Monday, April 14, 2014

In memory

Thinking of the grandfather and grandson who were murdered in the parking lot at the JCC and the woman who was murdered on the parking lot of Village Shalom retirement home in Overland  Park , Kansas. As we are getting ready for Pesach it is sad to hear that anti semitism is still so strong that someone would go to parking lots of Jewish organizations and use firearms. I mourn for those who were murdered, their families as well as the Jewish community of Overland Park . I have visited Kansas a few times and the Jewish community there is very kind and special. It is indeed sad for all compassionate people of the world.

Passover Reflections

     Because Pesach is in the spring and because I always take vacation on Pesach I always look at Pesach as a time to reflect and re-evaluate life. A time for new beginnings. Its a little easier to contemplate life when I'm not in my usual surroundings.
       Wishing everyone a chag kasher v'sameach.



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Naomi Ragen

     Before  the recent explosion  off the derech "memoirs" there was Naomi Ragen.  She began writing her realistic controversial fictional accounts of charedi life in 1989. Everyone seemed to grumble about her feminist anti charedi stance but at least she was a good writer. Since she was writing fiction her words were a little more palatable. At least in my humble opinion. This past week I have been reading Naomi Ragen's most recent installment THE SISTER'S WEISS . What I have realized is that I would prefer to read her books than the exaggerated and not very well written "memoirs" that are available as of late.I would also prefer to read Belva Plain's book EVERGREEN or any book by Chaim Potok for that matter.They say that truth is stranger than fiction but in this case fiction is way better written. I am sure that I will continue to read the "memoirs" of the up and coming amateurs but when I really want a good read I will stick with the professionals.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Pesach Music

     This is a really good video. This girl has an amazing voice

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Far Away

     When someone lives in the same town as their parents one can visit them more often which may or may not be a plus . The other thing is that one can just visit for a few hours and then go home and still be yotzay. I am one of those who live far from my family and when I go to visit the visits are of the marathon variety. Even when I have gone for a long weekend it still can seem like a long visit . Don't get me wrong, I love my family , but there is a reason people grow up and move out on their own. Its so we continue to love our families.
      Then again , when one lives far away from one's parents and siblings you miss out on the day to day happenings. You can talk on the phone often or even daily but its not the same as living closer geographically. There is always skype and facetime but that's only useful  if you have a relative who has embraced technology.
      I know that living in a different city than my family does has been the right thing for me. I do not know if it will always be the right thing but presently it is. Visiting one's family always puts life's decisions  in perspective. Sometimes you miss being closer by because one misses being a kid and not because you really want to be closer by all of the time.
      

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Telephone.....

      Does anyone remember what these are?  Berdorf's has these in their display windows now. I bet they aren't selling them though.....LOL.




Dorming

     I live in a very frum apartment building. Some of my single friends find the thought daunting.They think if they lived in a frum apartment building they would be living with the yenta patrol. I can't say that it doesn't exist  but for the most part people are minding their own business or not looking past their own noses which is almost the same thing.
     I enjoy the security of living in a frum building. Sometimes it feels like a dorm for adults. The crazy part is that since the landlords are pretty  frum  I am almost  surprised that they let single men rent apartments on the same floors single women rent apartments. Oops. I should not even be writing this. I might give a rabbi with too much free time the idea for another chumrah to impose. My floor is super frum .There are apartments with families or there are apartments with just single women.