Voices from Russia

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Ura for Halloween! Fie on Long-Faced Konvertsy!

00 Halloween is FUN! 27.10.13

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00 Halloween. I Believe! 27.10.13

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I wrote this three years ago:

Much of the brouhaha is absolute hooey. It merely gives the terminally religious another occasion to feel superior to their fellows and fill the air with loud Jeremiads about how everything is going to hell in a handbasket, yadda, yadda, yadda. As for me, I observe that much of what goes on in American society on Halloween is just harmless kid fun… let’s leave it at that. In any case, the thing with ghosts and spirits had nothing to do with Satanists or any other oddball cult. It’s because Halloween is All Hallows Eve… the day before the Feast of All Saints on the papist calendar. Evangelicals would do well to remember that, but then again, they’re known for their long faces and disapproval of anything remotely FUN.

It still stands. Last year, I wrote:

Don’t let the Halloween naysayers get you down. Most of ‘em are killjoy religious hobbyist nutters. There’s nothing wrong with secular fun… God LOVES innocent amusement (that’s why He made it, lunkhead). Pass the jug n’ smile… and don’t cross the paths of any black cats (we have one, he’s a neat beast), mind you…

That still stands, too, as does this. I once asked an Old School NEPA Coal-Cracker priest about Halloween, and he said:

Anything that gets people out of themselves is good. We’ve always had a Halloween party in the Church Hall. We open up the bar for the parents, and everyone has a good time. God smiles.

As for me, I believe. If you don’t… I ain’t gonna argue the point with you nor am I going to let your asshat attitude spoil any fun. Fie on you! Halloween is innocent!

BMD

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

7 October 2014. Sukkot Starts Tomorrow at Sundown

00.02a Sukkot. Ulyanovsk

Sukkah in Ulyanovsk

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It’s Jewish holiday time again. During Sukkot, a week-long holiday, many observant Jews are especially keen on hospitality. If you get an invite… go! This is one of their “fun” holidays. To my friends keeping festival… sing and dance with joy (for Sukkot is a joyful time, even though it reflects on the serious side of life). Keep the faith…

BMD

Thursday, 25 September 2014

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

01 Jewish Year 5772 VOR 10

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01 Rosh ha-Shana 5

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01 Rosh ha-Shana 3

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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

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Summer Camp for Families with Handicapped Kids in Sevastopol

00 miloserdie.ru. kids in Sevastopol. 10.07.14

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00 There's LOVE in This World. 10.07.14

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Every summer, the podvorie of the Marfa-Mariinsky Convent in Sevastopol holds a camp for children with disabilities… families with disabled kids come here on holiday. The usual stay is two weeks, and all visitors have assistance from volunteers from “Miloserdie”. Such visits provide an opportunity for handicapped children to have new experiences, find friends, and to go to sea for the first time. For their parents, it’s often the only opportunity they have to relax and get away from everyday hassles. Some campers have conditions such as cerebral palsy, epidermolysis bullosa, and mucopolysaccharidosis, whilst others are from the St Yelizaveta Orthodox Children’s Home, and some come from large families or from poor families. In each two-week cycle, the camp accommodates about 10 disabled children with their parents. To help them, there are usually six volunteers on duty. They help the moms look after the kids, help them get to the beach and back, take them on field trips, organise games and activities for the kids, put on fun performances and holiday concerts, keep the housing units clean and orderly, and help the chef to cook the food. The camp programme began in June 2011. In 2013, the Sevastopol camp was open from May to October… 12 two-week cycles. During this time, some 150 children and their parents, including 84 disabled kids, will use the facility.

Miloserdie.ru

Official website of the MP Synodal Department of Church Charities and Social Service (OTsBSS)

http://www.miloserdie.ru/friends/about/letnij-lager-dlja-semei-s-detmi-invalidami/

Editor:

Everything in the Crimean camp is “A-OK” for this year according to my sources. Things are better in the Crimea now that it’s rejoined the Motherland. Things aren’t going to hell in a handbasket in the Crimea as they are in the “Ukraine”. The kids and their families are having fun and they’re safe. The junta pigs can’t hurt them or threaten them (although they make much noise, ignored by all decent people of good-sense).

The Crimea IS Russia! This is proof of that… it was Russian before it officially became Russian, if you catch my drift. THIS sort of thing is what Holy Rus stands for… reflect on that. Holy Rus says, “It’s the people!” The USA says, “It’s the bottom-line!” I seem to see a vital difference here. Ponder it, if you will…

BMD

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