Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Confessions of a hypocrite

I was shocked, shocked, when I realized that the minyan picnic that I'd attended in Riverside Park just a couple of months or so ago was held in a part of the park that's not within the eruv.

Oh, yes, I'm so ready to become Orthodox . . .

quoth she, before diving into the subway station . . .

on Shabbat (the Sabbath, when traveling except by foot is forbidden).

I never shop on Shabbat, when spending money is forbidden . . .

except when we used to drive our son to and from college (before he bought a car), and pick up a few things for his dorm room,

and eat out . . .

on Shabbat. (We won't even talk about the fact that we were obviously not eating in a kosher restaurant, which would have been closed on Shabbat.)

I gave my girlfriend a song and dance for carrying a siddur (prayerbook) into the synagogue on Shabbat Sh'mini Atzeret, because we have no eruv in our neighborhood. The next day, Simchat Torah, I got on the subway, with my tallit (prayer shawl) bag hidden in a black plastic bag inside my tote bag, to go to synagogue.

Oh, I am so much frummer than thou.

Hey, at least she walked to shul.

Our son's college graduation ceremony is scheduled to take place at 6:30 PM on a Friday night in late May. There's no way in bleep that it could possibly be over before Shabbat starts, roughly an hour later. And the nearest hotel is several miles away. Guess what?

I am so ready to become Orthodox.



Blogger PsychoToddler said...

Hey, you gotta hold people accountable to their own standards.

Wed Oct 18, 09:55:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

being self-aware is good!

Wed Oct 18, 10:27:00 PM 2006  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Steg, self-awareness is good, but not necessarily easy to deal with.

Mark, I think the problem I'm having with standards is that I'm not quite sure what mine are. I'm not prepared to become frum, either in terms of practice or in terms of belief, but I feel guilty about all the things that I'm not doing. I think that a major advantage of being observant is consistency.

Thu Oct 19, 08:19:00 PM 2006  

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