What I didn’t learn as a kid:
Jewish history before 1900 or outside the US
The difference between the Torah and the Talmud
Any prayer other than the sh’ma
What I did learn as a kid:
Other people hate Jews and often try to kill them.
Country clubs and neighborhoods used to be officially restricted, and they say they’re not any more but they still are, really.
Jewish tradition requires us to behave ethically, and our history of persecution makes us allies to those who are persecuted today.
How to make gefilte fish.
What happened since:
I found a home in Reconstructionist Judaism, in a congregation that welcomed me even though at first I had no idea what was going on during the service.
I learned to read Hebrew (phonetically and slowly, but hey).
I learned to leyn Torah.
I started wearing a kipah and tallit to services.
I stopped saying I was going to temple and started telling people I was going to shul.
I argued with my husband about kashrut while he was studying for his conversion (he was in favor of it. I was not).
I became president of our congregation. Twice.
I chanted Kol Nidre.
Judaism became part of my daily life.
I’ve written about my personal experience of Judaism on my own blog. If you check out Two Women Blogging, you’ll learn that I’m Jay, a primary care doc, adoptive mother of an eight-year-old daughter, married to a guy who goes by Sam in the blogosphere, and oh, yeah, I’m Jewish, and feminist, and leaning toward Socialist in my politics. I’m honored to be here with Brown Shoes and The Girl Detective (who has teh most awesome blogging name evah) and to have the opportunity to write about Judaism and social justice and whatever else comes to mind.