22 posts

Shalom and Happy St. Patrick’s Day

This morning NPR ran a great piece about the Loyal League of Yiddish Sons of Erin in New York City. Newspaper Excerpt On Loyal League’s Annual Banquet ” ‘Green bagels,’ assured Michael Mann, president of the Loyal League of Yiddish Sons of Erin. ‘They’re good if you acquire a taste for them. We’re kosher Irish.’ “What’s more there will be prime beef O’Malley, litvak chopped liver and kishka a la Killarney on the menu Saturday night […]

Daniel Amos is on Tour

Some of my readers may remember Daniel Amos, one of the earliest Jesus groups from the 70s and one of the few still around. Granted, it has been more than 10 years since they have toured and that long since their last original album, Mr. Buechner’s Dream. Still, they are alive and kicking and making great music. I am very excited to be able to see them in person. *DANIEL AMOS ON TOUR* 2011 Tour […]

Closing in on the end of an era

No matter how many times humanity does this it is amazing. My father spent most of his career with NASA and so we grew up watching and rooting for space flight. I have to say that as I have gotten older I have questioned the ethics of the amount of money we spend on such research (thinking that was spurred in no little part by this song from Adam Again: Inner-City Blues and which I […]

Jerusalem 2111

I have been thinking about the future of Jerusalem as part of a project for my class on leadership and critical thinking. I will share that another time, but I came across this video on Working out their own variation on the politically charged sci-fi subgenre pioneered by District 9, filmmakers David Gidali and Itay Gross inject a dark dose of civilian paranoia into an Israeli setting with their striking new short film, Secular Quarter #3. […]

bibledex – The Book of Ruth

I am late to this (as Jim W apparently noted last month, I have not been a bloggin’ lately) but the University of Nottingham has an interesting project called bibledex. It is produced by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies aided by a journalist with a brilliant first name, Brady Haran. Below is their summary of the Book of Ruth. Not bad really. Alison Milbank‘s summary of the rabbinic interpretation is necessarily curt, but […]

Best holiday video ever! Silent monks singing

Just watch and enjoy. (For those interested, I have no idea who they are. They YouTube link simply says “Creative high schools students give a great rendition of Halleluia!”) My brother did some sleuthing and found another version of this routine. The preface is well worth watching, even if you do not have time for the rest.