Monday, October 30, 2006

Vermin MK calls for the world to "Punish Israel"

Reason number 1,702 for the vermin scum to be expelled from Eretz Israel.
YNet News - Arab MKs rush to praise move taken by Minister Ophir Pines-Paz, who resigned from government following Lieberman's inclusion. MK Zahalka: World should punish Israeli government for Lieberman's inclusion like it punished Austrian government for Haider's inclusion.

Any questions? No? Good, so let's hurry up and kick 'em right the f-ck out already.


Thursday, October 26, 2006

Peres campaigns to free "Palestinian" terrorists from jail

Shimon Peres is an insidious coward who immediately grabs his ankles every time a moslem walks by him with a hard-on. One wonders just how much of Arafat's diseased spooge went down Peres' throat before he died of AIDS. This is when MZ becomes outraged with politics in Israel and starts calling Medinot Israel a "failed state".

Ynet News - Vice Premier Shimon Peres is meeting with Knesset members from left and center to garner support for presidential bid. During meetings Peres gives his political vision, and explains why he is better than Likud rival Reuven Rivlin because of position on releasing prisoners

Sources within the Knesset say that people close to Peres have told MKs from the left, that if he were to be elected president, Peres will strongly consider pardoning Palestinian prisoners in a deal to release the kidnapped soldiers. On the other hand, there is a feeling in the Knesset that Rivlin will not sign any pardon for Palestinian prisoners.

MKs from the Labor have also confirmed these words, saying they have heard them from Peres before.

That Peres and Olmert are so cuddly together is no surprise, but WTF? What's wrong with the Israelis? Why is Peres still in politics after all of his past failures, and how is it that campaigning to free terrorist moslems from prison HELPS him politically? Insanity reigns supreme in the land.

Oh, and one last nugget of corruption from the top...

Ynet News - Following their meeting in Jerusalem Wednesday, an agreement was reached between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz. Israel Our Home was to join the government and the Labor faction was to receive ‘perks’ as an incentive to remain in the coalition.

Again, what is wrong with the majority of Jews living in the Land!? Give concessions to moslems who don't even recognize your right to exist, and then keep right on electing the same lowlife criminals to office??

This, on the heals of President Katsav being run out of office on bribery and sexual assault charges?

I know, I must get worse before it gets better. Yeah, yeah, feh...


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Remembering Rehavem Zeevi

Rehavem "Ghandi" Zeevi, the founder of the Molodet Party and the National Union, was murdered by terrorist vermin 5 years ago today, at the age of 75, outside of a hotel in Jerusalem.

He had just announced he was resigning his party from the Sharon coalition government over their decision to expel Jews and give away part of Hebron to the vile, filthy moslem scum, when he was tragically gunned down in broad daylight by Pseudostinians on his way to the Knesset.

Zeevi was not exactly a Kach Party Kahanist, as he did not agree that the State needed to be ruled by Jewish Law, but he agreed with Rav Kahane in the idea of transfer. Like Kahane he believed the arabs were vermin who needed to be pushed out, though he used the term "voluntarily". However, voluntarily to Zeevi meant making the moslems so miserable, harrassed and terrified to live in Israel that they would have no choice but to settle East of the Jordan River and serve as human shields against any attack that might come from Iran or Iraq.

Zeevi commonly refererred to the moslems as "cancer" and "lice". He frequently lambasted the arab MK's in Knesset and despised Israel's current concessionist Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert. In fact, he sued Olmert for libel in 1987 after being falsely accused of taking payola from mobsters, and made no secret of his loathing for the effete liberal socialite, ripping him whenever the opportunity presented itself.

So, here's to the late, great Rehavem Zeevi: A man of principle, courage, and a deep hatred for Ehud Olmert and the moslem vermin scum that must be expelled from the Land.


Monday, October 23, 2006

Kadima expands leftwing coalition

Yisroel Beteinu ("Israel our Home"), a party that won 11 Knesset seats in Israel's last general election by pretending to be "right of center", has today done what so many other parties in Israel's corrupt parliamentary system have done over the years: Sold out to the Left in order to gain personal political power and wealth.

Led by Russian immigrant Avi Lieberman, Yisroel Beteinu was at one time part of the hawkish, anti-concessionist National Union Party, but left when Lieberman decided to approve Ariel Sharon's Gaza Pogrom against the Jews. Leiberman's joining with Sharon's "capitulation coalition" helped pave the way for the brutal, criminal expulsion of 9,000 innocent Jewish civilians from their homes and villages last year following Tisha B'Av.

After being one of the leading critics against Olmert's cowardly pacifism during the Hezbalon War, Lieberman once again duped his constituency - which expected him to help bring down the unpopular, leftist Kadima government - and chose to strengthen Kadima and Labor by unconditionally joining their coalition rather than push for new elections.

Lieberman had earlier threatened that he would not join the Olmert government unless it officially renounced any further Land concessions, but decided to join anyway when Olmert refused the demand because he said he would advance his agenda "from within".

This is the political double-speak, of course, for, "I sold out my promises for money and perks."

Yisrael Beiteinu’s 11 mandates give the Olmert coalition a Knesset majority of 78 out of 120 seats, leaving only Likud (12 mandates) and National Union (9 mandates) as opposition parties from the right. However, closer inspection reveals that Likud, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, also desires "Land for Peace" concessions, only they want the retreat negotiated with the terrorists first rather than unilaterally like Kadima/Labor.

The anti-concession coalition, therefore, remains at just 9 puny NU mandates vs. the 111 pro-capitulation seats currently held in the Knesset.

Meanwhile, in related news, Labor chief and Defense Minister Amir Peretz just announced that he is preparing to expel more Jews from what the dhimmi Left refers to as "unauthorized, illegal settlements" (i.e., Jews living in Judea and Samaria whom the moslems and leftists want beaten and removed by force).

Gotta get worse before it gets better, right? Isn't that what everyone keeps telling me? Yes, yes, of course that's how it works...everything must get worse before it gets better.

Um, just one little question, though: How much worse...??


BBC confession: "We're guilty of leftwing bias"

It's truly stunning to see the mainstream media ever experience a moment of candor and admit to being liberally biased. We all know that they are overtly pro-islam, feminist, homosexual, socialist, and outwardly anti-Zionist, but to hear them forced to admit it publicly is priceless.

Ynet News - An internal memo, recently discovered by the British media, revealed what the BBC has been trying to hide. Senior figures admitted in a recent 'impartiality' summit that the BBC was guilty of promoting Left-wing views and anti-Christian sentiment.

