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Social Justice and Occupy Wall Street [Oct. 12th, 2011|10:30 am]
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primaleph
I've started a blog about Jewish mysticism, magic and ritual; tikkun olam (Hebrew for "repairing the world"); and GLBT issues as they relate to Judaism. Not specifically pagan, but as I know a lot of pagans who were born Jewish and because I identify as a Jewitch, I thought it might be of interest. It's called "Boundary Crosser", which one of my favorite Jewish authors says is the meaning of the word "Hebrew". Apologies for the cross-posting if you're on other communities where I posted it.

http://boundary-crosser.blogspot.com/2011/10/open-letter-to-keith-olbermann-and.html

Jason
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Alternative Rosh Hashanah Service in Frick Park [Sep. 8th, 2010|10:51 am]
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primaleph
If anyone's looking for a non-traditional Rosh Hashanah service tomorrow, the Pillar of Smoke is having our annual services in Frick Park. They're designed for Jews who don't really relate to modern synagogue services, or who enjoy a more mystical approach to Judaism, and include poetry, songs and a picnic. We ask that you bring some kind of food item and a drum or other instrument if you have one, and also that you wear white with one colorful accessory. (The Pillar of Smoke is very pagan-friendly, and we have several Judeopagan members.)

For more information, and to RSVP, check out the event's Facebook page here.
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Pillar of Fire Purim Party 2010 [Feb. 15th, 2010|10:50 pm]
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primaleph
[Current Location |US, Pennsylvania, Allegheny, Munhall, Hall St, 848]

If anyone's interested in attending a Purim
party in Pittsburgh with belly dancers, fire spinning and fire eating, among other festivities, full details are at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=341486350434 . (Figured I'd keep this announcement short and sweet this year... Apologies for the cross-posting anyway though.)

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Pillar of Fire Purim Party [Feb. 15th, 2010|10:49 pm]
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primaleph
[Current Location |US, Pennsylvania, Allegheny, Munhall, Hall St, 848]

If anyone's interested in attending a Purim
party in Pittsburgh with belly dancers, fire spinning and fire eating, among other festivities, full details are at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=341486350434 . (Figured I'd keep this announcement short and sweet this year... Apologies for the cross-posting anyway though.)

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Red and Black is the New Black and Gold [Jun. 25th, 2009|03:53 pm]
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ghan_buri_ghan1


Vegans and Dumpster Divers will be Crushed by the Might of the Yunz Liberation Army!
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Purim: Festival of Holy Intoxication! [Mar. 1st, 2009|05:11 pm]
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primaleph
Come one, come all, to a night of festivity, revelry and merriment at
Your Inner Vagabond in Lawrenceville, PA, hosted by the Pillar of
Fire, Pittsburgh's only officially condemned (by the rabbinic council)
heretical Jewish group. Bring your best alcohol, drums, songs, magic,
stories and fun people to share with everyone. (This party is 21+.)



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Howdy [Jan. 11th, 2009|11:35 am]
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ursus_of_unrv
I don't live in the 'burgh, but it is the closest city.    I am into Greek and Egyptian deities, especially Isis. 
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Rosh Hashanah Festival Celebration [Sep. 21st, 2008|10:55 am]
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primaleph
The Pillar of Smoke, Pittsburgh's only group devoted to the
exploration of aboriginal and heretical Judaism, invites you to this
year's celebration of Rosh Hashanah. Please come celebrate the
birthday of the world with us, with food, wine, ritual, drumming,
dancing, and of course, the blowing of the shofar. Jews, non-Jews, and anyone in between are welcome to attend -
after all, the birthday of the world is something anyone should be
able to celebrate.

The time: Monday, September 30, at 12:00 PM

The place: The tree circle in Frick Park (the part of the park with
the big blue slide, but further back toward the walking paths)

What to bring: It's traditional to wear all white for Rosh Hashanah;
we suggest one colorful accessory, just to emphasize that it's a
joyous occasion. If possible, please bring some kind of food that can
be shared with everyone else present; kosher or vegetarian is
suggested, but anything without pork or shellfish in it is most likely
okay.

Please RSVP, so that we know how many copies of the ritual book we'll
need. Please also feel free to contact me with any questions.

L'shana tovah! (Happy new year!)
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Pillar of Fire Purim Party 2008! [Mar. 5th, 2008|11:24 pm]
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primaleph
(Apologies for the cross-posting; I only do this when I have something cool to say.)

Join us for a night of holy revelry at the perfect venue for a Near Eastern festival like Purim - Your Inner Vagabond, presented by the Pillar of Fire by Night, Pittsburgh's coolest (and only, as far as we know) heretical Jewish mysticism & magic group. Purim celebrates the triumph of the Jewish Princess Esther and her father Mordecai in ancient Persia over the evil Haman's plot to exterminate the Jews, and is the only holiday on which even the rabbis say a Jew should get so drunk, he doesn't know "blessed as Mordecai" from "cursed as Haman". Clever pagans or religion scholars might notice the similarity between the name 'Esther' and that of ancient fertility goddess Ishtar / Astarte. We tend to think this explains the focus of the holiday as a Jewish spin on an older festival, and also the reason why the traditional cookies of the holiday - hamentashen - are triangular in shape. We promise, all will be had by a good time. This is our biggest event of the year, so if you're curious about us, this would be the perfect time to come and see what we're all about. If you're Jewish, whether or not you still practice, we'd especially love to have you.

More information on the party can be found here.
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Introduction, and an invitation [Aug. 10th, 2007|06:19 pm]
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primaleph
Hello, folks. I'm surprised there aren't more people in this community... nonetheless, I'm Jason, and among other things I'm a Jewish chaos mage. Don't let either of those scare you, though... I try to be open-minded to a fault, and I love to talk religion with anyone (or at least, with anyone interesting).

I'm curious as to whether anyone here also still identifies as Jewish, as a friend of mine and I are planning a little get-together this Yom Kippur which should be pretty pagan-friendly. I've run into a surprising number of culturally / ethnically Jewish people in the pagan community, so thought it was worth asking.
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