True Story: I'm Planning My Bat Mitzvah And My Inter-Faith Wedding At The ...
Six weeks ago, when I sat down with my Rabbi in anticipation of my upcoming Bat Mitzvah, I was most nervous to tell him that I was in love with a WASP—who happens to be the kind, caring person I’m marrying .
Before I could be officially accepted into the religious education program—which would consist of six sessions with Torah discussions, guest speakers, lots of falafel, one community service project, one full, 24-hour Shabbos, and the option for a (very reform) Bat Mitzvah (something I, while Jewish , had never had)—I had to get the Rabbi’s approval.
After answering some very basic questions about my background and why I wanted to take the class, I had a few questions of my own: Would the Rabbi view me differently knowing I’m marrying outside the religion? Would I stick out like a sore thumb in these classes? Would I be transported back to some sort of middle school social environment where the cool kids are the most Jewish, most familiar with the Torah and, oh yeah, most open to marrying other Jews?
Westeros Explainer: The 10 Questions You Had About the 'Game of Thrones ...
1. Whose sword is that and why are they making it into two swords and why is Valyrian steel the best kind of steel and why was the first sword so big?
A little history: Valyria was the capital of a great empire that was destroyed 400 years before the events of Game of Thrones. The weaponsmiths of Valyria knew special techniques for making steel for swords—methods involving magic spells and dragonfire that made the swords lighter and sharper than other blades. These methods were lost when the city was destroyed, so nowadays, the few existing swords made from Valyrian steel are extremely valuable and almost all owned by great houses.
One of these was the Starks’ greatsword, whose name in the books is Ice (most of the important swords in Westeros are given names, so apparently most swordsmen are “cunts,” according to the Hound). We saw this sword in the very first episode of the very first season, when Ned beheads the man who deserts the Night’s Watch. It was later used by the executioner of King’s Landing, Ser Ilyn Payne (one of the people on Arya’s nightly recited hit list) to behead Ned himself. Remember that? Fun times.