Sunday, April 24, 2011


There is some story or idea about a man who for a long time digs to get out of his prison cell, only to find that he escaped into a different prison cell. Anyone remember the source of this?

The origin of Easter

Well, the little kids wanted to know what the point of Easter was. Frankly, I didn't feel like going into it, so I asked them what they thought it was about.

I think the winning hypothesis is - "The Easter bunnies decided to attack the regular bunnies with big colored eggs. The Easter bunnies won, and this is why people celebrate Easter".

Monday, April 18, 2011

Seder @ my house :)

Chag Kasher v'Sameach, y'all...

Friday, April 15, 2011

The many faces of e-k

One of the things I have been struggling with lately is understanding my true nature (assuming I have one).

I don't know if this is true of many others, but I pretty much feel like there are two people inside of me with very different ideas about what I want out of life, how I should act, what I consider right and wrong....

What is confusing me is partly a confusion about whether there is something which is a "true nature" which cannot be changed, and hence acting differently is going against this true nature, or whether people can mold themselves into whatever they wish to be, or perhaps something they shouldn't be.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

A humorous miscommunication between a mystic and a logician

Zhuangzi and Huizi were strolling along the dam of the Hao Waterfall when Zhuangzi said, "See how the minnows come out and dart around where they please! That's what fish really enjoy!"

Huizi said, "You're not a fish — how do you know what fish enjoy?"

Zhuangzi said, "You're not me, so how do you know I don't know what fish enjoy?"

Huizi said, "I'm not you, so I certainly don't know what you know. On the other hand, you're certainly not a fish — so that still proves you don't know what fish enjoy!"

Zhuangzi said, "Let's go back to your original question, please. You asked me how I know what fish enjoy — so you already knew I knew it when you asked the question. I know it by standing here beside the Hao."