Friday, August 25, 2006

SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS

For those of you who know me… and for those of you who are getting to know me better by reading my blog, you know that I am not a very good fence sitter. Besides the fact that I'm sure it has to really hurt your tushie to do that, I have strong opinions about things.

For example, I don't think a person should lie. Bubbie Channah taught us that a liar is worse than a thief. 'If a thief comes into the house, Marallyn, you hide the silver. But what do you hide when a liar walks in?'

And, I don't think a person should steal. Zaidi Herbie AH taught us that if we were going to steal something we might as well steal something really expensive as we would end up in jail anyway.

But, even with my big mouth, I never was a professional flag waver. I mean like those Ladies in Black who stand on the street corner every Friday morning protesting our being in Lebanon. Or the demonstrations that Shalom Achshav, Peace Now always had in Tel Aviv.

My left wing fine-shmekker friends always went to those things.

I always felt that my political opinions were mine and private. Oh, don’t think for a second that I didn’t shoot off my mouth any chance I had to voice my opinion. And don’t think I didn’t volunteer one year to work for the party of my choice. But, you know what I mean.

And then they started talking about removing the Jews from Gush Katif. That was when I became a Lady in Orange. I wore my orange bracelet for months and months. It is still hanging on my bedpost to remind me of those terrible days.

And I do make sure that I go and vote.

But Sunday I am going to a demonstration. I am going to get into a taxi and pick up Bubbie Channah and we are going to join the reservists, the miluimnikim, who are protesting in front of the Prime Minister’s office demanding he resigns.

And if we have the time, I am going to talk to them and hear what they have to say. And listen. And learn. And make my voice heard.

I really want these people to know that they aren’t alone. I really want these people to have enough power to get rid of the liars and fornicators and takers of bribes. I really want to help them make the changes we need so that we can hold our heads up again at home and abroad.

Those guys in power had their chance and they failed. Now they have to be honourable enough to admit their mistakes and walk away. What??? Honour??? Among thieves?

Anyway, if you aren’t doing anything Sunday morning and you want to drop in and say hello, grab your pencil and come join Bubbie Channah and me.

Do you think 83 is too old to be a resistance fighter? Shhh, don’t tell Bubbie Channah. She’s pretty feisty in her old age… tfu tfu tfu.

Shabbat shalom.

Have a great day…stay safe…and thanks for dropping in.

6 Comments:

At 11:10 PM, Anonymous the guv said...

Let's face it. I'm an Alka Seltzer that has lost its fizz, that has settled down. I don't know if I'm delighted, or dismayed, by this turn of events.

It doesn't seem all that long ago that I was constantly fighting a good fight. There were important issues and some that, in the long run, weren't all that significant . Sometimes I stood shoulder to shoulder with friends and strangers. Sometimes I stood alone. Sometimes I was proved right, sometimes, wrong. Realistically and unfortunately, despite Herculean efforts and the passage of time, some of the most important struggles I have been involved with for years and years, remain just that... struggles. Human rights. Child abuse. Care for our poor and homeless. Despite what some want us to believe, we have NOT come all that far, Baby !!

And now, devoid of red-hot passion, I've left the active fighting to others. Complacent ? Tired ? Resigned ? I can't honestly tell you. I'm certainly not disinterested, nor am I totally uninvolved. I keep informed, sign petitions, and do my fair share of financially supporting causes. Infrequently, I ask myself if that's enough. Most of the time, I don't even think about my new approach to things. Your blog, obviously, woke the sleeping dog.

I can't say that I'd physically be standing beside you and Bubbie Channah if I lived there. Who knows, after all, what I'd be at this age if I lived in Israel ? But this I CAN tell you. I admire YOUR fizz, the fact that you HAVEN'T settled down, and I emotionally support your efforts.

One more thing. Bubbie Channah may well be feisty but she is also tiny. Make sure she is attached to you by one of those wrist leashes. You know the kind.... you wear a bracelet, so does she, and there is a loooooong cord, like a telephone cord, between you. I'd hate to hear that you lost her in the crowd.

The Guv

 
At 11:13 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

dear dear guv...i know in my heart if you lived here you would be effervessing all over the place...and don't worry about bubbie...with her bright orange crocs...size four...she stands out in a crowd...all four feet of her...okay four feet nine...maybe...a giant of a woman however you look at her...she sends her love too...stay safe

 
At 11:27 PM, Anonymous sydonia said...

hope you find some peaceful, private moments to gain strength for Sunday. YEAH for Bubbie !!!!

 
At 11:29 PM, Blogger marallyn ben moshe said...

thanks sydonia...bubbie watches fox news...bbc and cnn make her blood pressure go up...three cheers for bubbie channah!!! stay safe

 
At 8:44 AM, Anonymous John said...

Well, done!

Bravo! Bravisimo!

Enjoy yourself at the demonstration!

- John

 
At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU GO GIRL...and Bubbie too!!
If I were in Israel, I'd be standing right beside you. It is a good cause and you are on the side of right. Hopefully, your efforts will pay off sooner rather than later....before they have a chance to give away the Golon Heights! We both know that would mean disaster.
Shalom uvrakah & hugs
Chavah

 

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