Getting to Know Jew ...

1/03/2010 

Welcome Back Everyone

It's been a while but it's time to revive this blog and bring it back to it's original greatness. I look forward to interviewing new Jewish blogs and getting things up and running soon. Stay Tuned!

7/01/2008 

Interview with Dixie Yid!

Well it hasn't been too long since my last interview with FrumSatire. Here is yet another interview with another up and coming blogger making his own impact on the Jblogosphere:
Dixie Yid!

JB:
Dixie
Yid, That's an interesting name are you from the South?

DY:Yes, I'm a bona fide Southern Jew. I was born in Charleston, SC and then my family moved to Nashville, TN, where there are about 5,000 Jews. I lived there all the way through the end of high school, at which point I decided that I needed more of a Jewish education, so I pursued my B.A. at Yeshiva University.

JB: I understand you are a BT, originally coming from a Reform background.What and who inspired you to seek out Orthodox Judaism?

DY:When I was 16 and a member of my Temple Youth group, I went to an inter-youth group "lock-in" at the JCC for Chanukah. There, I met a couple of people who were there through NCSY. That was my first-ever real exposure to orthodox Jews. We talked all through the night about everything that teenagers talk about, including all of the questions that I'd always been thinking about orthodox Jews but that I had never had anyone to ask. My initial impression was that the explanations they had were so much deeper than any of the explanations from my reform rabbis until then. Although I was very impressed and fascinated and wanted to learn more about it, I didn't want to "convert to orthodoxy," as I put it. It did pique my interest and so when I went to other classes to learn more, I became even more and more fascinated with how deep everything in Torah is. That's aspect of it is really what got me into it.

JB: I noticed you have a lot of posts concerning hasidic themes as your blogs description, are you Breslov, Hasidic etc.?

DY:I am not Chasid, in the colloquial sense of the word. I live, dress, and keep the minhagim of your average Nusach Ashkenaz Yeshivisheh Balabos. The only variation on that theme is the fact that I wear colored shirts. In another sense, though, I do strive to be a Chassid. Really, being a Chassid is not about belonging to a certain Chassidic group or dressing in a certain way. As Rabbi Tal Zwecker wrote in these posts, Chassidus is about a method of refining one's self and growing closer to the Creator of the world, according to the teachings of the students of the Baal Shem Tov. IY"H, I hope to grow so that I could be considered a "real chassid."

JB: Do you believe that "you are what you wear" and if so does your colored shirt make you a colorful person?

DY:What someone wears is both everything and nothing. Inherently, one's external appearance doesn't matter at all when compared to what's inside. However, like you said, how one dresses does inevitably affect how a person sees himself, and by extention, how he comports himself. Now when I say "colored shirts," I just mean to say as opposed to just black and white. We're not talking Hawaiian shirts or anything like that. I initially stopped wearing only "black and white" on weekdays because my wife likes how I look in colored shirts. However, I guess it does have an affect how how I see myself. I don't feel as "yeshivish." My hope is, then, that my spiritual growth will be more internally focused, since I'm not trying to "look religious" on the outside.


JB:What turned you on to the J Blogosphere?

DY:For a number of years I have often had (what I consider to be) insightful thoughts or I have seen ideas in various seforim that really got me excited. When I'm happy and excited about some insight I've had or some great pshat or perspective in a sefer, my natural desire is to want to share that with other people. But unless I had some hapless friend nearby or my chevrusa didn't mind if I showed him something, my desire to share was thwarted. However, when I came across sites like A Simple Jew and Mystical Paths, it gave me the idea that I could channel my desire to share things that interested me and excited me through the blog venue. Essentially, having a blog is a great way to channel my desire to share insights, chidushim, inspiring or funny Jewish music or anything else I wanted to.

JB: Some of your favorite bloggers are?

DY:I think this might be obvious to people who've read Dixie Yid, but I'd have to say that my favorite blog is A Simple Jew("ASJ".) I'd have to say that ASJ is not only my favorite blog, but ASJ himself is definitely my "blogging rebbe." He has given me a lot of advice and he linked to me fairly often at the beginning, which shuffled some traffic over to my site, which let people know who I am and that I was there. His site is also very good because he puts a lot of work into it. His posts are interesting, varied, insightful and personal. He is also a great networker and brings to the table a lot of guest posts from great people in the Jewish world.

JB:How long have you been blogging for?

DY:I've been blogging since December 2006. I'm a baby blogger!

JB:What do you enjoy most about Chassidus?

