Thanks to all who read my previous post. I found out today that Mom is in hospice and sinking fast, so I launched the letter (previous blog entry) to the Rabbi, slightly edited. Done and done, right? Not so fast. Here's the auto-reply:
Thank [sic] for your email.
I will not be reading my emails during the Jewish Holiday of Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah or the Sabbath following them.
I will look forward to reading and responding to my emails…Continue
FELLOW HERETICS: I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO SEND THIS LETTER (OR SOME VARIATION OF IT) TO THE RABBI IN MY MOTHER’S (AND MY FORMER) HOME TOWN. COMMENTS WELCOME.
Oct. 5, 2014
Dear Rabbi Rosin,
Thanks so much for visiting my Mother today. I know you’re really busy with the High Holidays. As in my youth, it’s still the only time everybody shows up, as if God doesn’t notice their non-observance the rest of the year, so you have to make the most of it. I do appreciate the time you…Continue
"if UCSB students, alumni, faculty and staff want to channel their feelings into constructive action, here’s a suggestion: ask the University of California Regents if its $88 billion endowment is contributing to gun violence by being invested in gun companies that fund the National Rifle Association (NRA) and obstruct common-sense gun policies. If it is, they should demand that the UC system divest itself from these merchants of death."…Continue
With the recent lethal injection debacle in Oklahoma what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment jumped back into death penalty spotlight. The botched execution of Clayton Lockett…Continue
It is with some trepidation that I write this article because the death of a child is probably the worst thing that can ever happen to a parent. The case of Jahi McMath who was declared brain dead after a "routine" tonsillectomy" made headlines after her parents refused to allow doctors to shut down the ventilator keep her…Continue
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“All religions are the same: Religion is basically guilt, with different holidays.”
“Prayer is like a rocking chair: It’ll give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.”
--Gypsy Rose Lee
“When you go to war over religion, you’re basically killing each other to see who has the better imaginary friend.”
I have kept…Continue
“Now that I’ve shed my skin completely, One true reality alone exists.”
Zen monk: “How should I escape birth and death?” Zen Master Shih-kung: “What is the use of escaping it?”
“In this world, we eat, shit, sleep and wake up. After that all we have to do is die.”
Once again it’s Groundhog Day, which was nothing more than a rather witless locally-oriented celebration (and an American…Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on February 2, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
Hi, I'm Phil Jarrett, the author and copyright holder of the sequence of poems posted on my blog today.
Someone got me thinking about growing up in poverty in West Virginia so I published the toys you never won growing up in Chespeake, West Virginia on the Kanawha River in the 'Fifties. and that one led to a poem after the Sego Mine Murders The Ghost of These Dark Hills. After came the one about my spiritual journey from the hard work and drudgerly…Continue
Added by Philip Jarrett on January 15, 2013 at 1:06pm — No Comments
if i could see the flowers growing
as van gogh once saw flowers grow
then these poems would twist and writhe
upon the page in torment slow
splash and swirl with yellow passion,
hock and spit a madman’s green
vomit blues and blacks…Continue
Added by Philip Jarrett on January 15, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
“Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable that nobody has ever ventured to describe a whole day in heaven, though plenty of people have described a day at the seaside.”
--George Bernard Shaw
“It’s an incredible con job, when you think of it, to believe something now in exchange for life after death. Even corporations, with all their reward systems, don’t try to make it…Continue
“There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it
with an air of great seriousness.”
– Arthur Schopenhauer
“Since it is obviously inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most obvious conclusion is that they are all wrong.”
-- Christopher Hitchens
“Society attacks early, when the child…Continue
“Long as You Know You’re Living Yours”
Song title, Keith Jarrett
"The world is impermanent. One should constantly remember death."
“In this world, we eat, shit, sleep, and wake up. After that, all we have to do is die.”
“Please enjoy your only life!”
“The power of a man’s…Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on November 25, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Okay usually you get people that just like "historic Jesus" or think the concept is neat, or like the happy feel good hippy junk he preached about.
But no, I cannot stand Jesus, not at all.
Why is this?
Well it can be summed up as: He is an inconsistent, hypocritical, asshole.
Without getting too theologically involved, lets take the trinity, in which you believe "God" and "Jesus" (not their actual names but the most frequently used aliases the followers use when…
“All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher.”
I sometimes think that prankish college students with nothing better to do are responsible for at least some of the more outrageous letters to advice columnists. That may be one explanation for the following letter and response. Another is that the writer and columnist are absolutely serious, the latter buying into…Continue
I really like to just think. Let your mind go and let the thoughts flow through your mind.
I also do this to help me go to sleep. It's hard to explain what happens, it's like I release
control of my thinking process and my mind starts going "What if this", "What if this",
"What if this", "What if this", "What if this", "What if this", then maybe a good thought
comes through and I say whoa, lets think about that for awhile. This may sound crazy
but its worked for me…
Added by Philip Jarrett on June 23, 2012 at 2:26pm — No Comments
“If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world.”
Christopher Hitchens, God Is Not Great
“There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great seriousness.”
“Hardest of deaths…Continue
Proving the Poobah’s posts are prescient, it’s seems the threat to smite the Mormons over posthumous baptisms caused them to collapse into mint jelly and quash the practice.
After the recent string of religious recycling, the…