Tag Archives: Shabbat & holidays

(Everyone Trusts) God Is Good To The Wicked (Machzor)

The liturgical poem or piyyut, V’chol Ma’aminim follows in the High Holiday Machzor the Unetaneh Tokef, the liturgical paean to human uncertainty and exposure and to the sovereign power of God. What appears on the surface to be a simple, … Continue reading

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(1948) Reconstructionist Machzor (Holocaust & Zionism)

This 1948 Machzor is a neat little time capsule. Of particular interest is the names of authors and translators in the back of the text. Included below are the authors and translators to the Yom Kippur section (vol.2). Also in … Continue reading

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A Painted Memory (Shana Tova u’Metuka)

This year during Coronavirus, alone at home with family, an apple and honey and a Machzor, this painted memory by Mayer Kirshenblatt is even more dream-like than it was last year. The memory builds upon the passage of time and … Continue reading

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(Things) Mishnah Shabbat is Beautiful

    cedar bast [lekhesh], uncombed flax [ḥosen], raw silk [kalakh], willow bast [petilat ha’idan], desert weed [petilat hamidbar], nor green mosspitch [zefet], wax [sha’ava], castor oil [shemen kik], burnt oil [shemen sereifa], fat from a sheep’s tail [alya], tallow … Continue reading

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(Coronavirus) Shofarot on Broadway (Sunday at 4:00)

from Sarah Kayla Jacobs here. אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּֽנוּ לִשְׁמֹֽעַ קוֹל שׁוֹפָר on September 14, 2020 Covid-19 has upended the world. Most things that until March we took for granted are worse. I don’t have to go into a litany of … Continue reading

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(Anthropology of Judaism) Lag Ba’Omer

Touching upon the history and anthropology of Jewish religion, as well as concluding methodological reflections. With many thanks to Joshua Schwartz and Shari Rabin, respectively, for the kindness of sharing their expertise and these two scholarly references re: the pilgrimage … Continue reading

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(Talmud & Art) Cats at Seder Behold I Bite the Mouse (Illuminated Haggadah)

Pesach is almost done with this year but I wanted to share with my Talmud, art, and animal friends this charming little post from the amazing blogsite here at the Bodleian. These medieval illuminated images from the Haggadah are the … Continue reading

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Messy Kitchen Exodus from Egypt (Coronavirus Passover)

Messy kitchen or perfect bourgeois Passover table? Honestly, which picture evokes better the sudden flight from bondage? Chag sameach!

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(Coronavirus) Hoarding Eggs in Israel (Passover)

For anyone interested in the matrix created by foodways, religious culture and ritual, mass society, and social psychology and object cathexis in particular local contexts, and coronavirus.  Feel free to throw in bio-power. In Israel, this is now a grave … Continue reading

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Empty City Empty Shabbat (Coronavirus)

It’s almost sundown and New York City is shutting down, schools, museums, concert halls, Broadway, synagogues and churches, as if for the Sabbath. The entire civic ritual system in its public aspect is grinding down to a halt, moving deeper … Continue reading

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