Sunday, December 26, 2010

Leftists Caught Red-Handed: %u2018Burning Sheep%u2019 Libel Was Faked - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

Leftists Caught Red-Handed: %u2018Burning Sheep%u2019 Libel Was Faked - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

grrrr!

Gila Ran Website

Gila Ran Books website. Stay up to date with the latest Gila Ran books at this website...




The first ever Frum, Black and Jewish Children's book has just been translated into Hebrew. Yippiee!!!

Stay tuned, G-d willing, for the next upcoming books.

PA Claims Jesus was First Shaheed, Mary a Palestinian - Jewish World - Israel News - Israel National News

PA Claims Jesus was First Shaheed, Mary a Palestinian - Jewish World - Israel News - Israel National News

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down...

Parashat: Shemot

We are moving along and have now begun reading the book of Shemot -which is known as the book of Exodus.


Interesting that it is called "shemot" which means "names"

Anyway, I saw a very interesting drush/teaching that Rabbi (?) Natan Slifkin put on his blog, he himself heard it from someone else.. I'll repost:


“And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brothers, and looked on their burdens; and he spied an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brothers. And he looked this way and that way, and he saw that there was no man; and he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand". (Exodus 2:11-12)

Many years ago, I heard a terrific drush on this from Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopez-Cardozo, quoting Rav Shlomo Kluger: that we are being told here about the identity crisis of the prince of Egypt. When Moshe saw the Egyptian beating the Jew, “He looked this way and that way” – he looked at his royal Egyptian upbringing, and at his Jewish ancestral roots. “And he saw that there was no man” – he saw that he lacked a true identity. “And he slew the Egyptian” – within himself. “And hid him in the sand” – he totally detached himself from the Egyptian mindset, and aligned himself fully with the fate of the Jews.

Hamas commander: Israel will disappear - Israel News, Ynetnews

Hamas commander: Israel will disappear - Israel News, Ynetnews

Ah yes, our lovely peace partners. Surely, there's a misunderstanding. Let's hear what the world says about this one...



***crickets***


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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Confessions About a Palm Tree

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I'm a bit embarrassed to confess this.  But I have a beloved palm tree.  Since I spend most of my time in the kids room. I usually help them get to sleep, say the night time prayer with them. And then stare out of their window, which has a palm tree right in front of it.  This palm tree and I have had many nights together reading psalms, talking to G-d (hitbodedut), thinking, wondering things out loud, etc.

Only this weekend I realized that I've grown fond of this palm tree.  Like a solid friend always there with its dancing leaves.  Sometimes it plays tricks on me when it rustles its leaves (the sound of rustling palm tree leaves sounds like rain). Most times it just stands there, like a witness to all my heart pourings to The One Above.

I really like that palm tree.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Black Jews no longer in the background of US life

By way of a joke, Robin Washington, Minnesota newspaper editor, African American and observant Jew, explained how mainstream Christian society marginalizes Judaism in American life, filters its holidays through the lens of Christian tradition:
One kid: What ya getting for Christmas?
Another kid: I'm Jewish.
First kid: Oh. What ya getting for Jewish Christmas, then?
Washington's joke cuts to the heart of the relative isolation that Hanukkah endures on the national holiday calendar, and by extension the experience of black Jews, a minority inside a minority. As American Jews in general establish their identity in the face of the nation's predominately Christian identity, Jewish African-Americans -- who sometimes self-identify as "JOC's" (for Jews of color) -- face another challenge in the United States.
The idea of black Jews in America is more widely accepted than in years past, dovetailing with the nation's overall increasingly diverse demographic mosaic. But challenges exist in the integration of the black Judaic experience into a skeptical or disbelieving public, and into some aspects of Jewish tradition itself.
For Washington, editor in chief of the Duluth News Tribune, co-founder of the National Alliance of Black Jews, and an oft-quoted writer and essayist on the black Jewish experience, the sense of being "different" is one he felt most acutely through his children.
"Hanukkah isn't a major Jewish holiday, and only takes on that significance in the U.S. because of Christmas. By no means is it insignificant, but it's not Christmas," he told theGrio recently. "The problem, of course, is for families, and keeping your children from crying when their friends are visiting Santa and getting presents." Read more at the Grio.

Meet the Lemonhead Family

There's Abba Lemonhead. Very diligent and a hard worker. He is committed to teaching his children Torah. He is an upstanding member in his society, but can be a bit of a workaholic.


