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Donate Money to My Organization Without Actually Spending Anything

I’m always eternally grateful to friends who have been kind enough to be financially generous to the organization that I run, Limmud NY. Now I’m reaching out to anyone who is willing to support us with an opportunity to help us raise money, and you won’t have to spend any money to make it happy.

Limmud NY is participating in American Express’s “Small Business Saturday” promotion on November 24th. If you donate $25 to Limmud NY, American Express will credit your account for the $25. You spend nothing and Limmud NY gets $25. You can do this with every American Express card you have.

It’s a very limited opportunity. You can sign up now, but you have to make your gift on Saturday, November 24th. It only requires two easy steps from you:

Step 1Click here to register your card(s) now for Small Business Saturday with American Express. Please register now as American Express is limiting the number of participants. It will only take a couple of minutes.

Step 2: On Saturday, November 24th go to the Limmud NY website (www.limmudny.org), click on the “Donate” button, and use each registered American Express card to make a donation. This step can only be done on November 24th.*

If you would me to send you a reminder on November 24th, please send me a message here.

I’ll be honest, it’s been an intense time for Limmud NY. We’ve lost our regular offices due to Hurricane Sandy and have had to relocate for at least the next month or so. This is a great opportunity for us to have a big win. And you can help us make that happen.

It would mean the world to make and you’d make a huge difference if you share to your friends and family so they can register their cards today.  If 1,000 people make (free) gifts of $25 to Limmud NY, we’ll raise $25,000. They only way to reach that number is to spread the word. The moment you take to pass on this information will help Limmud NY tremendously.

*Donations to Limmud NY in excess of $25 are tax deductible. American Express generally issues statement credits within 5 business days after your qualifying purchase, but the $25 credit may take up to 2 billing cycles to post to your account. Corporate cards are not eligible for this promotion.

Help Me Out With a Thing!

So Limmud NY 2012 is coming up in January and as the Executive Director of the aforementioned organization, I could not possibly more excited. I am excited for a million reasons, among the biggest of which is the fact that my father, one Rabbi Carl Wolkin, will be attending Limmud for the first time ever.

This is sort of a thing, my friends.

And another thing! We will be co-teaching a session. This session will be called “I Love You, but You’re Wrong About Everything”. It’s basically going to be a father/son exploration of the fact that while both of us are deeply tired to Jewish life, have strong identities and a commitment to the community on a professional/personal level, we don’t have very much in common in terms of how we think of Judaism itself.

We thought about coming up with the content of the conversation on our own, but then we decided that it would be far more fun to crowdsource it. So we’re putting it to you, universe: what are the Jewish questions, ideas, conflicts and more that you would want to see my discuss with Carl, whether you’re coming to Limmud or not?

If you’ve got something, just throw it into the comments section and we’ll think it through!

(Note: some of you may think it would be funny to write something cute and snarky in the comments, something that you know we would never think about discussing. Please save everyone a couple minutes and refrain, since I’ll just remove it in moderation.)

I Am Selling Some Comics

Here is a list of comics that I would like to sell. They are all in pretty solid condition. Please make offers as to what books you want and what you would like to pay and I will tell you what I think of them. I ship priority mail unless you prefer another way.

