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Post No. 482
11/21/2006 09:02 AM
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The inverted exclamation point thing!

That inverted exclamation point is an interesting Spanish innovation. Yes, you can travel very cheaply. You can also sometimes find short term work that can prolong your trip. Back when I was doing a lot of traveling I found that there was a sub-culture of travelers. We had an expression, that there were "tourists" and "travelers". Tourists were those guys in the checkered shorts with the big binoculars around their necks, and the straw hats, coming out of busses with large groups of similarly dressed folks. The travelers were the ones with the jeans and back packs carrying "Europe on $10 a Day".

Then you had the hard core travelers. They were the ones who went on tours for a year or more. They might work on a ship for 6 months, save money, travel for another 3 months, then work in a restaurant in Morroco, and travel another 3 months. When I lived in Venezuela both of my roomates were on multi year tours. They were both teaching English in Venezuela and living there for several years as part of maybe a decade of touring before returning home. This seems to be popular among Austrailians.

It's strange, but when you grow up Jewish, you have no choice but to see things differently than most other people. I went to Europe full of postive images of the cultural capital of the world, only to find many "Jews not wanted" signs all over the place (figuratively, not literally). Then when I went to Israel I felt that the red carpet had been rolled out for me! I never expected to feel anything particularly positive there, so it was a surprise to feel so at home. In fact, I remember meeting up with a group of Europeans who were commenting about how rude the Israelis were. They had nothing but negative things to say. It just pointed out to me that they belong in Europe and the Jews belong in Israel. Not that you can't have people of different backgrounds mixing. Of course you should. But it made me realize that the "European" mindset is not my mindset, and that it was my job to stand up for the Jewish mindset. Not so much because I wanted to, but because there was so much negativity comming at the Jews that I had to.

On the other hand, there are a lot of Europeans who are very friendly to Jews. Some countries tend to have a postive relationship with the Jews. Who can ever forget how when the Nazis told the King of Denmark to put arm bands on all the Jews, he commanded that the whole country wear them! And to this day Denmark is one of the few European countries that tends to be pro Israel. So, you have to find out who your real friends are and make alliances.

As far as I know, there has never been a problem between the Jews and the Irish or the Scottish. On my next trip to the British Isles I hope to see those countries. I'd also like to see Denmark and the Netherlands. And, who knows...maybe a side trip to Khazakstan to try to meet Borat!

Post No. 481
11/21/2006 08:05 AM
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Spain on a Dollar a Day! Ole!

Well, it certainly looks like seeing I Europe is a bit more affordable....thanks Aaron! I guess it's not what you have it's who you know.....inflatablecello, if I ever visit Spain would you let me "crash at your place" as we say here in America? I know Spain has the Gypsy Kings, (flamenco music is a pretty cool genre), there's also bullfighting, Don Quioxte, paella, and sangria.....I've also heard Spanish girls are all right. I'm single and kinda lonely.
Anyway, Adios por ahora, mis amigos! (Three years of Spanish in high school, two in college, unfortunately my computer does not permit me to use the inverted exclamation point thing)!

Post No. 480
11/21/2006 01:35 AM
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i guess if you see surope thru the eyes of jewish brotherhood it would look bad.still does in many ways as not many jews here like in the states nowasays and history of antijewisg actions.However the day to day life here for jews is same as in the states . i mean thejews in madrid and barcelona have shuls rabbisbar mitsvas and make aliya as infrequentlyasusa jews. the walter cronkite hereis fernando shwartz.Can u imafine that 40 million spanish families eat dinner and respect the news from a shwartz? his parents ran her to escape hilter in the 40s. however u r right that jewish presense is low ineurope nowasays
Von Cello 

Post No. 479
11/20/2006 09:33 PM
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There's no place like home...