DY:I love the fact that Chassidus teaches you how to go beneath the surface of the superficial Yiddishkeit that it seems so many of us get stuck in. Halacha just becomes a checklist of things we have to get done before we can move onto the things we really enjoy in life. That's not the way it's supposed to be. And Chassidus teaches us how to dig deep within ourselves and within all of our Jewish practices to find the light and the fire that lie within both. Chassidus shows the excitement of Yiddishkeit and teaches you how to enjoy Judaism even more than all of the other ways that even frum people find their enjoyment in life.

JB:What part of Chassidus do you dislike if any?

DY:I can't say that there's anything I dislike about Chassidus per se. However, the same cannot be said about the various Chassidic communities. They have their own issues, just like other segments of the Jewish community have theirs. However, I've never been a big "chassid" of criticizing other Jewish groups. If I'm going to criticize any part of the Jewish community, it should be my own.

JB: Tell us about how blogging has impacted your understanding of Judiasm.

DY:I don't know if blogging has affecting my understanding of Judaism per se. However, being part of the "JBlogosphere" and reading other blogs has definitely affected my outlook on things. I have read things by people like Hasidic Rebel and Six Month Malkie who are very unhappy about their experiences with frumkeit and frum people. Reading these types of things make me more cognizant of the kind of Jewish experience that I am bringing my children up to. Do I want them to be brought up with a Yiddishkeit which is just a bunch of prohibitions and social pressure-related obligations, but with no heart? Or do I want them to experience a Yiddishkeit which is the most exciting thing in the world and where connecting to Hashem is considered more important than what the Schwartzes next door think of us? I think that being conscious of how I bring up my children in Judaism is definitely affected by reading things in the "JBlogosphere."

JB: If you could speak to any past rebbe which one would it be and why?

DY:I think that I would want to meet the Chozeh (Seer) of Lublin. He was known as having a very deep sight into reality and into the people he met. I would be both terrified and grateful if I could meet a Rebbe like that who could just clarify for me what the nature of my "self" is, what I'm supposed to accomplish in this world, and what my true kochos and chesronos (strengths and weaknesses) are.

JB: Tell us about your favorite sefer and why?

DY:I'd have to say that right now, my favorite sefer is Meor Einayim. It's by the first Rebbe from Chernobyl, Reb Menachem Nachum of Chernobyl. He was a student of both the Baal Shem Tov and the Magid of Mezrich, so it's one of the original expressions of Toras HaBaal Shem Tov. Besides it's "earliness," I like it because I like the feeling of being blown off my feet every time some new layer of reality is revealed to me. The Meor Einayim does that for me more than other seforim, like I wrote about in this post . I'm just a glutton for that feeling of being taken down the rabbit hole into aspects of reality that I was not aware of.

JB:What was the most difficult thing to take on as a religious orthodox Jew?

DY:For me, one of the hardest things at the beginning was giving up theater. I was a big thespian in high school and I was very into broadway plays and music. It was one thing to give up acting due to issues of Shabbos and "shomer negiah," but it was even more difficult to get out of the music due to "kol isha," since it was a significant interest of mine. However, knowing and feeling that what I was getting was far greater than what I was giving up, I was able to do it.

JB: If you could give any advice to a potential BT what would it be?

DY:I would say not to take yourself too seriously. When your parents or other family asks you why you're doing something, and its seems like it's a hostile question, then just give a silly answer and don't talk about the substance. Like Rabbi Orlofsky said one time, if someone coldly asks you why you're wearing a black hat, don't give some philosophical sounding answer. Say it's because you want to look like Robert Deniro. Also, I'd say it's important to chill out and not try to make your parents religious. They'll likely not be convinced in most cases by the person whose diapers they used to change. If anything is likely to bring them around eventually, it'll be seeing that you have become a better person with better midos than you were before. So focus more on your own midos bein adam l'chaveiro and on kibud av va'eim as your preferred method of kiruv with your parents.

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5/27/2008 

Interview with Frum Satire!

For those who are unfamiliar Frum Satire is one of the newer J Blogger who has been making a real impact on the J Blogosphere with his witty and funny videos and posts. He has agreed to be interviewed by J Blogmeister so without any further adieu, here is the interview!

JB: Tell our viewers a little bit about your background

Frum:I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan- most famous for its bagels and singles scene, I attended Manhattan Day School and went to Matov Day Camp, I think these were two modern orthodox institutions that all kids from the west side had to take part of. We always said the folks from the East Side were just snobby and rich.

