Yom Kippur

Today is Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. It closes out the High Holidays, the really important holidays for Jews (please not that Hanukkah is not in there). They begin with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. On that date tradition says that judgement on each person is written,…

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Before the Exodus There Was Visibility

This has been a weird holiday season. I feel like since the election last year I’ve been saying that for each Jewish holiday. It’s like Trump has codified a modern American bigotry. This Passover the 🙄 has ranged from the benign, well-meaning gentile telling me about their non-Jewish seder1 to articles claiming…

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Friendly Holiday Reminder

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s officially Christmas season. I just wanted to give a gentle reminder that Christmas isn’t everyone’s goal. If it is your holiday, that is great. But many of us have our own winter holidays, not always analogous to Christmas, and aren’t in need of a Christmas. Basically,…

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Breads of Affliction

Jewish holidays generally follow a formula: someone tried to kill us, they didn’t, we eat. It’s currently Passover for the Jews and this holiday is no different. It’s not among the high holidays, the most sacred of Jewish holidays, and yet Passover is the platonic ideal of the Jewish holiday.…

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Coming Out Secular

I’m going to tell the story of how I lost religion. I had given up god some time before that. The god concept went out the window with science and philosophy. But religion seemed more of a practical matter. It was community, prepackaged ethics, and in the case of some…

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