Post 610 : Baltimore Jewish and Black history: Joining A Wedding in the bride’s home. Speaking about dating norms with Israeli men, young and old. New Hapoel Jerusalem, team now returned to ownership by its fans.

Your friend (Ida Farkash) has read the article, “An Orthodox synagogue and a Black church search for shared history with a walk through a once-integrated neighborhood” on Forward.com and thought you might enjoy it.

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Wedding in Jerusalem: Ceremony took place on a porch in a historic building of the Ottoman rule, built in 1908 to house the Vaad (Rabbincal Council of Nachlaot).

Lovely antique clock at the bride’s home.

This holiday past. Israelis made Tu B’av into a “VALENTINE’S DAY “.Dumb

I had fun with some young people Tuesday night. Went out alone to a neighborhood restaurant bar, Chakrah in Gan Ha Atztmaot. Evening air was perfectly refreshing. Actually didn’t want to be indoors at the bar because of Corona. The place was packed. The owners squeezed many tables outdoors.

Basically only the waiters were wearing masks. I decided this was a good venue to casually ask about dating norms. The variables in my study are income and age. The restaurant is NOT KOSHER.

I brought a container of coconut water. I just try not to eat after 7 or 8 PM until 12 PM the following day.

The maitre de was perfectly ok with my drink. He took my temperature and I looked over the crowd. There were 4 guys in their 20’s sitting on high chairs next to the entrance. They looked like they had consumed a few glasses of wine.

It is the practise of Israelis to go to America for part of the year and work in the home moving industry. I think this unreported activity is not approved for visitors but they manage to make this a major source of their income.

We started to chat while I was waiting for a seat. One fellow at the table worked in a family business in America. Many also work in shopping malls in those quasi businesses that line the halls, like the ubiquitous helium balloon kiosks.

We chatted a bit further. I still didn’t have a seat. Israelis like to show off their English and knowledge of American Jewish communities. That’s usually the icebreaker.

I wanted to know about how young male/female Israelis meet their potential dates. The consensus among young Jerusalemites is, whether at bar or even on the street, the guy walks up a girl, takes her cell phone number and they basically have each others numbers, and he’ll try to reach her and actively show interest in her.

By this time the waiter brought me a chair to stay outside and the young guys and I continued to chat. The waiter brought over a glass with ice cubes. After 5 minutes, he escorted me to a table up front. I waved goodbye to the young guys in my sample. After a minute or two I was invited to join two older guys up front next to the mellow band. Their table was next to mine.

One a bit older than the other, was Marcus Gershkowitz, the owner of Anjelica Restaurant, on King David Street considered the best restaurant in Jerusalem. He invited me to try the faire.

He is a big promoter of the renamed Jerusalem soccer team with the manager Ziv Arie, at his side. I had my container of coconut water because I don’t eat after 7 or 8. They tried to tempt me with a creme Brulet concoction. Marcus was not impressed with coconut water.

Arie remarked that he and Marcus had just now in renamed the Hapoel Yerushalayim soccer team.20200723_191223.jpg

The photo shows some of the Saturday night demonstrators on their way to Balfour Street. The restaurant Chakra is beyond the bushes.

A little history: As you know soccer is Israel’s national sport. Each city league draws from the local communities, often very poor.

Football club Hapoel Jerusalem was founded in 1926. The team belonged to the “Histadrut”, Israel’s organization of workers unions, and represented Socialist values. In 1957, the team advanced for the first time to the top Israeli league. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the years known as the “golden era” of the team, “Hapoel” outperformed and outnumbered in spectators city rivals , Betar Jerusalem, – a team associated with the right-leaning “Revisionist” movement. The most important achievement in the history of the club was winning the Isreal State Cup in 1973. Privitization did not fare well for the team.

Since the 1980s, “Hapoel” has lost its lead to Beitar Jerusalem. The team spent the 1980s and 1990s swinging between the 1st and 2nd leagues. Eventually, it was purchased by businessman Yossi Sassi, in 1993, who appointed his friend, Victor Yona, as chairman. Since the late 1990s, the two got into various disputes and legal proceedings, and the team changed hands back and forth between the two.

After the 2006–07 season, in which the team dropped for the second time to the 3rd league, and after years of searching for someone to buy Hapoel Jerusalem, disenchanted fans, extremely dissatisfied with the management, resolved to create a company with the aim of purchasing the club. When it became evident that reaching such a deal was impossible, they decided to start an alternative team.

The group, led by journalist Uri Shedadsky and supported by then future mayor Nir Barkat, bought Apoel MaMivaserret/Abu Gosh (which was founded in 2004 by a merger of two clubs by those names and renamed it “Hapoel Katamon/Mevasseret Zion” The new name was taken from Katamon, a neighborhood of Jerusalem where Hapoel Jerusalem played from 1954 until moving to the YMCA stadium and later on to the Teddy Stadium in the early 1990s.

The first game was played October 19, 2007, to a crowd of 3,000;

Not all of Hapoel Jerusalem fans supported this move; some believed that creating Katamon was “betraying” the team. A popular slogan among the critics was “love can’t be bought for a 1,000 Shekels”, a reference to the membership price. However, the number of spectators at Katamon matches has steadily outnumbered that of Hapoel Jerusalem.

Eventually, it was decided by a vote of member-fans to end the cooperation with Hapoel Mevasseret, and instead establish a new club altogether. The advantages of this move were that the new club was untied to the management of Hapoel Mevasseret, was owned and operated by Hapoel Katamon fans alone, and since it was based in Jerusalem, could be supported by the municipality. The main disadvantage was that a newly created team must start out at ligations Gimmel, the 5th division.

The new club, named “Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem”, started playing in late September 2009 at the Hebrew University Stadium at Givat Ram, Jerusalem. The new management form consists of 3 representatives elected by the fans. Amir Gola, a team icon, returned from retirement as a former captain of Hapoel Jerusalem to be captain of the new team. Throughout the 2008/2009 season Hapoel Katamon had a steady lead, and it finished first in the league, advancing to Liga Bet. The final home-match was played to an estimated crowd of 4,000.

For the 2009–10 season, the team reinforced with numerous new players, most notably Shai Aharon, who was Hapoel Jerusalem’s captain for several years, including the 2008–09 season. the Aharon’s decision may help cement Katamon’s future as “the true Hapoel Jerusalem”.

Throughout the 2009–10 season in Liga Bet, Hapoel Katamon had a steady lead, and it finished first in the league, advancing to Liga Alef. At that season, the club had also established a youth branch and some of the youth teams managed to advance a league for their first season.

In May 2020, during the 2019-2020, the club’s Council decided to rename the club’s name to Hapoel Jerusalem, and changed the logo accordingly. On August 9, 2020 the club has been officially recreated, as Hapoel Katamon renamed to Hapoel Jerusalem.

As soon as I sat down Marcus offered me a season membership for 1000 sh, gives you a seat to two games during the season. That’s about $250. “There are 100 owners and you will be the 101st”.

Not a lot by American standard, with 33 to 36 matches. That’s about $7.00 a ticket. No tickets are sold the day of the game. Only subscribers. Really membership owned.

On Shabat? No, they don’t play on Shabat, only during the week. This makes sense because the workday could end for many at 4. the guys are itching to get out from behind a desk. They take a gym bag along and maybe still play. and then end the evening at a game and manage not to see the wife at all. Bingo.

When I mentioned that basketball was my sport, they both groaned. Ziv, age 49 admitted that until 6 years ago he played soccer semi/pro including a 6 hour regimen. Remember, soccer players run up and down the court numerous times. 43 is beyond the age of a football, baseball or basketball player.

The conversation got around to keeping fit. Ziv was relatively trim. He admitted to gaining a few kilos since joining management. And by 62 a guy who was trim in the army can be obese, just by gaining a kilo a year. This was discussed over eating pastry.

