Grandpa’s Stories

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This is the second post in an interfaith series on remembrance of ancestors. I've partnered with Yvonne Aburrow, a Wiccan who writes for Sermons from the Mound, to explore remembrance traditions in each of our faiths."In the year 1908, an octopus named Diogenes lived in a lake."This is the first line in the first story of the typed and mimeographed copy of magical stories my grandfather made up for me and my sister. My grandparents had small bungalow in upstate New York. They also … [Read more...]

Anti-Semitism – To Ignore or Not To Ignore

When Joan Rivers died a couple of weeks ago, one of my friends wrote a tribute to her on her blog. Up popped an anti-semite in the comments. Still shocking, but no longer surprising. Anyhow, the question of how to react was the topic of some discussion among us friends, and sparked further questions worth exploration. I wrote about what we decided, and when, in general, it's time to start worrying about assholes like that instead of ignoring them.I hope you'll head over to The Broad Side to … [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...]

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...]

My Strange Reaction to “The Book Thief” (Spoiler Alerts, People)

I went to see “The Book Thief” with a friend a few weeks ago. I knew nothing about it except it was set in Nazi Germany and involved a girl joining a new family.My friend and I discussed how we really do enjoy seeing a movie knowing little about the plot, as we like to see it unfold before us with no preconceived notions, and our reactions are genuine - usually finding delight in letting the storyteller take us to places we don’t anticipate. It’s a little like having a trusted friend lead you … [Read more...]

Happy ANYTHING, Okay?

I'm a little late with this post, as it's already the sixth night of Chanukkah. You may have heard (if you don't live under a rock) that it coincided with Thanksgiving this year, and travel, and blah, blah, blah - so apologies for tardiness. However, it is NOT too late to discuss the nuttiness that surrounds these winter holidays.  In particular, I'd love to address addressing. Not as in envelopes, but as in in greeting people.  Specifically, in greeting ME.There always seems to be a w … [Read more...]

Jew-ish

Perfect!!!  I thought of this about a month or so ago as a way to describe my religious life/beliefs, such as they are.  Jew-ish.  “Ish!”  It’s right there in the name!  I’m a Jew.  Ish. Kinda in the middle – sorta…That helped me crystallize some of the ways in which I am a full-fledged Jew, and ways in which I am kinda, sorta – you know, Jew-ish.  Hope you don’t mind my sharing. … [Read more...]

Lisa Alcalay Klug’s “Hot Mamalah” – Book Review

Full disclosure #1:  I've never written a book review before.  I apologize in advance.Full disclosure #2:  The publisher sent me the book for free, but I was not compensated in any way to review it.Full disclosure #3:  I don't have a third one, but I kinda feel a list should have at least three things on it.Do not, I repeat, do NOT read Hot Mamalah, The Ultimate Guide for Every Woman of the Tribe if you are hungry, thirsty, or chocolate deprived.  DO read it if you have a stocked liqu … [Read more...]

Happy New Year?

I've written a little bit about my relationship with Judaism before.  In this Catonsville Patch post from over a year ago, I compare the ways in which I am Jewish to ways in which I am Jew-ish.  In a post on my own blog last March, I wrote about how I had a Passover Seder without realizing it.  I am continually amazed at how every time I learn something new about Jewish law, customs and teachings, I find myself saying, "Hey!  I do that, too!  For that same reason!  Except, I didn't know it was a … [Read more...]

The Accidental Seder (Phlegm isn’t a Plague?)

It all started a couple of years ago, when my hubby, kids and I were visiting my sister and her fam over Spring Break.  Okay, wait...it started a couple of weeks before that - when my awesome friend, Mitch, was reeling from disbelief that I'd never seen the movie, "The Ten Commandments."  The one with the NRA enthusiast and the King of Siam?  Correctly deducing that this meant I was a horrible Jew and had not actively been passing on critical knowledge (not to mention that great movie) to my chi … [Read more...]


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