Friday, May 30, 2008
re: (from article above, and in general) "Where will you spend eternity?"
more to come shortly ...
sorry. today got very busy. maybe later in the weekend.
okay, I'm back; got word a loved one isn't well. That sucks. Anyway ...
Why do people care what happens to them after they die?
To me, the heaven/hell thing (and if it works for you, that's great; I just mean for me) is a tool used to control the behavior of people who don't know/understand to just do the right thing. Now, don't get me wrong; I was in Tzivos Hashem, filling out Mitzvah Mission forms when I was little, racking up points and stuff. But somewhere along the way I heard of the concept "saving up in the bank of heaven," and that's what it is, to me. And that doesn't jive with Olam Haba, and I don't buy it. I think it's kind of insulting, actually. We should do the right thing because it's the right thing, not because you get any sort of reward after you die. That's silliness (or I'll find out when I get there, but no rush).
just a thought. And, yay, I have a bunch of freelance work lined up over the next week or so. If you'll be in midtown on Sunday afternoon and want to grab a slice of pizza at JII, give me a holler. I'll be working next door, in the afternoon/evening, probably.
Gaucho pants from the Gaiam website:
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Disclaimer: If I write man, it's short for human, if I'm not referring to someone in particular. There's nothing sexist about saving keystrokes.
This is kind of a stupid post. I've been having lots of fun over at Heshy's place (blog). And working. I need to do that more.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Question & Answer With Miriam Woelke - Retaining One's Essential Character
Check out the comments, particularly by William Kolbrener.
Link #2: Scroll down to 10 Elul 5764
Fun with Pirkei Avot
name I want to remember: ben ish chai. not to be confused with chazon ish.
If anyone wants to discuss cultivating tzniut in today's youth and daily life, I'd be glad to.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Thanks to Baal Habos, who posted the link to it in this piece.
Seriously! Please let me know. The ones I got just don't cut it. I should probably make my own.
Life is good.
The weekend, shabbat, judo, chasing away congestion, medical qigong, all good. I'm happy.
Criminy, it's Thursday night, now. Nobody makes good kosher croutons? lol No. Nobody reads this. That's okay. :)
Friday, May 16, 2008
"I'm learning." -Ralph Wiggum
fun with numbers and shemita year and stuff
Jubilee is a fun word.
A blog with great funk goodness
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Time to put the spiritual money where the mouth is. Ha yom yom challenge -- for every day of sefirah, I am making an extra effort to do something to the tune of VLK. There are myriad things one can do (of course, everyone is always good to everyone because they're so darn respectful, right? Right.); it should be easy.
All of this came together over the past few days, so I will double up to complete it in time for Shavuos (still shouldn't be hard). Did yesterday; did today. Un, deux, trois - cha, cha, cha!
Lyrical accompaniment: excerpted from AC/DC Bag (Phish)
... Time to put your money where your mouth is
Put 'em in a field and let 'em fight it out
I'm running so fast my feet don't touch the ground
I'm a stranger here I'm going down
Let's get down to the nitty gritty
Let's get this show on the road
I'll show you mine if you show me yours
I'm breathing hard - open the door ...
I was at this show; it was awesome. Note: Live music footage of song excerpted above contained in video below. There are many longer versions of this tune on youtube.
The other super-memorable AC/DC Bag that comes to mind was at Big Cypress, in the middle of the night, 1/1/2000. I went to get a sandwich shortly after midnight and couldn't find the folks I was with afterward. So I wandered.
I was at my car, feeling alone in the world, figuring that was appropriate (born alone, die alone, year has three zeroes alone, why not?). I heard them go into AC/DC Bag, and remembered why I was there, and headed back to the concert field, and everything in the world was fine. I didn't see anyone I knew until after sunrise.
Now that I think about it, it might have been David Bowie; let me check the set list. It was very powerful. And I was wrong! It was David Bowie. lol Here it is, anyway (all of Big Cypress).
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I know a bit about angelic mentors. He may have had what I have, just without medication. There is a long history of correlations between the two. Please don't think I'm sticking my nose in kabbalah without a seatbelt on. I was looking up even haezer, and I wound up there. But when I was here and I read this:
Maggid Meisharim: Rabbi Caro's only overtly kabbalistic work, comprising teachings that he learned from a heavenly maggid, an angel that privately taught him. It was published in two parts: the first part, covering Bereishit to Metzora, was published in Lublin in 5405; the second part, completing the Torah and on Prophets and Writings, was published in Venice in 5414. Rabbi Chaim David Azulai (the Chida) notes that only about one fiftieth of the manuscript was ever published.The work covers an astonishing variety of subjects, including ethical exhortations, explanations of the ten sefirot, secrets of Creation, the Divine Names, levels of the soul, treatises on the revelation of Elijah the Prophet, reincarnation and resurrection of the dead, miracles, Divine Providence and free choice, dream interpretation, the mystical intentions of eating, the mystical intentions of some of the mitzvot, the nature of sin and the harm it causes, and mystical interpretations of passages in the Torah.
my TLE radar went off, so to speak, and I knew I wanted to read more. But I doubt I'll find a copy of it easily. It's on my to-read list.