Most executives admitted that the corporation’s representation of homosexuals and ethnic minorities was unbalanced and disproportionate, and that it leaned too strongly towards political correctness, the overt promotion of multiculturalism, anti-Americanism and discrimination against the countryside.

A truly shocking revelation to come out of the summit was expected to invoke a storm in Britain, which has already reached the boiling point with regards to the treatment of Muslims and the issue of the veil.

For the purpose of illustration, the executives were given a scenario in which Jewish Comedian Sasha Baron Cohen would participate in a program titled ‘Room 101’, a studio program where guests would be asked for their opinions on different issues, and allowed to symbolically throw things they hated in a garbage bin.

The executives were asked what they would do if Cohen decided to throw ‘Kosher food’, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bible, and the Koran in the garbage bin.

The executives said they would allow everything to be thrown in the garbage bin, save the Koran, for fear of offending the British Muslim community.

Of course, nothing will be seriously done to eliminate the leftwing bias, but let's at least savour this rare, fleeting moment when the evil empire confesses to their sins before the world. Perhaps the New York Times et al, will also now feel compelled to cleanse their souls like the BBC?

I won't hold my breath.


Sunday, October 22, 2006

Verdict: modern Israel is not a colossal mistake

It is a colossal dissappointment, but not a mistake.

Only in Israel are Jews beaten and expelled from their homes by the government just because they are Jewish.

Only in Israel are non-Zionist Ultra-Orthodox Jews given cradle-to-grave handouts without ever being asked to get a job.

Only in Israel do terrorists who attack and kill Jews get released from prison as a "good will gesture".

Only in Israel are the Jewish nationalist parties banned while moslem parties that call for the genocide of the Jews permitted.

Only in Israel does international opinion count more than Jewish lives.

Only in Israel are moslem sites protected by the Jewish military while Jewish ones are under moslem control and often off limits to Jews.

Yet, despite all these abominations, I conclude that having this Israel is still better than having none at all.

Dissappointment: yes!

Mistake: NO!

This Hellenized land of liberalism and appeasement can't last, but what rises up to replace it will be stronger, better, and likely to last for a very long time. The population growth is moving in the right direction and time is on our side.


Friday, October 20, 2006

Is the modern State of Israel a colossal mistake?

The title of this article is not a typo, and, no, I am not playing a practical joke with a big GOTCHA waiting at the end just for a few yuks. The truth is, I am seriously beginning to believe that creating this modern "State of Israel" was, in fact, a tremendous mistake and that this entity doesn't really have any justifiable right to exist.

Yes, MZ is serious.

I just can't deny the facts anymore, gang. Simply put: A Jewish State ruled by progressive secular liberalism instead of Jewish Law is an abomination. I just can't get past the fact that if Israel is not based on Jewish Law than why in the world should it exist at all? What do we need it for?

Seriously, I want to know from someone, anyone, a worthwhile reason for the Jewish State to exist if not to fulfill our biblical obligations. I have racked my brain over and over again, and all I can conclude is that a political Jewish State that is not based on Jewish Law is nonsensical.

Think about it. As Jews, we can freely live in any western country in the world, and have everything from a secular perspective we could ever want. We need another nation like all the others like we need a hole in the head. We can have sexy nightclubs anywhere; gay parades anywhere; fine dining anywhere; liberal universities anywhere; but Halacha can ONLY be the Law in a Jewish State and without that pursuit we are wasting our time, money and innocent lives for nothing but inane, empty dreams.

Seriously, what is the point of the "Medinot Israel" facade? To become the Utopian enclave of western secularism? To become the 51st State in the Union?

Help me out here, because I just don't see it.

Over Shabbos I'll be giving these conclusions more thought. Bereishis (In the beginning...) is the parsha, so it is a good time to ponder heavy subject matter like this.


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Arrested moslem terrorist wrote American public school policy

The United Emirates of America is aggressively preparing to be absorbed into the next caliphate. Schools, politicans, media, lawyers,'s all lining up nicely for the vermin filth to impose their Sharia Law on our oblivious, dhimmi asses.

Worldnet Daily - A man arrested as a terror suspect for allegedly trying to transport $340,000 from a group tied to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and who reputedly had connections to Osama bin Laden, helped write the "Religious Expression in Public Schools" guidelines issued by President Clinton during his tenure in office.

And that could explain why students at a California school were told as part of their required classes they would become Muslims and pray to Allah – and a federal judge approved that, and why an Oregon school this year is delivering similar lessons to its students, as WND has reported.

Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was president of the American Muslim Council and a supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, worked with President Clinton and the American Civil Liberties Union when the guidelines, launched by Clinton in 1995, were being developed, according to reports.

When Clinton issued the guidelines, he announced that they had been developed by "35 religious groups" but didn't disclose that many of those were civil rights organizations such as the ACLU, and committed whole-heartedly to the separation of church and state.

Wake up and smell the coffee, America. You are just inches away from becoming the North American extention of the moslem empire. I'm growing more and more disgusted with the worldwide, pathetic ass-kissing of the moslem scum. Will anybody, anywhere, rise up and do something about this before it's too late?

I've had it.


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Condi Rice is an arabist skank, Part II

It's been one hell of a week for Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. First she gives a speech (sermon?) about how she is dedicated to ending the "humiliation of occupation" of the moslems by those damn Jews, and now she is bringing formal charges against Israel for restricting migration of "Palestinian" Americans.

Ynet News - The US State Department filed an official complaint against the Israeli government Tuesday at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, saying that Israel caused problems for American citizens of Palestinian origin and limited their entry and exit of the territories. The complaint was filed following instructions from US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice herself.

Is there any remaining doubt that Rice is a Jew-hating arabist skank? The fact that she would bring formal charges against Israel for restricting the flow of terrorists throughout their country proves that it's time for Israel to end all diplomatic relations with the US State Department. In addition, Israel should inform Ms. Rice that her presence in Israel is no longer welcomed and refuse to grant her entry into the Jewish State until further notice.

Then again, it is Ehud "Mad Concessionist" Olmert running the show, so he's undoubtedly formulating a fresh new round of capitulations to the vermin just to please Mistress Rice. Dance Ehud Bojangles, dance.


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

28 month suspended sentence for terrorist skank Lynne Stewart

A career terror-supporting attorney, who was found guilty of treason for smuggling the messages of an imprisoned moslem terrorist to his moslem terrorist contacts on the outside, was let off the hook today by a leftist judge who during sentencing gushed over her "glorious history" of representing "poor, disadvantaged and unpopular clients".