It's funny, but going to Europe made me become much stronger in my Jewishness. My family came from Europe, and as an American, I felt that England was the "motherland". But when I went to Europe I felt a very strong sense that this was not my homeland. There were many things that added to this feeling. One was the fact that I kept finding swasticas all over the place, as grafitti on statues, on columns, on benches. There was a time, for instance when I was in a park in Rome. I saw a statue at a far distance but decided to take the walk to see what it was. I looked beautiful so I walked closer and closer until I was right up to it, only to find a swastica on it. I remember thinking, "Not again!"

I went to Windsor Castle and walked through an outdoor exhibit of signs that detailed the history of England. I found it very interesting and entertaining...until I got to a plaque that talked about the expulsion of the Jews. I remember thinking, "Well, I guess this is not MY motherland".

I started to realize that with all of its culture, Europe was the land of the Holocaust, the Pogroms, the Blood Libels, the persecution that went on for 2,000 years. I started to notice that all those pristine Swiss towns had a big church with a big cross on the pointed roof as the center of focus. Where was the synagogue? Was there one at all?

I hadn't yet been to Israel. That was my next trip. But Europe was a step on the road to finding myself. It was most surprising to realize that it was not my homeland. I came back feeling much stronger not only about Judaism, but about America. America was the country where Jews were free to live without persecution, expulsion and pogrom. I became more of a patriot from having seen what life was like in what I had believed was a superior continent. Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.
Von Cello 

Post No. 478
11/20/2006 09:18 PM
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Travel on a Shoestring

Travel doesn't have to cost much. I went to Europe for three weeks for around $1,000. Of course that was many years ago, and at the time the dollar was very strong. I think Reagan was president. I stayed in a really nice hotel in the French nice I mean clean, with a good hard bed, and a view of the snow capped mountains...for $5 a night! People were paying over $100 a night to stay in the "fancy" hotels, but I had that book, "Europe on $10 a Day" or whatever the money amount was, and I carefully studied it and put the time in to get the good deals. When I was in South America I bought a book called "South America on a Shoestring". I remember eating five course meals in Peru for $1. That's right one dollar! There were times when I ended up in some bad places, but overall things worked out very well.

I stayed in a Bed and Breakfast in Cuzco. What it was was just a few rooms in someone's house that they rented out for a few bucks a night. In Italy I spent a few nights in the Chianti region. That's right, the place where the wine comes from. I met a school teacher in England who said if I ever come to Italy and need a place to stay, I could stay with him. So one day I was in Florence and I hit rock bottom. I just could not find a hotel for the life of me. So I dug out this guy's phone number. He said to come on over so I hopped a train for a ride of maybe two hours. But it was worth it. When you stay with someone, they can show you an insider's view that you would never get. He took me to a street fare fun by the Communist Party of Italy. It was very interesting to mingle with Communists.

I found Italy in interesting place. I saw great art treasures including Micaelangelo's David and Pieta. Oh, and also his Moses. I saw Da Vinci and Raphael paintings too. I spent a day in the Vatican and a day at the Roman forum. A few things though were not so great. For one thing, the women there really seemed afraid. The men were constantly whistling at them, even yelling and banging on cars as they passed. So no wonder they were afraid to look at you. By contrast, I found French girls very friendly and even flirtatious. Also, in Italy most of the public statues are of strong looking men on horses with swords. In France most of the statues are of women with naked breasts. Italy had a machismo about it. I was also sad to see the famous Roman Colliesium. It is a big tourist attraction there...but what is it? It's the place where the cruel Romans threw Christians to the lions. It was built by Jewish slaves. Quite frankly the site of it made me sick. But that's why travel is good. It let's you experience things firsthand, and you learn about yourself by your reactions to things.

If I went back I might have a different reaction. But these are the impressions of a guy in his mid twenties. While I was in Europe I wrote a cello Etude. It is in the Ten American and is called, "An American In France"...obviously a take off on Gershwin's "An American in Paris". My piece was about my impressions not just of Paris, but the whole country. I also went to England and found that interesting too, if a bit cold emotionally. For some reason, I found France to be the country I enjoyed the most. Maybe it was mostly because I was single and the French girls were sexy and friendly, something I didn't find in England or Italy.

