Saturday, September 17, 2016
He wasn't able to celebrate the religious coming-of-age ceremony Jewish boys go through at age 13 because his mother had died and his father had been drafted into the Russian army.
Now, 100 years later, Yisrael Kristal will finally have his bar mitzvah.
He just turned 113 years old, and was recently named as the world's oldest man.
Apparently that tag must be changed to “oldest living person,” at least until later this month.
Kristal was born in 1903 in Poland and survived both World Wars and lived through the Holocaust, his family told BBC News. He and his family were sent to the Nazi death camp Auschwitz where his wife was murdered. His two children also died in the Holocaust.
Kristal emigrated to Israel in 1950 with his second wife and their son.
The bar mitzvah is set for later September with a ceremony in Haifa, Israel where he will be surrounded with family in friends.
The date coincides with his birthday according to the Hebrew date.
His daughter, Shulamit Kuperstoch, told the BBC that his bar mitzvah will be a "corrective experience".
Kuperstoch says her father would perform the traditional bar mitzvah rituals, including putting on phylacteries (small boxes containing biblical verses worn on the head and arm) and saying blessings over the Torah (Jewish holy book).
"We are excited, we're happy, it is a great honour to celebrate his bar mitzvah. He has children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and cousins and everyone is coming," Kuperstoch said.
And finally, in the eyes of his faith, he will be able to call himself a man!
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
While that might not sound like the most flattering thing, the scientists who named the new flatworm said they went with the name because the parasite is unique.
Baracktrema obamai is found in Malaysian freshwater turtles. The parasitic flatworm infects their lungs and can be fatal.
Kind of like most of the president’s programs.
When it comes to the parasites, these namesakes might just seem like a really clever way to diss the commander in chief, but having an organism carry your name is actually a honor.
And what president has been more parasitic than Obama?
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Whether it was a terror attack or a government conspiracy is not the point of this post today.
A lot of good (and innocent) people died that day.
This is for them.
I was too young to have the "where I was when Kennedy was shot" memory, but I will never forget how I felt on September 11, 2001.
My thoughts and prayers to the fallen and their loved ones.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The Miss America pageant has been around for close to a century, but this year's event is going to be a first for the organization.
The pageant's first openly gay contestant, Erin O'Flaherty from Missouri, is competing for the 2017 title.
The 23-year-old made national news when she was crowned Miss Missouri back in June, and speculation of some girl-on-girl action during the talent show is widespread.
OK, maybe I just made that up, sexist pig that I am.
But all you guys were thinking it, you sexist bastiges.
And some of you gals were, too!
And porn producers (cause you know you're already starting to shoot the film), remember, it was my idea!
Contact this blog for direction on where to send the royalty checks!
How many of you bigots saw the picture and thought, “She doesn’t look gay?)
And while we're at it, how many of you guys are wondering if you can get her to switch teams?
While O'Flaherty is the first openly gay contestant to compete at Miss America, Sky News reported at least one other former contestant came out as a lesbian after competing in the pageant. It was Miss Kentucky 2010, Djuan Trent.
I kind of miss the days when this was the biggest Miss America surprise…
What I find most interesting is that this contest has been blasted by feminist groups as being demeaning towards women since it is based on looks.
Now it is being celebrated since a member of the LGBT community is free to demean herself just like her straight sisters.
Now that's progress!