Archives April 2004

Where the rocks are treyf

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Back in the old days, if an Orthodox Jew immigrated to the United States, his or her children were almost guaranteed to drift away from Orthodoxy. In the old country, it was said that in America, “even the rocks are treyf.” Fortunately, as the past fifty years demonstrates, there is no such curse on ...

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Deaths and distinctions

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

When the inauguration service for the priests was finished, “the glory of the Eternal was shown to the whole nation” (Leviticus 9:23). Three verses later, with the deaths of Nadav and Avihu (10:2), the nation had a revelation of a different kind.

Previously, Jews had defied God out of fear (e.g., of ...

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“Mistakes Were Made”

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The DNC has used clips from Dubya’s recent press conference to produce a campaign ad (Windows Media Player version, Real Player version).

Arkhangel calls this “the first great negative ad of this campaign … Someone at the DNC should … plaster the airwaves from now until November with this ad. It’s that good.” Michael ...

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A timely thought

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

According to the American Institute of Philanthropy, “$35 or less to raise $100 is reasonable for most charities.”

By comparison, the Federal government, in its fiscal ‘04 budget, plans to spend about $40 billion on “administration of justice” and about $10 billion on tax collection, in a total budget of about $3250 billion ...

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And they looked from pig to man, and from man to pig…

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Nathan Newman, in the course of his apologia (in the old-fashioned sense) for not being a doctrinaire left-winger, remarks:

Maybe it’s because I know the left crazies, it’s easier to see the Bush folks in motion, since they have many of the same sectarian characteristics—unwillingness to work in real coalitions, a binary view of the ...

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Internet Explorer is a harsh mistress

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

So for the past couple of weeks, when I haven’t been out for Pesach, I’ve been working on XSLT scripts for converting an XML description of a workflow, first into HTML, then into SVG images. Unfortunately, I have a bit of a problem now integrating the two results, and perhaps the geeks who read this ...

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The parody is left as an exercise for the reader

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Passing by our local Jewish bookstore tonight, I noticed that ArtScroll is publishing a cookbook.

The scary thing is, my wife and I can understand most of it

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I have in my possession a remarkable book called The Kuntrus: A Yeshiva Bochur’s Handbook (by Rabbi Benzion Klatzko, Moznaim Publishing Corp., 1999). The book is remarkable not so much for its contents (it’s an advice book for yeshiva high-school students in the black-hat community), but because it provides me with a written corpus of ...

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An announcement you don’t hear over the PA every day, and really would rather never hear at all

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

“If anyone has an epi pen, would you please bring it to the reception desk.”

I was afraid to ask.

The mighty hand, the great hand, and the little finger

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The Haggadah contains this well-known paragraph:

Rabbi Yose the Galilean said: How do we know that the Egyptians … were struck by fifty plagues at the sea? In Egypt, this is what it says: “And the magicians said to Pharoah, ‘this is the finger of God’” (Exodus 8:15), and at the sea, this is ...

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