He declared, now I don’t exercise, I did it for 6 hours a day my whole life until a few years ago. Now is where the humour comes in. I revealed that I was trying to understand the norms of Israeli dating.

I asked my question, when they were single did they chase after a woman that they were interested in? Call them, etc. They had some funny answers. Both said that they never chased after a women. THE WOMEN chased after them, including their wives. I am not surprised because I heard this from a man recently, twice divorced. And Ziv was very proud of his inclination.

Tziv Arie went on to reveal how this attitude impacts on his philosophy of life. He said, “The young man works hard, he comes home, he has no energy to chase a woman. He wants to sit down on the sofa and not move, be served food and drink ( not beer), and watch soccer. He said that he never gets up even to play with his little kids.” He seems to run his home to his liking.

I am reminded of my French teacher, Miss Brenner, in 8th grade, who never rose from her seat. She looked straight ahead and gave oral instruction to a roomful of quivering adolescents. Her method was to throw out a question, and before one could finish a sentence she was on to the next victim.

The next day, I needed to purchase protective glasses. I asked David the owner of one of the large hardware stores on Agrippas Street, the same question. I know David for 12 years, and he has helped numerous times. He said they were lying. If the lady is worth it a man would do everything, necessary to win her over. And the man is afraid to show emotions. He has a reputation to keep as a strong, independent guy.

So what’s the takeaway?

I think the urge to chase a woman diminishes with age, so much so that by the time a man reaches 60 or 70 he is ready to hang up his cleats if he not already done so 40 years before. And if he didn’t chase a woman as a youngster then he’s not going to suddenly start.

If the man is successful and single a long time another factor kicks in.

He asks himself, “If I show interest and emotional investment I’ll have to put out money to court the lady. But if the woman chases me she can’t have expectations that I’ll be showering her with gifts.” For the independent woman, if she regards herself as the prize, she may be just that, left alone at 31 on the shelf.

It ain’t simple. To be continued.

Post 616: Short message from Anne O.

My daughter has informed me I have been in lockdown too long.
She is concerned that the Golem is becoming too pivotal in our lives.
I let it loose for the first time after it’s aborted suicide attempt and it started bleating.
Yossi informed me he had to change its nappy.
This is a man who has never ever EVER showed any consciousness of domesticity and yet, here he is volunteering to empty the Golem. Or in his vernacular, change it’s nappy.
Nappy changed, the Golem took off at a lick, head butting the door of the room we didn’t want it to enter, until eventually it turned tail and went off to find pastures new.
Meanwhile we were laughing about the Golem, when who should interfere?
Only Siri
She wanted us to repeat the story to her as she didn’t catch it.
HELP
I think Rivki is right
Either the Golems are conquering our world
Or
Lockdown is messing with our marbles.

Post 615: LOST in the Stars by Kurt Weil , we are like the little dark star. BEAUTIFUL Yom Kippah Observation by Anne O.

Lost in the Stars by Kurt Weill

Before Lord God made the Sea and the Land

He held all the stars in the palm of his hand
And they ran through his fingers like grains of sand
And one little star fell alone.

And the Lord God hunted through the wide night air
For the little dark star in the wind down there
And he stated and promised
He’d take special care
So it wouldn’t get lost again.

Now man don’t mind if the stars grow dim
And the clouds blow over and darken him
So long as the Lord God’s watching over him
Keeping track how it all goes on~

But I’ve been walking through the night, and the day
Till my eyes get weary and my head turns grey
And sometimes it seems maybe God’s gone away
Forgetting his promise that we’ve heard him say
And we’re lost out here in the stars.
Little stars, big stars
Blowing through the night
And we’re lost out here in the stars.
Little stars, big stars
Blowing through the night.
And we’re lost out here in the night.

‘Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.’ Brilliant, Max B

This is my depiction of last Yom Kippur night. Anne O.

I am going to start at the end.

Looking out from the balcony into the darkness illuminated by the balcony lights and the reflections of lamps from the apartment windows, I witnessed an eerie sight.

As far as my eyes could see were white coated men, swaying and chanting the ancient words and melodies in unison, some wrapped in Talleisim and the young ones in their white shirts, still pristine and tidy, a credit to their mother’s care.

 

The garden wall that divided our property from the adjoining building was alive with similarly garbed men, appearing like a battalion of white coated gnomes, some peering over the wall, some interspersed amongst the trees that decorated their premises.

Forty to fifty men, socially distanced with one united goal. To pierce the heavens with their prayers.

The final Tefilah of Avinu Malkeinu started and with that, audible responses could be heard echoing from all sides of the building. Apparently the Neilah davening had drawn about another 60 people from the surrounding buildings and gardens and they had spilled into the street.

Our small Minyan had grown exponentially for Neilah from the thrice daily 12-15 participants to a group of over a hundred souls, hungry with Deveikut to pray.

 

Meanwhile the nucleus of Mitpalelim were swaying and rocking with devotion.

One of the main stalwarts of the Minyan, a slightly built young man, with a voice that could be patented to stop ships from colliding at sea. Started screaming at the top of his capacious lungs during Avinu Malkeinu. This in fact is what drew me to the balcony. Over the foliage I saw with each screech he was jumping into the air, each hand closed tightly into a fist. He not only wanted to rent asunder the heavens with his screamed devotion, but physically was trying to punch his way through.

 

He looked like one of those clowns on a stick we had to make in kindergarten, the one whose knees and arms jerked up and down when we pulled a string.

Eventually the Davening finished and the Shofar resonated through the area, spontaneously the men started singing and dancing with the prerequisite social distances to, LeShana Haba B’Yerushalim HaBenuya.

 

This weary band of flapping white coated dancers, circling the central table and chairs in the half light, with their white Talleisim slipping off their heads, looking like a coven, more suited to Stonehenge then Jerusalem, this is the eerie sight I was referring to.

Preparations….Observations on the Day of Awe

Sunday morning bright and early the men started with their preparations for Yom Kippur.

The cupboard that had become our Oron Kodesh as well as the plastic boxes that were the Bimah were shifted into position.

 

The Ner Tomid was tied to the balcony and the parasol to protect the Chazzan was opened against the suns glare. A ventilator was positioned carefully to blow some air over the poor guy baking whilst leading the Tefilot.

Each one of the Mitpalelim set up their own tables and chairs with their name places, ensuring social distancing.

White tablecloths flapping in the air, with an assortment of tissues, Seforim, bright orange parasols and even an electric fan, found their way amongst the necessities of an al fresco

Sunday early evening the men dressed in their starched frilly Kittels settled in their designated places in the dying heat of the day.

The Jerusalem air strangely still without the cacophony of car horns after the last hurrah of the siren call warning of impending holiness.

 

The Day of Atonement was upon us.

Our air conditioned living rooms were also set up to accommodate some of the women in more comfort than the dusty gardens.

Four separate sections had been prepared. I sat in isolation in the old lounge, whilst two dining tables had been prepared in the dining room, one for the older women and the other for a family of daughters. Whilst right at the end sat another lady who found wearing a mask challenging.

The Tefilot started and the Ba’al Tefilah obviously had a very close connection to G-d because he whispered secrets of Kol Nidre to Him. Which was disconcerting until Mr Fog Horn bellowed the Responsa’s

This was followed up with a Tefilah which was second to none in monotony. The melody was Wagnerian in length and content. Put it like this we were all praying for the fat lady to sing in order to be put out of our misery and try as I might sing, presumably I am not as fat as I thought.

One of our old ladies stormed out promising not to return, and then there were ten.

Our morning Tefilot started at 6.20, before the light and heat of the day hit.

Shacharit was beautiful, obviously.

I am completely objective, Yossi was the Chazan and he has a melodious voice and sings both with feeling and understanding.

This was followed by a Musaf that, the least said the better. In the end I went to Yossi and told him, we can’t hear, we don’t recognise the tunes so we don’t know where the Davening is up to.

