Thursday, April 30, 2009

I'm Still Here

Just in case anyone who reads this blog wonders, yes I am still here. I have been focusing on some other things of late, and as with all things life goes through its cycles. Not much new to report, at least from the stand point of interesting things to write about. I have some more video ideas, but I just don't feel like putting them in video just yet.

Lately, I have been more of a YouTube mainstay than anything else, I think partially to get ideas for future videso, but also I like to hear and see people's expressions sometimes over reading them. I have been keeping up with some of the various debates concerning race, culture, and revolutionary thought. Maybe it is me, but it just seems like something is stirring in the world. I can't explain it, but it is just one of those feelings.

I know I haven't written about current events as much because it seems like right now there is so much waiting around the world for something. It could be partially because of the economy, the swine flu, Somali pirates, Obama, etc. but I just have this feeling like we are all on the cusp of a period in history. What exactly it is and what it means, I am not sure, because it is just a thought.

It so crazy that lately I have been able to get motivated to write anything, and it seems like doing the videos is much more up my alley. Maybe I am just lazy, but if so.....so be it. More later.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

I Love History and Culture: Senegal and Mali

I love history and culture. I wish there was a way to make my living studying them and researching.

Ancient West African Megacities


Empires of gold and knowledge part 1 Into Africa


Futa Marriage Part 1


Futa Marriage Part 2


Futa Marriage Part 3
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Episode 21: תורת ההגיון Logic

The following video is on logic. I was thinking about doing it as a series, but I am not sure about that yet. It is in Hebrew, and I was a little tired so forgive any mispronunciations. I am still working to finish translating it.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Episodes 19 & 20: Jewish Migrations into West Africa Parts 1 & 2

These videos are based on a presentation I once did at Shearith Israel: The Spanish Portuguese Synagogue in NYC in 2007. They are conncted to the Video I did on Israeli National Identity. I would suggest that you see that video first. It is on various documents that talk about the Jewish migrations into West Africa that came from three sources.

1) Southern Arabia
2) North Africa
3) Spain and Portugal

Sources for the information presented can be found at the end of the presentation. I will post Part 2 as soon as possible.



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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ramdom Thoughts on Change

So I am sitting here at my computer after Shabbat listening to the clattering of the fan in my computer wondering how I am not getting annoyed by the constant clanging. I think there is some dust stuck in there, and I ran out of air in the can to do anything about it. So some random thoughts popped in my head. I don't feel like putting them in a video for the moment so I guess I will do some writing on my blog.

My thoughts lately have been about change.



In the last few years of my life so much has changed in ways that I never would have dreamed of lets say 10 years ago, or 15 years ago. Even within the last two years since I moved to Israel I have changed and I look back with the consideration of who I am and who I am becoming.



It once angered me that I was not making the progess that I needed and wanted to make in my life. It angered me so much that I thought change was beyond my grasp. I once thought I knew what that was and what it meant for me and now I am content with not knowing. Yet, the question still lingers of why do I exist, and what is my ultimate purpose in life? Is it simply to overcome a group of obsticales to face them anew on another day, or is there something else in store for me?



I also looked back on this blog to see where I have come from since 2006-2007 when I started it. Whether it was the Week of Positive Blogging or the series I did called Why Do Men Cheat, I can see that blogging has changed my life and how I view myself. Then, thanks to the influence of Tiffiny Jones of the Mulatto Diaries I have, began the Vlogging and once again more changes. I have so many ideas that I want to put into video, but there seems to be so little time to do this. If only I could do this for a living.

Then for the last few days my thoughts turned to HER. I talked about HER in the 2nd video about The Greatest Mystery. She was the second story in the video. She told me before she left that she would be coming back for Pesah (Passover). Part of me has considered how I would feel if I was to suddenly get a call from HER. This part of myself somewhat wishing that she would call me. Yet, p of me wishes I could simply get her out of my mind, but I know that will take some time. I tend to this part of me has the more logical approach and the less painful. It is times like this that I wish I did not have emotions, but instead work on pure Torah logic. Yet, I guess I will have to keep working on my emotions and where I place them.



Part I am not quite sure what this post is about. It is something that just crossed my mind that I needed to write.

This video has nothing to do with this post, but I thought it was funny.


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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

חג שמח ומועדים לשימחה

So here in Israel Pesah (Passover) begins in just a few hours. I am off to stay with some friends in Talpiut (that's near Jerusalem). I hope to have a few posts next week, more than likely written.

So to all I wish you all a kosher and safe Pesah. May we merit the redemption of our full nation, our full people, and the world.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Episode 18: Israeli National Identity

In this video I discuss history Israeli national identity from ancient times to the modern day. Please not that this is HEAVILY abbreviated history since there is so much that could be said on this topic. I also cover the issue of Israeli/Jewish ethnicity.


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