A great post from prolific lefty open Orthodox blogger DovBear:

According to the Artscroll commentary, the poem claims that the lulav and esrog are held up as a sign of our victory over Satan. If it were actually in the poem, this would be astounding as it seems like a clear reference to the cross, what it symbolizes, and how its used. But as I say, I don’t think the text supports this reading. So it wasn’t the mideival Jewish poet who l tried to connect his lulav and esrog to the artifacts of the surrounding culture.  It was Artscroll — which is astounding enough, I suppose.

Read the whole post here.

[Edited later on the same day it was posted, to change my description of DovBear, following comments below.]

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5 Responses to ArtScroll+Jesus=WTF?

  1. E. Fink September 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    I don’t DovBear is “Modern Orthoprax”. I think he is probably >neither of this labels.

    You might be confusing him with XGH.

    • David A.M. Wilensky September 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm #

      I’m not confusing him with XGH. I know who both of them are. I don’t read everything DovBear writes, but my impression of his veiled identity was that Modern Orthoprax would be a good description of him.

      If you disagree, I’m curious to know what you think would be a better descriptor for him.

  2. E. Fink September 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

    I vehemently disagree.

    Orthoprax is practicing as a Jew but not believing in some of Judaism’s beliefs.

    DovBear may be a skeptic, but he has never indicated in any post or in any online conversation or email conversation (of which we have had quite a few) that he is anything but Orthodox.

    I don’t admire labeling anyone. But mislabeling is worse than labeling. Rather than mislabeling I prefer to not label at all.

    If you need something, call him an open-minded Orthodox Jew.

    • David A.M. Wilensky September 29, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

      Ok. I’ll buy that. Thanks. I’ve changed the post to reflect this.

  3. Theophrastus October 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    Do you have a page reference on this? Do you know whether it in the succos machzor or the siddur? I have a hard time believing that this isn’t being read out of context.