BEEN TOO ARTSY-FARTSY LATELY…

May 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm (COMMENTARY)

I humbly suggested to whoever was willing to listen (or maybe not) replacing Rourke with another Statham, but to no avail. Granted, it may have been too obvious that given the chance I would replace all of them with several more Stathams. Either that, or my suggestion may have been too humble…

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THE ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE TAZRIA/ METZORA WEEKLY TORAH PORTIONS.

May 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm (TRANSLATIONS, תרגומים)

Shalom Rosenberg, April 24 2009, Maariv

Rabbinic literature teaches us that the word metzor’a (leprous) is short for motzi shem r’a (slanderous). Consequently, the Tazria/Metzora weekly Torah portions became the subject of a debate on the ethics of language, serving to prevent the dangerous modern incarnation of the ancient disease: the plague of information. Jewish sources are full of important insights into this issue, with one of the most prolific thinkers on this subject being Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, also known as Chafetz Chaim (The Seeker of Life), the author of the eponymous book dealing with the issue of slander. I tried to summarize his conclusions as ten commandments that would serve as an ethical code, a kind of vaccine against the plague of information leprosy. These are general principles, dealing with the details of which can be quite complicated.

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3/4

May 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm (SMELLING THE FLOWERS, TRANSLATIONS)

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THE RED BALLOON

May 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm (SMELLING THE FLOWERS)

It’s as if Kandinsky splashed his Red Spot on top of Picasso’s Blue Period – lovely:

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NO SOCIALISTS דרושים סוציאליסטים

May 19, 2010 at 4:40 pm (TRANSLATIONS, תרגומים)

The problem with socialism is socialism, because there are no socialists. Socialism is a system based upon an assumption about human nature that simply isn’t true. I can design a perfect canine community in which dogs never chase squirrels or groom their nether regions in an indelicate manner. But the moment I take that idea from the drawing board to the real world, I will discover that I cannot get dogs to behave against their nature — at least not without inflicting a terrible amount of punishment. Likewise, it’s easy to design a society that rewards each according to his need instead of his ability. The hard part is getting the crooked timber of humanity to yield to your vision.

Jonah Goldberg

הבעיה עם סוציאליזם היא הסוציאליזם: אין סוציאליסטים. סוציאליזם היא שיטה המבוססת על הנחה לגבי טבעו של האדם שפשוט אינה נכונה. אני יכול לבנות קהילה המיועדת לכלבים, בה הכלבים לעולם אינם רודפים אחרי סנאים ולעולם אינם מטפלים בחלקי גופם המוצנעים בצורה שאינה מוצנעת. אך ברגע שאנסה להוציא רעיון זה מן הכח אל הפועל בעולם הממשי, אגלה שלא אוכל להכריח את הכלבים להתנהג בנגוד לטבעם – לפחות לא בלי הפעלת אלימות אכזרית כלפיהם. כך גם קל למדי לתכנן חברה שמספקת לכולם את צרכיהם בלי קשר ליכולותיהם. החלק הקשה הוא לגרום לבול העץ העיקש של האנושות להתיישר לפי החזון שלך

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PUNS

May 9, 2010 at 1:54 pm (PUNS)

The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

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