“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

“Be the change you want to see”, he told me…

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Yesterday I got into a brief conversation with some guy on Twitter. (Well, obviously brief, because Twitter.) It started with me living dangerously and retweeting one of his tweets with a comment I was pretty sure he wouldn’t like… His … 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

“Did you keep your religion?” someone asked me today

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I think it was because I’d mentioned that I come from Israel, and he assumed (rightly, as it happens) that I’m Jewish – and then assumed something more… Not that I’m surprised – it’s a very common assumption, and perfectly … Continue reading