It may not necessarily be stuff that applies to my everyday life, but it's got a ton of information on women's-type things if you're running in any sort of ortho scene. I'm throwing it in my links, but I wanted to draw some attention to it, as well.
And for a different perspective, there are the message boards at calm kallahs (it's a wedding planning site).
I really like imamother forums, which I don't read often enough. It's got a TON of topics and forums, and the women are pretty neat. It's not often I set foot in such territory, but it's nice to catch a written glimpse.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
John Lennon: Instant Karma
(actually, you could probably do an entire sefira just with beatles songs, if you wanted to ... I'm tired, and will sleep now, but I will come back to this tomorrow or later this week.)
Put It There - Paul McCartney
Let Me Roll It - Paul McCartney (that has nothing to do with sefirah, I just like it)
... further development on the sefirah theme ...
Time to put the spiritual money where the mouth is. Engaging in extra acts of VLK during sefirah. One a day. (two, now, 'cause sefirah's been going for a while) I'm up for the challenge.
If you liked that, try this: The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show
Three delicious hours every week!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Torah with treadmills By Tamar Rotem Sports has gradually breached the modesty barrier and become a legitimate leisure pursuit among the ultra-Orthodox. Sixth article in a series.
Diet is a dirty word By Tsafi Sa'ar
Rabbi Matanky – physical fitness is a basic Jewish value.
More from rav kook
lots of great stuff here
exercise and t’shuvah
EXERCISE by Prof. Chaim Lifschitz
Oh, yeah! http://www.mesora.org/exercise.htm
ask the rabbi @ ohr sameyach: http://ohr.edu/yhiy/article.php/1028
straight rambam: http://www.jewishhealing.com/rambamchap4.html
more from ohr: http://ohr.edu/ask/ask102.htm
the medical legacy of maimonides
by a doctor: http://www.dermanities.com/detail.asp?article=115
did our sages exercise: http://www.asktherabbi.org/DisplayQuestion.asp?ID=360
Hold away despair ...*
This inspired me:
I believe in the sun even when it’s not shining.
I believe in love even when I don’t feel it.
I believe in God even when He is silent.
-scratched into a wall at Auschwitz
The website linked above has some good, not-too-graphic resistance information on WWII from an historical perspective and is worth poking around.
* (by Robert Hunter) Unrelated, but awesome: If you've never read Robert Hunter's "Terrapin Station Suite" in its entirety, I highly recommend giving it a read, some time. Here it is.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I did some qigong practice during a few of the performances. It was really, really moving and awesome to see the members of Phish back on the same stage together. Talk about verklempt moments. Yeah.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
It's not sexy, but it sure looks rugged and functional.
I have realized I'll be doing myself a favor if I start making tags for these. I'll have to go back and do some of that next time it rains, or something.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Article on Toyota that inspired me to look up the word
very brief backgrounder, corporate angle
east meets west, kaizen to mussar
what is mussar? (no one's born knowing everything)
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
In other news, I've discovered that when faced with the possibility of hashkafic compatibility, I lose power of speech. It's ridiculous. I have to get over that. People are human. If I can't hold a conversation, there's no way I'll ever be able to do more than that. I did get to see some great music, though. ((consolation prize))
Friday, May 2, 2008
I'm looking forward to seeing my dad's side of the family at my cousin's wedding on Sunday. Bummed to have missed a road trip for shabbos away, but shabbos is every week, so hopefully I'll be able to do that another time. Life is good, I just want my tooth to stop hurting. God bless Tylenol with codeine. It makes me sleepy, but it makes the pain stop (yay!).
Better days ahead. I want to post some links to some more blogs. I've been reading them for years, now, and there are lots of great ones. For example, and I don't agree with everything on any blog, but I am a bit of a psych nerd and this blog is chock full of Captain Obvious, which certainly has its applications: http://spiritize.blogspot.com/ I'm not saying it's great. I had some other blogs in mind when I wrote that. (no offense to whoever's behind spiritize)
I resized the text in several of my posts. I'll get to the rest at some point soon. Have a beautiful weekend, all.