Monthly Archives: June 2009

If My Friends Are ‘Culturally’ Jewish, What Does That Make Me?

Obviously, I understood that choosing a Jewish life meant joining a demographic minority, less than two percent of the U.S. population. What I didn’t understand as deeply is that by choosing a pretty observant Jewish life, I’d be joining a … Continue reading

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How It All Started

THE BASICS Location: St. Louis, Missouri Religious Upbringing: Christian by osmosis, I guess. Spiritual Home Base: Central Reform Congregation A String of What I Thought Were Random Occurrences Led Me to Judaism The most immediate random occurrence was a suggestion … Continue reading

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Why Straight People Go to Gay Synagogues: Holy Chutzpah

I came across an article in HaAretz that spoke to me on so many levels. The title reached out and grabbed me first, Why Straight People Go to Gay Synagogues, and it went into the communal life of majority GBLT … Continue reading

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Here’s Your Kippah. Welcome to the Minefield!

Part of creating a Jewish identity in the 21st-century Diaspora is entering into a relationship — however thin, however distant, however indirect — with Eretz Yisrael, what we now call the state of Israel, and its ancient, layered complexities. I … Continue reading

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The Many Faces of Jewish Prayer

Via MyJewishLearning.com: Prayer is the most difficult thing I do all day. Why? I have so much heavy, ugly baggage from growing up in the rural south at the highest (or maybe lowest) point of the Reagan years. My family … Continue reading

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