July 5th, 2010


Jewish concepts of hell

Setting: Well, complicated... but character this refers to is a modern day Jew.

Research: Wikipedia and Google on Judaism, Hell, Jewish concepts of hell and similar. Found out a little about what Jewish philosophers and religious commentators think hell is and how that contrasts with the Christian concepts but not really what I am looking for.

Question: My character is a modern day Jew who has been taken from his home, through a portal and into a stereotypical fantasy realm (I am trying for parody not sure if I have managed it yet...). He has been locked in a cell and given to eat what is actually some quite nice meat. However, it is not kosher (its wild boar). So, I have two questions...

1) What do modern, progressive Jews consider to be the penalty for breaking Kosher? Both in the local community (does the Rabbi give you a telling off, does the local community shun you etc?) and in supernatural terms (i.e. do they consider one offense to be a ticket to hell?) If they do not consider it instant damnation, would they exaggerate for effect?

2) What would a modern progressive Jew call hell when talking to a non Jew? Would they simply use 'hell' because it is more likely to be understood by a non Jew as a generic term or would they use something more esoteric like 'gehenna'? Which of the interpretations of hell would they most subscribe to?

Basically, the situation is that my Jewish character is trying to explain why he cannot eat the food and what the penalty will be if he does.

Getting back and forth in New Orleans?

Back again with a few more questions. Thank you again to everyone who has been answering and patient with me so far. I was doing some message board digging and ran across some interesting links...

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Thanks again for everyone's help. :)

Edit the First: Mostly resolved, but with a couple more questions:

Two last food questions: Are the little candy ice cream toppings generally called 'jimmies' or 'sprinkles' there? It's another one of those interchangeable things here. Also, we refer to what I believe most other people call 'Italian ice' as 'water ice.' If I had my guess I'd say it's called the former almost everywhere else, but I wanted to be sure.

Also, are summer shoes referred to as 'flip flops,' 'thongs' or 'sandals' there?

Wealth of '80's Glam Rock Stars

Hope you're not all sick of me by now...

This will be the last question for a while, I swear!

So my question relates to the amount of money musicians in 1980's glam rock bands (in the US) would have. The band member I am concerned with plays lead guitar and helps write most of the songs. His band have a couple of albums out, and have almost finished their first big arena tour, supporting their most recent album which has really propelled them into the spotlight; think Motley Crue's Shout at the Devil, or Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet.

For more info on the scenario see here: http://community.livejournal.com/little_details/2700085.html?view=46806325#t46806325

I've searched various search engines, but all I'm getting are rich lists, and how much stars are worth nowadays, or at their peak.

I just wanted to know how much money such a musician could expect to have amassed at this point. Thank you in advance!

College Life During WWI

Setting: USA, 1916-18ish

1. Mostly I'm looking for any information I can on life, especially residence life, at an American university during (or around the time of) WWI. Would the set-up be relatively like modern traditional dorms, with some sort of dorm head (and would this be staff or a prof?). Was there a curfew? How would cafeterias work? What would the student relationships with the professors be like? Information on what classes would have been like is good too, although I've been able to find more on that. It doesn't really matter which university, because I'm willing to blend things from different places and have the specific location be pretty vague. This is at a men's university, though.

2. I'm also trying to find information on what discipline would be like. What would the punishment be for fighting?

Of less importance, but:

How long would it have taken for news of deaths in the war to reach family still in the US? Could I get away with family finding out fairly soon if the one who died was an officer/died in hospital/was shot for desertion? Also, would any ordinary post have been getting through from Europe (or Russia specifically)?

Also, is it likely that there would have been rumours that the US was going to enter the war and conscript before they actually happened -- such that the MC could enroll at university earlier to avoid it? I'm assuming yes.

Research: googled various combinations of college/university (also tried some specific unis like Harvard, Cornell, KU, Chicago) + on-campus violence + discipline + disciplinary measures + dorm life + residence + WWI + 1910s. Possibly my google-fu is just really faily, but I couldn't really find anything.

OMG lots of questions.