Books, Toys, and Cultural Randomness…

While every culture has it idiosyncrasies, inside, jokes, and unwritten rules, this seems to be particularly true and even more pronounced in both the Jewish and Mennonite cultures. We both have our own books, games, pictures and even toys that are uniquely “ours.” This becomes increasingly obvious when you walk into a Jewish or a Mennonite-run bookstore. When I go to places like Eiklers or Toys 4 You in Jewish Boro Park, or Christian Light Publications in Virgina and Goods Store in Lancaster, I can’t help but smile at what a cultural experience it is!

We all know what it’s like to come across items and books that we just ‘get’ and anyone looking on wouldn’t see the humor in it, or even understand it at all. There are several really nice Jewish bookstores near where I live and it is fun to make comparisons between the Jews and the Mennonites and Amish!

We both have cookbooks, so many cookbooks!

         

Food is such a huge part of both Mennonite and Jewish culture, and there are so many dishes specific to our groups. Observant Jews are required to follow the rules of Kashrut–keeping kosher. These rules govern what they are allowed to eat, the combination of things eaten together, and how and on what dishes the food is prepared and served upon. For example, they are forbidden to eat meat and dairy together, and they often have two sets of dishes—meat dishes, and dairy dishes. It’s all really complicated, but their cooking is still amazing! ????

We have toys and games…

Shabbat Legos!

Amish Dolls!

Board Games!

I love the Jewish version of Apples to Apples, and Dutch Blitz is one of my favorites. My roommate even has Bananagrams in Hebrew!

Children’s stories and coloring books…

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewish kippas  (men’s religious headcoverings), keychains, and Amish hats…

And these are some random items that just made me smile…

                           

Next week I’m planning on returning to Mennonite Indiana for several weeks to recover from my broken leg, so stay tuned for more fun experiences! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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