Thursday, March 31, 2005

Davening is Good... Right?

Make up your minds, children. One thing that has been getting on my last nerve is girls who come to Seminary, and leave in the middle of class to daven. If it's a once in a while thing, like you woke up late, had trouble parking... whatever, okay, go ahead. But to make it a habit, like, "Yeah, I daven during second period" is so rude.

Don't bother showing up... Well, unless they all ask the teachers first. I find it hard to believe that they'd all get permission almost daily. It becomes kind of obvious when the room slowly empties considering there is one student bathroom--with one toilet in it. The telltale sign is when they come back clucthing their siddurim behind their backs. Hmm, tough mystery.

It's so disprespectful and selfish. It's basically saying that they need their extra twenty minutes of sleep-or primping, so they'd rather daven while the teacher attempts to teach the lesson he worked hard to prepare the night before. Granted, it's good that they are actually davening--don't get me wrong. I know girls who just didn't daven because they see the importance in it...but then again, they never really showed up to Seminary in the first place. But these other kids- do they think they're all good and frum becuase they come to seminary? if that's the case, they may as well daven the right way-before class.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Mishloach Manot

Okay, I know those of you who still visit my site (I guess that's down to ME now) are assuming I'm gonna blast the whole idea of people getting carried away with Mishloach Manot. You're right. Partially. I think that people with artistic creativity who look forward to Purim as a time to display their abilities should not be shunned, they should be admired-and they should give me some pointers. But the other ones, who are out to keep up with the Joneses, and make it all fancy...should get a life. People started buying ready made Mishloach manot-talk about defeating the purpose! My paragraph thing is broken again, but I need to address another aspect of this. Now, people are doing whatever they can to escape Purim, which I don't like. What people consider the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, is Yom KiPurim---a day LIKE Purim. Obvioulsy Purim is extremely holy, but people get so caught up in the Mishloach manot and the light stuff, they don't realize.Then they try to escape it. They don't want the pressure of making Mishloach Manot--you created that pressure yourself. If you wouldn't be so hung on being fancy and impress everyone, you'd enjoy Purim. If you're trying to escape giving Tzedaka---there's a reason G-d gave you all that money.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

The Siyum

I was working in a Bais Yaakov school for a couple of days. The day of the Siyum HaShas and the day after. OMG, it was bigger than the Oscars, L'Havdil. It was so funny how everyone was all, "Are you going? Am I going? Where can I get tickets?? Do you have one for me? " And there were a gazillion phone calls about it all day. It's actually very nice. If it's sincere. Some people, I think, just wanted to go so they could say they've been there, but whatever. Otherwise, I think it's amazing. I see footage of other ones and it brings me to tears.

The day after, [while we're on the whole Oscars thing,] it was like, "What was she wearing, who was she wearing..." Only here it was, "Who did you see? Where did you go? What time did you get back?" Action, action, action. It's really funny--they even read the Hamodia Daily to catch up. I mean, it's nice that people are frum enough not to want to expose themselves to the pritzus in the Post, although some deal with the bias of the Times, and consider that "Kosher" but that's besides the point. That paper is like 25 pages and it's laughable. Most of it is Associated Press and crappily written articles. I do give them credit for providing the yeshivishe velt with some Kosher reading material. At now they'll partially know what's going on in the world. Well, at least there's no story about Paris Hilton's (WHO???) Sidekick being hacked. (WHAT????) Hehe.

They were talkin in the office, and one woman said, "I sold my tickets online." I gasped. First of all, I was wondering how that was possible. I was imagining people searching eBay and everything. Meanwhile, there's no internet in the office, and that word in itself can get you in Cherem. Then I asked a question. "In-line or online?" She grew defensive and exclaimed, "In-line of course!"

Well, why didn't you just say so??