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everything i warned of has happened. i will reprint.
…you and I have a lot in common: age, religion, humor and the humorous. When I read your first book I could not put it down, and when your (which dahlink, no matter, was “your” show even before it was yours, not theirs) show came on it was the best thing since SNL. Loved your SNL appearance too, it rocked. It is no wonder that any night of the week I can turn on your show again! I wish the world would give you a chance to give peace a chance. Love is all there is, love and light.
Roseanne, what say you now ’bout Obama’s ability to stand up for Israel? I’d rather you were President.
I was doing a topic search here on the blog and found chapter 2 of Roseannearchy, wow. It’s like we were twins in another life or something. Same basic stuff, same basic outcome, same isolation because of physical attributes and ‘differences’ that I had compared to others because of my family history etc.
As you talked about talking to G-d I found myself tearing up because I too used to talk to kids about that kind of thing and adults around me about that and people just shut me down. They told me to ‘make more friends’, thought I might need ‘therapy’ or ignored me all together and let me be the cinderella of the family. I too went to the stage, singing, dancing, musicals etc to find some kind of self-expression, they generally never went to any of it.
Later it lead me into television and some background stuff there with singing, counseling, production and administrative things and all the while I just wanted to share with people how they could make a difference and how we needed to change the world together. They were too busy stressing over whether or not to get the latest electronic device or overtime for a trip – or whatever…
One time in Sunday School as a kid the teacher asked us if we could talk to G-d and get a reply what would we say? We were given a week. I really worked on that because I knew I talked to G-d, usually bawling, all the time. So what could I say that was appropriate to share? Finally we went back the following week and as they went around the room each kid said stuff like, “Is my cat, Fluffy, in heaven?” “Is my Uncle who drinks going to go to make it to heaven when he dies?” “Who am I going to marry and how many babies will I have?” After each comment they’d ask us to give feed back and tell us what they thought G-d might say. What is this crystal ball and psychic day in Sunday School? All that seemed kinda silly to me.
Finally my question came and they all looked at me with this ‘Shut up, shut up, shut up!’ look on their faces – usual sigh’s of intolerance and frustration filled the room. I’d probably make the class go long cuz i was ‘too into it’. “Well then, What would you say to G-d if you could say anything and you knew He would answer?”
Pausing in mild fear at the resistance for me to say something deep… With all the spiritual strength and anticipation I could muster, I said, “What’s Your perspective of my life?” Gasps, and mild groaning the other kids rolled their eyes and their heads back and stared at the ceiling with that ‘Sheet I knew it!’ look on their faces. The teachers finally asked me, “What do you mean really?” “I mean, I want to know how G-d sees my life so I know for sure what perspective to look at it with, I figure I been through so much with my mom dying and all that – there’s something I must be missing somewhere, something really important, something that can make a difference in the world and I want to make sure I don’t miss it”. The teachers started crying (because even they didn’t know how to value me in the social setting I was in and because they’d were too afraid to ask G-d that kind of question about themselves) and we weren’t just ‘late’ we were LAYYYTE.
Well anyway that’s an excerpt from my history, I wish we could like write things to you in reply to your book because at least for those of us who are most like you and finally finding someone who is more like us, it’s a really amazing experience. I grew up with a love and adoration for G-d in a personal way that I rarely heard people talk about.
The Shekinah you talk about – the Presence on Shabbos and other times, like at the Wailing Wall and probably with you in the Mikveh that day – that’s real and I love that you talk/think like that because that’s one of the reasons I love Debbie Friedman’s music, it’s like between her and R Shlomo Carelbach’s (OBM) more meditative music they bring it in.
I can’t wait to read the rest now ahhh!
Did you live on a Kibbutz then? If so what kind? When I was in Ha Eretz it was so interesting to imagine what it could be like to maybe live on an Organic one and how healthy that might be.
I have a sister I’ve never met and can’t find so I can kind of appreciate how it might feel to reconnect after 30 years and I’m older than that. I hope it went well!
I have one friend who lived on one many years ago but hers was more political I guess so not as much of that kind of thing. Anything you share could be so helpful, feel free to share anything here about whatever you like, I know your wisdom will be much appreciated!
Wow. Thank you so much for your reply.
I’ve spent quite a while checking out your site and the links, the videos, the forums, reading the prefaces and first chapter of your book… I’ve been wanting to get it for quite a while now but because of ‘the Monsanto effect’ and others of it’s ilk I’m stuck being poor and sick and imprisoned by the effects of black mold and toxic chemicals and their multiple horrible effects and while I’m doing everything I can despite that, it makes it difficult to get the treatment and medical tools I need to function. I’d love to even work for them but the gov wont let us raise money for anything even when they aren’t that expensive but we need it to stay alive and are willing to try. My dream would be to do something like you’re doing so I can do like the Gerson Therapy (L’chaim yidddishkeit!) and get better and get the word out about what happened to us and others to create room for change like you are!
