When Coming of Age Feels Like Farewell…

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Since I grew up on Long Island, there were Bar and Bat Mitzvahs pretty much every weekend in seventh grade.  (No, although I'm descended from Jews on the correct side, I did not have one).  So I was interested in an article in The New York Times about the way the Union for Reform Judaism is experimenting with the ritual and the study that leads up to it.A cursory primer for the goyim: Bar/Bat Mitzvahs mark the transition to adulthood and take place at age 13.  For example, after a bar mit … [Read more...]

A meal plus an extended argument? Seders are the best!

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Last night, my housemates and I threw a by-the-seat-of-our-pants Seder.  It's the first one I've ever been to (assuming watching Shari Lewis's on TV didn't count).  And plenty of it was un-orthodox (small o) starting with what we had standing in for a lamb shank on the Seder plate.Our Seder party was about evenly split between Christians and Jews, and the Christians tended to be more theistic than some of the Jews, which prompted the following (paraphrased) exchange between the Seder leader a … [Read more...]

I need a reading recommendation

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Some friends of mine invited a bunch of us to spend Sukkot with them this weekend and I had a lovely time.  They miraculously managed procure a lulav, despite the shortage, and gave a thorough exegesis of the holiday and the symbolism of the lulav components.Some of the conversations I had at or after the party highlighted the fact that I don't know very much about Judaism.  I'm from New York, so I know plenty of Yiddish, but I've known very few religious Jews.  (Oh, and I've seen the Shari L … [Read more...]

The Euthyphro Strikes Back

This week, The King and I blog (which is doing a guided reading through the whole King James Bible in a year) finished the Pentateuch. I've been keeping up with the readings, and I'm often struck by the strong contrasts between the passages in the Hebrew Bible and the Gospels and epistles I hear weekly at Sunday Masses.In the Gospels, Jesus speaks in parables, using specific examples to teach higher, more abstract lessons.  Most of the parables end using more general and universal language, w … [Read more...]

Biblical Sacrifice Question – updated

Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, My offering, [and] my bread for my sacrifices made by fire, [for] a sweet savour unto me, shall ye observe to offer unto me in their due season.And thou shalt say unto them, This [is] the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto the LORD; two lambs of the first year without spot day by day, [for] a continual burnt offering.The one lamb shalt thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even; And a tenth [part] … [Read more...]


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