn and learn and learn until he makes Judaism his own style.

Rabbinate Calls for 'Rain Fast Day' Thursday - Jewish World - Israel News - Israel National News

Rabbinate Calls for 'Rain Fast Day' Thursday - Jewish World - Israel News - Israel National News

Well, I had some soup and toast on Wednesday....hopefully I can participate in this....

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Flashback Post: Lighting Your Precious Candles

Since its so close to Chanukah, I thought this post was appropo...

Well, what do you use to light up your seven precious candles?

According to Rebbe Nachman, in Likutey Moharan lesson #21 we all have seven precious candles. These candles are our eyes, our ears, two nostrils and our mouth. When we use pure, clean oil to illuminate these candles that means we are checking what we take in --good books, good blog posts, positive, useful information, good tidings, important tidings, good food, fragrant or cool air, etc. When it is said that unclean, dirty oil is used, its as if we are putting shmutzy, trashy, junky, gossipy, disgraceful movies, songs, pictures, bad smells into ourselves.

It can be worthwhile to use good, healthy oil for illuminating these candles because a well lit face brings us to grace from The Holy One, Blessed be He and also the intellect can more easily absorbs information (the channels are not clogged up by falsehood, hurtful info, and the like).

Now who wouldn't want that?

It goes further. There are two kinds of knowledge. The one that is inside the brain already and the one that hoovers around us waiting to be let in. Let's give these two names. The one that's inside us already, we'll call absorbed knowledge; the kind that is not yet processed yet, we'll call floating knowledge (in Hebrew its called makif. Should I use the Hebrew?)

Using my favorite mascot, Karen. Say Karen is waiting to absorb some floating knowledge. For the time being she's just not getting it.

The floating knowledge x, y, and z are buzzing around her. She can't really see it, but its there. Some of it is so pure, so refined that unless Karen refines her seven candles, she may not be able to absorb all of it.

This floating knowledge of x, y, and z can also be called her "garments" because they hoover around her like a coat.

There was once a thug who was waiting for a girl to pass by to hurt her. He hid behind a bush and prepared for his ambush.  Luckily, that girl decided to wear a disguise. She wore something different than what she already had. Thus, when she passed by the thug behind the bush, she was unrecognizable and was able to pass unharmed!
Another good reason for illuminating our candles and absorbing new knowledge is that we eliminate the old "garment" around us and have a brand new garment unrecognizable than before. Thus, we can experience life quite differently than before.  The "thugs" won't recognize the new garment and we pass unharmed; that is to say, old naysayers and previous hurtful words and haters can not effect us because they are chasing after the wrong garments.

(hmmm, perhaps that explains why kids are always putting things in their mouths! lol. Forever learning, absorbing from the outside and bringing it in)

The concept of "garment" is too deep and I don't think I would do it justice to explain any further.

So to sum it all up: using pure oil to make your candles shine bright -i.e. using proper speech, no cuss words, not breathing hot air of anger, keeping cool, seeing good and hearing good- is beneficial in that it allows you to absorb knowledge faster. As you keep absorbing new knowledge and more knowledge, you get wise. You receive grace and you leave your enemies powerless.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Main Stream Media Shrapnel & Declogging

Every once in a while, just like a victim of terrorist bombs (but no where near the same degree), I also have little pieces of shrapnel that surface and I have to deal with.

terrorist bombers put nails or glass or whatevers around their bombs so that when they explode, they get the extra carnage that they lust for -or their leaders lust for. That, combined with things that get blown up around -it leaves so much shrapnel inside a person, that the doctors can only take out the big pieces and leave the survivor to deal with the smaller, really embedded pieces as they slowly surface back up to the skin--its a long process.

I don't want to diminish what they are going through, but on a smaller scale, I feel as I've I had a blast of media poison when I was younger and slowly slowly shrapnel comes to the surface.  Depending on my maturity, my development, I then deal with it.

So today's shrapnel is:

Seeing Indians from India, Sudanese, Nigerians, etc., as humans!!  (on a different plane than before).

I think the American media trains people to view people from the Asian continent and the African continent as just a bunch. A lump. A pile. A mass. So when I hear that people were killed by the hundreds, its like hearing there is a storm in a far away city in America; you hope all is well and that everyone braces themselves and don't think much after that.

But after hundreds being killed -people aren't "well".  And bracing ones self is not enough. Many, many families are hurt and crying for their babies, their sons, daughters, fathers, mothers. friends. Whole communities are effected and discouraged.

