Friday, April 07, 2006

No longer living in Boro Park, not a pyromaniac, & not a dinosaur :) : A close encounter, blogger-style, with Steg

I'm slapping myself in the head for not having had the foresight to make sure I'd read Steg's latest rant before he and the Punster and I got together on Tuesday night. My official duty was to hand over a cassette of Fudge's radio interview of that guy she knows :) who used to have a band called "Kabbalah." Well, a fine time was had by all, anyway. We talked about our respective posts re clothing and the interpretation thereof. Steg ranted about people assuming that jeans-wearers support Britney Spears instead of shmirat mitzot (observance of the commandments). (Yep, that's pretty much what the other guy said--read Steg's post.)

We also yakked about some problems that I've observed among non-Orthodox Jews in terms of understanding the "rules." The Haggadah speaks of the child "sheh-eino yodeah li-sh'ol," who doesn't know to ask. I've found that to be a real problem in the circles that I haunt. For example, the most well-meaning people make mistakes in the area of kashrut (the laws of keeping kosher/Jewish dietary laws) because they literally don't know that there might be a problem, and that, therefore, there's a question that they have to ask. (Problemo Numero Uno: Many non-Orthodox Jews don't know that not all non-dairy creamers are parve, so they serve any old one with fleishig/meat or poultry, assuming, with the best of intentions, that what they're serving is kosher.) Steg and I talked about the problem of well-meaning but perhaps not-so-well-informed people bringing food from home into, for example, a synagogue or Jewish day school and creating kashrut issues for those partaking of a kiddush, or "treifing" a micowave unintentionally.

Now if only he can figure out how to snag himself an invitation to the WYUR studio on a Thursday night . . .

Go read Steg's rant. And listen to his new songs, too. Very nice, indeed!


Blogger PsychoToddler said...

That's great that you and Steg met up.

Now explain to me why it took a guy from Milwaukee to get you two NY'ers to meet.

Mon Apr 10, 02:11:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Guilty as charged. :) Then again, I think it was you who said that the problem with NY bloggers getting together is that there's too much of a risk that those of us who blog anonymously will blow our covers. There are only maybe a dozen bloggers who know my real name--and half of them are members of your family! :)

Sun Apr 16, 02:48:00 AM 2006  
Blogger SNAKE HUNTERS said...


There's a heavyweight that
would consider it an honor to join your group!

Tue Apr 18, 12:40:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Luckily - I met Steg in Jerusalem.

Meeting bloggers in NYC is very difficult as I never have the time on my way back from trips to LA.

In any event - great that you could meet him!

Thu Apr 20, 09:02:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Glad you got to meet Steg. Maybe eventually you'll have 2 minutes in NY.

Sun Apr 23, 12:54:00 AM 2006  

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