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  •  Something tells me... (26+ / 0-)

    ... mayim's place is "the only place to be" for Sukkot!  :-)

    As I indicated this morning in C&J, don't miss her post on Sukkot.  I found it fascinating!

    Cheerio!  Have a nice, relaxing, and fun time at Sukkot, and tell us all about it when you come back online, mayim!


    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 11:32:49 AM PDT

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    •  I only gave it a quick glance so far, but it is a (25+ / 0-)

      "must read" if you have any interest in a culture that is so deeply entwined in our national story!

      Lots of interesting detail and as I say so often around!  the things I learn!!


      We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

      by The Marti on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 11:50:27 AM PDT

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      •  If you like ancient cultures... (3+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        greenearth, Debbie in ME, Smoh

        ... in the Fertile Crescent, this is the book the Rabbi recommended I read for the historical knowledge outlined.  True, for every section whole books could be read to expound in greater detail, but the overview is important if you like ancient history that few people ever talk about - and most don't even know about.  I read the book a couple of times, but that was at least 30+ years ago, so I've forgotten much.  However, it's one reason I never tire of reading about the archaeological finds in that region, as well as everywhere else.

        Wanderings: Chaim Potok's History of the Jews

        Of course, you know me.  The older the history, artifact, obscure detail..., the more I appreciate it.  :-)

        Show me one of the diminutive Venus figurines from the Paleolithic era, and I'm enthralled, even though I've seen photos many times.  I was thrilled spitless that all my (mostly non-fiction) reading was so spot on when I took my first Art History class and up popped artifacts that I'd seen in books in my private library.  :-)  The first quarter of Art History class (I think ca 1988/89 for me) there was a Nat'l Geo issue that featured the mammoth skull houses, carved and decorated spear throwers, more Venus figurines, etc., and the first artifact that depicted a male who was on the cover.  All the previous finds depicting humans had been of females, but Brno man was the first male figure unearthed.  Auel's fourth book came out about the same time.  [The fifth book isn't that good, although her scenic descriptions are lovely, there's just too much of that and not enough story about humans to move the plot along at a good pace.  I haven't gotten the sixth book yet, but I'm hoping that reads better.]

        Jean M. Auel's books are accurate for artifacts found at various archaeological sites around Europe.  The character Ayla is made up, as are the others, and I don't buy the modern sex scenes at all, but the descriptions of Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal humans is accurate, and before Auel wrote about fictitious matings between the two, I don't think anyone entertained the idea of trying to find out if it was possible..., and now we know from DNA research it was not only possible, it happened.

        Yeeeeesssss, I could go on and on and on and on....

        Ancient cultures are fascinating!!!  :-)

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 06:26:06 PM PDT

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