It seems everyone this year is getting into Hanukkah in a big way, all the local synagogues are throwing huge parties. I would suspect that they are super keen to get everyone back to shul after all the lockdowns. I don’t blame them, there are likely to be many people who have drifted away asContinue reading “Hanukkah 5782”
Although not quite as ridiculous as pine trees covered in snow in 40°C weather, Jewish Holidays are not in sync with their intended seasons. Pesach, that joyful celebration of the arrival of spring and the freedom of the Hebrews from Egypt, is in autumn. Late the same season is Shavuot, which of course is partlyContinue reading “Holidays in the Southern Hemisphere”
Often I’ll see people say ‘oh don’t bother engaging with the bigots, they’re too __ to understand’. Sure, there are many out there who just say bigoted crap to get a rise out of people. But there are many who come from a place of ignorance and genuinely don’t actually understand all the nuances. StayingContinue reading “Fighting ignorance”
I’m going to try and be objective here, so obviously a lot of this is not how I personally view things. However, I think it’s important to understand some of the negative ways that we are viewed in order to help foster more understanding and hence less hate. I had very little understanding of whatContinue reading “How Jews look to non-Jews – Part 1”
So many converts will have spent the majority of the last 1.5 years cut off from their chosen community. Reading through material without any other converts around to ask seemingly silly questions. Contemplating how on earth they could ever possibly understand all the intricacies of kashrut let alone follow the majority of them. It mustContinue reading “Going back to shul”
Why not advertise?
Internal division. Highly likely that this will expedite the downfall of Judaism.
The Israeli Interior Ministry has determined that the small Ugandan community of Jews called Abayudaya are not Jewish enough to be eligible to immigrate to Israel. They converted to Judaism in early the 1900s, doing so with no contact with established communities in the Diaspora, which I think is pretty amazing. https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/a-history-of-the-abuyudaya-jews-of-uganda I suppose thisContinue reading “Rejection of the Ugandan Jews”
An odd one, but unique
I like a challenge