Oy Bay!

"My heart is in the east, and I in the uttermost west." — Yehudah Ha-Levi

Do you know the way from San Jose?

Posted by Oyster on June 30, 2007

Though that’s the most famous reference to my hometown, it’s still fairly obscure. This is Oyster reporting live from the airport. I’m on the first leg of my three-legged race to THE HOLY CITY / CITY OF GOLD / CITY OF DAVID / THE ETERNAL CAPITAL OF THE JEWISH NATION. I’m so stoked! I’ll be there for about a week attending the ROI120 conference (www.roi120.com). follow that link to find out more. In short, I have some ambitious plans for Oy Bay. 🙂 Stay tuned! Shabbat Shalom!

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5 Responses to “Do you know the way from San Jose?”

  1. Friar Yid said

    Good luck, stay safe, and have a fantastic time. Put up some pictures when you get back!

  2. Oyster said

    You got it, FY! And keep dem shul reviews comin’. You should consider posting some of them up on ShulShopper…

  3. Adamama said

    Shavua tov! have a fantastic time. go visit Uziel the Tehmani juice guy in the shuk (he makea a Gat lemonade.

  4. Ish Tov said

    Oyster, if you’re talking about the 60’s song, I think it’s, “Do you know the way TO San Jose.” Was that a Freudian slip, that you’re usually looking to get away from San Jose? 🙂

    Anyways, in regards to your question from a previous thread that no one answered, I’ll give it a shot. Although I am by no means an expert. You don’t need the Talmud to avoid stoning people. First of all, in the Shoftim parshah, God gives us due process. In any capital case, there must be two valid witnesses, an investigation, and a trial. You can never just stone people on the spot. Again this is directly from the Torah, not just the Talmud.

    Secondly somewhere in Niviim, when the Israelites are being sent off into exile, one of the last prophets tells us to live there and build communities there. The implication of this is that we are supposed to live under their laws, to respect the law of the land. This is obviously a well known principle in Judaism, but I think this might be a Tanak source for it.

    Have a great time in Jersusalem.

  5. lchaimlover said

    For more on Oyster’s trip, look what YNET had to say:

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3419758,00.html

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