"How can anyone who is able to enjoy the beauties of a Virgil, a Tasso, a Shakespeare, who can follow the logical conclusions of a Liebnitz and Kant--how can such a one find pleasure in the Old Testament, so deficient in form and taste, and in the senseless writings of the Talmud?"
-Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Million Year Old Toddler

Physcho Toddler shares with us some of his morning routine. check it out

-Q | 3:23 PM | 0 comments |


What is the reason for this to be included in the Torah?
18. And Isaac again dug the wells of water which they had dug in the days of his father, Abraham, and the Philistines had stopped them up after Abraham's death; and he gave them names like the names that his father had given them. 19. And Isaac's servants dug in the valley, and they found there a well of living waters. 20. And the shepherds of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's shepherds, saying, "The water is ours"; so he named the well Esek, because they had contended with him. 21. And they dug another well, and they quarreled about it also; so he named it Sitnah. 22. And he moved away from there, and he dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, and he said, "For now the Lord has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land."

-Q | 3:15 PM | 1 comments |

No Words

just click

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving

-Q | 2:18 PM | 1 comments |


Chayei Sarah, Chapter 25
1.And Abraham took another wife and her name was Keturah.

Rashi says that Keturah was really Hagar and that the Torah calls her Keturah here because Keturah can mean 1)incense, as in- she was beautiful like incense and 2)tied, as in- she didn't have relations with anyone else since she left Avraham.

If Keturah is in fact Hagar, then it is interesting to note the chain of events.
1- Sarah gets pissed and makes Avraham send Hagar away.
2- Avraham isn't happy about sending Hagar away but does it for his wife.
3- Sarah dies.
4- Once Sarah is dead, Avraham gets back with Hagar.
Just absorb that for a little bit.

Why did Rashi decide to use a Midrash (Bereishis Rabbah) to conclude that Keturah is Hagar? Why couldn't he have left it as Keturah being a separate person then Hagar. What was Rashi's issue? What was he trying to resolve?

(side note: Divrei Hayamim(1:32) says Keturah was Abe's concubine whereas in Bereishes(25:1) Keturah is taken as a wife)

-Q | 9:40 AM | 1 comments |

Historic Clarification

Avraham didn't have two sons, he had eight.

Lech-Lecha, Chapter 16
15.And Hagar bore a son to Abram, and Abram named his son, whom Hagar had borne, Ishmael.

Vayeira, Chapter 21
3.And Abraham named his son who had been born to him, whom Sarah had borne to him, Isaac.

Chayei Sarah, Chapter 25
1.And Abraham took another wife and her name was Keturah. 2.And she bore him Zimran and Jokshan and Medan and Midian and Jishbak and Shuah.

-Q | 9:14 AM | 0 comments |

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Missing: Monkey With Big Ears

(click to enlarge)

-Q | 4:06 PM | 0 comments |

Drink Coke, Play Again

Coke, you bastard.

There is a promotion being run by Coca-Cola that urges me to have a coke and look under the cap. If the words under the cap say anything besides: "Drink Coke, Play Again", then I am a winner!

But I am a loser.

Almost everyday I feed the coke machine my money. I put my money in, hit the rectangular button with the refreshing looking Coke on it, and wait for my drink to drop. I pull it from the drop bin and see that it is, indeed, another bottle with a purple cap. "Oooo", I say to myself, "another chance to win!".

But I am a loser.

I read the label, the same label I've been reading on bottles of coke for the last six months: "Look Under The Cap. 1 in 12 WINS FREE COKE!". So that would mean, that on average, 1 out of every 12 cokes opened should be a winning cap for another free coke. That is an 8.3% chance to win a coke. I've had 12 bottles of coke. In fact, I've had more then 12 bottles of coke. I've had approximately 60 cokes that beckon me to look under the cap to see if I could win.

But I am a loser.

