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 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 451
“It’s not that I hate the Jews”Page 19 of 52    (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52)
Jer... I missed this. Even when I wrote you about the documentary. To this day, to the most recent documentary, I shudder when I breathe and try to to understand the Holocaust. This passes all understanding. Peace.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 452
“It’s not that I hate the Jews”
Posted: 2/18/2009 6:45:10 PM

Jer... I missed this. Even when I wrote you about the documentary. To this day, to the most recent documentary, I shudder when I breathe and try to to understand the Holocaust. This passes all understanding. Peace.


Yes, my dear, there are times when I feel as if the "Holocaust deniers" may be sane and even benign after all, because it is somehow easier to deny that any of this happened - to the Jews and all the others - than to imagine ir. None of us, I think, can fully realize it - and survive.
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 453
“It’s not that I hate the Jews”
Posted: 2/18/2009 10:56:58 PM
True. Realize it-and survive BUT no denial ever!! Ever. Ever.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 454
Snapshots: 21Feb09
Posted: 2/21/2009 9:18:56 AM
Pom-pom bobbing
atop his wool tuque,
a guy with his entire face
organized around a mile-wide smile
plows his way
along Côte-des-Neiges Road
 Brizo
Joined: 2/19/2006
Msg: 455
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History
Snapshots: 21Feb09
Posted: 2/21/2009 11:45:15 AM
sadly Jer, "ethnic cleansing" is still going on....it happened in Bosnia, it happened in Rwanda...

The holocaust serves to illuminate our worst behavior as humans, the suspicion of otherness, our desire for revenge, our complicity in ignoring the obvious...the willingness to hang all our deficiencies on one ethnic group who is "taking" what rightfully "belongs" to us...

It's hard to look at it without flinching away, but we must look at it, we know we must improve. We never want to go there again, though as illustrated in the examples above, we do make smaller trips to the shrine of hatred...this has to stop...
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 456
Snapshots: 21Feb09
Posted: 2/21/2009 12:42:52 PM

sadly Jer, "ethnic cleansing" is still going on....it happened in Bosnia, it happened in Rwanda...

The holocaust serves to illuminate our worst behavior as humans, the suspicion of otherness, our desire for revenge, our complicity in ignoring the obvious...the willingness to hang all our deficiencies on one ethnic group who is "taking" what rightfully "belongs" to us...

It's hard to look at it without flinching away, but we must look at it, we know we must improve. We never want to go there again, though as illustrated in the examples above, we do make smaller trips to the shrine of hatred...this has to stop...


Here and often elsewhere, your words are medicine for my heart. I assume you have sad moments, moments of disillusionment, but for the most part it seems you choose to be hopeful and loving!
 lipotufu
Joined: 12/6/2008
Msg: 457
Snapshots: 21Feb09
Posted: 2/21/2009 6:05:39 PM
i am sad, and i am happy.

i am sad about the holocaust, rwanda, darfur, the gang violence in our cities, the constant appearance of movie posters with someone pointing a gun, and i'm sad about the bulldozers of human history that have devastated our neighbors and the earth. the attrocities are male. i am sad that most of the men i've known don't mature past adolescence.

i am happy because of women. because of women and some men we can do much better than we've been doing. let's do better.

i love the iroquois. for several hundred years the iroquois ..... first 5 nations, then 6 ..... had a panel of women, one woman from each tribe, that oversaw the confederation. they chose ..... and removed ..... the men, as leaders, to do the work of the whole nation. in many ways the women and men were equal.

i love the iroquois great law of peace, the image of a tree with an eagle at the top, rooted on turtle island. the iroquois were way ahead of most european cultures. the people who assembled our constitution and the declaration used the great law of peace as one of their guides.

we have many guides ..... francis of assisi, the buddha, lao tzu, gandhi, martin luther king, dorothy day, thoreau, walt whitman,
nelson mandela, sam hamill, thich nhat hanh, the dalai lama, the list is endless but, as we go about our day-to-day business, we tend to ignore healthy guides in favor of institutions guided by immature men chasing domination and money. the men are clever, to be sure.

we know so much about ourselves and our institutions it's time that we stop what we've been doing and begin to act differently. by and large i love the women around me. i know a few men who are treasures. together, let's stop the cycle of hurting and killing children. we can do it. we can be happy and safe and healthy and holy. and so will our children if we act well, live well, teach well, and allow them to be beautiful.
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 458
Snapshots: 21Feb09
Posted: 2/21/2009 7:42:30 PM
How does the warrior eat?
Minutes, maybe hours
his voice ordered death.
How does this woman
sleep by his side?

Over here this is sunrise
this phenomena has begun
to inch, he sleeps unaware
How can he do this?
She touches his warm hip.

Rising, his eyes die
her eyes seek nothing.
He actually slurps his tea
She watches nothing.
Again sunrise, again the numbing.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 459
Snapshots: 21Feb09
Posted: 2/22/2009 4:51:35 AM
lipotufu: Your message #698 is so beautiful, profound and moving!
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 460
Snapshots: 21Feb09
Posted: 2/22/2009 4:54:08 AM
The whole of this is wonderful and I'm especially taken with:


Rising, his eyes die
her eyes seek nothing.
He actually slurps his tea
She watches nothing.
Again sunrise, again the numbing.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 461
Erev Shabbat
Posted: 2/25/2009 6:40:51 AM
Erev Shabbat

Friday evenings, the onset of the Sabbath,
my mother would lay a white tablecloth
on the dining-room table,
set out our best dinnerware,
the Sabbath candle-holder with tall
white candle, place a doily on her head and,
her hands covering her eyes, would recite:

Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu,
melekh ha'olam,
asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav
v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Shabbat"


(Blessed are Thou, Lord our God,
King of the universe,
Who has made us holy through His commandments
and commanded us to kindle the Sabbath light).

