Being a bit more like Thumper…

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A week or so ago my Rabbi sent a newsletter about "being like Thumper".You know,"If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."I've been thinking a bit about it lately, especially in light of my [forever ongoing] legal drama. I've been thinking about the posts I've written. I've been honest, but I haven't always been kind. Is it really harmful to say the truth? I mean, is it so bad? Surely telling the truth, even if unkind, isn't a bad thing? Isn't honesty a … [Read more...]

When Life throws Lemons

Life isn't fair.It's something I was pondering today as I thought about my last two posts about divorce and Mother's Day , and as I spoke with some people about their experiences with uncharitable life situations.That's the entirety of the book of Job (Iyov), isn't it? That life isn't fair, even for righteous people. If you haven't read Job, the story goes like this:Job is a great guy who lives a great life. He is an "upright" person who always does the right thing. He has many … [Read more...]

Fundamentalism / Seeing What We Want

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I am converting to Judaism. I have wanted to since I was a child and the desire has only grown as I have aged. It's where my soul belongs, and that's really the bottom line. If I were to strip away the intellectual side, and my experiences with Christianity (which have, despite some of my statements, been positive at times), and my experiences with other Christians, I would still have a strong inner desire to be with the Jewish people. The Torah has always felt right to me. It is my … [Read more...]

The Things You’d Never Have Told Ruth

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Nearly everyone who has read the Bible has heard of the story of Ruth. It's a lovely story, and has a good narrative. Ruth's story is both a romance and the epitome of the convert's story. The story goes like this:Naomi has a husband and two sons. They move out of Israel for better economic conditions.Her sons marry non-Jewish women.Her sons and her husband all pass away. The sons and their new wives don't yet have children.Naomi decides to return home to Israel. She tells both … [Read more...]


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