Thursday, December 08, 2005

World Cultures Essay- Interviews

World Cultures Essay- Interviews

When one sees Judaism. Or almost any religion for that matter, it gives the impression of a very pointed path to follow, the system is laid out in front of you. But when you take a much closer look, these trails have infinite branches and the seemingly narrow path suddenly becomes convoluted and mystifying. To see a Jew and think that he simply is Jewish, and therefore conforms to the exact scriptures written in the past is an immense miscalculation. This erroneous method of thinking does not encompass the full veracity of Judaism, and any faith in that case. Judaism has an amazingly diverse assembly of followers, and the faith and even the concept of god varies from believer to believer. In these interviews, we tried to glimpse into the ever-shifting heart of the faith. Although the two interviewers were exceptionally unique from one another when it came to their personal experiences, they share the traditional Jewish morals, especially those of nonviolence.

Rae Draezel is the president of Athenian Jew Crew, and she has been a Jew all her life. She goes to Midrasha, a Jewish Teen Hebrew school. She follows most conventional principles of Judaism, but doesn’t keep kosher. She believes in the traditional Jewish ideal, the concept of the messiah coming, but has some speculation about it, “I’m not sure if I necessarily believe in a lot of stuff that Judaism preaches, but it is a big part of it that like the Messiah is coming.” She is uncertain about creation, and wants to look into it more. When Alex asked “Do you have any particular thoughts on why the earth and humans were created and the meaning of life?, Rae replied with, “Not really… I’m not sure I know the meaning of life right now but if I do find out I will get back to you”

Rabbi Bruce is a rabbi and an astrophysicist. He has an amazing and unique take on the Jewish faith that encompasses Christian and Scientologistic principles. He believes that the messiah, Jesus, has already come. He also has an extensive knowledge on the many paths that Judaism is following, as he states in the following quote; “ Now that being given, most Jewish people would classify themselves not so much on the basis of belief as practice. If there’re Jews that are atheists, Jews that are Buddhists, they would classify themselves according to the practice they follow.”

Rabbi Bruce and Rae share many characteristics. They are both strongly opposed to violence of almost any form, Rabbi Bruce and Rae meet a consensus at this question, Rabbi Bruce says, “It is never just to harm another person because you want to.” Rae agrees, saying, “I am an anti-violence kind of person. I don’t know; I don’t yeah. I don’t think violence is ever the answer.” Another similarity is that they both are very tolerant of other religions. Rabbi Bruce is tolerant, and even says that they have a lot of truth in them, as well. So I think there’s certainly truth in a lot of other religions, but a lot of the time that truth is incomplete or at some point goes off in the wrong direction.” Rae thinks that other religions are great, but hasn’t has enough time to personally admire them.

There are many differences between the two in terms of their personal experiences as Jews. Rabbi Bruce has had to deal with anti-Semitism, but never to a violent extent. Rae has never directly encountered anti-Semitism, but has heard some offensive comments, “I guess people have said jokes to me that I don’t really think are appropriate just saying like “ ‘Oh God, your such a Jew’ ”. Also, Rae was born Jewish, while Bruce had a different experience: “Well, it’s interesting because as I was growing up, in the suburbs, religion was never mentioned, identity was never mentioned, and we had basically no idea what it was about, and didn’t really care. Having looked back through my family lines, there is evidence that my family was Jewish, but we don’t have any documentation.”

In conclusion, the textual evidence shows that my thesis accurately represents the two interviewees in terms of their similarities and differences. The word Israel literally means “one who wrestles with god”, and personally, I find that this means that to truly be a Jew, you must “wrestle’ with the ideas perented to you in the Torah and in modern life, and form your own personal interpretation of it. These two interviewees are examples of one religion, but with completely different views on some matters, while the religion itself forms a base for morals, like anti- violence. I believe that these differences in these people are based on their unique past experiences, so in a way what makes them different also makes them alike. These people can challenge their faith and instead of losing it, gain more than they ever could expect.

li essay

Robby Cushing

Lit Essay-

When you read the mystical tale Coyote, by Juan Villoro, you would never notice it’s subtle similarities to the writings of Garcia Marquez. The best way to explore the differences and similarities of these two great author’s literary styles and themes is by showing them side by side. The story by Juan Villoro, Coyote, is about a mystical passage of a man who has consumed Peyote buttons and separated from his company. His trek through the desert teaches him a lesson about who he is. The other story, Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon, tells the tale of a man who makes a beautiful birdcage, and the interactions between the people of the town and Balthazar. Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon and Coyote share the thematic storytelling concept of one object representing another.
In Coyote, the author uses juxtaposition to show the similarities in nature, and this reoccurring theme is what shows the author’s dexterity and command of story telling elements. The theme of juxtaposition has the largest influence on the coyote he faces on his quest and the cactus he tears open for sustenance. “he slid the knife in forcefully, and slit open the three-legged animal” is nearly identical to when he slits open the plant to eat. Another reference to the coyote was when he cut open the coyote and “felt an indescribable relief when he plunged his hands into that soft, wet substance” is almost identical text to when he cut open the aloe vera plant and puts the insides on his wounds.

In Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon, the author shows that he has equal talent and knowledge of story elements. However, he uses different literary styles such as describing characters with similar traits or qualities, as shown in the following quote in which two characters with similar qualities are described differently to show their personality. He describes the good doctor as “smoothly and delicately fat, like a woman who had been beautiful in her youth”, and then describes Jose Montiel as “obese and hairy” The author also has the birdcage represent the confinements of poverty, and Pepe’s relationship with his controlling family. It also helps the author show how this novel shows the interactions between different socio-economic classes.
The thematic storytelling concept shared by both authors is the idea of one object representing another, and as actions are preformed on one object, the linked object faces similar actions. The tone in either story is very different, but both follow a man traveling and interacting with the environment. In Coyote, the tone and subject matter are dark, but have an unreal, ethereal feel to them, with deja vu. In Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon, the tone is very to the point, and tells the story from the stance of a narrator who tells the story as it visually appears and uses the subtle variations in description of a common trait.
Even though they use these different forms of representing characters, they still share the basic concept of representation, and the plots follow a typical path. But the differences still outweigh the similarities, and the bottom line is that these two works are unique and have a great grasp of literary terms. At times the use of themes and representation even manage dwarf the plot, and give a real sense of not knowing exactly what is really going on, but still liking it all the way.

25 q

1. my activism, kaite as a friend, Kenzi, and my art
2. all of the stupid shit I did in eighth grade
3. Ah, me going dumb waaay too much
4. Gulliver Boland
5. Ooh, well there’s Not So Silent night like tomorrow, it’s all about streetlight maifesto and bright eyes, le tigre, mars volta…
6. facial stuff, and my occasional comments that can be offensive
7. 1. Kenzi 2.Not fucking up at the concert 3. freshman- Senior bonding weekend
8. my life, with kenzie, ivy break, GSA, YES conference, it’s fucking awesome
9. Gulliver, I wanted to talk about Zion-I
10. 1. MATT VALDERIOS 2. all the school shit 3.FInALS
11. matt right now
12. a hot movie
13. the whole self conciosness thing
14. GSA, and all this other life stuff
15. Enough to pass, like a B
16. I love the romantic prospects, and screw academics
17. Art
18. Some low end shit job, or murals
19. gender studies, more classes with michelle and kerber
20. graphic designer, chef
21. People thinking I am too “bad”
22. me not making it to college.
23. Kenzie Morsion-Knox, Katie Taylor, Camille Greenen, Emily
24. Camille Greenan, Makenzie Morison-Knox, Zahara
25. US Santa Cruz, graphic/ Culinary school

25 q

1. my activism, kaite as a friend, Kenzi, and my art
2. all of the stupid shit I did in eighth grade
3. Ah, me going dumb waaay too much
4. Gulliver Boland
5. Ooh, well there’s Not So Silent night like tomorrow, it’s all about streetlight maifesto and bright eyes, le tigre, mars volta…
6. facial stuff, and my occasional comments that can be offensive
7. 1. Kenzi 2.Not fucking up at the concert 3. freshman- Senior bonding weekend
8. my life, with kenzie, ivy break, GSA, YES conference, it’s fucking awesome
9. Gulliver, I wanted to talk about Zion-I
10. 1. MATT VALDERIOS 2. all the school shit 3.FInALS
11. matt right now
12. a hot movie
13. the whole self conciosness thing
14. GSA, and all this other life stuff
15. Enough to pass, like a B
16. I love the romantic prospects, and screw academics
17. Art
18. Some low end shit job, or murals
19. gender studies, more classes with michelle and kerber
20. graphic designer, chef
21. People thinking I am too “bad”
22. me not making it to college.
23. Kenzie Morsion-Knox, Katie Taylor, Camille Greenen, Emily
24. Camille Greenan, Makenzie Morison-Knox, Zahara
25. US Santa Cruz, graphic/ Culinary school

25 q

1. my activism, kaite as a friend, Kenzi, and my art
2. all of the stupid shit I did in eighth grade
3. Ah, me going dumb waaay too much
4. Gulliver Boland
5. Ooh, well there’s Not So Silent night like tomorrow, it’s all about streetlight maifesto and bright eyes, le tigre, mars volta…
6. facial stuff, and my occasional comments that can be offensive
7. 1. Kenzi 2.Not fucking up at the concert 3. freshman- Senior bonding weekend
8. my life, with kenzie, ivy break, GSA, YES conference, it’s fucking awesome
9. Gulliver, I wanted to talk about Zion-I
10. 1. MATT VALDERIOS 2. all the school shit 3.FInALS
11. matt right now
12. a hot movie
13. the whole self conciosness thing
14. GSA, and all this other life stuff
15. Enough to pass, like a B
16. I love the romantic prospects, and screw academics
17. Art
18. Some low end shit job, or murals
19. gender studies, more classes with michelle and kerber
20. graphic designer, chef
21. People thinking I am too “bad”
22. me not making it to college.
23. Kenzie Morsion-Knox, Katie Taylor, Camille Greenen, Emily
24. Camille Greenan, Makenzie Morison-Knox, Zahara
25. US Santa Cruz, graphic/ Culinary school