Religious Tat: January 2007 Archives

January 6, 2007

Bargain of the Day: Jewish adventure game

The Shivah from Wadjet Eye Games is not your normal graphical adventure game.

A rabbi of a small, declining congregation on the Lower East Side is close to losing faith in God when he is informed that a somewhat disreputable congregant has died and left his small estate to the synagogue. Is this a blessing or a curse?

This narrative serves as the unlikely background plot of a recent video game, "The Shiva: A Rabbinical Adventure of Mourning and Mystery," the first to feature a rabbi as its superhero.

Unlike a certain fundie Christian game, The Shivah is a peaceful affair, where you progress through talking, not fighting.

To start, Stone attends the congregant's shiva, the traditional Jewish mourning ritual; and, like a Talmudic scholar, he begins to question the widow. To help the players along, the game provides a Yiddish dictionary for words like "shiksa." In this game, words replace weapons. What moves the rabbi forward in his quest is a Talmudic line of questioning rather than the more typical fighting that often propels video games.

Questioning is the rabbi's power, said Gilbert. Talmudic tradition is often one of questioning and analysis, and typically a rabbi answers questions with more questions.

In one scene, the protagonist is attacked by a mugger with a knife. But violence won't help the rabbi win; the only way to keep him at bay is by asking him questions.

A rabbi as superhero - the wacky premise of a hit video gameJerusalem Post, 4th January 2007.

January 3, 2007

Bargain of the Day: Papal ball

Today's bargain is a golf ball, but it's no ordinary golf ball—it's a special HOLE IN ONE BALL - Pope Benedikt XVI

A golf ball, with tenuous Papal connectionOn 19 APRIL 2005 I have at hole 5 in my homeland club WENDELINUS GOLFPARK in SANKT WENDEL with this ball (Titleist 1) a HOLE IN ONE on my private round played. This course is only 116m long, one stands somewhat above the green and has a beautiful view of the offshore water hazard (see picture).

I experienced only later that at the Pope Benedikt XVI. (civil Joseph Alois Ratzinger) was selected on this day (19 APRIL 2005) to the successor by Johannes Paul II.

I still might mention that me in APRIL (at the 11th) Birthday has just like Joseph Alois Ratzinger who was born on APRIL 16th.

Spares a little crazy the whole!?

I am not strictly religious, but me whole history already to thinking brought.

The vendor is not a native English speaker, so for once I'm not going to take the piss out of the language.

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