Sunday: Hili dialogue

April 4, 2021 • 6:30 am

Welcome to Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. Christ has risen, but Goldberg’s prices remain the same (joke below). It’s odd that Easter should be National Cordon Bleu Day, honoring a thin piece of chicken stuffed with ham and cheese, then breaded and fried, but it is.

First, an existentialist Easter tweet found by Matthew, who isn’t really as glum as this makes it seem:

Here’s an old Easter joke I’ve published before with an introductory few lines:

 I love a good Jewish joke, and this is an excellent one for Easter. It comes from the site Southern Jewish Humorwhich gets the story from Eli N. Evans, who wrote The Provincials: A Personal History of Jews in the South. (I’m allowed to tell this because I’m Jewish.)

Evans said he searched for the best example he could find of Southern Jewish humor.  He told the story of a Jewish storekeeper in a small town who was approached by the Christian elders to show solidarity for their Easter holiday.

Mr. Goldberg was chagrined but when Easter came, after sunrise services on a nearby hilltop, the mayor, all the churchgoers, and the leading families in the city gathered in the town square in front of his store.  The store had a new sign but it was draped with a parachute.

After an introduction from the mayor, at the appointed hour, the owner pulled the rope and there it was revealed in all its wonder for all to see: “Christ Has Risen, but Goldberg’s prices remain the same.”

News of the Day:

Dumb theology for Easter. I can’t believe that the New York Times published this column (click on the screenshot):

The Big Question: Why did Jesus get resurrected complete with his wounds? (This is the kind of question that theologians get paid to ponder.) After all, wounds are imperfections of the body, and a Resurrected Jesus, as an incarnation of God, should be perfect. Wehner interviews multiple theologians about this thorny issue, and each has a different answer. (Which one is right? We don’t know!) His conclusion:’

I find the concept that fractures in our lives can be redeemed and leveraged for good deeply moving. All things, even broken things, can be made new again, and sometimes they can be made even more beautiful. And they need not be hidden, in shadows or in shame. None of this means that people, if they had a choice, would endure the blast furnace of pain and loss, of trauma and shattered lives. It means only that even out of ashes beauty can emerge.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? But what if the whole tale is fiction? And is there anything a theologian can’t explain?  Well, if they can explain why young kids die of cancer, I guess they can explain anything.

There are two articles about author Philip Roth and his search for a biographer, one in The New Yorker and the other in The New York Times. The New Yorker one is especially good, and shows the many dimensions of this confessional writer.  I was impressed by his work ethic.

The city of Evanston, Illinois, just north of Chicago, is the first place in the United States to approve formal reparations for African-Americans. These take the form of housing subsidies, involving, as the Washington Post notes,

plans to initially spend $400,000 on housing grants of $25,000 each to cover mortgage costs, down payments and home improvements for Black residents. “But what is before us tonight is a housing plan dressed up as reparations,” said Fleming. Another line of attack on the left holds that a mere housing program will take momentum away from far more sweeping efforts at the federal level. “True reparations only can come from a full-scale program of acknowledgment, redress and closure for a grievous injustice,” argued A. Kirsten Mullen and William A. Darity Jr. in a Washington Post op-ed.

Finally, today’s reported Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. is 554,302, an increase of 748 deaths over yesterday’s figure. The reported world death toll stands at 2,861,373, an increase of about 8,400.

Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili’s looking forward to a multicourse Easter dinner:

Hili: I have the impression that an Easter breakfast is running along over there.
A: There is a chicken in the fridge.
Hili: Easter breakfast should be varied.
(Photo: Paulina R.)
In Polish:
Hili: Mam wrażenie, że tam idzie świąteczne śniadanie.
Ja: W lodówce jest kurczak.
Hili: Świąteczne śniadanie powinno być obfite i urozmaicone.
(Zdjęcie: Paulina R.)

And Kulka for Easter, with her lovely golden eyes:

Easter memes:

From Stephen:

Three more Easter memes from Nicole:

. . . and the best one:

Three tweets from Barry. First, a girl saves a baby shark and another one helps a snake:

And we have an ex-cat:


A stargazer, but I’m not sure if that’s a species of fish. Notice the lure of its tongue it uses to draw in prey. Matthew says, “sound off if you don’t like the music.”

