Presenting the latest iteration of Tefillin Barbie.

I’d keep making them like the original ones, but the ones with the long denim skirts are more or less impossible to find for a reasonable price now. I think this one’s quite cute; it’s the sort of outfit bat mitzvah girls wear.

She’s available here. Now with free shipping.

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hatam_soferet: (esther)
( Jun. 10th, 2012 12:31 pm)

Thing about being an artist: you make stuff, and you make more stuff, and sometimes you don’t have space for some of the stuff any more.

On sale: Alef-bets; papercuts; Tefillin Barbie.

Struck-out items=claimed already

Bibbly-bobbly alef-bets

Torah ink, parchment-look paper, alef-bet going forwards and backwards with pleasingly organic curves. 4*6 inches each, framed. The pair are yours for a $25 donation to the egalitarian yeshiva of your choice (or homeless aid organisation).* Leave a comment to claim it and include a contact email.

Seasonal davening

These are the four insertions to the Amidah which vary with the season. You have two of them on the wall at any time. They’re pretty awesome, actually; papercut window-frames over a gouache background with seasonally-appropriate foliage. 8*10, framed; again yours for a $60 donation to the egalitarian yeshiva of your choice (or homeless aid organisation).* Leave a comment to claim it and include a contact email.

Tefillin Barbie

Computer Engineer Tefillin Barbie is on sale; a steal at $60. Quantities limited. Purchase at Etsy (follow the link).

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hatam_soferet: (esther)
( Oct. 18th, 2011 07:51 pm)
I've just posted a photo album of awesomeness over at It's got captions and so on, which don't cross-post very well. Please clicky over and go see! It is full of utter cuteness like this: Go see!

ceb1The original Tefillin Barbie was a 2006 model with a long denim skirt.* She’s getting increasingly difficult to find, but people are still buying Tefillin Barbies. So I’ve bought a dozen Computer Engineer Barbies to play with instead.

Computer Engineer Barbie wears leggings, which is a bit of a change from the frummie skirt. Still, I do know legging-wearing women who lay tefillin, even if it’s not my thing personally. So it’s ho and away for Definitely-Not-A-Rabbi Tefillin Barbie. She also wears a phone headset, which I’ve removed, because who wears a phone headset while they’re davening, for heaven’s sake? Finally, she has Bright Pink Glasses; please note the Very Correct Placement of the tefillin strap, behind her glasses.

ceb2She comes with a laptop and a smartphone; I’ve adjusted the laptop so that it shows a daf gemara from, and the smartphone so that it has shacharit.

This Barbie comes with a chunky pink wristwatch, but I’ve tossed that, because the time shown on the watch is 10.59, and this Barbie would totally be at work by 10.59. Unless it was Rosh Chodesh and a public holiday, maybe, and her minyan had had the longest Hallel ever, but as your basic everyday thing, Computer Engineer Tefillin Barbie’s going to be done davening by 8, maybe 8.30, and off to the office. She probably arrives ten minutes early so that she can eat the granola she keeps stashed in her desk drawer. Except on Tuesdays, when the old guys at shul have breakfast with herring and bagels; she stays for that because the old guys are pretty awesome and she likes herring.

*For those new to the saga, all Barbies are Mattel dolls, fitted out by me with tallit and tefillin. Media links here at wikipedia. They’re available for purchase at my Etsy store.

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Tefillin Barbie is on Regretsy, people. Given that Regretsy exists to mock the living daylights out of dreadful things on Etsy…lucky old us.

The comments are particularly fine, I must say. It’s good to be reminded of how the world thinks from time to time.

For the record, I sell scalpels and blades because I teach scribes, and one thing scribes learn to do is erasing, and erasing takes the edge off a blade quicker than you can say “knife,” so to speak.

Also, I charge $130 for her because she’s fiddly as all hell to put together and I don’t have a factory full of Korean six-year-olds to do it for me.

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hatam_soferet: (esther)
( May. 26th, 2010 03:55 pm)

The soferet is taking a couple of days to make an enormous batch of Tefillin Barbies, with some American Girl size tefillin thrown in, just in case anyone’s interested.

Breakfast is served chez soferet

Breakfast is served chez soferet

They’ll be on sale shortly at the soferet’s Etsy store, should you be interested. Not just yet though, I still have to go buy ribbon for the straps. Sunday, probably.

Tefillin on a plate

Tefillin on a plate

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“You know Barbie’s getting a new job,” says my friend Mimi to me. “People can vote for her new career.”

I put tefillin on a Mattel Barbie doll in 2006, unwittingly creating the Jewish icon now known as Tefillin Barbie. Tefillin Barbie has a frum-girl denim skirt, a T-shirt, the tallit and tefillin more generally worn by Orthodox men during morning prayer, and a volume of Talmud; a whimsical activity for a vacation morning, she generated a vast and wholly unanticipated amount of reaction, positive and negative.

“Hurrah,” people say. “Now we can have Rabbi Barbie!”

But why, people? Why? Barbie put on tefillin and picked up a gemara, so now she has to be a rabbi? Why can’t she be an IT engineer who prays with tefillin and learns gemara in her lunch break?

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