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 →
I was in church this morning – which is a wonder in itself: I’m a night owl, and getting up early enough to be there by 10.30 is a huge challenge! I desperately needed a nap when I got home, … Continue reading →
This is what I tweeted when I got home from church last night. But I feel it’s worth more than 140 characters – because it really is such a wonderful thing! It’s something we all need so very deeply, and … Continue reading →
There’s an old story about God creating the world – in this story God is some kind of amorphous solitary being, sitting in magnificent isolation in heaven and then, one day, deciding to create this world. Why? Maybe because he … Continue reading →
Talking to someone online about God reminded me of my car crash back in May. Yes, there is a connection… You see, this guy yesterday was repeating something I hear so often and it’s nonsense: people telling me that they’re … Continue reading →
I was talking to a friend who has issues with eating and goes to a self help group. I told her I could relate, because I used to suffer from compulsive eating until people prayed for me and Jesus healed … Continue reading →
There are moments as I wander through my social media stream when I come across a meme that leaves me speechless because it’s arguing with something that I can’t believe anybody really thinks. Imagine you see a meme proclaiming: 2+2 … Continue reading →
A friend’s been telling me about her spiritual experiences, and I have thoughts. And my thoughts start with phone calls and the “who’s there?” question. You know those phone calls to banks or utility companies and suchlike, when they ask you … Continue reading →
If you want an interesting conversation (and have a lot of time), ask any religious person why they’re religious, and why they believe their religion is the “right” one. Then ask gently what they think would have happened if they’d … Continue reading →