  • Detroit Metal City, volumes 1-8
  • Bottomless Belly Button (cover price $29.99, light damage to the binding)
  • Pride of Baghdad HC
  • Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall HC
  • Top 10: The Forty-Niners HC
  • Hardware: The Man in the Machine TPB
  • The Best American Comics, 2006
  • Bone: The Dragonslayer HC
  • Noble Causes Archives 1
  • The Surrogates TPB
  • Whiteout TPB
  • Stormwatch: Final Orbit TPB
  • Legion of Super-Heroes: The Beginning of Tomorrow TPB
  • Sleeper: All False Moves TPB
  • The Sentry TPB
  • JSA: Justice Be Done TPB
  • Batman: Broken City TPB
  • Fight for Tomorrow TPB
  • Hitman: Ace of Killers TPB
  • Fear Agent Volume 1 TPB
  • The Annotated Mantooth, signed by Matt Fraction
  • Saga of the Swamp Thing Volume 1 TPB
  • Stormwatch: Change of Die TPB
  • Doktor Sleepless Volume 1 TPB
  • The Tourist TPB
  • The End League Volume 1 TPB
  • The Exterminators Volumes 1-5
  • The full run of Echo in trade
  • Animal Man, Volumes 1-2
  • Formerly Known as the Justice League TPB
  • Frank Miller/Simon Bisley’s Bad Boy HC
  • Hard Time: 50 to Life TPB
  • Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits TPB
  • Sandman, Volumes 1-3 TPB
  • Spider-Man: Back in Black TPB
  • Invincible Volume 12 TPB
  • Transmetropolitan: Year of the Bastard TPB
  • Ultimate Iron Man volume 1 TPB
  • Stray Bullets Volume 1 TPB
  • Seaguy TPB
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths TPB
  • Fables Volumes 1,2,6 TPB
  • The Incredible Hercules: Smash of the Titans HC
  • The Hood: Blood from Stones HC
  • Catwoman “The Wild Ride” and “The Dark End of the Street” TPB
  • Squadron Supreme TPB
  • Persepolis Volume 1 HC
I think that’s it for now. Click on the “contact me” link if you’re interested!

Who is Wolkin?

Who is Wolkin? I’m not telling you right now. Maybe I’ll tell you later. Maybe not. Do you know already? Do you care? STAY TUNED.

The 8th Night of Wolkin is Looking Grimm

(This post is part of 8 Nights of Wolkin, my unnecessarily narcissistic semi-exploration of various incarnations of Jews and Judaism in comics, for better or for worse. It’s my way of celebrating Chanukah. That’s how I spell it. Do you have another way of spelling it? I don’t care.)

Ok, so look 5 for 8 ain’t bad, and you’d be blown away that I’ve gotten this much done if you had the slightest idea of the week that I’ve had. I hope you’ve enjoyed this; I know I have. And since I didn’t get all 8 posts done, I can tell you that I still have a lot of good stuff to come. It seems like I have more to say about Jews and comics than, I realized, so I’ll keep saying it, but I have zero desire to make that the primary focus of whatever it is that I do on this thing. Enough.

This is a short one, but a nice surprise at the end. There’s things to do.

The Thing #8, by Dan Slott and Kieron Dwyer. This book has a special place in my heart, and for this simple reason, I’m willing to overlook the things about the book that sort of annoy me in the vein of Judaic inaccuracies. And in the interest of time, I’m gonna skip the meat and potatoes of this thing, for the most part. However, it does include a Thing-hosted superhero poker game, where everyone is inexplicably in costume except for the Thing himself. Guess that’s like a hosting rule or something. Then there all these flashbacks of fights he had: Thing and Squirrel Girl take on the Bi-Beast.

That’s right, the Bi-Beast. An editor approved the creation of such nonsense. Hey, it was the 70′s!

Then he fights the Impossible Man or something, then there’s a thing with the Dalai Lama maybe?

And then, well, he decides to have a second Bar Mitzvah to celebrate 13 years since he got his powers. Seems a little iffy, but I’ll take it. Anyways, other than the nebbishy rabbi (if you know anything about me, you know this bugs me.), the one issue is with Ben’s little Bar Mitzvah speech. He talks about his Torah portion, and says it’s from the story of Job. This is a problem.

The Book of Job is not a part of the Five Books of Moses, and therefore would never be chanted as a Torah portion. It is chanted sometimes, though. Also, I’m shocked that he would use Job as a parallel to his own life at all. Job was a guy who God literally messed with just to see what would happen (Religion, everyone!); Ben Grimm was a fighter pilot who yes, lost his handsome looks, but then got to be one of the world’s greatest adventurers with his best friends. Helluva trade-off. Yeah studying Job makes him realize that he’s got it pretty good, but man, how many Thing stories are there where he’s dealing with this? Can’t we get him an off-panel therapist or something or be done with it?

Therapy: that’s pretty Jewish, right? (GAAHHHH STEREOTYPES EVEN THOUGH I TOTALLY SEE A THERAPIST TOO.)

Anyways, here’s why I love this book so much. See this place where Ben Grimm celebrated his second Bar Mitzvah?

That’s where I work.