The big stories when I was young was Indian train crashes.  There was always some horrific train crash with hundreds of casualties.  I think they even listed how much cattle was lost as well. That, to me was odd, as if there were fishes, humans, and cattle. All without speech! All from the animal world.

Truly, I even started to imagine Africans and Asians as people with tunnel vision -which is how  I imagined animals then- creatures, albeit nice creatures- who only see directly in front of them and don't have peripheral vision.

Well, thank God all that had changed. It was a slow process beginning with me stepping away from an abusive, closed home and stepping into a world where I dated Nigerians -that made them somewhat real. I wasn't fully healed from the abuse and so even dating was not a healthy affair.

Getting to know a whole other culture also helped. After I moved away from home, I got...CABLE!! woohoo! lol. That really opened me up to different worlds. I really enjoyed the Islam channel and the Hindu channel. My favorite was the Hindu channel with all the bollywood music videos and their sitcoms. It really helped me to understand that they are regular people, they have feelings.  But still I couldn't understand it when hundreds get reported dead from a disaster or from a murderer in the news in such a stoic way. As if, the appropriate emotion is no emotion.

This past Shabbat, I was telling my children about the different names of God.  It was tricky because, in Judaism, one does not say these names unless one is actually trying to invoke God. So it would go something like this:

"And there's Shakai. If you change the K into a D, you get another name of God..that name is about limits, too much, too little...." As I spoke, the kids mentally replaced the k with a d and shouted out the "answer"!

To show them that it was a scary thing (without scarimg them) I would duck my face into a blanket as if scared.  The kids had a good laugh about it, but then they would say all the names just to see me duck under the blanket! Finally it go too much, I said, "Enough!" ("dai!") and started behaving in a stoic manner, so that they will follow suit (and stop playing around and saying God's Holy Names so callously). It worked. They calmed down and we continued the lesson.

But I wonder if the  MSM reporters do the same thing. Might they report things in a stoic manner to invoke stoic responses to these horrific tragedies? Well, whatever the motive, I had learned the lesson.

Then I entered the Jewish world. In that world, they had their own media so I heard Jewish news about Jewish people --quite different from how MSM portrayed them.  Even in the African American world, the news by Blacks themselves were quite critical of themselves. It was still hard to arouse sympathy, connection...compassion. (nowadays, its alot better!). But in the Jewish world, when one soldier was kidnapped, it was a tragedy- a precious soul into the hands of angry, hateful people who have no problems torturing for the sake of torturing.

Whole communities would gather together to pray for rain. Schoolchildren took time away from their studies to gather in the auditorium and pray for a communal need.

People cared for each other. I learned. And thank God, this heart of flesh expanded into having compassion for the rest of the world.  To hear callously that hundreds of Sudanese Christians were burned (burned alive!!) hurts me more than I could ever describe to someone who is still numbed from MSM pioson of stoicism.

Now, the following may sound arrogant to the ears of non-Jews, but there is this belief by some that Israel is a microcosm of the world. That every Jew represents a part of the world. Which explains why, whenever something bad happens, it could be the furthest thing from Jewish life, the world likes to blame the Jews for it. This seems to be a belief that some Jews carry as a burden, and the world (unwittingly?) carries with venom! They'll publicly say that Jews are nothing, but have conspiracy theories that Jews are just about to take over whole planets, they have all the money, all the gold, all silver, everything theirs. They basically give them this authority.  But if, IF this is so, then what part of the world do I represent?


A friend of mine went to a Chinese medicine doctor. The doctor said there was a part of her that is underdeveloped.  I was surprised to hear that! Can Chinese Medicine help in that regard? Truly in that realm that is where I heard the most -the closest- explanation of sexual molestation's spiritual effects. Feel free to check it "Chinese Medicine and Sexual Abuse".  While I don't believe everything she wrote (he?) there, its food for thought.

I also suspect there is a part of me that has not matured enough.  Its the output part of me. The way I respond in public settings.  I am working on that. I think ever since I started wondering about, and doing research on dancing, and actually dancing,  I've been towards that path. But I'm nowhere near where I need to be.  I want to be able to dance more freely, to say what's on my mind in a tactful way without fear of offending (especially if I said it in a most tactful way!) in appropriate settings. I want to get that part of me out from under the boots of fear of man.

Once that happens, only then can I truly explore what can I do for the world? What good can I dance down?  How can I elevate those I care for and love? Too much time is wasted already. Frivolous phone calls -Waste.  Being down and sad about something -Waste. Mulling over guilt -Waste! Enough Wastes already.

