Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Schimmelism Of The Week LXX

Sorry for the long delay -- my yeshiva doesn't really believe in internet anymore.

Me: And here's my teudat choger (army ID).
Rabbi Lipman: OMG OMG WOW WOW WOW.
Me: Jeez, Rabbi, chill, you're acting like all the girls I've showed it to.

And Now For The Stuff You Guys Don't Know About...

So I finally get to be on the computer for a little while, you guys (whoever you may be) don't even know what happened. Just that I'm a chayyal and that's it -- there was a whole shindig.

I needed to have my profile closed by January 18th in order to be in the chiyyul last Thursday. But I still needed to do a color blind test (which they did the first time but the chayyelet didn't write it down. *sigh*), and I was running around to sign up for kupat cholim to do the color blind test, when Yedidyah (the guy who was taking care of me with all this) called me, he said, they sent your file to Be'er Sheva (because I'm learning in Ohr Etziyyon), so go to Yerushalayim NOW and open up a new file, and get it closed, and don't leave until they tell you that you have a 97. So I went, got to Yerushalayim, spoke to Tal (the dude Yedidyah spoke to), Tal took care of me and zehu. At one point, Tal was asking his commander Avi (the head dr. I think -- he was wearing a blue shirt), he wants to be in the chiyyul next week what should I do?

Avi: Who told him to come here?
Tal: Me.
Avi: Who told you to bring him here.
Tal: Yedidyah from his yeshiva.
Avi (In english): Who the f*** is Yedidyah??

Later he was telling Tal to forget Yedidyah. Tal told me later not to worry about it. BH it all worked out.

We got to Tel HaShomer last Thursday at 1000 am. But the soldeirs wouldn't let us go in. 50 minutes we had to wait. Finally they let us in. 1100 we start. Then I had to go to the bathroom. Because of that I had to go to the end of the line. When I was going back to the line, a saw a guy from my yeshiva who was on my bus in line with me who was almost done. So I started the process, and right before the last thing to do, we broke for for lunch... I left at 430 after getting there at 1100. I would've left earlier if I didn't have to go to the bathroom. *sigh*

I was going to go to Beis for Shabbos, but then someone said that Superbus is free for me. So I was like, Beis, paying for it, or Solomonts for free...and there you go.

And there's the stuff you guys don't know about.

Friday, January 26, 2007

And Here We Did...

I did it.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

And Here We Go

Well, tomorrow's the day.

The last time I paid full price for a bus was last Thursday (more on that later). Won't again for about 4 years.

Yup. Tomorrow I [officially] become an Israeli soldier.

But it doesn't really mean anything -- I'm still in yeshiva, I'm not training, and I won't even have my uniform yet.

So don't worry about me yet.

Last Thursday though was crazy. I ended having to do the health part of the army interview again. My profile had to be closed by Thursday for me to be mit'chayeil (the becoming-a-soldier-but-not-really thing I'm doing) tomorrow. But I needed to give in 2 things: 10 measurements for 10 straight days (1 a day) of my pulse and blood pressure, and a color blind test. Both stupid. The color blind test I did the first time, but she didn't write it down, and the pulse thing: the doctor wrote down my pulse was 40. Clearly wasn't. I sent in the b.p./pulse, but wasn't able to do the c.b. test, so Thursday I was running around trying to do it, when Yedidyah (guy in yeshiva who's been taking care of my army stuff -- Thanks Yedidyah!) called and said, drop what you're doing and go to Yerushalayim NOW to do your health stuff again, and don't leave til you have your profile. So I did, and I did the physical again, and my profile is 97. Kravi. Not a desk job.

Yesterday in yeshiva one of the rebbeim talked to us who are going in March, telling us about what we need to do to get ready for the army. And telling us a little about the shiurim. It's going to be intense: from after Purim, til March 17 about, we're going to be having around 3 shiurim a day, 3 times a week. Or something like that. A lot. Emunah, halachah, and something I can't remember. And then March 21 we start...

Come visit.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Spiritual Fiesta

Spiritual Fiesta
by: Rabbi Dov Moshe Lipman

The Oklahoma Sooners have arguably the premier college football program. Four Heisman trophies and appearances in three out of the last six championship games. The 82,000 fans that pack Memorial Stadium couldn't be happier.

The Sooners unlikely opponent in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl did not seem to belong on the same field. Sure, the Boise State Broncos were undefeated this season, but with no high profile players, no records under their belts, a small fan base at their tiny 14,000-seat stadium, and no previous competition at this high level, most assumed this game would be a blowout.

Yet with less than two minutes left in the game, Boise State was leading the mighty Sooners, 28-20.

continued here...

Great article, even if you don't like sports...

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Where Have You Gone....Tonny...?

I know I haven't posted in a while -- the yeshiva took away the internet, and we can only go on it between 130 - 330. Thing is though, all of the past 2 weeks, I'd go during lunch, and the computer room would be locked...

Anyway, here's an update: I started the army process officially: I had my tzav rishon (lit. first declaration). That's where you have the interview, the physical, where you get your Profile Number ("Do you have a 97?"). After a long while of not recieving my tzav rishonm I had it on Sunday. At first I thought that a guy in my yeshiva had used his protexia (connections) and set it up for me. But then at my first interview the guy (well, chayyal) asked me, "Do you know why we called you here?" Apprently, they had seen i was in the country for longer than I am allowed without going to the army, and they wanted to know whazzup.

Me: Uh, I was planning on being mitgayeis (drafting) anyway.
Chayyal: Oh, that makes things much simpler then.

So he said, while your here now, do it now. So I did. A lot of waiting. Got there at 730 in the morning, waited 40 - 50 minutes for the first guy to get there, then at the end i had waited an hour for my personal interview, and that took over an hour. I left at 215, 230. I was told I had done everything, but no. This guy in yeshiva I talked about before, he called the army to see about my profile, but they said that they want me to meausure my blood pressure and pulse for the next 10 days, and also to check if I'm color blind. Thing is though I did that color blind thing already. Whatever. And I need to get them signed by a doctor. BH, Thank the Lord that the Rosh Yeshiva's wife is a doctor, she could sign this stuff, we'll fax it and with God's help, on January 25th I become a soldier.

Scary isn't it?

Don't worry though, I won't be training yet, that's on March 21st. I'll be a soldier with most of the benefits (cheaper busses, free trains), but without the bad stuff (fighting, training, always being tired). Not bad, right?