Monthly Archives: December 2018

Ofir Ben Shitrit

 

Ofir Ben Shitrit (Randyjw; December 28, 2018)

 

Introducing Ofir Ben Shitrit to you (music performed and sung by female Jewish Orthodox person):

 

(https://youtu.be/EPQrWRrk26s)

 

 

Eli, Eli:

(https://youtu.be/QgEHWyQsi_k)

 

(https://youtu.be/1IR3CIhrkw0?list=PLC2Ejqlmbo1_KHSbkw5iN5LEL9pnZa2Kg)

 

Ofir Ben Shitrit – Im Ninalu:

(https://youtu.be/eY0wvCztlLA?list=PLC2Ejqlmbo1_KHSbkw5iN5LEL9pnZa2Kg)

 

 

(https://youtu.be/hSWqvnDSM7E?list=PLIEZHK9LRlqOKONrK37waNjOvOFCCOMc4)

 

(https://youtu.be/VXLpF9tLpVA?list=PLIEZHK9LRlqOKONrK37waNjOvOFCCOMc4)

 

(https://youtu.be/ZUmw–oRDig?list=PLIEZHK9LRlqOKONrK37waNjOvOFCCOMc4)

 

 

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What Is “Intersectionality” And What Are Its Effects?

 

What Is “Intersectionality” And What Are Its Effects? (Randyjw; December 28, 2018)

 

It’s not all that you think it is…

 

Read this excellent article here, from a differing perspective than you might hear on-campus, or in mainstream media:

 

 

Levin, Kenneth. “The Other Intersectionality: Victims of Islamism”; gatestoneinstitute.org; December 28, 2018:

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/13456/intersectionality-islamism

 

 

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DOJ Funds Anti-Semite?

 

DOJ Funds Anti-Semite? (Randyjw; December 28, 2018):

 

Drain this swamp…

 

Rosenberg, David. “Why is the US government paying Louis Farrakhan to spread hate?”. israelnationalnews.com; December 28, 2018:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/256837

 

 

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Nirvana

Nirvana (Randyjw; December 27, 2018)

 

 

Nirvana attained

at the heights of ecstasy;

Yet, more still remains

 

 

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Moments

Moments (Randyjw; December 21, 2018)

 

Moments are all they are;

and moments all they might be…

But, the nicest moment’s I’ve spent so far

have been moments I’ve spent with thee!

 

 

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Some Background On The “Russian” Thing

 

Some Background On The “Russian” Thing (Randyjw; December 20, 2018):

 

Here’s a link to Daniel Greenfield’s article with some background information on the “Russian” thing:

 

Greenfield, Daniel. “What Russian Trolls Were Really Doing”. sultanknish.blogspot.com; December 20, 2018:

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2018/12/what-russian-trolls-were-really-doing.html

 

 

Additional Reading (December 28, 2018):

 

 

Greenfield, Daniel. “Hillary’s Russia Doomsday Scenario”. sultanknish.blogspot.com; December 27, 2018:

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2018/12/hillarys-russia-doomsday-scenario.html

 

 

Randyjw. “My Three Cents’ Worth”; newsnotes1.wordpresss,com; February 22, 2018:

https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/my-three-cents-worth/

 

 

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On: Palestinianism

 

On: Palestinianism (Randyjw; December 19, 2018):

 

Today’s interesting article by Judith Bergman in the Jewish Press showcases Arab historians and others on the true development of the “Palestinians”:

 

Bergman, Judith. “Arab Historian Admits there is No Palestinian People”. jewishpress.com; December 19, 2018:

http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/arab-historian-admits-there-is-no-palestinian-people/2018/12/19/

 

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Response On Gaza

 

Response On Gaza (Randyjw; December 18, 2018)

 

Here’s an article in HonestReporting which reprints a letter from Rabbi Schwartzman with questions one should ask about the situation going on in Gaza:

 

Plosker, Simon. “Watchdog of the Week: Questions for the Reporter on a Gazan Father”. honestreporting.com; December 17, 2018:

https://honestreporting.com/watchdog-of-the-week-questions-for-the-reporter-on-a-gazan-father/

 

 

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Rona Ramon z”l

 

Rona Ramon z”l, aged 54, wife of Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, passed away Monday from cancer. For further background, please see the story, here:

 

United With Israel Staff. “Israel Mourns Death of Roma Ramon, Widow of Late Israeli Astronaut for NASA”. unitedwithisrael.org; December 18, 2018:

https://unitedwithisrael.org/israel-mourns-death-of-roma-ramon-wife-of-first-israel-astronaut/

 

 

In recent news, an Israeli NGO, SPACEIL, will shortly launch, via Elon Musk’s SPACEX company, a spacecraft destined for the moon. Read more, here:

 

 

https://unitedwithisrael.org/israel-to-launch-its-first-mission-to-the-moon/

 

 

See video, here:

(https://youtu.be/rD11s3RcadQ)

 

 

Here is a biography on Ilan Ramon from Wikipedia, accessed December 18, 2018:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilan_Ramon

 

 

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Twin Gems

 

Twin Gems (Randyjw; December 13, 2018)

 

By the eye tonight

dust trails streak across the sky

night showers of light

 

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A Clarion Film

  • Contains graphic and violent scenes. 18+.