My mother died when I was 6 so I pretty much raised myself. I also gained this totally different perspective of Judaism because we were very modern behind closed doors- but in the open my father was just this old school orthodox guy that happened to have learned in some very prestigious yeshivas. I remember being driven to yeshiva chofetz chaim in Rochester and stopping on the way to get an eggplant farm at some non-kosher place, I also remember watching TV on shabbos afternoon.

JB:How did you come up with the name frumsatire? What other names did you consider?

Frum:It just flowed off the tongue, I thought about "frum rants" but it didn't sound as cool, although "frum sarcasm or irony" may be a better fit as I have progressed along the humor scale.

JB:How did you get introduced to the J Blogosphere?

Frum:I started blogging as someone who had no idea what a blog was- I started it just because I had a lot to say. The day I was introduced to the fact other Jewish blogs existed was when I got my first big links. Krum as a Bagel and Aidel Maidel both linked me up when I wrote about different categories in orthodoxy- and suddenly I was thrust into the J-Blogsphere.

JB: What do you do for a living and what's your dream job?

Frum:I work as a an Internet Marketing Manager- for all those techies out there I am really an SEO/SEM guy who dabbles with Google advertising and shopping all day long, but this allows me to work on my own stuff by learning the field.

Dream job would be a back country forest ranger in a National Park- so many reasons it wouldn't work, shabbos and proximity to frum communities have consistently worked against me when I have tried to get into the outdoors field.
JB: I understand you are 26 and single. How is the single life?

Frum:I love every minute of it. Of course I would love to meet someone, but I don't spend too much time worrying. I have a philosophy about living life to its fullest and being single really allows for lots of leeway. I have taken at least 10 one month long road trips since I was 18 and last year drove to Alaska- not even retirees get to make the drive.

Cons: the winter is awfully lonely- especially when there isn't enough snow for skiing. I wish I could have someone to show all of the beautiful things I have seen. In the words of Chris McCandless- experience is nothing unless shared.

JB:Do you ever fear that your videos will have any consequences in shidduchim?

Frum:I go through stages- I am constantly taking stuff down due to philosophical debates about how I want to present myself. I used to not care- but now my audience is too large not to care. I have cleaned up my act and try to only put kosher things up- its better for business in general

JB:How many dates have you gotten due to the popularity of your blog and videos?

Frum:How many dates have I gotten or how many have I been on? That's important, I have been on many dates with fans, even had a short relationship with one. I have also turned down offers and am constantly getting emails and facebook messages that contain an obvious request to hang out or date- but I usually am not interested. I find that people expect too much out of me, I am funny in person, but my blog and videos are not my life. I lead a public and a private life, like any actor.

JB:Which do you prefer more blogging or your videos and why?

Frum:Well they are both different experiences, I am definitely talented in both venues. I find that I love to do the videos- but cannot make them as long as I like, I would rather be doing performances. I would have to say the writing is better because its more interactive, that may be because anyone can comment, on you tube you need an account which is prohibitive to further the discussion.

JB: Where would you say you got your sense of humor from?

Frum:My father definitely has a big part to do with that, he was always saying whatever was on his mind, he was always himself. Other then that I have no idea, I never even knew I could do anything with it, people always found me funny- but I never paid any attention to trying to get it on paper.

JB: The funniest Blog you ever read would be?

Frum:You know I really don't read blogs that often unless people send links. But Bangitout.com consistently has the best and funniest stuff around.

JB: What part of being Jewish do you enjoy the most?

Frum:That's a hard question- never even thought about it. I could be funny and say the food- because the food is not only good, we are the only community in which you can pretty much get free food any time. I would say shabbos is my favorite part of being Jewish, the natural breaks in which we have time to reflect upon life, chow down, stare over the mechitza and hang out with family and friends. With our fast paced electronically driven lives I think many people have lost a connection to regular old relaxation and family time.

JB:How long do you see yourself continuing this blog ? 1yr-10 yrs?

Frum:My audience is changing slowly, as I become more known so it continues to develop into something different all the time. I always think I am going to run out of things to say and suddenly I have a flood of things to write. Its almost 2 years and realistically I have no clue. I have some cool stuff coming up and am starting to collaborate with several popular Jewish personalities so who knows where I will end up. But realistically I would like it to become a full time job.

JB: Do you have a favorite fan? Have you been subjected to any stalkers?

