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Monday, June 06, 2005

The Salute to Israel Parade

Oh blogging, how I've missed you.

On Friday my brain was jelly-like with fatigue. With Heshy and Toby Katz blaming the death of six million Jews on their personal sins over on DovBear's blog I couldn't really think about much else.

Today however, my brain is refreshed I can blog about the Salute to Israel Parade because I was there as a chaperone with my daughter's school.

To my surprise, I had a very nice time. The kids were excited and well behaved and only a few of the parents got on my nerves. Apparently, if you give some of these parents a little power they go berserk. I believe in treating children with respect but apparently this is not a widely held belief among many parents. They prefer to yell rudely at children who have not yet received any instruction about what they should be doing or where they should be going. Perhaps these parents were telepathic as kids, but this particular bunch of children seemed to lack that ability.
But I digress...

My group was fairly early on in the parade so the crowd was smaller than I expected. It was a really mixed group too! I saw a a troupe of Jewish Cub Scouts, a Chinese family taking photos, a police officer with a kippa srugah, frum single girls dressed to the nines (in case they run into any old ex-boyfriends or any new perspective ones), Jewish teenaged boys eating non-kosher hotdogs from a hotdog cart, loads of adorable Jewish babies and their even more adoring grandparents.

As we passed the pro-Palestinian protest area complete with the Netura Karta club house, my daughter asked me why those Palestinians were "dressed up" as Chassidim. When I responded that they actually were Chassidim she looked very puzzled. I explained it all later when I could hear myself think.

A good time was had by all, except possibly the two kids who puked on the way back to the busses. It was a pleasure to see so many people out there supporting Israel, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. If you went to the parade yesterday please share your experiences!


At 11:10 AM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

what i was glad to see yesterday was more "RW" looking folks then in past years,
did you notice that a lot of the banter and rage against the netura karta was coming from bearded jews with white button down shirts?
and lastly,yesterday i decided NEVER TO EVER vote for hikind.

At 11:54 AM, Blogger orthomom said...

Not enough people. Too many orange t-shirts.

At 12:01 PM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

Too many orange t-shirts?how could you say that ortho i'm shocked!
were you hanging out with toby and her NK buddies(in the sun) too long?

At 12:02 PM, Blogger orthomom said...

I'm not sure why Orange t-shirts = anti-zionism. Maybe we just don't play in the same sandbox, Amshi.

At 12:06 PM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

in a very real way,giving back land is more anti-zionist a move then any NK protest.

At 12:08 PM, Blogger orthomom said...

You're entitled to your opinion.

At 12:11 PM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

"You're entitled to your opinion"
so long as i don't live in gush katif or want orange scarfs from india?

At 12:20 PM, Blogger DovBear said...

Don't you mean dovbear's blog?

Leon says "For the radicals in the territories, some lives have always been worth more than other lives. Jewish lives trump Arab lives, and it is considered a sign of weakness to show a scruple about the justice of such a discrimination, the mark of a girlie Jew. But the truth is that the radicals are even crueler. They do not love all members of their ethnos equally. Some Jewish lives are worth more than other Jewish lives. The life of the Jewish man who wants to keep the Sabbath in a sea of Palestinians is more valuable than the life of the Jewish soldier who dies to protect him. Why else would the settlers allow so many fellow Israelis to perish in their defense? It is hard to look at the falsely meek, Torah-clutching Jews of Gush Katif without despising them as the most selfish Jews of their time."

At 12:21 PM, Blogger orthomom said...

Even if you do. As a matter of fact, I have tremendous sympathy for those who live in Gush Katif. The whole thing kills me. But I am of two minds. The intellectual and the emotional.

At 12:25 PM, Blogger DovBear said...

OM, how many blogs do you keep open at once?

I have no sympathy for the Jews of GK as a group (for individuals yes, but not for the group.)

At 12:26 PM, Blogger orthomom said...

Too many, DB. Too many.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

pioneers they are.our respect,money and protection they deserve if we won't give them our bodies.Dov bear without a state a place to go,were will we run to from the next bergen-belsen which will be in bergen county or monsey or florida.
selfish or self sacrificing?
and yes me and mine were orange clad yesterday

At 12:56 PM, Blogger DovBear said...


dismateling guf katif isn't dismateling the state. Well still have a place to go after GK is gone.

At 1:27 PM, Anonymous shifra said...

You know, I didn't really see any bearded button down Jews at the parade... Maybe they were all still in daf yomi at that time?

Oh and DB my original post had a link to you then half of it got eaten by blogger. I will correct the situation promptly (not that you need my links).

At 2:23 PM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

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At 2:24 PM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

i think the whole orthomilf thing @ Dovbear just gave you a new post

At 3:20 PM, Blogger orthomom said...

Good call, Amshi.

At 6:01 PM, Blogger AMSHINOVER said...

i'll be home soon,what's for dindin?

At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Shifra said...

We had Shabbos leftovers and salad.

At 10:23 AM, Anonymous shanna said...

I saw a . . . a police officer with a kippa srugah

Tall and blond?

At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Shifra said...

His hair was so short I couldn't tell the color he looked a little israeli maybe...we went by him pretty fast and I was supposed to be keeping my eye on the kids not the cute cops ;)

At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Shifra said...

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At 3:10 PM, Anonymous shanna said...

Oh well...there could be numerous kipa-sruga-frum cops in the NYPD, I suppose...

At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Shifra said...

Now I'm curious- who's the cop that you know?

At 9:14 AM, Anonymous shanna said...

Email me if you really care. Gmail address please.

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shanna, i'd LOOOOVE to know so what's this gmail email address????

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