Jun 15, 2009

Google Chrome YOUR Kippah!

Tuvia discovered the Google Chrome Icon contest, and I concocted the CARAZY idea to make a Google Chrome Kippah out of one of the old relics he had sitting around (I think it's from a 1986 wedding). Who knows if we'll win, but this little 60-second clip was fun and quick to make. Here's hoping we make the cut!

Note: The video had to be 60 seconds or less, so if it seems chaotic and frantic, oops!


Anonymous said...

I love that! Tuvia makes a very good comedy actor :)

Question: what WAS that stuff you put on the kippah to Chrome it up?


Mottel said...

Awesome awesome awesome . . . Now I want a google chrome keppel!

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Levra said...

I clicked on your Google Chrome Icon Contest link. Did you know that a link to your video is at the bottom of that page? Maybe they get rotated, but yours is there now.

Torah Jew said...

In my community we dont practice maris ayin, a kippah is supposed to be a symol of fear of Hashem. And while it doesnt hold kadusha it transmits it. I undestand people think this is cool but it isnt if you live your life around Hashem as Torah Jew instead of "cultural" Torah..

Chaviva said...

@Torah Jew I can understand that you feel this way, but the kippah is not being worn. Tuvia has been donating all his old kippot to our shul because they have no nice ones, only old, ratty ones. We took one of the kippahs to donate, not one that was or will be used, to make this kippah. So I don't see how it could be taken the way that you are suggesting that it is problematic.

Torah Jew said...

@ Chaviva,

I dont think I can count how many times I have been asked by goyim what is on my head and why I wear it. Its an opportunity for a kiddush Hashem to make REAL Tikkun Olam not meshugas. It is a symbol that there is an awesome GD who is greater than me, who gave the Jewish people the Torah. And this yarmulke is a constant reminder that I end where my yarmulke begins etc...

Now when I see Jews wearing different colored kippahs I am okay with it even though sometimes I think it is immodest, even impious depending on how flamboyant it is. However, where I draw the line and am deeply saddened is when I see "themed" kippahs.

Themed kippahs rob Hashem of kiddusha because the focus of the kippah is on the ad you are wearing on your head. Consider for a moment if you are wearing a Yankees kippah. Well now you have alienated everyone who doesn’t like the Yankees. Now someone will say but what about all the people who like the Yankees? Wouldn’t they be more apt to ask you about your kippah? Yes they may be but they are asking because they want to know about yankee apparel not about Hashem. The focus has been redirected, its Yankees first Hashem second!
It becomes nothing but a cultural thing and not about Hashem. Sadly I have met many of these JINOS (Jews in Name Only) who don’t even believe in Gd but they like the Jewish culture. Challah bread is a good example of this cultural assimilation. Most don’t even know why we eat it or what it means.

Now when I wear my plain yarmulke I know no one is asking me because of my sports or political views. And I don’t tell them lest they become a stumbling block keeping them from knowing about Hashem. And I don’t dare take away any holiness from Hashem by mixing him up with it. Hashem doesn’t belong in politics or in sports. Now maybe you understand what it means to me and why there is a difference between a kippah and a yarmulke. Thanks for writing back…

Torah Jew

Anonymous said...

Wow Torah Jew you're taking this a bit far for what seemed to be a bit of a laugh. What's most important is internal change - if you spend so long look at other peoples kippot, maybe you should turn those big old eyes inwards

Mind you - Tuvia wash your hands when you wake up or this chrome kippa is gonna to be covered in nasty energy ;-)

Good Shabbos all

Chaviva said...

@Torah Jew I get where you are coming from, without a doubt, but this is not a kippah that's being worn or anything. It was for a promotional video, for something fun, to take something and make it unique and interesting. I feel like you're overreacting just a bit.

Mottel said...

-Torah Jew: I don't have time to go through the individual points you address in your comment - however on a more general note: the basis for what dose and dose not constitute something as Jewish is based solely on the confines and dicta of Halacha.
One's personal emotions, however praiseworthy and lofty, do not constitute laws binding upon, nor applicable to the klal!
If one feels that wearing shoes is somehow un-Jewish, after all today's shoes - besides being objects often inapropreitely glorified by society - were most definitely not worn by our ancestors . . . they wore sandals! If one chose to only wear sandals then, the kind used in Talmudic times, that would be a choice made between them and G-d. To force it on others, however, is entirely inappropriate and the source of distortion and perversion of the true goals and opinions of Judaism!

Are Yankees Yarmulkes traditional? No - Are the stupid? Most likely, though that is is a matter of opinion. But the design on the yarmulka, so long as it is not of forbidden content r"l, is fine!

What is more, your emotions have distorted your opinions away from a clear ma'amar chazal!! We are instructed to always do things shlo l'shma - for an alterior motive - since through the shlo l'shma (and according to Chassidic tradition - within it . . . i.e. on the deepest level and the true reason for the desire) comes the l'shma!
A Jew who wears a painted Yarmulka is showing his pride as being a member of the tribe - a Jew! His conscious mind may think it is due to the sports team he wishes to support, but I can assure you that his real reason is to do a matzvah. What is more, for whatever reason - even if we are to exclude the spiritual desire of his inner soul - the moment he is wearing the yarmulka he is doing a mtzvah!

There is much more to say on the subject, but I hope these few lines suffice in clarifying the situation.

Torah Jew said...

@ Mottel,

With all due respect I think you are neglecting to factor in kavanah, which incorporates the intention and motive. According to many respected Rabbis, including Rambam and the Chofetz, without proper kavanah the action of the mitzvah done or not-done is considered mere happenstance, and does not merit fulfillment of the mitzvah. There are several other issues nullifying the mitzvah as well, the most obvious being maris ayin.

Plain Suede Kippahs said...

Kippah is one of the things that connects all Jewish people and kippah use when performing a mitzvah, or commandment and its a tradition.Thats Kippahs how important.

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