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Navajo Moose: Jewish Spirit Animal

An eBay seller redefines Jewish life

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Navajo Moose(eBay)

Animals have an important place in Jewish tradition. Rams, doves, serpents, and asses (to name a few) populate our mythologies and stories. Let’s also not forget Nathan Zuckerman.

But did you know about the connection between the Tribe of Israel and the Tribe of Navajo? For the uninitiated, we both share an insignia that is central to our religious expression. The first to discover this connection is actually a certified eBay seller in Ft. Worth, Texas–with a 99.8% positive rating no less–who hawked the pendant pictured above.

In the description, the seller, whose handle (amazingly enough) is AlwaysBeListing, listed it with the following heading:

Unique Vintage Navajo Moose 925 Sterling Silver Pendant, Mariking 0.8 grams

Unfortunately, the item has already sold for $5.50, which is $12.50 less than we thought it was worth. (Plus $3.99 shipping and handling.) I’ve dropped AlwaysBeSelling a line to see if he or she has any other Najavo Moose in stock. We’ll see what comes up!

Until then, happy hunting.

Unique Vintage Navajo Moose Sterling Silver Pendant [eBay]

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Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

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I found this on eBay. Laughed about it w a friend. I wrote the seller, told them . Lololol. My friend posted this on FB. I sent it to friends. Now it’s on tablet….. Hilarious.

Looks more like a donkey to me…

Who knew we had so much in common with the Navajo? ;)

The moose looks high!

Us Navajos don’t use the moose for anything..we don’t have any around our reservation..

That’s pretty damn hilarious

The yud on my chai was really pointed at the end, so I kinda thought it looked like an elephant’s tusk.

I believe you’re all wrong. This moose pendant was most likely cast to commemorate the mammal shot by Woody Allen in his famous comedy piece “I Shot A Moose.” Ergo,it was not the Ed Zuckerman moose to which the author refers but rather, “The Berkowitz’s” moose costume which Mr. Allen’s moose locked horns with at the costume party. There is no mention of a Navajo moose anywhere in the comedy routine although it may be that in setting part of the story at a costume party Mr. Allen was making a brilliantly subtle allusion to an unseen guest who may or may not have been dressed as a Navajo. Although this may now appear as a non-PC non-comment, bear in mind that the story never took place as early as 1963. And the party itself, having been held in upstate New York would have meant that the Native American garb that was non-PC and worn at this fictitious gathering would have probably been Algonquin in nature. The moose, being out in a Saturday night could have either been a Reform Jewish moose or, perhaps, one of the Hasidic moose seen walking along the roads of upstate New York. It’s hard to tell.

In a Southwest-theme jewelry shop in the swankiest part of the upscale White Flint Mall in Kensington, Maryland, back in the late 80’s, I spotted something strangely familiar among the silver-and-turquoise inlay pendants. After a moment, I got it: a mirror image of a “chai”! Pointing out the error to a sales clerk, I was told: “Oh, I know how that happened. We send them patterns; they didn’t recognize this and did the inlay on the wrong side.” I generously offered half price for this obviously unsellable item, thinking to add it to my collection of American Jewish curiosities. “No,” said the sales clerk, “someone will buy it thinking it’s an Indian representation of a buffalo.” A quarter century later, her position has been vindicated , I guess. Moose, buffalo—they’re all the same!

How about a Chai with a little “X” on it, like the one found on the parchment claimed to be a reference to Jesus’s wife, to throw in a little more confusion about things?


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Navajo Moose: Jewish Spirit Animal

An eBay seller redefines Jewish life

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