So my long suffering husband sat near the open door of the balcony and serenaded me, along with the dirges emanating from the Ba’al Musaf

Davening was over for the morning by eleven fifteen and we could literally chill in air conditioned comfort waiting for Mincha.

Yossi practiced his Neilah davening throughout the break and by four o’clock we were anticipating Mincha.

But first our Sephardi neighbour Leined Jonah and his monotonous chanting with curly bits brought out Jonah’s hot wind which whipped through the trees in the garden.

The heat which had been palpable during the day, a physical presence, started to wane.

Mincha commenced in sunlight with

It’s whispered communication to the good L—d interspersed with responses from our fog-horn voiced neighbour.

The daylight started fading and as the shadows lengthened the white Kittels and Talleisim glowed in the reflected lights twinkling from the windows and balconies.

Finally Neilah, Yossi cleared his throat and liquid gold poured forth. The Minyan had swelled during the day so there must have been fifty men throughout the gardens, glowing in their white coats, wrapped in their Taleisim.

Casting long shadows between the trees and plants, some more men advanced down the paths as the melodies stirred almost forgotten memories.

Soon the sung responses were heard from behind the buildings and from the streets round about the gardens and the balconies.

The Minyan had swelled to a hundred men and boys, women young and old joined the impromptu Tefillah.
Towards the end of this day of supplication the neighbourhood amplifier was jumping and screaming in an ecstasy of religious fervor.

With the release of the Shofar blasts the streets emptied and the regular Minyan erupted in a spontaneous moonlight dance around the main garden area, directly in front of our balcony.

LeShana Ha’Bah Be’Yerushalaim HaBenuya

 

Post 614: Blowing Shofer ! Preparing popcorn. Streets are empty. Every store except essentials like food and medicine are closed. GOVT Takes on Corona. Recounted by Anne O.

Rabbi Yehudah Glick and his shofar army from Shalom Jerusalem Foundation will join Robert “Shofar So Great” and Erna Covos, “The Lady of Jericho” and founder of Beit Hogla Farm. We will go into Jericho to pray the morning prayers at the old Shalom Al Yisrael synagogue and blow the shofar as Joshua did when this ancient nation was birthed!
Join us on Rabbi Yehudah’s Facebook live!* pending wi-fi connectivity

We are encouraging those in the Nations to participate on Elul 12, 5780 with a Shofar blast or shout from wherever you are.

Friday, September 4, 2020, Between 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Israel Daylight Time

Thursday, September 3, 2020, Between 9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

It is forbidden by the Israeli government for Israeli Citizens to enter Jericho without a military escort. So we will be accompanied by an Israeli
Defense Forces convoy for our Shofari mission to pray that the walls of resistancefall to bring forth the Temple Mount as a House of Prayer for All Nations.

 
Previous journeys into Jericho under the protection of the Israeli Defense Forces military convoy!
 
 
 
New York’s Big Brother Has Gone Bananas By Jack Cashill

 
In reading the New York State travel advisory, I am reminded of one of my favorite scenes from a Woody Allen movie, this one from Bananas. Having ascended to power, the dictatorial rebel leader Esposito announces his new rules for San Marcos:

From this day on, the official language of San Marcos will be Swedish. … In addition to that, all citizens will be required to change their underwear every half-hour. Underwear will be worn on the outside so we can check. Furthermore, all children under 16 years old are now…16 years old!

Woody’s character Fielding Mellish cracks, “What’s the Spanish word for straitjacket?” The Spanish word is camisa de fuerza. The Swedish word is tvångströja. In any language, Gov. Andrew Cuomo surely needs one. It is bad enough that he is running the state by executive order. Worse is that the orders are nuts. If Woody Allen were to make a comic version of 1984, he could model “Big Brother” on Andrew Cuomo.

Last week, I flew into Buffalo. It was my first flight this year into New York, a state in which I have owned a summer cottage for the last 30 years. Coming from Missouri, a state on New York’s travel advisory, I had to fill out a two-sided form promising that I would quarantine in place for 14 days. As if.

Missouri has had about 25 COVID-19 deaths per 100,00 people. New York has had about 165. In the western part of Missouri where I live, the rate is considerably lower. No matter. By some perverse calculation, my return to New York threatened to put the state’s residents at some elevated risk.

To visit my own cottage, I had to promise not to be in public or otherwise leave the quarters that they have identified as “suitable.” These “quarters” — how quaint — had to have “separate bathroom facilities for each individual or family group.” More than that, I had to have “access to a sink with soap and water, and paper towels.”

Esposito would have been hard pressed to imagine rules this absurd and unenforceable: “Food must be delivered to the individual’s quarters”; “Garbage must be bagged and left outside by the door of each of the quarters”; “Individuals should self-monitor for fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 daily.”

Big Brother Andy promises that “enforcement teams” will be stationed to “greet disembarking passengers to request proof of completion of the State Department of Health traveler form.” He isn’t kidding. My flight had no more than 20 people on board, but two officials were waiting at 9:00 P.M. on a Sunday night to collect our letters of transit. The penalty for leaving the airport without completing the form is a $2,000 fine and a mandatory quarantine. Knowing this, I filled mine out. I wrote on it, “Under protest, self-destructive, wasteful, oppressive.”

My flight to Denver a week earlier was nearly full, but no one who did not have to come was coming to New York. The state is broke and broken. Yet it can still afford to create this Byzantine bureaucracy and impose it on those who are compelled to visit, even — hang on — those who drive to New York. Decrees Big Brother: “Travelers coming to New York from designated states through other means of transport, including trains and cars, must fill out the form online.”

I know a conscientious fellow who did just that. Health authorities contact him every day to check on his progress. My friend was given a choice of call or text. He chose text. At the beginning, he was asked if he needed any help with food or medicine. I asked my friend whether the State delivered pizza. He chose not to inquire. He was afraid they might.

The tourist destinations in the mountain states are thriving. Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks is reportedly doing twice its annual business. New York State is withering. Not since Saddam taunted the U.S. into invading Iraq has the world seen so self-destructive a case of narcissism.

Pay no attention to New York’s national dominance in COVID deaths. Nursing homes? What nursing homes? I am convinced that Cuomo imposed the travel advisory to creates the illusion that he has so heroically purged his state of COVID that red-state refugees can only screw things up. I suspect his forthcoming book — American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic — will assure at least the media that this is so. (And who writes a book during a crisis?)

Come what may, Cuomo has an assured place in history. He will be the first head of a state to enact a costly, self-defeating law that absolutely no one will follow and, quite likely, no one will be punished for not following. San Marcos can use a man like that.

Jack Cashill’s new book, Unmasking Obama: The Fight to Tell the True Story of a Failed Presidency, is now widely available. Also see www.Cashill.com.

 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
MAD
 
Dear Ida,

MAD is opening its doors to the public on September 17, but we have scheduled a private preview just for you—our friends and family! Here are the details:

Dates: Sept 14, 15, 16
Time: 11 am–6 pm
Tickets: Reserve free timed-entry tickets for you and your guests.

Members, Patrons, Luminaries, and Trustees, simply input your MAD ID number when placing your order. Friends of MAD, use the one-time Friends and Family promo code PREVIEW to secure yours.

Enjoy: Brian Clarke: The Art of Light, a two-floor show filled with the vibrant, stained-glass masterworks of the contemporary British artist.

45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now, a compelling installation of the finest treasures from the Museum’s permanent collection, offering rich stories penned by titans of the field.

The Store at MAD, offering a shopping experience like no other and an Open Door Discount of 20% while you are at the Museum!

The well-being of our visitors and staff is our top priority. When you visit, you will experience new health and safety procedures, including a timed-entry ticket system. Please read our guidelinescarefully for an optimal visitor experience, and be sure to reserve your preferred date and time today!

Your sustained support and commitment to MAD and its artist community during this challenging time have been invaluable. We can’t wait to see you in September and share the galleries with you again! If yonu have ay questions at all, please email us.

