22 December 2011

The following is a classic.

What Love means to a 4-8 year old…

Slow down for three minutes to read this. It is so worth it.

Touching words from the mouth of babes..

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds ,

‘What does love mean?’

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined

See what you think:


‘When my grandmother got arthritis , she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.. So my grandfather does it for her all the time , even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’

Rebecca- age 8

‘When someone loves you , the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’

Billy – age 4

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’

Karl – age 5

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’

Chrissy – age 6

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’

Terri – age 4

‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him , to make sure the taste is OK.’

Danny – age 7

‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing , you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that.
They look gross when they
kiss’

Emily – age 8

‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents
and listen.’

Bobby – age 7 (Wow!)

‘If you want to learn to love better , you should start with a friend who you hate , ‘

Nikka – age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet)

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt , then he wears it everyday.’

Noelle – age 7

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each
other so well.’

Tommy – age 6

‘During my piano recital , I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.

He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’

Cindy – age 8

‘My mommy loves me more than anybody
You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’

Clare – age 6

‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’

Elaine-age 5

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’

Mary Ann – age 4

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’

Lauren – age 4

‘When you love somebody , your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ (what an image)

Karen – age 7


‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it , you should say it a lot. People forget.’

Jessica – age 8
And the final one

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry , the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard , climbed onto his lap , and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor , the little boy said ,

‘Nothing , I just helped him cry’

With thanx to my very dear friend, Carol A.

 

One of the problems of living in Florida

A group of seniors were sitting around talking about all their ailments.
“My arms have gotten so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee,” said one.
“Yes, I know,” said another. “My cataracts are so bad; I can’t even see my coffee.”
“I couldn’t even mark an “X” at election time, my hands are so
crippled,” volunteered a third.
“What? Speak up! What? I can’t hear you!”
“I can’t turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck,” said a fourth,
to which several nodded weakly in agreement.
“My blood pressure pills make me so dizzy!” exclaimed another.
“I forget where I am, and where I’m going,” said another.
“I guess that’s the price we pay for getting old,” winced an old man as
he slowly shook his head.
The others nodded in agreement.
“Well, count your Blessings,” said a woman cheerfully – –
“Thank God we can all still drive.”

Han’s, a middle-aged German tourist on his first visit to Orlando, Florida, finds the red light district and enters a large brothel. The madam asks him to be seated and sends over a young lady to entertain him.

They sit and talk, frolic a little, giggle a bit, drink a bit, and she sits on his lap. He whispers in her ear and she gasps and runs away! Seeing this, the madam sends over a more experienced lady to entertain the gentleman.

They sit and talk, frolic a little, giggle a bit, drink a bit, and she sits on his lap. He whispers in her ear, and she too screams, “No!” and walks quickly away.

The madam is surprised that this ordinary looking man has asked for something so outrageous that her two girls will have nothing to do with him. She decides that only her most experienced lady, Lola, will do. Lola has never said no, and it’s not likely anything would surprise her. So the madam sends her over to Han’s. The sit and talk, frolic a little, giggle a bit, drink a bit, and she sits on his lap. He whispers in her ear and she screams, “NO WAY, BUDDY!” and smacks him as hard as she can and leaves.

Madam is by now absolutely intrigued, having seen nothing like this in all her years of operating a brothel. She hasn’t done the bedroom work herself for a long time, but she’s sure she has said yes to everything a man could possibly ask for. She just has to find out what this man wants that has made her girls so angry. Besides she sees a chance to teach her employees a lesson.

So she goes over to Han’s and says that she’s the best in the house and is available. She sits and talks with him. They frolic, giggle, drink and then she sits in his lap.

Han’s leans forwards and whispers in her ear, “Can I pay in Euros?”

Bel Kaufman – 100 year old lady – Shalom Aleichem’s granddaughter:
 
 
A CHANUKAH POEM
‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHANUKAH…
OY! WHAT A SHOCK!
SOMEBODY OUTSIDE
WAS PICKING OUR LOCK!

AND THERE AT THE DOOR
STOOD A ‘ZAYDA’ IN BLUE-
AND HE WORE ON HIS KUPPY
A BLUE YARMULKA, TOO!

HIS PUNIM WAS SHAIN-
EVERYBODY WOULD LOVE IT!
‘ROUND HIS NECK HUNG A CHAIN
WITH A GOLD MOGEN DOVID!

