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
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”
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?
It is always very strange when I am in company of others who don’t know that I didn’t convert. Especially when the conversation revolves around the Jewish community and people who look different. Yes, I have experienced a lot of unpleasentness, exoticism, favors, etc. because of my “different” looks (than the average Ashkenazi Jew), but… Continue reading Coming Out
The main story that the article recounts, that is. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/02/magazine/02jewishness-t.html?ex=1362027600&en=4436eb92db0cbe74&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink I have more to say, but I will leave that for another time.
This is one of the things that I despise the most. In Japan, a popular liberal opinion is: Religion has only served as sources of serious conflict. Therefore, people would be much better off without religion. While I totally disagree with this opinion, I do agree that religion is easily manipulated and used for various… Continue reading Denominationalism