…and killed the Ox that drank the Water that extinguished the Fire that burnt the Stick that beat the Dog that bit the Cat that ate the Goat that my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya
Update: animation modified to show Shochet slicing from below. He’s still decapitating the poor beast, but it’s slightly more …
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…and extinguished the Fire, that burnt the Stick, that hit the Dog, that bit the Cat, that ate the Goat which my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya
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…and burned the Stick that beat the Dog that bit the Cat that ate the Goat which my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya
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…that ate the Goat that my father bought for two zuzim. Chad Gadya
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A fine haberdasher asked me to design this fine 100% silk 13″ x 13″ pocket square with designs from This Land Is Mine. They are very fancy! $45-a-piece fancy, which is what fine haberdasherous silk pocket squares go for. Buy yours here.
“This Land Is Mine” pocket square: millennia of violent territorial disputes distilled …
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As promised, here’s Judah Maccabee hammering Romans as a Chanukah e-card. Please copy and share and all that.
P.S.: Any “holiday” gifts more lavish than sharing bits are against my principles, as founder of the Christmas Resistance Movement (which goes for Chanukah overconsumption as well).
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This Burning Bush might be a genetically modified soy plant. That’s what happens when you interpret Torah in Central Illinois.
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The “European Jew/Zionist” label has has drawn the most criticism in This Land Is Mine. Apparently to Israelis (correct me if I’m wrong – this is what I’m learning from the many comments on the movie, and emails) “Zionist” means “historical Zionist” – the mostly-secular, mostly-socialist, hardworking kibbutz-founding idealists who settled mostly-peacefully in Palestine prior …
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I envisioned This Land Is Mine as the last scene of my potential-possible-maybe- feature film, Seder-Masochism, but it’s the first (and so far only) scene I’ve animated. As the Bible says, ”So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
This Land Is Mine from Nina Paley on Vimeo.
Who’s Killing Who? A …
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This doesn’t bode well for the Second Temple.
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I didn’t think this one out beforehand, but as I was staring at the animated gif of the Roman soldiers and the one of Judah “The Hammer” Maccabee, I thought, “what if I put these together?” This might make a violent and tasteless Channukah e-card for next year. Meanwhile, I have to animate more …
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Judah Maccabee was the original “Hebrew Hammer.” Although the Maccabees figure into the story of Channukah, not Passover, they are included in the Brief History of Israel scene I’m working on.
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This pretty much sums up the second half of the Book of Exodus (with Jesus standing in for Yahweh). I’m still processing metaphors for Seder-Masochism, even though I’m not animating right now.
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Last night I finally watched Exodus, as research for my Seder-Masochism project. It was actually a much better movie than I expected. The film is mainly about showing a very hot young 1960 Paul Newman from various angles, mostly in sexy profile but sometimes portrait, but it’s also about the pressures that created Israel, …
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Now with bodies! No matter what I did, the Muse kept guiding me toward symmetry, especially adding the body. Yes it has 5 legs, like a Shedu. Yes it looks like a sheep. A powerful, gigantic, terrifying monster sheep. I still haven’t decided whether it will have 3 faces or 5.
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