I've consumed a ton of Coke. Assuming that I've had approximately 60 bottles of coke, I should have received five free cokes by now. But I haven't. If I were to get a winning cap today, 1 of about 60, my win percentage would be about 1.6%. So here I am, gazing down and my sealed bottle of Coke with its purple cap. If I don't win, it's ok. I will still drink Coke. I like it. And besides, the cap lets me know that I can play again and if I just drink one more bottle I might win. I am twisting the cap and turning it over. I it says: "Drink Coke, Play Again".

Coke, you bastard.

-Q | 1:29 PM | 0 comments |

JFK Reloaded


Last year, on this date, a company released a game called JFK Reloaded. The object of the game was to kill John Kennedy in a first person view as Lee Harvey Oswald. You are shown on the 6th floor of a building with your rifle and you watch the motorcade pass by. At the correct moments, you are suppose to mimic the exact shots by Oswald in an attempt to recreate what happened 42 years ago. The producers of the game where interested in debunking `the second shooter` myth and show that it is possible for one gunman to do the damage. There was $100,000 award to the first person who could do it (and logged it on the JFK Reloaded Server). You might be able to find a demo here. I have my copy that I bought last year. It's morbid. It's sick. It's gross. It's awesome.

-Q | 10:01 AM | 0 comments |

Monday, November 21, 2005

Banned Canadians

U.S. Bans Some Canadian Poultry
The United States banned poultry from mainland British Columbia because of bird flu, but Canadian officials say the virus is not the virulent strain in Southeast Asia that has been blamed for more than 60 human deaths.

The interim ban was announced Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Canada's chief veterinary officer Dr. Brian Evans said he received a letter from American officials saying they are restricting imports of poultry products from the British Columbia mainland until they get a full assessment of the situation in the three-mile area around the farm affected by avian flu.

Other Canadian poultry that would be on my US ban list:
Pamela Anderson
Avril Lavigne
Celine Dion
Howie Mandel
Jason Priestly
Allan Thicke
William Shatner
Pick your winners here

-Q | 6:40 PM | 0 comments |

Heil Bush

The President on his way to Mongolia to try and instigate provoke help the Chinese become democratic.

I sure hope he doesn't invade...

-Q | 9:54 AM | 0 comments |

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Tasteful GH

The Godol Hador, who "doesn't blog anymore", posted today in response to a blog that defames R Nosson Slifkin.

The original post is here

The Godol Hadors response is here

I would like to draw attention to the differences in the two posts. My quibble has nothing to do with facts or right and wrong. The style of the two posts is very different. ZooShoteh uses name calling, harsh words, and general meanness to bring out his point. The Godol Hador is tasteful, tactful, and intelligent. I am a very upset at ZooShoteh.So anyway you cut it, I would be totally turned off by ZooShoteh.

An article about this topic by R Slifkin is here

*hums a song about loving thy neighbor*
ps- I am for GH, Nosson Slifkin, and all books about animals.

-Q | 2:05 PM | 0 comments |

What Kind Of Tour Is This?

I usually don't like long bus rides...

-Q | 10:05 AM | 5 comments |

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Old News- MJ Is A Woman

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Michael Jackson has stirred a small controversy in the United Arab Emirates by entering the ladies room in a shopping mall.

The pop star's publicist said Jackson, who arrived in Dubai this week as the guest of a champion rally driver, did not understand the Arabic sign on the door and left the bathroom as soon as he realized his mistake.

In the statement released late Tuesday, Jackson's publicist, Raymond K. Bain said: "Upon his exit (from the ladies bathroom), he was recognized and a crowd ensued. He had to wait in a nearby bookstore until police arrived to escort him through the crowd."

But local newspapers reported that the 47-year-old performer did not quickly leave the bathroom and was spotted applying makeup before leaving.
I guess this completes his metamorphosis from a cute little Jackson 5 boy into a middle aged ugly lady.

