Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Muslim Mechitzahs

This week at CCNY is Muslim awareness week! That means that Muslim students are doing mivtzoim all around the campus. Tonight there was a lecture titled "The Veil Unveiled: Women in Islam" or something like that. There was a "sisters' side" and a "brothers' side" which was separated by a genuine mechitzah made out of black cloth hung over poles. The lecturer sat at a desk in front where he could see both sides. It was really mechitzahlike. Afterwards there was free food. Just like any respectable kiddush, the men and women--ahem, brothers and sisters--ate separately. I thought that was kind of cute.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


These joint-writing projects reminded me of an anecdote.

When my mother was little, she and her siblings decided to make up a song together, each one supplying a few words. Here is their final product:

You can dig it with a shovel
You can dig it with a spade
You can even dig it with a rusty old blade
Even though they don't sell 'em any more
For free.

Hahahahahaha. Those little kids thought they were hilarious. I do too.


What do people mean when they say, "But that's neither here not there"?

Anyone who comments, "Why don't you look it up will have his comment swiftly deleted.