I tried looking in LA/OC Counties on the online catalog for your book at the libraries and our county only has 4 copies which are either all checked out or purchased out by the ‘borrowers’. I might be able to get a book loan in but I’d much rather download it to my PC. Digital books are awesome and green of course because you can do thematic studies with them and they require no shipping or paper, heck people can even check things out digitally now and the book just disappears at the end of it’s duration. It was so cool to find out that I’m a voracious reader like you – I read out the entire (12-18) youth section of the Seattle Public Library when I was 10 and moved on to religious literature and whatever I could get my hands on to study, even going into school to learn more and eventually working in it.
All that stopped tho thanks to AS$ and his cohorts who turned CA into an industrial people hating complex of guinea pigs. When 20+ of my coworkers died of this exposure I thought surely someone would care ‘then’ but no, no one does. I’m kinda the last of the survivors and I so want to see my voice do ‘some’ good – the how I don’t know but here seems like a good place to explore that. My survival makes me unique and my life pretty much proves that movies like “Food Matters” and “A Beautiful Truth” and the people they talk to etc are accurate.
I wish I could really respond to each thing in a way that would do justice to all the energy you’ve put out there and I have to imagine that you really do need that kind of support. Do you still use the old forums as a way to let us give more specific feedback or do you stick mainly to this area? (This area is good but we’re confined to the topics as you raise them if we’re going to be ‘good’ and stay on topic.)
I’d LOVE to hear more about your experiences at the Mikveh I just KNOW it had to be amazing. I went into the rabbinical tunnels and all the way through a day after the tunnels skirmish and it was like standing up and saying ‘no’ to war and fighting and all that is wrong to even just walk through them. It was unsettling to go through something so precious just to come out to people with assault rifles and machine guns standing over us.
Sometimes I think maybe you should start a Facebook or something for your supporting mothers/grandmothers-in-ploughshares. Wouldn’t it be amazing to do a shabbos convergience like at the same time every shabbat so we could join our spiritual energy toward one cause maybe suggesting a topic of concern or topics of concern each week? I find that the Torah readings seem to follow the ebb and flow of the lifecycles too so that could be a focal point as well as it goes in line with what we’re hoping to birth along with you.
Did you ever see the show Iconoclasts? I think it was Season 4 Ep 1 where they did Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson at his island with “the Elders” working toward world peace in a ‘see the crap root it out’ kind of way wherever it was so there was no ‘bias’. They put their money toward peace talks and concrete solutions which is a kind of form of what you’re interested in and women were members too…
Some of the links didn’t work so not sure if you have a spot for feedback on that. If we can still use the old forums then I’ll go post it there.
I really enjoyed the parts of the book I read and once I can find a copy I’ll write about it more.
After listening to your Videos I am struck by many of your points and that being humane equilaterally makes sense and it challenges my concern about your guillotine idea because my human nature isn’t so inclined to let those people ‘off’ like that. If some are required to ‘fix’ the wrongs they’ve done why not those?
Maybe there’s no accounting for allowing certain types to continue but if eradicating a hard-wired mindset would be easy then there’d be no more Jews or Nazi’s either. (Less N’s thanks to people like Oprah.) I don’t like mentioning ‘his’ name – he’s kind of like VM in Harry Potter – why give him anymore power by evoking his name even for an object lesson on how not to live? Maybe he should just have a symbol, him and all his ilk it wont matter much what they’re called they’re cold blooded mass serial killers/ethnic cleansers and it doesn’t stop there. I remember at Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum) in Yerushalayim I took only a few pictures. One was of him in all his glory walking up to his ‘throne’ surrounded by throngs of soldiers in perfect attention and adoration. I call it ‘The folly of man’. That’s imagine enough for me and any time I see society lauding anyone in our current version of that I run the other way.
So much to think about and meditate on! I sort of ‘am’ a combination of Connor and Barr and Hendrickson (BL), stuck betwixt and between, wanting to do more and be more, to make a difference that has a legacy attached to it… To birth a new kind of world before staying in this one finishes me off. I can’t speak for other nations but it’s so hard not to move to the most humane ones so I have a ‘chance’ at a better life where many of the things here are outlawed. (Sure here’s always Trader Joes etc but even that takes money lol.) How else would I get the chance here? Sure we poor are frugal and resourceful but at some point even those attributes don’t make up for what we don’t have access to. To get the organics in volume that it would take and the clean air and water… it gets overwhelming to even hope for but onward I go anyway because that psychic hope for more is like not just precognitive but needful for all and where else would it come from than HaShem?
