29 November 2010

Musings on 29 November

Sitting here in Jerusalem on 29 November reminds me, thanks to my son Joel, about 29 November 1947, the date the United Nations voted for partition thus creating the State of Israel. in my mind, that was probably the single time the United Nations acted more or less friendly towards the State. Had our cousins accepted the plan, Israel would have been closer in size to the US State of Rhode Island instead of New Jersey. Jerusalem would have been far removed from our road map. 

Almost a year before we made Aliyah, we stayed in Katamon and needed to drive down 29 November Street in order to get to our apartment. It is a small but very pretty street and leads to the Jerusalem Theater. Following is a clip of the eventful vote in our history. I wonder why we do not make a big deal here about the event โ€“ any thoughts?

You might need to double click in order to view the videos.



Watch where you stand at a hockey game

Beware the Zamboni



Business is business!

A stark-naked drunken woman jumped into a vacant cab.

The East Indian driver immediately froze, just kept on staring at the woman and made no attempt to start the car.

“What’s wrong with you sunshine, haven’t you ever seen a naked white woman before?”

“I’ll not be staring at you lady, I am telling you, that would not be proper, where I am coming from”.

“Well if you’re not bloody staring at me, what are you doing then?

“Well, I am telling you, I am thinking to myself, where is this lady keeping the money to be paying me with?”


Potential Jewish Husbands

Rivkah goes to the new shopping center in Brooklyn. It’s unique because it’s only for Jewish women looking for Jewish husbands. Potential husbands are the only goods on display. This is why Rivkah is there.


When she enters the building, there is a large sign: THE BROOKLYN JWSC.  This JWSC is laid out over 5 floors. The men here have increasingly better attributes the higher up you go. The rules for entry are simple — you are only allowed in once.

Once you open the door to a floor, you must choose a man from that floor.  If you go up a floor, you can’t go back down except to leave the JWSC completely. Once you leave, you cannot return at any time forever.



Rivkah goes to the first floor. The sign on the door says Floor 1:
“All the men here have jobs, love children, and are certainly not lazy.”
Rivkah thought, “Well, that’s better than not having a job or not loving children,but I wonder what’s further up.” So up she goes to the next floor.

The sign says Floor 2:
“All the men on this floor have executive jobs, love children, are certainly
not lazy, and are extremely good looking.”  “That’s better,” thought Rivkah,
“but I wonder what’s further upstairs.” Up she goes.

The sign says Floor 3:
“All the men on this floor have executive jobs, love children, are certainly
not lazy, are extremely good looking, help with the housework, and are not
strictly orthodox.” “Wow,” thought Rivkah, “almost perfect and very tempting, but I’ve come this far and there’s more further up.”

And so again, up she goes.

The sign says Floor 4:
“All the men on this floor have executive jobs, love children, are certainly
not lazy, are extremely good looking, help with the housework, are not
strictly orthodox, are very romantic, and know how to satisfy
their partners.” “Oy vay, wonderful,” she said aloud, “but just think what could be waiting for me upstairs.” So up to the fifth and top floor she goes.

The sign here says Floor 5:
“This floor is just to prove that Jewish women are impossible to please.
Thank you for shopping. Have a nice day.”


Update on our trip to the US

We had a great trip to the US except โ€ฆ Ricki was sick and spent a total of about two weeks in the hospital plus to additional emergency room visits โ€“ bummer. As a result we had not seen everyone we wanted to and if we missed you, the loss is ours. On out next visit, rest assured that you will be at the top of the list. 

1 thought on “29 November 2010

  1. We probably don’t really celebrate 11/29 for some of the reasons you mention…

    — It has very little connection to the current State’s borders/shape
    — It is “their” date, while ours came almost 6 months later

    It is probably also why it is the only significant date in our history that we refer to by the secular date, not the Hebrew one. Because it has little connection to us, other than being the thing that set everything in motion.

    To make a poor analogy, it would be like celebrating the date of your conception, rather than your birthday. To my knowledge, only Christians do that re: Jesus (coincidentally, on my birthday, March 25th). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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