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Catalog Drops a Major Shin

March 9, 2010 | 6:01 pm

While flipping through American Jewish University’s new continuing education catalog over dinner the yoga page caught my eye. Yoga practitioners have my utmost respect, and I’m in awe of instructors who find parallels between the Judaic and yogic to help Jewish students explore a deeper connect to their faith through spiritual movement.

The catalog has run the same photo with the Kosher Yoga class listing for a while now—a woman does the splits, her arms thrust forward, turning her body into a “shin,” with the letter directly behind her as a reference. But this time I noticed a troubling detail about the photo: the graphic designer left zero space between the letter and the woman.

I flipped the catalog around to show my wife: “Is it just me or is she dropping a shin?”

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