Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Cho Seung-Hui Morality and Debauchery

OK. Let's discuss morality and debauchery.

Let it be said unequivocally that I would have preferred if Cho Seung-Hui had used the abilities that he honed as an English major constructively and had gone on to contribute to the efforts of the people you'll find mentioned on this URL: (Yes, this is a pitch.)

However, I understand that this man did not have the emotional resources to be able to channel his outrage constructively. Not all do.

Rather than elaborating in detail on what I think about Cho Seung-Hui, whom I consider a Attent├Ąter par excellence; I will allow those whom I consider to have expressed the issues most eloquently to speak for me.

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."-

"Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as though he were not one of you, but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world.
But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,
So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also.
And as a single leaf turns not yellow but with the silent knowledge of the whole tree,
So the wrong-doer cannot do wrong without the hidden will of you all…
And this also, though the word lie heavy upon your hearts:
The murdered is not unaccountable for his own murder…
The righteous is not innocent of the deeds of the wicked."
THE PROPHET by Kahlil Gibran

"The Psychology of Political Violence" by Emma Goldman:

Finally I should like to draw your attention to the article entitled: "Class War in the School and Office" by Michael Nenonen. See:

Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel

Monday, April 16, 2007


A dear friend who belongs to a Jewish genealogical group sent this to me. Listen to the three versions carefully. I will post them in chronological order: Rare recording of Al Jolson singing Hatikva:

The following link goes to a recording introduced by NPR's Scott Simon from 61 years ago. It features a reporter who was with the British army when they liberated Bergen Belsen in May 1945. In the midst of chaos, with dead bodies lying around them, the surviving Jews, some barely able to stand, joined voices to sing Hatikva, "The Hope," which would become the Israeli National Anthem. It will bring tears to your eyes.

And if you'd like to follow along with the lyrics, you can find themin both Hebrew, a transliteration of the Hebrew and English at thisIsraeli site. You'll also find a number of other versions including aknock your socks off performance by Barbra Streisand:

Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel

Sunday, April 08, 2007

The Clausenburger Rebbe

Someone posted this on a board a couple of years ago. I lost it in my files. Just recently I found it again.

It's as charming as ever