December 19, 2006
My, what a large menorah you have
What the Tblisis Jewish community lacks in size, it makes up with its 10-ton menorah. This week, thousands of members of the Georgian Jewish community gathered at the city's Big Synagogue for the lightintg. Georgian Presdient Mikhael Saakashviil attended.
Mir Blogn wonders how small the menorah at the city's Small Synagogue is. Any guesses One more thing. The attendance of President Saakashviil at this ceremony makes this year's fad Hanukah photo the one with non-Jewish country leaders partaking in the ceremony. We saw it with Blair and Bush in the last few days as well.
December 17, 2006
Don't Phunk With My Latke
We might be in the middle of finals, but I came across this site. Now, I'm sure that this song will sweep the media scene like the LeeVees from last year's Hannukah season.
Mir Blogn will blog more after its lone contributor finishes his final exams. Good luck to everybody else.
December 05, 2006
Shmooze + Shakespeare = Shylock
English professor Ralph Williams will speak to the Shmooze Club and greater Hillel community this Friday, Dec. 8, following shabbat dinner at 8 p.m. in Hillel's Green Auditorium.
We need your help to publicize and attend this historic, wonderful, awesome event.
With the Royal Shakiespeare Company's residency in Ann Arbor, the Shmooze Club lobbied to have them perform the Merchant of Venice. We were unsuccessful in that attempt. In its stead, Ralph Williams will be speaking on the portrayal of Jews in Shakespeare.
If you plan on eating free shabbat dinner at Hillel, please 734-769-0500 before Thursday.
To enhance this event, the Shmooze Club will screen the recent production of the Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Thursday night at 8 p.m.
If you don't tell 17 other people in addition to the three other people in your Fishbowl Cubicle, your roommates, and the cashier at your favorite coffee establishment, we will take five pounds of your flesh (see the Merchant of Venice)
December 04, 2006
What the Chelm?
The wise men of Chelm are the common butt of Yiddish humor.
Did you know that Chelm is actually a city in Poland?
Before the Shoah, eighteen thousand Jews lived in Chelm, which was also as a great center of Torah study. Most of its Jewish residents perished in th Shoah.
An article in last week's issue of the Forward takes you inside the Jewish community and living conditions of Chelm.
Although Chelm is normally involved in humorous situations, this is no lauging matter. The presence of anti-Semitism in this Polish town 60 years after the Shoah represents a growing problem in the world.
The old Chelm Synagogue has been tranformed into a tavern, despite Polish laws that say property seized during the Shoah must be returned to its previous owners. The Chelm Synagogue was sold before the law took effect. There is actually a video on YouTube of a wedding in the Chelm Synagogue turned social hall.
Even worse, there is no mention in the synagogue or memorial in the city to the Jewish community that once thrived in Chelm.
The previous topic about Chelm was no laughing matter, but these links are. If you have a favorite Chelm joke, or know of a good book of Chelm joke that Mir Blogn could use for the Chelm joke of the week section, kvetch at the end of the post.