A Clarion Film (Randyjw; December 13, 2018)

 

One of Clarion Project’s important films, Save Our Children From Extremism, features children participating in weaponry and army-style tactics to engage in future Jihad.

 

Watch here:

(https://youtu.be/AcwyXCoAM74)

 

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Sunny Songs To Remove The Chill

Sunny Songs To Remove The Chill (Randyjw; December 12, 2018):

 

59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) – Simon and Garfunkel:

(https://youtu.be/bSzZXrf4AkY)

 

Black & White – Three Dog Night:

(https://youtu.be/nKQGV6v_JG0)

 

Here Comes The Sun – George Harrison (The Beatles):

(https://youtu.be/JNS_SUmCJm4)

 

Aquarius / Let The Sun Shine – The Fifth Dimension:

(https://youtu.be/kjxSCAalsBE)

 

Joy To The World – Three Dog Night:

(https://youtu.be/-2wutEzjy_E)

 

Seasons In The Sun – Terry Jacks:

(https://youtu.be/-tPcc1ftj8E)

 

Sunshine On My Shoulders – John Denver:

(https://youtu.be/6WYJcqi_n2o)

 

 

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MEMRI Translation Censored; But Not Anti-Semitic Sources Where It Originated

MEMRI Translation Censored; But Not Anti-Semitic Sources Where It Originated (Randyjw; December 12, 2018):

 

The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) provides a valuable service in translating media sources from original languages, such as Urdu, Farsi, Arabic, Turkish and others, as well as occasionally adding commentary based on historical perspective.

 

MEMRI maintains a YouTube video channel with its efforts, in addition to having been the recipient of the late Senator Tom Lantos’ archival materials on anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial.

 

Recently, YouTube censored MEMRI’s posted video of a Jordanian columnist claiming that the Holocaust was the greatest lie in modern history perpetrated by “Jewish-Zionist myths”, and that “the Zionists have managed to gain media hegemony in Europe”, etc. The broadcast originally appeared on Lebanese television. However, it wasn’t the Holocaust denier spreading falsities about the Jewish people which irked YouTube to flag a video under its Community Guidelines for Hate Speech; it was the translation by MEMRI of the source broadcast which then caused YouTube to limit the distribution of its knowledge , flagging the video and disabling most of its features, so that the world would not know about the disgusting things said on Arabic television about the Jewish people.

 

Okay, social justice criers. Where are you now?

 

See MEMRI’s visual documentation, here:

https://www.memri.org/reports/youtube-censors-memri-tv-clip-hate-speech-%E2%80%93-clip-exposes-commentator-lebanon-tv-calling

 

 

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THE HOMELESS: WE’RE STILL HERE FOR CHRISTMAS

THE HOMELESS: WE’RE STILL HERE FOR CHRISTMAS (Randyjw; December 8, 2018)

 

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Irish Senate BDS’s Israel

 

Irish Senate BDS’s Israel (Randyjw; December 6, 2018)

 

According to World Israel News, the Irish Senate passed the Control of Economic Activities (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018, which discriminates against Israel by making it a crime in Ireland to import or sell any items made in Judea, Samaria, the Golan, and East Jerusalem. A lower parliament vote will expectedly follow before the President can sign it into law.

 

I’ve added the country of Ireland to my own list of Israel Boycotters. Whether or not this bill actually passes now is irrelevant. For a country which has experienced so much of its own religious wars and was practically the teaching role-model to Palestinians for their bombing terror tactics, they have a heck of a lot of gall to single out Jews in Israel to boycott their economy. And as it goes, what goes around, comes around.

 

Never mind that I’ve never found a four-leaf clover, nor seen a leprechaun, for that matter…

 

 

Wolkin, Joseph. “Irish Senate passes bill banning Israeli products”. worldisraelnews.com; December 6, 2018:

https://worldisraelnews.com/irish-senate-passes-bill-banning-israeli-products/

 

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Chanukah 2018

Chanukah 2018 (Randyjw; December 2, 2018)

 

Happy Chanukah!!!

