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
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
Hi, my name is Meirav and I’ve been a human being for fifty four years. That’s how it works, right? The first step? Acknowledging the truth, admitting your weakness, saying out loud: I’m one of those people… I’m part of … Continue reading
Yesterday I came to the end of a long-drawn, frustrating saga and finally got the thing I’d been wanting. I felt so happy! elated! bouncing with joy! and yet… People have sometimes called me kind, caring, compassionate – but how … 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
As a Christian I’m commanded to love other people as I love myself. What does that mean? Loving someone means wanting what’s best for them. It means loving them despite their faults. It doesn’t mean pretending they have no faults … Continue reading
So there’s this note that’s gone viral on the internet, and while there’s stuff about that note that is just plain silly, as a Christian I want to focus on the part that I find not just silly but wrong, … Continue reading
I see this pattern again and again online: something bad happens – like the recent earthquake in Nepal – something devastating that shakes people up, and the internet is filled with: posts sharing the news; posts sharing links for donating to … Continue reading