“We need to have something to celebrate,”
she told me once, “otherwise
every day would be the same....”

*

Erev Shabbat=The Sabbath Eve. Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 462
Erev Shabbat
Posted: 2/25/2009 9:12:30 PM
These words were like water to the thirsty. I appreciate your mother's words. They are wise.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 463
Erev Shabbat
Posted: 2/26/2009 6:38:50 AM
Re #703: Thank you, my dear 60to 70
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 464
Snapshots: 27/Feb/09
Posted: 2/27/2009 6:40:38 AM
Young women
wheel their babies by
in strollers.
It’s like a mobile museum
of freshly-painted masterpieces
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 465
Snapshots: 27/Feb/09
Posted: 2/27/2009 9:52:27 PM
A tender young mother belaboured by the birth
six weeks into the passage, held the child in her lap.
Suddenly, the child looked into her eyes! there was seeing.
This seeing was profound. Each child looks into the mother's heart.
You were seen, she saw you, she could not deny you.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 466
Snapshots: 27/Feb/09
Posted: 2/28/2009 5:38:08 AM

A tender young mother belaboured by the birth
six weeks into the passage, held the child in her lap.
Suddenly, the child looked into her eyes! there was seeing.
This seeing was profound. Each child looks into the mother's heart.
You were seen, she saw you, she could not deny you.


Beautiful, my dear! "Each child looks into the mother's heart." The glory of that!
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 467
Snapshots: 28/Feb/09
Posted: 2/28/2009 1:40:03 PM
Leaving the cafe
I come face to face
with a much younger man,
hair like red brick
just after a rain
and a moustache to match.

“Nice moustache,” I say,
pointing at it. “Thanks,” he says.
Broad smile. “You, too.”
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 468
Snapshots: 28/Feb/09
Posted: 3/1/2009 10:10:21 PM
Oh Alyosha....." hair like red brick...just after the rain." Never mind the moustache. These two lines light up sombre days. Make sense as we await the return of Spring. Loved this simple, sweet offering. Yep.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 469
Snapshots: 02/Mar/09
Posted: 3/2/2009 7:38:28 AM
On the occasion
of his late mother’s birthday
my beloved friend, Michel,
chose to quit smoking,
making her, even after her death,
the gift of his life.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 470
Snapshots: 02/Mar/09
Posted: 3/2/2009 10:03:47 AM

trained in the art of being my son


What power there is in plain speech!
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 471
Snapshots: 02/Mar/09
Posted: 3/3/2009 9:56:45 PM
re: message 710
Intenzity: Yes, please feel free to share this with your ex-wife. Peace.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 472
Snapshots: 05/Mar/09
Posted: 3/5/2009 6:25:43 AM
A tall, pretty Khassidic woman
stands on the stoop of her house
up the street from me.
Beside her, her tightly bundled
two and a half year old.

I stop and address her in Yiddish
and to my delight, she responds.
Later, I observe that not many Kassidic women
will talk with an unfamiliar man.

[1]Ich hob nit kein moireh,”[/1]
she replies. (I’m not afraid).
[1]In the absence of fear,[/1]
I think, walking away,
[1]there is all the more room for love.[/1]
 60to70
Joined: 7/28/2008
Msg: 473
Snapshots: 05/Mar/09
Posted: 3/6/2009 11:39:19 PM
Then I lived....
Despite stone faces, hardened hearts
taut, unsmiling mouths, did I ever know
where they came from? Not this moment, not that.
At the streetcorner I met the eyes of a child carrying a child
which one caught my eye? Both.
She (the carrier) had blue eyes, the child welcomed with green.
this child knew how to smile, the mother closed both her smile, her eyes.
Oy yoy when an infant child smiles, the world appears unsullied.

Then I lived....
At this brilliant moment I understood
each moment, each etching is the story
that can, should, will become a life.
 Alyosha
Joined: 10/29/2007
Msg: 474
Snapshots: 05/Mar/09
Posted: 3/7/2009 4:50:09 AM

Then I lived....
Despite stone faces, hardened hearts
taut, unsmiling mouths, did I ever know
where they came from? Not this moment, not that.
At the streetcorner I met the eyes of a child carrying a child
which one caught my eye? Both.
She (the carrier) had blue eyes, the child welcomed with green.
this child knew how to smile, the mother closed both her smile, her eyes.
Oy yoy when an infant child smiles, the world appears unsullied.

Then I lived....
At this brilliant moment I understood
each moment, each etching is the story
that can, should, will become a life.


How vivid with life - with your life! Worth repeating, again and again:


Oy yoy when an infant child smiles, the world appears unsullied.
 WeAre1
Joined: 3/18/2008
Msg: 475
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History
Snapshots: 07/Mar/09
Posted: 3/7/2009 6:18:28 AM
peaking in and see your memory
so similar but more modern
was my mother to me
lighting the shabbat candles....

my father standing
at the other end of the table
kiddush cup in hand,
old yellowed stained
prayerbook in the other
waiting politely for my mother
to speak the sabbath prayer
in hebrew...always in hebrew....

always open to us children
without hands covering her eyes
while my three brothers and I
across from each other sitting in two's
occasionally would have to
pull ourselves in with such
strong determination
not to fall into fits of giggles....

each year at passover
now it is just my parents and me
with one aunt and a friend or two
joining us as family...
it is the one time these days we do
the 'grace after meals'
with melody written so beautifully
and always....always I can hear
my brothers singing along with me
remembering each week on Shabbat
we'd each lead it.....consecutively....

some moments with family you never forget


the snapshots on this page have really touched my heart....thank you
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