In an astonishingly soft sentence for the crime of high treason, U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl gave the terrorist skank a measly 28 month suspended sentence. Think about that for a second; a 28 month suspended sentence for conspiracy to proliferate islamic terrorism against America!

This is truly incredible. That nasty, putrid skank, with a huge rap-sheet of defending islamic terrorists, is let off by a liberal judge because of her history of defending "unpopular clients"? That's like a rapist getting off for having an honorable history of molesting innocent women and children.

Here are a couple of quotes from Stewart's "honorable past" that helped persuade Judge Koetl not to hand her the full 30-year sentence she was supposed to receive.

"I don’t believe in anarchistic violence, but in directed violence. That would be violence directed at the institutions which perpetuate capitalism, racism, and sexism, and the people who are the appointed guardians of those institutions, and accompanied by popular support."

"The September 11 terrorist attacks on America were an "armed struggle" like Hiroshima and Dresden. I have a lot of trouble figuring out why that is wrong, especially when people are placed in a position of having no other way."

Here's another tidbit of Stewart's "ignoble past" that moved the "honorable" judge Koetl to set her free: Stewart's former paralegal, Ahmed Abdel Sattar, is serving 24 years in prison for plotting to kill people in a foreign country! Yes, she got busted having wrote a paper urging for the murder of the Jews.

Isn't that all just so warm and fuzzy? Yes, Lynne Stewart sure has been a great humanitarian and noble American. The 28 month suspended sentence makes perfect sense in light of her great career helping people, doesn't it? I know I feel safer knowing that the "honorable" judge Koetle is protecting the American people from behind the court bench.

Perhaps you'd be interested in contacting the "honorable" judge Koetl? Let me help make it easier for you.
Honorable John G. Koeltl United States District Judge Southern District of New York United States Courthouse 500 Pearl Street New York, New York 10007

If you think about it, you may want to remind him of how traitors like the Rosenberg's were treated by our courts just 50 years ago. Seems like another world, doesn't it?


Monday, October 16, 2006

Condi RIce is an arabist skank

WTF? I figured Condi Rice would become more pro-vermin the minute she accepted Bush's appointment as Seceratary of State, but come on... the chick might as well slap on a veil and begin chanting "allahu ahkbar" with all the appeasement sewage that's been spewing out of her dhimmi mouth lately.

Arutz Sheva - United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday America could have no greater legacy than to have divided the Land of Israel and established a Palestinian state to end the "humiliation of occupation."

Rice made the statements at a dinner marking the third anniversary of the American Task Force on Palestine.

"The Palestinian people deserve a better life, a life that is rooted in liberty, democracy, uncompromised by violence and terrorism, unburdened by corruption and misrule and forever free of the daily humiliation of occupation," Rice said. "I promise you my personal commitment to that goal."

"I believe there could be no greater legacy for America than to help bring into being a Palestinian state for people who have suffered too long, have been humiliated too long," Rice added.

Excuuuuuse me?? You are dedicated to freeing the "Palestinians" from the "humiliation of occupation"? HELLO!! I'm at a loss for words - well, no I'm not. This skank is no better than Ahmedinijad or Nasralla at this point, and this shows us exactly how bad it is for Israel to be beholden to all the US government aid.

I say, end their "humiliation" by throwing every last vile moslem f-ck right the f-ck out of our JEWISH HOLY LAND.

Moshe Dayan

By the way, twenty five years ago on this day Moshe Dayan, the famous Israeli general and politician, died at age 65. Dayan led many early heroic missions over the vermin filth in his younger days, but, just as Sharon will always be remembered for tragically capitulating to the vermin by expelling the Jews and handing Gaza over to the moslems, so, too, will Dayan's legacy be the mother of all cowardly concessions: Giving away the Temple Mount to the moslems as a "good will gesture" in 1967.

Everything Dayan ever accomplished militarily was forever erased by that unforgivable act of heresy. He was buried in disgrace and must be remembered as a pariah in the eyes of Kol Yisroel for all times.


Thursday, October 12, 2006

Shmini Atzeret/Simchas Torah

As Sukkot now winds down toward the end of a great week of partying and celebration in the sukka, we say goodbye to it in the only fitting way the holiday should be ended: with an even bigger and better party!!

During the Sukkot festival, in biblical Temple times, 70 bulls were offered as a sacrifice during the week, which the Talmud explains represented each of the 70 gentile nations who were also welcomed to receive God's blessing at this pilgrimage celebration. Yes, the Temple was not just meant for Jews alone, but to be the symbol of our obligation to being a light unto ALL nations as commanded by God. By contrast, you may have noticed the islamo-vermin don't look too fondly upon infidels showing up in Mecca for their moon-god Haj pilgrimage, but that's another story.

Anyway, when it's all over and done, the party continues on with one more holy day, Shmini Atzeret/Simchas Torah. On this day there was but one bull sacrifice offered at the Holy Temple, a bull which represented our nation, Yesharun, the Children of Israel, God's chosen people, for a day for us to offer God our undivided attention for His blessings. This is often thought to be part of Sukkot, the very end of the Succos holiday, but it isn't. Rather, it is a day unto itself, without the obligations to dwell in the sukka or shake the lulav.

Shmini is most commonly observed as a festive meal and a Yizkor service at the shul. Yizkor is a service where people who have lost a parent or a child (God forbid) are offered a special service of their own to observe and honor the memory of their lost loved one. Every major Jewish holiday has an accompanying Yizkor service.

Another day, which is attatched to Shmini Atzeret, is Simchas Torah. Around the 11th century, this day was tacked on to Shmini because it is when the corresponding final reading of the Torah in Devarim (Deuteronomy) takes place, and to celebrate our completing of the annual cycle of Torah we immediately, without hesitating, begin to read from the beginning of Torah, Beraishis (Genesis), to show that Torah does not end, the cycle of Jewish life continues indefinitely, and we can begin fresh and new with another cycle of Torah learning as if we have been given the greatest gift from God, His Torah, brand new, all over again, for the first time.

On this day, all men are called up to the Torah for an aliya of reading. Torah scrolls are danced around and around afterward, while all the men sing and clap. Of course, fueling the dancing and singing are plentiful numbers of l'chaims to be drank. Traditionally, Jews eat big meals, drink a lot of spirits, and dance and sing like we have never danced or sang before. It is a great holiday, a day in which MZ will be starting the l'chaims in earnest on Sunday morning, as is my community's custom to have the next morning be the big party, as opposed to Chabad which parties hardest on the evening prior. My inlaws will be at Chabad Saturday night for their party, while I will be doing it up at my shul on Sunday morning.