HE WORE SILKEN TSITZES
BENEATH HIS WOOL VEST,
AND A SMALL FLAG OF ISRAEL
WAS DRAPED ON HIS CHEST!

HE SAID: “I’M NO BURGLAR,
SO PLEASE DON’T BE NERVOUS.
I’M THE SPIRIT OF CHANUKAH,
HERE AT OUR SERVICE!”

“MENCHEN ALL CALL ME
‘REB’ SHALOM SHAPIRO!
WITHOUT ME, THIS YOM-TOV
MIGHT NEED A NEW ‘HERO!'”

“I VISIT ALL YIDLACH,
AND BRING – KINNAHORRA-
GOOD FORTUNE AS BRIGHT
AS A GLOWING MENORAH!”

“ICH SHLEPP LOTS OF BLESSINGS
AND CHANUKAH GELT,
AND JOYS THAT ARE TAKKA
THE BEST IN DER VELT!”

“IF YOU KNOW NICE MENCHEN,
I’LL VISIT THEM QUICK,
AND I’LL BRING THEM GEZUNT
AND A HOUSEFUL OF GLICK!”

SO WE SENT HIM TO YOUR HOUSE,
AND SHOOK HANDS AND PARTED.
HE SHOUTED, “SHALOM!”
OUT THE DOORWAY HE DARTED!

HE RAN TO A WAGON
WITH HORSES AHEAD.
HE FED THEM SOME BAGELS,
AND HERE’S WHAT HE SAID:

“LET’S GO, MOISH AND MENDEL!
MAKE QUICK, MOE AND YUSSLE!
PLEASE GIVE A RUSH, MALKAH!
HEY, HYMIE, PLEASE HUSTLE!”

THEN THEY RACED LIKE THE WIND!
AND THEY GALLOPED SO SHNELL,
ALL HIS CLOTHING BLEW OFF,
AND HIS GATKES AS WELL!

SOON HE WAS SO KALT
THAT HIS TUSHIE TURNED BLUISH!
HE MOANED AND HE HOLLERED
IN ENGLISH AND JEWISH!

SO, DON’T ACT EMBARRASSED,
AND PLEASE DON’T BE RUDE
WHEN THAT FROSTBITTEN ZAYDA
ARRIVES IN THE NUDE!

QUICK! WRAP HIM IN BLANKETS!
DON’T BEAT ‘ROUND THE BUSH’!
AND TIE A HOT WATER BAG
ON HIS COLD TUSH!

QUICK! FEED HIM SOME CHICHEN SOUP
HEISS AS CAN BE!
AND GIVE HIM SOME SHNAPPS
AND A GLEZ’L HOT TEA!

‘CAUSE HE BRINGS YOU A HOUSEFUL
OF CHANUKAH WISHES
AS WARM AND GESHMOCK
AS PLATE OF HOT KNISHES!

AND HE BRINGS THEM FROM OUR HOUSE
SO FRIENDLY AND BRIGHT,
SO YOUR HOUSE WILL KEEP GLOWING
WITH CHANUKAH LIGHT.

PLUS JOY SWEET AS TSUKKER,
AND PEACE AND GOOD-CHEER
AND EVERYTHING FRAYLACH
EACH DAY OF THE YEAR!

AND NONE IN YOUR FAMILY
WILL BE A SHLEMAZEL,
FOR LIFE WILL BRING EACH OF YOU
SIMCHAS AND MAZEL!

AND ALL THROUGH THE FUTURE
YOUR HOPES WILL COME TRUE,
AND HIMMEL WILL BLESS
YOUR MISHPOCHA AND YOU

 
 

I have to wonder what happened to the French of this story/.

Tobruk…the story you don’t know

A little bit of history:

AN INCREDIBLE STORY.

“The war was not going well for the British in early 1942. Rommel and his Italian allies were pushing back the British relentlessly. Losses were staggering for the British. They were being decimated in Libya and needed to retreat, to regroup, rest and resupply. British loss, after loss, British defeat after defeat, the ability of retreating in order, without disaster, was very questionable. If the Allied forces could not retreat in an orderly manner, the North African war would be lost. It did not look good. A delaying action was ordered by the British high command.

