Article Discussion: Is Judaism Necessarily Insular

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April 10, 2009 at 4:12 pm #1138


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February 13, 2016 at 9:40 pm #21716


Great article. You mentioned the feminization of G-d. My father will be 90 this June and will celebrate by chanting the same haftorah that he chanted when he was bar mitvahed. My 4 brothers and I will be called to the Torah for aliyot. I was wondering if there has been a feminization of the blessings said for an aliyah or before/after the haftorah readings or are they the same as they have always been, recognizing G-d in the male form? Todah.

July 31, 2016 at 6:22 am #21847


Thank you very much for this article. It is affirming of my own experience in Jewish services. I’ve sat through many, but what could be potentially meaningful is not, because the services make little effort to explain themselves. Their length, especially given the lack of comprehensible meaning is also kind of tortuous. So as a whole I find them disrespectful of my time and attention. A written program with explanations of the service parts would be helpful. My family says the program is the prayer book, but in practice the service always skips around in the book, so it doesn’t make much sense.

August 1, 2016 at 6:31 am #21848


I regret the tone of the above post. I have had some meaningful experiences in Jewish services, but I am frustrated by all the potential meaning lost and all the many hours I have spent in services that don’t try to be meaningful for people like me.

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