Curry’s tattoo reminded me of the phrase “if I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand lose its cunning.” For a while you would meet Jews wearing necklaces with this inscription, some in the shape of hands. My mom had one. Its from Psalm 139, the same text that says “by the rivers of Babylon” Jews were asked to sing, in a strange land. Rastafarians also found meaning here.
I almost said “if I forget bubbles Hawkins may my Mikan drill lose its cunning”
Bubbles was a little used rookie in 1975, the last time the Warriors won it all. I was 10.
He died quite young. He lives on playing Horse with Pistol Pete.
I wrote previously about a woman with a similar Hebrew tattoo which she said means “lamed Yahweh” but I wondered if she meant or reads “l’adonai” go with god versus to god.
My Hebrew scholar in residence neighbor confirmed that Curry’s tat reads as he thinks it does.
The Torah actually forbids tattoes.
The harder they come movie features the song version of same psalm. It skips or omits the violent last lines.
This line also led me to a desire to read Damascus Gate by Robert Stone, about Jerusalem syndrome.
Somehow I also flash to the recent movie about Beach Boys and the song Let me go home (sloop).