Friday, September 25, 2009

That's My Rabbi...or Taking It To the Streets Part II

ok...I figured out how to embed a video! here is one from the Rabbi who sponsored me in my conversion...this is from the civil disobedience which occurred in NY yesterday around the UN in response to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the problems with Iran.

another speech before the sit-in

This following video is from The New York Board of Rabbis who organized the demonstration.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Rabbis Take It to The Street....New York Style!

I don't know how to get video onto my is not my strong point...but here are some links to video from the street.......

NY Police Arrest 11 Rabbis in Anti-Ahmadinejad Protest
by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

( New York City police Wednesday night arrested 11 rabbis, donned in prayer shawls and blowing shofars for disorderly conduct while protesting the visit of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Police picked them up and moved them into a paddy wagon after they tried to block the road where Ahmadinejad’s motorcade was to pass en route to the United Nations.
"A bunch of rabbis showed up and were able to block First Avenue at 41st street. . .the majority of us didn't move from the street when we heard his motorcade was coming," Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapiro told the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey "We stayed there, they arrested us and put us in a wagon, we didn't resist."
More than 100 rabbis participated in the protest and succeeded in blocking the intersection for a short time. Rabbi Shapiro held a sign saying that "Ahmadinejad is not welcome in the USA or New York."
The video below shows the city police warning the rabbis they would be arrested if they did not disperse.

Police were busy with larger demonstrations against Ahmadinejad. "The police were overwhelmed in central booking. . They checked (our records) and understood none of us had (criminal) records, and let us out with a ticket for disorderly conduct," Rabbi Shapiro told the APP news site. "We definitely did not expect to get out that early; they went easy on us."
After their release, the clergymen promptly returned to the area of the United Nations to join an Iranian-American demonstration against the Islamic Republic president.
"They couldn't believe a bunch of Jews were protesting against him.... We had an issue we were united on," Rabbi Shapiro said. "Not many of them were pro-Israelis, [but] the fact that we came together on a similar issue was powerful to see."
Before the protest, Rabbi Shapiro warned that Ahmadinejad “threatens the world with his nuclear program, holds conferences to deny the Holocaust, and brutally suppresses the voice of his own people. For a rabbi, I think it's a very scary thing to be listening to someone like this.
“It reminds me too much of a Hitler figure, and I personally feel the world needs to wake up to the dangers that the president of Iran is telling us -- telling us that he wants to do.”

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Shabbat in Belfast or How to Get A Minion in Ireland

Just back from 14 days on the ground in Ireland......and boy the Jet lag is kicking me....

It was wonderful, but it is a hard country for a Jew....

I will write more when the jet lag subsides...

but once again I must send a big fat scheinen dank....Thank you....

to Chabad for their work all over the world.

This the second time I used their website to find a place to celebrate...This time for shabbat.....

Rabbi Menachem Brackman and his wife who my husband and I guessed was no more than 25 years old, just a guess mind you....,took us in for a lovely shabbat meal with a few other world wanderers.....We also attended Friday services, my first orthodox experience, in a very unorthodox town!

Dunking Rachael

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