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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-08-22

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A Magical Shabbat

HMD's Harry Potter theme mixes tradition with fantasy.

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ccio Shabbat!" Two words you'd
never think could be put together in
a sentence were combined for Hillel
of Metro Detroit's innovative Harry Potter
Shabbat. At this event, the fun and wonder-
ment of the magical world of Harry Potter
was mixed with the traditional observance of
a Friday night Shabbat dinner.
Most participants dressed up as charac-
ters from the book/movie series. For exam-
ple, people wore cloaks, dressed in House
colors, and someone even wore a Hogwarts
uniform. Although the Houses in the story
are competitive, there was a definite bond-
ing element at this program.
In keeping with a bewitching theme,
students and young adults were treated to
a feast of amazing kosher food and des-
serts. The room was set up as if attendees
were at a Hogwarts dinner in the Great Hall,
complete with goblets, gold utensils and
dinnerware of each House color. Participants
chose their cutlery based on the idea that

individual color symbolized which House you
associated with. (I, of course chose red, for
Gryffindor!)
You might think there was no Jewish
content at this Shabbat dinner except for the
traditional blessings; however, after dinner
there was a spirited discussion on how the
themes from the books can be related to
those found in Jewish history.
The most thought-provoking idea was
that the themes of prejudice and hate found
in the series could be an allegory for the
Holocaust. By replacing evil Lord Voldemort
with Hitler, Death Eaters with Nazis, and
Muggle Borns with Jews, the Harry Potter
series tells a story similar to that of the
Jewish people.
This magical Shabbat was delicious, edu-
cational, unique — and a lot of fun. @

Sophie Lester is a post-graduate student

at Oakland Community College and lives in

Farmington Hills.

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Harry Potter Shabbat participants: Sarah Allweiss-
Rosenbaum, Southfield; Sophie Lester, Farmington Hills;
Adam Sherman, Royal Oak; Katie Cassell, Woodhaven;
and Jeremy Zickerman and Jacob Sable, both of West
Bloomfield.

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