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Pillow Fight tonight at Rabin Square

If you need to blow off some pressure, tonight’s the night…

The time: Today, at 8pm sharp.
The place: Rabin Square, the heart of Tel Aviv.
The mission: Mass pillow fight.

… Briefing complete. Entering stealth mode. Gathering fluffy things…

Black Friday’s Successor

The American people celebrated “Black Friday” 2 days ago with a shopping bonanza that hasn’t been seen for several years.

But when it comes to the Internet, the party goes on world-wide!, a hub for original handmade jewelry, including many Judaica gifts, is holding a special “Cyber Monday” sale that lasts for 3 days! Today, tomorrow, and on Tuesday, you’re entitled to buy any item in Most Original using a 20% Off coupon, for orders $50 or above.

Cyber Monday at

Hurry up, this offer ends December 2!

Crime is Contagious

A new research done in the Netherlands reconfirms a known social fact: Crime is contagious.

“But what do you do when the entire political system is corrupted and cynical? How can you avoid being infected?”


This is the sort of thoughts that go through my head, through many people’s heads. In February, we’ll arrive at the polling station with apathy.

So how can I avoid being infected with apathy?

The Highs and Lows of President Peres

Last Wednesday, I featured a video from Oxford university, showing a heckler disrupting President Shimon Peres in the middle of a speech. It is not the first time Peres has to deal with tough situations and loud protesters. Despite his old age, he keeps traveling the globe and spreading his agenda to all those who would listen.

Nevertheless, sometimes even presidents need a break… or a nap.

Halloween in Israel

A Christian visiting Israel? A Jewish who enjoys dressing up in costumes? Halloween is here!

Is there anything to do in Israel for Halloween? Well, honestly, not much.

If you’re in the Tel-Aviv area, you can hop over to Tzimerman, a neighborhood bar at 2 Berner Street.

If you’re residing in Jerusalem, or just touring the holy city, you might want to try out the party at the Gotham club (which belongs to the lead singer of Ha’Dag Nahash), or another one at the Sira club.

A third option is simply to rent horror movies and have an all-nighter with friends, or simply get together and pass the night with scary stories. After all, Halloween falls on Friday this year and there’s no work tomorrow.

Resistance is Futile, Obama is everywhere

5 days to the general elections in the United States of America. Different polls show completely different numbers (has the polls lost their credibility?). Nevertheless, in all these polls, Obama is leading over John McCain — and at this point, an Obama victory is an almost certain event.

Despite this tiny fact, Obama is restless! Yesterday he appeared simultaneously on TV in 6 different networks, for 30 minutes on each. Well, if you’re American, you probably already know it.

Personally, I think it was a mistake. You’re not a superstar Obama. You shouldn’t show off the fact that you’ve recruited more money. And you shouldn’t piss off your own supporters — let them watch television in peace, instead of chasing them across different channels.

However, if you’ve missed the show and you don’t want to feel left out, here it is — 30 minutes of pure Obamania:

Is substance made in Hollywood?

RABBI SHLOIME Stranded in Malaysia

Looks like Rabbi Shloime (AKA Adam Logan) is stuck in Malaysia with a $1,400 hotel tab (must have raided the minibar)…. SOMEONE PLEASE HELP!!!

Am in hurry writing you this short message and I am sorry I didn’t inform you about my traveling. I traveled to Malaysia and i got my self stranded. I am really stranded in Malaysia because I forgot my little bag in the Taxi where my money, passport, documents, cell phone which i have all my contacts and other valuable things were kept on my way to the Hotel am staying, I am facing a hard time here because i have no money on me. I am now owning a hotel bill of $1,400 and they wanted me to pay the bill soon else they will have to hand me over to the Hotel Management, I need this help from you urgently to help me back home, I need you to help me with the hotel bill and i will also need $2,300 to feed and help myself back home so please can you help me with a sum of $3,700 USD to sort out my problems here. I am sending you this e-mail from the city Library, I will appreciate what so ever you can afford to send me for now and I promise to pay back your money as soon as i return home. So please use the details of one of the hotel managers below to transfer the money to me through Western Union money transfer or money gram because that is the only way i could be able to get it fast and leave since he has a valid ID to pick up the money for me from the western union. This is the detail below….

Name: Adam LOGAN
Address: 19A Jalan Chow, Bandar Ipoh, Malaysia
Text Question: To whom

After you have send the money, email to me the western union money transfer control number or you can attach and forward to me the western union money transfer receipt so that i can pick up the money fast and leave. Right now, i dont have any acess to phone communications because the phone in my hotel room had been disconnected due to too much bills imposed on me, i only have acess to the computer at the library where am sending you this email right now.

Hope to hear from you soon. The embassy here has already promised to give me a covering traveling papers that i will need to have my way back home, all i need right now is the money to settle up the bills and leave.

Thanks and get back to me soon.

