Posts tagged "judaism"

Prayer Maps

Pizza parlors, shipping offices, printing shops, jewelry shops — temples, all, as revealed by photographer Jaime Permuth‘s “Manhattan Mincha Map,” a virtual exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. The Mincha is the shortest of the three daily prayers said by orthodox Jewish men, consisting mainly of 19 blessings recited while standing, “symbolic,” Permuth points...

Ca-razy for Kabbalah

David Klinghoffer writes erudite but peculiar books. In one, he recalled his teenage self-circumcision as part of a “conversion” experience (to “real” Judaism). In his more recent effort, The Discovery of God, he writes of “the Master of the Universe holding in His hand the desiccated member of [Abraham].” In other words, Klinghoffer, a frequent contributor to The...

Judaism

Smart and/or Funny Forward originally “Forverts,” began life as a socialist Yiddish paper edited by the legendary Abraham Cahan, was reborn in English under the aegis of the indomitable neocon Seth Lipsky, and now marches to points unknown under the direction of J.J. Goldberg, a bit more balanced than both of his predecessors. But the Forward retains the...

The Education of Aviel Barclay

As Leah Eichler tells it in Moment, a Jewish monthly, the story of Aviel Barclay — poised to become the first woman to scribe a Torah scroll — is a bit like that of Goldilocks. Barclay’s first yeshiva expelled her when it learned of her ambition; she left her next school when teachers and students started whispering of “heresy”; but the...

Wicca Wacka

Halloween… time to bake the challah. Keren Engelberg, a contributing writer for The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, reports that some scholars suspect the Sabbath bread got its twists in pagan times, when Northern European women offered special braided loaves up to the Teutonic goddess Berchta (madonna / whore). It’s not exactly news that most major traditions have...