Re: Obscure Judaism question...

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Posted by Kree on May 16, 2002 at 20:15:17:

In reply to: Obscure Judaism question... posted by Jeanie on May 15, 2002 at 22:28:04:

What little I know about it is that it is still traditional to use
henna in the Jewish diaspora communities in Morocco & Turkey. Turkey
is simple fingertip dip henna with a star of David, circle or moon
shape on the palm, Morocco has a very lively and elaborate system of
When I came back from Morocco I brought with me a dozen or so
pictures of two Muslima sisters' weddings - later I showed the
pictures to an elderly Sephardic lady here in Seattle who had come
from Turkey. She kept exclaiming how the pictures could not be
Muslim because they looked EXACTLY like Jewish girls' wedding
I have found locally that the henna tradition in the Sephardic
community has pretty much died out - but it is slowly becoming more
popular locally both in Ashkenaz & Sephardic communities. We did
henna at Israeli Independence Day and I have two upcoming bat-
mitzvahs scheduled. I have a selection of Jewish designs that I have
culled from Catherine (of course!) and also from some books and
magazines on Sephardic art. I can't say that the all designs I use
are specifically henna designs, but I can say that they are rooted in
Sephardic art.
But you are correct about the tattooing. Lenny Bruce once joked that
he would have to have his arm cut off in order to be buried in a
Jewish cemetary. Many modern day Jews are not that concerned about
the stigma of tattooing.


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