My Judaism

I could happily go the rest of my life without listening to another Jew yammer on about “my Judaism.”

If a Jew does not want to practice Judaism, fine, just don’t go talking about “my Judaism” if you are going to make it up as you go along because that’s not Judaism. It’s not something that will perpetuate.

Here’s author Dani Shapiro, the queen of vapid: “I could no more reject my Judaism than reject being female, or being a mother, or a wife, or a writer, or any of the things that most define me. What I wanted to do was to work with it. To understand how the religion and culture I was born into could be a part of my spiritual path in a relevant and authentic way.”

Those who practice Judaism almost never call it Judaism. They call it Yiddishkeit or following the Torah or observing the commandments. They never yammer on about “their Judaism.” They don’t talk about their spiritual path or finding relevance and authenticity.

As soon as someone appropriates Judaism to be what he wants, he is no longer practicing Judaism and he is halfway down the toilet of Jewish history.

While the news media loves to celebrate Jews seeking out their Judaism, it never celebrates whites become racially conscious. Why is it great for Jews and blacks and latinos to become racially conscious, but evil for whites to do the same?

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been followed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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