Sweet Baby Jesus Frog

Rely on God! Don't forget the Gummy Bears!

So I took the youngest school supply shopping, and afterwards we went to Sweet Frog. My head was down, as I was thinking hard about whether I should put more chocolate sprinkles on my frozen yogurt. (Answer: Of COURSE I should...) I look up to see a sweet teenaged girl chirping at me from behind the counter, ready to ring up my order.I tried really hard not to stare at her torso.  Really hard. But I was trying to make sure her shirt said what I thought it said. It was a Sweet Frog shirt - … [Read more...]

My Afternoon as a Hobby Lobby Sidewalk Counselor

My Sidewalk Counseling Operation has doubled in size!!!

Back in June, I was inspired by a Supreme Court decision to take up Sidewalk "Counseling." Since SCOTUS declared the buffer zone around Massachusetts' health clinics unconstitutional, I decided it was time for me to provide those seeking treatments to which I object with counseling of my own. Here, in my post, "My Morning as a Viagra Sidewalk Counselor" I explain why this made perfect sense to me. Eleanor McCullen, lead plaintiff in that Supreme Court case, had been vindicated. Because she … [Read more...]

My Morning as Viagra Sidewalk Counselor

We Shall Overcum

Last Thursday, June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot "buffer zone" outside women's health clinics (at which legal abortions are performed.) While my instincts cried foul, my intellect told me that since the decision was unanimous, the law itself must have had some pretty massive fundamental flaws. Surely, the trifecta of my girl crushes on the highest bench in the land wouldn't have concurred otherwise in ruling against the buffer zone designed … [Read more...]

The Teacher Didn’t Do Her Homework

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Well, THIS has been an interesting week...I recently published a snarky retort to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's blathering on about what women really want in the form of a graded essay. Despite the fact that I was inspired to do so by the large number of intellectual (and SEXY) Orthodox Jewish female friends who were posting his Huffington Post piece with a collective "WTF?!?" and "STFU, Shmuley!" I still received a fair amount of criticism. I found the feedback informative, fascinating, accurate in … [Read more...]

A Rabbi Tells Me What I Want!

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Rabbi Schmuley Boteach wrote an unfortunate essay published in the Huffington Post, entitled, "What Women Really Want."I printed it out as a document and graded it as I would have graded one of my students.  Normally I'm a nice person, and I don't get off on ripping someone else's writing to shreds, because I can appreciate that people put themselves into their work. It's risky to put your writing out there, so my policy is to be gentle with other people always. However, every once in a … [Read more...]

Celebrating #Patheos5Years! Happy Birthday to Diversity and Conversation!

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Ahhhh - I remember when Patheos was just a gleam in it's father's eye...no...no...that's not true...Ahhhh - Patheos - you don't look a DAY over Four Years Old...no...no...that's not right, either...Ooooo!  Patheos!  You look GREAT!!!  Have you had some WORK DONE??? Sigh. Nope. Not that, either.How about this?Dear Patheos,I remember when I was first introduced to you by my friend, John Shore. He was moving his own blog, and establishing a group blog for Unfundamentalist Ch … [Read more...]

This Week in Sexism…

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Who doesn't love a sexism round-up? I know I do! I even love WRITING sexism round-ups. So that's what I did on Friday at Lefty Pop. Enjoy! Or get pissed! Or both!This Week In Sexism on Lefty Pop … [Read more...]

Are Ukrainian Jews Political Pawns or Actual Targets?

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As I sat in my kitchen, munching on matzah crack (chocolate-covered matzah, for the uninitiated) as my sole tribute to the Passover holiday, I struggled to absorb the news of that bastard in Kansas City who targeted Jews with his guns (and the Missouri MAYOR who agrees with him.) Then I read this afternoon that in Ukraine, Jews exiting their Erev Passover synagogue services were handed flyers demanding they "register" their religion and property with the government.In an extremely v … [Read more...]

Invocation

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As a Jew, I've sat through my share of interminable sermons.  I've endured excruciatingly long bar mitzvah services and naming ceremonies.  Having a Catholic husband has also exposed me to long masses and wordy pre-meal prayers.  Now, I'm not really the praying type.  However, I'm very happy to respect the prayer rituals of those around me and bow my head to contemplate what is being said.  After all - I figure, "There's gotta be something in here I can agree with...I can go along with that...I c … [Read more...]

Mama Mika and Papa Joe

Here's how I imagine the conversation between Mika and Joe (of Morning Joe) and Governor Chris Christie went.  It's over on Lefty Pop.  :) … [Read more...]


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