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President GHWB

 

President GHWB (Randyjw; December 1, 2018)

 

I loved you like my father

I was proud of your backbone:

a work ethic, a strength of character

the chutzpah standing upright to terrorists

Special dates always congealing

a birthday, a death

a circle of life

never repeating

but oftentimes,

unravelling, revealing

 

 

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Koshnb

 

Koshnb (Randyjw; December 1, 2018)

 

Why the Jews have been so successful in business, as a whole, has often been due to discrimination. We make our own business, for those who would exclude us from theirs.

 

The newest to debut is a Kosher guest-stay rental listing, in response to the Airbnb discrimination against Jews listing in the areas of Judea and Samaria in Israel.

 

 

via Zev Stub, Janglo.net; as posted to United with Israel.org; “Jewish Hosts and Travellers Worldwide Now Have an ‘Airbnb’ of Their Own!’. November 30, 2018:

https://unitedwithisrael.org/jewish-hosts-and-travellers-worldwide-now-have-an-airbnb-of-their-own/

 

 

Update (April 10, 2019):

 

Sued by Shurat HaDin on behalf of twelve Jewish families with Airbnb listings, Airbnb will not delist the properties and will plough any proceeds from Judea/Samaria into the support of humanitarian organizations.

 

Sales, Ben. “Airbnb will cancel its ban on West Bank settlement listings”. jta.org; April 8, 2019:

https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/embargoed-airbnb-will-cancel-its-ban-on-west-bank-settlement-listings

 

 

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Itzhak Perlman Concert For Pittsburgh 11 To Air December 11, 2018 On PBS

A concert featuring Itzhak Perlman and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra played in commemoration to the victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue massacre, which took place one month ago, will be aired nationally on PBS on December 11, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.

 

For a preview excerpt of the video, see algemeiner.com:

 

Ghermezian, Shiryn. “Violinist Itzhak Perlman Performs at Pittsburgh Concert Marking One-Month Anniversary of Synagogue Shooting”. Algemeiner.com; November 29, 2018:

https://www.algemeiner.com/2018/11/29/violinist-itzhak-perlman-performs-at-pittsburgh-concert-marking-one-month-anniversary-of-synagogue-shooting/

 

 

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Re-Posted and Outdated Article

This is an outdated post. All information is from 2016 and is not valid at present. I am re-posting this to try to stop Russian-writing spammers from attacking this post.

 

Originally Published August 5, 2016

 

I recall when I first saw a performance of Cirque du Soleil. It was on television, and it was the show named Dralion, which featured Chinese acrobats in amazing pyramids, and performers costumed as dancing, serpentine dragons. It was the most exotic engagement of the visual and auditory senses I’d ever encountered, leaving an impression that, to this day, loses none of its wonder and fascination at its sheer artistry and ability to compel a sense of awe.

 

The first live “Cirque” show I saw was ‘O’, an onstage aquatic show at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. It was an incredible performance of diving, dance and danger, as the performers sailed through the air from nosebleed heights to plop into the giant tank constructed as part of the stage. It was unfortunate that I only got to see a small portion of the show, as I’d become sick during its beginning opener and didn’t return until it was practically ended.

 

I have the Michael Jackson shirt from the ONE show. It’s black and purple, for purple is the color of royalty, and Michael was certainly the King of Pop. This shirt never ceases to earn at least several compliments when I wear it.

 

I’ve also been fortunate to see ‘The Beatles LOVE’ show. It was a pyschedelic trip back in time with multiple image projections, which were really a treat, groovy music, and a good vibe, all-around.

 

Cirque du Soleil has had a long-engaging place in performing arts history, beginning in Quebec as a regional street troupe in 1984, known as Le Grande Tour du Cirque du Soleil. Expanding through Canada, and then to the United States, by 1987 its ‘We Reinvent the Circus’ show had become very popularly well-received.

 

It has since grown to substantial proportions, requiring its own practice facilities, set design, textile, shoe-making, costume design and production, housing, and food preparation (they grow herbs and vegetables and their building collects rainwater) at their Canadian headquarters. (1)

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I found this great deal for Cirque du Soleil tickets. Travelzoo.com (Still not a paid spokesperson — though I should be!) is offering presale tickets to Cirque du Soleil shows ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE before sales open to the general public (Miami location; other locations vary). Shows or pricing may vary for different locations and special rules may apply. Pricing is for adult admission; pricing is different for children ages 2-12. Pricing will vary between the range as more tickets are sold. Taxes and Fees may apply. Based on availability (some shows are selling out really fast). Check originating sites for updated information and offer availability. Restrictions may apply.

