Archive for December 18th, 2006

So happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish (and non-Jewish) readers. I’m not Jewish but my partner is so hey, you can celebrate too–I do! I’ve joined in on all the festivities since we’ve been together. I even read Hebrew at Pesach (aka Passover) but off the page (hey, I’m not that good.) I realize that I’m a couple of days late–the eight day “Festival of Lights” kicked off Saturday but I figure, since I’ve got eight days, I can post this now.

We inadvertently began Hanukkah by going to see Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Kind of ironic, don’t you think? We didn’t do it on purpose; we just hadn’t gotten around to seeing it. Oh boy, Sacha Baron Cohen is nuts. There was one scene where I was almost rolling in the aisles and suffering from oxygen deprivation as I was laughing so hard–and loudly. If you haven’t seen the movie, I won’t tell you which part it was but if you have, go ahead and take a guess. I’ll give you a hint: it had nothing to do with any of the “anti-semitic” comments.

Anyway, we’ve been busy–and will be busier. My partner’s birthday also falls around this time of year…well, today actually so there’s that to contend with also.

So far no news about celebrating Christmas with anyone from my side of the family. I can hear the crickets chirping… Just as well…I’m growing increasingly unhappy with Dad’s side and well, Mom…that’s difficult. My sister doesn’t celebrate at all…she’s a Jehovah’s Witness. She’s got the right idea!

But all the food! With the current condition of my stomach it’s just awful. I eat anyway because I can’t figure out any triggers and it’s not like Jews are the only ones who put on big spreads this time of year. Actually, just about any ethno-religio-cultural group will always celebrate with food. It just so happens that right now it’s Hanukkah time!

So being Jewish by osmosis isn’t bad, actually. I kind of enjoy it. I won’t be taking any conversion classes any time soon (much to my partner’s mother’s chagrin…) but I wouldn’t convert to any religion. I carried the flag of agnosticism for many years but I became frustrated as a “fence sitter” and my rational mind took over so I proclaimed myself an athiest. I still respect peoples’ choice to practice religion but I see it as a cultural construct, treat it as such and appreciate it on that basis. I have no problem entering a place of worship and even practicing in certain rituals but I will draw the line at praying and I do not sing hymns. I do enjoy listening to sacred music very much though. That’s more of an appreciation of the art form, however.

Fundamentalists get my blood boiling a little. I’m a “live and let live” kind of person as I hope you can sort of gather from above. Don’t try and “convert” me! And don’t get your panties in a bunch just because I’m (by your definition) an evil non-believer! Sheesh. I’m not some “fundamentalist athiest” who runs around trying to “non-convert” people! It’s not like I preach that all religion is evil–although sometimes I may take issue with organized religion. A lot of people run around and misquote Marx saying “Religion is the opiate of the masses!” but I won’t. I think faith is good, faith is fine. If it gets you through the day and makes you a better person, that’s great! But yes, it’s probably more the institutions and hypocrisy within them that I have a problem with.

Okay, welcome to tangent-land with Patient Anonymous! Consider yourself warned. Posts like these may occur frequently.

So anyway, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Tohji-taisai, Happy Yule, Happy Solstice, Happy Joseph Smith’s Birthday, Happy Sharaf, Happy Kwanzaa…I think that should just about cover everything? Or maybe not.