Saturday, November 15, 2008

Monastic scarecrow

To counter the nude Parisian scarecrows that Catherine exposed in her hilarious post today, I offer a modest Holy Land scarecrow. He stands in solitude in our local monastery. With the hood, he does look a bit like his Franciscan brothers.
The cross is over the grave of Father Abraham Shmuelof, who began life as a nice Jewish boy in Jerusalem in 1913. He sought peace in his new religious life, but in vain. The website of the "Kehilla" sums it up: "He is remembered simply as 'Abouna,' a dynamic presence not without contradictions, within the Hebrew-speaking Catholic community in Israel."

Apparently he is best remembered for his recordings of the Bible. If you ever need to hear Psalms or any other part of the Bible in the original Hebrew, you can listen here.

13 comments:

Webradio said...

Hello Dina !

Nice scarecrow...
Thank You fore the link

Have a good day Dina !

richies said...

I haven't seen a scarecrow in quite a while. It seems like I saw them a lot when I was a kid. I guess they are out of fashion

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MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

talk about resourceful - graves and vegetables and plants and trees and scarecrows all residing in perfect harmony

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

the scarecrow was removed? i wonder why - how sad

Dina said...

Webradio, did you listen to the Hebrew?

Richie, this is the ONLY scarecrow I've seen in Israel. You are losing them in America too? Shame.

Good point, M.Kiwi. Yeah, I was disappointed today when I walked down to the monastery and found the scarecrow had left. At least we have the photo from a month ago to remember him by.

Dina said...

I hope y'all went to Paris to see Catherine's neighbors' Barbie doll windowbox scarecrows. So funny.

Maria said...

Dina, this is a great answer to Catherine's Paris scarecrow! How modest your scarecrow looks! And what a great place it has chosen to protect! Just read it has already left Israel. Maybe it was feeling lonesome and went to Paris for visiting its relatives :)
Have a nice weekend!

Dina said...

Maria, very funny! LOL
I will not tell the superior of the monastery that his Brother Scarecrow might be in Paris and for dubious reasons. :)

Maria said...

Oh yes, going to sin city Paris might upset him :)
LOL, i'm still giggling!

babooshka said...

If only Wigger world were still going. Tom would love this.

ichandrae said...

Hello beautiful Dina.

Even the scarecrows seem religious in the holy land.

Wow hebrew speaking catholics-well we don't have any catholics around here that can speak hebrew the most we speak is latin.Thanks for this beautiful message from Jerusalem.

the scarecrow in Paris oh non non as opposed to oh la la. I don't know about the birds but all that plastic scares me, you can't hug a barbie doll.

shalom

Catherine said...

Dina, the Father Abraham Shmuelof remind me Soeur Emmanuelle (who died a few days ago). She made part of Notre Dame de Sion, teaching Catholic faith insisting on its links with jew people and institution in the Bible. You cetainly know that particularity of Notre dame de Sion better than I know to express it.

Catherine said...

Oh! and I forgot, evryone has the scarecrow which one deserves.
Religious garden need something, ... humble, Parisian window-boxes, something less spiritual, because : "ca, c'est Paris!"