Sunday, June 05, 2005

I'm back

It certainly has been a while but now that my computer is clean again, after being plagued by the Netsky virus, and after "officially" graduating (but not really) and many other exciting things in my personal life, I'm back at TSS with lots to post on.
First, today's Salute to Israel Day Parade and the concert that followed it.
Then, tonight's national OU dinner at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square (yes, the same place that the Tony Awards were held) at which the United States Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, spoke excellently...but I'm going on three hours of sleep and need to be up early tomorrow so I will post in more detail tomorrow.
Just some housekeeping: A very special shout out to K.P. who was kind enough to praise my blog in front of some VIP's at the OU dinner tonight-thanks!!!
But quickly, especially for people who were at the dinner tonight:
  • Could the fact that NCSY and Yachad (both under the OU umbrella and marching behind Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President of the OU) were wearing orange t-shirts today be construed as sending the message that the OU is (despite pledges of neutrality) anti-disengagement?
  • Where was everyone!?! There were so few people along the parade route!
  • How awesome was Gonzales tonight!?!?!
  • Was it just me, or did it seem like Malcolm was trying to steal the show or (re?)assert his significance (or something else entirely?) tonight by talking about an issue no one else discussed at a length only Gonzales matched, while yelling many times? Was he trying to make up for the fiasco two weeks ago just twenty blocks away?
  • Why, if he was sweating bullets and looked beyond gross and disgusting, did Malcolm feel compelled to keep his suit jacket on during the parade in 87 degree heat and humidity?
  • Did Democratic mayoral hopefuls march, too? I only saw tons of Mike Bloomberg '05 posters in Hebrew (that, and Gifford never showed up to the dinner tonight...uh oh!)
  • Why didn't Rav Schachter have a chance to speak!?!
  • "Arvit Chagigit" in honor of Yom Yerushalayim was downstairs, away from the main ballroom...not that that means anything, of course. ;)


Blogger orthomom said...

Hey Michael. Welcome back.
Yes, I DO think the orange t-shirts gave the impression the the OU is anti-disengagement. Do you know if they caught any flak for that?

Malcolm is ALWAYS trying to steal the show.

I wonder if the parade was so poorly attended because pro-disengagement people were scared away by the antis. It could also have been the heat and humidity.

I hear Gifford was at the Agudah Dinner a few blocks away. I guess he decided where his bread was buttered. Though, I have to say, the OU dinner DOES draw a suburban crowd. You have to wonder if it makes sense for him to show up.

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