I am truly appalled at the incompetence abounding here at Sde Eliyahu. First, the master keys to our rooms are stolen, and no one is informed of this until three days later when things start going missing. The keys are returned a week later, and it never occurs to the administration that keys can be copied very easily. We are promised that the master keys will be replaced, but nearly two months later there is absolutely no sign that this will happen. When asked, Jonny will merely respond that the keys are still being manufactured in another country completely. Exactly how long does it take to make fourteen keys, and exactly what is the priority here? Is there no concern for the students? If the thief that struck a month and a half ago has made copies of the keys, locking the doors will do absolutely nothing. What if he or she strikes while were all out of the building, or worse, while were all sleeping?
Another issue is that students that are unfamiliar with the holiday schedule are left high and dry, even when they inform administration of such problems. If something remains completely out of their scope of experience, they cant ask specific questions, and they remain completely in the dark. It takes less than five minutes to leave a small notice on the notice boardthats what its there foror to simply talk to the student during one of the many, many times during the day where everyone is in the same area and fairly easy to locate. If a student doesnt realize that a meal isnt served that day and they should have gotten something extra from breakfast or the store, its too late by the time they find out, and the student is forced to go hungry.
Tramping in todays Israel is dangerous. Yet the only way to get anywhere without relying on friends or relatives living outside the kibbutz is to tramp, because the regular vehicles leaving the kibbutz dont always pick up students, or go in the right direction for that matter. Getting back to the kibbutz is even worse, even with a designated tramping spot, because then you dont always know where the vehicle is coming from or if the driver is trustworthy. True, kibbutz vehicles have identifying numbers, but in all honesty, how many of those pass by that spot in the evening? Certainly not enough for students to be sure of getting home, and calling the kibbutz doesnt always result in a car coming for you.
We are supposed to be taking five field trips throughout the five months we are here. Again, nearly two months have passed with no word on anything. The only place I know for sure that were going is Jerusalem, but Jerusalem is a big place. Everything else is a secret, according to Jonny. With all the other things that have been happening, why do I instead strongly suspect youre either making this up as you go along or arent intending to deliver? Probably because thus far you havent delivered much else.
Finally, returning to the notice board: if students are hard to find, especially when people are on vacation, make sure to post something on the notice board. Leave a message. Something. Anything. Dont corner the student the morning theyve made plans to go elsewhereespecially since theyve gotten no communication regarding anything important happening and received no answer when theyve tried to contact the administration on their own and suddenly state that the student has eight hours of work. Please also make sure the people in the workplace also know the student is coming in to work. Its common courtesy.
For almost every single one of these problems, the root of the problem is communication, and then simply letting everything go from there. Do you want to be efficient and eliminate as many problems as you can? At least avoid the graffiti Ive been spotting in these dorm rooms from previous ulpans cursing the way things are run here? Communicate. If something isnt happening, push for it, because these arent just students. These are new citizens, tourists, customers. And we dont appreciate getting nothing for something. Especially when that 'something' is around $6000 in fees and airfare to put ourselves entirely into your hands.
"The Book of Esther begins with a six month (180 day) drinking feast given by King Ahasuerus, for the army of Persia and Media, for the civil servants and princes in the 127 provinces of his kingdom, at the conclusion of which a seven day drinking feast for the inhabitants of Shushan, rich and poor with a separate drinking feast for the women organised by the Queen Vashti in the pavilion of the Royal courtyard.
At this feast Ahasuerus gets thoroughly drunk and orders his wife Vashti to display her beauty before the people and nobles wearing her royal crown. She refuses, and Ahasuerus decides to remove her from her post. He then orders all young women to be presented to him, so he can choose a new queen to replace Vashti. One of these is Esther, who was orphaned at a young age and was being fostered by her cousin Mordecai. She finds favor in the king's eyes, and is made his new wife. Esther does not reveal that she is Jewish.
Shortly afterwards, Mordecai discovers a plot by courtiers Bigthan and Teresh to kill Ahasuerus. They are apprehended and hanged, and Mordecai's service to the king is recorded.
