Monthly Archives: October 2011

Reminder

Apologies for a brief absence. In the next few weeks I’ll be posting here a review of Fr. Elias Friedman’s book, Jewish Identity, focusing in particular on Fr. Friedman’s reflections on Jewish suffering and the Holocaust. In the meantime, I … Continue reading

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With Thanks and Praise

The Old Testament is good for many things – it is, after all, the original Good Book – but in particular for making unexpected connections. The other day, I was reading about the travails of my namesake, Leah the wife … Continue reading

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Do Not Make for Yourself An Image…

(icon courtesy of Holy Transfiguration Monastery) I came across this beautiful icon for the first time yesterday at the home of fellow parishioners from St. Mary’s Orthodox Church who are Chinese-American. It reminded me of a church calendar that a … Continue reading

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The Self-Deprecating Beacon

A couple of weeks ago I asked for comments or longer pieces of writing on the question of how Christian Jews and their descendants of mixed Jewish-Gentile heritage can preserve a sense of Jewish identity. I’ve received a couple of … Continue reading

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Prayer and Fasting

Fasting on Yom Kippur was the one Jewish practice my family – or, rather, my father and I – followed when I was growing up. I’m not sure why we did it, since we didn’t go to synagogue and probably … Continue reading

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Will the Center Hold?

As followers of this blog know, I got married recently to a Catholic Gentile. In the wake of that event, I received quite unpleasant comments from a few observantly Jewish friends. Marrying outside the Jewish community is the ultimate stepping … Continue reading

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