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Post No. 978
05/18/2007 08:35 PM
  
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Speaking of...

A Hassidic family is most concerned that their 30-year-old son is unmarried. So they call a marriage broker and ask him to find their son a good wife. The broker comes over to their house and spends a long time asking many questions of the son and his parents as to what they want in a wife/daughter-in-law. They give him a long shopping list of requirements. The marriage broker takes a long time looking and finally asks to visit the family again. He tells them of a wonderful woman he has found. He says she's just the right age for the son...she keeps a Glatt Kosher home...she regularly attends Schul and dovens by heart...she is a wonderful cook...she loves children and wants a large family and, to crown it all off, she's gorgeous. After hearing all this, the family is very impressed and begins to get excited about the prospects of a wedding in the near future.

But the son pauses and asks, "Is she also good in bed?" The marriage broker answers, "Some say yes...some say no".
Von Cello 

Post No. 977
05/18/2007 03:43 PM
  
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Fruit

Well, for instance, in the New Testament Paul says that it would be better if a person doesn't have sex and instead would be celibate. That is why priests and nuns are celibate. It is believed that that is the right way to live. Those who do not have the ablilty to live such "holy" lives have the option of getting married and then doing "sinful" acts, i.e. sex.

In certain parts of the Muslim world women are forced to get a clitorectimie (sp?), where they cut off the woman's pleasure receptor so that she cannot enjoy sex. They believe that sexual enjoyment is for the man only.

Judaism could not be further from both of these apporaches. In fact, the Talmud says it is a mitzvah, a commandment, that a man satisfy his wife. It is assumed that it is not a commandment for the woman to satisfy her husband because it is easier for him to be "satisfied". The celibate lifestyle is the "sin" in Judaism. It is absolutely forbidden. Everyone must get married including rabbis and priests. God said, "Be fruitful and multiply", and Jews follow that commandment with the same zeal as they follow many others.
sonny mano 

Post No. 976
05/18/2007 02:09 PM
  
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Judaism is different than other religions that say sex is bad or shameful. i wouldnt know it from REALITY....where does it say that?
Von Cello 

Post No. 975
05/18/2007 02:04 PM
  
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Staten Island Yankees

Hey, if you happen to be in the Staten Island Mall this Saturday at 11:00 A.M. you will get to see me audition to play the Star Spangled Banner for the Staten Island Yankees. If I get accepted I'll play it on electric cello at a game this summer.

I got accepted to play it last year but they never followed through. This year they have new owners, so hopefully I'll get it and they'll get it together. I know they usually have singers do it, but hey, I'm Von Cello!
Von Cello 

Post No. 974
05/18/2007 11:40 AM
  
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The hard facts

What Judaism says about pre-marital sex is what almost every relgion says. Basically religions frown on it because they don't want to see children born out of wedlock. Judaism is different than other religions that say sex is bad or shameful. Judaism says sex is good and should be enjoyed, however the couple should be married so that there is a committment beyond mere words. That committment helps keep society stable.

Of course there are those who will break the rules, but you can't blame a religion for having such rules. In truth, there can be a lot of complications when people have pre-marital sex.
Von Cello 

Post No. 973
05/17/2007 12:30 PM
  
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Pre

Who cares?

sonny mano 

Post No. 972
05/17/2007 01:50 AM
  
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What does Judaism say about premarital sex?
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Post No. 971
05/16/2007 07:34 AM
  
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Jerusalem Day

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Post No. 970
05/15/2007 09:47 AM
  
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A Week In the Life

This past week saw a lot of what some call "general business" gigs, otherwise known as G.B. I played for a couple of college graduations and did a Mother's Day party at a golf club in Long Island. For that gig that sat me and a violinist on a thin "stage" that was right behind the pastries. We were so close that as people came up to get cannolis and Napoleans they made jokes to us about how we could grab cakes in between tunes. I told them I kept grabbing cakes by stabbing them with my bow. It was funny but also a bit humiliating.

I had no idea what kind of gig I was going to. As often happens in the profession you just show up and then see what happens. One minute I am Aaron Minsky, the professional cellist, walking in to do a gig...next minute I am sitting among the danishes!

One the other hand, a lot of people commented about how much they liked the music, or how the tune we just played was the song she used to sing when she met her husband, etc. That's kind of nice. I also got to eat a really good bagel with chive cream cheese, lox, tomato and onion. So all was good with the world.

The other side of it is: how often do I get to spend an afternoon on a golf course in Long Island? It is indeed another world, at least for me. Apparently there are people for whom the golf club is a regular part of their life. A few weeks ago I ran into an older woman, apparently wealthy, in the Bedford area. She seemed "a little tipsy" as we say. She had just come back from church, though it was late afternoon. Perhaps she went out for cocktails afterwards? Anyway, she said that the "in" crowd in Bedford all belong to the "Holy Trinity": St. Matthews, the golf course, and the club! LOL!

