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Archive for March, 2006

Canada 1st to say no to Hama’s or Canada good, Hama’s Bad

Posted by Avi M on March 29, 2006


Well, I just heard it on the news & the basic equation goes something like this.

Hama’s + Yes to Violence + No to Israel = No More Money from Canada

I haven’t posted anything political and I am probably not the most qualified in terms of commenting on Middle Eastern politics, but I’ve got a say as a Canadian and a kid in the middle of the conversion process, I’m completely happy with what my government has done.

I personally see Hama’s as a terrorist organization, and can’t understand how anyone can take these people seriously, or rather I should say as being a legitimate government.

Watching the news this evening, several of the Hamas representatives were complaining that Canada it is being undemocratic and sabotaging the Palestinian “democratic process” by punishing people for voting in this party.

I personally find it laughable that these people can claim anything democratic considering they refuse to acknowledge Israel as a state and continue to endorse violence (more aptly in my opinion, terrorism).

I never thought I would say this but good job, Prime Minister Harper!

Anyways have a look at what the CBC has to say click here!



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Kosher masturbation, so what’s the deal?

Posted by Avi M on March 27, 2006


Okay so today I ran into, well actually stood next to a bizarre and thought-provoking situation.

This morning, I had a 10 o’clock appointment, which I walked to because it’s beautiful out. Next I head over to my tutor’s house for an 11:30 am Hebrew session and that also goes extremely well.

As I’m leaving my Hebrew tutors place, I realize it’s a beautiful day out (certainly over 5°C) and so I decide to go for a 30 minute walk to a nearby mall where I can get my haircut.

All right, so part of my Hebrew tutoring (a very important part, I might add) is the consuming of copious amounts of black coffee.  This of course is because caffeine greatly enhances the Hebrew learning experience, trust me it does.

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What Color Is Your Kippah, Part 1

Posted by Avi M on March 26, 2006

I personally have always been drawn to the Kippah as a pleasing esthetic symbol. Even as a child it was always something I noticed others wearing in public and although I had no idea of its relevance I always appreciated its beauty. 



Recently as part of my conversion process, I wrote a five-page research paper on the origins of the Kippah/Kippot and it’s evolution as a Jewish practice.  I really enjoyed researching for this paper and feel that I learned some interesting things about its origins and how the practice evolved differently throughout the Jewish world.

The main reason I selected this as my topic for the research paper was that I wanted to begin wearing a Kippah on a more regular basis and thought this would be a good way to kick start things.  The report allowed me to get some historical context, as well as provide me with an opportunity to reflect on my motivations and the possible consequences/outcomes of wearing a Kippah.

Anyhow, my aim for this post is not to regurgitate a report but rather share some of my motivations for wearing a Kippah in my daily life.

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Swastikas, Ignorance, & Israel

Posted by Avi M on March 23, 2006

A few weeks ago I was out taking pictures with a friend at the Ottawa War Museum, with no agenda other than to work on the technical aspects of digital photography.  Walking into the museum that day, I had spent zero time thinking about subject matter or the historical messages my subjects might be trying to share with me. I had one thing on my mind and that was working with lighting and macro settings.

So of course I began looking for potentially interesting shots to snap as I started working my way through the museum’s exhibits.  All was well and I was having a great time, until I got to the World War II exhibit and that’s when my own strangeness kicked me in the face. I really don’t know what to call it other than strangeness because it seems that the conversation or rather argument I had with myself is the kind of thing only, I would do.

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Now have my own domian so check it out

Posted by Avi M on March 23, 2006

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I have a Jewish head & I’m a Nudge (did I spell it right?)

Posted by Avi M on March 22, 2006

Well, I was at my second round of Hebrew tutoring this week, you see I am desperately trying to get caught up, because well just because.

Anyhow, today my tutor reiterated the fact that I did have a nice Jewish head, but also that I was a real Nudge (sounded like noo-d-ge).

Actually, she momentarily retracted the Nudge designation in favor of the good old “Kvetch” probably not of the suburban variety, but quickly retracted it and switch back to the Nudge because apparently that fits well.

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Meaning & Mitzvah: Daily Practices for Reclaiming Judaism

Posted by Avi M on March 21, 2006

I absolutely love this book along with its companion volume Meaning & Mitzvah, as I have found them both to be indispensable over these past few months.

Daily Practices for Reclaiming Judaism through Prayer, God, Torah, Hebrew, Mitzvot and Peoplehood

Writing this as a person who was not born a Jew and is in the middle of the conversion process I cannot express my gratitude enough for the fine work that Rabbi Goldie has done.

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I have a Jewish head!

Posted by Avi M on March 20, 2006

Okay, this really isn’t much of a post, but anyhow, I was paid the most bizarre and strange complement today. Actually come to think of it, I can’t even say for sure that it was a complement.

I was at my weekly Hebrew tutoring session this afternoon, and things were going well, when all of a sudden out of nowhere (insert: I should mention I recently began wearing a Kippah on a regular basis) my tutor said to me “You know, you have a good Jewish head” or something to that effect.

Anyhow, I thought it was really funny!

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How is my home, a Jewish home?

Posted by Avi M on March 20, 2006

A question was brought up last Friday evening during a Shabbat dinner I was attending, and it has been floating around in my mind, pretty much sense then.

From what I gather those seeking conversion are asked some variation of “when people walk into your home, how can they tell it’s a Jewish home?”. As it was explained to me this is a question asked of potential converts when they meet with the Bet Din, and I must admit, I think it’s a fascinating question.

I suppose it could be seen as a practical mundane question simply referring to one’s material items and choice in décor, but I’m taking it is something much subtler and more personal then that.

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Feeling Shabbat, Feeling Community

Posted by Avi M on March 19, 2006

This past Friday and I might add a year and a half into my study/conversion process, I was lucky enough to experience my first real Shabbat dinner, probably something that was long overdue.  Of course I had already attended various things in a Temple setting,  As well as done the occasional Shabbat thing on my own at my place, but this was my first time having a “real” Shabbat meal with friends in someone’s home and it was completely amazing.

Admittedly I  haven’t been a group person most of my life and have spent a lot of time feeling like the odd man out, and feeling kinship is not a natural state for me, but this was a truly amazing night. It really did feel like family in the best sense possible.

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