Monday, October 16, 2006

Jews Love: Simchat Torah

Mmm holidays.

I spent my chag up in Washington Heights, where as RH host stated: the skirts are longer, necklines are higher, and the suits are darker. It was low-key but otherwise similar to the UWS. The only exception: people still believe in the myth of Tfillin Dates* which I will talk about some other time.

The Middle at Jewlicious posted an image of a torah, and some torah facts. Which is nice, and topical, but none too exciting. Kesher Talk has some of the same information, but also compares Simchat Torah to a wedding, a metaphor which isn't too stretched by the holiday, where a member of the community is designated as chassan bereshis (groom of Genesis). On the other side of the mechitza (or tri-chitza, or no-chitza) the JWA blog listed some accomplishments made by Jewish women in the last year, including a female soferet, or torah scribe.

For the younger crowd: Matzah and Marinara talks about the difficulty of controlling 5 and 6 year olds during a long service.

And last, but not least, Jameel relays a story about his service where someone almost dropped the torah and the guy who zoomed up to catch it. This reminds me of a conversation that I had with my mother during Shavuot services, as my father was doing "hagba" the ceremonial presentation of the torah scroll to the community.

Me: That's how I judge future boyfriends.
Mom: On what?
Me: They need to be able to show at least four columns of text. (this requires some strength)
Mom: Don't forget that they should be tall enough that you can see it over the mechitza.
Lady in front of us: I have a son who just graduated from med school.

Yes. This actually happened.

My perfect man. Note the red hair. And the popped collar.


*Tfillin Dates are dates where the guy carries his Tfillin (morning prayer accoutrements) with him on a date so that after he sleeps over he can pray unhindered the next morning.

4 comments:

harley said...

We are so different that it boggles my mind how we continue to happily co-exist. Popped collars? Really?

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Annie and harley -- you have one funny blog (and thanks for the link).

Where did you appear from -- out of thin air?

Will check back regularly ;-)

Z said...

Hey thanks for the shout out!

AnnieGetYour said...

Jameel: Harley is from Brooklyn. I am from the Upper West Side. :)

Z: Anytime. We read a WIDE variety of blogs.