# Thursday, 24 January 2008

The Japanse are mad! Human Tetris!

Just to prove that the British aren't the only nation with their share of crazy people, just watch the Japanese trying to play Human Tetris...

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# Tuesday, 01 January 2008

Aryeh Yehuda's Bar Mitzvo seudo

Well, the Big Day finally arrived. Aryeh Yehuda's bar mitzvo seudo went off splendidly, even if I do say so myself! This was in no small part due to the magnificent efforts of my good lady wife, who organised the whole thing.

First off, Aryeh Yehuda said his drosho...

Listening keenly (and not falling asleep as it looks in the picture) were, from right to left, Rabbi Chaim Modche Zahn shlita (head of Beis HaTalmud school), Rabbi Pollak shlita (our Rov) and Rabbi Leibish Rabinowitz shlita (rov of our shul)...

Shlepping nachas by the bucket load were the Boss and myself (she's the one on the right)...

More nachas was shlepped by both sets of doting grandparents. Here are his paternal grandparents...

...and the maternal ones...

All in all, the boy did us proud. Looking cool, calm and collected throughout the whole thing, I think we were more nervous than he was!

Two days later, on Thursday morning, Aryeh Yehuda leined in shul...

On the left is Mattisyohu Black, who taught him the leining. He did a great job!

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# Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Sniff, and it only seems like yesterday that he was in nappies!

OK, so it's been a while since I updated the blog. Sorry.

Anyway, it is now only three weeks to Aryeh Yehuda's bar mitzvo, so it seemed like a good time to add some new pictures of the fella.

A couple of weeks ago, he got his tefillin. In line with an age-old tradition, the first day he put them on, he was helped by the family Rov. Below are a "before" and "after" shot of Rabbi Pollak helping him put on his tefillin...

After a predictably slow start, he is now getting pretty efficient at putting them on and taking them off. The one disadvantage of this is that I now have to wind up my own! Previously, he was doing it for me. Oh well, only a couple of years before Eliyohu starts wearing them... now that's a mind-boggling thought!

To complete the "young man" image, Aryeh Yehuda also got a new suit and hat for the occasion...

Sniff, and it only seems like yesterday that he was in nappies!

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# Monday, 22 October 2007

Some well-painted trucks

The pictures below are all supposedly of trucks that have been painted to look like the side are missing, so you can see the contents. I'm fairly convinced that these are not real, but are rather the product of some imaginative work with an image editor, but I thought they were still funny enough to share...

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# Sunday, 07 October 2007

The children visit the sensory garden

Avid readers of this blog (OK, I can dream can't I?) may remember me mentioning the opening of a sensory garden in memory of my grandparents. Well, we were in Leeds last week, so we took the opportunity of showing the children what had been done. Unfortunately, the garden itself hadn't been tended very well, and was in need of some attention. We were told that this was in hand, and it was being prepared for the winter, following which it would be replanted.

All of which leaves me without much in the way of pictures, except for these two...

The children in front of the plaque

Chana Liba in front of the plaque

This second picture came about when one of the people inside the building by the sensory garden saw us, and came out to say hello. He took a shine to Chana Liba, and gave her a big red flower. She duly posed with it, then waved it around so violently that all the petals fell off! Kind of sums her up really :-)

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# Monday, 17 September 2007

A truly amazing person

I have just seen a one-minute film on the Aish HaTorah web site that made me cry. No, I'm not a soppy person, but I was so moved by this short film, that I couldn't help it.

Please, watch this film, and then read the article about the person. Maybe you won't cry, but if it just makes you think, it will have been worth it.

The film: The Blink Of An Eye
The article: The Hero Within

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# Wednesday, 12 September 2007

How to tell the sex of a fly

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.

"What are you doing?" she asked.

"Hunting flies" he responded.

"Oh, killed any?"

"Yep, 3 males, 2 females," he replied.

Intrigued, she asked, "How can you tell them apart?"

He responded, "3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."

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Mary Lou

A guy was sitting quietly reading his paper when his wife sneaked up behind him and whacked him on the head with a frying pan.

"What was that for?" he asked.

"That was for the piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name Mary Lou written on it," she replied.

"Two weeks ago when I went to the races, Mary Lou was the name of one of the horses I bet on," he explained.

She looked satisfied and apologised.

Three days later he was sitting in his chair reading again when she whacked him with an even bigger frying pan, knocking him out cold. When he came round, he asked, "What was that for?"

"Your horse phoned."

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