The graduations were a whole other story, but perhaps I'll talk about that later.

Von Cello 

Post No. 969
05/14/2007 09:28 AM
  
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I guess you're not kidding

At first I thought you were kidding. The reality is that the U.S. is such a big country that I didn't even know about the Nazi rally on that video you sent me. I agree that there is anti-Semitism in the U.S. as there is everywhere, but as far as Neo Nazis...there are so few of them that no one really pays them any attention. If they get bigger then maybe people will.

As for Jews complaining about anti-Semitism and then going shopping...I don't get your point. Don't blacks complain about prejudice and then go shopping? People have to eat, they need clothes and other things. What is wrong with shopping? Or is it that they should only go shopping and not complain about anti-Semitism?

I think a lot of Jews do things behind the scenes to combat anti-Semitism, especially through groups like the Anti Defamation League, the American Jewish Congress, The Flame, etc. The biggest problem is not Nazis, but people who are perfectly reasonable in other parts of their lives, but have a knee jerk reaction to be anti Israeli, or to believe that the Jews control the media, and the banks, and all the other anti-Semitic propaganda.
sonny mano 

Post No. 968
05/14/2007 01:39 AM
  
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rewrite

its weird cause jews in spain think the usa is very antisemitic yet safe here. They read about how the church controls the usa and how neonazis hold meetings in open plazas. Yet they feel safe here in spain where the church actually has LEGAL power .weird is how jews everywhere talk about antisemitism then after..they hit the malls.
sonny mano 

Post No. 967
05/14/2007 01:37 AM
  
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antisemitism,,,,,,but first shopping

its weird cazuswjews in spain think the usa is very antisemitic yet safe here. They read about how the church controls the usa and how neonazis hold meetings in open plazas. Yet they feel sage here inspain where the church actually has LEGAL power .weird is how jews everywhere talk about antisemitism then after..they hit the malls.
Von Cello 

Post No. 966
05/13/2007 10:46 PM
  
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Run for the hills!!!!

Yes, let's all run for the hills!!!!
sonny mano 

Post No. 965
05/13/2007 10:43 AM
  
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jews in danger in usa?

http://www.shuva.net/
depicys my usa as only weeks away from an all out antisemetic attack.. shows neohitler groups gainin power...If it hits ,they say move to ISRAEL
is this true? Ive been outa usa for 20 yrs so i dont knowhow bad antisemitism has gotten. I know many whove left to israel in the last 10 yrs.......Is it that bad?
Von Cello 

Post No. 964
05/10/2007 10:00 PM
  
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Mickey Mouse Wants You Dead!

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/122365

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Post No. 963
05/09/2007 09:07 AM
  
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All Men are Brothers

There is a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes right now. One thing that is cool is that the guy who is playing piano and organ on the next Von Cello CD, Scott Guberman, is also playing with a member of the Allman Brothers. He plays with Jaimo who has been one of their drummers since the days when we were in high school. Scott has also played with Vince Welnick (RIP), and Tom Constantin, both of whom were keyboard players for the Grateful Dead. So, when the CD is finished Jaimo and Tom will be among those who will get a copy!

I had a friend who thought, when he was in high school, that the Allman Bros. Band was a shorthand for "All Men Are Brothers". That is part of why he was into them!
Von Cello 

Post No. 962
05/07/2007 09:37 AM
  
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Elvis and Costello

Hey TJ, good to see ya!

I agree. Worrying about rock stars "selling out" is soooo last century. The current pop stars are not only selling out, but "cashing in". What is Hip Hop if not a massive commercial for gold chains, Dom Perignon, Bentlys, and Bling! How about Brittney...hanging out with Paris? Or Jennifer (I don't care bout the rocks that I got, I'm still Jenny from the Block) Lopez? And faggetabout guys like P. Diddy and Jay Z. Last I heard Jay was worth 300 million!

So, if Elvis wants to make a few hundred thousand doing a car commercial, I say, more power to him. But what makes it really cool, at least in my eyes, is that he is using the platform to promote the greatness of Beethoven. Believe it or not, this car commercial is the first thing he's ever done that really made me smile!

