Thursday, March 31, 2011

EZ Commentary 3/31/11

It's been a busy/sick-ish week, so please excuse the lack of real posting. On the positive side of the week, despite (because of? I kid...) Eliezer StrongBad's absence, our Lander Alumni basketball team won its first game of the semester... and then its second.

Today is Major League Baseball's Opening Day, which means my fantasy team is already last in hitting and tops in pitching, as usual. On that note, enjoy a really great promo for the Cleveland Indians entitled What If?, though it has nothing to do with this not quite interesting yet group of prospects. Neither does this one, which is more Cleveland-esque and more emotional.

The New York Times printed a rather ridiculous editorial today by a Jewish couple (which twice emphasized their Jewish heritage as if that gives them a pass) which detailed their transparently predetermined view of their experience going through a checkpoint in Israel (and "Palestine"). All in all, the actual detail doesn't read as so horrible except by perception - not nearly as violating-feeling as a TSA check at an airport, for example. That the structure is a strong, reinforced, and protected one is so obviously due to consistent attacks at checkpoints in addition to innumerable terrorist attacks over the last dozen years is completely ignored. Elder of Ziyon fisks the piece nicely. In case anyone needs a reminder as to why such structures are in place, the Mayor of Itamar Moshe Goldsmith spoke at Yeshiva University today (HT: Fudge) about the tragic massacre of five members of the Fogel family.

I knew it! Gut instincts are shown to be real. (HT: ShanaMaidel)

One of the reasons I love smaller communities (and enjoyed the OU Emerging Communities fair on Sunday) is the real care put into the Jewish community and into other Jews, as told over in this nice story at BeyondBT.

Another reason to dislike Twitter, Foursquare, and other narcissistic social media platforms, plus more innocuous sites such as Flickr: Creepy. Creepy is a site that stalks and aggregates people's frequented hangouts based on their self-published GPS information from those sites. Nice. For parents, advice: Educate your kids about this stuff.

Finally, Harry blasts a pet peeve of mine: People assuming God's motives. In this case, it's Rabbi David Twersky, leader of the Rachmastrivka Chasidic dynasty, saying "The Japanese don’t understand why they keep on receiving blow after blow, and it never ends. If they want it to stop, they must release the two guys jailed in their prison immediately, and then experience salvation." Ugh. There's better Torah coming from Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who delivered a really fantastic 15-minute shmuess at a Chabad dinner. He's a really great speaker, and his divrei Torah are on the mark. (HT: Sam - password is Chabad)