Friday, June 22, 2007

Dont feel guilty about buying Harry Potter

At last, the Orthodox can justify purchasing Harry Potter! Forget about the assur magic, or the tameh kissing, or the female author. Much more important reason to purchase is because it stops Reform from printing their siddur. (I can't even believe this is true - but either way it is a classic):

As you may know, the Reform movement has a new prayerbook in-progress, called Mishkan Tefilah. It's been in-progress for a long time; my shul ordered our copies five years ago, and the release date keeps getting pushed forward for one reason or another. (At the Biennial two years ago we davened using proofs, and they told us then that it would be out "soon." Yeah, right.) Anyway, the most recent publication date had been this summer...

...but apparently the paper that the publication committee chose for the prayerbook is the same paper on which the forthcoming seventh Harry Potter book will be published. And because Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is expected to be a really big seller, Mishkan Tefilah is in a kind of suspended animation. They can't print MT until after the Harry Potter rush is over, lest that print job use up paper which might need to be allocated to printing more copies of HP7.

Thanks to Velveteen Rabbi for that. Does this mean that Rav Eliashiv will be ordering all the troops to purchase Harry Potter??

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