So, my friends, I will be finishing up Succos tonight, beginning Shmini tomorrow night, and then letting it all loose for Simchas Torah Saturday night/Sunday. Oh, and before anyone asks, there is no driving permitted according to Torah for either Shmini or Simchas Torah, so have no fear...MZ will be back blogging again in force on Monday.

Good Yuntif!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Sharia Law in Minnesota

It seems the dhimmitization of America is moving full speed ahead. Be sure that before you fly to Minneapolis that you have your burkas and khafias ready, otherwise it could be "NO CAB FOR YOU!"

Jerusalem Post - Some Muslim taxi drivers serving the airport declared, starting about a decade ago, that they would not transport passengers visibly carrying alcohol, for example, in transparent duty-free shopping bags. This stance stemmed from their understanding of the Koran's ban on alcohol. A driver named Fuad Omar explained: "This is our religion. We could be punished in the afterlife if we agree to [transport alcohol]. This is a Koran issue. This came from heaven." Another driver, Muhamed Mursal, echoed his words: "It is forbidden in Islam to carry alcohol."

The issue emerged publicly in 2000. On one occasion, 16 drivers in a row refused a passenger with bottles of alcohol. This left the passenger, who had done nothing legally and morally wrong, feeling like a criminal. For their part, the 16 cabbies lost income. As Josh L. Dickey of the Associated Press put it, when drivers at the airport refuse a fare for any reason, "they go to the back of the line. Waaaay back. Past the terminal, down a long service road, and into a sprawling parking lot jammed with cabs in Bloomington, where drivers sit idle for hours, waiting to be called again."

To avoid this predicament, Muslim cabbies asked the Metropolitan Airports Commission for permission to refuse passengers carrying liquor, or even suspected of carrying liquor, without their being banished to the end of the line. The airport authority rejected this appeal, worried that drivers might offer religion as an excuse to refuse short-distance passengers.

The number of Muslim drivers has by now increased, to the point that they reportedly make up three-quarters of the airport's 900 cabdrivers. By September 2006, on average, Muslims turned down three fares a day on booze-related grounds. According to airport spokesman Patrick Hogan, this issue has "slowly grown over the years to the point that it's become a significant customer service issue."

...WITH THIS in mind, MAC proposed a pragmatic solution: drivers unwilling to carry alcohol could get a special color light on their car roofs, signaling their views to taxi starters and customers alike...From the airport's point of view, this scheme offers a sensible and efficient mechanism to resolve a minor irritant, leaving no passenger insulted and no driver losing business.

But on a societal level, the proposed solution has massive and worrisome implications. Among them: The two-light plan intrudes Shari'a law, with state sanction, into a mundane commercial transaction in Minnesota.

What of taxi drivers beyond those at the airport? Other Muslim hacks in Minneapolis-St. Paul and across the country could well demand the same privilege. Bus conductors might follow suit. The whole transport system could be divided between those Islamically observant and those not so.

Why stop with alcohol? Muslim taxi drivers in several countries already balk at allowing seeing-eye dogs in their cars. Future demands could include not transporting women with exposed arms or hair, homosexuals, and unmarried couples. For that matter, they could ban men wearing kippas, as well as Hindus, atheists, bartenders, croupiers, astrologers, bankers, and quarterbacks.

The airport authority has consulted on the taxi issue with the Minnesota chapter of the Muslim American Society, an organization the Chicago Tribune has established is devoted to turning the United States into a country run by Islamic law. The wife of a former head of the organization, for example, has explained that its goal is "to educate everyone about Islam and to follow the teachings of Islam with the hope of establishing an Islamic state."

Nice to know that the airport authorities are consulting terrorist organizations which are openly seeking to impose sharia law on America for resolving public transportation issues. While they're at it, why not just hire the Klan to consult on how to improve their customer service?

I actually don't mind the idea, though, to force the vermin drivers to put a special light on their cabs. For protection, it would be nice to in advance be able to reject any moslem pile of terrorist excrement from being my cab driver.

For that matter, we should force all the vile moslem filth to put up a light so we know not to give them one friggin cent of our money. A light in every moslem home so we know not to move near them. A light on every moslem car so we know not to park near them. A light on every moslem business so we know not to patronize them.

I think this might just be the best idea I've heard in a long time, and to think it came from the vermin themselves! BRILLIANT!


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Islam in our schools

More and more of our elementary schools are openly indoctrinating students with islam believing it will promote "tolerance" and "multi-culturalism". It would be fine with me if they taught the true nature of Islam: ruthless dhimmitude, sharia law, violent jihad, beheadings, child rape, honor killings, world domination, 70 virgin orgies in heaven, etc. Of course, the schools whitewash the vile truth and teach islam as a "religion of peace" and promote it as a warm-fuzzy culture of fun, colorful clothes, exotic language, and tasty ethnic foods, instead.

Worldnet Daily - Another school has been "teaching" Islam by having students study and learn Muslim prayers and dress as Muslims, and a lawyer who argued a previous dispute over this issue to the U.S. Supreme Court said such methodologies wouldn't "last 10 seconds" if it were Christianity being taught.

"Would it have been 'just cultural education' if students were in simulated baptisms, wearing a crucifix, having taken the name of St. John and with praise banners saying 'Praise be to Jesus Christ' on classroom walls?" asked Edward White III, of the Thomas More Law Center.

His comments came after a new protest arose in Nyssa, Ore., where one parent raised objections when the Islamic teachings came to light. The district there, according to Supt. Don Grotting, is teaching a chapter in a history textbook "Journey Across Time" that talks about "how civilization has developed and some of the particular aspects of Islam."

"We teach out of the book, and there are some supplemental class activities," he told WND. "The kids do some skits, they could bring a food from the region, you could build a prop that would have depicted (something) maybe during that time period.

"If you wanted to you could dress up (as a Muslim) for extra credit," he said.

He said students also learned about the climate of the Middle East, the food and everyday activities of Islam, and the geography and the lay of the land.

Still another assignment was to learn the "five pillars" of Islam, study Ramadan and listen to guest speakers including an American Muslim who arrived dressed in her religious costume to talk to the kids about her Quran.

"She relayed to the kids, if you're a Christian you have your Bible, this is our Quran," Grotting said.

Why not have Intro to Nazism as long as we're at it and show how much fun Octobrefest is, how nicely the umpa-bands can play, how cool it is to make your own swastikas, teach the fine organizational skills of Hitler and the SS, explain why the aryan race really is so wonderful, and then have all the kiddies dress up in leiderhosen and sing Deutcheland Uberalis just for kicks?

