4 Sons & Sons

A discussion of Pesah/Passover generally and the Hagadah specifically. Please comment and contribute!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Blood on the Doorposts in LA

Did you know that on Passover in Los Angeles, Jews have a custom to smear sheep's blood on the doorposts?

Did you also know that LA Jews do kaparot on the day of Rosh ha-Shanah?

Were you also aware that in the City of Angels, first born Jewish sons are auctioned off the highest bidder for the honor of being the child's godparent?

Did you know Kohanim are a religious sect?

Well, then you haven't read Wayland D. Hand's "Jewish Popular Beliefs and Customs in Los Angeles" in the Journal of American Folklore (sometime in the early 1960's)

He (somewhat tersely) apologized for these errors in July 1961.


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