There’s lots of reasons why people give up certain things they enjoy: sometimes it’s to do with health, sometimes ethics, sometimes you just need to make budget cuts, or you get mocked by your friends for something they think is … Continue reading
It was Passover eve in Jerusalem, and a Galilean rabbi and his talmidim were sitting down to the Seder meal, eating the sacrificial lamb together as was the custom back then – this was at a time when the Temple … Continue reading
Ask two Jews and you get three opinions, they say, so I don’t speak for everyone – but here, for what it’s worth, is how I see the whole Hanukkah thing. Yes, the candles are pretty and fun. And the … Continue reading
Last night I went to see Fiddler on the Roof, and what I’d like to try and tell you here is how it felt for me. For me, because I’m Jewish and this is the story of my people. I … 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
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
There’s a story that’s often mentioned in church around Christmas time, about a bunch of shepherds who were watching their flock one night when an angel showed up and made this announcement: Or, to use the Hebrew term for Christ: … Continue reading
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
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