Post No. 477
11/20/2006 04:30 PM
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Places to go, people to see.....

You posted at the same time I did? you stole my bandwith! (Just kidding, like I really care about bandwith or the internet).
Anyway, I don't know where you might Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on-line. They probably have a website, but the album is called "Ruin Johnny's Bar Mitzvah". I think it came out last year.

It was great to read all of the places you've been and the cool things you've done....I admire people like you who want to do something interesting with thier life....I think this desire tends to make us less ignorant and more accepting of what or whoever comes into our lives. On my list of places to go are Ireland, Scotland, Italy, The Holy Land (when and if it's ever safe), Egypt, Alaska, Austin, Texas (there's a great celtic music scene down there), and France to see the monasteries where the brothers of the Society of Saint Edmund lived. The S.S.E were the founders of my alma mater back in 1904.
On my list of things to do is to play, but not master, a sitar, one of my favorite instruments. (other then percussion, concertina and the cello, of course). I also would like to ride a caribou in Lapland (this is real, folks, the people of Northern Sweden offer caribou tours of glaciers), go on a wine tour in France or Itlay or California, learn Italian, play as part of a Celtic band, and moonlight as a stand-up comedian among other things.

So many goals, so little money which which to acheive them....such is life.
Oh well.....the job search continues. I jus tinterviewed for a part-time position with a country station in South Burlington. I'm extremly hopeful.
Von Cello 

Post No. 476
11/20/2006 02:01 PM
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Letters of Fire

Edward, sorry, we must have posted at the same time. I didn't see your post. Anyway, that album sounds great. Do you know if there are any clips on line?

Yes, Hebrew is really wild. There are whole books about the meaning of the letters and numerology behind them. To me, one of the sad things about Christianity is the way it led away from Hebrew. The New Testament was written in Greek...I guess to appeal to the Roman audience, and then services were in Latin for many centuries. I have nothing against Latin and Greek, but the founders of Christianity in some ways did a disservice to their followers by not having them study Hebrew and learn about the incredible connections in that language.

Here's some more Hebrew insight...

There are actually three Hebrew letters that stand for God. The aleph, the yud, and the koof. Now, we know that the aleph equals the number one, and God is one, so that letter makes sense. But what about the others?

The yud equals 10. Now in the study of Hebrew there is a technique where you add the digits of a word. In this case 1+0=1! So we are back to the one God.

Koof equals 100, and 1+0+0=1! So here too we are back to the one God!

Now, add the aleph the yud and the koof:
1+10+100=111. What is 111? All ones!

There are hundreds of cool combinations like this in Hebrew. It really makes you wonder after a while who...or should I say Who, created this language.
Von Cello 

Post No. 475
11/20/2006 09:41 AM
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Of Mice and Men

One of my father's favorite expressions is, "The plans of mice and men oft go astray". I forget who said it first, but indeed we all have plans but very few of us have life turn out the way we expected. There is a Grateful Dead lyric that goes, "Mama, mama, many worlds I've come since I first left home". I used to hear those words in high school and long for the day when I could say that I've come through many worlds. And by now I feel I can say it.

I lived in Brooklyn, Boston, Ithaca, Manhattan, Venezuela, Dutchess County, Queens, and now Westchester. I've traveled all over North America, parts of South America, Europe and the middle east. I saw sunsets over the pacific ocean, sunrises in the Sinai desert, smoked a cigar overlooking the ruins of Rome, prayed in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem, skied in Vermont, hiked in the Andes or Peru, swam in the beaches of Brazil, camped out for a week in Denali National Park - Alaska, took an evening horse and carriage ride with an Italian girl in Merida - Mexico, rafted down the rapids of the Delaware river, saw flowers I never knew existed at the top of Naiguata, the highest mountain in the El Avila range, north of Caracas...

