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2017-03-23 08:44 pm

Rabbit emails

The addition of coloured emojis to the Unicode character set makes it easier for our less literate rabbit friends to send emails...

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lethargic_man: (beardy)
2017-03-22 10:28 pm

Rabbit chuppah!

Thanks to the talented Sarah Behrnd, the rabbits are now more prepared to get married than we are! —Thanks, Sarah!

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2017-03-08 08:39 pm

Ding dong

A little daily ritual in the [personal profile] lethargic_man/[livejournal.com profile] aviva_m household (featuring Ginger the rabbit, so-named because she arrived in the household at the same time as Fred the fish).

Link to video on Facebook.
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2017-02-28 10:01 pm

Arnie plays Beethoven

[livejournal.com profile] aviva_m and I were in the Beethoven Museum in Bonn last weekend (in the house where Beethoven spent his first four years—it's the only house he lived that still exists)—and my parents-in-troth got us this beautiful little piano music box as a souvenir.

Arnie the rabbit seems to have really taken to it; I don't know where he learned to play so well!

See video (I don't think I can embed this).

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lethargic_man: (beardy)
2017-01-01 01:44 pm

Rabbit menorah

Today is the last day of Chanukah; the rabbits have been lighting their menorah every day and uploading each photo to Facebook. Here at the end is the complete collection crossposted to DW and LJ: View piccies ) It's always sad to see Chanukah end, but at least I'm not going to have to do any more grubbing around on the rug looking for dropped ball bearings for the next year. (The rabbits response is similar to this one.)
lethargic_man: (capel)
2015-09-24 12:58 pm

The Four Species

In a few days time it will be Succos, concerning which the Torah says:

Leviticus 23:40 ויקרא כג מ
And you shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days. וּלְקַחְתֶּם לָכֶם בַּיּוֹם הָרִאשׁוֹן פְּרִי עֵץ הָדָר כַּפֹּת תְּמָרִים וַעֲנַף עֵץ־עָבֹת וְעַרְבֵי־נָחַל וּשְׂמַחְתֶּם לִפְנֵי ה׳ אֱלֹהֵיכֶם שִׁבְעַת יָמִים׃

Here in northern Europe, one doesn't exactly find palm or citrus trees growing, so we have to import these at some expense, but in the southern Mediterranean in which Judaism originated, it's quite a different matter. [livejournal.com profile] aviva_m and I were recently in the beautiful Kolymbetra Gardens in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, Sicily; and, seeing a section devoted to citrus trees, got excited at the thought of seeing esrogim growing on trees. When we found in turn each one of the Four Species, we wanted to find a rabbi to check if they were kosher, but since there were no rabbis around, we asked a rabbit instead.

The Four Species, illustrated with rabbit photos )

Now that we've got all four species, we bind the last three together with willow leaves, with the myrtle on the right and the willow on the left, take them in our right hand paw, with the citron in our left, and wave them like so:


Chag sameach!

lethargic_man: (Default)
2014-08-21 09:41 pm

Rabbits and Torah, two subjects which go together like rabbis and carrots

It's been a while since we've had any adventures with the rabbits; what have they been up to? Well, same as most of us: same old, same old, most of the time. Bar Navi's been continuing to study Talmud:

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...and daven in a chareidi shul:

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(This is not a photomontage; I really did photograph him there!)

However, in amidst all that, he did have time to pose for a third birthday card for my niece:

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The little rabbit we haven't seen here before. His name is Arnie the אַרְנְבוֹן (rabbit).

Jane again got Bar-Navi a present for Tu BəĀv this year. So what do you get for the frum rabbit who already has capel, tallis, tefillin and Talmud volume? Answer: A Sefer Torah!

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([livejournal.com profile] aviva_m, on helping Bar-Navi open the present: "Oh, you didn't!" (even though she originally suggested it). Actually, the scroll has been sitting on my shelf in Newcastle, largely ignored, for twenty-five years; I thought Bar-Navi might get more use out of it than me.)

