I spent the past week in Northern California. The day of my arrival coincided with the last day of classes (oops!) which included an “oral final” for my Women & Religion course. I had made prior arrangements to call one of my classmates and take take the oral part ala speakerphone. It worked! I discussed Mary Daly and Amina Wadud’s take on the subject of virginity loudly inside the rental car area. I’m sure my fellow car renters felt like they had stumbled into an educational bonus…or were just appalled. Honestly, I am kinda rooting for the latter.
In addition to educating society on feminist theory I did the following in an 8-day period:
1. Slept in a tipi.
2. Had a cliff note version of Shabbat dinner with my parents (their first!)
3. Attended a murder trial (guilty!)
4. Camped with my dad.
5. Watched “Pollyanna” with my mom.
6. Set up a VFW (Veterens of Foreign Wars) breakfast.
7. Guest taught a group of high school drama students.
8. Visited with friends.
9. Discussed Boboh-the-cat’s artistic future.
10. Drank a wine called “you are a redneck if you drinks this.”
11. Made friends with a dog named “Bob.”
12. Survived not having wifi.
…it was a busy week. School starts up again on Thursday. I am most excited for my Hebrew course…hoping my six weeks at Ulpan in Tel Aviv will give me a head start.
School has been keeping me insanely busy and… I love it! For my “women and religion” course I wrote a short primer for the “radical progressive-feminist child” that touches upon the messages of a few theologians. It proved a hard task and I’m sure no child will be able to understand what I wrote. Sooooo you just get the cover page. Continue reading
Through the writing of Mary Daly (who suggests we call G-d—“The Verb’), black feminist Doris Williams and Alice Walker I’ve deepened my understanding of Jesus Christ this week in my Women & Religion course.
It might be over-the-top tired mumbo- jumbo (I last night I attended the Stop Iran Deal rally in Times Square followed by my brother taking me out for authentic Chinese food in Chinatown) but thought I’d share with you my response paper on a re-thinking of the Christian messiah. Please excuse all grammar etc.!
I wrote this response paper to theologian Mary Daly’s book Beyond God the Father using the famed Women of the Wall as an example of a revolution of sisterhood…thought I’d share.
The Sisterhood of the Wall
“In our social advocacy work, we aim to change the status-quo that is currently preventing women from being able to pray freely at the Western Wall. lt has great ramifications for women’s rights in Judaism and in Israel” (mission statement of Women of the Wall womenofthewall.il ). Women of the Wall consistently attempts to eradicate the traditional structures of their religion by praying without patriarchal restraint. This “sisterhood of revolution” exemplifies what Mary Daly encourages in: Beyond God the Father. Continue reading
Not my phrase…although I wish I had thought of it. This is from “radical” theologian Mary Daly‘s book: “Beyond God the Father.” She calls Eve: “patriarchy’s prostitute.” Just brilliant.
Aaaaaaand the second set of summer courses has started! I am taking “Women and Religion” and a computer course (there is a 2 class limit). It’s only day one and I’ve been assigned to write a 2-page paper on the definition of a “woman”, reading the two creation stories in Genesis and a 3-4 sentence definition of the term “religion” through the lens of an additional assigned reading. Continue reading
Forgive me but I couldn’t help make the 1992 movie reference in my post title. I”m officially a student! Bring on the keggers and frat boys. I am kicking-off my college reentry by taking 4 summer semester courses (2 each “semester”). So much to share but where to start?
Jenna Jameson & Cindy from the Netflix hit “Orange is the New Black” are converting to Judaism! One obviously is a fictitious conversion but nonetheless both are inspiring and entertaining. Shalom Jenna and Cindy!
Check out a few of the clips I uploaded to YouTube:
Cindy asks 3 times
The inmates on keeping kosher and what it means to be Jewish.
Perhaps this is some sort of a tribal milestone; my first Jewish retreat nightmare. I just woke up from a strange dream about a weekend retreat called “Rainbow Lodge”. I think it was billed to be “Woodstock sans the Music” (already sounds like a winner). Continue reading
This year I spent Shavout eating vanilla ice cream (I sadly had a difficult time procuring cheesecake) under the stars of rural northern Maine. I read the Book of Ruth from the comfort of my cabin and afterwards indulged in finding how she is represented in the digital world. Continue reading