Sunday, October 26, 2008

Episode 3: What Makes Me, Me?

7 comments:

Lisa said...

I think it is absolutely wonderful that you know your family history this thoroughly. . . I have to get busy with my research!!!

Ehav Ever said...

Hey Lisa,

For a long time I didn't know my family history. My grandmother would talk about it all of time, but I only saw her once every year or two years. I also didn't appreciate much of what she had to say until she was close to passing away. Thank G-d that my uncles and aunt had remembered a good number of things. Yet, there would have been more if we had been thinking about preserving it a lot earlier.

Martine Joelle said...

WOW! Ehav, thank you for sharing and making such wonderful shows to share! It's inspiring and such an interesting family history. I can't wait to hear more! I hope you make them a bit longer..

First Tiff Jones ispired me to want to make videos and now you!

Yay digital storytelling!

Ehav Ever said...

Hey Martine,

Thanks for the comments. I have been having fun making these. It has been a little difficult because my digital camera was broken so it was hard to know what I had until I got home. I broke down and bought a new camera. So now the format will be better.

In terms of the time of the video. You can only put about 10 minutes on You-Tube. I am also working under memory constraints with the video creation software I use. What I will do is do as many videos as possible.

Casper said...

I noticed that you grow your side burns out since putting up your video blogs. I've been meaning to ask you about a scrpture in the Torah Leviticus 19:27 Now I stopped my goatee and just started growing it all out about 3 weeks ago, just to be safe(not to mention I stopped shaving my head) However I would like to know exactly what that scripture really means. Maybe the hebrew translation would shed a little more light on the subject. Talk to you later

Ehav Ever said...

Hey Casper,

I actually had a full beard last winter. I cut it down and kept the side burns because it doesn't grow fully on the right side. I am trying to see if it will grow back fully at some point.

As to your question. The text you mentioned in Hebrew is pretty straight forward. It basically talks about not destroying the sides of the head and the sides of the beard. The Hebrew words used are often used for destruction or chopping off (נקף and שחת).

The Talmud (Makkoth 20a) explains this to mean the use of a single-bladed razor (as opposed to any scissors-like device which requires two blades to cut). Therefore, Jewish males may not use a razor to cut certain parts of their beards. For practical purposes, those who comply with halacha as defined by rabbinic Judaism refrain from the use of razors altogether.

There are some schools of thought that forbid cutting off any part of the beard, even it is not done with a razer. There are others that simply say that a Jew should maintain at the minimum a certain length of sideburns or Simmonim (Peyot), while at the same time not using a razer.

Most agree that there were two sources for the cutting off of hair and beards from a Torah perspective. 1) In the Middle East people often cut their hair or themselves as signs of mourning. 2) to distinguish Israel from the other peoples.

I hope that helps.

Casper said...

Thanks for the info, I appreciate it. I just look so strange in the mirror now.