Today because of what I believe hot coffee and cups of water were thrown at me, people kicked me, spat on my face, arms, tallis, and Yarmulke repeatedly, tried to trip me, tried to throw chairs at me, called me apikorsen, goy, reformi Trash and tried to surround me to do who knows what. My friend Brynn who is a woman was surrounded by supposedly righteous “Shomer Negia” men who grabbed her hair trying to pull her backwards down a long range of stone stairs. I now have the utmost respect for the Women of The wall and am proud to be a supporter in both prayer and Presence. I want to thank the Israeli police for supporting the side of peace, prayer, and love and not the side of aggression. I also want to thank the one Charedi women who amidst all the yelling of “you’re disgusting” had the courage to say “you’re beautiful, you’re crazy, but you’re beautiful.” Thank you whoever you are. Remember holiness is not measured by the size of your hat or by the shape of the religious icon you wear, But by how you treat others. It was so amazing to see how about 200 people of peace could stand up to thousands and thousands of people of fear.
Purim in Israel is amazing! I am going as Danny Zuko from Grease with my roommate Alyssa! It is going to rock! My kids at school are all excited to! There are decorations all over Israel, as well as hamantashins (which in Hebrew are called oznayim haman or Haman’s Ears) so thats really exciting. On Purim there are four main Mitzvot that you must do:
You must Hear the story of purim.
You must give gifts to family, friends, and the poor.
You must dress in a costume (there are many reasons, some say it is becuase even though G-d is never mentioned in the story of Purim we know that G-d is still “hidden” in the story, just like someone in a costume. Others say that we have to be something we are not, today we should have all been killed by Persia, but we were not so yah there is that)
And lastly you have to drink until you can’t tell the difference between Haman and Hadassa (Queen Esther)’
And yes… I plan to accomplish all these Miztvot.
So I love Sarah Silverman! She is hilarious… probably one of my favorite comics out there. I had no idea that her sister is a Rabbi, until it was on the news that she got arrested. Gosh, it really is time that the wall becomes a heritage sight for all of Israel and not just the orthodox few who beleive they own Judaism and the state. I have a friend here in Ramle who often does things for the women of the wall. I think it is a really great organization, and I hope that one day their is a change. There are a couple ideas for compromise I think. Number one the wall could be divided into three equal thirds. One for men, one for women, and one for families. Or a second option which is what I think would be best is for there to be certain times (possibly the prayer times) where the wall would operate as an Orthodox Synagogue and the rest of the time it should be an Israeli heratage sight open to all.
Click the link above to go to the article about the arrest.
well it took for ever, but I finally did it! I moved a a block or two down to a different apartment. I love it here! The house is really pretty and the surrounding neighborhood is lovely. A big plus is that I got to choose my roommates this time, so we plan to have a ton of fun. We even made a little poster so we each could have a monster personality based on how we plan to destroy the world. Also, I have started to label things in Hebrew and Arabic to help me remember. On the sign above I made a little cartoon saying “Excuse me, but this light is mine.” This is because light switches in Israel are very strangely placed, so you never know who actually owns which light. Also, we put all of our old new years resolutions on the stairwell so we can be reminded of them. Anyway we also get new people coming in soon for the five month program. Really exciting!
If you love me…. You will buy me this game.