Ahasuerus appoints Haman as his prime minister. Mordecai, who sits at the palace gates, falls into Haman's disfavor as he refuses to bow down to him. Having found out that Mordecai is Jewish, Haman plans to kill not just Mordecai but the entire Jewish minority in the empire. He obtains Ahasuerus' permission to execute this plan, and he casts lots to choose the date on which to do this - the thirteenth of the month of Adar. When Mordecai finds out about the plans he orders widespread penitence and fasting. Esther discovers what has transpired; she requests that all Jews of Shushan fast and pray for three days together with her, and on the third day she seeks an audience with Ahasuerus, during which she invites him to a feast in the company of Haman. During the feast, she asks them to attend a further feast the next evening. Meanwhile, Haman is again offended by Mordecai and builds a gallows for him, with the intention to hang him there the very next day.
That night, Ahasuerus suffers from insomnia, and when the court's records are read to him to help him sleep, he learns of the services rendered by Mordecai in the previous plot against his life. Ahasuerus is told that Mordecai had not received any recognition for saving the king's life. Just then, Haman appears, and King Ahasuerus asks Haman what should be done for the man that the King wishes to honor. Thinking that the King is referring to Haman himself, Haman says that the honoree should be dressed in the king's royal robes and led around on the king's royal horse. To Haman's horror, the king instructs Haman to do so to Mordecai.
Later that evening, Ahasuerus and Haman attend Esther's second banquet, at which she reveals that she is Jewish and that Haman is planning to exterminate her people, which includes her. Ahasuerus instead orders Haman hanged on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. The previous decree against the Jews could not be annulled, so the King allows Mordecai and Esther to write another decree as they wish. They write one that allows the Jews to defend themselves during attacks. As a result, on 13 Adar, five hundred attackers and Haman's ten sons are killed in Shushan. Throughout the empire 75,000 of the Jews' enemies are killed (Esther 9:16). On the 14th, another 300 are killed in Shushan. No spoils are taken.
Mordecai assumes the position of second in rank to Ahasuerus, and institutes an annual commemoration of the delivery of the Jewish people from annihilation."
"Hey guys, whenever a disaster like this hits, I donate to the charities working at these places. I am either going to donate to redcross, or doctors without borders if they are operating there, because I have heard from a very reliable source (who worked with them), that they give a lot more of their money to the people who need it.
SO, taking the hint from other proactive Deviants here, I'd like to do a brief fundraising campaign, since Japan and its culture has always been a source of inspiration for a lot of us. Having visited the North East region when I was there 5 years ago, the disasters which have struck there are particularly difficult to imagine, though I don't pretend to be able to understand the pain of those who have family there, or who have lost loved ones.
Anyway, I'd like to use my art to do something if I can, with your help.
It's quite simple: Make a donation of at least 10$ directly to my paypal account and I will draw you a quick sketch of a headshot of whatever character you'd like. After a few days, (the time it takes for the money to transfer) I will make a donation directly from my paypal account to the redcross, and be posting the receipt here on DA so you can be assured that it has been done. I am not sure how many requests for this I will get, but don`t be shy!
I will also post all the sketches together here afterwards, so we'll be able to see what's been done to help!
I will only take a limited number of people (my goal is ten), due to time constraints, and sadly I wish I could do more.... but those who make the greatest donation will be first in line! I will be doing this until the end of today, and perhaps tomorrow.
I am doing this seriously, and so only folks who really wish to donate should note me with a description of what they'd like for their (headshot) sketch, and I will in turn provide them with my paypal account info.
I am using my paypal account to centralize the donations, to make it easier to keep tabs on the sketching, (and I'm curious to see how much I'd be able to raise) but if you feel uncomfortable doing so (understandably) I would still encourage you to donate from your own paypal account or credit card. If you keep your e-receipt, I may be giving out sketches to people who have donated, at a later time.
Any donation to the relief effort is a good thing, so I encourage you to do so!!
If you can't make a donation, try to keep a positive attitude and thank your lucky stars. I'm not much for praying or religion... but this is a good opportunity to simply be grateful for what we have, and for our loved ones."