Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The "levush," illustrated--in homemade Ushpizin posters

See here for an explanation of the "levush" (clothing or clothing style, though, in this case, "dress code" might be a more accurate translation).

By way of further explanation:

(a) I am, quite obviously, not a graphic artist! All of these Ushpizin posters were created in PowerPoint using AutoShapes. My apologies to the guys--I had enough trouble figuring out how to create neckties, but putting shirts behind them was beyond my abilities (and/or patience). As for the lack of hair and facial features . . . :)

(b) These illustrations are all, perhaps, a tad exaggerated. No offense intended (and none perceived, I hope).

Moadim l'simchah (roughly, "seasons for gladness")! Enjoy welcoming guests into your sukkah, and/or being a guest in a sukkah yourself!

Left-Wing Modern Orthodox

Right-Wing Modern Orthodox/Centrist


Chareidi (non-Chassidic variety)


[ mechitza :) ]

Left-Wing Modern Orthodox

Right-Wing Modern Orthodox/Centrist


Chareidi (Chassidic or not)

(For the record, only my original Ushpizin posters--namely, the ones now known as LWMO Guy and Yeshivish Gal-- end up on the walls of my synagogue's sukkah. But it was an interesting challenge reworking those two to illustrate the rest of the "levush" spectrum.)

Here's the "Sukkah explanation" that I hang on the walls of our synagogue's sukkah. I consider it my AutoShapes masterpiece.

Public Service Announcement:

Rabbi Gil Student has published an article by Rabbi Ari N. Enkin of Beit Shemesh in which he states that it's permissible to take a hot-water shower on Yom Tov. Note: "The melacha of sechita, squeezing, however remains prohibited and therefore one must ensure not to squeeze one's hair after showering, though a light towel drying would be permissible.[18] As is the case concerning Shabbat, only liquid soaps are permitted on Yom Tov." (That's a good enough answer to this question for me. [Hmm, apparently, I already knew this, but I forgot that I'd read it in the article to which Elie provided a URL in the comments. More's the pity. Rosh HaShanah would have been more pleasant if I'd showered instead of just splashing cold water on myself.]) Articles by Rabbi Michael J. Broyde on the same subject are available in both Hebrew and English here, thanks, again, to Rabbi Student.

Public Service Announcement #2, and Sunday, September 30, 2007 update to this post:

The Friday, September 21, 2007 New York Jewish Press contains an article by Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen, "Food on the Sabbath Prior to Kiddush," stating that, according to some opinions, it's permissible to eat and drink, but not to have a full meal, prior to Musaf.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007 update: Elie has published an ushpizin post, as promised in the comments here. Check it out!


Blogger Elie said...

Cute! But would the religious varieties other than LW even *have* a list of female "ushpizot", let alone depict posters of them?

Related question: Does the concept of the female "ushpizot" you list have the kabbalistic pedigree of the ushpizim, or is it a modern invention? I had never heard of them before this post. But then again, it's not my custom to say ushpizim either, so I'm no expert.

Fun fact: The word "ushpizim" is of greek origin, having the connotation of "guests". The English words "hospitality" and "auspices" come from the same root.

Sun Sep 30, 05:24:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...


1) Probably not. :)

2) To the best of my knowledge, the wording of the "ushpizot" is my own creation. Being a rationalist by nature, I'm not much into kabbalah--good heavens, the ArtScroll Siddur makes a two-page project of this symbolic invitation?!--but I rather like the idea of having our ancestors be our symbolic guests in the sukkah.

3) That's fascinating. Thanks for the info!

Sun Sep 30, 07:31:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Elie said...

2) That's kind of what I thought, but I wanted to check. Kabbalah does have somewhat more female presence relative to traditional midrash, so it was at least possible...

3) Thanks! I plan to post more about ushpizin if I get a chance this week.

Sun Sep 30, 09:38:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

2) Yes, so I've heard.

3) Neat! I'm looking forward to your ushpizin post.

Mon Oct 01, 10:08:00 AM 2007  
Blogger Elie said...

Why thank you! It's up tonight.

Mon Oct 01, 10:23:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Esser Agaroth said...

B"H I these were clever! But, I was wondering wear the beards were. Also, I wish that all left-wing MO women covered their hair. Thanks for sending that message, intended or otherwise.

Sun Oct 07, 01:51:00 PM 2007  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Ben Yehuda, I didn't have any more luck figuring out how to create beards out of AutoShapes than I had figuring out how to create hair on the tops of the people's heads. :) Glad you thought the posters were clever anyway.

Concerning hair-covering--or the lack thereof--by Modern Orthodox women, that does seem to me to be one of the characteristics of Left-wing Modern Orthodox dress: I'm under the impression that most LWMO married women cover their heads when they're in synagogue only, if even there. If I'm wrong, I hope my readers will correct me.

Also, there seems to me to be some discussion within the Orthodox community as to whether covering the head is sufficient, or whether one must cover one's hair. Quantity seems to be the issue: How much of the hair must be covered? I've read opinions (all supported by various halachic authorities) ranging from none whatsoever to every single strand.

Mon Oct 08, 11:40:00 AM 2007  

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