My name is derived because I hope to dance again after periods in and out of a wheel chair after my chemical exposure, right now I am just trying to find non chemical pool therapy lol. (Who knew how complicated that would be!) Listening to Renewal of Spirit Healing Album by Debbie Friedman (OBM) who sadly recently passed from something I have, is comforting while I’ve waited these 17 years to figure all this out. (My life expectancy wasn’t even 10, my 20+ co-workers died in under 5yrs.)
This should be an awesome adventure Roseanne, I can’t wait to see where it takes us, thank you for giving us something to not be afraid to live for. (People say don’t be afraid to die, but really it’s that most people are afraid to live because the world has grown so ugly they don’t know what to do to change that before it smacks them down again.) Everyone wants to do more than survive… everyone wants to thrive and use their G-d given gifts/talents toward the common good of all (whether they know it or not). Something like this could raise the banner on that possibility. When you can instill hope into the hearts of mankind you’re doing that blessed thing… “He Who Saves A Life…”
<3 Shavuah Tov Roseanne! <3 – Joy
Question 1: Do you, your site staff still use the old forum to collect/respond to site info and things that you raise?
Question 3: Would you consider making some kind of online group like on FB to put out info about a Shabbos related focal convergence or something like it every week?
I feel this is my blog too in a way, in fact i feel this is my site. I can share anything abount being jewish and it lets me know i am not alone. I have always felt jewish being raised catholic and i have always had the whole female state of mind going on too. Roseanne you are my teacher, friend , and hero. Oh and your always right.
in just one hour shabbat will come upon me, i cannot wait. a pleasure to read your words, friend–here on this blog i have recorded a video of all solutions I have seen in my Merkoba meditation each Shabbat for the last one hundred or so years of my life…you may find the answers to questions you ask me there–in my announcement as candidate for pres of the usa and prime minister of israel ( a two-fer). I know how to bring peace, and I promise it within one year of my administration/s.
I was taken to the mikveh that lies under the Temple when I came to Jerusalem, by Arab and Jewish men and women, and allowed to immerse all day on Shabbat there in July first week, 1999, where I went to create a New Jewish Idea. I wrote about all this in my book, roseannearchy, if you are interested it is a nice read. I came to HI because it is ground zero against Monsanto.
as in my book, my grandmother taught me as a young girl
I am not very good at putting my thoughts in this little tiny pink thing ,that has changed our life’s.This year I will be married to a Sabra,kibbutznic.This Aug 5th it will be 40 years.Thank G-d.Now that I find my way around this internet and time on my hands I want to know more about your and how you first were interested in Kabbalah?
There are many things that I have always felt connected to you it must be the Jewish thing.Now that I am 65 and wonder about life and see all this stuff going on I hope this is the right format.I am just starting to blog,But I am using that as a place for me to put my thoughts down .It has been 50 years since I gave up a daughter for adoption.We were reunited when she was 30..Ok well enough.
I’ve been to Eretz Yisroel and davened by HaKotel (prayed at the Wailing Wall) and all I can say is – there’s nothing like it in the world and I’ve been a lot of places. That ride up to the Temple Mount as you get higher and higher you can feel it – most people who have no idea why, start to weep.
It changed my neshama (soul) and heart forever because where I had been hardened to some things my eyes were opened and some miracles took place on the inside, it almost knocked me flat out physically when it hit.
Having said that I’ve also been to the Dome of the Rock up above it and we were required to leave everything outside, even our handbags and shoes. It was interesting and even impacting for the time in biblical history that it indicates but it was not as incredible as the Wailing Wall in a spiritual sense.
When they took us to Bethlehem with the archivest and we went in it was scary like really scary and gave that whole ‘live by the sword die by the sword’ quote a whole new meaning. Those along with the other christian spots I stood, I tried to find meaning that I’d been taught to believe in but it just wasn’t there.
So at the end of the day my basic experience not just belief is that you can kick the Yid out of Yerushalayim but you can’t take Ruach ha Yerushalayim (Spirit of Jerusalem) out of the Yid. Where G-d is – He is in a strong way and where He isn’t it’s more ‘general’.
The idea of diabolically Aliyahing everyone over there intentionally is interesting because I see all the agencies offering it to the youth to have an experience there but not necessarily to go and try and live. There isn’t room for everyone first of all in a natural sense and second of all, that is the makings of a second Shoah (holocaust) scenario. I’ve considered permanent Aliyah myself and had a job opportunity with that archivest to do so but things didn’t work out, it was so hard to re-direct my thoughts that I wasn’t leaving.
I just read the links to the HPost articles with you on these topics and there’s a few errors by Kathleen.
First she says that each faith has it’s own scriptures and they don’t believe yours.