Maybe Mafia 101? Have a cooking class to show how fun and yummy Italian food is, teach about all the important community work the Mob does, have Gangster dress up day, and throw a toy machine gun contest??

Wait, how about Serial Killer Month where all the kids dress up as their favorite mass murderer and write letters of support to them in jail? Maybe have "last meal day", and then discuss how much better therapy works to stop crime than punishment?

Sick. The coddling must end. Think the elementary schools taught the virtues of Nazism and Japanese imperialism during WWII? We will never win this war until islam is directly targeted as the enemy, the koran is outlawed, and the moslems all are rounded up, jailed, and then expelled for being part of a terrorist organization.

Are there nice moslems? I would imagine there are. Islam, however, is a terrorist organization and you can't have it both ways. If you choose to belong to a terrorist organization than you must pay the consequences, period.


Monday, October 09, 2006

Oops! Another concessionist admits to being wrong feels so good to be back to my blogging passion of exposing the stupidity of appeasing the vermin and thinking it will somehow lead to peace. Here's yet another idiot concessionist who has suddenly realized that land for peace with the moslem scum is shockingly a tragic mistake after all.

Well, unless you mean throwing them out of OUR Land in exchange for peace, that is.

( Kadima Knesset Member Amira Dotan Sunday evening joined a growing group of leaders who have admitted that last year's demolitions of Jewish communities and expulsion of the residents were a mistake. "I am embarrassed at what we did," MK Dotan said during a tour organized by former Gush Katif communities.

Last week, Kadima MK Tzachi HaNegbi said the expulsions and demolitions, which the government termed "disengagement," were a mistake because "they were interpreted as weakness, which brought about attacks" from the south and north.

Recently, the retiring Chief Rabbi of the IDF Yisrael Weiss publicly questioned whether the expulsion plan was in vain, and Major-General Yiftach Ron Tal attacked both the military and political establishment for establishing and carrying out the program.

Funny, but I don't think the 9,000 Jews you voted to expel from their homes in Gaza feel any happier standing in line at the soup kitchen because you say "ooops!" I'd also wager that the Jews in Sderot, who duck kassam rockets every day from what had been Jewish Gaza, are none to relieved to see you suddenly wake up after the fact, either.

Still, I suppose it's better to admit to having been a total dumbass traitor back then, and move forward to correct your mistakes, than remain a dhimmi loser forever.


Thursday, October 05, 2006

Reflecting on Yom Kippur - Part 3: The final chapter

Part 3 - *This is the final installment of a 3 part series.*

Now that Yom Kippur has come and gone, I have decided to change things up a bit and share with you my personal Atonement Day experience rather than posting for you my typical universal explanations of what the Holy Day is all about. I have been asked in the past to give "day-in-the-life" posts about Shabbos, so, with that request in mind, I am going to begin with Friday night bringing in Shabbos and end Monday night at the break-fast. Hopefully, you will find being a fly on MZ's wall for this year's Yom Kippur journey to be enlightening and entertaining, but, if not, than I apologize in advance for being a bore.

Sunday, 12:16pm

We are finishing up a 1st birthday party for our friends twins and saying our goodbyes. Everyone wishes each other an easy fast and G'mar Tovah, the wish that we be favorably inscribed and sealed in God's book of judgement on Yom Kippur. Of course, Mrs. Z will not be fasting this year since she is pregnant and can't afford a trip to the hospital for dehydration. Jewish law is clear about this: She'll eat the minimum and drink the minimum to remain out of harm's way.

We are now headed to a beautiful resort hotel that Mrs. Z's parents (Bubbe and Zaide Z) are putting the whole family up in together for Yom Kippur. Mrs. Z's parents shul is quite small and can't hold the mass quantities of people who show up for Yom Kippur services, so the Rabbi books a hotel and its facilities for the entire Holy day event. We'll have our pre-fast meal and break-fast meal, plus all the davening, right there on the hotel grounds. Very nice and convenient for all, plus Mrs. Z is always happiest when she gets to do the holidays with her family.


We arrive at the hotel and check in. I am anxious to get up to the room, have a snack and watch the football games, while Mrs. Z prepares to go down to the pool with her parents and Baby Z. Mrs. Z's family doesn't follow sports, especially football, so they are amused and confused by my passion for the game. Actually, Bubbe Z does follow baseball a bit, and Mrs. Z is a very good sports wife, but Zaide....well, he tries, and he's polite about it, but lets just say it is not his cup of tea.

Oh, no! I get to the room and they are not showing the Bills-Vikings game (I am a Buffalo native and still love the Bills despite having moved away in 1989) as scheduled! It was supposed to be televised but they switched it out for an infomercial and will show their double header game at 4:00 instead. Bah! Oh, well, I will watch the Dolphins Texans instead.

BTW, Baby Z might only be 20 months old, but she is a champion swimmer already. It is sooo cute watching her swim and jump in the pool without any floaties!


The Dolphins lost on a trick play called by Mike Mularkey. Hah! He is their offensive coordinator who got run out of Buffalo last year as head coach. He was always calling those horrible, bone-headed trick plays that never worked in Buffalo, and it's hilarious to see it play out that way again with the Fish. YOU SUCK MULARKEY!

Mrs. Z is in the room now with Baby Z as we are trying to be dressed and ready to go to dinner at 4:30. We are running late, but that's ok as this is a Chabad program and let's just say they are notoriously tardy themselves. Anyway, by 4:45 we are out the door and off to dinner.


What a great spread they put out! Broiled lamb chops in rosemary sauce, a mushroom stuffed chicken breast in a piccata, two soups, roasted potatos, salads, green bean almandine.... yummmm ... and since this is the last we will eat or drink for the next 25 hours I make sure to stuff as much in as I can possibly fit down my gullet.


We assemble in the large hall now for mincha prayers and then the beginning of Yom Kippur - the Kol Nidre service. We put on our Tallis for Yom Kippur. This is the only time of the year the tallis is worn at anytime besides morning prayers. Yom Kippur has a very special feeling. We have a baby sitter watching Baby Z in the room so that we will be able to pray meaningfully tonight.

The Kol Nidre, and all of Yom Kippur prayers for that matter, have a very haunting and holy tone. You really feel in your bones that this is more than any other day of davening. We are, of course, going to be deeply focused on asking God for forgiveness for our transgressions and missed opportunities to be holy and good, collectively and individually, over and over again, until Yom Kippur ends at 8:52pm Monday night.


We are back at the room and Baby Z is not asleep. This will prove out to be a long night for us as she has trouble when routine is broken at this age. Uggghh...we don't get to sleep until 1am and I am already very thirsty! Poor Baby Z cries and cries....


