Thursday, July 17, 2008

No Rabbi? The NYT Can Pasken

The Newspaper of Record tells you whether tattoos are prohibited by Jewish law.

Probably not, the newspaper says, or at least there's a lot of disagreement and confusion and the cemetery thing is probably a lie and besides teenagers do whatever they want especially if they're not religious anyway. So, that's what you need to know if you pasken like the New York Times.

And then there are those who get Jewish-themed tattoos. "'They're taking this prohibited act and using it to feel more Jewish,'" says someone the paper quoted. Um, and that makes sense how?

Also, what is a "nonpracticing Orthodox Jew"?


At 7/17/08, 5:54 PM, Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

"non-practicing Orthodox", or as i call the phenomenon, "non-observant orthodox-affiliated" are Jews who affiliate with Orthodox communities and/or believe in traditional Jewish ideologies, but for whatever reason don't keep so much halakha. in Israel it's called being "Traditional" (Mesorati, not to be confused with Masorti, the Hebrew name of the Conservative movement)


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