Job as Everyman

If it’s possible to have a favorite Biblical entity, mine is definitely Job. To me, Job is a particularly virtuous Everyman. He is living his life, loving G’d, and just a generally happy guy. Next thing he knows, the G’d he loves and trusts enters into a wager with none other than Satan. The wager? That even when Satan torments Job, Job will not renounce the L’rd. (more)

Adoption: Culturally Trivialized!

I’ve been mulling over the Bognar post on Lilith for a week now. I absolutely share her surprise at the depiction of adoption as anything but a fundamentally positive act. I, too, am surprised when I hear adoption viewed as other than a win-win — at least I am in 90% of the cases. The other 10% – those that involve children from countries without a concept of adoption – leave me with a lot of mixed feelings still to sort.

Ambivalent as I may be about that 10% of adoptions, I am 100% certain that I’m unhappy with the way adoption is trivialized in our culture. More and more, news items about adoption treat the adoptive family as more a foster family or babysitting entity. The”real” mother will look for her “lost” child in time and, when she does, those “nice” adoptive parents will back off.  more…

Adoption: Culturally Persecuted?

I recently read an interesting post on the Lilith site. For those of you who are not familiar with Lilith, it’s a magazine with a demographic of Jewish feminists. I’m not sure I exactly fit, but I am Jewish and I am an adoptive mom, so I figure I’m close enough.

The piece, Are Adoptive Families Culturally Persecuted?, by Tara Bognar, covers Bognar’s experience at a daylong symposium about adoption. Specifically, Bognar reflects on the keynote speech given by Dr. Debora Spar, President of Barnard College. read more…

Shanda

A shanda is “something that brings shame upon oneself, one’s family, and perhaps the entire Jewish community.” If Sandy Koufax had pitched on Yom Kippur – World Series or not – that would have been a shanda bringing shame upon the entire Jewish people.

Check out this article about a more personal type of shanda. It appeared in Reform Judaism in Winter 2012 and is, appropriately enough, entitled The Disgrace of a Nice Jewish Girl.

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