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  • Philowixian - thoughts on passover and immigration reform
    One type of remembering is passive You hear a song and remember the love you once had in your halcyon days of youth I believe that the type of memory stressed by the Pesach is of a more active variety We hold the seder in our home and we do not merely allow the story of our liberation wash over us and cause us to remember the Exodus No We are instructed to drash out the tale of our oppression and freedom We must raise the matzah and maror and explain their meaning The remembering of Passover is a consciousness we are told to take up as our own An intimacy with and inherent compassion for the reality of oppression and the deep human thirst for justice and freedom is the gift God has given us through this chag In my internship at the Jewish FundS for Justice my main task has been to develop educational materials so that Jewish communities can engage with the issue of immigration To my mind ignoring this issue runs directly counter to the type of remembering we are supposed to be taking up on Passover Our experience of slavery is one of the first

    Original URL path: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/philo/phlog/2008/04/thoughts-on-passover-and-immigration/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Philowixian - Socks that Don't Match
    Through which she can hear her parents brawls That echo throughout her mind s crooked halls She s running away With her socks that don t match And her dress made of thatch And her eyes shiny from crying And her head full of visions Of how this decision Will go When she s lying low Annabelle who lived in the garden Whose stubble as the frost comes continues to harden Bumps into a stranger and begs him his pardon She s wasting away As the snow comes down in the winnowing light She traps flakes on her tongue and shrieks with delight But where will she spend the night She s wasting away With her socks that don t match And her dress made of thatch And her eyes shiny from laughing And her head full of visions Of how this decision Will go When she s lying in snow Annabele trips up the street In a dress that don t fit her so neat her feet and her pulse keep continuous beat She s fading away Running again to the too thin walls Through which she can hear her parents brawls That echo through her mind s crooked

    Original URL path: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/philo/phlog/2008/05/socks-that-dont-match/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Philowixian - Waves
    He goes away up the hill and back down He opens once more the gate to his wife s house He opens once more the gate to his wife s house And goes away up the hill and back down The sailor comes home along the road Passing over and fading out from the shore Through the sea that is always waiting Want to find out more about the Philolexian

    Original URL path: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/philo/phlog/2008/05/waves/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Philowixian - American Politics: Unfair to Men
    Obama based on their gender or apparent race and I say apparent because Obama has white ancestors as well as black but in America half a century after the supposed death of Jim Crow one drop of african ancestry is still all it takes to brand you with a black brand it s easy to miss another way in which issues get side tracked by appearances When in this century except in the case of Dwight D Eisenhower have we elected a president who did not have a full head of hair keep in mind that Ford who to a lesser extent than Eisenhower distinguished himself during WWII was not elected That precedent alone is enough to call the election in favor of Obama Which is another means of side tracking This century only one president has died of what can even at a stretch be called old age Franklin Roosevelt And that was only because he had an unofficial lifetime appointment Two others Wilson and Reagen have been seen as too old or infirm to govern effectively but only into their second terms Strictly speaking McCain isn t too old to run for president once whatever a democrat may tell you And since Ford and Eisenhower were also war heroes he isn t too bald to run either But that doesn t mean he would make a good president McCain the soldier and McCain the senator have fairly good records of which they should both be reasonably proud But McCain the candidate has I hope doomed public opinion of his judgment irrevocably by choosing a bimbo to be his successor as leader of the free world should he fall severely ill while serving Say what you will but I hold firm to this baseball wasn t integrated by Jackie

    Original URL path: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/philo/phlog/2008/10/american-politics-unfair-to-men/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Philowixian - This Is Just To Say
    Ms Zeffren pulled an all nighter On Monday morning I found the following gloriously erudite note This Is Just To Say I have eaten some of the potato dish that was in the refrigerator and which you were probably saving for the week ahead Forgive me it was delicious so flavorful and so flaky Want to find out more about the Philolexian Society Join our whip list This site is

    Original URL path: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/philo/phlog/2009/03/this-is-just-to-say/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Philowixian - From the Book of Voices
    booklets remembered by your friends friends you actually have Haven t you been meaning to say that for you sex is inseparable from friendship Not the life which you may have led but the life which you are leading Not the measured thoughts you may have if but the accidental and half noticed ones you actually do Because you know it s not like there is some dividing line Often there isn t even any change of feeling When clothes start to come off you never do discover any special knowledge No mysteries revealed No revelations Not the right ones whom you could have been with but the wrong ones with whom you are Not the years of comfortable peace and loyalty to one another that could have been as you imagine but the unexpected hours when disloyalty was not a tempting choice that actually were And even if your world does end after the first time with a wanted woman too bad for you The both of you You are too busy with belts and elbows pantlegs and hands to seriously notice anything All that is wanted happens once all that is needed turns into a habit A friendship

    Original URL path: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/philo/phlog/2009/05/from-book-of-voices/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Philowixian - I Won't Cut your Fabric...
    me So in the last minutes before the taxi arrives the computer is free thus a few words with no photos I m afraid my Louisiana photos won t transmit from Canada Folks in our group were from all over the US Great fun making so many new friends Anyway I was asked the question this morning if I set up web sites for others And my response was I

    Original URL path: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/philo/phlog/2010/05/i-wont-cut-your-fabric/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Philowixian - Happy birthday, Philolexia...
    sun something like that You ve certainly let the years do what they may but you re still here and looking very fine for your age if you don t mind my noting Oh you do Fine then I ll keep my thoughts to myself Well find yourself a party or something and celebrate in the style that only you know how Hold fast Philo Hold fast Want to find

    Original URL path: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/philo/phlog/2011/05/happy-birthday-philolexia/ (2016-02-12)
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