Best Regards,


In-D-Negev is starting tomorrow

For the second time ever, the alternative music festival “Indie Negev” (or In-the-Negev) is going to rock the weekend away.

It’s happening this weekend (October 24-25) in Mitzpe Gvulot, which is a camping site just outside the Gvulot kibbutz. Tickets are no longer available for purchase via the phone or the web, but if you arrive there relatively early on Friday, you can buy an admission ticket for only 80 Shekels, which will give you access to all the performances throughout the entire weekend. That’s one heck of a deal.

The lineup includes many newcomers, as well as big alternative names such as the Giraffes, Geva Alon, Asaf Avidan, and Ruth Dolores Weiss. All these names just mentioned are due to perform one after the other on Friday night, which is apparently the creme de la creme of the festival.

To arrive via public transportation, take bus no. 379 from Tel-Aviv central station, or bus no. 35 from Be’er-Sheva central station. There is also a dedicated forum which allow guests to coordinate carpooling.

Real Sarah Palin

In case you missed it last night, here’s the REAL Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, and her encounter with “Palin-wannabe” Tina Fey:

Succot Festivals – Quick Guide

Succot has always been a festive holiday, but this year it is truly the holiday of festivals. Here’s a very partial list:

Yotvata — a Kibbutz near Eilat, and home of the best chocolate milk in Israel — is hosting a festival of flying balloons in the desert.

Shanti lovers have 3 different festivals to choose from this year: Sagol (“purple”) in the coastal plane, Zorba the Buddha in the south, and Bereshit (“genesis”) in the north.

Are you looking for music? In-di-Negev is a whole weekend of alternative music, happening for the second time this year in the Negev desert. The Guitar Festival is the place to go if you enjoy jamming near the campfire. And if you want to enjoy quality performances by big-name mainstream artists, the Tamar Festival (“palm festival”) is offering just that.

Still want more? Well-established sci-fi festival Icon is drawing geeks from across the universe, who arrive to congregate at the Cinemateque in Tel Aviv.

And what about the kids? The Virtuoso Festival in Jerusalem (happening today and tomorrow) offers a mishmash of circus performances for only 20 Shekels.

With so much to do, and such great weather, please, please, don’t stay at home! :)

Love Cards from Washington

The Taglit organization (Birthright Israel) has done the unbelievable, and managed to bring together this season’s bitter adversaries.

Ahmadinejad in New York

President of Iran @ Columbia University.
Image via Wikipedia

I wouldn’t be surprised to see in the near future a Broadway premiere titled “Mahmoud Superstar”.

The man is a celebrity! A notorious one — but a celebrity none the less. He is fond of the media, and arrived yesterday in New York like a Persian Prima donna.

Why has he come to the country which he despises so much? So he could speak freely in the United Nations’ General Assembly. I wonder if George Bush would be given the same honor if he came to Iran?

What’s on Ahmadinejad‘s agenda? The usual propaganda: “We’re not developing nuclear weapons, but we have all the right to do so.” , “Israel is a disgrace that has to be wiped off the face of the Earth” , “…so does America” , and on and on.

If I’m not mistaken, it’s the second time he arrives in New York in the past year or so. Perhaps he’s just too fond of Macey’s. Perhaps he’s scheduled a dinner with TomKat.

To be honest, he’s a funny man. I would go see his shows, if he happened to turn into a stand up comedian. But the UN’s General Assembly is no place to try out your new jokes. It’s a tough audience.

Pillow Fight in Tel Aviv

A huge pillow fight will take place in Rabin Square this evening (Thursday, Sep. 18) at exactly 8:02 PM.
It’s gonna be fluffy.

Mega Twister

While the hurricane season is running rampage at the Atlantic Ocean, a different sort of hurricane is set to hit the Tel Aviv coastline this Friday.

A dedicated group of people (dedicated to having fun, that is) is planning to host a public game of Twister on Bug’ra’shov beach tomorrow evening. They promise to bring a huge Twister board, and over 1,500 people have been invited.

Stop by if you dare.

Turning Demolition into Art

This morning the building standing in Moshe Hess street No. 8 is set to be demolished. It is an old apartment building in the center of Tel Aviv, and several of its residents have been living there for 20-30 years.

Yesterday, for one evening only, the residents along with a group of artists turned the soon-to-be-demolished building into a unique art exhibition. The empty apartments were filled with video-art displays, strange wall paintings and a roof party “to top it all” (so to speak).

Although exploring the building had proved to be great fun, the heat and humidity of Tel Aviv was simply unbearable, and the lack of air conditioning in most parts of this old building didn’t help.

I find this to be a wonderful gimmick. Having the exhibition present for only one evening, it drew a large number of visitors, who turned the small street into a lively city gathering.

Here are some photos from last night’s event,
courtesy of urban photographer Amital Ben-Zvi:

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