Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Temple B'nai Darom and a lesson from yesterday


[Note:  First of all, a comment about yesterday's post with the beer truck driving up to the first tee.  It didn't happen.  The photo is a composite (which was fairly well done I think).  The people on the tee was one photo but the beer truck was another photo and in that photo it was driving down the highway.  I was able to blend them into one picture.

A picture might be worth a thousand words, as the old saw goes, but sometimes it's just plain phony.  Furthermore, we often see what our brain wants to see even if what we are seeing makes no sense.  That's why "eyewitness" testimony in a court room is often worthless.

And the final lesson is that I'm kinda sneaky and if I can pull off a prank, I'm likely to do it!]


B'nai Darom (which means "Sons of the South") is a Jewish temple located on the east side of Ocala. It is a small congregation and while they follow the Reform liturgy, the temple is unaffiliated. Back in 2009, we published a post on this temple and are doing so again because it was recently in the news following several acts of vandalism.

The temple also owns one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the state and that was also vandalized. One wonders when or if this kind of anti-Semitic behavior will ever stop.

Our previous post which has additional information, is here.

19 comments:

William Kendall said...

I like the simplicity of this place.

Creative prank, Lowell!

Lois said...

The vandalism is shameful! There were some similar incidents just south of here before Christmas where 3 predominantly African American churches were vandalized by painting KKK tags on their buildings.

RedPat said...

These types of vandalism always seem to bring out even more people to help with the clean-up. If only we could rid ourselves of the fools that do these awful things in the first place.

SuperLux said...

Great shot here. And since I'm new to your blog. I'm checking the previous post.:)

Natasha Hill said...

Nice capture, I love the story behind the place too. Just checked your previous post as I hadn't caught up and that was nicely done! - Tasha

Kay said...

Why do cretins always choose to be vandals?

Randy said...

Nice star.

Linda said...

I love the door, it is beautiful.

llandudnopictures said...

It's a strange world.

Lea said...

That picture indeed is worth a thousand words. It has so many stories to tell!

VP said...

Well done Lowell! I really enjoyed your masterful prank/lesson...

Karl Demetz said...

Nice capture and story here.
Ah Lowell, you fooled me with yesterday's photo, but I must admit, it's well done !

Sharon Anck said...

You are a sneaky devil! I did wonder why the truck was on the golf course but, having worked a few golf tournaments, I do know how much booze gets consumed at those events. (At least there was quite a lot for the group I worked for.)
What a shame about the synagogue. One would think we could move away from these age old prejudices but no, in some ways they seem to be getting worse. History shows that nothing good comes from it but we continue to ignore history.

Natasha Hill said...

I'm a bit of a big kid when it comes to snow, haha, and you're welcome! I'm trying to keep up more with everyone's blogs. - Tasha

Judy said...

I will never understand vandalism. What a shame.
Your photoshop work on yesterday's post was indeed very good. I like to try things like that and from time to time will post it but if you see the word 'photoshop' in the labels, that is a clue that I will always give.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

It makes me so very sad to think someone would stoop to vandalizing! I can't ever understand that crime at all -- what motivates such lowlifes?

Anyway it is a lovely Temple -- elegant in its simplicity.

Halcyon said...

You're such a trickster, Lowell! I still like the picture even if it was "doctored".
I feel bad when any house of worship gets vandalized. Freedom of religion is a tenant of the US.

cieldequimper said...

No prank here. I had my doubts yesterday, phew!

EG CameraGirl said...

Oh, you are a sneaky one!!

Vandalism is a mystery to me. And why anti-Semitic behavior? CRAZY! I think a lot of people are insecure about who they themselves are so it makes them feel "good" to try to unsettle others.

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson