Month: November 2004

The conundrums of a convert

conversion / Judaism

Okay, I’m confused. I’ve just been, like all good would-be Jews, getting my menorah out of the cabinet in preparation for the upcoming holiday. But tonight, I noticed, as I hadn’t before, a small tag on its bottom. “Keep away from flammable materials.” Okay, you already-Jewish people surfing through here… how in heck am I supposed to light those little candles if I can’t get the menorah hear flammable materials?! 😕 [Yes, I know it […]

Rock on!

Current Affairs

From Judith at Kesher Talk Is it real or is it Memorex? Our troops in Fallujah had many sophisticated psyops methods to discombobulate the enemy, among them loudly playing the theme song from “Team America” from loudspeakers.

Another reason for me to leave catholicism


… which Irk at swirlspice wrote about: swirlspice: Casting Out, Indeed I’m wondering why an exorcism in the Cathedral of St. Paul took 17 days to show up in the local papers. ST. PAUL – Police are investigating an informal exorcism at the Cathedral of St. Paul, which was directed at gay Roman Catholics and will cost thousands of dollars to clean up, police and church officials said….

November 29, 1947 – November 29, 2004


This BlogBurst piece is cross-posted by participating websites, to commemorate a milestone in Israel’s history. The list of the participating sites is appended at the end of this post. November 29, 2004: Anniversary of the UN vote on Resolution 181 Today is the anniversary of the UN vote on resolution 181, which approved the partition of the western part Palestine into a predominately Jewish state and a predominately Arab state. (It is vital to recall […]


ephemera 2004

On the way home: sitting at the airport, I become meditative, and think upon an incident from a week and a half ago, when I was in Boulder, at the annual board meeting of an organization I belong to. As we were just getting started, it was decided we go around the room and reintroduce ourselves to people we hadn’t seen for a year (or ever, if they were new), and talk about both the […]

Anti-Globalism, or: Stuff I miss even though it's only a short walk away

Current Affairs

Who Knew?: Anti-Globalism We’re on location here in New York City to report first hand on the huge protest at the UN headquarters in Manhattan over the General Assembly’s killing of resolutions condemming human rights abuses in both Zimbabwe and Sudan for “coming too near the level of taking sides in the war of Weltanschauungs between the so-called ‘democratic’ West and the more equally valid cultural traditions of these too often maligned nations.”