Friday, January 30, 2009
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Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
This is the Indian National Anthem sang in Hindi but with English subtitles.
The song is being sung by the highest Hindu Cast, the Brahmans.
I hope you like and enjoy the meaning of the song.
Look at me I'm here on my own, alone
feel my body trembling from a love so cold
remembering the kiss that I miss
why it came to this?
even though I watch as you go
how could I have known?
Now that love is gone
where do I belong?
was it right or wrong?
why should we go on?
silence in the air (in the air)
no more dreams to share (dreams to share)
darkness everywhere, look at me now...
Finally, I know it's time to say goodbye
Suddenly, all by myself I feel alive
I can't live a lie
No reason to cry
But now it's just time
(now it's time to say goodbye)
Friday, January 16, 2009
This is the letter that the above video was based off. (But DEF see the video before you read the text below.) It's called "A Letter to the World from Jerusalem," and it was written by Stanley Goldfoot, the Founder Editor of 'The Times of Israel' in August 1969.
A LETTER TO THE WORLD FROM JERUSALEM
I am not a creature from another planet, as you seem to believe. I am a Jerusalemite- like yourselves, a man of flesh and blood. I am a citizen of my city, an integral part of my people. I have a few things to get off my chest. Because I am not a diplomat, I do not have to mince words. I do not have to please you or even persuade you. I owe you nothing. You did not build this city, you did not live in it, you did not defend it when they came to destroy it.
And we will be damned if we will let you take it away. There was a Jerusalem before there was a New York. When Berlin, Moscow, London, and Paris were miasmal forest and swamp, there was a thriving Jewish community here. It gave something to the world which you nations have rejected ever since you established yourselves- a humane moral code.
Here the prophets walked, their words flashing like forked lightning. Here a people who wanted nothing more than to be left alone, fought off waves of heathen would-be conquerors, bled and died on the battlements, hurled themselves into the flames of their burning Temple rather than surrender, and when finally overwhelmed by sheer numbers and led away into captivity, swore that before they forgot Jerusalem, they would see their tongues cleave to their palates, their right arms wither.
For two pain-filled millennia, while we were your unwelcome guests, we prayed daily to return to this city. Three times a day we petitioned the Almighty: "Gather us from the four corners of the world, bring us upright to our land, return in mercy to Jerusalem, Thy city, and swell in it as Thou promised." On every Yom Kippur and Passover, we fervently voiced the hope that next year would find us in Jerusalem.
Your inquisitions, pogroms, expulsions, the ghettos into which you jammed us, your forced baptisms, your quota systems, your genteel anti-Semitism, and the final unspeakable horror, the holocaust (and worse, your terrifying disinterest in it)- all these have not broken us.
They may have sapped what little moral strength you still possessed, but they forged us into steel. Do you think that you can break us now after all we have been through? Do you really believe that after Dachau and Auschwitz we are frightened by your threats of blockades and sanctions?
We have been to Hell and back- a Hell of your making. What more could you possibly have in your arsenal that could scare us?
I have watched this city bombarded twice by nations calling themselves civilized. In 1948, while you looked on apathetically, I saw women and children blown to smithereens, after we agreed to your request to internationalize the city. It was a deadly combination
that did the job- British officers, Arab gunners, and American-made cannon. And then the savage sacking of the Old City-the willful slaughter, the wanton destruction of every synagogue and religious school, the desecration of Jewish cemeteries, the sale by a ghoulish government of tombstones for building materials, for poultry runs, army camps, even latrines.
And you never said a word.
You never breathed the slightest protest when the Jordanians shut off the holiest of our places, the Western Wall, in violation of the pledges they had made after the war- a war they waged, incidentally, against the decision of the UN. Not a murmur came from you whenever the legionnaires in their spiked helmets casually opened fire upon our citizens from behind the walls.
Your hearts bled when Berlin came under siege. You rushed your airlift "to save the gallant Berliners". But you did not send one ounce of food when Jews starved in besieged Jerusalem. You thundered against the wall which the East Germans ran through the middle of the German capital- but not one peep out of you about that other wall, the one that tore through the heart of Jerusalem.
