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...]

Let Us Pray – Or Not

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"...Prayer and I have a complicated relationship — I’m sure I’m not alone in this. I regard it with a mix of condescension, skepticism, and respect. 'Pfft. Like PRAYING is gonna help make something happen,' to 'Wow. Look at the comfort and peace she gets from prayer.' Of course, this was based on which type of prayer I considered the 'right' kind..."Read the rest over at Purple Clover!   … [Read more...]

Guest Posting at LeftyPop!

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In honor? keeping? line? with the upcoming Olympics, I've written about my favorite sport - Political Gymnastics!  Thanks, LeftyPop, for inviting me to write over at your place!  And, heyyyyy!  Where's my sucker???Click here to read the score Elie Wiesel gave Tom Perkins on the balance beam. … [Read more...]


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