It's the same in any lingo

בַּת-בָּבֶל, הַשְּׁדוּדָה: אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיְשַׁלֶּם-לָךְ-- אֶת-גְּמוּלֵךְ, שֶׁגָּמַלְתּ לָנוּ
אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיֹּאחֵז וְנִפֵּץ אֶת-עֹלָלַיִךְ-- אֶל-הַסָּלַע

How can one be compelled to accept slavery? I simply refuse to do the master's bidding. He may torture me, break my bones to atoms and even kill me. He will then have my dead body, not my obedience. Ultimately, therefore, it is I who am the victor and not he, for he has failed in getting me to do what he wanted done. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? If not now, when? ~ Rav Hillel, Pirke Avot

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes

This Red Sea Pedestrian Stands against Judeophobes
Wear It With Pride

31 July 2009

Shabbat Nachamu

The Shabbat following Tisha b'Av is the Sabbath of Consolation. The readings from the prophets are words of comfort, to ease us from our mourning and help us begin the transition to the Days of Awe of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, a little less than two months away.

And while we are still filled with anxiety with what is happening in Israel, we can allow ourselves the time to be comforted.

I lost a dear friend this week, Nancy Armstrong, the Ms Placed Democrat. Some of you knew her as NavyVet48. I cannot eulogize her now, the loss hurts too much now. But it is my hope that her family will be comforted by her memory, and inspired by the life she lived.

In the shadow of that loss I have a reason for rejoicing. A new member of my family came into the world on the morning of Tisha b'Av. My cousin gave birth her first child. I take the birth of a Jew on Tisha b'Av as a sign that things are looking up.

And so, here's Yeshaya's advice for what we should do, the words of the prophet in the shadow of Tisha b'Av
Ascend a lofty mountain,
O herald of joy to Zion;
Raise your voice with power,
O herald of joy to Jerusalem —
Raise it, have no fear...

Israel is threatened. The Jewish people are threatened. Make your voice heard, and have no fear.


lililam said...

G-d bless you Shtuey, Navyvet, her family and friends.

Some days invoke a yin-yang, a bittersweet, as you describe. Soon, I will be marking the anniversary of my husband's death, which is also the birthday of our wonderful son. Joy and sorrow will abound.

I miss you, Navyvet. I miss your spunk, strength, and courage. G-dspeed.

Shtuey said...

lililam, I don't think I've told you how much I have appreciated your friendship and support. We've been at this for over a year now. We haven't always agreed, but the root of friendship and family is not agreement. It's respect, it's honesty, it's support. You have offered all those things and I hope I have given them in return.

I have called you sister before, and still do.

May the peace of the Shabbat be upon you and yours. And may you too take comfort in the memory of your beloved.

lililam said...

Thank you, Shtuey, my brother from another mother. Ditto.

Anonymous said...

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Shtuey said...

What a surprise. A hotbed of leftist propaganda from an Al Gore site. Next we'll find out that the Saudis told Obama to take his limp wristed call for Arab concessions and shove them up his ass...oh wait...that happened yesterday.

The sad truth is that lefty liberals are some of the most ill informed dumb shits that have been put on this earth. Best argument for that is that they voted for Obama thinking he would be different...hope, change, no more war, blah blah blah. In the end the universe will sort it all out. It's just not going to be pretty while we get there. It would also help if we could change the dumbshit to decent human being ratio more in favor of the decent people.