Tag Archives: Jewish holidays

Sukkot moon in China

A few years ago Chip and I were on a kayaking trip with a guide who seemed to know a lot about a lot of things (why are so many expedition guides like this?). We were stranded on a beach, … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur

You fast (and don’t even drink water) for 25 hours, pray all day, wear no deodorant, hope you’ve made amends with all your friends, and at the end you still don’t know what God wrote in his book ten days … Continue reading

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Kapparot

I once worked with a very observant Jewish guy. He’d hang his black felt hat on a special peg in the kosher restaurant, then go back to a special counter they had for saying before-meal prayers. His wife wore a … Continue reading

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But what about the Jewish Easter Bunny?

Even though I’d still really like to be Jewish, I’m not doing a very good job of abandoning my Christian brainwashing. Recently one of my lucky-to-be-Jewish friends was telling me how her grandchild asked her (sotto voice since her younger … Continue reading

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May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year

Growing up, I always wanted to be Jewish. I’m not sure why. I didn’t know very much about it; just that my most interesting friends were Jewish. This Rosh Hashanah day, though, I have mixed feelings. It’s alarming to think … Continue reading

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Shavuot

I wonder if Jesus, assuming he really existed, meant for all the special days he celebrated to get turned into something else. I can understand why his apostles might have forgotten about Passover, given that he died the day after … Continue reading

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Patriots’ Day

It’s okay that the dates of Easter and Passover float around, since nobody knows when (or if) they really happened. But although three-day weekends are great, it just doesn’t seem right to me that Martin Luther King Jr. and George … Continue reading

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