Featured Blog Posts – August 2009 Archive (8)

Does Not Speak on my behalf.

Shalom everyone:



There is something that I must say, I have held it in long enought. The other day the President of the United States Mr. Obama may statement of behalf of the American People. He may be the President and I may be a citaizen but in NO WAY does he speak for me or on my behalf.



I am refering to the statement that you made when he said that on behalf of the American people and himself he wishes to extend to the Muslim people all over the world a Happy Ramadan.… Continue

Added by Anthony David Cohen on August 28, 2009 at 12:17am — 2 Comments

The Narcissism of Minor Differences

The other day I was rereading Sigmund Freud's "Civilization and Its Discontents" and I encountered a page which made my hair stand on end. He said, in essence, that human beings could never get along. Why? Not only was aggression inherent to human nature, but we experienced what he labeled "The narcissism of minor differences." This means that people living closely together, and sharing much in common, will obsessively focus on the tiny differences which divide them. Immediately I thought not… Continue

Added by Marc Porter Zasada on August 26, 2009 at 7:35pm — 8 Comments

Review of new book about RASHI by Elie Wiesel

I haven't looked forward to a book's release so much since the final installment of Harry Potter. Here is a new biography of Rashi [1040-1105], part of Nextbook's Jewish Encounter series, written by one of Judaism's most revered living authors, Noble laureate Elie Wiesel. Who better to write about Rashi, the French Talmud scholar, than Wiesel, who attended yeshiva as a youth, found asylum in France after surviving Auschwitz, and… Continue

Added by Maggie Anton on August 24, 2009 at 11:26pm — No Comments

ORIGIN OF THE WORD "MENTOR"

In ancient Africa, prior to the time of the Greek and Roman invasions, when a child was born, each village shared the responsibility for raising and educating the child into the customs and traditions associated with that village. While the child had contact with every member of the village, there was always one older child (not a family member) who would be assigned the responsibility to ask questions and listen carefully to the younger child. In Swahili (one of the oldest languages on our… Continue

Added by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters on August 24, 2009 at 4:37pm — 1 Comment

back from Hawaii!

Hey I just wanna give a big shout-out to the JJ and thank them for taking me on this summer, it was great fun :D

Just got back from Hawaii...bumped heads with a 4 foot long sea turtle and got surrounded by a school of angelfish....re-connected with family and made some new friends...good times had all 'round :D

Setting out on my cross country road trip on Wednesday or Thursday...

6 hours of sleep in the past 38...WOO

Added by Rebecca W on August 23, 2009 at 8:26pm — 1 Comment

FREE LA Jewish Moms Group

We are a group for Jewish moms and their families looking to meet other Jewish moms and families. We have Playdates, Moms' bookclubs, Dads' Sports Teams, Family Potluck Shabbat dinners, Tot Shabbats, and much much more!

Added by Heather Mosko on August 17, 2009 at 11:28am — No Comments

Love Every Jew .com

Shalom



I have been a member of everyjew.com for over a week. I have seen it grow so fast! I think this is an awesome sites for the Jewish people to network. However I hope it does not turn into something like jewdate.com. Things there are really getting out of hand with alot of posting such sexual content as well as non jewish people going on it trying to pose as jews.



This is really so far the only site I feel safe to share and express myself as a Jew. In the short period… Continue

Added by Anthony David Cohen on August 16, 2009 at 5:53pm — 1 Comment

I plan on having a steamy Zionist fling

I divorced Israel in September of 2008, about nine years after making aliyah. I left him, intending to make a clean break. That was the only way I could really move on.



I often liken Israel to a lover. Anyone who makes aliyah is essentially embarking on a marriage with the Jewish state.



It’s easy for Diaspora Jews to fall madly in love with Israel. Israel is so very seductive, especially during the first dates, whether they be educational trips or summer vacations. Just… Continue

Added by Orit on August 12, 2009 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

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