Not so – the Torah is part of the Bible that Christians (From Catholics to Mormons and everyone in between) quote the messianic passages from, in trying to convert Jews and others. Torah is fundamentally close to the Koran due to the grandfather they share in Abraham. Abraham was not a Jew by birth but his neshama (soul) was key in contribution to the lineage. Muslims would say the same thing about their own lineage.
Interesting how pivotal people get both lauded and blamed for religions they hadn’t essentially intended to start. Jesus was an orthodox, dare-say very observant (shomer mitzvos) hassidic Jew and he had no intention of starting a religion and was not a christian, the very idea would have made him upset.
So since they do read the same scriptures and have access to them, why isn’t there more comradery and unity of thought? Why don’t people see what is more alike than different and agree on those points for a better world?
Your comments were amazing and daring and you took the words right out of my heart, it was like Oprah said in regard to you, quite genius. I’m glad I had the foresight to dvr her interview with you! (Can’t wait for the new show!)
I agree with your position that we are at a pivotal time in history where future generations may not even exist if the pervasive infantilization of government and the 1% isn’t fixed.
If nothing else we have to see on a dire level just how clearly we are not the hype we read about – We are the babies on the world scene and as such we’re experiencing a very very sophomoric period in our history.
It’s time for the sophomores to graduate to the next level and accept that they don’t know everything, we all go through that sooner or later, better sooner than later tho because right now the Earth is convulsing with the antics of a regressive freshman ‘gone wild’ mentality steeped in revisionist beliefs which are completely non-factual.
It makes sense that the seniors are ‘seeing’ the truth and want it taken care of the right way, you don’t ask the babies how to manage their own kaka, you do it in a responsible way because it’s the right thing to do. Our nation definitely needs potty training, we need a whole new waste management system because by drowning in it the only people on top are the ones producing it which is so upside down on so many levels.
Regarding the school issue I can kind of see that one. I went to a private school for a while and there was issues we all knew about, like just no way that the Catholics were going to send their kids to the same school as the Lutherans or the Baptists and the Pentacostals wouldn’t step foot in the door of the Unitarians school or allow it visa versa it just doesn’t happen.
In that respect to that other article, if a group wants to set up their own school and teach their students their fundamental values that should be ok. In my form of bias I think that the Ashkenaz school would be great for the Sephardim because they could only go if they showed a willingness to follow the rules and I worked in a school where they allowed children to go who were willing to do that so what’s the problem, both traditions were respected and taught and both siddurim are available. They also speak yiddish there along with Hebrew so it’s not like there’s a conforming to outside pressures of that nature. It really is a higher level of learning because it is so inclusive. Even Kaballah is mentioned from time to time.
On the other hand, if you’re talking about changing the level of observance and forcing it on them that’s not fair. You can’t tell one side that they aren’t going to be funded for glatt kosher (hassidic version) if some OUD kosher (orthodox version) folks come along. If the level of observance stays the same or gets better there’s no problem, the glatt kids just wouldn’t accept snacks from the OUD kids or they’d only bring pareve (non meat/dairy)things into the building. That’s pretty simple. Even in the public schools they offer fish on fridays to respect those who have been raised to prefer that… Heck even MC D’s offers half price Fish Fridays to bring in business… (and they’re overfishing the waters between New Zealand and Australia to do it).
As for concerns about worldliness, well, one would think that the prevalent level of excellence would knock the slack out of that point and answer those issues with a transcendent wisdom, allowing Ahavas Yisroel (love of all Jews amongst themselves at least) to rule the day.
The newscasters were saying that they felt The President’s latest speech was one harboring peace as it’s focal point… are we missing something else? I mean beyond the rest of the glaring issues?
In my first observant weeks I found that all my answers to things I needed seemed to come after I laid them down and gave HaShem that 1/7th of my week. (People say He wants a tenth of things, last time I checked a week was 7 days so that makes it a 7th at least where time is concerned.) By Sunday morning I would wake up with so many amazing solutions at the top of my mind and my week would go so much better than the last.
I only wish that would happen for some of my issues that aren’t as much a part of who I am but how i experience life in this country. I’ve often thought of leaving it because I used to live in Europe where things are at least more humane generally.
What would you do to change things? I think we should put our heads together and make like a utopian movie that shows what it would be like and then maybe a video game that does the same, let people feel what it would be like to experience that kind of society. Of course, if I had my druthers, we’d get whatever government we voted for. No seriously.
What if being a citizen required you to cast a vote and the result was that you had to live under the rules of whatever regime you chose and accepted the fall out for four years? Wanna bet some things would change, ya. If they even told us where all the money really went we’d see that change too.
What took you to HI? I lived there when I was young and it’s so cool that you are helping Kaballah and yiddishkeit have it’s voice there!
Sie Gesund Rosanne und Gud Shabbos!
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