Wednesday, July 15, 2009

EZ Reads, 7/15/09

  • Honestly Frum with an interesting rant to the Modern Orthodox world.
  • Ariella at Kallah Magazine asks what you'd do different if you could redo your wedding.
  • Gil writes about whether one is obligated to give charity to someone who does not work (and can). Conclusion: No.
  • I enjoyed this list of classic insults from classic people. A couple fun examples:
    "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

    "Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?" - Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)

    "A modest little person, with much to be modest about." – Winston Churchill
  • Fantastic piece by Mortimer Zuckerman on unemployment in today's Wall Street Journal. Basically, this is much worse than the numbers say, and we've just blown a trillion dollars.
  • A really good piece on judges and umpires in the New York Times. Interesting and well-written.
  • RafiG notes that new Cav Anthony Parker is wearing #18 to harken back to his positive times as part of Maccabi Tel Aviv. Cool.
  • He also has a hilarious "Jewish Sports" video that is so classically Jewish. "Come on, let him move up 6 meters... his mother came so far to watch him... Why can't you do a little favor!? Everyone is against the Jews!"


  1. Ezzie, I thought my "rant" was aimed at both the Modern orthodox community and the charedi community. The charedim have gone so far over the edge that they feel they are the only true torch carriers of the mesorah. It's time for them to wake up and realize that it is petty differenced like the color of our shirts which divide us and we both have the same objective, to worship G-d and honor his name, we just have different ways of getting there. Shivim panim latorah seems not to apply to the yeshivishe velt. There is more that unites us than divides us but for some reason they use the torah as a weapon to drive us apart.

  2. Thanks for the link, Ezzie. I await your comment on the matter. It was only 5 years ago for you, so it should be fairly clear in your mind.

  3. On Hemingway, his writing was actually very much shaped by the influence of Gertrude Stein.

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