TICKETS
 
Fondly,

All of us at MAD

 
 
 
 
 
 

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POPCORN RECIPE

Popping Instructions:

In microwave: Place small quantity of kernels (approximately 2 T) into a paper bag you received in your box (make sure it’s dry and not torn), and fold the edge of bag to seal. (At last: a way to re-use those paper bags!) Set timer for 2-3 minutes, and listen carefully. After a few seconds the kernels will start popping loudly, setting the bag into a lively, throbbing rumba. When 3 seconds without any popping have elapsed, remove paper bag from the microwave. Caution! It’s hot. Make a small opening for ventilation; allow steam to escape, and then cool. Add the seasoning of your choice and nosh away.

Yes. Stores are locked . If your business sells Lulav and Etrog, it can be open. Lots of stores open selling 2 Lulavim and 2 Etrogim. Pretty funny.

Photo of my neighbor’s Sukah on our roof and view of the city.

What a country! BY Anne O.

A country that looks after its vulnerable citizens.
Vulnerable not out of necessity, but through choice.
A group of people who live mainly off the grid.
Whose contribution to the economy consists largely of population expansion.
Who defy and deny the regulations regarding the pandemic that is tightening its stranglehold on our beautiful world.
Who ignore or worse are unaware that close proximity breeds an opportunity for the angel of death to play dominoes with lives, sanity and happiness.
Whose mindset is still so ensconced in the Shtetl that they convinced themselves that the government have a conspiracy to peel away their religious observances and consequently poo poo all the health advice.
Who live in overcrowded accommodation, an environment that ensures any virus will run rife throughout a family.
So what has this ‘evil’ government done?
It has set up Corona hotels for these same people.
These are not b&b hotels. No these are 4* accommodations with special facilities for the most orthodox.
Special food that meets with the most didactic of religious dictates.
Place to ensure freedom to pray according to each family’s tradition.
Place for the children to play and study.
Soldiers and police who not only are there to protect the families but also facilitate the guests/patients receiving their packages of luxuries.
I am proud that this wonderful country is watching and protecting all of us.

I observed with horror as my rule following, mask wearing son and two of his children succumbed to Corona, shortly followed by his wife and the remaining children.

I was panicking when we tried to arrange assistance, food and basic necessities we came up against insurmountable problems unless we put ourselves in danger of contagion.
But within 24 hours the government stepped in and whisked them away to a Corona hotel.

Now they have the luxury to recover and not have to worry about the children.

Our only job is to ensure a steady supply of teeth rotting food.
I can only repeat.
What a country
Built on the sheer bloody mindedness of the surviving Jewish nation.
With at its core, the love of a fellow Jew
G-d bless this country, warts and all.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach.

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Post 613: Honoring the Civil War: Hey, the South was sacrifised to preserve the Union. The South was eclipsed economically by the North. Lee’s Fruitcake with dry fruit rather than candied. Rosh Hashana Recipes. Everyone’s Eyes turn to Food during Yom Tovim.

Everyone’s Eyes turn to Food before Yom Tov

Lee Fruitcake-Yes General Lee. The South has great  traditions. Writers, songwriters. Where would us romantics be without Johny Merer’s That Old Black Magic. He haIed from Savannah, Georgia, married a Bronx  actress, and collaborated with the best of our Jewish Broadway composers.

So Lee Fruitcake

1/2 cup candied lemon peel/ peel
1/2 cup sliced candied orange peel/ peel
1 1/2 cups finely cut citron
1 1/2 cups candied pineapple/dried
1 cup candied cherries/dried
1 1/4 cup dark seeded raisins
1 1/4 cup white raisins
1 cup chopped California walnuts
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup sifted enriched flour
1 cup butter/coconut oil
2 cups brown sugar/omit
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups enriched flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon all spice
1teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
3/4 cup grape juice

Combine the peels, fruits, nuts; sprinkle with 1/4 cup of flour and mix well.
Thoroughly cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat well. Sift together 2 cups of flour, the baking powder, salt and spices; add alternately with grape juice. Pour the batter over the floured mixture of peel, fruit and nuts. Pour into a large tube pan until 3/4 full. Do not flatten batter. Bake in a very slow oven at 250F for about 5 hours. Remove from pan and pack in air tight tin with a double layer of cheesecloth soaked in bourbon.
Bake at least three months before Christmas. Do not let the cake dry out and keep lacing it with bourbon.

Notice it says you need to bake it three months in advance, so you have an out on this one. Truth is, you can bake it and eat it right away, but soaking for 12 weeks in bourbon can’t be all bad.

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Today’s Story

This appeared on our local Ramat Beit Shemesh list. I am forwarding it without asking permission.

It was reported today that a 20 year resident of our city, living on Rechov Bar Ilan, mother of a daughter, 38-years-old, has cancer.

A short while ago she was told by her doctors that she had only a few days left to live. She was asked by her friends if she had a last request, to which she replied that she would like to see rain.

Yesterday, a fire engine from the Beit Shemesh Fire Station arrived on her street, bringing flowers and red heart shaped balloons for her neighbors and hauled up a water crane to the roof of her building and brought on the rain!

She stood on her balcony holding a red umbrella, smiling and waving with happiness to her friends below most of whom had prepared umbrellas.

This is how she wanted to part from her friends and family, who congregated in the road below in the “rain” of tears.

Maybe another miracle will happen for this Young Lady on Rechov Bar Ilan ……

מִבְטָא

Another great word to know from the root ב.ט.א is מבטא – accent.

For example:

יש לה מבטא לועזי.

She has a foreign accent.

and

הוא אוהב לחקות מבטאים שונים.

He likes imitating different accents.

In Hebrew liturgy, מבטא also refers to verbal expression, as in the Medieval song of praise אדגלךI Shall Speak Your Greatness:

רקיעי רום הלא נטה במבטא.

Did He not place the high heavens by speech.

Resolutions determining colored areas in the city regarding Corona

Possibility of extended activity as specified in the 'traffic light plan'. However, in the decline in resolutions of neighborhoods within the city heart boundaries there are areas with different morbidity data, ranging from the definition of a green to a yellow area, which places certain restrictions on most of the activity in the space inside and outside the buildings. In order to make order in the information, I have summarized for you the marking of your area of residence according to the latest official data: 'Red area' - there is nothing in the heart of the city | 'Orange Zone' - Not in the Heart of the City 'Yellow Area' - Mahane Yehuda Market, City Center (Independence Garden, Prophets-Jaffa, Jaffa-Triangle, Land of the Russians, Nahalat Shiva), Nachlaot (Ohel Moshe area, Rand houses, Munkatch houses, Nahalat Ahim and Nahalat Zion) and Shaarei Chesed | 'Green area' - Mishkenot HaUma and Kiryat HaLeum. In conclusion we are in a very good place relative to other places in the city and in the country. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones and continue to follow them

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Food & Music

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Rosh Hashanah

Song for the holiday eve # 1

Hedai Offaim hosts Daniela Spector

Photo credit: Michael Topiol

“You do not want me to cook for you,” Daniela Spector warns at the beginning of the meeting with Hedai Offaim, noting that she has made so many banana cakes that no one has come to eat. So what brings her into the kitchen and takes her out of her comfort zone, how does this relate to the tremulous new rooms she is opening on her musical path, what is the connection between Rosh Hashanah and funerals, and why is a broken heart actually a powerful ax?Host: Hedai Offaim
Guest: Daniela Spector
Photography: Idan Glikzelig
Sound: Nitzan Peri
Makeup: Tzofiya Gealdor
Artistic Director: Amichai Chasson
Production: Eyal Levit, Shir Sharoni, Avishai Huri

Host: Hedai Offaim
Guest: Daniela Spector
Photography: Idan Glikzelig
Sound: Nitzan Peri
Makeup: Tzofiya Gealdor
Artistic Director: Amichai Chasson
Production: Eyal Levit, Shir Sharoni, Avishai Huri

(Hi’zaher (Take care
Words and melody: Daniela Spector

Round lentil pastry for Rosh Hashanah

Hedai Offaim

In the market:

For the lentils:

¾ cup small black beluga lentils

¾ cup small green lentils

3 onions

½ cup olive oil

4 cloves garlic

1 bunch parsley

1 level tsp cumin

Sea salt

Ground black pepper

For the pastry:

1 kg white flour, sifted

600 ml water

1 tbsp. salt

1 cup olive oil

In the kitchen:

Soak the lentils in hot water for about an hour, and drain. Chop the onion and sauté until golden in a pan on a high light. Slice the garlic and add as well. Add the lentils to the pan, chop the parsley and add it too, together with the cumin. Mix and add 1½ cups boiling water. Cook until the lentils have softened. Season with salt and pepper, taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

While the lentils are soaking in hot water, prepare the dough: Knead the flour, water and salt together until a soft, pliable dough is obtained. Divide the dough into 8 and roll each part into a ball. Pour the olive oil into a pan with a high rim that exactly fits the dough balls, and place the balls in the pan. Flatten each ball slightly and make sure it is covered in oil.