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lethargic_man: (beardy)
2013-12-22 10:30 pm

Chanukah presents

For Chanukah, I got [livejournal.com profile] aviva_m a T-shirt that she'd seen online and expressed admiration for, but then forgotten about. This meant I was in the rare position of being able to get her a present that was a surprise but which I knew for certain she'd like—as indeed she did:


The green patches on it are actually felt stuck onto the T-shirt. Bar-Navi the rabbit, however, disagrees with the sentiments on it:

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Speaking of which, what did Jane get Bar-Navi the Talmud scholar for Chanukah?

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It's a rabbit-sized copy of מַסֶכֶת אֲרְנְבוֹנִים (Tractate Rabbits) of the Babylonian Talmud.

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As you can see, it's from the Vilna edition.

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Hands up if you didn't think there was a Tractate Rabbits in the Talmud!

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Actually, there's not even a word for "rabbit" in the Hebrew and Aramaic of Talmudic times, because rabbits were not then to be found in the land of Israel or Babylonia, but don't tell Bar-Navi; he's very pleased with his present!

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In exchange, Bar-Navi gave Jane a dreidel for Chanukah, and the four of us enjoyed playing dreidel with it, even if Bar-Navi did end up winning all our money. It was the first time I've actually played the dreidel game, rather than just idly spinning it, since I was a kid.
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2013-12-04 08:11 pm

The eight rabbits of Chanukah

For the benefit of anyone reading here who is not friends with me on Facebook:

On the first night of Chanukah, I saw lots of people posted on Facebook photos of their lit menorah, which I suppose constitutes one way of פִּרְסוּמֵי נִסָא (publicising the miracle of Chanukah). I wasn't originally going to join in, but then posted the following:
I'm not posting this because everyone else is posting photos of lit menoros, but, as will be obvious to [livejournal.com profile] aviva_m if no one else, because nobody else's features a rabbit.

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I originally intended that as a one-off, but then things suggested themselves to me:
It's the second night of Chanukah; that means two rabbits. (And two candles.)

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From then on, the pattern was established. I think the following two are my favourite photos:

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The candles in the above photo are larger, to be lit before Shabbos comes in, and still be burning until half a halachic hour into the night. They're actually the results of my first bout of candle-making, when I was a teenager, and are made from dental wax, courtesy of my father. As you can see, they're all different shapes. The green one is a triangular prism.

[Photo of menorah and four rabbits]

By the fifth night, it was beginning to resemble a Nativity scene:

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That was my last night in Berlin, and I don't have enough rabbits at home to continue, so I asked [livejournal.com profile] aviva_m to continue for me:

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Hmm, the left-most rabbit seems more interested in the camera than the menorah.
Seventh night - and this can only mean one thing:

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The seventh rabbit is actually a radio; that's why it has things on its toe pads.

And finally:

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I was intrigued to see what she'd use as the eighth rabbit, since she only has seven (and indeed turned down the opportunity to acquire an eighth on Sunday). Can you see the eighth rabbit? I couldn't, initially! Here's a close-up:

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lethargic_man: (beardy)
2013-11-14 08:47 pm

"Vilna edition frontispiece" Google image search

In the course of planning a Chanukah present for Bar-Navi, Jane the rabbit typed in a Google image query for "vilna edition frontispiece". Have a look at what came up, and try scrolling down to the second page.
lethargic_man: (beardy)
2013-10-07 10:00 pm

Jane's eyes

It's always bothered me slightly that Jane the grey rabbit has eyes which are solid blue with no pupils or scleras:

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I considered making a little modification to give her pupils, but thought I'd mock the results up before I did anything about it:

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The results, as you see, are so freaky I decided to just leave her as she was!
lethargic_man: (beardy)
2013-08-19 10:20 pm

Probably the only rabbit in the world with tefillin

A little while ago was Tu BeAv, on which the Talmud tells us:
The daughters of Jerusalem would go out and dance in the vineyards located on the outskirts of the city. Everyone who didn't have a wife would go there. And what would they say? "Young man, lift up your eyes and choose wisely. Don't look only at physical beauty; look rather at the family: 'For charm is false, and beauty is vanity. A G-d-fearing woman is the one to be praised...'" [Proverbs 31:30]
In modern times, it's become a kind of Jewish Valentine's Day, and Jane the grey rabbit got a Tu BeAv present for Bar-Navi:

[Jane gives present to Bar-Navi]

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lethargic_man: (Default)
2013-07-11 12:05 pm

Adventures with the rabbits

It's a while since we've had an "adventures with the rabbits" post; what have they been getting up to recently? Not getting too big for their boots, apparently:

[rabbits in shoes]

But soft, what light through yonder rabbit burrow breaks?

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It is the East, and Jane is the sun!

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He's such a romantic, Bar-Navi:

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"Oh, how sweet!" No, Jane, don't eat it!

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Eat this instead:

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The carrot was a present from Jane to Bar-Navi; he's grown quite jealous of it, and has been known to be distracted from his Talmud study by it...

Meanwhile, Jane is all ready to go cycling with me on Sunday:

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Wish us luck!
lethargic_man: (beardy)
2013-01-25 11:33 am

Presents for [livejournal.com profile] aviva_m and Bar-Navi

For Chanukah I got [livejournal.com profile] aviva_m, at her suggestion, the book Jews Welcome Coffee: Tradition and Innovation in Early Modern Germany. As a German Jewish coffee enthusiast, it was ideal for her. The question then was what to get her for her birthday. Thinking of her other interests, I told her, "I've searched all over the Internet for Jews Introduce Rabbits To Talmud, but I can't find a copy anywhere."

Then inspiration struck.

The result was this T-shirt:

[T-shirt, front]

The German reads: "My boyfriend wanted to get me my dream book..."; the book's title reads Famous Rabbits in the Talmud.

See back of T-shirt )

"...but all I got was this lousy T-shirt."

With thanks to Albrecht WINOLJoDW for providing me with German after [livejournal.com profile] curious_reader told me mine was all English idiom literally translated.

Let's take a closer look at the book mock-up, so you can see the author and cover clearly:

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(The German for "rabbi" does not, of course, normally feature a T.)

[livejournal.com profile] aviva_m wasn't the only one getting a present. Jane (so-called because she's Jane Doe, but also because being a grey lady rabbit, that makes her Lady Jane Grey) made a present for Bar-Navi:

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"What is it?" Cut for suspense :o) )
lethargic_man: (beardy)
2012-12-05 12:19 pm

Adventures with rabbits, episode 3

The story so far: Episode 1 / Episode 2

I forgot who it was that suggested that [livejournal.com profile] curious_reader, who made בַּר־נָבִיא the pink rabbit, should make a lady doe friend for him so he could have a girlfriend. When [livejournal.com profile] curious_reader actually did so, I had the idea of getting a new rabbit as a surprise gift for [livejournal.com profile] aviva_m, but it was too late, unfortunately: she'd already seen [livejournal.com profile] curious_reader's photo on Facebook.

Still, בַּר־נָבִיא was happy to make a new friend, though they took a little while to get comfortable with each other:

[the pink and grey rabbits together]

A couple of days later, [livejournal.com profile] aviva_m, בַּר־נָבִיא and I went out for cocktails (noch) with a friend. We invited the grey rabbit too (who has not yet got a name), but she was busy washing her hair fur:

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(She needed it: my one-year-old niece had put various parts of her into her mouth.) בַּר־נָבִיא consoled herself by reminiscing over their first date:

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[livejournal.com profile] aviva_m's comment on first seeing this: "Ah, young love!"
lethargic_man: (beardy)
2012-06-25 12:23 pm

Adventures with a rabbit

[livejournal.com profile] curious_reader has recently taken up crocheting as a hobby. She has been making various things and selling them on eBay, including this amigurumi rabbit:

[crocheted rabbit]

[livejournal.com profile] aviva_m likes rabbits, so I thought I'd get the rabbit for her. Little did I know what the rabbit was letting itself in for... Rabbitty adventures follow )