In a remote area of the Libyan Desert, near an old Turkish fort, the Free French Forces were ordered to stand and fight. The fort was built near an oasis. It was called Bir Hakeim and was the key to the great port city of Tobruk. A line was drawn ahead of the Germans. The First Free French Division, led by legendary General Marie-Pierre Koenig was ordered to hold. The French dug in. Thousands of individual fox holes were dug. Mines were laid in thick fields to slow the Germans. The French waited. A British brigade, unknown at the time to General Koenig, was hastily sent to hold the far end of the French line near Bir-el Harmat. They were a battalion of mine layers, poorly armed and provisioned, without heavy weapons, or anti-aircraft equipment but with a grim, teeth clenched determination. They were a battalion of 400 Jewish Palestinians under the command of Major Liebmann from Tel Aviv. It was May 26, 1942. The Jewish fighters dug in.

A German tank column approached the heavily outnumbered and out gunned Jewish position.

Raising a flag of truce the German commander came near to the Allied position and demanded they surrender or be annihilated. Noticing the strange flag flying, the German asked who they were. To the amazement of the German officer, Major Liebmann told him they were free Palestinian Jews fighting for the British government. They would not surrender. The flag was the flag of the Jewish people. It was June 2, 1942.

German 88mm canon opened up with terrible effect. German Stukas bombed and strafed, and bombed and strafed. Hundreds of sorties were eventually flown. German tanks advanced and attacked ferociously. Several were destroyed in the mine fields. A few penetrated the center of the lightly armed Jewish position. Jewish soldiers jumped on the tanks destroying them with Molotov cocktails, incinerating the German tank crews inside. Without even a radio to contact the French fighting a few miles up the line, the Jews held. Heavy black smoke billowed from the burning German tanks as the Germans retreated; their dead left on the hard, dry desert.

German and Italian armor attacked again and again on June 5 and June 6. The Jewish position held. Daily the Stukas bombed the Jews. German artillery was unrelenting, eventually destroying the Jewish water source. Still the Jewish position held refusing to surrender, even without water. Astonished the Germans continued attacking with no success. The Jews refused to surrender or be conquered.

June 10: Orders from the British 8th Army reached the French at Bir Hakeim and the Jews at Bir-el Harmat: retreat. The British 8th Army was safe. It had retreated in good order with its equipment and supplies. The delaying action could be called off. In the dark of the night of June 11, the French and the Jews slipped away, unbeknownst to the Germans. They had done the impossible.

Over the next few months, the reorganized and reequipped British 8th Army fought and defeated Rommel’s famed Africa Corps at El Alamein. It was the beginning of the end for the Germans and their Italian allies in North Africa. The bloody tide of war had changed.

General Koenig watched as the ragged, unknown Allied survivors from the far end of the line staggered in to the French command center at Gasr-el-Abid. They dragged their wounded as best they could. Major Liebmann reported to a concerned General Koenig. Speaking in perfect French, he told General Koenig they were Jewish Palestinian soldiers. Of the 400 men who made up the battalion, over three hundred, 75%, had been killed or wounded. They were the survivors.

General Marie-Pierre Koenig

The General observed their flag flying proudly. It was being taken down and folded by a very tired Jewish soldier.

What is that man doing? Koenig demanded of Liebmann. Liebmann told the French General that British regulations did not let them fly their flag, the blue and white flag with the Star of David. The British did not want to see it. An instant command was barked. General Koenig ordered the soldier to stop folding the flag. Koenig ordered it placed on the front of his Jeep to fly next to and equal to the flag of France.

Turning to his officers, Koenig ordered all his soldiers to stand at attention and salute as the flag of the future state of Israel went by. It was the first Salute.

General Koenig remained a committed friend and advocate on behalf of Israel for the rest of his life. In the lower Galilee, near Nazareth, trees grow in the soil of a free Israel; the Marie-Pierre Koenig Grove.”

When you drink vodka over ice, it can give you kidney failure.
When you drink rum over ice, it can give you liver failure.

When you drink whiskey over ice, it can give you heart
problems.
When you drink gin over ice, it can give you brain problems.

Apparently, ice is really bad for you.
Warn all your friends.

A SPANISH Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

‘House’ for instance, is feminine: ‘la casa.’
‘Pencil,’ however, is masculine: ‘el lapiz.’

A student asked, ‘What gender is ‘computer’?’

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer’ should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men’s group decided that ‘computer’ should definitely be of the feminine gender (‘la computadora’), because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

(THIS GETS BETTER!)

The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine (‘el computador’), because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;

2. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model..

The women won.