No! Baby Z is awake and demanding our attention! Oy vay, this little girl is going to test us the whole time at the hotel, I guess. Mrs. Z shows mercy on my fasting and tired soul and takes Baby Z down to the children's breakfast. I get sleep until they return at 8:30. Thanks, Mrs. Z!


Time to head down for shachrit (morning services). I am feeling pretty good , actually, considering that I am a coffee addict and am without my morning caffeine fix. Zaide Z walks with me down to the service, and BIT Z (brother-in-law Z) meets us down there shortly after.

This will be a long day of prayer: the longest of the year. Except for a break from 3:00 to 5:00 we will be davening all the way through until Yom Kippur ends. There are Torah readings in the morning and afternoon, plus the very long Musaf Amidas. The Amida is a direct pipeline of speaking to God, and we do it three times a day every day. Amida literally means to stand, so we are standing before God when we read our prayers. The Amidas represent the 3 times of day sacrifices were made at the Temple to God's earthly presence at the Holy of Holies. Yes, at THAT Temple Mount - the one the moslems now are in charge of, with the wall around it which Jews pray at called the Kotel, at least when they're not being beaten and arrested by Israeli police for blowing the Shofar - in case you were wondering.

Anyway, the Musaf is an added Amida service for Yom Tovim and Shabbat. We first read it together in near silence, while standing of course, and then all sing along with the chazzan who does the repetition. The Musafs for Yom Kippur are exceptionally long, as you might imagine, and are heavily concentrated on our need to repent for all we've done wrong.


At Chabad they have an auction for the aliyos to be given on Yom Kippur. It is these donations that essentially support the shul for the entire year, so the bids can get high and wild. Zaide Z wants me to get the aliya for opening the curtain for Shachris Musaf, a very big honor as you recall from my previous post, and the aliya that offers special blessings to the 9 month pregnant expectant mother.


Zaide Z bids and wins the auction for the Aliya! It is a wonderful thing to do, and I thank him profusely for being so generous.


I get called up to the arc for my Aliya, and open up the curtain. I remove one Torah (two are used for Yom Kippur) and am given the added honor of carrying the Torah around the room for all to touch and kiss. Very, very nice. I am elated. As I walk around to the women's side Mrs. Z is crying - half because she is so happy and moved by the aliya, and half because Baby Z has been such a nightmare child at shul that she was feeling overwhelmed. I told her I'd give her a break and after the Aliya we go out to the hallway and I watch her for awhile. Mrs. Z is very moved by the whole experience of being close to delivering again, plus all the nachus we have received from being parents with Baby Z, plus Yom Kippur's soul searching process, plus the hormones going nuts, plus the lack of sleep the night before, so she very much needs some comforting and attention. MZ is on duty.


Ugghh. Need a break. Getting weak, and tired, and irritable. Fasting all day plus the praying without stop is designed to really test our hearts and our patience. It is not an easy test. The services are running over because the auction went so long, and we are all ready to lay down at this point. It looks like still another half hour before we're done for our intermission, if you will.

I love the Bircot Kohanim duchening. This is when the Levites wash the hands of the Kohanim, who then go upm to the bima by the arc and give an ancient chant of blessings for us. They have their tallits over their heads and arms extended while they do this, and let me tell you, the first time I saw it it just blew me away. Very powerful imagery and sounds. We, the congregants, face them with our tallits over our heads wrapped and around our children whom we hold close to us for the blessing. Since that comes near the end of the Musaf service, we decide to leave when it is finished.


Got almost no sleep. Baby Z is just so overtired and cranky that everything makes her cry. She won't sleep or nap no matter what. Hotels under these religious circumstances are very tough for her right now, so both the wife and I are thinking that next year this may not fly when we have two to deal with. Very frustrating.

Anyway, time for mincha services and then bringing it all home with the Neilah Amidah finale. We see the light at the end of the Yom Kippur tunnel, but still have the hardest couple hours to go. Anyway, now it is time for Mincha, so off we go.


The Rabbi gives a sermon, one of many throughout the day. This one is his best I feel because he touches on the fact that as Jews we should never feel like hypocrites or foreigners when we walk into a shul to pray. Even if we are totally secular, don't ever go to shul except one time a year, as Jews are natural place is among other Jews at shuil praying to God. Everything else we do is a forced act, or a behavior that must be forced, but for a Jew do be among other Jews at a service is the natural state of our being no matter what.

This is what I like about Chabad. They are so sincere about outreach, so real about wanting to bring in lost Jewish souls to a meaningful life of Torah and mitzvos, that you can't help but be impressed.

Many people think all religious Jews are the same, but as you can see by the many diverse Orthodox environments I participate in, religious Judaism is indeed is a very full and vibrant world. The stereotype of all observant Jews being clones or sheep is just so misguided... I wish others could see and experience this for themselves so that they would realize how well women are treated and how warm the people are.


Neilah just getting started...oh, no, we are behind! I can't wait to eat and drink some scotch! OK, calm down, this is not the time to get testy...the final al chaits prayers are coming and I have to be focused on why I'm here. Focus...focus...focus...

OK, we are winding up now! The chant for Lishana Haba'a b'Yerushalyem (next year in Jerusalem) has begun! We did it! Yes! Everyone is happy, we made it through all the praying and repenting and challenges that God gives us all for 25 tough hours, but here we are! Now it is time to eat, drink and celebrate that we have, God willing, we have been been sealed in the book of life and now can look forward with a clean and pure slate. Only on Yom Kippur's conclusion do you get that feeling that you are cleansed and pure, because every time we open our mouths or go to do something in our mundane lives we are inviting the next sinful act. But, now, at this brief shining moment, we all feel clean and good.

Time to eat!!

L'Shana Tova!


PS. Succos starts Friday night!!! Gotta get ready...

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Reflecting on Yom Kippur - Part 2

Part 2

Now that Yom Kippur has come and gone, I have decided to change things up a bit and share with you my personal Atonement Day experience rather than posting for you my typical universal explanations of what the Holy Day is all about. I have been asked in the past to give "day-in-the-life" posts about Shabbos, so, with that request in mind, I am going to begin with Friday night bringing in Shabbos and end Monday night at the break-fast. Hopefully, you will find being a fly on MZ's wall for this year's Yom Kippur journey to be enlightening and entertaining, but, if not, than I apologize in advance for being a bore.

