Apr. 20th, 2005

Update

Apr. 20th, 2005 08:53 pm
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I have email access from my computer again, but it still goes into repetitive hard drive clicks, followed by freezes, followed by blue screens, at random intervals. Until I figure out what's going on with this machine, I won't be spending extended periods of time online. Also, I am about eighteen midterms behind on my grading, need to clean the apartment for Passover, and have to write my conference paper before the next conference I go to. Therefore, I almost certainly won't be seeing any of you online in the next week or two. Sorry!

While I'm here, I should say that every single one of the Had Gadya interpretations was gorgeous. [livejournal.com profile] daegaer, [livejournal.com profile] navelofwine and [livejournal.com profile] elfsdh stroked their nonexistent beards and payos to provide (respectively, pro-vegetarian, pro-carnivorous and purely literalist) explanations in flawless Yeshivish. [livejournal.com profile] shiduri_sour, in the name of moreinu haRav* Alan Dundes of blessed memory, spoke about the oral fixation apparent in the constant biting. [livejournal.com profile] continuoboy gave us the immoral** of the song, "Things happen, and if the butcher is on top now, it isn't going to be so in the next verse," supplying extra Gothic Archies lyrics for further text study. It's all about Stephen Merrit. [livejournal.com profile] carasfriendmatt explained what I shall call the Big Bang theory of Had Gadya. [livejournal.com profile] mistressrenet suggested a divine resurrection of the dead in the last stanza. [livejournal.com profile] mogget_cat shared a feline perspective on the song. [livejournal.com profile] taylweaver pointed out that Had Gadya is a traditional form appearing in a wide variety of folk sources over the world -- I'd be interested to hear what the Dundes disciples on my friendslist think about that. (By the bye, welcome to LJ, [livejournal.com profile] taylweaver!) [livejournal.com profile] fleurdelis28 and [livejournal.com profile] shirei_shibolim debated the market value of goats. [livejournal.com profile] fox1013 announced her intention to act out the poem with stuffed animals.

Top honors go to [livejournal.com profile] elettaria, for a thoughtful close reading of the Hebrew version I linked, for deep thoughts, and for some gorgeous flow charts. Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] elettaria, for reminding us just how disturbing the little goat's narrative is.

*Our teacher, the rabbi. Professor Dundes was not actually ordained, but he acquired more disciples than any of the rabbis I know. May he rest in peace.
**Wouldn't that be an amoral?

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