Imma Lemonhead. Sweet and giving. She keeps a watchful eye on her family, but also enjoys going out with her friends.

Miriam Lemonhead. She loves life. Always curious.  Has some really interesting friends that sometimes gets her into trouble.

Avi Lemonhead. Independent and fun loving. He's always ready for an adventure.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Picture of the Day

Turkish man goes on trial for plot to kill rabbis - Israel News, Ynetnews

Turkish man goes on trial for plot to kill rabbis - Israel News, Ynetnews

I am glad the plot was foiled.


Not to make light of this. But it reminds me of a joke:

There was once a Jewish man who always took a certain train to work. There was the usual crowd on that early morning train and although no one spoke to one another, everyone was quite comfortable with each other. The Jewish man would come with his Jewish news paper, sit in his usual spot and the train would go.

Well, one day something was different. The Jewish man came in with an Arabic paper. He took his usual spot and proceeded to read as the train began to move. Over come by curiousity some of the passengers asked him, "why are you reading an Arabic newspaper? what happened to your usual papers?"

"Well," the man began, "I just got tired of all the bad news. Anti-semitism over here, plots to kill rabbis over there, world condemning Israel left and right. I just wanted some good news. In the Arabic papers we own all the banks! We run the economy! We are great lobbyist! We're on top of the world!!!"

Plan to Use Christmas, New Year to Bring the Messiah - Jewish World - Israel News - Israel National News

Plan to Use Christmas, New Year to Bring the Messiah - Jewish World - Israel News - Israel National News

Someone's dreaming of a ....Jewish...Christmas...

interesting plan.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Netanyahu Decides to Ask Obama to Free Pollard - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

Netanyahu Decides to Ask Obama to Free Pollard - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

This reminds me of a scene from "The Wizard of Oz" where the scarecrow approaches the wizard and the wizard screams out, "COME FORWARD" as so he comes, all wobbly legs and all to make his request.





Then the wizard asks them to do all sorts of suicidal stunts in order to get their wishes granted (like killing a wicked witch). Well, in the end, all was granted.

Then again, it also reminds me of another story....with Purim being around the corner...Esther having to ask the king a question...





In this story queen Esther had to come before the king --the story leaves things vague sometimes when they talk about the king--is it the human king Xerxes? or the King of Kings Himself? Anyway, she fasts and her people fasts for three whole days before she makes her daring move....

in the end, her wishes were granted! 

A Good Thing to Buy for Your Children

Hey Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents and Friends: 

Mazal tov!! The book is here! The first EVER frum, Black and Jewish children's book! Give the gift of positive imagery to your children. For the sake of their future, help them to relate in a more intimate way with Judaism with a Jewish children's book with people who look like them.

Spread the knowledge of Jewish diversity by having this cute lil book around the house. Make it a home of truth and revelation in a non-argumentative way with this delightful storybook leading the way.


Entertain your kids with Torah lessons in this book series. More to come!! Who says learning has to be a drudge?

Buy this book, you'll be glad you did!

http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-lemonheads/14306910?productTrackingContext=search_results/search_shelf/center/1

with gratitude to Hashem.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Picture of the Day

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This is a car belonging to a sect of Jews called Lubavitchers.  They had a leader,whom they fondly  call "the rebbe", Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (April 5, 1902 OS – June 12, 1994). They say he never died and is waiting for the right time to come back and save the world.


These vans are used to drive around encouraging Jews to fo good things in the world.

A Kiss Me -I'm Jewish! Haiti - Represented!

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see the link...from MaNishtana

Africa Israel CFO to step down in 2011 - Israel Business, Ynetnews

Africa Israel CFO to step down in 2011 - Israel Business, Ynetnews

A new head? Time to pray. Pray that they new leader cares about both Israel and African countries and benefits both in the short and long run.

Stabbing victim 'found God' in Israel - Israel News, Ynetnews

Stabbing victim 'found God' in Israel - Israel News, Ynetnews

Its very difficult.

While I'm sad that she died. Even sadder that it was such a brutal multiple stabbing sort of death...Its unnerving to read about misisonaries who say they "love the Jewish people". Pulease. If they truly "loved" us they would leave us alone and not prosyletize and try to convert us. Do we try to convert others? Why can't they too be content? Do they need others to convert in order to validate their own beliefs?

