Carlos Mencia complained that Mexicans were the only ethnicity that saw religious figures in its food. He sang something to the effect of (I'm paraphrasing) "Hindus don't look at their curry and…Continue
I have a longer familiarity than most people with Chomsky, since I too was trained in linguistics. I haven't always agreed with him, but this assessment seems right on. …Continue
Unlike 99% of all non-clerical Jews, I read the Torah (first 5 books of the Bibole, sacred to Jews) in its most authoritative translation. The first thing to note, once you get past the notions that…Continue
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I have often observed that Judaism is a high-input, low output religion. There are countless commandments (over 600) and obeying them is a full-time job...yet there is no well-defined promise of punishments or rewards in the after life.
So why do it? Why bother with dietary laws, 3x/day prayer, a zillion Sabbath regs, and much more?
Occasionally my wife or I will take a walk on the wild side and visit chabad.org,, a nexus for Modern Orthodox Jews and a platform on which they…Continue
Carlos Mencia complained that Mexicans were the only ethnicity that saw religious figures in its food. He sang something to the effect of (I'm paraphrasing) "Hindus don't look at their curry and see a swami...Jews don't see Moses in their salami."
Well, Carlos, it seems that other ethnic groups -- I'm going to assume that the complainer was Jewish -- are prone to pattern-creation, driven by touchiness and political correctness, often around the Holocaust. The discipline of…Continue
I recently received an invitation to the bar mitzvah of the son of my first cousin; this ceremony is, as you may know, the induction of the youngster into Jewish adulthood.
Bar/bat mitzvah invitations have been getting cuter, trendier, and ever more adolescent in form and content, as if we needed to be reminded that it’s all in honor of a child whom we pretend has reached some sort of milestone.
I just got a chance to see my own invitation (1956), in a photo album I salvaged…Continue
Thanks to all those who commented on my pre-funeral anxieties and other issues. Things went quite smoothly in PA, because the funeral was held in the social hall, where we also ate after the burial. So no religious problems. I saw another funeral being held in the holy sanctuary but was told that they usually hold funerals in the social room, and the event in the sanctuary followed a sudden death. So Belle is off to that Great Kosher(-Style) Deli in the sky, where every meal is brunch…Continue