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Welcome Friar Yid, our newest Oy-Bay’ster!

Posted by Oyster on July 15, 2007

Friar Yid Pic

Please join me in welcoming FriarYid on to the Oy Bay writing team. FriarYid spills his ink over at his self-titled blog, and has been contributing to the discussion over here at Oy Bay. His intense interest in all things Jewish is well coupled with his clear and sharp writing.

FriarYid was raised in San Francisco by Jewish parents fleeing their insane relatives on the East Coast. He is the descendant of Hasidim
and Misnagdim, Cantors and Communists, and at least one would-be-Messiah (that he knows of). Following the tradition of Jewish
greats such as Herzl, Jabotinsky and Rabbi Akiva, he was not raised religious, but had a sudden epiphany of Jewish identity at the tender
age of fourteen, embarrassingly, by reading Chaim Potok’s “The Chosen.” An English major in college, he used every spare opportunity
to incorporate Jews into his studies, assignments, extracurricular readings and activities, and, much to the irritation of his friends,
everyday conversation. His senior thesis focused on a controversial 20th-century Yiddish author who managed to alienate himself from
almost every Jew in America, something he can only aspire to. He loves to play the contrarian and Devil’s Advocate, probably too much for his own good.

The Friar is particularly interested in Jewish culture and history, but is trying to branch out into religious practice and philosophy.
Having recently returned to the city with a non-Jewish girlfriend in tow, he is presently trying to seek out Jewish activities and
organizations in the Bay Area.

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6 Responses to “Welcome Friar Yid, our newest Oy-Bay’ster!”

  1. challahbackgirl said

    Welcome to the team.

  2. Friar Yid said

    I particularly like this Halloween picture. It was the second or third time I’ve dressed up as a Hasid (just trying to make the BT branches of the family feel better). The peyot were made with electrical tape.

  3. J Lifer said

    Friar Yid:

    Sorry but you crossed the comment threshold, after which you must join oy bay. i’ve enjoyed your insightful words and look forward to your posts!

  4. Oyster said

    I always wondered what peyot was made of. Perhaps that’s why one hallucinates when you ingest it? j/k 😉

  5. Oyster said

    The Vulcan/Cohen’s Blessing:

    “Live long (till 120!), and prosper (with 10% going to the shul)”

  6. lchaimlover said

    can’t wait to see what you have to write!

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