Speaking of fish, Matthew found a whole thread of fish with weird names. Here are a few:

22 thoughts on “Sunday: Hili dialogue

  1. Another old joke. Mitch McConnell knows what is wrong with America and he is reminded every day when he gets up and looks in the mirror.

        1. Eat less garlic and drink more blood, then… (Or avoid mirrors – works for me. I’m still 21!)

  2. The stargazers are an entire family of fish (the Uranoscopidae), named for the fact that their eyes are on top of their heads. Which would be a useful adaptation for astronomers too, as it would avoid the crick in the neck that you get from prolonged observing of object near the zenith!

    1. Another weird feature of stargazers’ eyes is that 4 (over 6) of their extraocular muscles are specialized to produce electric shocks (like axial muscles of the torpedo ray or the electric eel). The fish may use them to stun its preys.

  3. On the subject of Christ’s wounds remaining after the resurrection, I have always wondered why Harry Potter wore glasses. I am sure that Hermione could have fixed his eyesight. I have consulted other Rowling experts – though obviously not the Author herself, who has been cancelled – and the consensus appears to be that the visible sign of vulnerability represented by the wearing of glasses indicates the humility of Harry Potter, his most powerful weapon in the last apocalyptic struggle against He Who Must Not Be Named. There is, however, a fringe heretical group of Potterlogians who argue that the wearing of glasses is a symbol of Harry Potter’s solidarity with mugglerized populations, on the grounds that muggles are a pure social construct and at the same time a dismagicked group forced to perform their wandless state through the quotidian appropriation of material appliances such as eyeglasses.

  4. Huh, you’d think the theologians would twist the question into an answer like, “Oh Jesus kept his wounds because he wanted us to feel bad for killing him in a 30-hour period and bring us closer to him.”

    1. Because without the wounds we wouldn’t have the “doubting Thomas” story. And without the doubting Thomas story, we would be lacking one more bible story telling us that faith is good, skepticism bad.

    2. Over at Ophelia Benson’s blog, there’s an account of an art student who’s re-reading Mediaeval paintings of the crucified Jesus as evidence that ‘zey’ was Trans Identified as Female. The wound was taken in some cases to represent ‘top’ surgery, while other depictions represented Jesus’ vulva. The original source [not OB] was apparently serious…

  5. Werner Herzog has such a well-known voice and demeanor, I can totally read that comic in my head in his voice. Although he’s best known as a director, he’s appeared as an actor many times. And since he narrates his own films, his personality comes through as it does in this comic.

  6. Southern Jewish joke: A Hasidic rabbi takes the train to visit a cousin in the deep south, garbed in full rabbi outfit….curls, large fur hat, long black hat, the whole megillah of clothing. He descends from the train and starts walking into town. Soon a whole bunch of small boys follows him, making fun of him and laughing and making jokes. Shortly he gets annoyed and turns around and shouts at them:
    Vat’s the matter? You never saw a Yenkee before?

    1. “Long black hat” or “long black coat”?
      Sorry – my Jewish friend complained that the rabbi wasn’t wearing any lower body covering…

  7. I have a theory, which is mine, that the NYT increasingly features stories or topics with a Christian religious theme because religious observance and traditions are strong among many of the racialized groups at the centre of woke journalism.

    This story, for example

    would be less likely to feature on the front page if the couple had met under secular circumstances.

    But I could be wrong and this tendency could predate the ascendancy of the woke editorial stance at the NYT.

  8. I laugh at Easter jokes, Passover jokes, the Father Schober joke, the Goldberg’s Department Store joke. But I must say that the Easter Meme of “I’m not dead — April Fools” strikes me the wrong way.

    1. Strikes you the “wrong way”? The way that the Charlie Hebdo cartoons struck may Muslims “the wrong way”? Sorry, but I don’t give a rat’s patootie if you’re offended by the joke, which, after all, makes fun of a fictional story.

      Perhaps you can explain why mocking a bogus religious belief is “crossing the line” for you. No, never mind; this is the third pseudonym you’ve used attached to your email address, so you’re gone. I suggest perusing websites that you don’t find so offensive.

  9. My favorite (and belated) Easter joke: This was the last Easter Sunday…yeah, they found the body.

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