Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spin the Egg

     There are two events that if I wanted to I could attend almost every night of the week and they are shiva and singles events, not necessarily in that order. I am not sure why that is, but trust me it is. I am sure that there are gold diggers who pay shiva calls to find shidduchim. Shiva houses are full of lonely people . Death makes people want to strengthen interpersonal relationships because  one never knows just how long one has on this earth so its imperative to pair up as soon as you leave the mourners home.
    Singles events can sometimes make one feel as somber as a house full of mourners. They can certainly be depressing. Not unlike avelus. Singles events can definitely make one contemplate life and how one is afraid one may have to live life singularly , without a spouse because these singles events can make the possibility of finding a spouse seem so bleak.
     Singles events and shiva  go together like egg whites and yolk.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Farmer's Market

      Its the beginning of the harvest season and the union square farmer's market is in full swing. The most tasty veggies and fruit are available. I had the most succulent nectarine today that I purchased there. I did not know that a nectarine could taste so superb. I also noshed on some tangy sweet yellow cherry tomatoes.
 When you eat vegetables that were harvested often the same day they are sold one has a new appreciation for how food was intended to taste.
    Produce shopping at the farmer's market in union square is very calming even though it is located in the midst of the concrete jungle. I try to buy a lot of produce there. It supports local farmers and the food is healthier because it is local. It is not all completely organic, but it is fresher because it travels less to get to my table.
    I highly recommend the greenmarket in union square if you live anywhere near Manhattan. It is the largest farmer's market in the area. It is open Mondays , Wednesdays and Fridays.


     I will admit that I do not always go to rallies. I hate crowds. But today I decided to go to the tail end of a pro-Israel rally that was held in union square. When I got there an Israeli man was singing Hebrew songs and people were fervently dancing . It was quite intense. It was heartwarming to see people have such zeal. There was a nice mix of young and old as well as quite a few gentiles. I heard Pamela Geller , an anti- radical Islam activist speak and I was there for the final Hatikvah. 
     Singing Hatikvah at the end of this rally was most poignant. The world is a mess and we sang the national anthem of Israel whose title means hope. If that is not powerful I do not know what is. 
     I am not really sure what a rally accomplishes, but I do know what this one has given me. It was nice to see a large group of people that I have never seen before supporting Israel. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014


      Robin Williams had a lot of fame and fortune and yet he still suffered from mental illness and committed suicide. Wealth, fame and fortune do not necessarily prevent one from being depressed. We all think it might , but it does not. One can be poor and live a really enjoyable and fulfilling life. It is so sad that a man who was able to lift the spirits of others was not able to lift his own .

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Do You Pass the Israel Test?

     This is a little slow moving, but good. I of course passed the Israel test.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Candy Crush

      For about a year I was a candy crush addict along with several of my Facebook friends. Eventually I broke free from my addiction. I still have Facebook friends who are candy crushing including several in Israel. I imagine they are in the rocket shelters playing candy crush. I bet Mark Zuckerberg did not envision Facebook games as a diversion during war in Israel but I think he would click the like button if he knew .

Friday, August 8, 2014

Ari Lesser - Boycott Israel [Hebrew Subs]

   This is quite a song. I think that I have seen it before, but this seems like a good time to post it. Enjoy!