By some coincidence, considering the conversation at Bob's and this post, I came across this post on Adloyada today, dealing more or less with the same topics. One commenter (Imshin, also a blogger) posted
this youtube video,
which is a skit by two of Israel's greatest comedians, Uri Zohar (who discarded his life as public comedian #1 to become an orthodox rabbi at a Jerusalem Yeshiva, God's gain and Israel's loss) and Arik Einstein (still a singer and entertainer), from the 1970's. It's somewhat in Hebrew, but you don't need to really know the language to understand what's going on, though I doubt anyone but true Israelis can appreciate the sheer genius of it.
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)
Thursday, June 26, 2008