Frum:Wow favorite fan, I get a lot of emails saying how awesome I am. Commenters come and go, I will have one person commenting for 6 months straight and suddenly they are gone. These commenters are usually women by the way. Some guy just contacted me the other day, he is the director of a large Jewish political not-profit in NYC and he says he's been reading my stuff since I started and loves me. In two weeks time he got me a spot on some cable TV show, and wants to write me up for some of his newspaper connections. Is he my biggest fan?


Stalkers is an interesting subject. I do have stalkers, people will stalk in various ways, usually through comments and then I'll get messages on facebook and if I'm on frumster they will find me- but specific cases are way too many- I have them and usually they are quite fun.

JB:What new ideas do you see yourself putting forth on your blog other than your videos?

Frum:Well I was just contacted by Y-Love and he asked me if I wanted to do some sort of podcast with him, personally I would love to get on the radio- or do some sort of podcasting, I have lost to say and can just keep going- but I need people top feed off of. I would also love to start a new humor blog with multiple contributors- that's been floating around my head. I think it would be great exposure and mix things up a bit- since strictly humor wise there really isn't anything besides for me and Bang it out.

JB: What is the coolest place you traveled to and why?

Frum:By far the Yukon Territory in Canada, last September I drove with two friends from NY to Alaska with we spent time driving and hiking in the Yukon. I am completely fascinated with remote and rural areas. Prior to the building of the Alaska Highway in 1942- there was no road connecting this area to the outside world. Just the vastness and beauty of the land. They have towns that are only accessible in the winter when the rivers freeze and they make ice roads. Its so cool to be in an English speaking country on the same continent as NY and be so distant from the lives we know. 200 miles between gas stations, grizzly bears and hiking with my shotgun were also exciting.

JB:Have you ever been to Israel and if so tell us a bit about your experiences.

Frum:I have been in Israel twice, first time on a Hillel Birthright trip with the University of Rochester in 2002 and then again a couple years later when I took off 5 months to learn at Ohr Someyach. I love Israel and will undoubtedly live there someday- who knows when. I brought my mountain bike and saw the country from the 10 mph perspective, I went on rides with random riders through ruins and the desert and saw a lot, learned very little. I look at all my experiences through that of my bike, I used to ride to the kotel at 2 in the morning to daven maariv- its eerie let me tell you. I especially liked staying in Chevron during the whole Chayei Sarah weekend events- camped out the Baruch Goldstien memorial park- found that kind of ironic. Oh and the food- one must not forget the food- luckily I rode a lot- or else I would have blown into a blimp- like the first year seiminary girls do.

JB:What Jewish Music are you currently listening to?


Frum:Well I'll tell you I just got the AKA Pella adaptations album and am very impressed- just wrote a review. I also just got Yossi Greens The 8th Note and its wonderful, besides for that I am addicted to Avaraham Fried and the Marvelous Middos Machine of all things.

JB:Your current favorite Jewish Solo Artist is?

Frum:Well in terms of innovative and up and coming I would have to say Mendy Pellin, he's funny and completely kosher and appeals to both kid and adults. I think Matisyahu and Y-Love are amazing thing for Jews as a whole, because they allow Jews to feel comfortable being Jews. It makes more people want to take off their baseball caps and don yarmulkes.

JB:Based on the amount of comments you receive your blog seems to be very popular. How much traffic do you get?Tell us about he most traffic you ever got in one day and the corresponding post for that surge.

Frum:I don't think I get many comments for the amount of traffic I have and I attribute this to the fact that I rarely comment on other blogs- therefore most of my comments come from people outside the blogging field. If I get over 20 comments on a post its amazing- the big J-bloggers I see getting 200-300 comments per post every day. Right now average about 800-1000 unique hits per day with about double that in page views. You know my traffic has been pretty steady. I do remember this one day I received almost 2000 unique hits but couldn't figure out why- it was inexplicable.



6/18/2007 

Jewish Blogmeister Interviews Dafnotes!

And now the moment you have all been waiting for: The Return of the J Blogger Interview!This new interview is with none other than Blogger heavyweight Dafnotes. This is a cross post at Jewish Blogmeister.Enjoy.


JB: How did you get into blogging?