Send this to all the smart women you know…and all the men that have a sense of humor.

ed. note. Another example of women trying to justify themselves through hostile humorJust kidding

New York, NY – A comedic YouTube clip titled “How NOT To Perform Bikur Cholim”, packing a powerful but humorous message about visiting the sick, will be featured as part of a new DVD soon to be released by Rabbi Paysach Krohn, titled “Bikur Cholim -Sense and Sensitivity.”

“I have been dreaming about doing a project like this for two or three years,” Rabbi Krohn told VIN News. “I wanted to do something for the sake of klal yisroel in a lighthearted, encouraging way.”

The DVD features words of chizuk aimed at both those who would be performing the mitzvah of bikur cholim and the cholim themselves featuring the inspiring words of Rabbi Raymond Beyda, Rabbi Dovid Weinberger, Rabbi Eytan Feiner, Rabbi Simcha Lefkowitz, Rabbi Paysach Krohn and Rabbi Warren Goldstein, Chief Rabbi of South Africa. Also featured is an entertaining segment interviewing children about the mitzvah of bikur cholim.

“How NOT to Perform Bikur Cholim is a culmination of all the advice given by the rabbonim on the DVD,” explain Chananya Kramer of Kol Rom Multimedia and producer of the project. “We packed all the information into four tight minutes and presented it in a light hearted way.” The clip, which clocks in at four minutes and forty one seconds features the comedic talents of Mich Cohen and Shmop Weisbord, in addition to the feet of Yaakov Kramer.

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Watch below:

The following is taken directly from the Shabbat Bulletin of the local Carlebach Shul.

Yom Shabbat: Shacharit begins at 8:00 am
(Let’s try to have a minyan no later than 8:45!)

2012

End of Days, Prophecy, 2012, Mayan calendar, Iran, Arab Spring, demonstrations,  : Dry Bones cartoon.
You’ve probably heard the ridiculous idea that because the Mayan calendar supposedly ends in 2012, some people believe that the world will end in 2012.

If not: check this idiocy out by clicking here.

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

White Powder (2001)

November 19, 2001
(2001) Dry Bones cartoon: anthrax, Poison, Terrorism, 911, terror,
This Golden Oldie is from 2001.

Ten years ago America was caught in a massive anthrax scare. Everyone seemed to be on the lookout for anthrax-laden mail. According to the BBC of Wednesday, November 7 , 2001:

“In media offices, abortion clinics, and government offices around the United States, mail handlers are donning white gloves for fear of the dreaded white powder – anthrax.

But still the FBI has no conclusive evidence as to whether the recent attacks have been state-sponsored, or the work of America’s own radicals.

It is a complex investigation made worse by the fact that more than 2,500 anthrax scares in the United States have turned out to be false alarms.”-more

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This year Hanukkah begins at sunset on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, and ends at sunset on Wednesday, December 28, 2011.

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Holiday Spirits 2011

Christmas,  Holidays, Economy, Crisis, Shopping, Consumers  : Dry Bones cartoon.
When I was a kid in Brooklyn, Christmas started with Santa coming to town in the Macy’s parade on Thanksgivings Day. Now it apparently begins with something called Black Friday. I don’t know anything about that, I’ve lived in Israel for forty years. The Christmas season seems, from a distance, at least, to have turned into the shopping season.

And this year, with the economic crisis, Dickens’ three ghosts (“The Spirit of Christmas Past”, “The Spirit of Christmas Present”, and “The Spirit of Christmas Future”) have morphed into the three shopping spirits; “Buy”, “Save”, and “Charge it”.

In any case, my best wishes go to our readers who are, or who will soon be, out there Christmas-shopping.

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

The Way We Were (1976)

November 28, 1976
(1976) Dry Bones cartoon: Winter, kerosene, Jerusalem, Shuldig, Inflation, 1976
Today’s Golden Oldie is from the winter of 1976. Thirty Five years ago!!

I lived in Jerusalem back then and there is nothing that seemed as bone-chillingly cold as those winters in Jerusalem. Part of the problem was that Jerusalem’s stone buildings were built to be cool in the summer heat, but when a snowy Jerusalem winter blew in, they were even cooler. Another part of the problem was that we all kept warm with small heaters that burned what we, in our local English dialect called “neft”. It wasn’t until years later that I learned that “neft”was actually kerosene!

