Monday, May 29, 2006

"Happy" Memorial Day

Today is the day set aside to honor the memories of all those brave individuals who gave their lives for our country. Granted, we shouldn't walk around mourning all day. But should we be out having BBQ's and picnics, and not thinking about them at all? I wonder how many people out there even remember what Memorial Day is, other than a national holiday?

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Better late than never...

I just rediscovered this. It was written by a talented friend and relative of mine, PZK. I figure it hasn't been that long since Lag B'Omer...

The Flame

The sparks,

orange specks,


reaching for the heavens,

but alas, falling

as gray dust.

The smoke,

the rising stream,

a gentle impurity.

The laces

of yellow

and orange tendrils

twisting, twirling,


reaching for the sky,

never dropping,

but on a never-ending journey.

The stretching limbs



dying in the heat,

of the fire,

as it draws all around it in.

And as the fire dies,

the embers remain,

burning on,


ready to reincarnate the fire,

when its time next comes.

The elegance,

the simple mysticism,

the crackling,

the searing heat,

holding us entranced,

for many a millennia gone by,

and many more to come.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

You Are Marge Simpson

You're a devoted family member who loves unconditionally.

Sometimes, though, you dream about living a wild secret life!

You will be remembered for: your good cooking and evading the police

Your life philosophy: "You should listen to your heart, and not the voices in your head."


MOChassid says

In the chareidi educational circles there is way too much emphasis on Sur Mai Rah and not nearly enough on Asei Tov. There is an overwhelming fear of the outside world but not enough confidence in the beauty of Torah and Yiddishkeit. Consequently, we hear about restriction after restriction rather than discussions about inspiring our children. This is tragic.

Still can't answer "Who am I?"...

Last night was the "3rd annual Bnos Melochim presentation", aka the tznius video. Some of the speakers (Mrs. Yael Kaisman, Mrs. Bonnie Mansour, Mrs. Friedman) were really good, others not so much. One thing I found very interesting was what Rav Falk said about tight clothes. Because of the particular source he is using for covering the thigh, it seems that he is more concerned with tight skirts than shirts. Of course that doesn't mean he's ok with tight shirts. But he said shirts should only be "semi-fitted or not at all, and the skirts should not be fitted at all.
I found this very interesting because there is such stress placed on not having tight shirts, and people do not tend to dwell on the skirts at all, and here is a rav (who is generally quite machmir) who is stressing the importance of skirts over shirts not being tight (not that he said it was a choice or anything...). Of course, it was very strange hearing a rabbi talk about thighs...

One thing tat bothered me a little is that they obsess over tznius in clothes and basically ignore all other aspects of tznius - speech, actions, etc. The other problem for me though, was that they called it "Who am I?" and ostensibly were going to address the issue of figuring out who we are as Jewish women. Yet, they didn't address it at all. They just spoke about how we dress and why we shouldn't dress certain ways. So here I am, still wondering "Who am I?"...

Monday, May 22, 2006

Mexican Chutzpa

ChainikHocker had a really great post here

It's really hard for me to understand how these people have the audacity to sneak into our country, and,

despite the fact that we let them leech off of our economy and our healthcare systems (Medicaid), and despite the fact that we give them jobs, and despite the fact that their lives are unquestionably far better than the ones they lived in their countries of origin, and despite the fact that we don't deport them,

they then go parade in our streets so that they can have rights. We are so good to them, allowing them to benefit from all of our systems, even though they snuck in, we tolerate their presence, make it into something that benefits them at least, if not us, and all they want is more. It's like the guy who broke into a family's home while they were on vacation, but accidentally locked himself in their garage, and was stuck there for two weeks, with only dog food and sone bottled water to eat or drink. When they arrived home and found him, they called the police, and instead of being prosecuted for breaking and entering, he sued them because he was stuck there for two weeks eating dog food. I fail to see the difference. Our country has become too giving for it's own good.

This of course is ignoring the sheer idiocy of some of them, marching around with posters which say "We are not criminals!" Ummmmm... yes you are. Sneaking in illegally is an illegal act... The most ironic thing of course, is that their parades didn't help. In fact, they hurt their own cause. So now we're going to have a sealed border...

If they want to come, let them immigrate legally. If their country doesn't let? Don't worry, I'm sure there will be sanctions soon enough for "inhumane treatment". Or maybe America will go to war to "liberate" these poor suffering Hispanics. Excuse me if I don't have tears in my eyes right now. I'm too busy crying over the nebach'l little terrorists (who want to kill me, and given the chance, would) who aren't being given full rights while they rot in jail.

A B C, more about me...

Accent: not really
Booze: nah
Chore I Hate: cleaning
Dogs: don't have one, but don't mind them
Essential Electronics: cell
Favorite Perfume/Cologne: axe!
Gold/Silver: silver
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Job Title: student... sigh
Kids: nah, still single here and trying to conform to halacha...
Living Arrangements: still living in my parents' home
Most Admired Trait: loyalty
Number of sexual partners: as stated before...
Overnight Hospital Stays: none b"H
Phobia: not really
Quote: "If someone tells you nothing is impossible, ask him to dribble a football."
Religion: Judaism... which group? verrrry good question
Siblings: 5 crazy cute little wild monkeys
Time I usually wake up: 7:30
Unusual Talent: wiggling my eyebrows
Vegetables I refuse to eat: avocado (or is that a fruit?)
Worst Habit: interrupting
X-Rays: teeth only thank G-D
Yummy Foods I make: strawberry-rhubarb soup; split-pea soup; chocolate cake; hawaiian chicken; sweet-n-sour meatballs
Zodiac: love the song ; )

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Here I am, I think

I'm not really sure what this blog is gonna be. Likely, judging from my wide (some would deem it ecclectic) array of interests, it will be a mix of my life, current eventy type things, politics, and an occasional rant at the world at large. I chose to name my blog Wanna Be Frum, because sometimes I find myself really frustrated - I'm not yeshivish, but I'm not MO. I'm somewhere in between, I just wanna be frum! I think that's all for now because i need one post to get this going, so for anyone reading this, good luck, and don't get tired of me too quick...