-Q | 2:17 PM | 0 comments |

Caption This Photo

Lets Find A Nice Caption For This Photo

-Q | 10:46 AM | 9 comments |

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I Bet I Can Gross You Out

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - A woman receiving treatment for diabetes at a state-run hospital in eastern India lost one of her eyes after ants nibbled away at it, officials said on Tuesday.

The patient recovering from a post-surgery infection shrieked for help as the ants attacked her on Sunday night, but nurses told her it was normal to feel pain from the infection.

On Monday, the patient's family saw a gaping hole with swarming ants in it when they lifted the bandage on her left eye.

Authorities of the Sambhunath Hospital in Kolkata said they were probing the incident.

"It's not uncommon for ants to attack diabetic patients. We have set up a committee to investigate the unfortunate incident," hospital superintendent A. Adhikary said.

Scampering rats and stray cats and dogs sharing bed space with patients are not uncommon sights at India's overcrowded state-run hospitals that are used by millions of poor and middle-class people.

-Q | 11:32 AM | 3 comments |

Monday, November 14, 2005

Rating -Beer

When I was in Israel for my year, I and a friend, spent every Thursday night at 1 am drinking beer. This wasn't a normal hanging out and drinking beer.

We went to an empty classroom with five or six new a different beers every week. Sometimes we tried to find beers we know, other times we tried to find beers we have never heard of. They were from all over the world and the Shuk is were we found them. If I can find my little note pad from Israel, I will share the beers we tried and some of the comments.

I would leave the room first (and sometimes visa versa) while my friend would pour the five (or six) beers into different cups. The beers were left on the table unmarked for me to return and try. We labeled them from left to right, A through E (or F). As I made my comments first on color, my friend would write down the key things I would say. As I started to drink, I would comment on what I like and what I didn't like. My comments obviously got funnier the more I drank. When I felt like I was done assessing the beverages, I would like them up in most favorite to least favorite order. My friend would then unveil what I had actually chosen as my favorite beer that week. We would then switch roles and repeat the process. At the end of seven weeks, we took our winner from each week and made our final- best of the best choices. Eight weeks and about 35-40 different beers later we had winners. I still remember my friends choice: Becks. Mine was Eagle. I don't know if I would have the same outcome if I tried this again.

This brings me to the fact that I've had a lot of beer. A lot of different types of beer. I don't remember all the ones I've had or how they were, but I do consider myself to have a pretty good taste for beer. Not everyone will agree with my likes and dislikes- but I will put it out there. The same way I post about specific whiskeys, I will try to do for beer.

-Q | 4:02 PM | 0 comments |

What The...?

I just read this at Heshy's House
We have a secret mailing list of about 50 inner circle individuals who get invited to our secret, higher level spiritual experinces. It is not open to the general public because most people cannot cope with a very intense spiritual experience.One of the excercises we do is having all 50 people lay down in wooden coffins in an undisclosed location in a sub basement and meditate at midnite to words of the great masters like Rabbi Yisroel Salanter and others. Other such intense excercises are done, but most are not for public knowledge.

-Q | 2:55 PM | 1 comments |

Turbo Tap Home Use

The commercial Turbo Tap is a device for beer pouring that ".could be installed at large scale venues and was capable of pouring perfect beer at up to four times the flow rate of conventional taps."

The makers of this fine product have released a home version of the Turbo Tap for kegerators or special draft beer coolers.

Thank you TurboTap for allowing people to get drunk...faster.

-Q | 2:19 PM | 0 comments |

Lot's Daughters Gettin` Jiggy With It

Vayeira - chapter 18, verse 31:
31. And the elder said to the younger, "Our father is old, and there is no man on earth to come upon us, as is the custom of all the earth.
They thought that the entire world had been destroyed, as in the Generation of the Flood (Gen. Rabbah 51:8).
Seriously? They thought they were the last people on earth? Come on now, SERIOUSLY?!

