Before you do anything else, you have to read this: http://ypaquin.blogspot.co.il/2013/11/you-need-to-go-surfing-she-said.html. No, it is not another Thanksgivukkah recipe. No, it is not spiritual propaganda from an inspiring (although dead) rabbi. No, it is not a review of an amazing novel I read recently (because the fact is that I haven't read very many novels recently). Curious? Just CLICK ON IT already!
Aren't you glad you did? So, yep, he's a surfer. And a writer. And a photographer. And always looking for the light in the darkest of places. And yes, we discussed his use of the word "phylacteries" and why it should be recycled in the academic-I'm-trying-to-impress-you bin.
1. Either of two small square leather boxes containing slips inscribed with scriptural passages and traditionally worn on the left arm and on the head by observant Jewish men and especially adherents of Orthodox Judaism during morning weekday prayers 2. Amulet
Examples of PHYLACTERY
- <he wore a small phylactery on a cord around his neck>
Origin of PHYLACTERY
Middle English philaterie, from Medieval Latin philaterium,alteration of Late Latin phylacterium, from Greekphylaktērion amulet, phylactery, from phylassein to guard, from phylak-, phylax guard
First Known Use: 14th century
(That was everything you needed to know about phylacteries. Moving on:)
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Judith (Yehudit in Hebrew) was a young, Jewish widow (and the daughter of the High Priest) who lived in the second century CE. She tricked her way into the army camp of the Syrian-Greeks and charmed the commander, Holofernes, into thinking she was on his side. One night, the commander was rejoicing at his soon-to-be victory, and Judith seductively induced him into a wine-and-cheese-coma. Then she cut off his head and brought it back to the Jews. Hence: Judithkah! (Read Judith's full story here.)