LOOK MOM, I JUST LEARNED A NEW WORD:

July 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm (LANGUAGE, TRANSLATIONS)

Titivated. Having come upon it in the following context: “…a…lush, titivated harlot” as a translation to this bit in Hebrew: “נפקנית דשנה ומפורכסת…”, I now wonder whether these google-image search results are a mere coincidence. Oops, it now seems they are: the results are totally different with quotation marks in place. Oh, well…

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TWISTED TONGUES, LIPS

July 20, 2010 at 2:10 pm (LANGUAGE)

and feet.

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ARE YOU COOL ENOUGH

June 22, 2010 at 11:09 pm (COMMENTARY)

to be blacklisted?

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DOWN THE MEMORY HOLE

June 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm (COMMENTARY)

Ran into something I wrote eons ago (October 20 2002, to be more precise). A big chunk of my old blog is there on bad old Blogspot. Wow.

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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT:

June 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm (COMMENTARY)

Christopher Nolan, like any artist, has certainly had his ups and downs. But seeing this kept me paying to see his films ever since, and will keep doing so for quite some time to come.

PS:

Impressive to watch (if a bit too long), but ultimately forgettable. A.O. Scott pretty much nails it here.

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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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