The original Tefillin Barbie
About Tefillin Barbie
Mattel's Halloween Hip Barbie 2006 comes with a lovely frum denim skirt, so she looks like most of my friends. Accordingly, she ought to be wearing tefillin. As well as the tallit (with tekhelet, of course) and tefillin, she has a siddur and a volume of Talmud.
Tefillin Barbie generated an extraordinary amount of feedback. She featured on Jewschool and Jewlicious, on BoingBoing, in the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, on Ritualwell, Lilith magazine (Winter '06-'07 issue), New Voices, the London Jewish Chronicle, The Jewish Advocate, the Philadelphia Jewish Voice, the New Jersey Jewish News, the Forward, the Jewish Week...
Barbie reads Torah
Responses ranged from "...seriously disturbing - like watching a car accident...disgusting" to "Finally Barbie has done something I can be proud of!" and "A witty comment on contemporary American Jewish life."
Buying Tefillin Barbie
How do I get one? If I have any Tefillin Barbies (a Mattel Barbie doll equipped with tallit, tefillin and gemara) in stock, they're listed in my Etsy store, where payment is by Paypal/credit card only.
If there aren't any in stock, there'll be some more on the way; please do contact me to find out what the timescale looks like.
A Mattel Barbie with tallit, tefillin and gemara is $130. Torah scrolls are an additional $40.
Can I get a brunette? A different shirt? Barbie comes as shown - blonde, orange shirt, denim skirt. If you want a different hair colour, different clothing, different skin tone, that's fine; you send me a different doll, or new clothes, or a wig - whatever you want - and I'll use those. I haven't time to do the shopping for you, I'm afraid, and you'll like it better if you choose it anyway. There is only one of me, and I do many things besides making Barbie accessories, so your commission may take a month or two. If you need it for a particular date, let me know and I'll do my best to accommodate you, cos I'm nice, but no promises.
Can I get greetings cards? As I understand it, there is nothing wrong with me buying a Mattel Barbie and putting accessories on it, and selling it on to you. Taking a photograph of said Barbie and selling the photograph on greetings cards moves into the murky waters of copyright law, since the image is undoubtedly closely associated with Mattel's product. Pending a good copyright lawyer advising me gratis, I won't be offering any product featuring a Barbie image.
More Tefillin Barbie
Because women can do hagbah
Barbie reads Torah somewhere else
With Talmud and moody lighting
Barbie leading daf-yomi shiur, for all the wailing winnies who didn't like the Steinsaltz. Barbie is hardcore, see? She's taking daf-yomi shiur before minyan starts, telling you that she's sorry you don't get that Tosafot but we don't have time to get into it right now and she'll go through it with you if you can stay afterwards.