Ritual and Religion

** Have you listened to Episode 4: Conflicted, Slaughtering and Prince William’s Wedding, yet?  Download on iTunes or listen here **   Grounded and crushed to a fine powder and then mixed with water, Mendhi, or henna, is an elaborate part of an Indian or Pakistani wedding.  The bride’s henna is often a focal point…

Sort Of Asian.

Have you listened to Episode 2: “Purim Explained, Conservative Women, and UCLA girl”? ***** I mentioned back in Episode 0 that I sometimes tell people I’m “Indian” because it’s “just easier.” Given that I’m actually of Pakistani origin, I know undoubtedly that some people would be horrified by that.  I also know that there are…

Black Boxes and Leather…

On this past week’s episode of Hey! That’s My Hummus! you may have heard me mention a recent news story about an Alaska Airlines flight from Mexico City to L.A. which went into panic mode. The cause for this?  Three Jewish passengers, in mid-flight, took out and started putting on tefillin, which are ritual prayer accoutrements.  The…

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