February 12, 2010

Afghanistan: Horsing around in the Kush

Posted in Afghanistan, travel at 6:00 pm by matapn

A travelogue by By Ian D. Robinson about his trip to Pamir

February 10, 2010

Farhad Darya’s Interview on Atan

Posted in Afghanistan, Music at 8:46 pm by matapn

Part 1: http://afghaneclips.com/index.php?page=videos&section=view&vid_id=100419

Part 2: http://afghaneclips.com/index.php?page=videos&section=view&vid_id=100420

February 7, 2010

Ahmad Zahir on NPR – one of 50 great voices

Posted in Afghanistan, Music at 7:45 pm by matapn

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123137188

February 3, 2010

Is Your Food Missing Vitamin L?

Posted in Food, spiritual at 9:41 pm by matapn

Excerpt from Weekly Sparks by Rabbi David Aaron

When we eat an apple, we can just eat an apple, or we can, by saying the blessings consciously, make the apple into a conductor-wire for channeling G-d’s presence, love, vitality, goodness, and blessing. An apple can be a nutritious snack, or it can plug me into the Source of all life force and nutrition.

The Kabbalah teaches that if we eat without reciting a blessing, then the food feeds just our body. It does nothing for our soul. But when we make a blessing on the food, we transform that food. It’s not the same bread. It’s not the same apple. It’s not the same pretzel. This pretzel is now a vehicle for the life giving force of G-d to enter the world.

What’s the difference between a home-cooked meal and a frozen dinner? It’s the love and care that you can actually taste in the food. Even if it says on the package “Mom’s Home-made Frozen Dinner,” you can taste in the food that “Mom” is just a company that wants to make money. But the real mom makes you dinner for free because she loves you and cares. And you can taste the difference.

In order to taste the divine love and care in all food, we need to arouse the taste buds of our soul and acknowledge G-d as the loving source of all by making a blessing before we eat.