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EB Contributes to Oklahoma Tornado Relief

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oklahomaIn keeping with our focus on Torah, Avoda and Gemilut Hasadim, Congregation Ezra Bessaroth's Discretionary Fund, on Tuesday, made a generous contribution to help people impacted by the disastrous tornado in Oklahoma.

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19
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New Maccabeats - Les Miserables - Passover Story

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14
Mar
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Were We Duped, too?

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My wife Miriam, Rubisa of Ezzy Bezzy, advised me (in the heat of my passion over the Gordon commercial) to look at Snopes.com, which I have done.  "Snopes" attests to the fact that this commerical is fake: the car salesman was an actor, Gordon didn't do the stunts, but stuntman Brad Noffsinger did them; liability issues make it impossible for Pepsi to have really tried to pull it off.  I was sensing something similar after writing the first blog post, figuring they must have paid the salesman millions of dollars not to file a lawsuit...

At the end of the day, I don't think it makes a difference if the salesman was real or an actor.  Pepsi clearly wished to create the impression that it was a true practical joke.  For that reason, I still consider the commerical an assault on our common humanity.

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14
Mar
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Cruelty Gone Viral

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It's a reason NOT to purchase Pepsi products. In fact, as a protest against the basesness and cruelty of this practical joke, I urge all clear-thinking people to specifically boycott Pepsi products until there is a formal apology for this assault on our common humanity.

In the video, race-car driver Jeff Gordon dupes an unsuspecting used car salesman into thinking Gordon is a geek who does not know much about cars - only to take him on a five minute drive of terror; it has no doubt evoked laughs in the 2.95 million people who have already viewed the film on YouTube, but when the dust clears - we have to ask ourselves: what are we laughing at ?

At the discomfort and terror of the salesman? A laugh expressing our tension, as if we were the salesman ? 

Or is our laugh instead a sadistic laugh of Gordon and the people at Pepsi who so cruelly abused this man during the prank? 

Back in the 1960's, many of us remember Candid Camera.  I submit to you that the difference between CC and the Pepsi prank is not just a difference in degree, but in kind.  

See for yourself.  First, the Pepsi prank, which I call "Cruelty Gone Viral", and then the Flying Phonebooth of CC of the early 1960's.

 

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This past week's theme song

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02
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Mazal Tov

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....to our family!  Our daughter Yosifa (Lehman) gave birth to a healthy baby girl this evening in Jerusalem.  Rubisa Miriam is headed to help her readjust to home life on Jan. 16th, for two weeks. May we only share good news!

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07
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Letter to Sikh Community

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Our Congregation has just sent the above letter, on congregational letterhead, to the local Sikh community in response to the Sunday massacre in Wisconsin.

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Passing of Mary Israel

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We regret to inform you of the passing of Mary Israel (Max M. a''h) member of Ezra Bessaroth.  Funeral services Sunday August 5th at 1:00pm at the Sephardic Brotherhood Cemetery (1230 N. 167th Street, one block east of Aurora).  

May the Lord comfort the family amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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19
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SHIVA SCHEDULE FOR MOSKOWITZ FAMILY

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Rabbi Morton and Leya Moskowitz will complete the observance of Shiva in their home, 6421 Hampton Road S, Seattle, WA, 98118 beginning late tonight, Thursday, July 19, 2012.

Services:

Thursday, July 19: Arvit 11:30 pm

Shachrit Services:

Friday, Sunday and Monday, July 20, 22 and 23: 8:00 am

Mincha/Arvit:

Sunday, July 22:  8:40 pm

May the Lord comfort the family amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

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Passing of Shmully Moskowitz

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Funeral Announcement:

We regret to inform you of the passing of Shmully Moskowitz, son  of Rabbi Morton and Leya Moskowitz. Funeral services were held earlier today, Tuesday, July 17 at Boulevard Park West Chapels in Hewlett, New York with Internment at Wellwood Cemetery.

Rabbi and Mrs. Moskowitz will begin to sit Shiva at the home of Rabbi and Mrs. Yisroel Chait, 529 Hicksville Road, Far Rockaway, NY, 11691. Side entrance of home. Phone number: (718) 471-3479.

They will return to Seattle later in the week to complete the observance of Shiva. 

- This is a great tragedy for the Moskowitz family, for our entire community, and for the Jewish people. Menuchato B'Gan Eden.  May Hashem comfort the Moskowitzs amongst the mourners for Zion and Jerusalem - Rabbi Meyers


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Jun
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This Week's Newsletter

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May
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Funeral Announcement

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FUNERAL THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 AT 11AM

We regret to inform you of the passing of Rebecca Boguch. Funeral services & burial will be held at the Sephardic Brotherhood Cemetery (1230 N. 167th Street, Shoreline, WA 98133) on Wednesday, May 30th at 11:00am. May the Lord comfort the family amongst the mourners of Zion & Jerusalem

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May
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The Kiddush Man

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I think that this is a profound and wonderful short film.  Comments welcome! (You have to click on "watch it on youtube")


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17
May
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We have moved!

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Welcome to the new location and format of the Ezzy Bezzy Blog.  For nearly a year, we have been in wordpress, but now, with the unrolling of our new EB website, the blog is fully integrated into the EB site.  Keep posted on the latest classes, EB events, Divrei Torah and my thoughts on what's going on in the world by checking in with our blog on a regular basis.  I look forward to your comments!

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