Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Playing with fire

מועדים לשמחה
Last week, I went to burn our chametz behind a local shul where, as every year, they have set up a couple garbage can bonfires. (When I used to work near the UN, I just threw my chametz into the East River.) I hung around after tossing my 10 rye bread cubes into the inferno because it wasn't much of a conflagration and needed some help. The fires were so confined and so many people's chametz just choked the flames.

I understand people throwing in their dried out lulavim as kindling, but last year's afikomen? A few people tossed in the remains of their Chanukah paraphernalia, wick holders and wax candles. Most infuriating was the person who threw in moist, raw dough. All that does is put out the fire, it'll never burn.
Most perplexing, though, was the pair of BVDs. Huh?

So I stayed around to try to keep the flames alive and keep people safe (leave the plastic bags out of the flames, please!). Maybe we Jews are just pyromaniacs at heart. I conclude with a cautionary video of a biur chametz from two years ago. Thank God, no one was hurt, but those in attendance learned that water sometimes spreads fuel rather than extinguishing the flames. Be careful out there.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Black, it's the new piety

In very religious neighborhoods in Israel, you will see signs posted in the street requesting that women honor the sanctity of the community and dress modestly. This sign (pashkevil) was seen posted in Ramat Aviv Gimmel, a very high end secular neighborhood of North Tel Aviv. It was posted anonymously to an Israeli forum. (You can click on the picture for a larger, more legible version.)

With the help of the blessed brand name,

To those who pass through our neighborhood! We emphatically request: Do not pass through our neighborhood if you are not dressed stunningly.

Stunning dress includes: A Dolce & Gabbana poncho; touches of pink on the collar; a short, asymmetrical Gucci jacket with fur; Chanel high heeled shoes.

Please do not disturb the sanctity of our neighborhood and our lifestyle as dedicated consumers of the holy brand names!

-Neighborhood Salespeople, Institutes of Shopping and Kindness, Community Council

(courtesy of A Time of the Signs)

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Spring fever

Well, the weather is finally warming up, and we're all feeling a little restless. I just had to share this one. Enjoy!

(courtesy of Mom)