Saturday, 8:31am

Waking up and rolling out of bed. How nice! Mrs. Z let me sleep in while she took care of Baby Z since around 7:00. Very nice, indeed. I fell asleep very early for me, around 11:30, so that gave me a smooth 9 hours - about 4 hours more than I normally get during the week. In case you can't tell by my late night blogging habit, I'm a chronic insomniac - have been fore many, many years. Shabbos always seems to always be the one day I can fall asleep at a reasonable hour (anything before 1:00am is reasonable to me).

Shul services begin at 9:00, but I usually don't arrive til about 9:30-9:45, so soon I'll get myself ready. Meanwhile, our shul has several minyonim, or services, to choose from. There is the Shteeble Minyon, which is Chabad Lubavich style davening; Sephardic, which caters to the many former Israelis that live in my community who are of Sephardic background; Hashkama, a no-nonsense Ashkenaz style minyon for those who like to start early and finish early - usually done before 10am; Carlbach, the minyon of choice for me, which is the most lively with lots of singing in the style of the late, great Rabbi Shlomo Carlbach, and the Main Minyon, which is in the main sanctuary and has the most formal of trappings with traditional Ashkenaz davening.

This morning I decide to do the Main Minyon, as the Carlbach runs longer and I want to be home before 12:00. Mrs. Z doesn't go to services in the late stages of pregnancy, just too tough for her to do all that standing plus taking care of Baby Z. I actually take Baby Z with me most of the time to give Momma a breather, and she loves the festive, spiritual singing of Carlbach services, but today I want a quieter, more introspective prayer service, and Baby Z does not handle the more formal atmosphere there well at all. Baby Z will stay home with Mrs. Z.


OK, I'm out the door now. I live right across the street from the shul, so I walk out my back yard door, cross the road, and open the door to the synogogue. Literally a 1 minute total walk. I see a few friends when I arrive in the sanctuary, exchange a couple hugs and quiet greetings, and then begin to catch up on the davening. I made it before the Amidah of Shachrit started, so I am able to get up to speed without a hitch.


The Torah reading portion of the service is just about to begin and the gabbi (master of ceremonies, if you will) chooses me to go up to the bima and open the arc. This is a very meaningful honor, as in the Jewish tradition when one's wife enters the 9th month of her pregnancy the aliya of opening the arc provides them with the blessing of a healthy and successful delivery. How nice that they would think of me without my saying a word! Especially on Shabbos Shuvah! I open the arc on the bima in the front of the sanctuary, remove the Torah, hand it to the chazzan (cantor), he says the Shema, and I then follow behind him walking around the room. Congregants shake my hand as they kiss the Safer Torah scroll that passes through and up to the bima at the center of the sanctuary from where davening is led.


Services are finishing now. Normally, the main minyon doesn't finish up until around 11:30 or 11:40, but today there is no sermon at the service. On Shabbos Shuva (again, the Shabbos before Yom Kippur) the Rabbi gives a special Drasha Shuva sermon after mincha (afternoon service). Today that will be 6:15pm.

So, home I go and the wife is excited that I'm back so early. She already has the food being warmed for lunch and we're both very hungry - as is Baby Z. We set the table and I make kiddush at about 11:45. We have our scrumptious leftovers from the night before, and of course wine is on the table for my drinking pleasure.

After eating we are really hoping our little girl will go down for a nap. There is nothing better than getting in that good hour or two sleep on Shabbos afternoon. Fortunately, we are in luck - she goes down for a nap, and so do we.


Time to head over to the shul again for mincha. Mrs. Z and I both feel good because we got a good 2 hour sleep in, and we are looking forward to watching United 93 when Shabbos is over. Anyway, off I go to shul for prayer and then the Rabbi's sermon.


The Rabbi just finished his drash. It was outstanding I thought, as he discussed the powerful meaning of our "Aleynu" prayer that comes near the end of services. This prayer is very old, believed to be penned by Joshua himself as the Jews crossed the Jordan into Israel for the first time following Moses' death. It has been part of our Yom Kippur service since the 3rd century.

There is incredible historical significance associated with this prayer, which is essentially a daily affirmation for us to remember our duty as Jews to uphold our commitment to fulfilling mitzvot and behaving in a manner that is pleasing to God. That we are a holy people and we must do what is right. That we were set aside as something special and different by God for a reason and that we must uphold this by making God proud of His choice.

He tells us about how the prayer itself was a source of terrible persecution for Jews at the hands of the Christians from the middle ages through the 18th century because of a line that they falsely applied to be an attack on Jesus:

"For they bow down to nothingness and emptiness, and pray to a god that will not save."

Now, clearly Joshua was not targeting Jesus in the Aleynu prayer he wrote over a thousand years before Jesus was born. However, at that time in history Jews were hated so badly that anything at all would be used as blood libel charges to punish them. Many, many Jews were killed because of this line in the Aleynu prayer, and Ashkenazi Jews (Jews from Europe) had to remove it from the prayer altogether until modern times for fear of persecution. Self-loathing Jews who converted to Christianity would be hired to spy on synogogues, listening to the Hebrew prayers to make sure the line was omitted, and rat them out to the authorities if it was heard!!

Anyway, the point of the sermon was how the Aleynu prayer is near the end of service as a way to remind us that as we transfer ourselves from the pius confines of the synagogue to the real world we cannot leave our holiness behind. We must always be affirming our need to do what is good in God's eyes, in the sanctuary and out in the real world. Aleynu is the prayer we must not mumble indifferently as we fold our tallis, but say with feeling and sincerity as our affirmation for the day to come.


We light the Havdalah candles and say goodbye to Shabbos for another week. Now it's time to put Baby Z to bed, after she gets a sip of havdalah wine of course, and then time to watch United 93 on DVD!


Just finished United 93. Whoa...great, great movie. I was totally inmpressed by how the directors kept all the personal politics and sensationalism out of it and stayed true to the events as they took place. Tremendous. I am just left speechless as the movie turns black at the end. If you haven't seen it yet, let me tell you that you are really doing yourself a disservice. It has done justice to a subject that is very hard to be objective with. They succeeded, and boy do I feel invigorated to destroy islam from the face of the earth now.

End of Part 2


Gazan vermin prepare for war - "The Musical"

So, what are the vermin in Gaza up to, you ask? Why, they are just working hard, raising their children, helping their fellow man, doing good deeds, and, of course, smuggling in mass quantities of weapons to prepare for war with Israel.

Worldnet Daily: JERUSALEM – Hamas has succeeded in smuggling "hundreds of tons" of weapons from Egypt into the Gaza Strip and is preparing for the possibility of launching a large-scale conflict with Israel, according to a report by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party.

