Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Jewish Scraps

I'm working on a post, but it's failing to congeal.

Kosher Phones?

The BBC has a ridiculous article up about a "kosher" cellphone. Uh huh. Very nice. Do you believe what the BBC writes? Without a single source other than "Avi"? Let's just say that the one testable claim mentioned is that if one Googles "banana" one comes across numerous porn sites. Which is not true. Try it.

Unwashable Stains

Did you know that it's possible to get a stain on your overcoat that is so bad that a dry cleaner can't even get it out? I never knew that. I thought dry cleaners could get out anything if they try hard enough. Apparently not. My stain looks like oven baked oil and dirt, and, after around 5 tries, they hadn't made a dent in it.

I hope this isn't symbolic of upcoming Yom Kippur.


Rachel and I attended a small seminar by Ayeka (not this), a new organization dedicated to getting people to talk about important things again, such as God, forgiveness, and faith. Which, apparently, people tend not to do.

Their approach is guided workshops with both text study and heart to heart listening. Twas pretty cool.

Mincha Yom Kippur

I'll be leading Yom Kippur Mincha services in our shul, which is nice. Mincha on Yom Kippur has a special place in my heart, because it's the most neglected of the services. Poor service. And it has the entire book of Yona in it, too.



Anonymous said...

The "kosher" cellphone has been around for several years. MIRS released the first in 2006

Yehuda Berlinger said...

Anon: That doesn't surprise me. But what about the rest of the article? Schools that won't accept you unless you have a kosher phone number? Does the kosher phone really have a different area code, or is the handset simply different?

It is extremely poor, yet typical BBC, reporting to base an article with a negative portrayal of Jews based on a single source who is anonymous.


Anonymous said...

Can I suggest that you re-read the article now you've calmed damn a bit?

Where the article mentions ultra-orthodox school, could it not be the reporter choosing those words over Yeshiva so as not to confuse non Jewish readers? And they do require that mobile phones be "Kosher".

The fact the two "characters" in it (Avi and Miriam) aren't identified is a bit strange, but things like the Banana quote where attributed to the chairman of Rimon (Moshe Weiss).

Other things like the "kosher" phone being visibly different and there being "kosher" dialling codes are all verifiable by quick searches.

It may be worth some of the anthropologist articles by Tamar El-Or, because while you may not like what the article said, it does appear to accurate.