Monday, June 21, 2004

Harry Potter is Jewish

Harry Potter is Jewish by Rabbi Jack Abramowitz:

No, sorry to say, the character of Harry Potter is not Jewish. I think the books are quite clear on that, what with Christmas being a major plot point what seems like every six weeks. But I think the theme of the Harry Potter series is quite Jewish.

Some religious people of different faiths, including Judaism and Christianity, have opposed the Harry Potter series. (I wouldn�t be surprised to find that Moslems, Hindus and others have objected, as well.) After all, it does appear to glorify a lifestyle quite at odds with the one they espouse. But I think they�re missing the point. Harry Potter doesn�t advocate witchcraft as a lifestyle choice any more than the Terminator movies advocate the killer android from the future lifestyle. Harry Potter is about a boy who just happens to be a wizard.

Personally, I think the Harry Potter story may be a perfect metaphor for what many Jewish teens encounter in their quest for religious growth. You see, Hogwarts isn�t a school of wizardry. It�s a yeshiva. It�s Yarchei Kallah. It�s a Shabbaton. It�s wherever you want to go to grow in Torah observance and get closer to G-d... [Read the full article from]


The background image on this page is a Hebrew translation of the verse from Bob Dylan's song  It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), from which the title of this blog is taken. Translation courtesy of Yoram Aharon of Hod-HaSharon's page--found via YudelLine-- which has many Dylan lyrics in Hebrew.