In the Land of Wifi

I didn’t realize how much wifi controls my world until it was…gone. Due to some mysterious apartment wiring I’ve been making due the past year with a friend’s connection password and now this option ceases to exist. Now my apartment is a “bleak” world of rented and downloaded movies (I literally cannot watch Notting Hill, The American President or Star is Born again for at least another few months) books, assorted dusty musical instruments (minus a newly purchased ukulele) and a battery-operated radio sans batteries.  I know, I know, problems in the first world are indeed horrific and renting movies from Itunes has been a godsend.  College wise (which exists in the land of Wifi) the fall semester is proving a bit boring and jumbled in comparison to the quick-paced summer session (12 papers, 4 books in 6 weeks) . To put it in perspective I feel like a f-ing rockstar in my Hebrew class…a feeling I’d never thought I’d experience.

In other news; I was selected to participate in the latest Fuel for Truth boot camp. FFT is an Israel advocacy group that teaches the facts about what is happening in the Middle East. Tonight is the first session so I’ll of course keep you all posted as to what I learn and how it is presented.

Off the grid 

   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. 

Jesus Christ Super Adjective

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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.!

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Sisterhood of the Wall

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 ). 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

Ready, Set Go!

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