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

Strange Atheist: Reconciliation

When the sun sets tonight, the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will begin. It’s a dark day, marked by fasting and the repeated confession of our sins against god.  It’s also one of this atheist’s… Read More

About Strange Atheist Posts

Strange Atheist posts are about my logical and spiritual journey, which began in a Kosher Jewish home in NJ and continues in a traif Jewish-Atheist home in PA. It’s about having a brain that sees god as a… Read More

Strange Atheist: The Beginning

This blog topic started with a tweet: Rosh Hashanah, time to go to shul & sing prayers to a god I see as a symbol & feel as my own soul. I feel a blog coming on. #strangeatheist… Read More

Hamantaschen, Anyone?

Yesterday was all about cookie dough. I dusted off my mother’s old sisterhood cookbook and got started creaming butter, sugar, and orange zest. Forty minutes later, I was wiping down floury counters as a bowl of dough chilled… 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

A Prayer On The Eve of My Son’s First LAX Game

(Original post date: Tuesday, April 01, 2008) Oh God – if you’re out there, help me to be a good sports mom tomorrow. Let me have faith in my son’s helmet and assorted pads. I didn’t know LAX… 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