In a funny intersection of my fascination with all things Scottish and the fact that I’m a righteous Hebe, check this article out: the first Scottish-born Rabbi in Scotland has commissioned and been granted approval for a tartan for the approximately 7,000 Scottish Jews. Rabbi Jacobs, who is the leader of a Lubavitch congregation in Glasgow, traveled the Highlands to research the tartan, which is blue, white, gold and red, and pretty damn spiffy if you ask me.
At the official website for the tartan, Jewish Tartan, you can get trews and kippahs made from the fabric, which just cracks me up for some reason. Check out a sample of the fabric, which is sewn in a pattern of threes and sevens, three for the members of a Bet Din (the Jewish Rabbinical Court) and seven, which is a number representing wholeness: Jewish brides circle their grooms seven times before the beginning of a wedding ceremony, during which is said the sheva berachot, the Seven Blessings.
So there’s your mini Hebrew school lesson of the day, folks, and congrats to Rabbi Jacobs for a righteous tartan, which proves, definitively, if it’s not Scottish & Jewish, it’s chhhhhhhhraaaap!