I was having a gentle morning conversation when suddenly the woman said, "How old is the world?"

Wow. "About five billion years," I said. "I think that’s the scientific consensus."

"But what about the Torah?"

"I don’t take the first eleven chapters of Genesis literally."

"If you had said 5769 years, I don’t know how I would’ve gotten my mind around it."

"He he."

"I’m embarrassed to admit this, but in college, I was the president of the Jewish student group ATID. And when we had money left over near the end of the school year, I had us buy weed. ATID Weed."

"You’re a bad girl."

"I had never gotten an aliya. I was told I would die. You can’t. Lightning would strike. I menstruate. I had a bat mitzvah. It was eye opening. I led the prayers. My best experience with Judaism was that year. For that year, I really got into non-Orthodox forms of Judaism. I became fascinated by Mordecai Kaplan and Reconstructionist Judaism."

"After 18 years in yeshiva, and a year in Israel, I was just like Captain Destructo. I was lighting fires."

"I’m having dinner tonight with author Josh Alan Friedman."

"IS HE ORTHODOX, because if so I automatically lose respect for him and his intellect.

"Say something."

"I’m so tired, I’m going to bed."

"I’m coming over. I want you to prepare. Say tehillim."

About Luke Ford

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