Quotable Quotes

From Kings I, 18
...Ahab sent for all the children of Israel and got the prophets together at Mount Carmel
...Then the fire of HaShem came down burning up the offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and drinking up the water in the drain.
...And when the people saw it they all went down on their faces and said HaShem is the Elokim.
...And after a very little time, the heaven became black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain.

(hat tip - Dreaming of Moshiach blog)

and sure enough, after the fires at Carmel, that night or the next day, there was rain.
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Just What You've Been WAiting for: Romeo & Juliet Yiddishe Style

Here's the link...

Romeo & Juliet

....now let me go puke.

No. Seriously, It might be good. You just never know...

(hat tip = my facebook pals)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Thinking of Sudan...




Different country, different people, same struggle.

Gina is Making a Movie

Positive things are happening by Black folks! The blogger, Gina McCauley -blogger/activist- is making a movie. Here is the trailer to it.



Looking forward to this and much more!

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Bon Jovi: We're coming to Israel - Israel Culture, Ynetnews

Bon Jovi: We're coming to Israel - Israel Culture, Ynetnews

Next year in Jerusalem? lol

Denzel Washington visits Israel - Israel Culture, Ynetnews

Denzel Washington visits Israel - Israel Culture, Ynetnews

I don't suppose I'll see him....

Head Coverings

(This is a girly post)

I really like the head coverings in this video. I'm inspired. Hey, its pretty modest, so there's no reason why I can't (except my hair wouldn't stick out in the back).



.(hat tip= Afrospear)

Air Force Foils Rocket Attacks on Israel; 5 Terrorists Killed - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

Air Force Foils Rocket Attacks on Israel; 5 Terrorists Killed - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

Friday, December 17, 2010

BW in America (and the world over) and the Shechina

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By BW I mean women with Black African ancestry that shows. By the Shechina, I mean the Jewish definition: the divine presence of the Holy One, Blessed be He,in the world.

Most times, in Jewish teachings and sources, the Holy One is hardly ever -well never- seen as a little lamb, unable to defend himself and willingly allowing Himself afflictions. However, there is a part of Him, the Shechina -which is His pDivine Presence in the world that at seems to have a "weak side". When people blaspheme or do hurtful things, it is said that the Shechina goes away from that place. Almost as if its running away. The perpetrator is then left to the designs of nature, harsh judgements of the world.

That also reminds me of King David.  King David was quite powerful and strong.  When he was a young lad, he protected his sheep against bears and lions, etc.  And he fought Goliath, the giant and single handledly beat him. However, when he was on the defense, when Shaul was coming after him, all he could do was run away.

It seems like when he's on the offense, it works better for him. But when he's on the defense....oy vavoy to him.

Sometimes I wonder if Black Women are like that too??? Potentially better at the offensive and not so good with the defensive?


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Shabbat Shalom to all / have a great weekend!!!

World's Currency Reserve

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What is that?

The World's currency reserve is like back up money that various countries store.  At the moment the world's currency reserve is dollars (yay for Americans!!!).

The world currency reserve is also used to purchase things like oil and gold. That means, when someone, or some company, or some country from anywhere in the world wants to buy oil or gold, they first have to convert their currency into dollars and then buy the items they want (not to mention paying a transaction cost).

Not bad. Each time the conversion occurs, America gets something. And when America wants to buy these items, they don't have to convert anything since its already in dollars. So the price is much lower for them.


You can read more about that at wikipedia.


In 2008 Some companies began to accept Euros rather than just dollars.

OPEC, a group of Arab countries that came together to regulate the price of their oil, are considering changing the currency reserve away from the dollars.

Now sure what's going on here...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

IAF Jet Shoots Down Unknown Object from Jordan - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

IAF Jet Shoots Down Unknown Object from Jordan - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

Visitors from Congo Declare: "Africa Loves Israel" - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

Visitors from Congo Declare: "Africa Loves Israel" - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

I would love to fundraise and get books (chumash, tannakh, etc) for the Igbos of Nigeria. I seem to have good mazal fundraising, but I am not confidence about the business part of it all (establishing a bank account, etc).

A short story:

Long ago, I once asked a kabbalist what can I do for Africa. I feel so much for it, but feel powerless to do much. He said to just think positively about it.  I thanked him and hung up the phone.  Secretly I thought, "just think about Africa? How's that going to do anything?!"

