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Sunday, 20 November 2016

20 November 2016. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Anti-Semitism? What Anti-Semitism!



Recently, Chairman of the Russian Government D A Medvedev was in Jerusalem. This picture should lay to rest all the American lies about Russian anti-Semitism. President Putin and Patriarch Kirill did likewise when they were in Jerusalem. Don’t listen to the lies of the Langley/Foggy Bottom/Western MSM crowd. They lie… to cover over America’s aggressions abroad and its nasty situation at home. What does that tell you about the Orthodox who collaborate in those efforts, either in the government or in the media? I’d say that it speaks volumes… not a bit of it good…


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

11 October 2016. Yom Kippur Begins at Sundown Tonight



Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days in the Jewish Year, begins tonight at sundown. If your Jewish friends need a hand today… give it! Run an errand, watch the kids, walk the dog… whatever that they might need on this hectic day for them. It’s what decent people do… tomorrow, give ’em the space to honour their day of repentance. That’s the best gift that you can give them.


Sunday, 2 October 2016

2 October 2016. It’s Rosh Hashanah… The Start of the High Holy Days

01 Rosh ha-Shana 3


Today is the start of Rosh Hashanah (commonly called “Jewish New Year”)… the beginning of the High Holy Days that end with Yom Kippur (that’s 11/12 October this year). Except for Pesach (Passover), this is the holiest time of the Jewish liturgical year… Chanukah doesn’t even come close. If your Jewish friends or coworkers need a hand during this period, give it to them! It’s a hectic time of year for them. Do whatever good that you can do for them with a good heart, expecting nothing in return (“Yes, I WILL have some of the honey cake and Carmel wine… thank you, very much!”). We’re Christians; that’s what we do.

One last thing… remember the words of a humble Greek country pappas during the German occupation in World War II… “Our Lord Christ lived and died a believing Jew”. We should have the same attitude. Respect others and their faiths… full stop. That IS our duty as Christians. If we fail to honour that, we’re no Christians, and I’m not afraid to say so. I confide that I’m not alone in thinking that way…


Saturday, 3 September 2016

Yuri Norshteyn: On My Image of My Grandfather Leib

00 Yuri Norshtein. My Grandfather Leib. 1970s

My Grandfather Leib

Yuri Norshteyn



This picture didn’t just happen through my clicking the shutter… life made it. By the time of the picture, my grandpa had survived the death of his two eldest sons. One committed suicide when he was 48; the other, my father, died in his 51st year. The youngest, Uncle Iosif, didn’t live to see 50. Grandfather was a brave soldier; he fought in the First World War, winning three soldier’s crosses. Looking at this picture, I remembered the old self-portrait of Rembrandt, the one that he made after the death of his son Titus. His smile reflects the sadness of the world… how it comes to all those who suffer; how, as a result, he knows the true meaning of it all…

 2 September 2016

Искусство СССP Soviet Art


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