Category: Judaism

The Masterpiece Within

As I’ve been taking a brief respite from blogging to gather my thoughts after the sexual harassment problems crescendoed, some interesting things moved to the foreground.  And, you can always count on me to share them if there’s something valuable in the mix. My…

Annual Rituals

We celebrated Passover last night with the customary Seder–the ceremonial dinner for the first night or first two nights of Passover.  My house is usually the gathering place.  It is a big job.  Traditionally, the preparation that goes into preparing one’s home, kitchen, dishes,…

It’s Upon Us!

Happy Hanukkah from my house to yours.  Clearly, she’s so excited.  And awkward. This was the other one. May your days be merry and bright. And all that. With love and peace, MJ

A Christian, A Jew, and a Muslim Have Lunch

I’ve written here in the past about my family–my mother’s family in specific.  I have avoided spending time with them for years due, in large part, to how I feel when I leave their company.  A certain feeling of social exclusion and judgment permeate…

Atonement and Forgiveness: Another Perspective

The Jewish New Year is fast approaching.  In the Jewish calendar, the month before Rosh Hashanah is called Elul.  In Jewish thought and tradition, the month of Elul is considered to be a time when God is “in the field”.  He is to be…

What Matzo Can Teach Us

We are in the middle of celebrating Passover.  That means lots of matzo.  If you’ve ever eaten matzo, then you’ll notice that it gets on everything.  I have crumbs everywhere.  It is the perfect food for fairy tales and getting lost in the woods….

Understanding Judaism and Christianity

In the middle of my intense therapy beginnings and increasing awareness that all on the home front is not as it should be and perhaps never was, there is another world opening up to me.  I am studying with a rabbi. This has provided…

A Sea Change

I want to recommend a book.  I also want to be careful in how I go about recommending it.  I wrote at least a year ago that I questioned how the Church at large would be able to handle a hypothetical influx of emancipated…

The Three Kinds of Forgiveness

We are right in the middle of the holiday season.  Hanukkah is here.  Christmas Eve is the day after tomorrow.  Kwanzaa begins on Friday.  These are holidays that involve gathering with communities and families.  Because of that, the holiday season can be a much…

Origin Stories

I don’t know how many people are familiar with the idea of “generational sin”.  There are many ministries in different streams of the Christian faith today that deal with myriad flavors of this idea.  The foundation of this notion is that we are affected in…

The Cult of The Virgin

I have got to get this off my chest.  At this point, I don’t care if every person who reads this blog never reads it again.  There comes a point when one can’t be silent anymore. I came across an article today while doing…