Half a dozen of the other, or: Jew

Tassels swinging as they walk to the Wall on Saturdays; perhaps not. It depends, you know. Some wear frock coats so you wouldn't know it; plus- tassels probably don't swing much under heavy polyester. I went abroad to teach a group of secular Jews from Russia in Georgia. The country. I wore my skullcap (that's… Continue reading Half a dozen of the other, or: Jew

Monotheists? Not more moral.

Intro: Monotheism v. polytheism Rather recently, I heard a young rabbi, a friend of mine, discussing monotheism with one of his Talmud students. She had been troubled by the line of religious reasoning that he'd espoused to the class; and she challenged him on the supposedly unique righteousness of monotheism. His responses to her, I… Continue reading Monotheists? Not more moral.

Leavened bread, or: Technology

On Jewish holidays I must draft poetry in my head For lack of laptop, I dare trust my memory instead This Passover, I did not just hanker for leavened bread Still, all last night, I long discussed the Exodus instead... And now I type, ere neurons rust, and soon I'm off to bed!

I don’t blog on Shabbas (the Sabbath)

Worth watching: The Big Lebowski Recently, I've been watching a lot of movies online, which I haven't seen for many years. It amazes me how little I remember of them; in many cases, it's as though I'm watching these flicks for the first time all over again. Among them has been a popular cult classic,… Continue reading I don’t blog on Shabbas (the Sabbath)

Jewish and normal

I had an unexpected flash of insight the other day regarding the following themes: My Jewish identityLiving in IsraelBlogging on WordPress My Jewish identity While I only encountered Orthodox Judaism and gradually began to adopt a religious lifestyle in college, I have always strongly identified as a Jew. If I were to sort the many… Continue reading Jewish and normal

Deed, not Creed?

The rhyme that stuck Judaism is a religion of deed - not creed. When I first heard this said to me some 2½ decades ago, I had no idea what my Hebrew high school teacher Rabbi Witty meant by it, but the rhyme stuck with me. Hebrew high school? I attended public school throughout my… Continue reading Deed, not Creed?

First grade for my Israeli daughter

Thank goodness for Israel Moving [back] to Israel as an adult has had its ups and downs for me, but I can honestly say that I've never doubted my decision for one simple reason: our daughter's Jewish upbringing and education. I've written in the past about the simple comfort and fulfilment of living as a… Continue reading First grade for my Israeli daughter

When the rabbi’s wife died

Jewish wedding: No rabbi? No problem! Did you know that according to traditional Jewish law, no rabbi is necessary for the performance of a Jewish wedding? That's right: Jews don't need rabbis to get married. Okay, so what are the essentials? The groom gives the bride something of at least a certain minimum value (usually… Continue reading When the rabbi’s wife died