Tefillin, regular liturgy, and something vaguely reflecting a routine.
The holidays have been great–really, it’s been a fantastic ’round this year, and I’m sorry to see them go. Simchat Torah was wonderful, lots of dancing and great tefillah and everything. My leg muscles are killing me, in a good way, because I got so much of the Ashkenazi Boogie on.
But every hag has its end, and over here in Eretz Yisrael, hag is over. Tomorrow: back to the grindstone, and real traction to be made on this chapter. Onward!
(Super rad Barbie by Jen. Note the teeny tiny Steinsaltz from which she’s learning!!)
I like the fact she’s wearing them above the hairline. Who knew Barbie was so makpidah?
And, for those who haven’t seen it yet, here’s the URL of the Rosie the Riveter with Tefillin, to which Danya linked a while ago: http://sospire.blogspot.com/2004/03/who-knew-that-rosie-riveter-was-lefty.html
Cf. this painful photo of several rabbinical students wearing their tefillin too low:
It was taken by FrÃ©dÃ©ric Brenner, and appears in his books “Diaspora” and “Jews/America: A Representation.”
To judge the women favorably, I assume they had just finished davening and forgot to check if their tefillin were still properly aligned before being photographed.
Here’s my bet on the tefillin – they look like they might be a little loose, and the photographer almost certainly spent fifteen or more minutes saying: “Ok, you goover to the end, pick your head up a litle, no, no, you, stand up so that your left shoulder ishigher… ok, that’s it… ”
In the meantime the tefillin are drooping every which way, – at least two or three of the women are holding their heads in a way that suggests to me they’re hoping the tefillin don’t fall down over their eyes….
Now *this* particular Barbie is cool.
Jeez – she looks just like me!
Showed it to my 8 year old daughter. She would like to know where can you buy her. She says: It’s really nice to see a Jewish Barbie. (As I put on tefilin it looks preety mainstream to her)
love the barbie
in Jaffa, where i live they used to sell a hijab clad (fake) barbie, so now all we need is the lotus opsition barbie and for those into funky stuff, the on-the-cross version 🙂
And now this Barbie is an illustration in The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles: http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=16696
More importantly, Tefillin Barbie is now on eBay! (Jen is selling a similar one, not the actual one in the picture.) It’s at http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220043170650
Jen’s now offering Tefillin Barbie for sale at $95, according to The Jewish Week: http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=13692