It could be that the world simply can't care about Sudan, and the many other nations in dire need of help.  Perhaps everyone fell under the influence of Esau's way of thinking: pretend to be good, hunt men, and dwell on the mountain of she'ar (which is similar to the word "hair" in Hebrew).


Sunday, November 14, 2010

An Untoned -Down Commentary on Sudan by Kola Boof

[Ed. Note - Background: For many, many years, the radical Islamic government of Sudan has waged, what President George Bush called, "a brutal and shameful" war against its Christian and animist citizens in southern Sudan to force them to convert to Islam. Negotiations in 2002 in Machakos, Kenya, produced an agreement between the government and the South's Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), but the war continues. Meantimes, over two million people have died, and another four million have been displaced.]

My dearest ones in Israel, the devil has been very busy. For no matter who risks life and limb to tell the truth about the evil injustices carried out by the Arab Muslim governments of North Africa and by the mullahs that advise these governments, the media in America has responded with a hideous prejudice against Jews, against black African Sudanese, and against any fair-thinking person who dares despise the Arab imperialism that is not only destroying the Middle East, but now threatens to destroy authentic African culture of the Nile River more than it already has.
It does not matter
that I speak as the daughter of an Arab Egyptian father, a woman born Islamic in Omdurman, Sudan, or that I am an accomplished African woman writer, obviously of some intelligence.
It does not matter
that my parents were murdered in my presence, because my Arab Muslim father spoke out against the building of Lake Nuba and the enslavement of Dinka children by Arab Northerners in Sudan.
It does not matter
that I have witnessed Muslim women rolled up in carpets and set on fire, because they failed to produce male children.
It does not matter
that I speak, most regrettably, as the former mistress of two of the Arab world's most powerful men, Hasan al Turabi and Osama Bin Laden, or that I have been a paid hostess at the parties of President Hosni Mubarak and Moamar Khadafi, or that I provided proof of this before I was profiled by Fox News, and therefore, have knowledge of their true faces.
Anyone who speaks the truth in America about the evils of the Arab world is ignored, shunned and accused of supporting the so-called Jewish desecration of the Arab birthright.

Of course, we all remember that the Black Plague was blamed on Jewish people, even in nations where there were no Jews living, and this today, is the similar anti-semitic blame game, but for being a black African woman who has said so in America, I have been written off as "crazy", "emotional", "a whore" and "a hoax".
I don't deny that I'm a controversial, provocative public figure. I reject all man-made religions, be it Christianity, Islam, the Jewish faith, Buddhism or any worship that was created by men. I am a womanist and an African mother. I bare my breasts in the river once a month and I believe in the womb.
    Yet still,
I have not lied about the atrocities of the Arab world.
I have not lied about the cruel evils of Islam against African people and those who refuse to join it.
I have told these truths, not because I hate any race or religion of man, but because I believe that it's wrong for human beings to take part in any cult of hate, any orgasm of violence against other humans.

According to my Sudanese Zarpunni (the women's neighborhood) and all the black women before me, the Palestinians have sterilized black women since the 1950's.
It is well known by African women that our wombs are loathed in Arab nations, because it is our wombs that produce the authentic black man. Our tongue bequeaths him his heritage and identity.
Who on this planet will deny me this truth?

For the rest of the speech: see Kola Boof Speech

Just for Fun: The Adventures of Moshe and Avigail (conclusion)

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Holocaust Survivor

With more and more Black Jews being revealed, converting, being born....I wonder what does it mean about a possible other holocaust?

Happy Veteran's Day

Celebrating veteran's day is like celebrating our borders. These brave men and women make our country's borders. They secure them.  Its literally a tear jerker if a country gathers these brave ones and begin to use them for their own personal benefit.  Their station should always be preserved and protected (so that our borders will be protected). Any way, they are the brave ones and I salute them.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Latma does it again

Rachel's tomb is a precious site in Israel. Droves of people go there to pray there everyday. It reminds me a bit of the Africans who still remeber their ancestors.  Very holy people are said to have a power. Where they are buried is considered a holy site because even as their bodies decay, the connection between them and the heavens is still strong --i.e. there is a column of space from their tomb to the heavens. So, people come close or into that column of "air" where heaven -God's Ear to be exact- is much more easily accessed.

The UN is passing a referendum that Rachel's tomb will be declared a mosque. Latma gives her views on that.

