Thursday, January 31, 2013

Euphonic Friday: The Reputation Salvaging Edition

If you’re a blogger, you have good reason to be very grateful for the amenities of modern life.

After all, as little as, say, oh, 100 years ago, if one’s real life endeavors were getting in the way of one’s blogging time and preventing one from completing the countless half-written posts floating around one’s brain and/or drafts folder, there wasn’t much one could do about it.

I mean, back in those days, one would be accused of shamelessly neglecting one’s blog, and one would be helpless in the face of those, um, slanderous assaults on one’s blogging honor.

But today, thanks to the wondrous miracle of embedded videos, there’s a simple yet elegant solution to this unfortunate problem.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1:

First, select a familiar pasuk from Sefer Tehilim – ideally one that’s recited every morning (both on Shabbat and on weekdays) as part of the Shacharit prayer service.

For example:

“.וַאֲנִי בְּחַסְדְּךָ בָטַחְתִּי יָגֵל לִבִּי בִּישׁוּעָתֶךָ אָשִׁירָה לַה’ כִּי גָמַל עָלָי”
“And I trusted in Your kindness, my heart will rejoice in Your salvation, I will sing to Hashem, for He bestowed upon me.”
(Tehilim 13:6)

Step 2:

Second, search for a video (or even two) of a beautiful song based on that pasuk.

For example:

Rav Baruch Chait sings “VaAni B’Chasdecha.
Mordechai Ben David covers the same song.

Step 3:

Finally, slap on a cumbersome introduction and conclusion (which seem oh-so-witty when you write them at 1:00 AM but which you [correctly] suspect will fall flat by the light of day), and publish the resultant post.

And, voila!

Your blogging reputation is, once again, intact…

Open-mouthed smile

!שבת שלום ומבורך


  1. 150 years ago you had to travel in a little wagon to another village to hear a few musicians. Ah, how could my daughter have survived childhood without the web (my boys are old enough to have had less of it as young 'uns).

    You are witty enough for me.

  2. Leora - One of the Shiputzim kids just finished writing a paper about New Zealand and enjoyed hearing that YZG also wrote a paper about NZ when he was about the same age. But the kids were surprised when YZG said that back in those days, there was no such thing as getting information online. Instead, YZG had to write a letter (by hand!) to the NZ consulate, and they kindly sent him (by snail mail!) an information packet... :-)
    P.S. Thanks for your sweet words!


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