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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Happy Jewish New Year 5775… Tizku Leshanim Rabbot! Ne’imot VeTovot!

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Tizku Leshanim Rabbot (“may you merit many years”), is the formal Sephardi greeting, to which one answers, Ne’imot VeTovot (“pleasant and good ones”). That’s a good place to start. To all of my friends keeping the holiday… my good wishes… MANY YEARS! Keep the faith…

BMD

Monday, 22 September 2014

22 September 2014. Give Your Jewish Friends a Hand… the High Holies are on the Way!

00 Rosh Hashanah. Jewish New Year. 5774. 20013. 05.09.13

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01 Happy Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah

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On Wednesday, 24 September, at sundown, Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) begins the High Holy Days… it ends at sundown Friday, 26 September. This begins the holiest time of the Jewish Year, until Yom Kippur (this year, 2-3 October). It’s as important for Jews as Holy Week and Easter are for us (Passover‘s big too… I’m not forgetting it). This means that your Jewish friends are rushing around getting ready for the holiday. Give ‘em a hand! Watch the kids… help out with the shopping or cooking… just be there for them in this frazzled time. Hey, you might get to join the celebration and share in the Lekach and Gefilte Fish (them be Good Jewish Eats)…

Above all… be true friends at this time… it’s the best gift that you can give!

BMD

22 September 2014. The “Quiet Hunt”… That be “Mushrooming” for Them Not in the Know…

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Mushrooming in Ivanovo Oblast

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Russians are PASSIONATE about mushrooms… we love ‘em! No, we LOVE ‘EM! Any which way we can get ‘em, and any which way you care to prepare ‘em, most Russians are the head of the queue when it comes to mushroom appreciation. If you go mushrooming, ya gotta wear yer grubbies and your rubber wellies… no two ways about it! Use a wicker basket to carry your prizes… if you use plastic bags, they turn into undifferentiated goo. This is the most popular “hunt” in Russia, hands down… them griby be Good Eats…

BMD

Sunday, 25 May 2014

25 May 2014. A Photo Essay. Then… and NOW… The Young Pioneers Lived… They Live… They SHALL Live

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00 soviet pioneers 06. 25.05.14

“To live like Lenin, grow up to be a communist, and bring new fame to the country!”

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The images alternate between the past and the present… starting with the past, with the last image being of the present. Although American corporate journalist whores won’t tell you about the continuing life of the Pioneers, they still live. I guess that the scorn of Victor Potapov, Rod Dreher, Serge Schmemann, and Sophia Kishkovsky wasn’t strong enough to faze them. You can stand with the Pioneers or you can stand with the Koch Brothers… that’s the choice on offer. You can be Red AND Christian, or you can be a Rightwing Nihilist (yet believe in “Jayzuss”, go figure). That’s all that’s out there, kids. I stand with the Lord Christ the Worker, the Risen God Crucified by the Powers-that-be… not Jayzuss the Idol of the “Elect” Oligarchs. Where do you stand?

Ask normal people over 35 on the Soviet space about Pioneer Camp… watch the happy memories flow! Don’t attend to pro-Western soreheads… they’re quite in the minority. The Pioneers were a good thing, they are a good thing, and they’re going to continue to be a good thing. The Pioneers don’t teach immorality… never did… never will. I wonder why the American righties downed them? God alone knows…

BMD

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