Snow, Snatch and the Temple Mount
While the rest of the Jewlicious crew enjoyed the balmy weather in post-conference California, duty called and I returned to Israel. I flew from Long Beach to JFK to Heathrow and then Ben Gurion. I got in yesterday at 6 am and I have yet to sleep thanks to a combination of fatigue and, well, more fatigue. You’d think that would knock me right out – and you’d be wrong. I wish someone would knock me out frankly. This morning at 7 am I went looking for some some breakfast and the scene above, taken in front of the Machane Yehudah Market on Jaffa street in Jerusalem, is what I had to go through. The sticky snow didn’t really accumulate on the ground, instead it accumulated on my clothing and turned the streets into a slippery, slushy mess.
What a great time to be back home. I snapped a few pics for the blog and I never did get my breakfast. Meanwhile, back in the diaspora, three-16 year old Jewish female public high school students got suspended for disobeying school officials by saying the word “vagina” during a reading from the script of the Vagina Monologues.
The three honor students, Megan Reback, Elan Stahl and Hannah Levinson, included the word because “we knew it was the right thing to do. Since we’re comfortable saying it, we should make other people comfortable saying it,” Levinson said… The excerpt from “Monologues” was read Friday night, among various readings at an event sponsored by the literary magazine at John Jay High School in Cross River, a New York City suburb… The three honor students, Megan Reback, Elan Stahl and Hannah Levinson, included the word because “we knew it was the right thing to do. Since we’re comfortable saying it, we should make other people comfortable saying it,” Levinson said… The excerpt from “Monologues” was read Friday night, among various readings at an event sponsored by the literary magazine at John Jay High School in Cross River, a New York City suburb.
School officials claimed that the girls were punished not because they used the word vagina, but rather because they said the word vagina despite being told not to. Officials claimed that children were in the audience and that attendees had no prior knowledge that the vagina word would be used. Had the students decided to put on a production of the Vagina Monologues, that would have been acceptable as it would have been advertised as such and the audience would expect it. There’s nothing more disconcerting than unexpected vagina. Presumably, had the students chosen to use the word “hooha” instead, that would have been ok too. Nowhere in this story does anyone mention the violation of the sabbath that took place.
And back in Israel, depending on who you read, UNESCO has either bitch slapped Israel by insisting that it cease all work near the Al Aqsa Mosque or has exonerated Israel for the transparent way in which repairs to the nearby ramp leading to the Mugrabi Gate have been effectuated. The actual story? A combination of both. Israel’s excavations are fine but ought not to have been undertaken without the involvement of the UN and the Waqf especially given the ensuing rioting. Where was UNESCO when the Waqf was doing construction on the Temple Mount and dumping earth laden with valuable Judaic archaeological finds? Hello?
What a bunch of hoohas, talk about a snow job…
OK. So the connection between the three stories was tenuous. Sue me for trying to be entertaining. At least I didn’t say “y’all” or “I’m just sayin’ is all.”