Monday, June 21, 2004

Harry Potter, Jewish?

"'[Author] J. K. Rowling may never have studied Jewish history, but her series provides a perfect parable for the causes of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem,' expounds Rabbi Yonason Goldson of Block Yeshiva High School in St. Louis. 'The Talmud tells us the cause… was senseless hatred. One thousand nine hundred thirty-one years later, we are still quarreling senselessly with one another. If we haven't learned the lessons of our own tradition, perhaps we can learn a lesson from Harry Potter's headmaster, Dumbledore: 'It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.'"

But don't think Rowling gets off that easy. For every Hillel, there is a Shamai...
[Read the whole article from the San Diego Jewish Journal.


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.