And when that same thing happened 20 years later, and the Arabs unleashed a savage, unprovoked bombardment of the Holy City again, did any of you do anything?
The only time you came to life was when the city was at last reunited. Then you wrung your hands and spoke loftily of "justice" and need for the "Christian" quality of turning the other cheek.
The truth- and you know it deep inside your gut - you would prefer the city to be destroyed rather than have it governed by Jews. No matter how diplomatically you phrase it, the age old prejudices
seep out of every word.
If our return to the city has tied your theology in knots, perhaps you had better reexamine your catechisms. After what we have been through, we are not passively going to accommodate ourselves to the twisted idea that we are to suffer eternal homelessness until we accept your savior.
For the first time since the year 70, there is now complete religious freedom for all in Jerusalem. For the first time since the Romans put a torch to the Temple, everyone has equal rights (You prefer to have some more equal than others.) We loathe the sword- but it was you who forced us to take it up. We crave peace, but we are not going back to the peace of 1948 as you would like us to.
We are home. It has a lovely sound for a nation you have willed to wander over the face of the globe. We are not leaving. We are redeeming the pledge made by our forefathers: Jerusalem is being rebuilt. "Next year" and the year after, and after, and after, until
the end of time- "in Jerusalem"!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Hamlet: His Obsession with Death
“To be or not to be, that is the question…” Hamlet’s soliloquy is one of the most famous in literature. His contemplation of death and his obsessions with the spiritual matters occurs throughout the play and still a matter of contemplation among the scholars. Hamlet saw death as a reliable end to mortal suffering, something that can bring comfort (Watson, pf. 55). However, we clearly see a shift in Hamlet’s attitude towards death as the play progresses. He surrenders himself to his own fate – what God has in store for him… whether it is life or death. His contemplation of death and its nature gives way to a new Hamlet who has made peace with the world and is ready for whatever fate thrusts into his life.
Hamlet is usually seen as a philosophical character. He is always spilling out ideas throughout his soliloquies that can be classified as existentialist or skeptical at best. One of the classic examples in of his relativist ideas is seen in the quote “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” (Weller, Hamlet, Act II, scene II). What makes the skeptics and the scholars equally passionate is his view towards death and its evolution.
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Sunday, January 4, 2009
Enemy of Palestine and Israel
Hamas is fully responsible for the current war in Gaza strip. Hamas is the real enemy to both the plaestinian people and to the citizens of Israel. The people of the muslim world must see Hamas as the enemy or the cycle of violence will never end.
Do not attack a country expecting no retaliation. Hamas broke a ceasefire brokered by Egypt and fired upon Israel - which is clearly in violation of international law and the Hamas mission statement to protect the Palestinian people.
Because of Hamas, Israel retaliated - resulting in the ensuing conflict.
The Arab league and the Libyan delegation in the UN Security Council is talking about Israeli's "disproportional actions" in Gaza but fail to mention Hamas as a terrorist group or their initial attacks or them breaking the ceasefire.
World leaders are quick to condemn Israel and are quicker to call for a ceasefire. But what is the point of a ceasefire that is NOT going to be respected? The last ceasefire issued via Egypt and agreed to by Israel and Hamas was broken by Hamas rocket attacks throughout 2008.
The attacks during the week of December 19th 2008 was the final straw, and when the ceasefire expired on December 25th 2008, Israel began operations to defend itself.
To achieve peace, Palestinian people have to realize Hamas is operating for its own self-interest, not for the interest of the people of Palestine or its Arab neighbors. As long as the Arab world and the Muslim league continue to support groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah and other Mujaheddin groups, there will NEVER be peace.
More innocents will die and many losses will occur in both sides. Non-state actors such as Hamas decrease the power of International institutions to enact and promote international law and order while inspiring more unstable environment to breed hatred, bigotry and violence.
As a people of common interest in peace, we should strive to get rid of groups like Hamas. If the Arab world truly cares for the plight of the Palestinian people, then they should effectively cease all aid to such terrorist groups while providing aid to build up the infrastructure in Palestinian territories. Only then will any real peace exist. Arab countries can make a difference - just give 1% of the oil revenue towards helping the people of Palestine, which can make a HUGE difference.
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