There has been much discussion lately on cross-currents with regard to publishing pictures of women.
I understand the arguments pro and con, but there still needs to be a modicum of normalcy in deciding whether to publish or perish.
The entire controversy erupted some time ago when Hillary Clinton was excised from the Bin Laden war room photograph. I do find it noteworthy, that as of late, both Matzav and YWN are now publishing pictures of Hillary, albeit unflattering ones.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
One of the greatest guitarists of the 80s and 90s has sadly passed away.
Yosi Piamenta was from the first Jewish artists who used the electric guitar to electrify his audience.
His performances and solo guitar licks will be sorely missed.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
I find it amazing that some 400 bikers raised almost 6 million dollars for Chai Lifeline's Camp Simcha.
More amazing is that these riders give up 2 days of work, raising these astronomical amounts of money.
Kudos to them, especially for pedaling over 170 miles through 3 states, arriving at the World's Greatest Finish Line.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
I recall as a youth the excitement when one saw a loved one after a long absence.
There were unabashed hugs and cheers and kisses all around.
I had reason recently to be in the airport to pick up a passenger and I noticed that Airline Arrival Anticipation is a thing of the past.
I believe that since our world is so small, since we can Skype our dear ones wherever they may be, there is no longer any excitement when we actually see them in person.
How sad. The digital revolution continues to change our world - sometimes for the worse.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
A Tumult has been created by the recent tying of Tefillin by a Lubavitch Shaliach on a girl.
This reminds me of a story years ago when a Lubavitcher Shaliach met a nice young Frum man in a Hillel House in the midwest. He asked him if he wants to put on Tefillin to which the polite young man replied sure.
When the Shaliach asked him if he needs help with the Brochos, he replied - Not necessary.
The student proceeded to put on the Tefillin with familiarity. The surprised Chabad representative asked him "When was the last time you put on Tefillin?
To which he got the response - This morning!
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
We are gathered here today to mourn the loss of one of the best bloggers to ever roam the Jblogosphere.
With the advent of Facebook and Twitter, pundits have long predicted the demise of blogging. Yet the era of Rishonim had yet to be lamented until the untimely halting of one of it's finest. Sadly, from this day and onward marks the time of the Acharonim.
Blogging Buddy Bray had championed the cause of Torah, fighting the Sitra Achra for close to a decade. His quick wit, charming demeanor and golden pen have laid waste to the claim that an American born and bred Yeshiva-man can't write.
His legacy includes mourning the Holocaust, as a G2er. His Havdalah consciousness has enabled his readers to navigate the differences between right and wrong, good and evil, addle-minded and level-headedness. His Yiddishisms, word-play and complete command of several languages have made him a must read for all the past 6 years.
In blog years, that is a lifetime.
The saddest part is that he has chosen to wipe away years of toil. His erudite posts will now be lost forever. I applaud his action as it is based on Teshuva, yet I mourn it's result nonetheless.
As he leaves this world of cyber-Sheker, I wish him well in the Olam HaEmes.
May his blog be resurrected soon, and may Hashem wipe away all his nemeses.