Karagöz wishes Yehuda Rebbe L’Shana Tova


Painting of a Jewish man from the Ottoman Empire.

Karagöz, my impish and oppositional puppet, is very serious today, and this, my friends, is an unusual event.

Karagöz, the little chorus of dancing ladies tell me, has decided to honor one of our sage puppet elders, Yehuda Rebbe, the Globalized Rabbi Wise Man, as it is Rosh Hashanah, one of the high holy days in Judaism.

Some of you may know that in the Talmud, it is indicated that 3 accounting books of a sort are brought forth on Rosh Hashanah, and as Wikipedia explains, “wherein the fate of the wicked, the righteous, and those of an intermediate class are recorded. The names of the righteous are immediately inscribed in the book of life, and they are sealed “to live.” The intermediate class are allowed a respite of ten days, until Yom Kippur, to reflect, repent and become righteous; the wicked are “blotted out of the book of the living forever.”

A shofar made from a ram's horn is traditional...

A shofar made from a ram’s horn is traditionally blown in observance of Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Jewish civic year. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Why,” I asked, “has this day moved him so, is he trying to alter his space in the book?”

Looking around furtively, the little chorus of dancing ladies quickly flashed me a tiny drawing of an Ottoman empire man.  “This,” one of them whispered, “was the man who raised Karagöz after his father left him…he practiced the Jewish faith, and Karagöz honors him each year this way although his faith has taken him elsewhere.”

That Karagöz, he may be deeper than we all thought.

In case you are interested in the history of people of Jewish faith and their lives in Turkey, you can check out this website for more.

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2 Responses to Karagöz wishes Yehuda Rebbe L’Shana Tova

  1. Alan says:

    . . interesting! Another interesting thing is that the second largest Jewish community in the Middle East after Israel is . . . Iran! Not many people know that 🙂

  2. Pingback: The Karagoz puppets find Mehtap…in Tulum, Mexico | Slowly-by-Slowly

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