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My Year in Review Post

Posted by Avi M on December 31, 2006

Well it’s 8:30 PM on December 31, 2006 and I’ve decided with it being the year end and all that it was the perfect time to do something of a “year in review” post. I can’t believe how much as happened in the last 365 days. I’m sure there’s growth and change that I’m not even aware of but the following are some of the highlights from this past year that do come to my mind.

I purchased my first digital camera and dove headfirst into the world of amateur digital photography. Although I still don’t really know what I’m doing I feel like I’ve come a long way and that I’ve managed to snap some pretty half decent pictures and so obviously this is one of my prouder accomplishments of the year.

This year I somehow managed to leave the left end of the sociopolitical spectrum now finding myself center-right on numerous issues. It’s been a frightening realization that I no longer fit into my long-held left-leaning belief system. The first inkling of my shift towards the center right was last March when I found myself in a position of supporting the conservative government here in Canada regarding Hamas. Then earlier this fall the death blow was dealt when I in a fit of frustration cut up my NDP membership card, signaling in an official way I suppose my leaving the left.

I started learning Hebrew with what I thought was a Hebrew tutor but ended up with my very own Ima instead. I’ve got to say that this is something really special to me because I didn’t expect it and it’s really blossomed into a beautiful friendship. My Ima is a very kind woman and has been a pivotal support during my conversion process and ongoing journey into Judaism. Thank you so much for being a part of my life Ima.

Also probably one of the biggest shockers of the year was my discovering the fact that I’ve grown a much more traditional orientation in terms of Jewish observance then I would’ve ever imagined possible. Rereading some of my earlier posts about Reform Judaism and my staunch defensiveness with regard to the validity of my conversion (as seen here and here) in contrast to my later leanings almost appear to be bipolar. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that’s a bad thing it’s just interesting to see how I’ve gone from defending the reform position on conversion to gently bashing it (just a little) in less than a year. I can’t take credit for all of this on my own I think being exposed to Tamara and her attitudes has certainly helped push me in this more traditional direction and I take some comfort in knowing that wherever the dust settles it will be somewhere we arrived together.

And of course last but not least this past year has seen me going from ” no I absolutely don’t want a girlfriend under any circumstances” to meeting a lovely woman in another country , then falling in love and getting engaged! Yup meeting Tamara is definitely hands-down the best and most important thing to happen to me this past year and probably in my life. Here are three interesting posts tracking our relationship over the year that I feel do a good job of summing things up OneTwoThree.

Anyhow as you can see its been a good year and for the first time in a long while I can honestly write that I am actually looking forward to what life brings my way in 2007.

So with that HAPPY NEW YEAR”S to you and yours!

 

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TikkunGer Goes Video & Talks Chanukah Loot

Posted by Avi M on December 31, 2006

This is several firsts for me!

  • My first time ever shooting video with my Digital Camera.
  • My first time uploading to Google Video.
  • And of course this year is my first time getting any Chanukah lute.

Enjoy!

 

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She is off, off and away…

Posted by Avi M on December 31, 2006

Well at approximately 9:30 a.m. EST this morning I watched Tamara check her luggage and go through customs and as I type this she’s probably somewhere in American airspace nearing Philadelphia.

Update 12:48 PM : Tamara just called and she’s already landed in Philadelphia safe and sound.

All I can say is that the trip was way too short and flew by too quickly. However I do think we managed to cover a lot of ground in such a short period of time. Some of the highlights included our “getting engaged”, Tamara getting to meet my extended family and father for the first time ever and most importantly Tamara’s second time in real snow.

I already miss her immensely but I am also happy that she’s headed home because it means we’re going to begin the planning phase of my move not to mention the taking of our relationship to the next level. There is certainly much more to blog about however right now I am going to get a few errands done so that’s it for now.

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A Kabalistic take on the middle east crisis

Posted by Avi M on December 30, 2006

About two weeks ago I came across this interesting video clip discussing a Kabalistic take ( a la Bnei Baruch) on the Middle East crisis and Israel’s role in it. I’ve studied on and off for over two years now with Bnei Baruch and although I don’t agree 100% with everything they teach I do believe they have an interesting approach to the subject.