Heat the oven to 250°C. Roll out each ball into a thin sheet on the counter with a rolling pin, and then continue to stretch it with the palms of your hands until you have a wide rectangle. Arrange the lentils in a row on the part nearest to the cook, and roll the dough around them in an elongated roll. Close the roll into a circle, and transfer it to a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 15 minutes until golden, and serve with tehina and pickled lemons.

Post 612: Welcome to Tourists from Holland, Abu Dhabu in Hebrew, business is picking up, Galia Sasson’s special Fungi necklaces, and hair accessories, Last week/;pp[‘s Hip, hop scene at the Jerusalem’s First Station.

אַבּוּ דַּאבִּי, אַב הַצְּבִי

When speaking of the national capital of the United Arab Emirates, Israelis say אבו דאבי . For example:

קורץ לי לטוס לאבו דאבי.

I feel like flying to Abu Dhabi.

But if we do some comparative Semitics, we’ll find that Israelis could, if they wished, translate it to proper Hebrew: אב הצבי – Father of the Deer.

Why? Because the Arabic word ظبي (dhabi) means antelope, which in Aramaic is טביא and in Hebrew is צבי – essentially different pronunciations of the same word.

أبو (abu) means father of – in Hebrew, אב .

The designer Galia Sasson can be reached at 0527432820.

The Bands are made out of the lightest comb like construction the texture of variegated tissue paper.

Last week I stumbled on a group performing Hip Hop moves in City Center.

After PLOPPING down 20 sheckles, the leader told me about the Performance scheduled for tonight. The event drew dancers from all over the country.

Such a beautiful evening. Muslim Israelis celebrating a birthday in the Bellì Park.

Guarding the Health and Welfare of our Seniors: Volunteer visit initiative.

שומרים על הוותיקים: פיילוט נאמני בניינים יצא לדרך

כיצד נסייע להפיג בדידות ונבדוק לשלומם של האזרחים הוותיקים שלנו בשגרה ובחירום?

בסוגיה זו עסקנו במפגש בין עובדי המינהל עם “נאמני בניין” – מתנדבים שיצוותו לשכנים וותיקים במטרה לשמור על קשר רצף עימם ויבדקו לפחות פעמיים בשבוע על ידי דפיקה בדלת מה שלומם.

כרגע הפרויקט, שנעשה בשיתוף פעולה עם קהילה תומכת והרווחה, נמצא בשלב של פיילוט. בהמשך אנו מקווים להרחיבו יחד עם עוד מתנדבים ופעילים, כדי שנוכל לצמצם את הבדידות של הקשישים בשיגרה, ושנוכל לתת מענה מהיר ויעיל בזכות ההיכרות שלנו עם השטח, בחירום.

לפרטים בנושא אנא פנו לרכזות המינהל הקהילתי: מתכללת תחום גיל שלישי שרי היימן, מנהלת מרכז קליטה דנה לוינסקי, ועו”ס קהילתית הילה סרור.

The project, which is being done in collaboration with a supportive and welfare community, is currently in a pilot phase. In the future, we hope to expand it together with other volunteers and activists, so that we can reduce the loneliness of the elderly in the routine, and that we can provide a quick and effective response thanks to our familiarity with the area, in an emergency.

For details on the subject, please contact the coordinators of the Community Administration: Sherry Heiman, a senior at the age group, Dana Lewinsky, director of the Absorption Center, and Hila Srur, a community social worker.

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Continue reading Post 612: Welcome to Tourists from Holland, Abu Dhabu in Hebrew, business is picking up, Galia Sasson’s special Fungi necklaces, and hair accessories, Last week/;pp[‘s Hip, hop scene at the Jerusalem’s First Station.

Post 611: Female Boxer in training: Vertigo dance: Opportunities in Dance for people with disabilities: Reminiscing – Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison as the Traveling Wilburys: Listening to some favourites: Handle with Care, Dirty World, Rattled, Last Night, Not Alone Any More, Congratulations, Heading for the Light – Margarita,Tweeter and the Monkey Man – End of the Line. Songs I love to dance to. Cuddle Curtain?

A Wonderful Memory

Listening to the Traveling Wilburys CDand saying, that’s Dylan, that’s Harrison.

Yes, the woman looks very tough. I watched her swing a kick at her trainer’s gloved hand.

 

About Vertigo Dance for people  with Disabilities, translation follows

 

  • הכשרה בטכניקות מחול ותכנים אמנותיים
  • של קונטקט אימפרוביזציה, אלתור, יצירה, כוריאוגרפיה ושיטות הנחיה.
  • חקירה עצמית והקשבה לדיאלוג עם האחר דרך התמקדות ביכולות קיימות בכל גוף.
  • יצירת מרחב שאין בו שיפוטיות, שיש בו קבלה ויכולת יצירתית משותפת.
  • היכרות עם מודל הנחיה של צוות משולב, מנחה אחד עם מגבלה ומנחה אחד ללא מגבלה, הפועל בשיתוף פעולה ולמעשה מייצג את האידיאל החברתי אליו הפרויקט שואף להגיע.
  • התמקצעות של תחום המחול המשולב והרחבת קהל העוסקים בתחום.

התכנית פונה לאנשי תנועה ומחול, משתתפים עם יכולות פיזיות שונות, עם וללא מוגבלות, ומורים המעוניינים להתפתח בתחום.

התכנית פותחה ומונחית ע”י חי כהן וטלי ורטהיים.

התכנית מתקיימת בסטודיו מרווח ונגיש בורטיגו – כפר אמנות אקולוגי, קיבוץ נתיב הל”ה.

שכר לימוד 8000 ש”ח

Vertigo Clourse: Training in dance techniques and artistic content of contact improvisation, improvisation, creation, choreography and instructional methods.
Self-exploration and listening to dialogue with the other through focusing on existing abilities in each body.
Creating a space that has no judgment, that has acceptance and shared creative ability.
Familiarity with a mentoring model of an integrated team, one facilitator with a disability and one facilitator without a disability, who works collaboratively and in fact represents the social ideal that the project strives to achieve.
Specialization in the field of integrated dance and expanding the audience involved in the field.
The program is aimed at movement and dance people, participants with different physical abilities, with and without disabilities, and teachers who are interested in developing in the field.

The program was developed and led by Chai Cohen and Tali Wertheim.The program takes place in a spacious and accessible studio in Portigo – an ecological art village, Kibbutz Netiv HaLeh.Tuition NIS 8,000

הגשת מועמדות לשנת הלימודים תשפ”א , 2020-2021

שמחים להכריז על פתיחת ההרשמה למחזור הרביעי של התכנית להכשרה במחול משולב.

