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February 25, 2009


My Lenten discipline is always to try to be a less snarky person. It's the same every year, so obviously I'm still working on it.

I've often thought that Passover is the Jew's Lent in that we can't eat leavened food, hence, Matzoh. After a week of it (Matzoh pizza, Matzoh brie, Matzoh balls), you really feel like you've been through something. Thanks for this post Jill. Seeing lots of people walking around with ash crosses on their foreheads is a bit frightening. Still, I find such rituals deeply moving.

Stacey - I think you are absolutely right about the connection between Passover and Lent. The Christian liturgical calendar is closely allied to the Jewish one, so it makes sense. Also, do you know what the ashes are made of? They are the burnt palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday service, emblematic of the palms waved by the crowds during Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. So there is a cyclical element to it, too.

Nothing scary. Just sooty. Kind of like getting copier toner on your forhead.

When I was in high school, I used to cut class on Ash Wednesday, smoke a cigarette with my friends and smear the ashes on my forehead. I got away with it because of my anglicized name. So I guess it wasn't really cutting (so she rationalized).

You know, Jesus hated math. I know this for a fact. He came down in a fiery chariot and told me in my driveway.

Okay, now, I'm working on it, I'm working on it! Jeesh, it's only the second day of Lent... give me a break.

Jillie, not to worry, I google you maybe almost as much as you do. But then I kind of do it to see if anyone is saying anything about your amazing book, Necropolis, which is published by neoNuma Arts and available at all booksellers with access to Ingram Distributors (which is pretty much all of them). And as your publisher, I am required to point out at this juncture that Necropolis is the perfect lenten book. Is this too much? Should I not do this? Too late, I guess. I'll give it up for lent. Next year.

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