The Holocaust – Now at a Discount

[singlepic id=265 w=320 h=240 float=right]Today, within the pages of my daily newspaper I have found a flier titled ‘We must know, we must remember‘, sporting a Jewish yellow badge. As Holocaust Remembrance Day is next week I was interested in seeing what was inside the flier, as invoking such a powerful image, a Star of David patch with the German word ‘Jude‘ on it is a potent emotional symbol in Israel to this day. Opening the flier I found out that this is actually an advertisement and for 99NIS I can get my hands on two Holocaust-related books, thanks to a collaboration between the subscription department of Yedioth Ahronot and Steimatzky, Israel’s leading bookstore chain.
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My One Obligatory Harry Potter Reference

ShaBot 6000 is the continuing cartoon saga of a pious Jew who purchases a robot to work as Shabbos Goy for his household. The inquisitive robot, ShaBot, decides that he is Jewish, and is therefore unable to fulfill his duties as servant. ShaBot spends his days asking questions about Judaism, trying to find logic in a religion that sometimes does not compute. Here is the latest ShaBot 6000 comic strip titled Harry Shabotter. ShaBot 6000 latest comic strip about Harry Potter, titled Harry Shabotter

What The Hell Are You Reading?

Ever noticed that every book you read has its name printed on every second page? What’s the deal with that? What kind of boring books do people buy that they just pause in the middle of reading and ask themselves ‘What the hell am I reading?’ – ‘Oh, I see, in that case – on with the boring Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ Why does every book you read has its title printed on top of every second page?

Shahar currently reads the book ‘IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America’s Most Powerful Corporation‘. If you want him to read something else, you can purchase it for him on his Amazon.com Wish List.

Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris

Just watched the author reading excerpts from his book on CNN's Global Office. It is amazing how corporate life in Chicago, Illinois is exactly like corporate life in Nes-Ziona, Israel. Sounds like a wickedly funny book. Here is an excerpt:

Then We Came to the End: A Novel by Joshua Ferris"We thanked each other. It was customary after every exchange. Our thanks were never disingenuous or ironic. We said thanks for getting this done so quickly, thanks for putting in so much effort. We had a meeting and when a meeting was over, we said thank you to the meeting makers for having made the meeting. Very rarely did we say anything negative or derogatory about meetings. We all knew there was a good deal of pointlessness to nearly all the meetings and in fact one meeting out of every three or four was nearly perfectly without gain or purpose but many meetings revealed the one thing that was necessary and so we attended them and afterward we thanked each other."

Of course, in this day and age, a book is not just printed and sold – it gets a website, a MySpace page and even a trailer on YouTube.