Anyway, that year, I did think alot about Africa, not just the continent, but individual countries, people I knew, African Americans, Caribbeans...all the African descended peoples and wished them well and worried about them, pined that they should be well, etc.  That same year, my sister came into the Jewish fold!!

I was very happy! I don't know how it happened. I don't even know if these two incidents are related. But It was a good feeling.

The Race to Authentic Judaism

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Another post I would rather read about than write about, but until someone writes about it...

The Jewish people have so many different parts. Each part believing their way is right.  And then throw in there those who aren't even Jewish but feel they have an input into all of this. Now what is happening is whenever someone wants to convert to Judaism, all sorts of groups can swarm this person and lead them......I don't know where.

much prayer is needed. Action too. I just don't know what action besides blogging about these issues.

Currently, there is a group of Igbos who want to convert and be Jewish. But the Orthodox Jewry is not doing anything about it.  Now the Jews for J are coming over there to tell them what's what.

**sigh**

NYC cops: TV meteorologist faked assault claim - WECT TV6 - WECT.com - Wilmington, NC news and weather -

NYC cops: TV meteorologist faked assault claim - WECT TV6 - WECT.com - Wilmington, NC news and weather -

Now why? What was the end game? Attention?

Anyway, I thought it was interesting that she did not describe her alleged attacker as Black. Score one for all the efforts of BF who have mocked, complained, protested, proclaimed, revealed and otherwise fought against these false allegations.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Down Doo-be Doo-be Doo-Ah.....

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I'm actually quite down today.

Sweet Mickey is running for the presidency of Haiti. Need I say more?




Aside from the fact that I have to revise a book I am writing. (I have to force myself not to succomb to laziness. I've got to revise and revise until its really good.)

I have a leaking roof - it can easily be fixed, if attended to soon.

I went to a wonderful shiur /?class where everyone was very engaged and the topic was delicious. But it left me thinking: what can we do to help the world? To heal the world? It all seems so unsurmountable.

At any rate, I don't want to get too down in the dumps. We had much needed rain, praise God for that!

The book is getting along pretty nicely.

The kids are getting more able to manage themselves. Now I feel like the wired monkey mother with the bottle of milk. (from the experiment where they took baby monkeys and gave them a choice the cuddlly soft mother doll or the metalic hard wirey mother doll with a bottle of milk in her hand. The monkeys chose the cuddly mother but only went to the wirey metalic one when they needed milk).

So what's really making me down. I guess all the factions in the Jewish world. Where's the unity, man?!

Well that was a drabby post. lol.

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50 municipal rabbis: Don't rent flats to Arabs - Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews

50 municipal rabbis: Don't rent flats to Arabs - Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews

US rabbis speak out against rabbis' letter - Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews

US rabbis speak out against rabbis' letter - Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews

150 Sudanese Voluntarily Leave Israel to Go Home - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

150 Sudanese Voluntarily Leave Israel to Go Home - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

I hope they enjoyed the safety they had, and I pray it brings back a more positive image of Israel to their friends and families. I rather like this chain of events. I hope Israel gets a stronger relationship with African countries (or at least the free countrymen in the various African countries). The two hated groups coming together. Hated or envied? This is totally my opinion but I feel like those two coming together is like chochma bina daat (wisdom, understanding, knowledge) combining with netzach hod yesod (dominance, splendor, foundation). Like Moses meets Joseph. lol.

Ready to Sue Paypal

I don't want to comment too much on this, but Paypal is looking like a real gangster to me right now. Freezing my account, but not letting me close?! As in, just don't touch it now that you've created it. Is it a mafia or what?

.UPDATE: My Hero.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Shyne Makes the News in Israel

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November: Israel Breaks Yet Another Tourism Record - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

November: Israel Breaks Yet Another Tourism Record - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

For me living in Tsfat, I can feel it. Tsfat is a big tourist attraction.

A Post About the Black Man

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I would really like to write a post about Black men. But again all the letters are crowding in my mind wanting to be the first ones out and I can't calm them down.


They sure went through alot in America -slavery, jim crow, discrimination, imprisonment, discouragement, despair, etc. And the world over, its been a ride. Some bloggers are even predicting their grand exit from the stage of life!

But I think God has other plans.