לפרטים נוספים והגשת מועמדות: pob@vertigo.org.il | production

It is a plastic shower curtain, which has disposable gloves so that the loved ones can hug each other without touching. Cauvin, who lives in Stratford-upon-Avon, came across this idea as he wanted to hug his grandmother while making sure that she stays safe from the possible infection.

A few days ago, another 10-year-old girl from California devised a similar shield in order to hug her mother while maintaining social distancing. Paige’s mother Lindsay Okray is a nurse and can’t hug her children normally. However, to find out a solution, Paige covered a gate with a ziplock curtain and plastic plates and cut two holes in it to join hand gloves.

FOOD & ART

אתם מוזמנים לערב חוויתי מעורר חושים של אמנות ואוכל

מופע מחול בסטודיו המשלב קטעים מרפרטואר להקת ורטיגו
כולל הסברים מפי הכוריאוגרפית, נעה ורטהיים

את המופע ילוו מנות גורמה בסגנון כפרי ממטבחה של אורית
יחד עם מבחר יינות בוטיק מיקבי עמק האלה

יום חמישי 3 סמטמבר 18:30 ו-19:30

ורטיגו, כפר אמנות אקולוגי, קיבוץ נתיב הל”ה

מחיר: 250 ש״ח ליחיד / 480 ש״ח לזוג

להזמנת כרטיסים ל18:30 לחץ כאן

להזמנת כרטיסים ל19:30 לחץ כאן

*הרשמה ותשלום מראש, הערב מותנה במינימום משתתפים

במידה ויהיו הגבלות והנחיות שימנעו קיום האירוע יוחזר הכסף במלואו לרוכשים .

צילומים: רם קציר, אלכס קולומויסקי

Post 609: Some photos of the various for and against Prime Minister Netanyahu on Balfour Street: Crow Indian language WENDY RED STARAPSÁALOOKE: CHILDREN OF THE LARGE-BEAKED BIRD : Rabbi Yosef Edelstein announces a Walk to Israel: Threats of flooding to Tel Aviv this winter. Going out to listen to jazz in the park later this evening.

JUST LIKE HOME

Art is a commodity and galleries with huge budgets will be charging entrance fees. However, if you are in Boston you can catch a wonderful show by WENDY RED STARAPSÁALOOKE: CHILDREN OF THE LARGE-BEAKED BIRD

Language acquisition is fascinating.

I’ll give you an example. The artist commented. We, the Crow, didn’t have pigs in Crow country, and when they were introduced, the Crow word is daxpitcheeúuxe. The literal translation is a deer and a bear.Funny?So we wouldn’t tell the kids that it was a pig, we’d just say: can you draw something that looks like a deer and a bear? And they came up with these really amazing illustrations.I can’t say the Crow word, but for monkey the literal translation is dog and man, so: can you make a drawing that looks like a dog and man? And they produced these drawings and we exhibited those.

And really, it’s about perception, and perceiving the world, and translation. I really her maneuvering.

Shalom, Silver Spring friends and neighbors. Rabbi Yosef Edelstein, Director of MEOR DC here. I truly hope all is well with each of you, and your entire families.

I want to invite you to participate with me, my wife AND THOUSANDS OF JEWS all over the world, as we…”Walk to Israel” for the next 30 days…to come together, get healthy, and support Jewish education and outreach on university campuses in DC (my territory!) as we continue to raise a new generation of Jewishly literate, passionate future leaders.
It is the Olami Walk to Israel Challenge!! (see video below of worldwide campaign…and myself and my wife starting to walk!)
Our goal is to get as many people as possible to commit to walking or running 100 miles this month (avg. 4 miles/day, the daily recommended amount by doctors and wellness experts). Anyone can join us in this challenge! We can’t fly to Israel, so let’s SYMBOLICALLY walk…but ACTUALLY get fit in the process. Anyone can be part of the MEOR DC team, and we would be so happy to have you join us. Signing up is quick and easy by going to:
www.walktoisrael.com/meor-dc
You can create a login and connect your activity tracker (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch etc) to start logging your miles. If 100 is too much you can reduce the number to whatever you are able to do! If you can also help us raise some money for MEOR DC in the process by having friends or family members (or your self!) sponsor you to join our team, that would be amazing. We are asking each walker to try and raise any amount they are comfortable doing. Every penny counts….as does every step!Warmest regards, and PLEASE BE IN TOUCH. We would love to hear from you, and are ALWAYS HERE to be of any help.
Rabbi & Mrs. E! ( My daughter, Rivka (Ivy) Edelstein.

Please watch the Utube!

Rabbi Yosef Edelstein, Director, MEOR Washington DC
@ George Washington University

Cell phone: 301-233-2969

Inspiring, Educating and Empowering a New Generationwww.meorDC.org
See what the Maimonides Leaders Fellowship is all about http://youtu.be/PcltHVfmNP8

“We’ll stop cutting trees” part of Tel Aviv’s climate action plan

bird scooters in Tel aviv

Threats of Tel Aviv Flooding this winter.

Spend a few years or a dozen in a coastal city like Tel Aviv or Beirut and you’ll see how in a short time the season’s have changed. Tel Aviv this winter experienced an unprecedented level of flooding (we told you so), which killed two people and left people kayaking down the streets looking for stranded people in cars. The City Hall of Tel Aviv Jaffa says it has a plan, giving that the annual number of super hot days will increase by 30 in the next 10 years.Tel Aviv has published a detailed climate action plan to cope with the threat of climate change, including the launch of a series of significant, new municipal initiatives. The action plan, we see, presents an in-depth look at the key threats and challenges facing the city, and details required actions to cope with them, with an emphasis on a rapid response for vulnerable population groups.The plans were developed within the framework of its membership in the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a global network of cities fighting global warming. As part of its membership, the municipality committed to adopting a program for adapting to climate change, including preparing for rising temperatures and changes to rainfall trends and quantities.

What are the threats to the western east Mediterranean?

  • An increase of approximately 30 annual hot days (exceeding 33 degrees Celsius) over the next decade.
  • Rising sea levels
  • A decline in natural water sources and an increased risk of flooding
  • An increase in population groups considered to be vulnerable

Plan for making Tel Aviv cool

  • Urban forest management, edible forests, increasing green urban planning, increasing shaded areas, climate-appropriate construction, encouraging sustainable communities.
  • Water management – including enhanced natural drainage, strengthening the resilience of the coastal ecosystem, preparations for coastal flooding and reducing risks, preparations for urban flooding, and saving water in gardening, buildings and infrastructure.

The 3 phase plan

  • Immediate response (2020-2021): Formalizing an action plan for heatwaves and extreme heat; enabling solar energy independence for public buildings during times of crisis; reduced removal of trees; strict implementation of permeation requirements in construction plans and permits; and economic assessments for damages and measures required to cope with climate change.
  • Gradual response (by 2030): A series of wide-scale operations to enhance the city’s ability to cope with climate change, commencing with vulnerable areas of the city and subsequently continuing in all neighborhoods. Operations include planning; infrastructure development; guidelines and regulations; community involvement and education.
  • Fostering urban innovation: Activities to connect municipal preparations for climate change with efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, improve sustainability and enhance quality of life in the city. This will be facilitated by data collection and fostering research; advancing new technologies; the establishment of innovation zones for pilot programs and demonstrations; increasing competition; supporting community-based entrepreneurship; and encouraging businesses to operate in an eco-friendly manner.

Kibbutz in the city

“The climate crisis is not slowing down – even faced with COVID-19 – and if we do not act today, the resilience of our society will be drastically harmed in the generations to come,” says Ron Huldai, the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo.Read more about Israel’s Boring Company“Among other trends in the coming years, we will see fewer vehicles and more trees, we will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the use of renewable energies in all public buildings in the city.“This is not a straightforward process but we have already taken significant steps in the same direction: we are placing pedestrians and cyclists at the top of our priority list in transportation planning; we adopted a ‘kibbutz in the city’ approach for smart and shared use of resources;

Post 608: Because of my age I get a call about every two weeks from Misrad Ha Briut, My Blog is approved for the Charedim to read. Latest on Quantum Mechanics, New Installations in City Center

The Misrad Ha Briut provides a list of questions: Every time I assure the interview that this  interviewee’s fine.

