File This Under: All My Obsessions

A few years ago, I got to see Amy Sillman’s hilarious “Seating Charts” at Art Basel in Miami, in which she diagrammed which art insiders would sit in which places at various faux dinner parties.  It reminded me of a project I had previously wanted to work on but never could manage (not a laziness but a logistical thing, a flaw in the plan itself.)  I saw it with my bro IS, who yesterday sent me this amazing blog post that compares Sillman to my absolute favorite, the Shulchan Aruch (and the Talmud)!




A brief excerpt of the post:

I am not the first to compare Jewish Law to dinnerware, in fact the preeminent code of Jewish law was called The Shulchan Aruch (Hebrew: שׁוּלחָן עָרוּך‎, literally: “Set Table”) authored in Safed by Sefardic scholar Yosef Karo in 1563.   Ashkenazi Jews follow rulings of Moses Isserles whose glosses to the Shulchan Aruch are widely referred to as the mappah (literally: the “tablecloth”).  Commentaries on the work include Peri Chadash (“New Fruit”) and Megadim (“Dainty Fruit”) culminating in the early 20th century work  Aruch HaShulchan (Hebrew: ערוך השולחן) (“the table is set”)  which attempts to remaster the original recipes of the overly processed rulings of the Shulchan Arukh and identify their sources.




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