I hope to have a major piece up soon about Molly's Game
, which is simultaneously a well-made film and a stunning cover-up. Most people will come away hating Tobey Maguire. I came away feeling betrayed by Aaron Sorkin, whose previous work has always impressed. Anyone who knows something about the original indictment of Molly Bloom and her comrades will understand that this film is bullshit -- although, like a palimpsest, it does allow us to glimpse the truth.
Why the hell is Sorkin protecting Trump and the Russian mob?
This blog used to talk about non-political matters on Sundays, but that tradition ended when the Trump presidency began. Taking even one day away from the Resistance feels like a betrayal. Nevertheless, just this once, I'd like to bring back our little Sunday tradition.
I've been researching the Holy of Holies, the innermost chamber of Solomon's Temple. Why? Because. Reasons.
The illustration to the right gives you a basic overview of the situation. The interior of the building was covered in in gold. (Naturally, that was the first thing to go in 70 A.D.) The larger section of the room was called The Holy Place; only priests were allowed. There was a thick, magnificently-embroidered curtain covering one end of the room, segregating (roughly) one third of the structure away from the rest. The area behind the curtain was called the Holy of Holies. This is where the Ark of the Covenant sat -- or stood, or rested, or whatever it is that Arks do.
Only the High Priest was allowed to venture into this place, once a year. He had to make a blood sacrifice before doing so.
My research has focused on the curtain, which the Gospel of Matthew dubiously claims was torn by an earthquake when Jesus died. (You'd think that such an event would receive mention outside of the New Testament.) Josephus said that the colors purple, blue and scarlet were used, and that the pattern was very intricate. It is thought that this "veil" was of Babylonian design. Although Babylonian textiles were considered the finest in the ancient world, we apparently have no extant examples. So I don't know if the pattern was purely abstract or if (as some claim) the embroidery depicted cherubim.
There is a very old tradition that, twice a year, 82 Jewish maidens sewed a new curtain for the Holy of Holies. One popular apocryphal gospel offers the fanciful claim that the Virgin Mary was one of these seamstresses. Early representations of the Annunciation often depicted Mary sewing a large bundle of purple and blue cloth (which I guess she would take home with her). Over time, the colors shifted to scarlet and red, which became the colors of Mary's own garments.
My question is simple. Let us presume, for the sake of argument, that there is a factual basis for the Jewish tradition of 82 maidens continually sewing two new curtains each year. Who installed the new drapery?
Remember, only the High Priest was allowed to see whatever was beyond that curtain -- and even he could venture into the sacred space but once a year.