They way we got our “neft”was to shlep a “jerry can” to a gas station or to wait for the neft delivery truck which had a tank from which patrons would fill their jerry cans, jugs, and bottles.

In the cartoon a frigid Mr. Shuldig is trudging home buttoned up against the cold, and musing on the inflation that was ravaging the country at the time.

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Is Syria Nato’s Next?

NATO, Syria, Arab Spring, Libya, Egypt, Riots, No Fly Zone, Disasters,  : Dry Bones cartoon.
Is NATO going to do it again? Is Syria NATO’s next target?

Here’s the view from Iran.
According to the Tehran Times:

“Russia is sending its warships to Syrian waters in a move aimed at preventing any foreign attacks against Syrian territories.

According to Russian sources, the recent move conveys the message that Moscow will block any NATO-led attack under the guise of “humanitarian intervention,” The Nation reported.

Russia has been voicing support for Syria, which it says is currently going through a civil war.

The Western military alliance, NATO, has been making efforts to demonize the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his forces, while downplaying attacks by opposition forces.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has also recently warned the West against any ‘Libya-style’ military intervention in Syria.” -more

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Holiday Travel

Christmas, Christians, Middle East, Arab Spring, Islamism, : Dry Bones cartoon.
Below is from a letter to President Obama written by Dr. John Eibner
CEO of Christian Solidarity International:

“Dear Mr. President,

Today, Christian Solidarity International (CSI) issued a Genocide Warning concerning the 12 million-plus members of endangered non-Muslim minorities in North Africa and the broader Islamic Middle East.

Conditions for genocide against non-Muslim communities exist in varying degrees throughout the region stretching from Pakistan to Morocco. The crisis of survival for non-Muslim communities is especially acute in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Sudan, Iran and Pakistan. Saudi Arabia is already a “religiously cleansed” state.

CSI’s Genocide Warning reinforces similar alerts issued earlier this year by senior statesmen:

We cannot accept and thereby facilitate what looks more and more like a particularly perverse program of religious cleansing in the Middle East.” – French President Nicholas Sarkozy, January 7, 2011.

“Massacres are taking place for no reason and without any justification against Christians. It is only because they are Christians. What is happening to Christians is a genocide.” – Former Lebanese President Amine Gemayal, January 3, 2011.

“The most recent developments [i.e., deadly Islamist attacks against Egyptian Christians in May 2011] fill us with dread. …The aim of the Islamists is to stoke up hatred and violence.” – Former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, June 27, 2011.

Five months after the pogroms referred to by former Chancellor Schüssel, the U.S.-financed Egyptian army joined radical Islamists in attacking non-violent Christian demonstrators in Cairo, killing at least 25 people.

Most acts of Islamic supremacist violence against non-Muslim minorities receive little media attention in the United States. Take, for example, just a few of the cases that have come to the notice of CSI since the beginning of the so-called “Arab Spring”:

Egyptian Christian teenager, Ayman Nabil Labib – murdered by schoolmates after refusing to remove a cross necklace.

Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani – sentenced to death for having allegedly converted from Islam to Christianity.”

Catholic priest, Fr. Mark Rybinski – murdered in Tunisia.

27-year-old Pakistani Christian nurse Shaista Samuel– raped by Muslims and subjected to pressure to convert to Islam.

Libyan Jew, David Gerbi – prevented from reopening the synagogue in Tripoli by Islamist mobs declaring: “There is no place for Jews in Libya!

CBS Reporter Lara Logan – sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square in Cairo by a mob of Muslim men chanting “Jew! Jew!”

Iraqi Christians Hanna Polos Emmanuel and Bassn Isho – kidnapped and shot dead near Kirkuk.

These and most other acts of violence against non-Muslims in the Islamic world are not, for the most part, committed by members of Al Qaida or related terrorist networks. Instead they are perpetrated by both state and non-state actors, many of whom are military allies of the United States. They are all inspired by a deep seated culture of Islamic supremacism – kindred in spirit to white supremacism and anti-Semitism. -read full letter

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

December 01, 1986
(1986) Dry Bones cartoon: 1986, Vanunu, Spying, Nukes, Security, Trial, King Solomon,
Today’s Golden Oldie is from December 1986. Twenty Five years ago!!

In 1985, Mordechai Vanunu, a technician at Israel’s top-secret facility at Dimona, brought his camera to work and took about 60 photos of the place. These photos were then published in a London Sunday Times’ exposé about Israel’s “nuclear weapons program”.

