I fasted well, thought things, took time out, made a vegan cinnamon bulka to break the fast. It was a win, although I should probably have baked it before and not during fasting.
And I got an email from a far away family member in response to my yesterday’s blogpost. He is somebody who asked with such perfect sincerity and intention about whether it is possible to be atheist and Jewish. Here is my response to him. I would love your thoughts.
“So this is my take. Nobody can tell you what you are, or why you are that thing. Being Jewish is complicated and I have struggled with it for my whole life. Rabbis have mostly not helped at all, because they have an agenda. I did once have a lovely conversation with the rabbi who visited my late dad in the week of his death at the hospital. They had fiery debates and the rabbi loved it. He buried Lazer with such charm and sensitivity.