Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Ezzie's Blog Roundup, 12/28 (& Funny Story)

Today was the funeral for my wife's grandfather, A'H. I will post more about that at a later date, iyH. It did, however, allow me the experience of meeting J-blog commenter Charlie Hall, whose brilliance is immediately obvious (and yet another reason he gets along so well with my wife's extended family). It was an honor and pleasure, though next time I hope it will be under better circumstances.

I was also talking in the car with my brother-in-law, who I recently mentioned my blog too, and he told me a very funny story. He was talking last night with a friend of his from Chicago, let's call him "Gregory". Gregory asked my brother-in-law if Dr. Abraham Luchins who just passed away was related to him. My brother-in-law answered that he was, it was in fact his wife's grandfather - but how did Gregory know? Gregory answered that he had read it on a blog, and the name Luchins stuck out, so he figured he would ask. My brother-in-law asked him what blog, out of curiousity, and he answered something like "It's called SerandEz. I started reading it because it covers a lot of the blogs I read, and gives a nice summary."

Well, welcome Gregory, I'm glad you're enjoying!

And now, on to the roundup which I started last night, but didn't have a chance to post...

*Post of the Day* Responding2JBlogs is debating existence, friendship, and religion in his own mind. Fascinating to read, even if you might not agree.

Judaism:
A former professor of mine, David Kirschner, has an excellent, tear-jerky post at Beyond Teshuva regarding his relationships with his father and his son.

Gil has an excellent post from the principal of a girls' high school about the (Aish) movie "Inspired" and what we can practically do to address certain issues.

Godol Hador is deferring to someone greater than him, Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, to ask whether the first 11 chapters or so of the Torah can be learned allegorically.

Mississippi Fred brings in a wonderful comment from another blog regarding the problems that bans have caused - writing off 95% of Judaism.
Life:
Shoshana is going to Israel! And she misses the person who initially started her there the first time, which has made her what she is today.

Compassion in action - and the hypocrisy that sometimes exists. (submitted by SoccerDad)

Jack wants to know if you've ever been addicted to love. He's also got a bunch of other great posts, as always, but to link to all of them takes way too much time. So go to his homepage and read.
Blogging:
Want to make your computer look nicer? Mirty has another post up at CodeScripter! This may be her best one yet - it's easy, fast, and makes everything a whole lot prettier.
Video:
Chaim has up a video from the Avraham Fried/Ohad concert we both attended. Remember that sick note I talked about? This is it. Amazing.
Israel:
Batya muses about the bias in the NYTimes - and dissects a piece. David is disgusted with the LATimes, and dissects the jerk they printed piece by piece.
Check it out!

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