I belong to a Japanese playgroup–primarily for Leo so that he can learn Japanese in a natural social environment. Surprisingly, I have made good friends through that. Misha points out that this is my first time relating to the ex-pat Japanese community in the US. I just offered on their website to talk about… Continue reading Exposing Myself
Come to Deli Kasbah on Sunday, June 5th from 1-3pm. You can meet the rabbi providing the inspiration and organization and Mr. Mutoh, who is the one enabling Rabbi Binyomin to do what he does.
So, although I didn’t grow up in the US, and therefore was totally ignorant of the American-Jewish custom of going out to the movies and eating Chinese food on Christmas Day (which we did on Thanksgiving Day anyway), I ended up doing it for the first time this year. It was fun because it was… Continue reading A Classically Jewish Christmas
I don’t mean to undermine the efforts to spread the awareness that Jews exist in all colors. But, the way that that is being propagated lately makes me a little uncomfortable. When you look at the posters of “diverse” Jews in America, you always see a “black” face, an “Asian” face, and a “Middle-Eastern” face.… Continue reading “Diverse” Continued
There is an organization that I love. It is a community that has nurtured me as a person in yesteryears. It has been and remains a place of kindness and seriousness. I have heard about its dwindling and have been sick-worried. I have been wondering what was going on and wondering if there was anything… Continue reading Fired Up
I am one of those deeply saddened by what has happened in Mumbai recently, and particularly to the Chabad shluchim. I am particularly saddened because I have met and have been helped by many shluchim in my travels. I have seen and heard of Chabad shluchim breaking up old native communities in “far-flung” places, but… Continue reading “Dirty” Mumbai
As a multi-racial individual, I often encounter the expectation that I should be or must be “liberal.” This, at times, has made me want to run the other way, and just to prove people wrong, be “conservative.” Luckily, though, I have worked very hard not to let social pressures like that decide my very personal… Continue reading The Pressure to be “Liberal”