 

To sign up, create a free account at the Travelzoo.com website (must be of appropriate age to purchase online or to create some accounts). Some venues require calling the Box Office to book, with a required promo code. Choose the appropriate category (“Entertainment”, in this sample). Choose which city where you will be purchasing tickets and for show/venue offerings. Click the blue link where the booking section is located to see the show dates, location, and times. Choose your date/time. Choose your quantity and price range; then select your seats. Fill out the form. The steps are guided; follow the prompts. And enjoy a really great Cirque show.

 

Samplings:

2016 – 2017

Show:       City:         Dates:       Book By:    $$$:

Kurios    Miami    12/10-01/08   08/11   $39 – $245

Tickets at this location go on sale to the public on August 12, 2016.

Toruk  Chicago Thru 08/07 pre-Expiry $42-$140

I would LOVE to see this show; the photos look superb!

(Update: Aug 1, 12:00 pm ET) $42 tickets only available for 08/05/16 show at 3:30. Premium pricing $97.50-$140 only other available pricing for all other dates and times.

OVO St. Louis Thru 08/07 pre-Expiry $31.50-$95

Toruk Indianapolis 08/10-08/14  ASAP  $47-$109

Toruk Evansville 09/01-09/04 pre-Exp. $49-$105

Italia  Salisbury  08/25-08/28  pre-Exp.   $20, $31

Italia Delaware City 08/18-08/22 ASAP   $20, $31

Italia    Dover   08/12-08/14  pre-Expiry  $20, $31

Toruk  Birmingham 08/19-08/21 ASAP $53-$105

Extreme Myrtle Beach thru 10/01 asap $Varied

Orchestra Rows J-V: $22: W-10:30am, Th-2pm; $35: Tue-Sat, 7:30pm. $10: Children 12 and under. Two free children’s tickets (restrictions may apply) with each paid adult admission; must call Box Office and use Travelzoo promo code.

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Some Historical Perspective: (1)

1992 – 2012: Saltimbanco – circus acts and acrobats.

1994 – 2013: Allegría – Baroque ode, for young (and old).

1998: “O” – From dizzying heights, to down below; Swimmers delight in the aquatic show.

2003: Zumanity – adult-themed display of our crazy humanity; All set the scene in this show called ‘Zumanity’.

2011: Iris – Specifically set to the celluloid film; Drama and dance take their place at its helm.

 

More: (2)

Amaluna – Peacock blues and teal greens with gold; a story of love, dramatic and bold.

CRISS ANGEL Believe – Magic and mystery, illusion or reality?

Corteo – Fuschias and tans, angels and clowns; Silk-brushed spans, and flight upside-down.

KÀ – Spearmen and archers — It looks like the Nile; sea creatures, forests, will sure make you smile!

KOOZA – Jesters and colors, we see the Big Top; Gestures and jugglers of gymnasts non-stop!

JOYÀ – Of Mayan meals with three-courses to eat, this dinner and show make the jungle complete!

KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities – Trinkets and tchatchkes, and gears and gadgets; What can be found in the curio cabinets?

La Nouba – Daydreams and circus and colorful cheer; Nightmares and cities? Away goes that fear!

Luzia – Mexico’s animals south of the border, Combine with the artistry made to order!

Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour – A tribute to honor the late King of Pop, this show will sure ‘Thriller’, ‘cuz it’s at the top!

Mystère – This classic cirque with Taiko and drums; the balancing brothers sure make it all fun!

OVO – The life of bugs is one to show; beneath the plants all in a row!

PARAMOUR – Set in the place of the very locale; the story of Broadway is acted so well!

Quidam – The focus of this one is muted by choice; Encouraging people to bring out their voice!

TORUK – The First Flight – The tale of the creature that rules in the sky; the Na’vi must tame him and then they will fly!

TOTEM – The story of man and its various kind; Evolve from amoebas, then leave them behind!

Varekai – A journey begins… Is he lost? Is he found? The creatures without… Are they creatures within?

Viva Elvis – Rocking the house to the music of the King; Elvis Presley makes everyone sing!

Zarkana – Hail, everybody! The circus is in town! See high-wire trapeze artists, jugglers, and clowns!

* Some shows not listed

 

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(1) Staff: The Canadian Press. ” Timeline: The History of the Cirque du Soleil”; Global News; April 20, 2015: (http://globalnews.ca/news/1948935/timeline-the-history-of-the-cirque-du-soleil/); accessed August 5, 2016.

(2) Cirque du Soleil © 2016. Website (assorted pages): (https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/); accessed August 5, 2016.

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