This week’s (canonically) Jewish character of the week is: Cecil Palmer

(There were rules to living in Night Vale: don’t acknowledge the angels, don’t go in the dog park. There were rules to being Jewish too, but those were of a nicer, more forgiving sort. Vague-yet-menacing government agencies had no opinion as to whether you mixed your textiles, or whether you ate shellfish.)
It takes devotion to play Orthodox Jew on ‘Chicago Med’

Ato Essandoh isn’t Jewish. But these days, he’s learning Hebrew prayers and how to lay tefillin for his new role as cardiothoracic surgeon Isidore Latham, an Orthodox Jew, on the NBC drama “Chicago Med.”

“I would describe him as a brilliant surgeon and also very volatile when he’s under pressure, and also a little standoffish,” Essandoh said. “I think his mind works at a higher frequency than the average person and he sometimes has issues dealing with that.”

His introduction in the Sept. 22 season premiere set up a mentorship storyline with Dr. Connor Rhodes (Colin Donnell) and established the importance of his character’s Jewish faith in his daily life. “His head is never bare. You’ll see him wearing a kippah when he’s not in a surgical hat, and tzitzit. I have a full beard,” Essandoh said.

There are rabbinical texts and the Torah in his office alongside medical books, and he will be seen putting on tefillin. “They’re not going to gloss over the fact that this is what he does every morning before he comes to work. He’s a devoted Orthodox Jew,” Essandoh said. “It’s not just lip service.”

Essandoh offered another example. “We shot a scene where it was the Sabbath and he had to work. He can’t touch any machinery, so he’s in his office, sitting in the dark. And he has to have someone press the elevator button.”


The interior of the Sofia Synagogue in Sofia, Bulgaria; 2011. x

The Sofia Synagogue in Sofia, Bulgaria was opened on September 9, 1909 for Sofia’s growing Sephardi Jewish population.  The architectural style is Moorish Revival with some elements of Vienna Secession and Venetian.  It resembles the Leopoldstädter Tempel in Vienna, Austria; which was destroyed on Kristallnacht.  The Sofia Synagogue is still used today - though only 40 to 50 people attend services regularly - and now serves an Orthodox Jewish minhag.  

Ancient Scroll Finally Read

by Reb Gutman Locks

This charred lump of a fragment of a 1,500-year-old scroll was left untouched for decades, too brittle to open. Now, thanks to new technology what was written inside has been revealed. The right side of this picture shows the burnt clump, and on the left is the virtual unwrapping for the scroll.
   The scroll was first discovered in 1970, when archaeologists were working near Ein-Gedi, a natural spring oasis on the shore of the Dead Sea. They discovered the remains of a Jewish community dating back to the eighth century BCE.
    The scroll was in the charred remains of an ancient synagogue in Ein-Gedi that was burned down over 1400 years ago. It was found in the ashes of the synagogue’s Aron Kodesh (Torah scroll ark). This is the first time an ancient scroll has ever been found in such a way that shows it was part of a Sefer Torah (Torah Scroll) that was being used in the prayer services at that time.
    The archeologists found that the text contains the first 8 lines of the book of Leviticus and it is “100 percent absolutely identical” to the version of the Book of Leviticus that is still being used today. The text shows “In 1,500 years this text has not changed.”
    If our Torah scrolls have not changed in these 2,000 years of exile then certainly they did not change when we lived together in our Land. The Torah scrolls we read today are exactly as Moshe wrote them over 3,300 years ago.
    Not that any of us had any doubt, but it is always nice when science agrees with us.    

Scroll fragment as it was stored for 40 years


If anyone remembers this post about and LGBT affirming Shabbat experience, we are having our second event!

Our group Mishpacha (heb. - family) is hosting a “Good Morning Shabbat Breakfast - At Night” on October 7th.

It will be a fun Shabbat event that is part breakfast buffet, part prayer, part musical, part Jewish learning, and for this event we will be having Rabbi Rachel Bat-Or from JQ International [Jewish Queers International] talk about her work with the organization.

All levels of Jewish observance are welcome! If you’ve never been to a service or if you go every week, everyone is welcome!

If you are interested in getting more information or attending, please speak to me @yugiohno

We would love to see you there!


Rosh Hashana medleys w/Motty Steinmetz and Yedidim Choir.
The rabbis of Conservative Judaism pass a resolution supporting transgender rights - The Washington Post

“The rabbis’ resolution begins by stating, “Our Torah asserts that all humanity is created b’tzelem Elohim, in God’s Divine Image.” It discusses historical evidence of “non-binary gender expression” in Jewish texts dating back to the third-century Mishnah, and points out current-day discrimination against transgender Americans in employment, medical care and voting rights.”

Yashar Koach, Mazal Tov!!!!

I feel like people don’t understand that Jewish tradition holds that the acts of Sodom that were so bad were 1. Rape 2. Starving homeless people for fun 3. Covering foreign women in bee honey and letting the native insects eat her alive in the public square 4. Cutting off people’s limbs for the lolz 5. Being a mega douche to anyone different from them 6. Ect

And the act banned in Leviticus is, according to us Jews, not the ~gayness~, but rape, as done as a military conquering tactic.

Source: years of Jewish schooling in orthodox and conservative environments, growing up in an orthodox community, ect

Send A Message About Marvel's Antisemitism

Marvel’s Captain America: Steve Rogers (2016-) #1 costs $4.99 on comixology. Instead of supporting Marvel, donate to the ADL. While there is no space for a message on the regular donation form, the ADL offers a variety of ecards, including ‘In Memory’ and ‘In Tribute’. Let’s donate $5 (or whatever you can afford) in memory of Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, the two Jewish men who created Captain America when the USA had not yet entered World War II. When you send an ecard, use the email for the executive VP of Media Relations: (most of the Marvel email addresses are locked down tight). 

What is the Anti-Defamation League? From their site

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.