-Q | 10:28 AM | 2 comments |

W is for Warmonger

On CNN, Bush's National Security Advisor admitted that they were wrong about there being Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. (Sorry to all my righty friends who have been clinging to bubblegum size portions of saran gas- your Mongol leader says there "wasn't aint any")

The Bush administration tried to weasel out of a problem (trying to salvage his extremely poor approval rating).
Hadley said the intelligence Bush used for those arguments "was roughly the same intelligence that the Clinton administration saw."
Odd- the Clinton administration didn't feel the need to kill 2000+ Americans in Iraq.

-Q | 7:46 AM | 6 comments |

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Rating - The Dimple Pinch 15 Years Old

The Dimple Pinch isn't the best blend out there. When you smell it, it has a good aroma that fades very quickly.

The flavor seems like it would be good but when you drink it, you feel like the entire flavor was left in the glass.

The Dimple Pinch has the potential but stalls in the garage. Although a very popular blend worldwide, The Dimple is one that should be passed.

-Q | 9:33 PM | 0 comments |

Rating - Cardhu 12 Years Old

I am a huge fan of Cardhu. I am so upset that production has stopped. This was done in order to preserve the remaining stock. Not to worry, you can find Cardhu as one of the blends in Johnny Walker Red Label and Johnny Walker Blue Label.

The scent is a strong rouge. Soft yet powerful. Its light and smells clean.

The taste is so crisp and enjoyable. I love this whiskey. It has a flavor the slips around your tongue softly. It is like a ninja: stealthy and hidden, but its presence is most definitely there.

It is a complete oxymoron of a drink. I love it so much. Find a bottle. Search far a wide for any that are being sold anywhere (good luck on that quest!).

Clean. Crisp. Amazing.

-Q | 9:12 PM | 0 comments |

Rating - Glenfiddich Ancient Reserve 18 Year Old

Right from the beginning, the scent is full and arousing. I would say it is strong and enjoyable.

The flavor is full and defining. It goes down delicious. It attacks me and stays. Glenfiddich 18 melts in your mouth with a gentle smokiness and a drop of oak. I enjoy this whiskey a lot and recommend it to anyone. It is a very good whiskey.

-Q | 9:03 PM | 0 comments |

Whiskey Rant

I am really annoyed at those who define a good whiskey as "one that goes down smooth" and a bad whiskey as the opposite. All whiskey is about 40% alcohol. They will all taste like "fire water" to those inexperienced. Besides just seeing if you can tolerate it, try tasting it! Stop taking a nice whiskey and shooting down as fast as you can and then saying: "real smooth, good stuff".

The best way to get over the harshness and start understand and enjoying whiskey is to stick to one whiskey. One particular brand and age and only have it. Have it as much as you can- everyday if possible. Do this for a good few months. Down a few bottles of the same dram. Get to really know your specific drink. Then, after time has passed, introduce yourself to another flavor. Because you have been conditioned to the first whiskey, you will be able to easily tell the difference in another. Then spend another few months with just these two whiskeys. Learn their differences and similarities. Understand them. After two, I think it is safe to start all different scotch. You have created a small foundation to base others on and can compare drinks easier. Pay attention to its smell, its taste, and to the flavors after you swallow.

So drink and drink a lot and in time, you will find a greater appreciation for whiskey then just: "smooth stuff".

-Q | 8:48 PM | 0 comments |

Friday, November 11, 2005

Bush is a Liar Liar Pants On Fire

57% of Americans don't think the Bush Administration has high ethical standards.
57% of Americans think Bush is not honest.
82% of Americans find Bush to be stubborn.

Honestly, is anyone really suprised at these polls about a guy who always has a look of confusion on his face?

The Article

-Q | 11:47 AM | 0 comments |

A Great Nation

Lech-Lecha: Chapter 12, verse 2
"And I will make you into a great nation..."
Imagine you are some guy talking to God and he tell you that He will turn you into a great nation. If you were on such a level to talk to God, would you really care if you became a great nation? Is that what you want and is your goal?