DafNotes:Last summer, after I finished teaching, I was off for two weeks before starting my camp job, and I said to my brother: “why don't we start writing on the daily Daf, and give everyone a chance to contribute a little?” Daf Yomi was always about “togetherness amongst Klal Yisroel." Having a Daf Yomi site where people can "chap" a bite of learning during lunch or by a break, thus inspiring them throughout the day, was something special that we wanted to be a part of. We currently have regular Daf Yomi learners who visit the blog daily and we have those that are interested in specific topics. We even have people that drop by who are not currently studying the Daf, but nonetheless, they enjoy learning and are interested in the issues discussed. The blogger community (including Mr. Bagel, Jameel, Bennett from Daled Amos, Soccer Dad, Rafi G., Jewish Blogmeister, Ezzie, Seraphic Secrets, Irina, Kasamba, Batya, The Way she Writes and others -sorry if I missed anyone) is extremely helpful for us amateurs, who were not trained in html codes, widgets and trackbacks.

JB: Tell us a little bit about your background.

DafNotes:I lived most of my life in Chicago and I studied in Telz Yeshiva and learned b'chavrusah with the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Avraham Chaim Levin for many years. My first years in Yeshiva were in Edison at RJJ, when the Yeshiva initially opened, and then I spent a winter with the Talmid of the Chofetz Chaim, HaRav Yehudah Zev Segal in Manchester, England. That experience propelled me to advance in learning. I learned in the Telz Kollel for six years, and then I was asked to be a Rosh Chabura of a new Community Kollel in Beachwood, Ohio together with Rabbi Yaakov Zev Katz, son of the late Telzer Rosh Yeshive, Rav Mottel Katz zt"l. I was there for three years and then I began teaching sixth grade in the Cheder, Mosdos Ohr HaTorah, the position I am currently in.

JB: Besides discussing the Daf, is there anything else you deal with?

DafNotes: See above. I also say an early morning in depth "Dirshu shiur" to men before they go to work and I say a Daf-Yomi shiur in the evening. I take bechinos every month on the Daf Yomi and I have other study partners as well. In between, I write the Daf Notes, respond to comments, update my blog and help my wonderful wife take care of our family.

JB:At times the daf's discussion may be a little dry, how do you make it interesting?

DafNotes:I always look for a Torah discussion relevant to the Daf that will be interesting to all the serious Daf Yomi learners, the occasional learners and the one's that are just getting started. I look for stories related to the Daf, and issues that pertain to many areas of the Talmud. Every once in a while I will write about a somewhat controversial topic, which can be beneficial.

JB:Are you the only blog that does the daf?

DafNotes: There was one before me; David G. from A Daf a Day. He had stopped and I asked him some advice before I began. Since then, another one started called Heoros on the Daf from Avi Lebovitz, a Rosh Kollel in Palo Alto, California. His discussions are deeper and more intricate than mine.

JB:What's your favorite daf?

DafNotes:The Gemora tells us that we are not supposed to choose one portion over the other. Every day, I write over most of the Daf in English in a manner that it can be self-understood without the text in front of you, besides writing a short discussion on the Daf. It is easier to write when it is a halacha topic, but the discussions can be easier when it is a Homiletical Gemora.

JB:How long have you been involved in daf yomi?

DafNotes: I began twenty years ago, but it was sporadic. I started learning it b'chavrusah approximately ten years ago, and I have been saying a shiur for eight years.

JB:Your Blog is very well put together, did you do that yourself?

DafNotes: Thank you. I initially designed it myself, and then I had input from other bloggers on ways to enhance it. Recently, the blog took a facelift and all the credit for that must go to Mr. Bagel. He wanted to see a Torah blog have the appearance of a top-notch blog, and I must say that he's an expert and he succeeded in his mission. I can't thank him enough.

JB:What do you find most inspiring about blogging the Daf?

DafNotes: All the Gedolim always talk about the connection to your fellows that is created by learning the Daf. Rabbi Levin always talks about the people he sat next to on an airplane and they studied the daf together. With blogging, we have this experience every day. Like I said before, all types of people stop by. We get inspired from the interest that everyone has. People in all types of businesses take a break in middle of their hectic day to see what's cooking on the daf and to see if they have anything to add to the discussion.

JB:Do you see yourself continuing this blog for a long time?

DafNotes: With G-d's help I hope so. The next cycle should be easier.

JB:Any last words to our reading audience?

DafNotes: Firstly, I'd like to thank Hashem for giving me the opportunity to disseminate Torah to all over the world. Secondly, I'd like to express my deepest sense of gratitude and appreciation to my wife, Tzippy, for putting up with me and all my projects, and for offering her words of encouragement when things are going tough. My children pick up the slack for me in taking care of the house, and they are most helpful. I thank my brother Ben from topofthelinepromotions.com for taking on this project with me, and for all his assistance in editing and researching now. I can't forget my brother Motti from Petach Tikvah, Israel, who controls the Midrashiya server that delivers the Daf to everyone mailbox every day. I thank the rest of my family, personal friends, helpful bloggers and everyone for contributing to this Kiddush Hashem. Thank you and may we merit the coming of Mashiach speedily.