Anyhow I thought I would share this clip with you and see what others thought in a general kind of way. I myself found the portion of the clip discussing Israel’s role in spreading the Kabbalah message to be interesting in that it kind of parallels the whole idea of being “a light unto other nations” but I really don’t know.

Please note that I myself am not an active member or in any way officially affiliated with this group, so if you have any harsh criticisms or concerns about the organization I suggest you directly contact them and not me.

 

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Photo Post: Retuning to the Source

Posted by Avi M on December 28, 2006

This is a Super Macro shot taken earlier this morning of one of my “Chanukah” gifts. It was from my stepsister and in my opinion is a lovely piece of Judaica. I really like how the candle backlights the Crystal Star Of David especially the way the super macro lens captured how it glows.

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I asked and she said yes

Posted by Avi M on December 28, 2006

It is approximately 4:30 a.m. and I can’t sleep so I figured now might be a good time to write a post about the incredible news. I suspect that most of the people who read my blog also read Tamara’s blog so this may come as no surprise but we are now engaged. Suffice it to say I’m extremely happy not to mention a little scared (in a good way of course) about what this all means.

Anyhow Tamara has done a great job recapping just how everything went down so I won’t bother trying to re-create it on my blog but if you want to get the specifics you can read all about them over there. We’re both excited and as I’ve mentioned a little bit nervous because there are so many details to be worked out, all of which I’m certain we will be blogging about as things progress and move along.

I guess all I can really say is that it’s so nice to be in love and to have someone who loves me and is willing to share her life with me. I don’t come from a close family and I have enough baggage to prevent a Boeing 747 from taking off, so I know that I’m not the easiest person in the world to live with. More importantly Tamara knows all of this and still seems to think I’m a catch, what more could I ask for?

I know that we have a long road ahead of us and a lot of obstacles but I am so happy and I know even with all of the inevitable bumps and rough spots that are sure to come our way, Tamara and I can build a beautiful life together. Who would’ve thought that blogging about my conversion process would have ever led to this. My mother laughingly said to Tamara the other day “two years ago you would have never guessed that you would be spending a week over the winter break up here in Canada” and it’s true. I can honestly say that neither of us were expecting anything like this, I guess life is just full of little surprises. Okay, big ones as well.

Okay well I’m not sure what else to say about it right now not that there is it more to say but just that I don’t want to say anything stupid or embarrassing, so I think I’ll wrap it up here.

Oh I almost forgot!

I want to thank everyone who has sent congratulations and  Mazel Tov’s our way it’s really nice to have people who support us and are happy for us. I especially want to thank Leah and Amy for both taking the time to send me personal e-mails of congratulations.

 

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Happy Festivus Georgie!

Posted by Avi M on December 24, 2006

 

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Kids in the hall – Dr. Seuss bible

Posted by Avi M on December 23, 2006

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Musical Interlude: A Fairytale Of New York

Posted by Avi M on December 23, 2006

As you can probably guess I am not a big Christmas guy. Now this is true for all sorts of reasons but this post isn’t about what I don’t like! It’s a post about something I do like, THIS SONG!

Christmas is all too often over hyped with its marketed messages of perfect families sharing the perfect times together. Well not this song, what I like about it is that it always makes me feel like real people with screwed up lives can still have those moments of love and hope. Of course this song is fairly brutal but towards the end when the male character in the song sings of how he needs the love of his women and holds her dreams with his own, it really takes the story to a lovely place and I am not ashamed to say that I find it touching. Not to mention how at the end of the video they dance off into the night in the same way they did when they fist met. Maybe I am just reading too much into this song or maybe I am too much of a romantic but I don’t think so! I guess I sometimes feel a lot like that guy, who knows.

Whatever the case may be it’s an amazing song so check it out!

BTW here is what Wikipedia has to say about it.  

