Fantastic piece in the new issue of CJ: Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism
So I think we all need to step up our religious diversity awareness game a little bit. I’m not asking you to know what or when Purim (or even Hanukkah) is but Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur should be on everyone’s radar. So should Eid ul-Fitr (Islam) and Diwali (Hindu). I don’t want to just be a complainer, I want to do my part in this area so I’m going to do two things:
1. I’m going to give you a little primer on the Jewish High Holy Days and their observance in Louisville. Throughout the year I may throw in some info about “minor” but fun Jewish holidays like Purim and other major ones like Passover.
2. I’m going to publish guest posts from writers of different faiths about their religion’s holiest days and rituals and how those holidays are observed in Louisville. So please consider this an open call for guest writers, who are not Jewish, to educate us about your faith’s most holy times. I’d be pleased as could be to get writers representing Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Shinto and others. Also I’m aware that some Christian denominations have different/additional holy days (I’m thinking of Orthodox Christians who celebrate Christmas on a day other than December 25 I believe, correct me if I’m wrong) so I’d love to have those voices represented as well.
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” -Maya Angelou
Louisville girl’s path to culture, love, faith, conversion. And I definitely need to adopt her attitude about the way people behave when attending a bat mitzvah.