I was once a paper delivery boy, a guitar teacher, a building manager, a real estate investor, a landlord, a public school orchestra teacher, a rock star, a composer, an author...

There was a time when I hated technology. I didn't know how to type until I was in my thirties. Now I have a website and record on my computer. I add effects, do mix downs, and burn tunes to CD.

I dated a tall girl, and a short girl, and a heavy girl, and a thin girl, a gentile, a Jew, an American, a foreigner, a quiet one, a loud one, a dancer, a klutz, an athlete, an artist, a younger one, an older one, an ugly one, a pretty one, a mean one, a nice one...

I could have ended up with any one of them and my whole life would have changed. Who can know where life will lead? Sometimes I think we are like mice in a maze. We keep going in the direction we think is correct, but all of a sudden walls come up, and we are moved to other paths.

Post No. 474
11/20/2006 09:29 AM
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Hello, hola, bongiorno, bon jour, guttentag, (hello in Hebrew)

You make some great points pertaining to the hebrews' relationship with their language. I never thought a language could identify the spiritual identity of a people until reading your posting, Aaron. Here in America we seem to take our language and our voice for granted, it's just something that comes out of our mouths as nothing more then communication. I would have to say now that Engish seems realy boring compared ot Hebrew, heck, it's boring copared to the flair of Itlaian or Spanish or French, and it definately lacks the punch of German.
On another note, I'm not Jewish of course, but I do belive a Bar Mitzvah without hebrew would be something like an obscure alt rock we have in the station: Me First and the Gimme Gimmes with "Ruin Johnny's Bar Mitzvah". This entire album was supposedly recorded live at an actual Bar Mitzvah. Johnny, if that's his name, starts the album with a prayer in hebrew, then the rest of the music is Me First and the group playing fast punk rock covers of rock songs that were originally soft or classic rock (Strawberry Feilds Forever, for example). Later on in the album they play a fast "Hava Nagila", but add the lyrics "I wanna wish you a merry hava nagila...", as in the Jose Feliciano X-mas classic "Feliz Navidad". A truly wierd, cross-relgious holiday smack-down the likes of which only an American band can bring the world.

Post No. 473
11/20/2006 04:09 AM
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the draft!!!

you know many canarsiers nowasays live abroad, not just israel but paris london tokyo tailand. when i was a kid i thought wed all end up in jersey and commute to madhattan. I was pretty naive!!so many today in miami Los Angeles even dallas and seattle.My cousin was a religious jew so she moved to israel where she met a guy from denver. He was in israel 4 months and when he went home she went with him . Now 26 yes in denver we are onthe team of life and u never kno to where the owner will trade you.
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Post No. 472
11/19/2006 09:29 PM
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Esteven Marcuso

Tonight we had a party for my mother's 75th birthday. I am thankful for that. We ate in a Spanish restaurant. The menu included a lot of seafood, Spanish rice, string beans, potatoes and Sangria. I mentioned that Steven Marcus lives in Spain, and both my mother and sister were surprised. So, Steve, your name came up in a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan tonight.

There is a lot to be thankful for. When our family gets together there is a big hole where my other sister used to be. So there is a lot to regret. But we have to be thankful that the rest of us are still here.

Pablo Casals wrote an auto biography called, "Joys and Sorrows". Isn't that what life is all about?

Post No. 471
11/19/2006 03:15 PM
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thanks given

so toms day is coming. Here itll be 8 americans who all live in ,2 other teachers, citybank guy , real estate guy , wives kids etc. i bought a ten kilo turkey and we will eat him cranberry here though.and we will each speak about what it means to be american ,and using the holy ,english.we each talk 5 minutes about our ideas......WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO BE THANKFUL FOR?
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Post No. 470
11/19/2006 12:47 PM
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Spiritual Secularism

That was indeed an argument made by some in the Orthodox community at the founding of Israel. But the majority felt that the very fact that Jews were living in the land of Israel was of such holiness, even if they did nothing "religious", that alone created the environment in which Hebrew should be allowed to be spoken.

