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My People (& our stuff)

A hodge-podge of Jews from all walks of life, all over the world, extraordinary and ordinary. Plus examples of our traditions, humor, food, chatchkes, and history (4,000 years is a long time!). Many folks here are expected (Barbra, Seinfeld, Bernstein, Dayan, Dylan, Brooks/Reiner). But I aim for most responses to be "who knew?"!!! Of course, some of these assignations of "Jewish" are/can be simply wishful thinking on a lot of people's parts! In any case, enjoy, darling. And eat - you look thin.

This MIZRACH - SHIVITI is an early American papercut (1861) well before the great wave of Jewish immigration. The upper frame contains a gate, presumably that of the Temple in Jerusalem. It carries the inscriptions: "This is the gate to God", and above it, in two separate medallions, "I have set the Lord always before me." The gate is flanked by two slender towers, with a flag on each, and inside the flags, there are small images of keys.

Mosaic of the 12 Tribes of Israel. From a synagogue wall in Jerusalem.

Beni Ezra Synagogue, Oldest Synagogue in Egypt

Art Deco Star of David Aquamarine Pendant. An original pre World War II Art Deco pendant designed as a round openwork matte gold plaque with a white enamel six pointed Star of David set with a hexagonal aquamarine and six small rubies. The star is flanked by six Art Deco openwork floral ornaments encircled by twelve navette cut aquamarines, ca. 1930.

Rumbach Street Synagogue, Budapest, Hungary

You're the Lox to my Cream Cheese ~ Jewish humor

"If you're happy and you know it, you're not Jewish" - Andy Borowitz

Chai anxiety postcard

Sarah silverman on body image

Andy Borowitz on social networking.

Bernard Malamud on identity

. National Holocaust Museum

Well of course I'm funny. I'm Jewish.

Comedien, actor film, film and theater producer, Mel Brooks

I actually saw signs just like this in the early 50's when my parents were trying to buy their first house. No housed in the Jim Crow Museum located at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan

  • Ronni Rittenhouse

    When I lived in Jacksonville, FL in 1969-71, I was denied housing and realtors wouldn't show us houses in certain "restricted" neighborhoods, because all the deeds had restrictive covenants. When we talk I'll tell you the rest of the story!

Profound statement from Golda Meir, Israel's fourth Prime Minister.

You don't have to be jewish

antique silver matzoh holder for Passover