Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Godbytes: Kevin Youkilis; Craigslist Golems; Zen Tables

For those in need of a Jewish celebrity gossip fix: Kevin Youkilis, one of the most-decorated Jewish athletes out there, is apparently engaged to Tom Brady's sister.

Craigslist Craziness: Apparently you can find (and ask for) literally anything on Criagslist -- even enchanted/possessed inanimate objects of religious significance. A sharp-eyed Redditor noticed an actual craigslist ad asking for a "Rabbi Versed in DARK TALMUDIC ARTS to create GOLEM," or an anthropomorphic creature of Jewish folklore. The poster of the ad apparently wants their golem to help with "dishes & sweeping, basic Math Tutoring for our daughter in 3rd grade and basic household security." Don't we all, buddy. Don't we all...

The hubbub surrounding the 25-year-old Seattle man who was "shunned" from megapastor Mark Driscoll's church just won't go away. Slate has their own write up of the controversy, and Matthew Paul Turner -- the blogger who first broke the story -- just posted a response to the Salon piece.

We have a duo of Buddhist bytes for you to close out your week. The first is your Awesome Religion Photo of the Day. It includes a tiger and a monk -- what else do you need to know?

Finally, your Video of the Day fuses technology with Zen (and tables). Long story short: a guy on Kickstarter is asking for money so he can make a bunch of "zen tables" that make Japanese Zen Gardens right in front of your eyes. Sweetness. (via Tricycle)

- Jack "Can Golems Do Grad School Work?" Jenkins

(image courtesy Yunner via wikimedia commons)

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