Thursday, December 09, 2004

LOVE, BEYOND CATEGORIES

Forget the copepods in tap water, wigs made in India, ordination of women or gays, or whether a person’s political slant is a little more “blue” or “red.” These days, no matter what your denomination, there’s always someone who will find your practice unacceptable. On the singles circuit, religious deal-breakers abound: from taking the elevator to your Shabbat dinner on the 24th floor to observing prohibitions against women singing in public, it often seems that there are more reasons to be combative than there are to be compatible.

My newest Jewish Week singles article is online for your reading pleasure.

Enjoy!

5 Comments:

At 4:06 PM, December 09, 2004, Blogger PepGiraffe said...

Brilliant. Hands down my favorite of your articles so far. How come there isn't a button so I can send it to all my Rabbi-relatives (thanks for mentioning them, by the way). -PG

 
At 6:47 PM, December 09, 2004, Blogger Coelecanth said...

This micro-division of catagories seems to be everywhere. Back when my hair and attitude were pointier there were only two types of punk rocker: straight edge and everyone else. Some people liked North American punk some British, but that was just a preference not a defining trait. Now we have emo, thrash, old school, pop-punk, grind-core and a host of others I'm too old to know about.

What's going on here? I can't help but to feel this subdivision of people into narrower and narrower catagories is a bad thing. In the end aren't we all just people? We all need to eat, excrete, laugh and love regardless of the labels we choose or are assigned.

Of course in your case the labels may define some significant theological differences. If so they are important, don't know enough about it to say.

Anyway, great article, it gave me something to ponder instead of work.

 
At 10:04 PM, December 09, 2004, Blogger Lyss said...

Great article. Funny and meaningful.
One Q- What is the signif of 612?

 
At 3:08 AM, December 10, 2004, Blogger Passionate Life said...

Lyss,

It denotes a very special day on the calendar. It either requires a “Happy Birthday!” or a pre “Happy Birthday!” for those delayed by a day.

 
At 8:36 PM, December 12, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best thing about the article Esther is how you were able to incorporate your unique and creative thinking -- all of those additional categories were so funny! I was LOL for real!

Unfortunately, I'm sure that there be will some people who'll read the article and say "Hey, that's me! Why can't I find that category in all of the JDate choices?" Sad.

Janice

 

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Thursday, December 09, 2004

LOVE, BEYOND CATEGORIES

Forget the copepods in tap water, wigs made in India, ordination of women or gays, or whether a person’s political slant is a little more “blue” or “red.” These days, no matter what your denomination, there’s always someone who will find your practice unacceptable. On the singles circuit, religious deal-breakers abound: from taking the elevator to your Shabbat dinner on the 24th floor to observing prohibitions against women singing in public, it often seems that there are more reasons to be combative than there are to be compatible.

My newest Jewish Week singles article is online for your reading pleasure.

Enjoy!

5 Comments:

At 4:06 PM, December 09, 2004, Blogger PepGiraffe said...

Brilliant. Hands down my favorite of your articles so far. How come there isn't a button so I can send it to all my Rabbi-relatives (thanks for mentioning them, by the way). -PG

 
At 6:47 PM, December 09, 2004, Blogger Coelecanth said...

This micro-division of catagories seems to be everywhere. Back when my hair and attitude were pointier there were only two types of punk rocker: straight edge and everyone else. Some people liked North American punk some British, but that was just a preference not a defining trait. Now we have emo, thrash, old school, pop-punk, grind-core and a host of others I'm too old to know about.

What's going on here? I can't help but to feel this subdivision of people into narrower and narrower catagories is a bad thing. In the end aren't we all just people? We all need to eat, excrete, laugh and love regardless of the labels we choose or are assigned.

Of course in your case the labels may define some significant theological differences. If so they are important, don't know enough about it to say.

Anyway, great article, it gave me something to ponder instead of work.

 
At 10:04 PM, December 09, 2004, Blogger Lyss said...

Great article. Funny and meaningful.
One Q- What is the signif of 612?

 
At 3:08 AM, December 10, 2004, Blogger Passionate Life said...

Lyss,

It denotes a very special day on the calendar. It either requires a “Happy Birthday!” or a pre “Happy Birthday!” for those delayed by a day.

 
At 8:36 PM, December 12, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best thing about the article Esther is how you were able to incorporate your unique and creative thinking -- all of those additional categories were so funny! I was LOL for real!

Unfortunately, I'm sure that there be will some people who'll read the article and say "Hey, that's me! Why can't I find that category in all of the JDate choices?" Sad.

Janice

 

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