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12/19/2006 

J Blogger Interview: LakeVent

I'm pleased to introduce another one of my favorite bloggers: Lakevent ! If you have missed my other recent J Blogger interviews click here. Now you can finally find out some of the secrets of this famous town in NJ: Lakewood!

JBM: What are some of the best things about living in Lakewood?

LakeVent:The air in Lakewood is fresher and cleaner than in big cities. In Lakewood people actually know each other and care for one another, something you don't always have in New York or other big cities. There is no shortage of Kosher food and services in Lakewood. Besides for certain times in certain areas there usually isn't much of a traffic or parking problem in Lakewood, and when I get home at night I have a driveway to park my cars! Not to mention I have grass and trees near my house.

JBM: what is your favorite "chumra"?LakeVent:I am not into chumras. I have a hard enough time doing the things I am supposed to do without the added burden of extra chumras. But i do try to say the "Zayins" in krias shma with extra PiZZaZZ to outdo the brisker sitting next to me in shul (10:00 am minyan of course)

JBM: If you could change anything about Lakewood what would it be?

LakeVent:I would have people care more about the character of others and care less about the outward appearance of everyone else. Unfortunately in Lakewood many people rush to judge everyone else based on shirt/hat color etc.

JBM:Tell us a bit about your family any kids etc..

LakeVent:Well, I cannot tell you much without revealing a little about my identity (which I must be careful to protect, otherwise the Lakewood Internet Police will be after me). Let me just say that I have a nice wife and beautiful children.

JBM: Has anyone in Lakewood figured out who you are?

LakeVent:I hope not.

JBM: You are currently listening to what Jewish Album?

LakeVent:The new Uncle Moishy CD is currently playing in my car (my kids won't let me listen to anything else). But when they aren't looking I am listening to the new Shlomo Simcha Cd.

JBM: You mention on your blog that it is a kind of therapy for you. Do you still find it to be the case?

LakeVent:Absolutely. Not every time I post is this the case, but many times i do post for the therapeutic aspect of blogging.

JBM:Who is your favorite maggid shiur?

LakeVent:In Lakewood? I would have to say Rabbi Simcha Bunim Kohen. In general? I enjoy Rabbi Tatz.


JBM: When will you continue your "Life in Kollel" story?

LakeVent:I get a lot of emails asking me to continue. Honestly, I think I made my point with the first installation, and there really isn't any point in doing part 2. What good can come out from continuing the story? The idea has been spoken, the actual story needs not to be told again.


JBM:Do you actually learn in Kollel?

LakeVent:No, I actually work for a living.

JBM:If you remember I had a post about a fellow who goes around Lakewood selling "ban the internet" bumper sticker for $5. Have you ever seen that man?

LakeVent:I have never seen that man nor have I ever seen such a bumper sticker. The most common Bumper sticker in Lakewood is the Oorah green ribbon which for some reason people feel possessed to place on their cars.

JBM:What's the funniest thing about living in Lakewood

LakeVent:Good question. Never really found anything about living here"funny" per se. I guess the fact that people can dedicate their lives to dreaming up chumras and ways to outdo their neighbors frumkeit is pretty funny.

JBM:Are there any other Lakewood bloggers?

LakeVent:There are lots of Lakewood bloggers. Many of them identify themselves as such, but many hide the fact that they are from Lakewood. Some simply don't post where they are from (but it is self evident many times) and some actually post their hometown as NY, Monsey or some other heavily Jewish city. Why someone would hide that fact is beyond me.

JBM:If you could be any type of black hat, what would it be.....

LakeVent:I don't particularly like black hats, but if I had to choose one it would definitely be the Hamburg! They are so cool.

JBM:What kind of wicks do you use on your menorah?

LakeVent: I am old fashioned when it comes to these things. I don't use the ready made pre-wicked (is that a word?) kind. I roll my own cotton and place them in metal holders. They don't burn as nicely or evenly but I enjoy "doing it yourself"

12/14/2006 

Coming Up! Lakewood Vent Interview

Details here.

12/13/2006 

Jewish Blogmeister's J-Blogger Interviews

If you liked what I used to do here, then you should totally check out Jewish Blogmeister's interviews. They are really good. Here are the ones he has done so far.

Life-In-Israel

Life-Of-Rubin

SerandEz

Bagel Blogger

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