March 27th, 2004

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The naming of memes

So, the name meme. I've found it a lot more interesting than I expected when other people have done this, so I'm going to have a go.

I'm also going to quote some 20th century Hebrew poetry, because it's relevant and a cool poem:
Each man has a name
given him by God
and given him by his father and mother

Each man has a name
given him by the hills
and given him by his walls.

Each man has a name
given him by the stars
and given him by his neighbours.

Each man has a name
given him by his sins
and given him by his longing.

Each man has a name
given him by those who hate him
and given him by his love.

Each man has a name
given him by his festivals
and given him by his work.

Each man has name
given him by the seasons of the year
and given him by his blindness.

Each man has a name
given him by the sea
and given him
by his death.

Zelda Mishkovsky (1914-1984), as reprinted in Days of Awe, (c) 1985 RSGB

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Not much is new. My p'tite soeur is in NY at the moment visiting her bf (whom I haven't yet managed to meet). This is very exciting for her, but it will be weird not to have her with us for Passover.

This week I showed 50 10-year-olds round the synagogue and talked to them about Judaism. I always love doing that, but I particularly love doing it for polite and interested 10-year-olds, because they are far and away my favourite sort of children.

I was also slightly naughty and directed my community to read daegaer's fic based on the book of Esther. I am theoretically meant to be Religious Affairs Officer, and thus education comes within my remit, though mostly what I do is gabbai-ing (general admin stuff regarding making sure services happen). So with any luck that will be educational.

Oh, and I have finally got round to writing a little review of Delicatessen, which I watched last month with lethargic_man.
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