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ElvenKnight's picture

Earlier this evening was the first session of the synagogue's new member orientation, it was held in some woman's apartment up on 108th. I could've gotten of @ 96th and walked the rest of the way, but I had to be a dope and get off at 110th which put me several avenues over., getting back to Broadway wasn't much of a hassle though fortunately. After a little dinner, they broke us up into groups than had us go around in a circle, telling a little bit about ourselves and why we decided to join.
Why did I decide to join?
Well, when I come home after finishing college, it hit me that I wasn't a member of any synagogue and I hadn't been one for going on five years A fact which made me feel hollow inside. I had gone there a number of times with my father over the years and was impressed with the sense of community . I could have rejoined the synagogue where i had attended hebrew high school and had been a member of the youth group but I felt it was best for me to move on, besides, alot of the people there are stuffy. I could've joined the synagogue my mother belongs to, the LGBT one. I went to a service there once. The Cantor turned every prayer into a torch song..... ugh......
"It isn't good enough for you because it's the gay and lesbian synagogue" My mother my once snapped at me.

" It isn't good enough, because its YOUR synagogue" i retorted.

Seriously. Why shouldn't I want to go some place where I can forge my own identity.

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jeff's picture

Err...

Isn't religion the opposite of identity?

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"People who are happy are slugs... They do not move the human race forward."
-- Camille Paglia, on Oasis

ElvenKnight's picture

I'm culturally jewish more than anything else

"The greenbeans are excellent, pass said greenbeans"

jeff's picture

Yeah...

But religion highlights the commonalities between everyone, that everyone is in the same boat, etc., etc., so it seems the opposite of a specific identity, no?

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"People who are happy are slugs... They do not move the human race forward."
-- Camille Paglia, on Oasis

ElvenKnight's picture

maybe,

but what i meant by identity was people getting to know me for who i am, and not just as some crazy faghag's son

"The greenbeans are excellent, pass said greenbeans"