In Judaism, holiness is not something reserved for a relgious service. It is also not something you do on Sunday, or Saturday. It is not something austere. It is everyday life. For instance, it is considered more holy in Judaism to butcher a chicken in a kosher way than to sit on a hill top and meditate. It is considered more holy to have a festive meal with family on a holiday than to go to a monastery and spend the holiday in isolated prayer. By the same token, it is more holy for a Jew to live in Israel, even cursing in Hebrew, than to speak the King's English somewhere else. Holiness is defined by how in line it is with the laws of the Torah.

If, God forbid, the Jews are ever kicked out of Israel again, Hebrew would probably be not spoken as the day to day language of the Jews, just as Yiddish became the substitute in Euorpe. But in the land of Israel, most agree Hebrew is the way to go. (Although it may be the case that certain extreme Chasidic sects speak Yiddish even in Israel, because they don't recognize the current secular state of Israel as the holy Israel promised by God to be given to the Jews in the future. But it would be inconsistant for you to take their position on this issue and not accept their other beliefs.)

Post No. 469
11/19/2006 12:24 PM
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then to keep the special feeing if hebrew maybe israelis shouldnt be using it in everyday cases like cursing and playng ball and on sesame street
to them, its lke u and me speaking english.I think that wen israel started using it as everyday shmata,it lost this quality and became regular talk.....
Von Cello 

Post No. 468
11/19/2006 12:08 PM
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He-Brew...a manly beer!

Hebrew is not just a language like other languages. It is a very important part of Judaism. For one thing, the belief is that Hebrew is the actual language of God, the language which He uses to communicate to the angels and to man. When God spoke to the Jewish nation from the top of Mount Sinai He didn't speak Chinese or Greek: He spoke Hebrew. The belief also is that the original tablets that Moses brought down from the mountain were written in Hebrew, and the original Torah exists as letters made out of fire that burn before God. And this is really amazing: if you look at the top of the Hebrew letters, they are written to look like flicks of fire! What other language not only claims to be a light unto the nations, but is written to look like fire!

There are many amazing properties that Hebrew has because the letters are also numbers. So, for instance, each letter equals a number and each number equals a concept. The Aleph is the first letter and it equals the number one and it stands for God. As they say, "God is one"! The bet is the second letter and is the number two. It stands for the physical world. Why? Because we live in a world of two...night and day, good and evil, man and woman, black and white, up and down, belief and atheism.

Each letter has a wealth of meanings, as does each combination of letters. This makes Hebrew a truly incredible language and therefore an integral part of the Jewish experience. Remove Hebrew and you remove the thread that holds the garment together. So, yes, a Bar Mitzvah without Hebrew is missing an important ingredient. You can still have a Bar Mitzvah without Hebrew, but it's kind of like that wedding I witnessed without wine.

Post No. 467
11/19/2006 03:15 AM
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ok in an historic way u r again correct. hebrew is belonging to the jews altho most dont understand it except a few words. Do u think a bar mitsva wouldbeless jewish if it werein english?
Von Cello 

Post No. 466
11/18/2006 11:41 PM
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Shalom Alechim

I don't know what you are talking about. Hebrew is the language of the Hebrews. The Hebrews later on became known as the Jews. This happened after the kingdom of Israel split into two kingdoms. Then there was Israel in the north, and Judah in the south. When Israel got destroyed by Assyria the only Jewish kingdom was Judah and the inhabitants were known as Jews. After Judah was destroyed by Rome, the Jews continued to be known as Jews but originally they were Hebrews. Hence, Hebrew is the language of the Jews.

