March 31st, 2004

Fragment of Self-Analysis

רִמְצֵי אהבָתִי היְּשָׁנָה
עַל שַׁעַר לְבָבִי הֵיטֵב שׁוֹמְרִים
וּבְמַזְלֵג את הנוֹבֵט עוֹקְרִים
וְאֵימָתַי יָבוֹא בְּנָהּ שֶׁל חַנָּה?
  • Current Music
    Beethoven -- Piano Concerto #5 [Barenboim]


Today I have been informed that I'm on the dean's list (מצטיין דקאן), and additionally that later this month I am to receive a small scholarship from the family of a fallen soldier who had studied at TAU. It would involve participating in the memorial service on the national Memorial Day, and meeting with the soldier's family. It was a pleasant surprise.
  • Current Music
    Yoni Bloch -- Napoleon

רגע דודה

Caught myself wishing I had a baby, whom I could sing to sleep with "I'll Take You Dreaming", after Danny Kaye.
  • Current Music
    Danny Kaye -- I'll Take You Dreaming

The Apologia Revisited

Another good thing happened today, in my Greek Language class: during my absence, the class has finished the grammar book we were working through for the past three semesters (by Prof. R. Meridor), and moved to texts. Our first text is Plato's Apologia Sokratous, and this gives me much joy.

I first encountered the Apologia when I was fourteen: I had applied to the SEE IASA high-school in Jerusalem, and after passing standardized aptitude tests, was asked to attend a workshop at IASA during the Passover holiday. The letter asked that I read Plato's Apologia and be ready to discuss it during the workshop. I went to the library, got a copy of the text (in Hebrew, of course), and was completely enchanted by it. This was how I discovered Plato, and my very first foray into philosophy and the classics (not counting my very early introduction to the Greek myths and Homer's epics). Following that workshop, I've read more Plato, and some Aeschylus and Aristotle, and was much changed (more on that some other time).

Today I've read (and translated) a page and a half of the Apologia in the original Greek. Bliss!
  • Current Music
    Yoni Bloch -- Shar La'iton

Stuff I need to accomplish during the Passover break

The TAU Passover break has begun.

Stuff I need to accomplish during break:

  1. A paper on Bleak House for the Dickens course
  2. Study for the Minoan Culture exam
  3. Go on translating Lysias
  4. Go on translating Odyssey, Book 11
  5. Go on translating Plato's Apology
  6. Read Genesis, Exodus, Judges, Samuel, Nehemiah
  7. Read a few articles for Intro to the History of Christianity
  8. Set up the new dedicated server
  9. Show up at work a couple of times
  10. Hold a meeting of the Homer reading group, reading the seventh book of the Iliad
The break is thirteen days long. Oy.
  • Current Music
    Yoni Bloch -- Shixzur