Friday, September 18, 2009

L¹Shanah Tovah Tikatevu, by the way



As my Irish lapsed Catholic best friend just reminded me. Me, I was all like: Huh? Oh, um, yeah. You, too.

"bad Jew, no matzoh"

Seriously, the closest thing I know from Jewish tradition is the ancient ritual of Chinese Food And A Movie at Christmas. I mean I did use some of the holidays to stay out of school when I was a kid, but I would've used Arbor Day if I could've gotten away with it. We certainly didn't go to synagogue or anything like that-well, for a year or so when it seemed like a good structured way to get me out of the house, we did, as a social thing. No one in my family's been observant on either side as far back as I've known anyone (i.e. grandparents and one great-grandparent).

Which, in itself, is actually sort of a tradition among the Ashkenazim, I suppose.

Truthfully I find the God of the Old Testament hard to connect to; canon-speaking, I prefer that Jesus dude (less crazy about the books/dudes who came after him). It's just, culturally, well, I've tried to go to church, even the most progressive ones, and there's...something...about the culture of it that just doesn't land. Like, at all. MCC, Unitarians-admire the idea, like the sermons, still not feelin' it.

Whereas I can go to synagogue and generally feel more connected with the general vibe/people, especially after the service, but the service itself tends to leave me cold.

and neo-paganism, I have determined, is probably not for me either.

I guess I'm sort of an agnostic mystic at this point. I like the idea of having a regular practice of some sort, not to mention a community, but, well. We'll see.

69 comments:

That Queer Chick said...

L'shana Tova U'metuka!

I'm Jewish by birth (on my mother's side) with a godless Commie father who was raised Presbyterian. I was brought up observing Jewish holidays and Christmas in a secular way, and I'm pagan by inclination. I was mostly solitary in my spiritual practice for many years, but was missing a sense of community.

I find Unitarian-Universalism works for me. It helps that it's a welcoming community, and I am queer as fuck. I've met some really loving, compassionate, intellectually curious UU people. And if you're looking for fellowship/socializing, UUs are all about the coffee hour.

belledame222 said...

Hey you! Long time no see...

Dw3t-Hthr said...

I would, mind, ask what you mean by 'neo-paganism', given that there are at least fifty religions under that umbrella (I could probably name that many, at least, given a little time). ;)

That Queer Chick said...

I'm around, I just never seem to find time and energy to blog. Or do ElJay.

I read other people's blogs. Including yours, of course.

belledame222 said...

D-H: Yeah, true, I was being lazy. Mostly my experiences with the Wiccan crowd. Truth be known though I'm probably too disorganized/lazy to commit to any one path/pantheon.

belledame222 said...

and yes, Wicca comes w/in many denominations too, and I actually hung around at least one of the (to me) more appealing ones, but ultimately...yeah, dunno if I feel it altogether.

Dw3t-Hthr said...

Yeah, I just wrote a post basically about not feeling it around the neo-Wicca sorts. (BTW I've hung out with I can at least have a conversation with, even though I'm not into their kind of shit.)

But of course every damn thing public goes through that filter because too many people think "pagan = Wiccish" and miss all of the every-fucking-thing-else.

I faffed about for years and only found what works for me by luck and bloody accident. So best wishes on the, y'know, faffing about.

Comrade PhysioProf said...

Happy Motherfucking New Year!!!! Jameson shots for everyone!!!!!!!!!! HORA!!!!!!!

Mandos said...

In a case of occasional lunar calendar syncretism, tomorrow is Eid ul-Fitr too.

As for the Chinese food and a movie thing, I think it's kind of a tradition that extends to non-Christian communities in the West in general, as I remember doing that sort of thing as a child (and I still do it).

Alon Levy said...

Shnat bri'ut.

Am I a bad Jew for not knowing those holidays unless my grandmother calls me and wishes me a happy New Year? At least I have more Jewish tradition than you. In my family we used to do a Seder every Passover, where we would skip the more boring parts of the Hagadah and eat non-kosher food.

belledame222 said...

We used to go to Seder at friends', at least for a few years. I remember them as being excruciating.

I also went to a couple "nontraditional" Seders as an adult. not for a few years tho'.

belledame222 said...

oh, happy Eid, everyone.

Comrade PhysioProf said...

We used to go to Seder at friends', at least for a few years. I remember them as being excruciating.

It's much more fun if you make absolutely certain to obey each of the injunctions to chug a whole glass of wine.

belledame222 said...

CPP, I can't help but notice a certain...theme...in your comments recently...

Comrade Physioprof said...

lolz! I am quite enamored of the fruit of the vine.

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