Friday, April 16, 2004

The Cat Club in San Francisco

Listen up ISRAELIS (and everyone else). I have what I consider an amazing story to tell you guys. I went with a few friends last night into the city. The Cat Club has 1984 nights on thursdays which means that the entire night consisted of 80's music and theme. It is very successful and was packed beyond belief.

Coincidence #1: My friend that I was with runs into a bunch of people she knows from her hometown in Southern California. I ask, "who are these people?" Her response, "These are a bunch of Jews I went to school with back home!" One of them was named Oren so I had to know if he was Israeli. I started to talk to him asking him all kinds of questions like what he does, where does he live blablabla. Here comes

Coincidence #2: About every other minute someone different would come up to Oren and he would say to them, "Manishma Achi" (literally: How are you my brother). OK so in the span of about 10 minutes I met about 6 Israelis. I was trying to figure out what the hell was going on. Oren explained to me that they all party at this club every thursday night. Have I ever mentioned how much I love meeting Israelis? I was in heaven!

How's this for symbolism: I started talking to one of them in particular, trying to figure out what the hell he was doing in San Francisco and the US. I explained to him how I want to move to Israel and he told me he couldn't wait to go back there. He loves the place like nothing else. What is this guy's name? Israel! Talking up Israel and how much we love the place with a guy named Israel.

So this is to alert the Israelis of the Bay Area and the world. If you want to meet other Israelis (although I guess most don't because they get plenty of that in Israel), thursday night at the Cat Club in SF.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Happy Belated Birthday!

To my brother Amir who turned 26 on April 13th.

And to Aviv Jasmine who was born on April 13th healthy and so cute! Mazal Tov to the parents.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Great Bumper Sticker

Saw it here in Berkeley if you can believe it:

"Besides ending slavery, fascism, nazism, and communism, war has never solved anything"

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

The Life of a College Student

I realized today that I have 3 problem sets due thursday. All of which will be quite time consuming. How shitty. Here I thought that since I was done with midterms I could relax but it seems like there is never a break. *sigh*. I realize that my problems are pathetic next to real problems. What keeps me motivated? The fact that I am going this friday to Santa Barbara with a good friend of mine for the weekend. I am really really hoping it will be sunny so that I can lie out on the beach and tan. Just have to survive till Thursday. Let you know how it goes.

Tomorrow I will inquire on the Dershowitz tickets. My parents have expressed interest in going as well. That should be a nice family outing. :)

Sunday, April 11, 2004

Random Jottings

I have had a million thoughts running through my head that I wanted to post about. Too bad I don't walk around with a notepad because I have forgotten half of them. I went to Hillel on friday for the first time this semester (for services). I actually enjoyed it a lot. We read Psalm 121. I found it so beautiful.

I lift up my eyes to the hills --
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip --
He who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, He who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD watches over you --
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The LORD will keep you from all harm --
He will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forever more.

Also, Alan Dershowitz is coming to Berkeley at the end of this month. I will try to get tickets to go see him (and also try and finish reading his book before then as well.)

Oh and, did anyone watch Saturday Night Live last night? I love watching the Weekend Update. This time they had a mock news bit about Jews celebrating Passover. Jimmy says something along the lines of, "Thousands of Jews in this country celebrate Passover at their Seder. They say "Next year in Jerusalem". Meanwhile, Jews in Jerusalem say, "get me the hell out of here!" " Followed by tons of laughter. Yes...I see the humor. It isn't so funny. I mean, yes, it is funny. But it's funny because it's true and that fact is quite saddening. Regardless of that, I hope that the next Passover Seder I do will be in Erez Israel (God willing)!

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