Anyway, tonight I played for a wedding at the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. It was a wedding between a Jewish guy and a Christian girl. There was a female rabbi and a priest (or minister). Somehow or other they forgot the wine for the ceremony so the female rabbi made blessing over the imaginary wine and had the couple take imaginary sips. It seemed the perfect symbol of a bankrupt religiosity.

Post No. 465
11/18/2006 04:56 PM
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do you think hebrew is the jewish language? or is there no official language? you spoke of the american way and i of spaniosh and then u gave the hrbrew example. i for one dont think hebrew is official . Its the language of israelis, not jews i read the blogs in jewlicious andim zmazed when an american jew will throw in a jewish word to up the antee on saying a big shona tova to everyone!!! israelis when writing will almost always write in english and even say happy new year in the english jewlicious blogs...I guess to diaspora jews, hebrew is jewish talk
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Post No. 464
11/18/2006 08:33 AM
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Ha! Nu? Ka

In English we say it with an H. In Spanish they leave it out. But in Hebrew it's the letter chet which has the gutteral CH sound.

I know that in America things tend to get commercialized but is that necessarily bad? It's bad if you are a religious purist, but most people don't take religion literally anymore. So if you don't really believe that the religion is true, why not commercialize it? That way it exists on some level, rather than on none. Because the choice is not between pure religion and commercial religion. In many cases today it would be between pure religion and no relgion. So commercialized religion is perhaps a compromise.

Look, the Muslims have not commericialized least not yet. They practice a pure religion. But is that really so good? Maybe it would be better if they decorated their houses with lights and tinsel and sang songs about "Ramadan Randy" while sitting around a Ramadan bush.

Post No. 463
11/18/2006 06:04 AM
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baruch ata a macys elohemu melek ha o credit card

beg to disagree I think commercializing xmas and hanuka make both AMERICAN
it removes the religious and makes it secular,even non religious jews and non religious xians celebrate xmas and hanuka.
holloween was hollow een or the holy evening It was a catholic holday but in the states it LOST that touch and u and me celebrated it yearly.I think in america a bleaching of religion is ok but never forced. religious types can go to shul or church and look at the macys hanuka jews as materialistic and lost and the non religious will look at the shulgoers and think they are ol fashioned. btw here in spain we spell hannukah as anuka....the h is and doesnt come in the word
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Post No. 462
11/17/2006 03:23 PM
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Has Chanukah become too commercial? Hmmm...that's the first time I've heard that quesiton. Usually the question is about Christmas. This is more complex because the reason Chanukah is getting more commercial is to compete with the commerciality of Christmas. So the question could be, is it too commercial in comparison to Christmas.

I must confess I get a bit of a kick out of FINALLY seeing commercial items celebrating Chanukah. When we were kids the Christmas thing was already in full bloom and as a Jewish kid you felt really left out. I bet thousands of kids asked their parents, "Why don't we have these things for Chanukah?" It made Chanukah seem less worthy. So, I suppose in a way it is good. On the other hand the commercialization of Christmas and Chanukah takes away from the meaning of the day. So maybe the Christians and Jews could make an agreement that for one year there will be no, zero, bubkis, commericalization. And then we can see what that's like and decide if we want to bring it back.

I guess the Muslims have not gotten into the commercialization of Ramadan yet. Can't you see it now...Kahba shaped salt and pepper shakers...Ken dolls with head scarfs...Barbie in a burkah...
Von Cello 

Post No. 461
11/16/2006 11:53 PM
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Chappy Chanukah

No apologies needed. Even Jews argue over the spelling of that word. I spell it Chanukah because that is the closest to the Hebrew pronounciation, but often you see it as Hannukah, or Hanukkah, or even Chanukkah. Same problem with matzah. Is it matah or matzo? I guess this is the problem when you deal not only with another language but another alphabet...or as they say, alephbet.

