Thursday, April 26, 2007

Post Yom Haatzmaut Post

Now that Yom HaAtzmaut is over, here are a few pictures of what we did that day.

A time honored tradition of Yom HaAtzmaut is the IDF demonstrating to the public all sorts of technology and armor.

Some say this is a haughty, show-off attitude of "secular" Israel believing in it's own military might, without attributing our military success and acumen to help from G-d. (כוחי ועוצם ידי עשה לי את החיל הזה)

Personally, I look at it as the realization of the bracha we say daily,"אוזר ישראל בגבורה" -- we thank G-d for girding Israel with strength.

So our kids play in and around tanks (yes, I'm sure that's an awful militaristic message for impressionable kids), and the combat soldiers help paint faces of kids with camouflage.

And kids get dressed up as soldiers...

(Note, the pictures above are not my kids!)

This proud soldier shows off his handiwork...

And here I am in my award-winning Rachel Corrie pose in front of an armored D9 bulldozer.

But's almost the end of the week, and I haven't yet made my recommendations for who to vote for in the JIBS!

The preliminary list I came up with is...

Jack's Shack
Rabbi Without A Cause
Chana, The Curious Jew
The Renegade Rebbetzin
Ask Shifra
Life in Israel
DovBear (for best Jewish anti-establishment)

But then I realized to make this list official, I would have to list a name next to each category, and I have no time to do that...

Hmmm. What to do?

I will attempt to be brave and say do NOT vote for Hot Chanie (though whoever he/she is will probably torment my blog now). The reason not to vote for her is that she's in the same group as Kasamba, and I think Kasamba's a much better blog!

Fine. Maybe I'll go through the JIBs later and write a longer post, and try not to leave anyone off it. In the meantime...get and and vote!

Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael


Ye'he Sh'mey Raba Mevorach said...

Great photos J. Too bad I forgot to bring our camera to Chomesh!!!!

Scraps said...

Hehe...lots of fun, the JIBs! It's so sad that Kasamba is no longer posting, but I voted for her anyway.

Ezzie said...

I LOVE the pose. And here, I could have sworn you look different in person. :)

Klovs said...

"Rachel Corrie pose" hahahahaha

Hot Chanie said...

If you want to take voting advice from a man who wears WHITE SOCKS with oxfords be my guest, just don't ask him for fashion tips!



PS What is a Kasamba anyway? One of those sefardi drum thingies?

JoeSettler said...

You seem I did make the JIB recommendation list.

Now go out and vote for me!!!

Ezzie - I mean you.

Anonymous said...

I am deeply wounded. I was going to use the proceeds from my JIB to pay for much needed luxury items. Now that I'm not on your list, I'll be forced to keep my day job, which I am studiously avoiding while writing this comment.
Oh well.
Larry (The M of B)

Anonymous said...

Too bad the IDF wasted so many resources and tarnished their image with those stupid black uniforms while trying to stop us from reaching Chomesh at the same time as you were getting your pictures taken.

Avromi said...

What do you have against Daf Yomi?

Besides for the snub, I'd agree with most of your list, especially Rafi and Psychotoddler.

Anonymous said...

Over 13,000 participated in the march to Chomesh

and the IDF refused to allow busses in to take them out, forcing the paricipants to walk over 10km in the dark. Some were even forced to sleep after the IDF refued to allow the chartered busses in to take them out.

Ye'he Sh'mey Raba Mevorach said...

We were there. See Sorry I don't have any photos.

Jack's Shack said...

(Note, the pictures above are not my kids!)

Of course not. Your kids have big yellow smiley faces.

JoeSettler said...

No Rachel Corrie after pictures too?

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

JoeSettler said...
No Rachel Corrie after pictures too?

Joe - I'll send you that one by email...not for the blog :)

Annie said...


thanks for the support! We're way behind in our bracket, and kind of reveling in it.

Also, on the topic of having your kids play on tanks: I grew up in an area where there are huge military demonstrations once a year. We always went as kids, had a great time, and didn't turn out at warmongering hawks.

Alex said...


Please consider writing news pieces or an op-ed for Jewrusalem: Israeli Uncensored News. We strive to present different views and opinions while rejecting political correctness. Ideally, we try to make the news "smart and funny." Thus, your input is very welcome.


Batya said...

I was going to praise the post, but then I saw that you don't like my blogs.

Rafi G said...

thanks for the plug.
It was obvious those were not your kids. they do not have that Muqata yellow your family is famous for...

Cosmic X said...

"Personally, I look at it as the realization of the bracha we say daily,"עוזר ישראל בגבורה" -- we thank G-d for girding Israel with strength."

That's אוזר with an aleph! You would think that a guy named Jameel would know the difference between an aleph and an 'ayin :)

tafka PP said...

"Rachel Corrie pose" Niiiiiice.

Anonymous said...

Did you do a choking gas chamber victim pose when you visited Auschwitz?

Anonymous said...

The attempt at "humor" about Rachel Corrie's death is truly perverse and sickening. You have debased the Jewish faith appallingly by using it as a context for mocking the murder of a kind, unarmed, non-violent young woman who was trying to protect unarmed civilians from having their home destroyed by a US/Israeli bulldozer. You and your supporting readers should be ashamed - but instead, you're merely amused at your own macabre cleverness, like soldiers in smirky poses with body parts cut off their war victims. Yours is the juvenile, frat-boy posing humor of Abu Ghraib war criminals. If the Hebrew prophets could see what you are doing with the deeply humanitarian traditions of Judaism -- see how you are abusing Judaism to justify land theft, oppression, and murder, with a flip attitude no-less -- they would surely denounce your barbarism and frivolity from the ramparts of Jerusalem as a despicable violation of the divine trust which Jews have claimed for millennia, as a supposedly spiritual people. You are diluting that precious heritage with an astonishing mindlessness.

Tyrone said...

Right on! That's exactly what I was thinking! But what can you expect from a colonialist mega-oppressor like Jameel?

Anonymous said...

Please remove the photo and text referring to Rachael Corrie or face legal action.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

anon 10:27

Bite me.

Legal action? For what? I didn't even call her "St. Pancake" as she is referred to on hundreds of other blogs.

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