The first post says it all Shalom, This is the home of the Pittsfield Jew. Sure its neat to read about Jews in Brooklyn who are very observant but how about a not so observant Jew who lives in the Mid West?

Friday, April 29, 2005

Bike to work

Went ten miles today. It was my first time. First I walked the dogs all bundled up 1/2 mile. So I was sweating and decided to wear only shorts and tee shirt. Big mistake. 42 degrees and feels like 39 said the weather report. And it felt like 30 to me and bike riding makes wind. My arms went numb and it took an hour to get there. When I walked in I was frost bitten (almost) and dizzy from the heat. Later I went to the post office first break of the day. I got to work ten minutes before Tom did any way. He leaves early, takes smoke breaks, long lunch breaks and gets to work late. I ate the last 1/4 cake of my Pesach banana walnut cake and took my 3 vitamins daily, mag, and mag/calc. They help with carpal tunnel. My beloved wife resupplied me with magnesium since I ran out when she was gone. Tom helped me out though. I wanted to buy some Manishevitz 3.50. He drove me over there and then bought it since I shleped my heavy driver's liscence to work but left it at my desk. At 36 I get carded sometimes. If you get carded then ask a friend to buy the same stuff they get very suspiscious. Its running late and I have more to say. Lunch was chasadic style. Two pieces of matza first and then the meal. One can of tuna fish. Later I'll have two apples. Our plan is to make Matza Brei with wine. Sometimes you have to have a vegetarian dinner to mix up the week. The kids will have hamburgers (beef) or hotdogs (kosher for passover) no one really cares. This is the no gossipping parsha, one of many so I won't tell you who had what for breakfast. I also finished the parsha and read the fax of life and rabbi biggs emails and have not read the weekly emails from those guys in months. And I continued with my neder (Hebrew for vow) to read the rest of the Haft Torah or also know as Tanach. I found it on chabad's site too. In addition it has Rashi commentary the hebrew font is not as good as the hebrew font on the Rashi parsha site. I read one chapter (11) of Melachim Bet. Not as good as the movie. Ok back to work. Enough stealing.

Aliya number 2

This is my favorite. Rashi explains the difference between a grudge and revenge. My wife holds both against my parents. Both are prohibited. A grudge means they told her why don't you go to graduate school near us in your selected field so we can be near our son. Revenge means you can't go visit your parents as often as we visit mine. Why is she so mean, she holds a grudge from about 15 years ago today. Isn't that the line in a song by the spin doctors? Called Hamad's diner. Songs are the best way to feel an emotion. That's why Jewish songs are so good. There is one I hear all the time boker tov olam. Translated that means good morning world. In song it sounds so much better, kinda like an Elmo video. Hey remember I got three kids. Gotta go the oldest is still up. Oops wanted to go to the dollar store and get Mother's day cards, for my wife and for my mom and why not one from the kids to each. Yesterday someone wanted me to write a letter of recommendation. This weekend is the big alt id project. They might call me in to work. Doubtful, I have to be ready to jump at a moments notice if they do.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Just a regular day

Today for dinner I had grilled chicken with baby spinach salad from subway, 6.69 which came to 7.09 with tax. Last night was two hot dogs, two potatoes and steamed green beans. Today I had to come home for lunch to be with the dogs. I finished watching volume 1 of South Park at lunch time. Fell asleep last night watching it and woke up in the middle and went to bed. So I had to rewind this morning and finish the last ten minutes of the first 30 minute episode. Was able to relax and let go at 9:30 and 10:30. Tomorrow the bike trip looks doomed the ac guy will be at our home and in this place you gotta take the AC guy when you can get him. For those outside of this area freeon doesn't play nice when it gets cold, even though its spring. Well thank Hashem we have AC.

All geared up for battle since the wife is home now. As soon as I get home from school I'll see here and any kids still up. We had a warm up battle last night. She said don't talk on the phone during the day, make gelfilte fish and your bike trip is cancelled. Sounds like I was getting baited into and arguement. Most likely it will be "I can't leave this house. I come back to a mess". Men have we heard this one before.

