Amidst the non-stop advertizing in lieu of this Thursday’s Ontario Provincial election, I was reminded of this classic Dalton McGuinty video of him giving the cold shoulder to a man telling him that he’s dying of cancer and that McGuinty isn’t doing anything to help. Continue reading “Classic Dalton McGuinty Fail: Telling a terminally ill cancer patient, “That’s Not True…””
Another ditty of a Jewish parody of a popular song is making its rounds of viral fame, and this time it’s Cee-Lo’s Green‘s “Forget You” (or should I say F**k You) becoming “Bar’chu! (I’m A Jew):
So at first I was just gonna make fun of video, I kinda liked it. But just kinda… Continue reading “On the fence: Bar’chu! (I’m A Jew) – Parody of Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You””
Buzzing in the news this past week was a story about the change in Zodiac signs. The change not only completely readjusts the order of which sign you fall under, but it also introduces a completely new sign called Ophiuchus.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “the ancient Babylonians based the zodiac on which constellation the sun appeared to be in when a person was born. Since then, the moon’s has exerted a gravitation pull on Earth, causing a “wobble” on its axis that has shifted the stars’ alignment by about a month.
“Because of this change in the tilt, the Earth is over here and the sun is in a different constellation than it was 3,000 years ago when this study of the stars began,” astronomer Parke Kunkle told the Twin Cities’ KARE-TV.
Here are the new signs below:
Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11
Pisces: March 11-April 18
Aries: April 18-May 13
Taurus: May 13-June 21
Gemini: June 21-July 20
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23-Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17 *My Birthday is Dec 16
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20
Now personally, I could care less about this hogwash, but having learned that I was no longer a Sagittarius but now a word/thing I can’t even pronounce properly, I have to admit I was a slightly protruded by this news. I mean think about it, it’s like one of those “Guess what, you thought you were a Gentile? Nope you’re Jewish!” stories that rabbis tell in dvar torahs… except in this case it’s for something completely useless and inconsequential.
And it’s not like I was reading the wrong sign for all years… How could I, when my sign never existed?
Or even worse: I could be one of those crazies who decided to get a tattoo of their sign, when guess what? It wasn’t really my actual sign anyway… (oh shucks…)
That’s what I like about the Torah – Unlike other fads/religions/followings, it doesn’t change. And if you really care enough to understand what the Torah is all about, you too will come to learn that while it doesn’t change, it remains relevant regardless of time and circumstance.
(Oh and for those who do care, Ophicuchus comes from the Greek word “serpent-bearer”, and it is commonly represented as a man grasping the snake that is represented by the constellation Serpens. Meh… its no different than a centaur shooting arrows into the sky… except when you add an “N” to the start of the word, it sounds like “Nosepickius“…hardy har har har…)
When I look back on 2010, dear G-d I hope I can find some kind of solace and strength from a year I honestly want to forget and move on from… But if I can’t, I can always look back on some of these ditties that came about via this blog. Here are some of my top/favourite posts from this past calendar year: Continue reading “10 Posts From 2010 Worth Remembering”
Last sunday afternoon, I was sitting in synagogue listening to the Rabbi give a little drash in between Mincha and Maariv. I honestly can’t remember what he talking about (maybe it’ll come back to me as I’m writing this…), but he did mention something rather disturbing that was occurring in Israel.
He said that Israel was facing one of its worst droughts in recent history – there had been no rain since the beginning of fall/winter season. The situation had become so dire that Rabbis were calling on the people of Israel, particularly secular farmers to attend a mass prayer at the Western Wall, as well as to undertake a day of fasting. (Check out more about that story here or here.)
And now, amidst the unusual weather patterns, Israel gets hit with its worst fire in history.
This has to be one of the most interesting stories I’ve seen in a while. And while at first I was dumbfounded by the events that made national headlines out of a 17 year-old Jewish boy’s decision to pray on an airplane. But after doing some more research more news stories about the case, there’s a lot more we can learn and smile about in the aftermath of this “misunderstanding.”
Spearheaded by the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC), the nationwide unified Shabbat, which will take place over the Shabbat of Jan. 22-23 (Parashs Bo), will be the first of its type in about nine years as well as the first time such an initiative will be taken for a non-Jewish cause.
I discovered this event while reading a story about it in the Toronto Star yesterday morning. Continue reading “United Shabbat for Darfur: I like the concept but find me an orthodox synagogue that cares”
Although I’ve deliberately stopped posting for an extended period of time due a long list of personal issues, I couldn’t avoiding commenting on this ongoing news item affecting thousands of fellow students.
At around 5:00 pm today, faculty members from twenty-four Ontario colleges will have concluded a vote to decide if they will go on strike.
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), which represents the faculty, has claimed that the strike is not a contract vote. However many reports have indicated, including OPSEU’s website, that the strike is primarily about their collective bargaining agreement, which to me translates as dealing with money issues and salary (of course in addition to not accepting unilaterally imposed terms and conditions of employment and all that other union talk/demand.)
The Canadian Press has reported that “the union is seeking a 2.5 per cent pay increase in each year of a three-year contract while the colleges are offering 1.75 per cent in each of the first two years and two per cent in the last two years of a four-year deal.”
As of this month, I was a full-time student at Centennial College, enrolled in the joint journalism program with the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC). Even though the strike won’t affect me since I’m back at UTSC and not taking any Centennial courses this semester (We’ll see if I have to take more next Fall…), I can’t help but have sympathy for the some 200,000 students who could be in limbo as early as February of the strike vote passes.
Greg Hamara, media liason for the union, and told Maclean’s.ca’s On Campus “he expects the results of the vote to be in before 8:00pm.”
We’ll be waiting…
As promised, here is the full transcript of Netanyahu’s UN Speech. People are calling it Churchillian, likening it to other famous Middle East speeches and moments such as the various handshakes, or soldiers at the Kotel after the Six Day War or Ben Gurion declaring the existence of the State of Israel in Independence Hall in 1948.
Sure it’s all that and then some. But for me… Awesome will do just fine.
I wonder if Livni would’ve done the same thing…
Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen…
Nearly 62 years ago, the United Nations recognized the right of the Jews, an ancient people 3,500 years-old, to a state of their own in their ancestral homeland. I stand here today as the Prime Minister of Israel, the Jewish state, and I speak to you on behalf of my country and my people.
Continue reading “Benjamin Netanyahu’s UN Speech Full Text Transcript, Sep 24, 2009”
I’m posting video of the entire speech.
Why? No reason really…
It just happens to be the definition of awesome.
The remaining parts can be found in the rest of the post.
The transcripts will be set up on another post.