Yes, America does have a crass, plastic side to its culture. In some ways it has a horrible culture. You could even argue that Elvis and Marilyn Monroe are disgusting. You could argue that even Bob Dylan was an opportunist looking to make a buck. You could say that all of American culture from the fifties and sixties was kitch. You could say that rock n' roll was the music of the uneducated with low social mores. You could say that even Hemingway was a charlatan compared to Shakespeare. Even Hendrix was a charlatan compared to Beethoven. You could argue that country music is white trash music and hip hop is black trash music. You could argue that American art from Warhol to Pollack was nothing but charlatans trying to make a buck. You could say the whole movie industry is nothing compared the the English "theatre", and that Broadway is a crass rip off of the great Italian operas. You could say that the love of sports in America is a carry over of Roman games where they threw people to the lions or had knights battle to the death. You could say it is a shallow worship of youth. You could put down our TV shows as exploiting sex and violence, our press for being sensationalist, our women for being provocative, our men for being weak and sex crazed.

Heck, you could join the Taliban and totally condemn America as the Great Satan!

On the other hand, you could say our culture is full of life and vitality. You could say we have influenced the whole world. What is most European rock but a pale imitation of us? Who can play jazz like Coltrane, Davis, Armstrong? The blues like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Billy Holiday? What has Europe done in the past hundred years of any real interest to the world? What have the Arabs done? What have the Africans done? And let's not foget the Asians! The fact is, they have all watched us with their jaws hitting the floor!

So I say, revel in your bright colored plastics America! Play loudly your working class hymns. Proudly show your legs and stick out your chests, O women of America. And try to kill the other team you sportsmen of our land. They all hate us, but they all envy us. They want to stop us, yet they can't get enough of us. Why? Because we are them. America is the people of the Old World, but we came to the New World and we revolutionized the Whole World.

I only wish the New and Old Worlds could come together more. And that is a lot of the message of Von Cello. Playing the old world cello in a new world way is a way of bridging the gap and creating something even more new...yet even more old.

Post No. 460
11/16/2006 04:58 PM
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Oh sure, Europe and other countries do assinine things, but only with a bit more finesse and flair then the American brand of assinine. We Americans tend to put our own, cheap spin on what's cultural...which means there's usually brightly-colored plastics involved and we charge you double for what it cost to be made. As I was window-shopping in Burlington today, I saw some Hannuchka (sp? sorry) decorations on display. They had the gold-wrapped chocolate coins(which I used to get in my Christmas stocking), they had dreidels (sp?)of every shape and variety, manorahs (sp?) of every shape and size, and, most lucrative of all, Hannuucha-themed dog toys. Most all of these items were bright, baby- blue, yellow, pink, purple, and even some of the dreidels and menorahs looked like dog toys, or toys for toddlers; miniature versions of the real thing for small children.
I have to say I was saddened to see Dad's friend is a rich, retired Jewish dentist, and always throws a Hannuchka/Christmas party at his lake-shore house after Dec 25th. He is a great cook and really knows how to decorate fesitvely yet intelligently....He would have cringed if had he seen those dog toys. Aaron, what do you think...has Hannuchka become too commercial over the years?

I appologize for my spelling mistakes.

Post No. 459
11/16/2006 03:35 PM
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im not surprised by antijewish anti israelimfeelingfs actions from others.Its like in america when a jew is a tailor hes ok but if he owns the factory hes evil. If hes an actor its fine but if hes pres of a studio, the jews control thr movies. idliketo see a high rankin jew in the us military IN UNIFORM no sec of defenseI mean in uniform. I bet theyd say the jews now haveinfiltrated the military.
WE ARE DIFFERENT! and maybe this is the way it will always be.
Von Cello 

Post No. 458
11/16/2006 11:56 AM
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Violentcello Society

I had a friend who used to call the New York Violoncello Society, the Violentcello Society...a group of cellists who wear leather jackets and hit each other with bows and endpins.

Does the U.S. do assinine things? Sure. But what country doesn't?

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