Sunday, July 11, 2010

My first guest post, courtesy of Heshy's invitation

I was pleasantly surprised when Heshy asked me to write a guest post for his blog. We're having a lively discussion over there in response to my "Looking for an open door."


Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

The 9 days are starting and the comments over there make me want to take a shower. I'll pass on the discussion, thanks.

Sun Jul 11, 03:02:00 PM 2010  
Blogger The Reform Baal Teshuvah said...

I'd have declined the invitation.

Heshy's audience does not strike me as reachable.

And I have know patience for people who use "pshat" and "Zohar" in the same clause.

Look for a PDF from me, d'var I recently gave at my C. Shul.

Mon Jul 12, 10:41:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

"The 9 days are starting and the comments over there make me want to take a shower."

Larry, I'll admit that the tone and quality of the comments there can be . . . interesting.

"I'd have declined the invitation."

Reform BT, call me vain for having accepted it and I'll plead guilty as charged. I've been blogging for almost six years and this is the first guest-post invitation I've ever received. I'm not exactly the most popular blogger in the Jewish blogosphere, ya know--it's not as if the 100-comments-per-post DovBear is likely to coming calling.

"Heshy's audience does not strike me as reachable."

Hope springs eternal, I suppose. In his invitation, Heshy said that my comment had brought to his attention something that had never occurred to him. I hoped that simply exposing his readers to a different perspective might encourage them to think a bit differently. It's been my experience that folks raised Orthodox can sometimes be ignorant in ways totally different from those raised non-Orthodox, in that some of them seem to think that *everyone* Jewish practices (or should practice) Judaism in the exact same way that they do. You may remember my post about a situation in which I recently found myself, in the course of which I got an earful from someone who had never heard any individual give the name of both parents of the deceased when asking for a prayer for the deceased. She acted as if I'd just committed a major sin. It's that kind of "I never heard of such a thing" attitude--some, but by no means all, FFBs (Frum/Orthodox from Birth) might also add "and I think that's awful"--that I was trying to combat when I guest-posted on Heshy's blog.

Tue Jul 13, 11:13:00 AM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

"And I have no patience for people who use "pshat" and "Zohar" in the same clause."

That's certainly a rather unusual combination.

I'll keep my eyes open for your PDF, Reform BT.

Tue Jul 13, 11:18:00 AM 2010  

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