TJ 

Post No. 961
05/07/2007 08:20 AM
  
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Elvis

I've read about the Elvis ad for Lexus, but I have not seen it myself.
His wife (Diana Krall) did a similar ad (music in the back seat of a Lexus, but not Beethoven).
Some Elvis fans I know have said that they consider Elvis doing the ad to be "selling out".
I figure that he's entitled to do whatever he wants. If you don't like him doing car ads, then don't buy his records or go to his concerts. It doesn't bother me.
sonny mano 

Post No. 960
05/07/2007 02:55 AM
  
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plazadays

i still recall when this place opened. I wentthere and it was like a wonderland. playing tag in the mall on saturdays and shopping there after school.http://www.kingsplazaonline.com/index.asp
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Post No. 959
05/06/2007 10:41 AM
  
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Elvis Beethoven

I know some of you are Elvis Costello fans. I just saw a car commericial in which Elvis is listening to Beethoven's 9th inside a fancy car, maybe it was Lexus, with a good sound system. He talks about how great the music is.

I was very happy to see a rock star talking about the virtues of the great classics. Wish it was me in that commerical, but at least someone is out there doing it.

Of course, some will say he "sold out", but perhaps that can be mitigated by the message.
Von Cello 

Post No. 958
05/02/2007 04:11 PM
  
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Cellists

There is something about cellists. I noticed it in high school when I first checked out Pablo Casals. He was perhaps the greatest cellist of all time. Yet he was more than a musician. He spoke out against fascism and refused to play his cello in any country that recognized Franco, the dictator of Spain. For this reason he barely played the cello live for about a quarter century, though he was one of the most famous musicians in the world.

Rostropovich followed in his footsteps. He sheltered Solzenyitsen (sp?) the Soviet writer when the government tried to ruin him. He also quit the Moscow Conservatory when they forced out Shostakovitch. He was allowed to leave the USSR with the intervention of Edward Kennedy, but returned to give moral support to Yeltzin when he was under seige. He was buried in Russia as a hero.

So, seeing this history, I decided to launch Von Cello, a rock cellist who fights to break down the barriers that separate the old from the young, the rockers from the classical lovers, the rich from the poor, the Jew from the Gentile. I can't claim to have acheived the kinds of things that Casals and Rostropovich have...but it aint over till its over.
sonny mano 

Post No. 957
05/02/2007 06:57 AM
  
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so this guy saw beauty and conquered in 96 hours.. Was he good looking? did he carry a big instrument? I think most GREAT musicians of any style are like mathematicians....a bit eccentric sexy wierd brilliant and interesting....
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Post No. 956
05/01/2007 12:07 PM
  
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A true maestro

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Post No. 955
05/01/2007 11:59 AM
  
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Rostro

There is a great article with pictures on Wikipedia about Rostropovitch. It gives you an idea of just how important he was. This is from the final paragraph:

Thousands of mourners, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, bid farewell. Spain's Queen Sofia, French first lady Bernadette Chirac and President Ilham Aliev of Azerbaijan, where Rostropovich was born, as well as Naina Yeltsina, the widow of Boris Yeltsin, were among those in attendance at the funeral on April 29. Rostropovich was then buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery, the same cemetery where his friend Boris Yeltsin was buried four days earlier.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mstislav_Rostropovich
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Post No. 954
05/01/2007 10:30 AM
  
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Rostropovitch

His passing makes me think. I first heard of him when I was in 11th or 12th grade when my father brought home an album (yes this was before CDs were invented) of a young Rostropovitch playing the Dvorak Cello Concerto. Here I was, essentially a rocker, listening to this music for the first time. I remember feeling surprise at just how incredible it was. I must have worn out that record for the number of times I listened.

I then saw him live at Carnegie Hall and then saw him again in Boston, actually playing the Dvorak with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. And, as I mentioned I met him at the First World Cello Congress, where I played in a recital called "New Directions in Cello Playing", but I was also the principal cellist of one of 8 sections in a hundred cello orchestra that Slava (as he was called by friends) conducted.

That was an amazing moment when, after taking a seat in the back of one of the sections, I was told that I was to be the first cellist of the section! The other section leaders were all world famous soloists, including Pierre Fournier, who led the first section. I never really knew how I ended up there, but I figured it was because I was at the festival to premiere my Oxford published "Ten American Cello Etudes". In my humility, I could not understand how important this acheivement was.

But back at the end of high school, folks like Perry were looking up to Jerry Garcia, and folks like Neal were looking up to Frank Zappa. I don't know who Steve was looking up to. Maybe Barry Manilow? But I had become a "Rostropovitch Freak". Of all living cellists, he was the one I felt was the king. Yet, I would have to say that none of my friends from Canarsie even knew who he was, let alone had heard his records or seen him live.

Those were hard times for me...trying to define myself in a whole new direction from all of the people I had grown up with. But somehow I followed my own path, and now, with the death of Rostropovitch, it is a time to reflect on just how far we have all come.

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