Wednesday, June 18, 2014

And Now For Something To Make You Smile

And now for something to make you smile. Or perhaps to make you roll on the floor crying with laughter.

Previously, I have posted certain, um, interesting pictures that my kids have brought home from school, such as "Rabbi Adam in the Garden of Eden." But this one, sent in by a reader, really takes the cake. It was brought home by his three-year-old-daughter. Behold:


I think that this must make the children very confused.

(Hat-tip: Raffi at FrumCounselor.)

On another note: If your shul has stained-glass windows depicting the Twelve Tribes, please could you send me a photo of Yehuda/lion, Naftali/deer and Binyamin/wolf, for potential inclusion in The Torah Encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom. Thanks!

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Amidst everything we do, we say Hashem, please help our soldiers bring our boys back home.

(You can support the soldiers in a practical way here.)

22 comments:

  1. Do you want a photo of Issachar/donkey, too?

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    1. No, this volume is exclusively on chayos (wild animals).

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  2. Oh, do you want some pictures of the characters in Beit Shemesh?

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  3. Be very careful with photos of stained glass. While the photo itself has a copyright, it could be that the artistry of the window itself is copyright. It is, after all, a physical work of art, and those come under copyright.

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  4. Moshe says
    The boys are more important today. So far one doesnt know if they are alive and who has taken them. The first thing to find out is if they are alive and to make sure they stay that way. One has to offer the kidnappers something for them to tell us. And all one can do is release prisoners. Israel has to release prisoners on condition the kidnappers tell us they are alive. They can always take them back. The longer this carries on the less likely they will stay alive. Its about time something was done before its too late and that seems to be the only thing one can do.

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  5. The drawing is actually originally from an ad that appeared a number of years ago for a swimming pool in Bnei Brak. See the full-color original here:
    http://wolfishmusings.blogspot.com/2007/07/hilarious-ad-for-bnei-brakpetach-tikvah.html

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    1. Doesn't *everyone* go swimming fully clothed (in street clothes, with a jacket & shoes even!)?

      Oh, strike "everyone" in the foregoing sentence & substitute "men only".

      Sad, actually (I really don't mean to be smart-alecky).

      It's almost as sad as this photo http://www.ishtetl.com/index.php?/topic/3916-more-disappearing-women/?p=105125 from a popular book on the daf yomi for children (itself a great idea, mind you). Exactly who is the groom in the picture supposed to be marrying?

      Sadder, actually. (And i really don't mean to be smart-alecky; it's how I deal with stunningly sad situation).

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    2. Now that I see the ad, it strikes me that the whole thing may be tongue-in-cheek. They just wanted to make the point that it's a swimming pool charedim can feel comfortable going to, and decided to be funny about it by showing a charedi guy in full suit + hat inside the actual pool.

      But when the artwork gets appropriated for kids' coloring book use, the context of the humor is lost, and so it just looks like frum madness.

      What do you think - fair point, or am I being too generous?

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  6. This is a little funny,but not confusing. Do you know of any kids who actually got confused by this poster? I think adults who are disconnected from the chareidy community get confused, no one else.

    In המרד Begin writes how when he was hiding under a false identity as a rabbi he went to the Tel Aviv beach with his wife. He wasn't sure if orthodox Jews swim with kippah or not and was worried about blowing his cover. Being a pretty smart guy he figured out that they don't, however it didn't occur to him that maybe they don't swim with their wives on a Tel Aviv Beach.

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  7. I`ve seen similar ones before, and they probably make kids laugh more than anything else. It`s called a holistic view, everything has to fit.

    I saw a worse one , about pesach. It shows a boy doing bedikas chometz , checking under his bed with a lit candle. I called it ` yosef is makir five alarm fires.

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    1. Haha you think that was hypothetical.

      You have not been in homes that turn off the lights and do bedika by candlelight. I have.

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  8. Shocking. The yingele's elbows and knees are almost showing.

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    1. And if he sits down and crosses his arms it's the express coach to Gehenna for him.

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  9. Chagall's windows at Hadassah Medical Center have highly stylized depictions of the animals for those three tribes.

    http://www.hadassah-med.com/about/art-at-hadassah/chagall-windows.aspx

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    1. Yes, but they are a little TOO stylized. Plus, it will be difficult to get the rights to reproduce a picture of them.

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  10. What a wholesome picture! The father is busy learning his Gemara. His little son goes into the pool to swim. Without hesitation, the father jumps into the pool to make sure his son is safe!
    Now isn't that a lovely interpretation?
    Remember the classic Chassidic tale of the "Gadol" chiding his Gemorah-absorbed son for failing to hear his own child's crying :)

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  11. Except for the hat and tie, I've actually seen haredim go into pools fully dressed, in Nes Harim, and in Ashkeluna.

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    1. Actualy, those ultra-chareidim are just updating their mikva ritual by replicating a much more recent purification ceremony. Have a look:
      http://photos.al.com/huntsville-times/2012/08/river_baptism_15.html

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    2. This is interesting. They wore zizis, shirt and jacket? Hard to believe. Why? Nobody does it in the mikva. Never heard of this in the US.

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  12. I took some photos yesterday per your request, but how do I sent them to you?

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  13. a google search for twelve tribes stained glass will get you a few images.

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