Movies I watched recently

4-26 Vital Signs
4-25 My Giant and Liar's Moon
4-24 Rebel and My Giant
4-23 Rebel
4-22 Rebel
Also this month The Rose, Last Days of Patton and O'Hara's Wife

Currently reading Optimizing Visual Basic 4 and Harry Potter Book 3 The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Also read this month Men at Work the Craft of Baseball by George Will and The Hobbit the prequel to The Lord of the Rings

Sometimes it takes two or three days to watch a whole movie. The Rose is 134 minutes long.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Can you help?

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From: Large female Coworker with diabetes, shaking hands from too much medication and strange eating habits
Sent: Tuesday, April 26, 2005 6:41 PM
To: Pittsfield-Jew
Subject: Can you help?

Hey, Pittsfield-jew! Want to be a
representative of Judaism?

For my world religions class, I'm writing a
paper on
what different religions --
primarily Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Islam -- teach about the meaning
of human suffering. I've done lots of book research, but I was
thinking that it would be good to find out what real people who are members of
the different religions actually think, too.

So I was
wondering if you'd be willing to answer the following questions for me in the
next couple of days. There are no right or wrong answers; I just want
to know your opinions and compare them with the opinions of people with
different backgrounds. It would be a big help if you could do

Okay, on with
the questions:

1. What is your religious

2. Suffering happens. Think of
natural disasters, like the recent tsunamis. Think of personal tragedies,
like sudden illness and untimely death. Think of ways that one person or
group harms another person or group, such as domestic violence or the Nazi
treatment of the Jews. What meaning does your religion give to
suffering? Why does suffering happen?

3. What comfort does your religion
provide to those who suffer?

4. What, if any, responsibility do
witnesses of suffering have towards those who suffer?

5. What, if anything, will happen to
those who cause others to suffer?

6. Are there particular scriptures or
other authoritative statements of your religion that lead you to these

7. Is there anything else I should have

8. May I quote you in my paper? If
so, what is your name?

I need to get your answers by this Friday,
April 29, in order to finish the paper on time. Thursday would be better!

Thanks loads for any help you can give

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Israel Called

Yesterday Israel called. A family we know made aliya in the Fall. Their daughter and our daughter went to school together. They have been best friends ... something burning... back now. Recall the wife is out of town. So I let the machine get it.

Yesterday I read the first aliya from this week's parsha. Honor your father and mother. Fear your mother and father. Normally we honor our mother more so Torah has reversed it to even the score. Normally we fear our father more so Torah has reversed it to even the score. If you don't get what I'm saying ask. This is the most important part of this week's Torah.

I heard a word from Torah I recognized besides vamoer and the name of the parsha. They don't really count. Katzer. These words are hard to right in english. It means harvest and is used in the first aliya. Let the corners of your fields go unharvested so poor people can eat them. Next weekend when the family is back. They get back Thursday. I'll mow the lawn. I won't cut any corners though.

Tonights dinner, baked potatoe, brisket, hot dog and steamed brocoli.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Forgot HP


and Happy Pesach. Yes I was away on a trip. Visiting my in-laws for Pesach dinner. We went to the club with 25 people. Lots of screaming kids (our 3 were angels, of course).

Well I was only there for 24 hours. I started reading book 3 of Harry Potter on the way. On the way back to Michigan I forgot the book. I sat down in the airport and almost cried NOTHING to do in the airport nothing to do on the plane.

Well I sat down on the plane next to a woman reading answer to question about Genesis. Or some such title. I gathered quickly since the cover quoted Tim. it must be Christian. I could not resist to start up a conversation. "Your book is more interesting than mine (NWA in flight mag)." So I gave her several large heapings of drash.

Take it for what its worth she learned from her book that Cain married his sister. I forgot to tell her I knew that already. I asked her why Isaac's wife was three when he married her. Of course she knew nothing of my hour long commentary I could remember from Rashi about various parshot from Bereshit.

When I got home to a quiet house I made dinner. My father sent me to my surprise not Shteim Pesach cakes but Shalosh. One was a mix honey cake. Another my favorite, banana walnut from scratch. And under my favorite was Wine nut cake. I also finished the last ten minutes of the movie I was watching called Rebel. My father used to say always during my childhoodI was a rebel without a cause. It wasn't fair I was only ten and did nothing wrong. It must have just been a nick name that stuck.

Well better go check out the weather. It miserable here in the 48197 zipcode. Too much snow for late April.

Friday, April 22, 2005

The first post


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