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Being an Interfaith Child

Being an Interfaith Child

Growing up in Cambridge, I remember being in the middle of a war, a religious war This was within my both extended families had wanted for me to be brought up as: Christian, or Jewish. Of course, battles within my family have hardly settled, as seen above, there is much contention between me and my … Continue reading

On The Blind Side, and White Paternalism

On The Blind Side, and White Paternalism

“Courage is a hard thing to figure. You can have courage based on a dumb idea or mistake, but you’re not supposed to question adults, or your coach or your teacher, because they make the rules. Maybe they know best, but maybe they don’t. It all depends on who you are, where you come from. … Continue reading

On Contact

On Contact

Contact is a very cherished film of mine. It’s a particular film that I can really watch again, and again, and again as a favorite film of all time. According to Roger Ebert: Contact” is a film that takes place at the intersection of science, politics and faith. Those are three subjects that don’t always fit easily … Continue reading

On ‘Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin’

On ‘Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin’

According to Huffington Post blogger Micah J. Murray in “Why Can’t Say ‘Love the Sinner/Hate the Sin’ Anymore“: I’m done. I can’t look my gay brother in the eye anymore and say “I love the sinner but hate the sin.” I can’t keep drawing circles in the sand. I thought I just needed to try … Continue reading

On Clara Barton

On Clara Barton

This Sunday at First Parish in Cambridge (where Susan Shepard and Marcia Hams attend), Reverend Fred Small (we have some disagreement, but not everyone wants me to succeed, of course) preached about Clara Barton. I am quite familiar with the Universalist, and was pleased to listen to the wonderful work she had done. It’s a reminder of … Continue reading

What is Charity?

What is Charity?

Growing up with many religious family members, I was taught a great deal about what charity is, and is not. Whether Christian, Jewish, Catholic, or Humanist, everyone is capable of doing good for others. Christian Teachings The Holy Bible (ESV) has several passages on how Christians should behave while being charitable to others. Acts 20:35 states the following: … Continue reading

Growing Up Jewish: Past and Present

Growing Up Jewish: Past and Present

As I have always said, “My last name is Jewish.” I do not hide from being Jewish. My Twitter handle, actually, puts my Jewish last name as the only thing spelled out entirely. I do not ever deny my Jewish ancestry, heritage, and culture. I am very familiar with hatred of the Jewish people. As … Continue reading

“I’m Jewish!”

“I’m Jewish!”

I am not often to say it: “I’m Jewish.” Most of the time I simply say, “My last name is Jewish,” because no one can ever say it or spell it correctly. I try to avoid saying it, because of what my grandfather taught me. My grandfather, Joseph, is a Polish Jew. Most of his … Continue reading