• Feelings,  Holidays,  Living a Jewish Life Class

    Purim

    A quick Purim primer from MyJewishLearning.Com: The history: “A young Jewish woman, Esther, rises to be Queen of Persia under the tutelage of her guardian Mordecai. All, however, is not right. The Jews have enemies, and a certain Haman, the grand vizier, plots the Jews’ destruction. Even though Esther has hidden her Jewish identity from all, Mordecai prevails on her to risk her life by revealing her true identity to the king. She does this and denounces the evil Haman’s plot. At the end of the story, the Jews are able to turn the tables on their enemies, who are then punished in place of the intended victims.” The Celebration:“Purim…

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    Attention Span of a…

    Well, here we are, with only 2 weeks left of the first semester of class and I’m finally remembering that I should update things here. For anyone who knows me, this should not be a terrible surprise. I’ve learned so much over the past few months, about holidays and traditions and morals and beliefs. The most recent class was about God, the concept and it does or doesn’t interact with our lives. We were given a chance to say where we landed on the statement “The word God has meaning in my life”, rating from 1 (none) to 5 (most). I picked a 3, and listened to others who chose…

  • Culture Shock,  Feelings,  Gender

    Sex and Feelings

    I got started this afternoon on some of my reading for my next LJL class. Our topic next week is Life Cycle 2 - Marriage. I wasn't expecting a lot of feelings about this one because on the whole I'm not particularly tied to the idea of marriage, and I don't have any idea if I'm going to have one or anything like that. This expectation overlooked an obvious fact in Judaism.