Monday, August 29, 2005

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

I'm back from outerspace

Today is the first cool day in a few weeks and as I sit here typing I can feel the wind blowing from outside onto my back. I feel like Fall is quickly approaching. When one thinks about it, it is quite remarkable how a change in date, month, etc, can inspire such a different mindset. Summer is freeing and fun. Then September hits, back to school sales are on and a new cycle begins. Back to working hard. New goals are set, and especially people in school enter a level higher, a bit more challenging then a year before.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if throughout ones life (not only in school) a person could be guaranteed that the start of a new year would mean new challenging learning experiences, a higher level of intellectual thought, the regathering of old friends, and the setting of important life goals? Why can't we continue to follow all the lessons that school has taught us - rather than just falling into the same lifestyle and cycle of behavior and thought year after year?

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Paper Clips

I finally saw the film PaperClips this evening. I highly recommend everyone to go see it. It is playing in the US now and according to the Producer it will be coming to Canada in the fall. It is an incredible educational tool. check it out for more info www.paperclipsmovie.com

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Trading Spouses

If you could swap your mom/wife for two weeks with complete strangers would you? I must embarisingly admit that Trading Spouses is my little obsession. Usually it stars a rich family and a poor family and inevitably lots of crying, screaming and arguing goes on before the end of each episode. What do you think about producing a Jewish version? ULtra Orthodox mom from Belz (Boro Park) switches places with a liberal minded soccer mom from Memphis. That's definately a reality shock. Who knows, maybe it could bridge the gap. Come to think of it though, without tv's I guess it couldn't really impact the Hasidic world. Oh well.

Oh I got it, what about an Orthodox rendition of ABC's ever so hot Desperate Housewives?

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Art Matters

You want to know why I love art?
I love art because we can read whatever we want into it. No one else's opinions/thoughts/behaviors really matter. One might say that the artists original intentions matter, but I would argue that they have no relavance to the viewers actual interaction and understanding of the work.
Art is so incredible because it allows people to see what they want to see and feel what they want to feel. No judgement. No competition. No need to justify.
What could be better?

She's Come Undone

Have you ever thought about how much of our life we spend avoiding people? Whether we avoid them literally (duck behind corners when we see them) or merely choose not to show certain people our true selves, we are draining ourselves. In some ways I love the cell phone and caller ID. I never have to answer if I don't want to. The thing is, they will inevitably leave a message and then I dread calling them back. I hope when I call back they wont answer and I will be able to just leave a message. It's draining avoiding people. Too bad we can't be honest all the time. It's too bad that honesty is often what hurts people the most.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Inaugural Post

I am writing my inaugural post from an airport business class lounge awaiting a flight. I just finished school and am on my way home for Pesach, the holiday of freedom. I personally don't feel free at all right now, happy maybe, but not free. The pressures that a young MO girl feels nowadays are huge; pressure to get married, to have a good education, to get a good job, to give her parents nachas, to serve God (although in many MO circles this is often considered the least important priority.) All these pressures are enough to make any girl go crazy.

Sometimes I just wish I could be a goyish girl who can do, act, say and wear what she pleases. Don't get me wrong or anything, I find Judaism to be totally spiritually uplifting. It's just that this MO balancing at is no piece of cake. The chareidi (ultra orthodox) approach provides so much security and stability. No one expects an ultra orthodox or chassidic girl to be and do everything...

so why does everyone expect that out of me?