Keeping the commandments – what’s the point? (spoiler: there is one!)

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

Converted from Judaism? no, not me!

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So today I want to talk about what I really did convert from. Yes, I’m a Christian who was born Jewish – and many people misinterpret that as: oh, she converted from the Jewish religion to the Christian religion. As … Continue reading

“because of our sins we were exiled”

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Dipping into a book about Judaism, I came across an interesting prayer. It’s one that was added to the synagogue liturgy after the destruction of the Temple, and it’s basically telling God why we can’t bring him sacrifices as he … Continue reading

What’s a nice Jewish girl doing in church?

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It’s Sunday today and I’m looking forward to my weekly dose of church. But when people hear I’m Jewish and I go to church, the reaction is sometimes – unsurprisingly – surprise. And I can tell you for sure: if … Continue reading

Brief thoughts as the Day of Atonement approaches

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Almighty God, King of the Universe, I have sinned against you in so many ways… And though I try to do better, I still keep failing you. Love everyone as I love myself? Let’s be honest, I don’t have it … Continue reading

Hear, oh Israel

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Interesting thing about hearing – we so often misunderstand other people, even when we think we’re hearing them right. How many times have you had someone say “I hear you, I feel exactly the same…” and as they continue, you … Continue reading