Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Nuns and Israel Video and Woody Allen

Take Pride In Yourself

 Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Katz, constantly stressed the distinction between the positive attribute of taking pride in one's values and heritage, and the negative trait of arrogance.

A young student walking with his shoulders stooped once passed in front of Rabbi Katz' house. He called the student over and admonished him to walk straight. Why? A person's posture reveals his self-concept, and someone engaged in studying G-d's word should demonstrate appreciation for the great value of that pursuit.

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Modern Israel Video

Nun Story

Four novice nuns were about to take their vows.

Dressed in their white gowns, they came into the chapel with the Mother Superior, and were about to undergo the ceremony to marry them to Jesus, making them "Brides of Christ."

Just as the ceremony was about to begin, a group of Chasidic Jews with black hats, long sideburns, and long beards came in and sat in the front row.

The Mother Superior said to them, "I am honored that you would want to share this experience with us, but do you mind if I ask you why you came?"

One of the Jews replied, "We're from the groom's family."

Woody Allen Urged to Film Next Movie in Israel
     by Rachel Hirshfeld

The Los Angeles Jewish Journal has launched a new Internet campaign aimed at persuading Woody Allen to film his next movie in Israel.

     The Oscar-winning filmmaker makes one movie a year and, according to what he told The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and LA Weekly, he chooses the locations based on "where the money is."

Within recent years, Allen has filmed in London for "Matchpoint", in Barcelona for "Vicky Christina Barcelona", in Paris for "Midnight in Paris", and most recently, in Rome for "To Rome With Love."

     The Jewish Journal has therefore launched a new campaign to solicit funding for "The Woody Allen Israel Project."

"Here's this week's not-so-crazy idea: Let's all pitch in, just a few dollars each, and fund Woody Allen's next movie — in Israel," writes Journal editor, Rob Eshman.

     "($18 million) is what an Allen movie costs... That will enable Israel to enter the world's imagination in a way a billion dollars of hasbara (public relations efforts) couldn't possibly buy. All Allen asks for is funding and complete control over his project," said Eshman. "As far as I know, Allen himself has never been to Israel. For a man who has done much to define the image of Jew in our time, this needs repair."

     In an online video, Jewish actress Noa Tishby urges readers and viewers to pledge cash to the campaign.

     In the video plea to Allen, Tishby says, "Don't worry, we're gonna bring you home."

     In 2011, Tishby founded the non-profit organization Act For Israel, an organization for online advocacy, which seeks to correct misinformation, end demonization and stop de-legitimization.

     She is a member of AIPAC and has travelled to Washington DC to lobby on Capitol Hill. Tishby is also a member of "Summit Series" organization for young entrepreneurs, The Israeli Consulate Speakers Bureau, a member of The Israeli Leadership Council and served in the IDF for two and a half years.

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