Monday, June 23, 2008

Conserving Tradition with Conservative Judaism

So I came to the conclusion that Conservative Judaism makes the most sense logically, for me.
When I grow up, I want to function as an actual Judge in a Jewish court of Law.
So I can do what I love (arguing) for a higher cause/ in the name of G-d/ for the sake of G-d and for something deep and meaningful.
I think the
JTS Rabbinical School is the answer. Rabbi Daniel Nevins, the Dean is brilliant.
I haven't been able to find what I'm looking for in any Orthodox sect of Judaism.
I want to wear the tight pants, sit in absolutely non partitioned houses of worship and also be able to function as an actual Judge in a Jewish Court of Law.
Rabbi Riskin’s certified overseas court assistant course is not the kind of position I’m thinking of. I want to be the actual Judge in the rabbinical court.
And Rabbi Avi Weiss certified women’s prayer groups are not what I’m looking for either. It’s mixed seating for me or no house of prayer praying.

At first, I was seriously considering the lefty oriented modern orthodox ideologies, but I don’t understand some of their soft emotional stirrings and stances and half stirred philosophies that never go all the way with the women’s roles. Like do they or do they not allow women rabbis, not rabbi assistants? Do they believe court assistants courses for women are the new Rabbinical Judges alternative for women of all sensitivities looking for jewish court positions?

Obviously, I haven’t researched the lefty ideologies in full, but did not find what I was looking for with the research that I did do.
I actually find the laws/passages in the Talmud and rabbinical courts / discourses and arguing fascinating.
Unfortunately Orthodox Judaism doesn’t share my fascination in the same way.

Conservative Judaism doesn’t seem to get all bent out of shape if a woman decides to become a rabbi. I wonder if they let women function as Judges in their rabbinical courts.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Subliminally Sublime/ Sardonic Subway Ceiling Sentiments

I've always found the subway art scenes the most fascinating concepts to analyze. I've been meaning to photograph this set of cheery eyed subway ceiling sentiments since forever but its always been so crowded and or the wrong minute to stop and photograph the subway art scene.

Two weeks ago I found myself at the perfect spot at the perfect time, yeah life is so good like that.

I did miss a sign or two ("why all the pain" ) but managed to photograph the whole series, mostly.

I always find myself smiling a little with the lips , when running along, just watching the scores and scores of serious individuals walking, resolutely and quickly, straight ahead, paying no heed to the spiritual tonic sentiments spelled out sardonically in black and white above.

Always stop to photograph the subway art scenes.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

When Life gives you Dandelions

When life insists on handing you dimwitted insecure dandelions , wishing them away is probably just a waste of energy, that will come back to mock and admonish you and or indirectly fuck you in the process. Just saying.
But these dandelion lookalikes in Union Square are actually quite the photogenic patch & batch of barely beige beauties.

Roses in the Park

Bryant Park has got their roses all blooming along the way and stuff.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Concrete Message Cast in Stone in Chelsea

Running along to work one day , I came across this concrete synagogue mission statement cast in stone right next to the Chelsea Hotel.
I found the message particularly poignant, even if just for a few minutes. Sounds like the kind of house of worship I would love belonging to.
Spirituality is always just around the corner in the city it seems .
Later on that day 2 fine individuals at Grand Central stopped me to explain their mission in life and what they have to offer in terms of directions. One kept on insisting that all the answers to life's questions are in the bible you just have to know how to read it ! The othe one advised me that their house of worship has classes all the time , and right nearby too.
She assured me that I can feel free to come by any time, as they love answering tough questions.
So if I cant find a midtown Daf Yomi , alternative bible classes for the tough at heart is just a doubt or two and a skip away.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

I Heart NYC Mayor Bloomberg

I wholeheartedly believe one of the most brilliant individuals /leaders in 2008 is The Mayor Bloomberg.
Read about all the reasons I respect him more than anyone, at this time here :
My beach read pick for this weekend is his book : Bloomberg by Bloomberg.
Coming this September to a Barnes and Noble near you is his new book :
Do The Hard Things First (And other Bloomberg rules for Business and Politics).

I love Mayor Bloomberg's work ethic/well thought out life philosophies / focused perspectives and focus on the arts .

The Gates was one of my favorite larger than life in the city art moments .

Oh, and Mayor Bloomberg if you ever need any NYC flowering trees in the spring photography to promote MillionTreesNYC I have quite the extensive ,flowering spring trees in the city, photography collection and would be honored to donate some. Just saying.