Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Internet, anti-Semitism, and Eastwick


Jewish date:  27 Tishri 5770 (Parashath Bere’shith).

Today’s holiday:  Dhanteras (day 1 of Diwali; Hinduism)

Worthy causes of the day:  “Take Action: Save Rainforests and Stop Climate Change”, “Divided We Fail:  It's not over yet - tell Congress to stay committed to reform!”, “Message in a Bottle”, and “Take Action: Stand with Melanie, not the insurance CEOs”.

Topic 1:  “The Belzer Rebbe and the Internet”.  This article deals with a practical feature of Jewish law:  an enactment is only valid if Jews actually follow it.  There have been been enactments made against using the Internet, and they are frequently violated.  The practical uses of the Internet outweigh the paranoia against it.

Topic 2:  “The Times: Reinterpreting 'International Law'”:  This article details misunderstanding of the Geneva Conventions and baseless accusations in the war against Israel and the Jews.

Topic 3:  Yes, it is time again to discuss the show I love to hate, Eastwick.  Yesterday’s episode, “Fleas and Casserole”, brings little new.  Roxanne is still having premonition dreams, and Joanna mesmerizes yet another person.  Notable, though, is the appearance of a book of spells bearing on its cover a curly triangular symbol seen in various contexts, including as a scar on Jamie, the man Roxanne has foreseen will murder her.

That’s all for now.  Peace.