Conversion in any form is a rather foreign concept to me. My motto in life has been largely to perserve and further my legacies and heritages–I am a rather conservative person. My two heritages are being Jewish and Japanese. I am lucky in that these two leagacies have few conflicting values; in fact, they compliment… Continue reading Conversion
This presidential primaries is interesting to me and symbolically significant. On the Democratic side, on one hand, there is Clinton, a woman, and on the other hand, Obama, who is multi-racial. For me, the win of either of them would be great, on a symbolic level. But, no, really, let’s get on with it. The… Continue reading The Presidential Primaries
I was brought up with humanistic values and Jewish practice. While I had become Ortho-practice in my life after moving to North American, where it was possible to be Ortho-practice without sacrificing all aspects of life, my mind-set had never changed. That is why I was always perplexed with the question, “so, what’s it like… Continue reading Shifting Paradigms–Being a Real Ba’al Teshuvah
Americans often compare Judaism to Christianity. The over-used word, Judeo-Christian tradition, kind of makes me wince. Christianity and Judaism are really not so similar. Paritcularly, Protestant Christianity (which “Christianity” has come to usually mean in American English) has very little resemblance to Judaism. The religoin that is the closest to Judaism is Islam, then Catholicism,… Continue reading Judaism is like which religion?
The other day I heard someone who ended up in a really bad situation say, “I just wanted to fit in…” This provoked some memories in me. The memory of my wanting to be just considered a plain old vanilla Japanese person. Making sure that I knew my Japanese well so that no one could… Continue reading Humans as Social Animals