Grace-Full

  Predictably, upon seeing yesterday's Rag Tag Daily Prompt of "Graceful," images of ballerinas, swans, and supple yoga practitioners popped into my mind.  None of these images fit my modus operandi, not today, not ever.  I have managed moments of gracefulness, I am sure, but as a general rule I'm a duck, not a swan. …

If I am Right, Do You Have to Be Wrong?

A recent post by Dwight Welch on religious pluralism, in which he described his experience at a symposium on that subject, initiated a period of intense thinking for me. Initially I planned to "like" the post and make a comment on the site, but I am someone who likes to cogitate, ruminate, and argue with herself for…

What Marks Your Doorposts?

Traditional preparations for Passover are detailed, complex and arduous. "Spring cleaning" doesn't even begin to cover the hours and seriousness with which an observant Jewish homemaker would ensure that the house contains not even a crumb of leavened bread, crackers or even pet food that is not "kosher for Passover." I have to admit that I…

Sprinkle or Dunk?

A few years ago I had a conversation with a good friend about some of the differences among Christian denominations.  Having been raised  a Quaker and now identifying as Jewish, I did not have much understanding of the rituals involved in more traditional Christian worship.  Even though I had attended different church services for weddings…