Sometimes I wonder if they are like the cornerstone rock that the builder rejected?  For a while the media was going strong against the tea partiers accusing them of being racists, etc.  I am not saying that they are or that they aren't, but I thought it was interesting that they had to search for black male compatriots to prove otherwise.

I feel like America dug itself into a hole by initiating and enjoying the pleasures of injustice inflicted upon Black folks. Much of it is being remedied to some degree -- no more jim crow, the racial profile is seen as racist, etc. However, now there are real problems that could have been resolved with profiling -not necessarily racial- but because this method was used in a hateful, unjust way its very hard to invoke this method without incurring the wrath of the "this is finally my chance to do right" people. For example, they will fight tooth and nail to make sure Muslims are not targeted to be searched exclusively for weapons and bombs at airports, even though most  terrorists have been Muslims. I am not saying this type of profiling should be done, I am just noting the mess America has gotten itself into.

Also, after so much discrimination and searching for identity and acceptance, many black men have turned to Islam. Now that many Muslims are rising to the level of Jihad in Islam -which is a very lofty level in Islam, I am sure America wishes it had those Black men as allies. But the truth is, each one is a potential cell that can be activated against America.

Even in Jewish life, with big celebrities such as Amar'e Stoudemire and Shyne publicly coming to Judaism or exploring their Jewish roots, it sends many into a scramble of how to view Black men particularly Black Jewish men within their midst.

Something is going on in the world....Do Blacks, particularly American Blacks understand how they are effecting the world? Individuals?

At any rate, this needs to be figured out.  There are many Black young boys in need of guidance to know that they matter in the world. That they have a beautiful purpose, misson and reason for being here. That there is an alternative to succumbing to low expectations, lust, or anger.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Picture of the Day

the Beaver family from the movie Narnia




(a,k.a. Mr. & Mrs. Blackfirewhitefire LOL just kidding)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

OMG! I Know this "Kid"!



How wonderful! I knew him when he was just a kid. With a lil' fro!!! lol.

kol hakavod, Eliezer!! Come home for some kosher chicken soup!

Stories from the Talmud

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If you recall we did the story of Alexander the Great who went to an African village run by women to conquer it. He only ended up having his rear end handed back to him! (lol! okay, not so dramatic as that). You can read that story Here.

This is also about Alexander the Great from the Babylonian Talmud (Mas. Tamid 32b), he hadn't left Africa yet. Story embellished by moi!!!


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Afterwards Alexander the Great continued on his way, but before he left the continent, he stayed and rested near a river. Suddenly he got a great whiff --a fragrant and wonderful smell-Gan Eden!!! The Garden of Eden!!!

"Whoa!!" he exclaimed, "what is this?"

"you have reached the gates of Gan Eden." Said the gate keeper. "But you may not enter."

"Let me in!! I want to see! or at least give me something from there."

The gatekeeper gave the greek fighter an eye ball.  Alexander took it, but it was heavy. He weighed it on the scale and it was heavier than the gold he got from the villages of women. Then at the gatekeepers suggestion, he put a rag on top of the eyeball and covered it,  and suddenly the gold tipped the scale.  The gold was now heavier!!

"What is this?!" he demanded.

The gatekeeper explained, "when you look and desire, you will never be satiated.  Even gold is not enough. But when you shut your roaming eyes and stop desiring more and more, then you will have gold!)

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(For more another story check here: Africa and Alexander Talmud Story)

Payback time for Anti-Wikileakers?

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LONDON – Hackers rushed to the defense of WikiLeaks on Wednesday, launching attacks on MasterCard, Visa, Swedish prosecutors, a Swiss bank and others who have acted against the site and its jailed founder Julian Assange.

Internet "hacktivists" operating under the label "Operation Payback" claimed responsibility in a Twitter message for causing severe technological problems at the website for MasterCard, which pulled the plug on its relationship with WikiLeaks a day ago.

MasterCard acknowledged "a service disruption" involving its Secure Code system for verifying online payments, but spokesman James Issokson said consumers could still use their credit cards for secure transactions. Later Wednesday, Visa's website was inaccessible.

The online attacks are part of a wave of support for WikiLeaks that is sweeping the Internet. Twitter was choked with messages of solidarity for the group, while the site's Facebook page hit 1 million fans.
 Read more at yahoo news.

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Apparently, so far wikileaks has..

