Nizhny Novgorod / Russia
I am an artist by my nature; teacher and journalist by profession and a youth Jewish leader and educator by my mission. Currently I live in Russia, where I teach English for the comers; actively participate in the Jewish life of Nizhniy Novgorod (the name of my town) as an administrator, and logistic head of summer/winter educational Jewish camps and seminars. In search of inner inspiration. Always. In my free time enjoying hiking, travelling ( for the last year I visited 11 countries and 17 cities) I love sport: jogging, meditations, yoga. I am crazy about listening to Jazz and soul music. When my muse visits me I take on writing rhymes, novels and fairy-tales. When there is absolutely nothing to d o (which happens rarely) I give myself to designing clothes, knick-knacks or cooking something from exotic cuisine. My SPIRIT..He is a searching one. I am striving for creating harmony in my soul, because my main principle is ‘Tikun olam – tikun atzmi’ ( to make the world perfect, first of all you should improve your own personality). Justice, responsibility for my actions, kindness and mutual assistance are integral parts of my philosophy. As well as striving for spiritual, mental and physical health. I never write about smth I'm not personally concerned about. So I hope my creative works will find the response in your hearts and minds, my dear readers! Sincerely J.P
“Every time when I recall that the Lord is fair, I tremble for my country.” M.M. Zhvanetsky.
Nowadays only few artists master the skill of talking allegorically. So that to be profound and amusing at the same time. However Michael Zhvanetskiy manages to be even humorous. You laugh, and simultaneously can’t but think over the sense of the joke.
M.M. Zhvanetsky is a person of unique talents and tremendous mind. A thinker, a philosopher, a satirist, a writer, a Jew. Zhvanetsky is one of the few representatives left of so-called artistic Russian-speaking elite; and is well-known by his lively satiric prose. His works are full of deep feelings towards the society he is addressing; his words are energetic and precisely targeted. Talking in simple language about complicates things, he skillfully penetrates into the readers’ hears.
Mikhail was born in the FSU in a vivacious and characteristic Jewish shtetl Odessa, which is in Ukraine. His life wasn’t apparently easy: Mikhail happened to overcome the Second World War, the famine, anti-Semitism… His parents Emmanuil Moiseevich and Raisa Jakovlevna were doctors. In his interviews Zhvanetsky describes the terror they were living under during that period of life.
However listening to him, you won’t hear a word of complaining. Probably because of his simple and at the same time deeply philosophical approach to life.
Once upon a time there was a Jew called Bagelman. With the surname coming from the nature of his, he lived in Podol neighbourhood in Kiev. Our Jew indeed ran the same business as his ancestors had been running for centuries. He was a “bublichnik” which means in case you would have liked to taste the best bagel in the city, you had not choice but to visit Bagelman’s bakery.
At the same place and also once upon a time, there was another Jew – Jacob Petrovich Davidov. He also lived somewhere in Podol neighbourhood and was the master of all the journalistic genres: from political and satirical reviews to jokes and songs . In 1926 he wrote the song “bublichki”, which at once rolled up to America. There it was translated into Yiddish and suddenly acquired entirely different sense and sentimental character.
Meanwhile, searching for the best life one of Bagelman’ s sons ran away from politically concerned Kiev . He found his “corner” and a wife in the Jewish quarter of Manhattan where the prevailing population were native Russians. After a while our Bagelman became a grandfather of two sweet girls – Clara and Minnie Bagelman.
In the family spoke only in Yiddish. Other languages were simply not required in East-side neighbourhood. Once, on the Jewish radio, little Klara heard an easy-to-remember song, called “Bejgelah” (or “bublichki”). It was executed by children. Klara’s mother heard it too and thought in a manner of all the good Jewish mothers do: “Is it that my girls are less talented?” She grabbed Klara and dragged her off to the Jewish radio.
The debut of little Klara Bejgelman with “Papirossen” was just a first step of the world-famous Jazz duet beginning. There was a long story in between, but their mother always was the tireless engine, who was inspiring, encouraging and supporting us, – recalls 88-years old Claire.
Later on, the sisters changed their names into more “American” ones. Clara became Clare, Minnie changed into Merna. The famous “Barry” was created by Minnie.
Being usually told by gentiles, jokes, legends and fairy-tales about what’s going on in Jewish bedroom on Friday night, nowadays are enthusiastically told by Jews themselves! Who haven’t heard at least once a life-time a well-known legend about Jews having sex through a sheet-hole?
Sexual life of Jews was always something hidden, surrounded by a mystical veil. And indeed, divorce is not that common in traditional Jewish families. Why? In the previous part of Sex & Kabbalah article we partly investigated the question and came to the conclusion that the main reason of sexual pleasure fading away is neglecting the spiritual part of relations. “When our connection to this unseen spiritual force of light is severed, our sexual desires are unquenchable, we are looking elsewhere for the sparks of light, recapturing pleasure: pornography, adultery, three-way sex, chemical stimulators so on.”
“Oh, come on!! Are you gonna teach me (a splendidly experienced guy of 28 years old) how to behave in bed?”, - it was a remark of one of my friend when several months ago I tried to talk to him about relations. It happened after coming back from a marvellous lecture about kosher sex organized by a conservative rabbi in Stockholm.
Frankly speaking, I was a little bit shocked by the question. Is it really so, that nowadays the first idea coming into mind at mentioning of sex is the technical part of the process? Is THAT ALL about it?? Three-four partners sex, sex under drug influence, pornography, sex toys and other sexual perversions. The humanity have tried all of the known body simulators in order to return the novelty of sensations, to reach the divine sexual pick, one had never experienced. And still it’s not enough. Because when the next doze of amphetamine is over, or the endless quantity of gorgeous chicks seizes to excite you, then nobody will help you to restore this blankness in your soul. So maybe the humanity have been looking for the pleasure in the wrong direction? Maybe it’s high time to approach the spiritual part of sex relations?
In the previous chapter of this article I was giving some tips concerning how to get a job abroad avoiding a pain in a prominent part of your body. You, my dear readers, were probably asking yourself question : “What is the source of all this information?”. My experience which I would willingly share with you.
During last two decades with the airline traffic development going abroad became incredibly popular among youth circles. Who wouldn’t like to better one’s financial state? Especially when simultaneously you have a chance of getting to know cultures, traditions, languages; making new friends, getting useful experience and fabulous impressions. It is fashionable, exciting and…..expensive. Well, Ms. Life’s lessons inevitably cost. So this article is for YOU, dear reader, who are eager to learn WHAT can happened when you don’t have enough information and experience. HOW to avoid dealing with a dishonorable employer and WHEN to start asserting your rights .
Tips and welcoming wishes.