Strange Atheist: Candy Apples & Drama

Last year, my birthday fell on the same day as the Jewish High Holiday of Yom Kippur, which I discussed in “Strange Atheist: Reconciliation.” This year, it’s festive Simchas Torah, another one of this atheist’s favorite holidays. At… Read More

Daugher of a Doofus

In many circles, including the one in which I grew up, a bar or bat mitzvah means a Jewish religious service, led by an adolescent who is ready to assume the role of an adult in the Jewish… Read More

Holiday Things I Wish Gentiles Understood

(Original post date: Wednesday, December 19, 2007) 1. Most Jews don’t feel bad because we don’t celebrate Christmas, and we don’t decorate our houses for Christmas because we don’t care to, not because we’re somehow punishing ourselves. If… Read More