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  1. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    Nice to see you back, Toby. As for Jews not doing work like changing tires and sawing trees, I guess that’s the difference between golus and Eretz Yisrael. I admit to being less than adept with those kinds of things, but my sons and sons-in-law do building and fixing and whatever you want. My wife Janet decided she wanted the sukkah in the back instead of the front this year, after all these years of complaining that all the bathroom windows open out on the front. So my son Nachshon came over and put it up in the back. Taking our sukkah down usually takes us days in stages, creaking and procrastinating along. But last night our daughter Ayala and her husband Uriel showed up from Bat Ayin. Uriel had everything down in a flash, organizing Janet to find some material to fix the ladder in the process. Today we have a brit for a new grandson (no. 12!). You would have thought that we would really be behind with getting back to normal under such circumstances. But there it is, almost all of it put back up in the attic except for a few beams and the decorations! Rav Kook pointed out that in Eretz Yisrael being physically strong and healthy and doing physical work becomes holy because it is being used to build Eretz Yisrael. At this time our hearts, minds and pockets should still be with the builders and not with the destroyers. The expellees from Gush Katif are still largely unemployed and the performance of their kids in their studies is greatly disrupted. The government and the UJC are busy aiding victims of the war in the north, including a large number of Arabs who identify with the aims of the enemy. Meanwhile the Jews of the former settlements of Gaza still suffer. Those “Israelis”, who lack the elementary Jewish characteristic of hesed to the point that they were able to throw almost 10,000 Jews out of their homes, defeated those Jews, who hugged them and did not fight. They were constitutionally unable to fight against their fellow Jews. The UJC supposedly sent $400,000 for relief of the Gush Katif people, but no one has seen the money yet. Many people lost their compensation payments just to pay off their old mortgages on their destroyed homes. And so it goes. You had a few weeks without electricity. They lost their homes and jobs. And some of their kids went off to war afterwards and got killed. Just a little perspective.

  2. Bob Miller says:

    In 1988-1998, when we lived in Oak Park, MI, our auto mechanic, our electrician, our appliance repairman, our handyman, and the landscaper neighbor who plowed our street (not on the city’s to-plow list) were all Jewish.

  3. HESHY BULMAN says:

    Don’t you find it odd that people find Jackie Mason funny?

  4. Bob Miller says:

    He can be funny.

  5. Toby Katz says:

    To Yehoshua Friedman:

    Mazal tov on the bris of your new grandson, may you have many more simchos in good health, and nachas from all your children and grandchildren.

    You are right in noting that our Wilma troubles here in Florida were trivial compared to the sorrows of those Jews in Gush Katif, and in New Orleans, who lost their homes and had to start their lives over.

    You are also right in noting — as Bob Miller also notes — that it is entirely possible for a Jew to be a mechanic, a repairman or a landscaper. My grandfather, Moshe Yechiel Freund, A’H, was a plumber by trade and also a very good amateur carpenter. He also had a sewing machine, which he operated with a foot treadle, and he once fixed the buttons on my coat for me.

    Heshy, if you don’t think Jackie Mason is funny, who IS funny? Andy Borowitz? Dave Barry? Mark Steyn?

    There’s just no accounting for tastes.

    :- )

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