Just for fun

I have been working on this for a few days and its so difficult to get the timing right. But here is the first part of the Adventures of Moshe and Avigail

(hopefully the next ones will only get better and better!)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Picture of the Day

Dead and burnt. And still no one cares.

Say, how come the Christians are ominously silent about their own? Okay, these were Black Christians, so what?


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

1st Adventures of Moshe and Avigail

There are two young kids who do great things in the world.  With the gift that Hashem gave them, they save people and bring justice where ever they can.  This is how their story began….
One fine summer afternoon,  Moshe and Avigail were playing with their toys in the living room.  Their parents were taking a nap and the house was peaceful.

Suddenly Moshe pointed at the bookshelf and shouted. "A book is floating!!" The Tehillim was shining and floating in the air! The children were surprised as they stared at the strange floating Tehillim.

To be continued...

Flashback Post: BF and the Talmud...What if?

What if today, as we live, Sojourner Truth...

Harriet Tubman...

Martin Luther King, Jr....

Malcolm X.

and..... hmmmm .....Michael Steele (LOL!)

came together in one room for a shmooze.

While together they began discussing various topics and the situation of BF and what to do about it. The topic at hand was education and there happened to be a young BW who was recording the whole thing!

Here's how it would go...

MLK, being ever so bold, broached the topic. "Our children need an education! They are ranking pretty badly in the public school system."

Malcolm X: "What do you expect? We need to establish our own school system."

Harriet Tubman: " We BF appreciate education, even though we were not allowed an education, somehow we learned and had to keep it a secret. Now we think we are allowed, but must still learn on our own and perhaps keep it secret..."

Michael Steele: "Forget any sort of education! Just vote for me should I run for anything, okay?"

MLK: "I still say we must use the current system and do better in IT."

So they all agreed to use the current system at hand, however, they would fortify it with extracurricular after school school for those who want.

This "RULING" would be called their "mishnah"

So, the BW who recorded this took these opinions and published it in her book called The Mishnah. The book became so popular because people learned to process information, concepts based on these people's way of thinking -not to mention their wisdom and reasonings. Then the BW got interviewed and she confessed that there were some comments that didn't get published into her book. She showed one such comment, it was Michael Steele's.

Someone else compiled a list of the comments that didn't make it into BW's "mishnah". These extras were also studied.

Time passed...

People became unsure...

Now, when Tyrone Benhood wants to study his Mishnah, he studies both MLK's words and Michael Steele's word with the same intensity because he's in the dark as to know who is more valid or what's more relevant. He feels like he's in Babylon, not his home and not too sure what's the right thing to do. "I know," thinks Tyrone, "I'll go to the regular system, cuz that's what MLK said...and I'll also go to a special school for BF , cuz that's what Malcolm X said...and there are no schools cuz that's what Harriet Tubman said...and finally, I'll vote for Michael Steele should he run for anything!"

This way, Tyrone satisfied every opinion listed in the Mishnah and felt safe. He didn't have to weigh one opinion over another, he was politically correct and democratically safe. True, it gave him more to do and to consider, but at least he felt that he couldn't go wrong like this.

Then comes along his friend, Emmett Yesod. He knows what's up and can be discriminatory as to whom he should learn from in what topic. He decided to see what was written about education and took the BW's Mishnah --let's give her a name, Keila). Emmett reads all the opinions and stops at Michael Steele's. "Hmmmm..." thinks Emmett, "I'm going to have to reject this idea because it doesn't make sense to me. It doesn't sound logical nor relevant to school issues." So he rejected that idea. So, in the end he decides to "rule" like the Mishnah does. Sure, some may disagree with him for not placing all the players on equal stage. But because he had more clarity on who was involved and what the goal of the topic was, he was able to discriminate.

A bunch of Tyrone benHood mulling over these rulings would be called a gemorrah. The Mishnah plus that gemorrah would be their Talmud which is -not really in the same degree- like the Babylonian Talmud.

A bunch of Emmett Yesod mulling over these rulings would also be called a gemorrah. The Mishnah plus this gemorrah would be their Talmud which is --again, not really in the same degree-- like the Jerusalem Talmud.

Is it a crazy idea for BF to try and create a "Talmud"? Is there already something like this? A collection of opinions of various leaders divided into topics and subjects such as education, politics, health, etc.?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Ceasar Millan

One show I really enjoy when I'm doing the hotel thang.


Best Movies

This is exhausting. I have search and search. It is really difficult to find a great movie for little black boys. How do parents before me did it? Where are the folks black kids can identify with? Where is a story that's not race oriented?