 

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Photo of the volunteers who brought dried foods, like beans and rice which are still on my pantry shelf.

I just heard from my granddaughter that my blog is approved for Charedi readership. Certified by the clean police. It’s possible that the time between finishing and actual posting is longer now. My understanding is the blog is scrutinized for prurient content by readers in India.

I’ve been reading Brian Greene’s book The Elegant Universe. Not an easy read. An infinitely hard book.

Before entering the topics in this data driven book I would like to start by discussing the concept, “Infinity’s influence on the Art World.”

How do artists become “Professional”?

Artists branch out after formal training and find their niche. Rather than go to the area of Art History, I’ll propose that ideas and new technologies propelled today find their way into the artist’s world. It’s the story from way back.

Sometimes the artist takes a step back and rejects the technology. Our influence? The streams of technology.

Science influences culture: Art Galleries will be charging admission: An example is the Pace Gallery is commissioning artists, whose computer generated art mimics planetary movements. I don’t think anytime soon a private gallery will do million dollar installations. The municipality sponsors a yearly light show with invites to artists throughout the world. It’s a spectacular show and brings thousands of tourists.

” in a departure from traditional gallery operations, Superblue, (Gallery) will sell tickets and share some of the proceeds with the artist creators it commissioned to make the work. “Artists will always receive an ongoing share of royalties from ticket sales from the presentation of their work at Superblue’s venues,” Dent-Brocklehurst, (An Owner) said.


Some of Superblue’s network of artists already work with Pace, including Leo Villarreal, DRIFT, and Kohei Nawa. Others—such as Nick Cave, Es Devlin, Simon Heijdens, Studio INI, Risa Puno, Jacolby Satterwhite, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, and Studio Swine—show with outside galleries or have no gallery representation at all.

The galleries will host performances. Nick Cave: cultural boycott of Israel is ‘cowardly and shameful’

Musician says boycott is ‘partly the reason I am playing Israel – to stand against those who shame and silence musicians’

Nick Cave, who has defended his decision to perform in Israel.
Nick Cave, who has defended his decision to perform in Israel. Photograph: Ullstein Bild/Getty Images

Nick Cave has elaborated on his stance regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict, calling the cultural boycott of Israel “cowardly and shameful”.

 

Cave played a pair of concerts in Tel Aviv in November 2017 with his band the Bad Seeds, and received criticism from artists who oppose Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and refuse to perform in the country.

The program now faces added challenges of public-health safety. “Experiential art is centered around the visitor experience, so timed ticketing, controlled capacity, and single-direction flow through the building and installations are critical to maximizing the visitor experience and for audiences to engage with the works in the way artists intend,” Dent-Brocklehurst said. “These elements have been part of our planning from the beginning, pre-pandemic, and they foster a socially-distanced visit.” All presentations will be “no-touch” experiences. The venture changed its previous name PaceX at the behest of Laurene Powell Jobs, the billionaire widow of Steve Jobs. The businesswoman joined Glimcher in funding the new venture through her investment vehicle Emerson Collective, but rejected the name PaceX because she felt it didn’t live up to the project’s rule-breaking aspirations, according to the New York Times.

So when Glimcher started thinking more about it, he recalled the Blue Rider Group, an influential movement of painters living in Munich in 1911. An employee then suggested the name Superblue, which Glimcher initially rejected. But he was ultimately swayed by his transcendental meditation teacher Thom Knoles, who told him that one translation of the Sanskrit word “Krishna” is “superblue.”

The initiative, which was formerly known as PaceX, already has an impressive lineup of artists to kick things off this December. The first space it will introduce is an “experiential” art center in Miami, housed in an industrial building in the Allapattah neighborhood, directly across from the Rubell Museum. Other sites will be announced at later dates.

One of the invited artists is Villareal. On March 5, 2013, Villareal debuted his largest piece to that date, The Bay Lights,” a public light installation consisting of 25,000 LEDs strung on the vertical cables of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The installation cost $8 million to install and was activated nightly through 2015. Art is moving out of the Museums, to the streets.

 

Sadly, there are problems with this progression. Soon we will hear that it is “White folks art” because one needs huge sums and patrons to get a project started and succeed. An artist may start off in fine arts, then work ultimately in the electric/computer medium. That calls for Undergraduate and graduate degrees in Fine Art, including computer graphics and even building work.

Getting back to “The Elegant Universe”. I took a computer graphics course at Fashion Institute of Technology in the 1990’s, while I was on sabbatical from teaching in New York City.

The above book, published from 1999, and again in 2003 is limited by the computer graphics that were available at that time.

This work was suggested to me by a man I met digitally on a dating site.

Before entering this data driven book I would like to start by discussing a disappointing aspect of a dating site.

We are no longer  in communication.

When a man takes a break it’s a big no-no to text back.

Can’t be seen as chasing. Very Very Bad.

So longer in communication with the man but would to thank him for the re commendation.

I’m tempted to write my insights to the fellow who recommended  the book. Right now I like to think he’s struggling. The Dating Law is NEVER contact a guy who is too far away to look him in the eye. And this  is definitely the case.

Do you have any suggestions?

The guy was up on all things math and physics. However, I called him out on something and that  was it. No further communication. Nothing lost and can move on.

Have you noticed that anything related to infinity is very popular? I’m postulating that abstract art takes one’s mind off one’s problems, It brings us to  BETTER future.

I found the following quote form “The  Elegant Universe” that described the warping of space by mass awesome. “Mass grips space by telling it how to curve and space grips mass by telling it how  to move.” In my imagination I equate mass with male and space with female.

As an undergraduate, I’d take notes, pausing to integrate them. Rather than reiterate the words, I’ll examine the following article which came up on my screen. It’s quite amazing. I entered Brian Greene in a search and this article came up as an ad! I do have the Brian Greene perspective on the influence of gravity.

Quantum Physicists Crack Mystery of “Strange Metals”

– A New State of Matter

Strange metals have surprising connections to high-temperature superconductors and black holes.

This reminds me of the simple question. In the evolutionary scheme of things, did flowers need to be so beautiful? Also, Physicists on the tails of PlanConstant.

Even by the standards of quantum physicists, strange metals are just plain odd.

They are only odd because we are limited in our knowledge

The materials are related to high-temperature superconductors and have surprising connections to the properties of black holes. Explain? Resistivity? Guess that’s resistance?

Electrons in strange metals dissipate energy as fast as they’re allowed to under the laws of quantum mechanics, and the electrical resistivity of a strange metal, unlike that of ordinary metals, is proportional to the temperature. Which means instability of Electrons.

Generating a theoretical understanding of strange metals is one of the biggest challenges in condensed matter physics. Now, using cutting-edge computational techniques, researchers from the Flatiron Institute in New York City and Cornell University have solved the first robust theoretical model of strange metals. The work reveals that strange metals are a new state of matter, the researchers report July 22 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“The fact that we call them strange metals should tell you how well we understand them,” says study co-author Olivier Parcollet, a senior research scientist at the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ). “Strange metals share remarkable properties with black holes, opening exciting new directions for theoretical physics.”

In addition to Parcollet, the research team consisted of Cornell doctoral student Peter Cha, CCQ associate data scientist Nils Wentzell, CCQ director Antoine Georges, and Cornell physics professor Eun-Ah Kim.

In the quantum mechanical world, electrical resistance is a byproduct of electrons bumping into things. As electrons flow through a metal, they bounce off other electrons or impurities in the metal. The more time there is between these collisions, the lower the material’s electrical resistance.

For typical metals, electrical resistance increases with temperature, following a complex equation. But in unusual cases, such as when a high-temperature superconductor is heated just above the point where it stops superconducting, the equation becomes much more straightforward.

