15 July 2014

📆 I wish a ṣom qal צום קל (an easy fast) to all those participating in the concurrent fasts today. Now I think I’ll have some lunch. 😉

14 July 2014

📆 Since it’s Bastille Day ….

11 July 2014

When the letter r in pharmacy is stylistically replaced with the prescription symbol ℞ on a sign, it just looks like pharxmacy.

9 July 2014

📷📷📷 Wow, there were a lot of pictures taken of me in June! Not to sound self‐absorbed, but if you see someone else’s photo of me, don’t assume I already know about it. Please let me know; I’d do the same for you. ☺ 📷📷📷

6 July 2014

The vile killing of innocents in Israel/Palestine, particularly vile because they were targeted due to their ethnicities, should make the public see how dangerous and unacceptable extremism, terrorism, murder and bigotry are (perpetrated by either or any group) and how necessary reconciliation and peace are between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs. Instead, however, many people continue the cycle of bigotry by blaming Israel, Israeli Jews or Palestinians for the atrocities. 🇮🇱 🇵🇸

6 July 2014

I can say with absolute certainty that 29 June was the day of my life I stepped on the most necklaces. 🚶 👞

19 June 2014

Sunday at the Ethical Humanist Society of Queens, we were joined by Richard L. Koral from the American Ethical Union and the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester who also joined us for our monthly luncheon thereafter at Jax Inn.

Six Exotic Jews group members also gathered Sunday for an “Exoticon” in Upper Manhattan. We met at General Grant National Memorial where Ariel emphasized Grant’s racism by reading aloud General Order Nº. 11 and then spitting on the site. (See the video.) A British tourist inquired about it, and after explaining, a number of us eventually got onto the topic of libertarianism (and their implying that we were a group of libertarians annoyed me because we are not, but rather a Jewish cultural group). There was also a large group of adolescents there rehearsing a dance routine.

After briefly visiting Sakura Park, those of us who were hungry got food from a local supermarket and we sat, talked and ate on public benches. Then we went to Riverside Park which was really gorgeous and we located what we believe is the Freedom Tunnel. Then came rehydration and dessert at other local venues and more talking and sitting on benches. Afterwards, we rode the subway together to Times Square and then little by little separated from one another as our paths diverged.

While waiting with one of them in Jackson Heights for his bus, our topics turned unsurprisingly towards linguistics (Arabic ligatures, and why the letter jim is a moon letter even though it’s usually coronal).

19 June 2014

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is a great miniseries and “The Immortals” is probably my favorite episode.

📺 “The Immortals,” by Ann Druyan and Steven Soter, dir. Brannon Braga, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Fox Broadcasting Company, 18 May 2014. Hulu.

18 June 2014
🔗 “Reader Post: Punk and Zionism”

🖺 Binyamin Arazi, “Reader Post: Punk and Zionism,” Israellycool, 12 June 2014.

15 June 2014
🔗 “Ancient Europe Colonized by Island Hoppers?”

Near Eastern peoples brought agriculture to Europe and touched off the Neolithic Revolution there, but you already knew that. 🚜

🖺 Andrew Curry, “Ancient Europe Colonized by Island Hoppers?,” National Geographic, 9 June 2014.

15 June 2014

I like my mens the way I like my hens—with ample thighs. 🐔 👨

13 June 2014

This wacky skit on the television special First AIDS was my introduction to Rik Mayall. 📺😆

12 June 2014

The joke at the end is just too awful to bear, but I do like Merriam‐Webster’s video about the phoneme (and its representative letter ə) with the Hebrew name (שוא). 📹📘

11 June 2014
🔗 “Sunni Militants Drive Iraqi Army Out of Mosul”

Sunni militants spilling over the border from Syria on Tuesday seized control of the northern city of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest, in the most stunning success yet in a rapidly widening insurgency that threatens to drag the region into war.

Very very sad to see the great Upper Mesopotamian city of Moṣul/​Ninweh/​Nineveh, an outstanding multiethnic cultural center for millennia (and for a time the largest city on earth), fall to fanatical Islamic jihadists. 😢

📰 Suadad Al‐Salhy and Tim Arango with Kareem Fahim and Rick Gladstone, “Sunni Militants Drive Iraqi Army Out of Mosul,” The New York Times, 10 June 2014.

11 June 2014

In memory of the recently deceased Hanna Maron חנה מרון, one of my favorite Hebrew entertainers.

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