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Saturday, 7 October 2006

Mr Bagel Cartoons return: Mr Bagel Hates Cream Cheese

Have a good day .. Bagelblogger


After a short time on holidays, Bagelblogger has returned. He has began working on a rather extensive new side bar menu. He has much to blog about, but until then...

It seems Mr Bagel has also suddenly reappeared. He has a new cartoon, please enjoy!


Wednesday, 4 October 2006

Bagelblogger drops a bombshell

I had a huge day today.

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You see we're moving to Sydney in 8 months time from about the remotest town I could be in as a 'Jew' in New South Wales Australia.

We're moving to be close to the Synagogue.
Today we met the Rabbi that I and my wife hopefully will be converting with.

Oh, a little detail, some of you might not have realised is, we're choosing to be 'chosen ones' by choice (Jew by choice, convert, new comer..). we want to convert. I have some distant 'Jewishness', but not enough to get me on a mailing list, yet alone possibly to one day make aliyah to Israel.

As days go, today was Huge. We saw 'Our' Rabbi for the first time in Person. (I've been writing for about 8 months every week to him. He has been replying, showing a mountain of faith, that these 'people' will actually one day show up and present themselves as 'real people'.

We saw the Synagogue for the first time (inside) in person, and I saw the Shule's Torah roll from the Aaron Kodesh for the first time Ever.

How can that be?

Well despite, living breathing in every way I can towards being Jewish, I have never been inside a Synagogue until today. I keep Shabbat. We eat as close as Kosher as a 'Goy' can living 400 km's away from the nearest 'Kosher' butcher.
I've been Davening each day.

I only have about 15 minutes left at the internet cafe, so now that I've dropped this bomb, well I haven't got time to go into detail.

The question we are most asked is why?

Well My wife, and our three daughters and myself will be converting. This is something I imagine is quite rare. Neither of us are converting to 'be able to marry the other'.

We really are converting purely because we want to.

My eldest daughter has been learning religious education by Distance education for the last year, and she and the two younger ones were very excited to have seen inside the synagogue today.

I feel very fortunate, that 'Our' rabbi had enough vision to 'trust us, when we spoke to him so far away by phone telling him of our plans.

I'm going to my first morning prayer service at 7am in the morning, I am so excited.

And as a parting message, those of you who were lucky enough to have been born Jewish, you really are the 'chosen ones', I hope one day I may fully join you.



BagelBlogger Have a nice day!
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Monday, 2 October 2006

I think I'm addicted

I think I have an addiction. For those that know a little about me you would know I live 400kms from the nearest major town. Well I'm in that 'major town' right now. Sydney, Australia.


I can help it 24 hours later and I'm with shakes signing into my first internet cafe.
Its weird, its a dark dingy den of suspicious looking characters, who feverishly scan the horizon as they quickly type their oh so important messages. I hear a symphony of tapping from the plenitude of keyboards.
There's the Swedish guy who said 'I dunno know', I don't 'vork' here, ask the guy at the 'vont'.

Problem is the guy at the front should be on his computer doing online english lessons.

The guy next to me seems to be sending a rather important email, he's busy typing with passion, at the end of each sentence there is a hard thud, as he concludes his thoughts.
Is it a lover that has 'left' him?, his mother who he must leave the obligatory 'I'm ok', I don't know but he seems as though he's annoyed.
Behind me the guy there seems to be more pre occupied with his mobile phone, maybe his trying to get a lost phone number I don't know.

Its weird, I can't believe how fast the connection is I'm on at this place, I suppose its like most places in the 'city' [big smoke] is the term we 'country hicks use'.

I 'm having serious withdrawal symptoms. No matter how many times I go back to 'greetings from french hill' it just doesn't do it.
I want my New bright and shiny Haveil Havalim.
Apparently the Gremlins have got into Abbagav's blog at his old address and he has been forced to get a new blog. Its located here: Abbagav

Whilst on harping on about my favorite blog carnival I'd also like to mention the great job that Muse does co-ordinating the Kosher Cooking Carnival.

If you have a look at my blog on the left side about 2/3 rds down I've created 4 new tiny buttons.
There is:
Haveil Havalim
Kosher Cooking Carnival.
Haveil Havalim Archive and
Kosher Cooking Carnival Archive

I made the groovy little buttons, I haven't actually told the co ordinators this yet, but umm Soccer Dad and Muse ..I've made some buttons.
The great thing about these buttons is that they link to the appropiate pages.
The thin button goes to the latest location of the appropiate carnival i.e. HH or KCC the archive buttons shows previous history/editions of the carnival.

If any one wants to use them, feel free, I'd rather you host the little pictures on your own hosting but hey thats up to you.
Any way the Chines guy at the front desk has said my time is up, so bye for now.


Please leave coments, I miss the connection my blog provides, I'll try to reply in the next day or two.

BagelBlogger Have a nice day!
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Sunday, 1 October 2006

G'mar chatima tovah - 5767

G'mar chatima tovah

For those who observe Yom Kippur,
have an easy fast and may we all be sealed for a great year!


Image courtesy of Michaelbogdanow.com

BagelBlogger G'mar chatima tovah
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