* effected Kenyan voting
*exposed a controversial video of US soldiers shooting civilians
*exposed the fact that there were WMD in Iraq
* revealed that Arab countries are frightened and nervous about Iran and their uranium use
* the idea of unfying N & S Korea

and much much more.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Nothing to do/Ain Ma L'A'asot

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Thick Fluid vs Lucid Fluid

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I just went to a wonderful meeting with a bunch of women. I had a wonderful time. There was something that was nagging at me though and it took me a while and much discussing with my sister before I could realize what it was.

I felt like thick fluid amongst lucid fluid.  Not sure how to explain that.  Like I was thick and heavy and they were light and flowing.  I need to delve into this more. But one thing I do notice about very talkative people is that they talk much much more than I feel comfortable to do. I wanted to join in, but I felt more comfortable listening.  I did say my two -shekels worth. But I also noticed the difference.  Nothing wrong with that.

My new question is how do I make this work? How to mix gold ("silence is gold") with silver ("speech is silver")?

"Speech is silver, silence is gold"
an American proverb

How do I mix my thick fluid with their lucid fluid.  I don't want to loose myself, but should I become mroe lucid (which would cause them, by default to get thicker/quieter)?

Interesting dilemma....

Cool List of Jews

MaNishtana put together a nice list of Jewish celebrity (from the non-white background).  Nice list to check out!  The post was done in retaliation again another youtube list showing Jewish celebrity of a white background. okay. whatever energy that is needed for now, its something to enjoy!


One example of the many...

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Amar'e Stoudemire!

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Cravings...

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I have a strong craving for rice cakes again. I am not sure what it means.  The last time this happened things spiraled way out of control and I was eating 3 packs of rice cakes for breakfast, another 3 packs for lunch, etc.  I won't let it get out of hand, but I do wish I had an explanation.


And no, I'm not expecting.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Shyne Shining Bright

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India - Bnei Menashe Celebrate Hanukkah For First Time -- VosIzNeias.com

India - Bnei Menashe Celebrate Hanukkah For First Time -- VosIzNeias.com

Guys, I"ll tell ya, pretend like your not so religious and they'll take you in!

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Welcome to reality - Israel Opinion, Ynetnews

Welcome to reality - Israel Opinion, Ynetnews

So far, at least wikileaks shows nothing new for Israel.

Jewish Jokes

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Two men walked into a restaurant, the first one asks for tea. The second also asks for tea. "And make sure the glass is clean," he tells the waiter.
When the waiter returns with the two glasses of tea he asks, "Which one of asked for the clean glass?"

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A man walking along a California beach was deep in prayer. All of a sudden he said out loud, "Lord grant me one wish." Suddenly the sky clouded above his head and in a booming voice the Lord said, "Because you have been faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish"

The man said, "Build a bridge to Hawaii, so I can drive over anytime I want to."

The Lord said, "Your request is very materialistic. Think of the logistics of that kind of undertaking. The supports required to reach the bottom of the Pacific! The concrete and steel it would take! I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more time and think of another wish, a wish you think would honor and glorify me."

The man thought about it for a long time. Finally he said, "Lord, I have been married and divorced four times. All of my wives said that I am uncaring and insensitive. I wish that I could understand women. I want to know how they feel inside, what they are thinking when they give me the silent treatment, why they cry, what they mean when they say "nothing" and how I can make a woman truly happy".

After a few minutes God said, "You want two lanes or four on that bridge?"


(hat tip = Jewish magazine online)
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Picture of the Day

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What is it? Day 5 of Chanukah? lol

Sof Sof --- Geshem!

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Its finally raining!!!

After such tragedies from the fire and a boy suffering in Bnei Brak....rain!!!


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Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Musical Chair

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I'm having a flashback. In third grade. I had just begun learning English and could actually follow along in class. It was a nice enough school. There weren't many Blacks in my class, but being a tom-boy I didn't really care. I had my guy friends and we were cool.

One day, the teacher asked us to play musical chairs. The children's game in which the teacher makes some sort of music or noise while all the kids walk around the room. When the teacher stops the noise, everyone had to find a seat quickly. But the trick is that there is always one seat less than the amount of children. So slowly slowly kids get illiminated from the game until there is only one --the winner.

