20 September 2006

UN Rallies and Jewzapalooza

Esther Kustanowitz and Drew Kaplan at rally at UN on 20 September 2006(Yes, it's been a few weeks since I last posted - my longest hiatus!)
I thought I would note my recent attendance at a few gatherings this past week.
Along with some other YCT students, I attended the rally at the UN a little over twelve hours ago. There, after having first initially indicating my desire to meet her a year ago, I finally met Esther Kustanowitz in person! (Also, I want to thank her a lot for linking me on her post about the rally (sure to drive up the viewership!).) While there, I also met the owner of my gym, who I found out is an observant Jew(!) (who knew?), which was really cool. On the way there, I met a reader of my blog, which was neat to find out those who do.
On Sunday, I attended - again, with fellow YCT students - the rally in Central Park for Darfur. It was a fine time, nice weather, though I didn't schmooze as much as I did at the one at the UN. My
Ben Greenberg and Drew Kaplan at rally for Darfur in NYC on 17 September 2006 concern for any action to be done is that there needs to be troops inserted into Sudan to protect the people of Darfur, but the Sudanese government has refused to allow UN troops in. So who's supposed to go in in the stead of the troops of the African Union? Short of an invasion, it seems unpleasant.
Both days, however, there was nice weather (thank God). The clear connection to them was this week's beginning of a new session at the UN.
After the rally on Sunday, I went over to the third annual Jewzapalooza (my first) and heard Pharoah's Daughter, which was a pretty decent performance, before heading back uptown. btw, I saw fellow JBLogger ALG at the latter.


Bruce said...

Ran across your blog...interesting reflections.

i hear you may have watched more "Shalom in the Home" than i have.

Say hi to your class for me.

EineiHaEdah said...

Drew, with all due respect, doesn't going to Pharaoh's Daughter violate Kol Isha?

Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

hey, i was at the rally and i didn't see you

Drew_Kaplan said...

It all depends on one's understanding of kol isha. So, for me, Pharoah's Daughter is fine, although, for example, listening to Neshama Carlebach live is something with which I am not comfortable.

There were a lot of people there.

Yup. Have you checked out my posts on Shalom in the Home?

Anonymous said...

Where's your friend Ben's blog???

Anonymous said...

who is that pretty gal in the picture? your new girlfriend I hope!

Drew_Kaplan said...

4:02 PM Anonymous,
I don't know what's going on with his blog at the moment. We shall see.

8:30 PM Anonymous,
As I have met Esther just that one time, and her being like 8-9 years older than me, it might seem kind of obvious that she's not my gf. In any event, she's not. But she's still a good person and someone with whom I would like to remain on good terms. Who knows? Maybe even friends. But the gf thing - doubtful.

Anonymous said...


you stated:
> 4:02 PM Anonymous,
I don't know what's going on with his blog at the moment. We shall see.

How do you not know? Isn't Ben your roomate???

Drew_Kaplan said...

1:50 am Anonymous,
Ben was my roommate, but he moved out in January to move to Flatbush where he now lives with his wife. Nevertheless, I should still inquire.

jdub said...

could you explain the distinction b/w Pharaoh's daughter (lead singer, Basya Schechter) and Neshama Carlebach? Not challenging, just questioning the distinction. Is it because Basya (a college classmate of mine from way back) is backed by a band? I'm not sure I understand how you draw the line.

Drew_Kaplan said...

It's not necessarily that Schechter is backed by a band, but in this case, it is. Such that Schechter's voice doesn't hit my ears the same way that Carlebach's does. It's about how it sounds.

jdub said...

so it's a subjective thing? I don't think that's exactly supportable by halacha. I personally draw a live vs. recorded distinction, which is well supportable, but I don't think the "how it sounds" has any textual support.

Can you support that?

Esther Kustanowitz said...

No fair bringing up my age, Drew. Actually, your undertsanding of Kol Isha's the real obstacle.

I'm kidding. but hashkafically, I think we're too different. Friends it is...


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