I had been waiting for a new theme for a long time. I wanted something similar to the old look, clean, simple and black and white. But I was frustrated with having only one sidebar. So when this new theme, Coraline, debuted on WordPress yesterday, I got to work remodeling. I’m curious to hear what regular readers think.
In a comment today, one of my most regular readers and favorite commenters, Larry Kaufman, asked:
Kudos on the new look (or am I supposed to say Word?) I spotted GOP and UPB in the masthead photo, but no MT. Is that a statement or a happenstance?
Glad you like it, Larry. There is no happenstance in that picture. And there is, in fact a Mishkan T’filah. I thought about leaving it out, but instead left in the edition I take with me when I go to Reform shuls these days. (Which is actually two pictures.)
From left to right:
- A set of Moroccan bongos
- Haavodah Shebalev (Israeli Reform siddur)
- Seder HaTefillot (UK Reform siddur)
- Two contemporary Italian rite siddurim
- The JPS Tanakh I bought before my semester in Israel that now goes with me almost everywhere
- Siddur Sha’ar Zahav (San Francisco LGBTQXYZetc Reform siddur)
- Gates of Prayer (the previous American Reform siddur)
- Siddur Sim Shalom (American Conservative siddur)
- NFTY Convention 2009 pocket Mishkan T’filah
- Koren Sacks Hebrew-English (Israeli-British-American Modern Orthodox siddur)
- Siddur Eit Ratzon (Mostly traditional egalitarian chavurah-ish siddur by a Rutgers math professor)
- Union Prayer Book (Oldest movement-wide American Reform siddur)
- Gates of Understanding (Guide to why Gates of Prayer is the way it is)
- Siddur Rinat Yisrael (Israeli official government-endorsed Orthodox siddur)
- The Amidah volume of My People’s Prayer Book
- The Shabbat Morning volume of My People’s Prayer Book
- An old sukkot machzor my mother picked up in Prague (I think)
- A cowboy boot
I had planned to adapt the old logo and digital mezuzah banner for use in the new design, but I had this idea and ran with it. The second picture, which begins after the boot has:
- The Lone Stars of David (glossy coffee table history of the Jews of Texas and a high school graduation present)
- Another edition of the Union Prayer Book
- Union Haggadah (American Reform Haggadah from the same era as the UPB
- The door way into my room
- The new glass mezuzah I bought in Italy earlier this summer
The mezuzah is still there for the same purpose as my bizarre old attempt at a digital mezuzah. It’s an attempt to define cyberspace as real space through a ritual object. I do this because we can do many of the same interpersonal things on this blog that we can do in a real physical space.
The books were chosen because I either like them, find them particularly interesting or because I use them a lot. There was also some attempt to make a diverse set of books.
UPDATE: JaneTheWriter jumped on what I’m now calling the blozuzah bandwagon and affixed one to the sidebar of her blog as well. Check it out.
UPDATE UPDATE: Newish Jewish added one too!