Monday, April 22, 2013

A farewell post.

Hello, followers.

I know I’ve been on hiatus for months and months, but I’ve decided to make it permanent.

Narrowly avoiding being kicked out of the house has given me a lot to think and worry about, so I’m going to take the time to focus on sorting out that mess, my academic goals, and my religious future as well. (The road to conversion is a long one and I still haven’t quite found my place yet.)

I won’t be deleting this blog, but I won’t be adding things to it, either (except maybe to the “Orthodoxy on Film” page I created).

Thank you, Tumblr, for being - by turns - an inspiring and maddening place. I may return one day, but not in this incarnation.

I wish you all well.

L’shalom.

—H.

Friday, October 26, 2012

xshiromorix:

Chava Alberstein & the Klezmatics - “Di Goldene Pave”, Di Krenitse


For no good reason, this song gives me Cherik feels…                                                                             

                                      איז די גאָלדענע פּאַװע געפֿלױגן, געפֿלױגן
                                    און די נאַכט האָט געעפֿנט די גאָלדענע אױגן
                                                     ליכטיקער מײַנער, שלאָף אײַן

                                         די נאַכט האָט געעפֿנט די גאָלדענע אױגן
                                            בין איך פֿידל געװאָרן און דו דער בױגן
                                                     אומרויִקער מײַנער, שלאָף אײַן

                                             בין איך פֿידל געװאָרן און דו דער בױגן
                          און דאָס גליק איבער אונדז האָט פֿאַרליבט זיך געבױגן
                                                     צערטלעכער מײַנער, שלאָף אײַן

                          און דאָס גליק איבער אונדז האָט פֿאַרליבט זיך געבױגן
                                    געלאָזט אונדז אַלײן און פֿאַרפֿלױגן, פֿאַרגלױגן
                                                     טרױעריקער מײַנער, שלאָף אײַן 

The golden peacock has flown off, flown off
And the night has opened its golden eyes
My bright one, go to sleep

The night has opened its golden eyes
I was the fiddle and you were the bow
My tense one, go to sleep

I was the fiddle and you were the bow
And fortune, enamoured, bowed down over us
My soft one, go to sleep

And fortune, enamoured, bowed down over us
Left us alone and flew off, flew off
My sad one, go to sleep. 

marxistswithattitude said: have you read or do you know of any good books on rashi, his life and work, etc?

That’s an excellent question. I haven’t read any, and up until recently the only works of which I knew were Elie Wiesel’s book and some animated movie. The only biographical book in our library is Maurice Liber’s Rashi which was published around the turn of the century. I have no idea if any of this is good stuff, though. Sorry!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

barrycawston:

Satmar is claimed to be one of the largest and most influential Hasidic movements in existence today with the two largest Satmar communities are in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Kiryas Joel, New York.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012
wyattgallery:

Synagogue in Curaçao. One of the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. I’m planning to return to the Caribbean soon to finish shooting this project. #synagogue #judaism #jewish #caribbean #curacao #history (at Curacao Tourism Corporation)

wyattgallery:

Synagogue in Curaçao. One of the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. I’m planning to return to the Caribbean soon to finish shooting this project. #synagogue #judaism #jewish #caribbean #curacao #history (at Curacao Tourism Corporation)

monseymaidele:

Yep, i know both of them…. at least they’re “free” almost. They don’t need to worry about their reputation because it is ruined already. The main guy technically isn’t doing much wrong because he isn’t really touching her. The other guy is divorced so him touching her isn’t as bad…. still funny video… 

Every time I see this video I die… I mean, it speaks for itself.

Pretty sure I saw it somewhere else on YouTube and the description said it was a “very special mitzvah tanz” or something.

yumuseum:

IT’S A THIN LINE: THE ERUV AND JEWISH SPACE IN NEW YORK AND BEYOND
Opening October 29th, 2012 
Learn more at http://yumuseum.tumblr.com/ItsAThinLine
From “The Daily Show” to Rabbinic and City Hall Debates, Eruvs Still Generate Controversy. It divides private and public, sacred and secular, work and Sabbath.  And you might live in one without knowing it. With its main focus on New York City, New Jersey, and the surrounding communities, the exhibition also provides a vivid picture of local urban history through the stories of individual communities, religious figures and debates. 
The eruv is one of the most fascinating, though little understood and sometimes controversial concepts in Jewish life.  It is not just a concept.  It’s also a physical creation that powerfully affects the lives of observant Jews.  Without an eruv, parents couldn’t even carry their children on the Sabbath.  It’s a Thin Line traces the history of the eruv and its adaptation into New York’s urban environment, and raises provocative questions. With 130 artifacts spanning over five centuries, It’s a Thin Line vividly illustrates how an ancient Biblical precept has been creatively interpreted and applied – especially in and around New York City.  Objects range from some of the first Hebrew books ever printed to century-old images of New York life to contemporary tools and recent eruv artifacts to eruv­-themed works by contemporary artists.  

yumuseum:

IT’S A THIN LINE: THE ERUV AND JEWISH SPACE IN NEW YORK AND BEYOND

Opening October 29th, 2012 

Learn more at http://yumuseum.tumblr.com/ItsAThinLine

From “The Daily Show” to Rabbinic and City Hall Debates, Eruvs Still Generate Controversy. It divides private and public, sacred and secular, work and Sabbath.  And you might live in one without knowing it. With its main focus on New York City, New Jersey, and the surrounding communities, the exhibition also provides a vivid picture of local urban history through the stories of individual communities, religious figures and debates. 

The eruv is one of the most fascinating, though little understood and sometimes controversial concepts in Jewish life.  It is not just a concept.  It’s also a physical creation that powerfully affects the lives of observant Jews.  Without an eruv, parents couldn’t even carry their children on the Sabbath.  It’s a Thin Line traces the history of the eruv and its adaptation into New York’s urban environment, and raises provocative questions. With 130 artifacts spanning over five centuries, It’s a Thin Line vividly illustrates how an ancient Biblical precept has been creatively interpreted and applied – especially in and around New York City.  Objects range from some of the first Hebrew books ever printed to century-old images of New York life to contemporary tools and recent eruv artifacts to eruv­-themed works by contemporary artists.  

No more Jewishism.

shitmystudentswrite:

How are Christians different from Jews, you ask? The Jewish Bible is like the Christian Bible, except it’s Jewish. Also, the ancient Jews thought their one god could beat up all the other puny gods like the golden calf which wasn’t even a god at all. The Jews were smart, which made the Christians even smarter later on when they said, “No more Jewishism.”

"The Jewish Bible is like the Christian Bible, except it’s Jewish."

I guess we’re a rip-off of the Christian Bible, you guys.