The song features two Irish immigrants, lovers or ex-lovers, their youthful hopes all but crushed by alcoholism and drug addiction, reminiscing and bickering on Christmas Eve in New York City. MacColl’s melodious singing contrasts with the harsh sound of MacGowan’s voice and the lyrics which are sometimes bittersweet, sometimes plain bitter: “Happy Christmas your arse/ I pray God it’s our last”. The lyric “Sinatra was swinging” suggests an unspecified period after World War II. The title, taken from author J. P. Donleavy’s novel A Fairy Tale of New York, was chosen after the song had been written and recorded.

 

It was Christmas eve babe
In the drunk tank
An old man said to me, wont see another one
And then he sang a song
The rare old mountain dew
I turned my face away
And dreamed about you
Got on a lucky one
Came in eighteen to one
Ive got a feeling
This years for me and you
So happy christmas
I love you baby
I can see a better time
When all our dreams come true
Theyve got cars big as bars
Theyve got rivers of gold
But the wind goes right through you
Its no place for the old
When you first took my hand
On a cold christmas eve
You promised me
Broadway was waiting for me
You were handsome
You were pretty
Queen of new york city
When the band finished playing
They howled out for more
Sinatra was swinging,
All the drunks they were singing
We kissed on a corner
Then danced through the night
The boys of the nypd choir
Were singing galway bay
And the bells were ringing out
For christmas day
Youre a bum
Youre a punk
Youre an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy christmas your arse
I pray God its our last
I could have been someone
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Cant make it all alone
Ive built my dreams around you

 

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Musical Interlude: A Fairytale Of New York

Posted by Avi M on December 23, 2006

As you can probably guess I am not a big Christmas guy. Now this is true for all sorts of reasons but this post isn’t about what I don’t like! It’s a post about something I do like, THIS SONG!

Christmas is all too often over hyped with its marketed messages of perfect families sharing the perfect times together. Well not this song, what I like about it is that it always makes me feel like real people with screwed up lives can still have those moments of love and hope. Of course this song is fairly brutal but towards the end when the male character in the song sings of how he needs the love of his women and holds her dreams with his own, really takes the story to a lovely place and I am not ashamed to say if find it touching. Not to mention how at the end of the video they dance off into the night in the same way they did when they fist met. Maybe I am just reading too much into this song or maybe if am too much of a romantic but if don’t think so! I guess I sometimes feel a lot like that guy, who knows.

Whatever the case may be it’s an amazing song so check it out!

 

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about it.  

The song features two Irish immigrants, lovers or ex-lovers, their youthful hopes all but crushed by alcoholism and drug addiction, reminiscing and bickering on Christmas Eve in New York City. MacColl’s melodious singing contrasts with the harsh sound of MacGowan’s voice and the lyrics which are sometimes bittersweet, sometimes plain bitter: “Happy Christmas your arse/ I pray God it’s our last”. The lyric “Sinatra was swinging” suggests an unspecified period after World War II. The title, taken from author J. P. Donleavy’s novel A Fairy Tale of New York, was chosen after the song had been written and recorded.

 

It was Christmas eve babe
In the drunk tank
An old man said to me, wont see another one
And then he sang a song
The rare old mountain dew
I turned my face away
And dreamed about you
Got on a lucky one
Came in eighteen to one
Ive got a feeling
This years for me and you
So happy christmas
I love you baby
I can see a better time
When all our dreams come true
Theyve got cars big as bars
Theyve got rivers of gold
But the wind goes right through you
Its no place for the old
When you first took my hand
On a cold christmas eve
You promised me
Broadway was waiting for me
You were handsome
You were pretty
Queen of new york city
When the band finished playing
They howled out for more
Sinatra was swinging,
All the drunks they were singing
We kissed on a corner
Then danced through the night
The boys of the nypd choir
Were singing galway bay
And the bells were ringing out
For christmas day
Youre a bum
Youre a punk
Youre an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag, you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy christmas your arse
I pray God its our last
I could have been someone
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Cant make it all alone
Ive built my dreams around you

 

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