In 1986 he was tried in a secret trial. The country was shocked! So was I! Most people were shocked about what he had done. I was shocked that nobody asked how he was able to saunter around taking snapshots of the place.

Vanunu was convicted and was released in 2004, after 18 years in prison.

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The Guardian is now beating the drums for the guy in a piece published just last month (November 2011):

Mordechai Vanunu deserves freedom from Israel

“Vanunu’s attempts to leave Israel have been dragging on for more than seven years now. He was released from prison in 2004, after serving 18 years, and told that he must wait another six months before he could leave the country and must not talk to any foreigners in the meantime. Since then, a cruel game of cat and mouse has been going on, with Vanunu periodically arrested and detained for technical breaches of his conditions.” -more

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Offending American Jews?

American Jews, Aliya, Israel, Israelis Assimilation, advertising : Dry Bones cartoon.Since the creation of the State of Israel the question of aliyah from America has been a touchy topic. The old and bitter joke was “Definition of a Zionist: Someone who gives money to an organization to send another Jew to live in Israel”. So Israel has tread lightly on its call for the in-gathering of America’s Jews to the homeland.

So what’s happening now is an angry reaction to our call to Israelis living in America to come back home!

Wow!

In an op ed piece in the NY Times entitled “Come Home to Israel”, an offended Roger Cohen shares his insight with statements like

“I know several Israeli expatriates or would-be expatriates and their feelings are consistent. They are troubled by the illiberal drift of Israeli politics, the growth of a harsh nationalism, the increasing influence of the ultrareligious, the endlessness of the “situation,” and the tension inherent in a status quo that will one day threaten either Israel’s Jewishness or its democracy.”

He also chides the Jewish State for failing to recognize that

“President Barack Obama is offended (by ongoing settlement expansion in the West Bank against his express request).”

Problem is that Roger can’t seem to accept that Obama is America’s president. He is not Israel’s leader.

In the old days, American Jews were upset about Israeli Aliyah activists trying to “steal” their kids. Now they’re upset about our attempts to bring our own citizens back home??!

Wow!

If you’re interested here’s a link to the NYTimes piece.

Your thoughts?

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Research (1981)

December 29, 1981
(1981) Dry Bones cartoon: 1981,  Shuldig,  TV, polls, News, Inflation, Israel,
Today’s Golden Oldie is from December 1981. I found it while rummaging through cartoons I drew thirty years ago this month.

I like it when one of my cartoons makes me smile. This one did. I did not remember doing it at all.

Question: did it make you smile?

Second question: is the cartoon “silly and sweet” or “deeply cynical”?

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Mysterious Mishaps

attack, Iran, Nukes, Nuclear Energy, WMD, weapons, Tehran,  : Dry Bones cartoon. Who knows what’s really happening? But here’s some speculation from the Miami Herald (datelined Jerusalem):

Iran explosions prompt speculation of secret attacks

JERUSALEM — “A series of mishaps at Iranian nuclear facilities and weapons sites may be part of a covert organized attack on Iran’s nuclear weapons program, according to Western intelligence officials.

An explosion last week outside Iran’s third largest city, Isfahan, is thought to be the most recent strike, though details on the intended target are still unclear. A sprawling military base and nuclear facilities are outside Isfahan, and intelligence officials across the Middle East said there was strong evidence that the explosion had done some “significant structural damage.”

“We have seen enough evidence to know something has happened, but we are unclear on what at this point,” said one Western diplomat whose work includes the region, speaking only on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. “There are a number of parties interested in sabotaging and weakening the Iranian regime.”

The second such incident in as many weeks cast doubt on Iranian claims that these were “accidents” and “coincidences,” and it set off speculation of a coordinated attack by Israel, whose officials long have threatened a strike against Iran’s nuclear program. Israeli officials denied direct involvement, but the growing number of mysterious or unexplained blasts and deaths has many suspecting an official program of sabotage.” -more

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Telephone Talk

Telecommunications, iPhone, Apps, Shuldig, : Dry Bones cartoon. The LSW (Long Suffering Wife) just informed me that we’ve signed up for another three years with our mobile phone provider (those crooks) and that they offered us a new phone. Either an iPhone or a Blackberry. She turned down the new phones.

I’m happy with the phone I’ve got. I don’t want a new phone . . . but everyone showing off their new phones and apps is really starting to bug me!! The LSW says that it bugs me because I’m turning into a grouch!

