We did a huge cleaning today in anticipation of Pesach. This is one holiday that makes me particularly nostalgic, remembering how I used to celebrate it growing up. One of the huge gaps of celebrating Pesach at home in Japan and in places like New York was food. My association with Pesach is one of… Continue reading Pesach: Memories from Home
I can’t believe I have come back to this site only three months after my original post. Not that I have much to say, but, mainly I am here to say Happy Chanukah!!! On a certain Facebook group (where Japanese dominates), someone wished all the Jewpanese out there a Happy Channukah. It made me super happy… Continue reading Chappy Chanukah!
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
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”
I’ve done this once. And it wasn’t even a rabbi that I knew well. Why? Because from the pulpit, he gave a great long speech about the dangers of intermarriage and how that was going to decrease the numbers of Jews. Really annoyed at hearing this rant against intermarriage as the source of the problem… Continue reading Telling Off a Rabbi
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?