So you know how yesterday I talked about the high standards God sets for us, and how Jesus said you can’t assume you’re ok just because you didn’t murder anyone, you’re guilty even if you just get angry with someone … Continue reading
Can you love someone and wish them harm? Can you love someone and rejoice when they suffer? I got into a conversation online today about schadenfreude. I said my problem with this is to do with “love your neighbour”, and … Continue reading
Is there room in your spirituality for x,y,z,whatever – someone just asked me this kind of question and it doesn’t really matter what the x,y,z was, my response would have been the same to anything other than the pure, unadulterated … Continue reading
Yes, a tiara and a ballgown instead of a t-shirt. I had a whole collection of well-earned t-shirts. I don’t miss them. I’m glad they’ve gone. I got a much better deal instead. But no, I’m not talking about actual … Continue reading
This rambly thought started last Sunday and has been sort of wiggling around in my head through the week, saying: write me, write me. So here goes. Communion – also known as The Lord’s Supper, or the Eucharist – the … Continue reading
I’ve had a blog post stewing in my mind for a while, waiting for the moment when I could write it properly, working on an image to go with it and thinking I should try and make a better one, … Continue reading
And now we come to the part of the programme where Meirav argues with internet memes… Because really… I’ve just seen a meme saying that when an atheist is kind to you it’s not because they’re trying to get to … Continue reading
I’ve just realised something about why today was so very profoundly wonderful for me. It’s about belonging, being loved and accepted just as I am – you see, I’m an Israeli living in England, a Jewish woman living among Gentiles, … Continue reading
How can she do this? How can this woman be telling people about Jesus and at the same time react so rudely to that poor salesman who knocked on her door? Well, actually… Actually that’s the whole point. The Bible … Continue reading
Do you keep kosher? Now there’s a question Jewish people can get into long and detailed discussions about – how far do you go? How long do you wait after a meat meal before allowing yourself to enjoy a latte? Do you have separate sinks in your kitchen, or are you laid back like my mother was, and wash meat and dairy dishes in the same one?
And then there’s all the myriad rules about what you can’t do on Shabbat. My mother kept some of those – not writing, for example – but had no qualms about cooking, or doing the washing up.
Me? I rebelled against the whole thing in my teens – didn’t see the point in any of it. And now? Now I do see the point, and that’s what I want to talk about today. Because the point of it all is not what most Jewish people think it is… Continue reading