Friday, July 30, 2004

The "Belief-O-Matic"

I saw this on Jen's blog. Thought I'd give it a try. Turns out I am 100% in sync with the beliefs and morals of Orthodox Judaism. Go figure. I guess that explains a lot :). Anyway, go take the test to find out which religion you best fit in (regardless of the one you were born into).

On that note, Shabbat Shalom :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Berkeley used to have the tallest Israeli

OK, maybe he's not the tallest Israeli but he certainly is the tallest one I've ever seen. Anyway, I am talking about Amit Tamir. Israelis that follow basketball are probably familiar with the name. He came to Berkeley to play basketball about 3 years ago. He then tried to get into the NBA (which would've made him the first Israeli in the NBA) but didn't get picked. I read an article yesterday in the Daily Californian (the University's "newspaper")about him and found out he is now going to play for the Greeks. I don't know if that's good or bad since I know very little about sports (especially internationally).

Anyway, getting back to my initial point, Amit Tamir is damn tall. He's 6'10'' which I guess is about 2.084 meters (holy crap). I only saw him on campus a few times but was still amazed each time that there are Israelis that tall.

More on Tamir

Here is what he said about the Israeli army:

JG: Do you think that your three years in the army made you a better person? Maybe not directly on a basketball level, but did you come away from it with some things that are helping you now?

Tamir: Yeah, it makes you a stronger person, it makes you a lot more mature. Of course in the army, no matter what level you are on-- in combat or not-- you still have to deal with superiors, people constantly being in control of you. And you can relate that to a basketball team-- you have the coaches and the hierarchy of the team-- so you are able to accept it and to be more understanding of the situation everyone is in.

Monday, July 26, 2004

Tisha be Av

Tonite begins the one day fast to commemorate (among other things) the destruction of the Jewish temples. We are in mourning on that day and actually for the whole 3 weeks before it. I only learned this year of the many restrictions of the 3 week period like: you can't get a haircut, you can't listen to music (debate whether that means live music or all music), and during the last 9 days you don't eat meat and some don't bathe!! Now there is only so much I can take on. I decided to continue showering but did give up meat (which was hard for me because I love meat).

Tonite, my Rabbi has invited a Holocaust survivor to come speak about his experiences in the death camps. I was invited to come hear it and I told the Rabbi that I had heard enough Holocaust stories in my life. There was a whole period in my life that I was obsessed with learning more and more about the Holocaust and finding out how it affected my family. I was consumed with it mostly because I thought I was obligated to know all about it. It's true, I am obligated. Afterall, it is MY history as tragic as it was. But I no longer force myself to hear stories about it if I don't feel like it. The Rabbi's intention was to get me depressed enough that I would fast tomorrow. Maybe one day I will fast this day but for now, Yom Kippur is the only day I fast and I barely make it through that one!

But to those who will be fasting, I wish you an easy fast.

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