If I was Abe, I would be all like: "Uh..thanks?" I just can't see such an event taking place as it is written in the text. What in the world was the need for God to tell this to Abram?

Maybe this passage is included for us, the future generations, to realize we are a chosen people that had to start from somewhere and for some reason we are chosen. Whether or not it really happened, doesn't matter. The message is the same.

-Q | 11:37 AM | 0 comments |

Thursday, November 10, 2005

A Solid First Day

Not bad for my first real day in blogging existance. Fifty five unique visitors. I am happy with that start. With things closing and people slowing down, now is a great chance to pick up some slack.

-Q | 11:14 PM | 1 comments |

French Riots

In recent weeks, France has been plagued with car fires and rioting. To help control the rioting, the French governtment has toughened its stance by imposing emergency measures and ordering deportations of foreigners involved in riots. They've also sent in the French Special Forces that are pictured below.

-Q | 2:15 PM | 1 comments |

Royal Ostrich

NICOSIA (Reuters) - A runaway ostrich that eluded police caused severe damage when it attacked a Mercedes car during a three-hour rampage...The ostrich caused considerable damage when it pounced on the car, the daily Phileleftheros reported.

The ostrich is the largest of birds and can weigh at least 400 pounds. It is also the fastest creature on two legs and can run up to 43 miles per hour.

"It took us more than three hours to catch it," the police official said.
In a related story: Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, was missing for three hours yesterday...

-Q | 1:57 PM | 0 comments |

I Bet They Kiss

With a glisten in his eye, President Bush leaned over to Paul Rusesabagina, totally ignoring that Pauls last name has the word "bagina" in it, and attemtped to kiss his earlobe....

More pics of Bush giving out medals of freedome here

-Q | 11:21 AM | 0 comments |

Senior Citizen Bloggers

According to this article, there are many sernior citizens who blog. Which made me wonder: Which bloggers of the J-Blogosphere are in their senior years?
Maybe The Godol Hador because he is hanging up his keyboard? I bet it is OrthoMom; Her name screams old person. It could also be myself: a new blogger who just finished his life and decided to turn to the J-blogosphere.

Any ideas who the old farts are around here? It's not me. I am a spring chicken in my twenties.

-Q | 10:48 AM | 3 comments |

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Good Whiskey

Cardhu, which isn't produced anymore, but sold (and still sells) for about $30 a bottle is a better whiskey then some very expensive alternatives. It frusturates me when I see "drinkers" who base the quality of a bottle of whiskey on its price. Cardhu happens to be one of the best whiskeys in the world, is just $30, and out ranks most other whiskeys. McCallan is an example of a very good, expensive whiskey. I would put Cardhu over McCallan. Cardhu, in my opinion, beats out any of the Glenns (fiddich, livet, roth, etc). I dare the readers of this to actually let a drink linger on their tounge. Smell it. Taste it. Enjoy it. Find the smokey, woody, etc. tastes that are in the whiskey. Then rank it. Write down your thoughts on it. You will be suprised to see that some of the inexpensive potions are actually much better then the pricey ones.

On a side note: keep in mind- Blends are your Friends, too.

-Q | 4:09 PM | 6 comments |

I Feel Safer

If George Bush didn't go to war in Iraq, can you imagine how unsafe it would be to live in the States?

Now things are safe and great. If we didn't invade Iraq then now we would have terrorist problems like... we would have... the uh... the thing... um... Saddam Is A Bad Man!


-Q | 3:11 PM | 0 comments |

Another Term of Bloomberg

Mayor Mike "The Money Tree" Bloomberg(D and R - NY) has won re-election as the Mayor of NYC.

I guess it's easy to win when you are a democrate, registered as a republican, with oodles of money.

-Q | 2:52 PM | 0 comments |

The First Post

Hello World.

This blog has nothing to do with qjew.com. I am not gay either.

-Q | 2:37 PM | 0 comments |