The report, drafted by Fatah's General Security Services and obtained by WND, stated Hamas has smuggled from the Egyptian Sinai desert between several hundred and 1,300 tons of advanced rockets; anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles; rocket propelled grenades; raw explosives; rifles; ammunition; and other heavy weaponry.

Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip last year. In a deal brokered in November by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Egypt-Gaza border, once controlled by the Jewish state, now is manned by Egyptian and Palestinian security officials and is observed by European monitors. The monitors reportedly have fled their duty several times the past few months.

"We learned from Hezbollah's victory that Israel can be defeated if we know how to hit them and if we are well prepared," Abu Ahmed said. "We are importing rockets and the knowledge to launch them and we are also making many plans for battle."

"The Sinai is an excellent ground for training, the exchange of information and weapons and for meetings on how to turn every piece of land into usable territory for a confrontation with Israel," Abu Ahmed said.

The moslem scum are just being handed a free ride to load up and kill Jews. How sweet, huh? Well, we all know what that surely means, don't we? Time for another Land concession, of course! Maybe even release some terrorists from prison. I can feel it, man. Feel it coming in the air. It's now "good will gesture" time all over again, baby! Whooo-hooo!

Sung to "Spring Time For Hitler":

Spa time, for Olmert, in Israel
He'll have a facial and massage
While Ehud relaxes in a nice mud bath
A page, comes to say, the moslems feel outrage and wrath

But it's Spa Time for Olmert in Israel
He won't let this ruin his day
So Ehud orders more Jews expelled from the Land
Perhaps - over lunch - he'll give away the Land God gave to Gad?

Because it's Spa time, for Olmert, in Israel
He gets a pedicure and bikini wax
While Ehud sips champaigne and eats caviar,
it's time, to arrest a Jew, for blowing the shofar.


Sunday, October 01, 2006

Reflecting on Yom Kippur - Part I

Now that Yom Kippur has come and gone, I have decided to change things up a bit and share with you my personal Atonement Day experience rather than posting for you my typical universal explanations of what the Holy Day is all about. I have been asked in the past to give "day-in-the-life" posts about Shabbos, so, with that request in mind, I am going to begin with Friday night bringing in Shabbos and end Monday night at the break-fast. Hopefully, you will find being a fly on MZ's wall for this year's Yom Kippur journey to be enlightening and entertaining, but, if not, than I apologize in advance for being a bore.

Friday, 5:14pm

Shabbos Shuvah [the Shabbat before Yom Kippur - Shuva meaning to "return"] was quickly approaching, as was my neighbor for our weekly OMINOS (Orthodox Men In Need Of Scotch) meeting, but the house and the MZ clan still needed to finish preparing for Shabbos. These scotch meetings are always one of the highlights of the week, and I like to be ready before he arrives so we can just relax and enjoy ourselves.

MZ does more of the cooking and Shabbos prep now that Mrs. Z is this far along in her pregnancy. She normally handles most of it like a pro, but, because she's so far along, I'm doing the bulk of the work to help her out. She does it much better and more efficiently than I do, of course, but we carry on best as we can with my clumsy hands trying to steady the ship.

Dinner will consist of Mrs. Z's challah, mushroom barley soup, roast chicken, deli roll (deli meats baked together in filo dough) peas and corn, kishka, barley rice, and fresh cut fruit for dessert. Normally, a pot of cholent (boned meat, beans, water all mixed with assorted other ingredients) gets plugged in, too, for Saturday's lunch, but since the third trimester Mrs. Z can't tolerate the smell or taste of it, so we'll be eating the leftovers from Friday night's dinner instead.

We normally like to host friends and family on Shabbos, too, but when she's this far along Mrs. Z prefers to have quiet family Shabbos instead. Walking to friends houses, unless very close, is also out now since she doesn't like to go too far on her feat at this point.

Friday, 5:33pm

It was the usual Shabbos Chinese fire drill as the clocked ticked closer to Shabbos - making sure the refrigerator lights were turned off, getting paper towels pre-torn from the roll, turning the oven light off, setting the stove warmers, getting the table properly set (white table cloth, nice dishes, silver, kiddush cup, challah board, table flowers, etc.), making sure the final touches on the delicious meal were in order, getting a quick shower in, having the timer on the dining room and kitchen lights lights set properly, getting dressed, getting Baby Z bathed and fed, and everything else that we need to do to prepare for Shabbos.

My neighbor will be over any minute for scotch; the pressure is on! Even though things are hectic, it looks like we'll be ready just as he arrives. Candle lighting is at 6:51 and we meet at my home one hour before to drink single malt scotch and talk about life.

Friday, 5:44pm

He arrives at the door, bottle in hand, and the meeting is on! As he comes in he informs me we will be having a 3rd visitor to the meeting, a nice guy we both know from the shul. Out goes some chips and dip plus three glasses with a little ice. At the meeting we discuss our week, Israel, Judaism, and have very lively discussions sharing our opinions. Usually we agree on things, but this time we have a pretty good debate about a Torah matter, with our new visitor contributing much to the meeting. MZ just loves this, as we argue our views on things as only the best of friends can.

Of course, the discussion is even more spirited after we've downed about four l'chaims (scotches that are toasted to life and good things), and *POOF* in the blink of an eye our hour has passed and it's time for us to part ways for candle lighting and Kabbalat Shabbat.

Friday 6:48pm

Everyone has now left, and it is time for the MZ clan to light candles and bring in Shabbos. The wife of the house always leads candle lighting, as she is entrusted with properly welcoming Shabbos, the weekly celebration of God's creation of the world, into the home.

After she lights and says the prayer, we kiss and then wish one another a good Shabbos singing "Shabbat Shalom". Shortly after candle lighting, I bless my daughter (Baby Z) with the Hebrew prayer the father gives to his children every Shabbos.

The english version:

May God make you like [for a girl] Sara, Rebecca, Rachel and Leigha. May He shine His face upon you and be gracious to you. May He shine his countenance upon you and give you the gift of peace.

I have not been going to Kabbalat Shabbat for the past few weeks as it is too tough on the wife now to eat around 8:30 pm. I miss going to the lively Friday night service tremendously, but it is better to be home with her and Baby Z at this point.

Next we sit at the table, sing Shalom Alechem and Aishes Chail, and then make the Kiddush. Baby Z loves the kiddush wine (we like to use the traditional Manischevitz concorde grape) so after I've made the prayer we make sure she gets her taste, too.

Then I recite the prayer over washing the hands, the prayer over the challah, and finally it's time to eat. The food is always so good on Friday night and I also make sure to have a couple glasses of wine so that I will sleep very soundly with my full stomach and peaceful, relaxed mind. I love Shabbos...

End of Part One