The rambling thoughts of a Modern Orthodox Chassid (whatever that means). Contact me at emansouth @

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Lag B'Omer at Aish

Tonight after 9 p.m. maariv, Aish Kodesh will host its annual Lag B'omer hilula. The hilula l'kavod the yahrzeit of R. Shimon Bar Yochai, features divrei chizzuk from the Morah D'asrah, shlit'a, and the music of Eitan Katz and Nochie Krohn. Highly recommended.

Hat Tip: Brad. (But I probably won't see you; aveilus).

Thursday, May 19, 2005

My Nerdometer... off the charts.

Tomorrow is my last day at my current job. I start my new job the day after Memorial Day but I have already been doing a lot of work for them. My email is up and running at the new place and has not been shut off here.

Hence, my nerdometer is off the charts.

I am walking around with two blackberrys and a cell phone. All I need now is a pocket protector and a slide rule.

What a pathetic loser I am.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Where I'm Holding...

....on my bike. FYI, despite ditching this blog, I am continuing to post regarding my training for the 2005 Alyn Hospital Wheels of Love bike ride in Israel at Riding with MoC.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

50,000 Hits

Now I'm REALLY done. Really.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Pizza Update

Finally scored some pizza last night. I don't recall the last time I went so long without pizza. I love pizza.

Pizza rocks.

Thursday, May 05, 2005


It just occurred to me that with Pesach and all, I haven't had pizza in over two weeks. Gotta get some tomorrow. (BTW, I'm not back, I just had to get that thought off my chest)

Monday, May 02, 2005

I'm Done

I've decided to stop blogging immediately rather than waiting to start my new job. First of all, I am too busy (I have already started going to meetings on behalf of my new employer while still doing my current job). Secondly, I have lost all chaishek to blog.

Thank you all for dropping in. I have had a lot of fun over the past 14 months. And, I have met some lovely people. But it's time to go.

I was going to wait until Jose Reyes walked but that might take the whole season.

Random Thoughts on Pesach

* Pesach is not a snack or desert holiday. If not for ice cream, pistachio nuts and potato chips, there would be no snacks or deserts worth eating on Pesach.

* If you ask most MO rabbis, Pesach is their favorite holiday. It has nothing to do with the holiness of the holiday or anything like that. It's because their shuls are virtually empty and the talking in shul is way down. In contrast, the energy in our shul was way down over Pesach for two reasons. First, it was only 85% full. Second, many of the regulars were away (especially the young ones) and were replaced by guests. The intensity of our shul is highest when it is full to the rafters with our own whacko members.

* Ba'alei Tefilah should understand that the Belz niggunim that were so popular on the simcha scene are so 5764. They never worked in the nusach of davening and everyone is sick of them. Enough already.

* Another PSA for ba'alei tefilah. Don't put kaddish to a niggun, especially on maariv of acharon shel Pesach before shemonah esrai. A niggun for kaddish is almost always ridiculous and on acharon shel Pesach it's almost 9 p.m. and we're all hungry. Ich kenesht.

* My beef about hagbah was borne out during the last days of pesach. The average weight of the five bulvanim who had hagbah exceeded mine by at least 100 pounds.

* Borscht with potatos rocks.