In a strange metal, electrical conductivity is linked directly to temperature and to two fundamental constants of the universe: Planck’s constant and Boltzmann’s constant. Consequently, strange metals are also known as Planckian metals. These concepts were discussed in the Greene book.

Models of strange metals have existed for decades, but accurately solving such models proved out of reach with existing methods. Quantum entanglements between electrons mean that physicists can’t treat the electrons individually, and the sheer number of particles in a material makes the calculations even more daunting. Green also stated this.

Cha and his colleagues employed two different methods to crack the problem.

First, they used a quantum embedding method based on ideas developed by Georges in the early ’90s. With this method, instead of performing detailed computations across the whole quantum system, physicists perform detailed calculations on only a few atoms and treat the rest of the system more simply.

They then used a quantum Monte Carlo algorithm (named for the Mediterranean casino), which uses random sampling to compute the answer to a problem. The researchers solved the model of strange metals down to absolute zero (minus 273.15 degrees Celsius), the unreachable lower limit for temperatures in the universe.

The resulting theoretical model reveals the existence of strange metals as a new state of matter bordering two previously known phases of matter:

Mott insulating spin glasses and Fermi liquids.

“We found there is a whole region in the phase space that is exhibiting a Planckian behavior that belongs to neither of the two phases that we’re transitioning between,” Kim says.

“This quantum spin liquid state is not so locked down, but it’s also not completely free. It is a sluggish, soupy, slushy state. It is metallic but reluctantly metallic, and it’s pushing the degree of chaos to the limit of quantum mechanics.”

The new work  in metals could help physicists better understand the physics of higher-temperature superconductors. Perhaps surprisingly, the work has links to astrophysics. Like strange metals, black holes exhibit properties that depend only on temperature and the Planck and Boltzmann constants, such as the amount of time a black hole ‘rings’ after merging with another black hole. “The fact that you find this same scaling across all these different systems, from Planckian metals to black holes, is fascinating,” Parcollet says.

Let’s look at the solar system’s tolerance for  chaos. Green describes fluctuating conditions in space that effect time; this writer found that no less than amazing. Time expands and contracts. He described an experiment. In effect, theoretically, a person is positioned on the circumference. That rotation will take longer because of the greatest distance to travel around. That person will be in position to gravity. Working hard against gravity causes clock to run slow, uses up leads time. This is shown on two different  watches.

What is the takeaway from the “Elegant Universe?” How does gravitation effect time? Of course we wouldn’t expect the second hands of a watch timed to start at the same moment would move at different rates.

But they do! I like to look at it this way. When one is exerting effort against gravity, like running  the effort is conceived of as a pull and can be measured as a higher gravitational pull. Time is warped and the one exerting the higher effort’s clock runs slower. He is using up less time.

As an exerciser, I like too think that I’m making use of the time and it’s  being stretched. Crazy Notion? That space is  conceived as fabric that warps by the movement of the sun was a revelation! The earth is kept in orbit around the sun. It rolls along a valley in the warped spacial fabric. We learn from Albert Einstein: “The agent of gravity is the fabric of the cosmos.”

The most elemental particles are called “String”. Green describes how theoretically they start  from a one dimensional  dot. The future of the dot is determined by the precise pattern of vibrations that its internal strings are programmed to execute. Another amazing statement: Each particle is a single string and all strings are absolutely  identical. Strings are 10to the 20th x smaller than an atomic nucleus and are not observable in today’s particle accelerators. In the physics lab they are called zero dimensional point particle. Theoretically they can have 26 dimensions. What a cosmos!

Message from. our Councilman

Installations in the City Center
These days, colorful installations and various and unique artistic shadings are hung in the city center in order to encourage the wandering experience of residents and visitors. Among the streets on which installations are hung are First Generations, Ben Shetah, Ben Yehuda, Ben Sira, Kattalot HaChatulim and Hamashbir Square. This project was organized by Eden in collaboration with the Lev Ha’ir Community Administration and the Jerusalem Municipality. At the same time, last week we conducted a number of joint projects to improve the visibility of a number of neglected yards in the city center. Later we are expected to renew the vegetation and planters and enjoy more creations. I would like to thank the representatives of Eden and especially our community worker at the Yoav Gil Administration, who accompanied and worked extensively in the field to harness the relevant factors in promoting projects in the area, thanks to cooperation with residents and businesses. We invite residents to come downtown, enjoy and be impressed.

In every subject is at your disposal,

Dr. Ophir Lang

Chairman of the Heart of the City Community Administration

מיצבים במרכז העיר
בימים אלה נתלים מיצבים צבעוניים והצללות אמנותיות שונות וייחודיות במרכז העיר במטרה לעודד את חווית השוטטות של תושבים ומבקרים. בין הרחובות בהם נתלים מיצבים הם דורות ראשונים, בן שטח, בן יהודה, בן סירא, כיכר החתולות ורחבת המשביר. פרוייקט זה נערך על ידי חברת עדן בשיתוף פעולה עם מינהל קהילתי לב העיר ועיריית ירושלים. במקביל, בשבוע החולף ערכנו מספר פרוייקטים משותפים לשיפור הנראות של מספר חצרות מוזנחות במרכז העיר. בהמשך אנחנו צפויים לחדש את הצמחייה והאדניות ולהנות מיצירות נוספות. ברצוני להודות לנציגי חברת עדן ובמיוחד לעובד הקהילתי שלנו במינהל יואב גיל, שליווה ופעל רבות בשטח על מנת לרתום את הגורמים הרלוונטיים בקידום הפרויקטים במרחב, זאת בזכות שיתוף הפעולה עם תושבים ועסקים, שחשוב להם להשפיע על סביבתם על מנת להפוך אותה ליפה, נקיה ונעימה יותר. אנו מזמינים את התושבים להגיע למרכז העיר, להנות ולהתרשם.

 

Post 606: Shalom Pollock tour of the Old City August 3 Monday, August 3 “From destruction to rebirth” We shall meet at 5:00 at Jaffa gate and tour until sunset (approx. 2 1/2 hours). This is the perfect time for a leisurely stroll in the old city as temperatures fall and the streets empty. We will learn of places and history on off the beaten paths in the “Muslim” and “Christian” quarters. I would like to share with you, sights, and people that belong to our theme, “from destruction to rebirth”. I have only recently discovered some of the things that I am excited to share with you. cost:100 shekels Limited participation due to Corona guidelines. shalompollack613@gmail.com AND a widow builds Uncertainty Tolerance. PERSERVERENCE lifts of : Destination Mars .February 21, 2021

What is Uncertainty Tolerance? When people who are intolerant of uncertainty are exposed to a little bit of uncertainty, they also have a strong reaction: they worry, and do everything they can think of to get away from, avoid or eliminate the uncertainty. Problem: The Uncertainty doesn’t go away. They bury like the groundhog.

Aim: To build uncertainty tolerance. Why?

Persons who report higher UT are more likely to report lower negative affect. Negative affect examples are anger, contempt, fear, guilt, nervousness.


Higher life satisfaction, as well as higher self-esteem and creativity, calmness, serenity and enthusiasm are associated with heightened Uncertainty Tolerance..

Higher UT also appears to be associated with greater risk-taking, Idea: keep an UT diary.


Whereas lower UT and lower tolerance for ambiguity has been associated with behavioral outcomes indicative of risk aversion. UT appears positively related to adaptability and adaptive readiness, and more specifically with the ability to cope constructively with chance events. Persons with greater tolerance for ambiguity may also be more likely to engage in pro-social risk-taking behaviors. That said, there does not appear to be evidence of a significant relationship between UT and cognitive control functions (e.g., conflict monitoring and attention allocation; , suggesting tolerance for uncertainty may indeed be highly malleable.

Indeed, in a study of medical students, UT was increased as a function of education that specifically focused on increasing tolerance for ambiguity.

I found this concept fascinating.

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