Category: Jewish Multicultural Corner

Classic Christmas Exchange

December 25, 2015 1 comment
So…this happened. It’s pretty self-explanatory, but the gist is that this guy – whom I do not know and who apparently put me on his mailing list, despite my having no idea who he is – just exemplified everything I wrote about in my article, “The Christmas Bulldozer,” which clearly he did not bother reading. If you care to comment on his post,...


It is Time for Arab Accountability

November 1, 2015 1 comment
I am amazed, yet not surprised, by the backlash against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after his recent remarks about Hajj Amin al-Husayni. While al-Husayni may not have given Hitler the initial idea to exterminate Jews, and while he may not have been personally responsible for Hitler’s choice of actions, the fact remains that al-Husayni was...


Oh the Fickle Requirements of Working at Jewish Institutions

March 23, 2015 Leave a Comment
When I was somewhere around 27 years old, I applied for the second-in-command position – I think the title was “director” – at a swanky Jewish Community Center, one of the nicest I had ever seen. I was competing against a group of highly-credentialed folk – rabbis and PhDs – in other words, people who had gone through and received the blessings...


The Christmas Bulldozer

December 22, 2013 Leave a Comment
Once upon a time, Americans were honest: They said, “Merry Christmas” and talked about “Christmas vacation.” Then, in an ingenious attempt to honor diversity, Americans switched to, “Happy holidays” and began referring to “the holiday season” – a purportedly all-inclusive, religiously and culturally appropriate, pan-American time of year...


Sukkoth Memory

September 28, 2013 Leave a Comment
Maghen Daweed Congregation, San Francisco, 1978 My family brought the kis elyahu hanabee – the Chair of Elijah the Prophet – to the synagogue Sukkah, so that all the congregants could enjoy it, as per the Middle Eastern Jewish custom. (Ashkenazim get Eliyahu on Pesah, Mizrahim and Sephardim get him on Sukkoth. It’s only fair.) Our chair was a replica...


Why I don’t Go to Services on Simhath Torah

September 27, 2013 2 comments
Here’s why I don’t go to services on Simhath Torah: The services have been hijacked by Ashenazi-posing-as-Israeli songs and customs, to the point that there is nary a trace of memory of what the old school Middle Eastern/North African customs were once like. Today Simhath Torah is a booze fest, a frat party, a night club dancing scene, passed off as...


Simhath Torah Memories

September 27, 2013 Leave a Comment
1976, Maghen Daweed Sephardic congregation in San Francisco: The rabbi was Ashkenazi. (Um, why?) The kids (including my 6 year old ass) were ushered into one part of the synagogue, where we were guided in singing uber-Ashkenazi songs, while the adults were ushered into another part of the synagogue, where they did the classic Simhath Torah rituals, including...


The Road to Peace Goes through the Bedroom

September 22, 2013 Leave a Comment
I am trying to get into the habit of quickly writing down my stories, as my memories are triggered by things I see or hear. I have come to realize that it’s damn near impossible to sit down and crank out my life story while sipping lattes at the local organic cafe. The stories come when sparked by something in my environment or conversation – just as...


Geshem

September 22, 2013 Leave a Comment
It started raining today, after a brutal summer of temperatures as high as 107 degrees, where walking out at 2 am was like stepping into a furnace. Rain! Rain and grey skies and cool breezes! I was overjoyed. I ran outside, flung my arms to the sky, lifted my face to the rain, and proclaimed, “Geshem!” I ran back inside and put on the classic Meir Banai...


Drawling Lines

June 22, 2013 Leave a Comment
This article was published in Moxie magazine in 2000. In the United States, what we have come to know as “Jewish” encompasses just one subset of the Jewish people – the Ashkenazim, Jews from Northeastern and parts of Northwestern Europe. There are in fact many distinct Jewish communities from around the world. This essay refers to two such...



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