As you might have noticed, my new computer's built-in camera has driven me a bit self-portrait-crazy. I've gone through a number of different profile
pictures here on Blogger, not to mention the many other different self
I took and edited for various other internet forums.Oh wait, actually one of those was taken on a cellphone camera belonging to one of my students. I think you can guess which one, as well as what the class before them was studying ;–) .
Anyway, on a recent post
commented on my profile picture at the time, and dropped a link
to a website called The Fedora Lounge
, which seems to be a website forum for (mostly) men who like early- and mid-twentieth century clothing, such as hats and various types of suits and jackets. I wonder if posting the link on Hhareidi websites would help certain people diversify beyond the large-brim pinstripe "gangster look"...
Anyway, I was wandering around that website when I found this thread
, in which a hat manufacturer is showing off a very customized hat meant to partially evoke the hat worn by Indiana Jones
. What's really interesting to me, though, is the logo on the inside of the hat:Ketav ‘Ivri alert!
I haven't seen any of the Indiana Jones movies in years, but the design of the logo reminds me of the jewel-headed staff they use in Raiders of the Lost Ark
to shine a beam of light onto a map engraved in an Ancient Egyptian tomb.
And not only has it got Ketav ‘Ivri around the rim of the design, but it includes God's Name! Now, the kohein gadol
used to wear a metal ornament called the tzitz
which had engraved upon it קדש לה׳
, but this is a bit ridiculous.
It seems to say:
(one ama/cubit above the holiness of God's glory and the lintel?)
ואמה(?) אחת(?) מעל קדש ・ כבד י--ה והמשקף(?)
I guess that makes sense as an instruction for assembling some ancient secret pointer to where to find the aron berit H'
(ark of the covenant), but writing it out with the Explicit Name explicitly spelled out on the underside of a hat crown where it's going to get all sweaty and nasty?!
Who wants to join me in a "Muḥammad cartoon riot"?