Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Cosmic X in The Jewish Press!

Did any of you out there read The Jewish Press? When I lived in the States I had a subscription to the Jewish Press. This newspaper was an important part of my transformation from a frat boy to a frum Yid. I learned a lot about the American Orthodox Jewish community through the pages of the Jewish Press. I never thought that one of my photos would be published there.

For whatever reason, someone over at The Jewish Press decided that they wanted to publish my photo of blogger Bibi. They kindly asked permission which I granted as long as they gave me credit. So if you pick up the latest issue of The Jewish Press you can see my photo of Binyamin Netanyahu at the jblogger conference. Under the photo it says "Photo by the blog Cosmic X in Jerusalem ". Stephen Leavitt of WebAds was kind enough to send me a scan of the article.(Click on pic for an enlargement.)

I was wondering what Jews in Borough Park think when they see the credit "Photo by the blog Cosmic X in Jerusalem". I imagined the following dialogue:

Berl: Shmerl, Gib a Kik, there's a picture of Binyomin Nesanyohu in The Jewish Press.

Shmerl: Vus?

Berl: I said that there's a picture of Binyomin Nesanyohu in The Jewish Press.

Shmerl: Nu, why didn't you say Binyomin Nesanyohu? A real mensch, a groyse Kiddush Hashem that Binyomin Nesanyahu. I'll never forget what he did for the Yidden in that were captured by the Resho'im in Entebbe. May his memory be a blessing...

Berl: Shmerl, you are thinking of his brother Yoni. Binyomin used to be Israel's ambassador to the UN. Later he became Prime Minister.

Shmerl: What can I do? Shmerl is an getting old, and his memory isn't what it used to be. That's why we say in slichos "Al tashlicheini Le'eis Ziknoh".

Berl: It says that the photo is from the Cosmic X in Jerusalem blog. Who in the world is Cosmic X?

Shmerl: You don't know who Cosmic X is? Mr. know-it-all doesn't know who Cosmic X is? Don't you remember all of the race riots in the 1960s? I'll never forgive the vilde chayes for looting Uncle Hirsch's shoe store in Newark! A real trouble maker, that Cosmic X! Tell me, what does looting a poor Yid's shoe store have to do with civil rights? I liked Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. better. He was non-violent. He had that great speech, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Now that's my kind of shvartze!

Berl: Yaw. Too bad he got assassinated. Nebech. But I think that you are thinking of Malcolm X, and I don't think that he was responsible for the looting of Uncle Harry's shoe store.

Shmerl: Nu, so Malcolm had a brother called Cosmic. A strange world that we live in: Malcolm X's brother is in Jerusalem, and I'm stuck in the golus in Borough Park. By the way, what's a blog?

Berl: Ich veiss? You think that I have to know everything?! Enough shmusing! Pass the chopped liver, I'm hungry.


Rafi G. said...


was you rpic of Bibi unique? different than other pics?

Kol hakavod. they should have provided a link though!

Cosmic X said...

I don't know why they chose davka my pic. Yes, it would have been nice if they put up the URL as well. You can't win 'em all!

Esser Agaroth said...


Which house were you in?

I was (am) an AEPi.

Cosmic X said...


It wasn't AEPi, and I'd rather not say. I'm not particularly proud of that era. What difference does it make? The main thing is that I am a living miracle! I could be just another assimilated Jew in America. HaPach Nishbar veAnachnu Nimlatnu!

Esser Agaroth said...

I was just curious. No big whoop.

Yeah, I agree. You should be proud of where you now.


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