When I showed her this cartoon she said that it proved that she was right,

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Rabies (1976)

December 10, 1976
(1976) Dry Bones cartoon: 1976,Doobie, Health, Rabbis, dogs, Jerusalem, Rabies, Shuldig
Today’s Golden Oldie is from December 1976. Thirty Five years ago!!

In 1976 there was a rabies scare in Jerusalem. Sad to say I was unable to resist going for a joke, using Doobie, Mr. Shuldig’s dog, shown misreading the story in the Jerusalem Post.

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

What the ?

Shuldig, Technology, Computers, email, yahoo, facebook,  : Dry Bones cartoon. In the digital world in which we all are now forced to live, the old rule “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” is no longer honored.

Your thoughts?

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Good News Bad News (1996)

December 02, 1996
(1996) Dry Bones cartoon: 1996,Syria, Gas, Assad, King Solomon,
Today’s Golden Oldie is from December 1996. Fifteen years ago this month.

I’ve always had two weaknesses. One is a love of “Good News, Bad News” jokes and the other is a compulsion to go for a laugh when the situation seems frightening.

This King Solomon cartoon about a threat from Syria is an example of both.

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Attacks by Jewish Youth

Settlers,   violence, terror, terrorists, Arabs, Jews, Palestinians, Israel,   : Dry Bones cartoon. According to a report from the New York Times:

Israel gets tough on Jewish settlers

“After two days of Jewish settler violence that has shocked much of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that some radical Israelis would be treated the same way as suspected Palestinian militants – detained for long periods without charge and tried in military courts.

The disclosure of the new laws followed an urgent meeting of the country’s top legal and security officials and showed how worried Mr Netanyahu and his lieutenants have become about militants of the far right who attack not only Palestinians in the West Bank, but also the Israeli army there.” -more

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Have a Happy

Dry Bones cartoon: Happy Hanukka  festival of lights, Hanukka, Hanukkah, Chanukah, Chanukkah, Holiday, Jewish, Jewish Culture, religion, Culture, Freedom, Menorah,  Shuldig, Doobie, .
Hannuka, Chanukah, Chanukkah . . . however you spell it, it stands for our eight-day “Festival of Lights“.

And it begins tomorrow night!

Have a Happy!!

Hag Sameah!

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Hanukkah (2000)

December 11, 2000

(1996) Dry Bones cartoon: 2000,Chanukah, Chanukkah, Culture, Freedom, Hanukka, Hanukkah, Holiday, Jewish, Jewish Culture, Menorah, religion, Shuldig
Today’s Golden Oldie is a Hanukkah cartoon from from December 2000. Tonight is the lighting of the first candle.

Happy Holiday, Hag Sameah!

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Pass it On!

Dry Bones cartoon: Happy Hanukka  festival of lights, Hanukka, Hanukkah, Chanukah, Chanukkah, Holiday,2011, Chanukah, Chanukkah, Culture, Freedom, Hanukka, Hanukkah, Holiday, Jewish, Jewish Culture, Menorah, religion, Civilization,

Tonight’s the “second candle” and we’ll be with grandchildren.

The plan is to pass on our civilization ( cleverly hidden in “gold foil”-wrapped chocolate Hanukkah coins).

Hag Sameah! Happy Holiday

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

20th Century Farewell (1999)

November 28, 1999

(1999) Dry Bones cartoon: 21st century, 1999,Chanukah, Chanukkah, Culture, Freedom, Hanukka, Hanukkah, Holiday, Jewish, Jewish Culture, Menorah, religion, Shuldig
Today’s Golden Oldie is a Hanukkah cartoon from December 1999. A Farewell to the 20th century.

Those of you who get freaky about when the 21st century actually began, please control yourselves, relax, and have a Happy Hanukkah!

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

Segregated Buses?!

Dry Bones cartoon: Israel,  religious, Haredim, buses, eged, plan, Shuldig,
The latest furor in Israel is about demands by “Haredim“(falsely identified as “ültra Orthodox”). What they now want is buses segregated by sex. i.e. women to the back of the bus. So I did this cartoon suggesting that they wear blindfolds. Funny, no?

“No” says the LSW (Long Suffering Wife). She says it’s been done. She says that some Haredi men have been spotted wearing veils!! I pooh-poohed the notion, but did a google image search, just to check. Turns out she was right.

men in veils?
Men in Veils?

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

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