Well, so the game got down to only two students: me and another girl.  As we walked around the room while the teacher played her music, in my youth and innocence I could still feel the whole room rooting for the other girl.  Some were cheering her loudly.  I was the foreign black student unkown to most.   My timid smile came on. It was my defense. My "I have so much to say, so much that I feel, but I can't put it all in words" smile.  The music went on. There was only one seat. And I wanted it...


I became oblivious to the cheer for the other girl.  I was in a silent place inside myself.  Eventually, the music would have to end and one of us would get the seat.  Despite the pressure I felt from the class to "lose" there was a part of me that, well, just didn't wanna. So when the music stopped, I ran as fast as I could and got the seat!

I won!!!

The class was silent.

I won.


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Map of Galilee Fire

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http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&t=h&msa=0&msid=110674913783257917142.0004966f6fa84df907125&source=embed&ll=32.734151,35.411682&spn=0.562576,1.955566&z=10

A Better Sodom Movie??

I wish there was a better Sodom movie than this! lol


(immodesty alert!!!)


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Help Arrives from Europe, Turkey, U.S.; Planes Take to the Skies - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

Help Arrives from Europe, Turkey, U.S.; Planes Take to the Skies - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

Horaah!!!

Northern blaze delights many in the Arab world

Northern blaze delights many in the Arab world

Our friendly neighbors...

Forest fire in Israel kills 37 prison guards trapped in fleeing bus

Forest fire in Israel kills 37 prison guards trapped in fleeing bus

Oy!

"Why I Love America"

By Kola Boof.

You can read it at Women Musing.


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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Shrugging Off Invisibility

With all the Black Women empowerment blogs out there disecting all the parts that need dissecting in order for BW to have, to gain, to succeed; one wrong that was discussed that needs correcting is the invisibility we/some of us have.  That is a  scary thing to tackle if you don't have confidence. Invisibility can be a comfort for those who want to stop at mediocrity.

For those who want to push forward and be all that they can be in this life  time, who want to excel in many ways, I would like to encourage you to take an objective view of this invisibility and then act accordingly.

There is a teaching that if you seek wisdom, you face the southern winds, if you want wealth, its the northern winds, spirituality -eastward, and westward (conflicting views on that one).

However, if you want it all--- be invisible!


This is not the same invisibility that the bloggers were talking about.  If I understood correctly, what they are talking about is ineffectiveness, non-leadership, not given the time of day nor the security that other groups of people have, etc.

The invisibility I mean is humility.  Confidence.   Knowing you abilities, your strong points and your weak points and navigating with that in mind to achieve a goal. Of course, if the goal is simply wealth, then by all means charge northwards.  If the goal is simply wisdom, go south, etc.

And what does it mean to go "north" for wealth? "South" for wisdom? Remember, this is all in the spiritual realm. Any way, wealth and anger are basically two sides of the same coin. Thus sighing, praying for, pursuing wealth can easily bring anger! The trick is catching the blessing, the "coin" on the right side up (like heads or tails game?)  When anger is prompting you it usually means an answered prayer for wealth is coming your way, don't take the anger! Don't succumb to anger!! Instead, keep your cool and think of the potential wealth that could be had.

"From the north comes forth gold" (Job 37:22)


And as for wisdom, it is represented by the south. When the Holy Temple built by Solomon stood, the menora was placed in the south --a thing of lights (like the Chanukah menora). Lights is wisdom --abundantly shining upon an individual.  To acquire much light/wisdom one needs the proper "oil" for their candles as explained in a previous post.  (See: lighting your seven candles)

I guess what I'm trying to say is: before you throw something out, look it over. round and round. This side and that side. When you are sure there is no use for it, trash it.  If there is any benefit -that the side effects are not harmful- use it. Then before yo throw something out, look it over....

The "invisibility" that bloggers spoke of should be discarded (once a person is ready), but there is another aspect to invisibility that can be used.

I'll let a "maggid" (story teller explain it better):

"As a scholar you must know what it says in the Talmud (Berachot): "Whoever wishes to be wise should face south (in prayer); whoever wishes to be wealthy should face north.1 For the Menorah was positioned in the south and the Showbread Table stood in the north. If a person makes himself as if he is nothing, then he becomes a spiritual entity….
"So let me ask you: What if someone wishes to be both wise and wealthy? There is a vast distance between north and south!"

The man didn't know what to answer. He waited silently.

The Maggid continued, "If a person makes himself as if he is nothing, then he becomes a spiritual entity. As that which is spiritual requires no space and is not restricted by space, he can then be both here and there."

