Tub Talk

Story One

Here's a dialogue that took place as my sister J was washing her daughter E's hair in March of last year, putting E at seven years old.

E: "When you die and I am still alive, I am going to visit your grave and feed you."

J: "What?"

E: "When you are dead, I will visit where your stone is and pour water over you — and some milk, so if you are thirsty you will have something to drink."

J: "Oh. That's nice of you, but I am not going to die for a long time."

Story Two

The following tale about my nephew Ishmael deserves a bit of explanation for those unaccustomed to Judaism. You're probably familiar with the "ritual Jewish skullcap" — gotta love that dictionary bluntness — known as a yarmulke (usually pronounced yah-muh-kuh) or in Hebrew as a kipa (kee-pah). Many Jewish men and increasingly women also wear something called a tallis (tah-liss) or tallit (tah-leet) during prayers. While ritual and religious observances of Judaism are diverse, particularly with the rise of Reconstructionist congregations, in general tallitot (the plural: tah-lee-toht) are only worn during services in Reform synagogues by rabbis and cantors except perhaps during the High Holy Days; Conservative synagogues typically find all grown men in tallitot during Shabbat services each week, and Orthodox men wear a version of the tallis throughout daily life. It's a fringed shawl with 
a prayer inscribed on the collar and generally simple decoration that can be worn simply hanging around the neck like a scarf or wrapped around the shoulders and upper arms. I'm not messing with graphics right now, but a page at the TLC website has a good representative picture of a man in a tallis about halfway down.

Got it?

So my sister was bathing Ishmael, who's three, and a washcloth dropped on his foot. He lifted up his leg, showing how the washcloth was draped over either side, and said, "Look, Mommy! My foot is a rabbi!"

1 comment:

Arben said...

Oh, that's frickin' hysterical.