Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Ritual Assistance

CA writes:

With the extensive Torah knowledge that you and your readers have, perhaps they could help me understand why Jews have beeen starting to use the University of Texas 'Hook 'em Horns' cheerleading gesture during hagbah

I have proposed a possible reason, but any additional enlightenment would be helpful.

I know the gesture he means, but I don't know why so many Jews perform it. According to the Mishna Brurah you're supposed to bow when the Torah is lifted, not pledge allegiance to your favorite college football team.