Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sabbath innovations

Check out this NY Times article on cool sabbath gadgets.


Ruben Shimonov a.k.a. Big Rubes a.k.a. Rubik Cube a.k.a Shimi, and the list goes on... said...

This doesn't really have anything to do with this particular blog entry, but I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed reading about your travels and the Jewish encounters that have sprung up from your globe-trotting experiences. I ran across your blog accidentally yesterday, and I am glad for the accident. Besides finding your entries interesting in their own right, they resonate with me for two particular reasons -- because I myself come from a "remote" and rapidly dwindling (actually, pretty much non-existent nowadays) Jewish enclave, Uzbekistan; and because I have, for many years, wanted to do exactly what you have done, traveling to various corners of the world and, in doing so, finding the diverse presence of Jewry in all of these places. Hopefully, my dreams will one day be transformed into reality...I would love to travel through Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia in search of the Jewish communities that exist in all of these places. Like I mentioned, as someone who was born in a place that is not immediately (or often at all!) associated with Jewish life, I have always been fascinated by Jewish communities in "unexpected" places. So, I guess what I'm trying to say in far too many words is: cheers on your great travels and your eloquent yet sincere reflections about them.

Paul Rockower said...

Dear Ruben,
Thank you so much for your warm words. I am so pleased that you have found so much enjoyment from my travels. I get many emails from people who stumble on my blog while they are visiting somewhere, and want to know about the Jewish community there. I hope that you will be able to carry out the travels too. As Gandhi said, "My life is my message." Someday when (b'ezrat hashem) I get to Uzbekistan and write about the Jewish community there, I will be sure to include your note.
all the best,

PS: If you would like to write a short piece about the Jewish community in Uzbekistan, I would be glad to post it on my blog.