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.


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.