Friday, December 3, 2010

Fire in the North - Pictures - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

Fire in the North - Pictures - Inside Israel - Israel News - Israel National News

41 dead.

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PA Removes Study Denying Jewish Claim to Western Wall - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

PA Removes Study Denying Jewish Claim to Western Wall - Defense/Middle East - Israel News - Israel National News

No comment.

Temporary post: Tear and Tears and Tears

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I have so much tears waiting to pour out of me. But they all just sit there. Inside. Waiting til the cup is too full that I scream.

I want good for Black women (and Black men. hah! I feel safe to say this now). But I don't know what to do. We have so many incidences of racism, and yet we react the same way. When will that change? Is it doing us any good. We complain. Cuss. Get glum. Then, we move on. No progress. No change. Its safe for both the perpetrator and the victim. The perpetrator gets no repremand, no upheaval in their lives and the victim gets to be safely a victim without having to exert effort into changing things.

But this is not normal. We should not take racism this way. There are ways we can fight this. And when I say fight it doesn't mean pick up a stick and slam it down hard on a person. There are ways and there are ways.

Recently there was the incident of an Ethiopian boy who tried to go to a bathhouse. The boy was only 13, bar mitzvah.  The attendant there refused him entry, and when the boy ignored him, the attendant went after the boy physically hitting him in the face.  The attendant then proceeded to chase the boy home and assualted his brother and aunt. What a mad man!

Personally, I think we need to mobilize and get Ethiopian, African, African Americans going to that bathhouse (mikvah) more frequently so they will get used to it.

I get so saddened by all the "F*** you, Israel!" and "we don't really have an Israel" comments by Black Jews. Well, part of me understands that they are taking out frustrations. But to associate that incident with Israel and Judaism and then to think Israel is not theirs, Judaism is not theirs --that is a problem on two accounts. (1) first problem is Israel is for the Jews (sorry haters, take your story elsewhere please). It doesn't matter if they are white or black. And if a white Jew makes trouble for a Black Jew, that Black Jew must not mentally take it as if that country is not theirs ---that's giving it to them, and relinquishing their rights. Instead the brain pattern I suggest is "what to do with this nudnick?!" and (2) even Judaism should not be "given" exclusively to white Jews only. That person, or group, or society is the problem, not the land, the country, the medina, nor Judaism.

Things can get so bad, many Blacks search for social acceptance -which is a natural need- and they will run to where ever, even in the arms of Islam.  Islam is fine for Arabs. I personally don't understand how a Black person can willingly submit themselves to a religion that still sees Blacks as slaves. That only have one word for a black person which is "Abd" which means "slave". Where to this day slaves are still being taken and is permissable.  Who's wordings in their holy writings disparages them, calling them "raisin head" and saying that if they take on this religion, then their heart is more gross than that of a donkey.  So many Black people were taken as slaves by Muslims so long ago, just as in America, but you hardly find many dark faces in Arab lands.  What happened to all of them? Still, what can I say.  I find it interesting, but  perhaps there is some benefit for them there that I don't know about.

But for those who embrace Judaism, since its not totalitarian coming down  from one person, please don't conflagrate the religion and the people. Whether there are Jews or not, Judaism stays Judaism.  And there are beautiful writings to be explored-- positive things about Blacks. But when will we get to that point? When will we delve into these?  And might there be beautiful writings in Islam about Blacks but, again, Blacks are not searching and delving and exploring???

Sometimes I feel very alone. With nobody to discuss the things I see or read about. Nobody to impart it to. Will it all just disappear when I shut up....until the next lone Black Jewess or Jew discovers these gems and try to spread them only to be ignored because there is a pattern that must be followed and any deviation from that is a disturbance?


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Raging Fire Nearby



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Quotable Quotes

"But the real point of distinction is this: The IDF sends out soldiers and medics to patrol the Egyptian border. They are sent looking for refugees attempting to cross into Israel. Not to send them back into Egypt, but to save them from dehydration, heat exhaustion, and Egyptian bullets."

Thursday, December 2, 2010

More CHanukah Fun lol

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Wikileaks

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I don't have an opinion about wikileaks. I find it very fascinating. Very interesting. They are walking such a tight rope.

just for fun

Lots of Peace in the Middle East



.(hat tip = Dov Bear and Israel Truth Times blogs)