Sunday, July 29, 2007

Better Late than Never

Yesterday marked my first visit to a synagogue. I have been thinking of converting to Judaism for about 3 years but, for various reasons, didn't take the plunge until now.

Not exactly what I was expecting. Most literature on Reform Judaism tends to concentrate on the American Reform movement, which is more "liberal" (less observant) than the Reform Movement in the UK. So I turn up and about half the service is in Hebrew (of which I know about half a word...). It's ok, though, because "philosophically" I'm more inclined to American Conservative Judaism, which is more observant than American Reform and less than Orthodox (everywhere).

I felt right at home, not least because everyone was very friendly.

Looking forward not only to next Shabbat's services, but also to the High Holidays services (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur), which are in September.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

SBO's (Statements of Bleeding Obviousness)

A headline by the BBC on our former, dearly-departed* Prime Minister Tony Blair states that the "[presumably Iraq] War was Blair's hardest choice."

Well, phew! Thank goodness! I'd hate** to think that his most difficult choice in ten years as PM was, oh, I don't know, deciding what flavour of toothpaste to use. (Though I notice he never had much difficulty choosing between throwing away [other] people's civil liberties and, ooh, not.) Because, you know, when a policy decision could result throwing away thousands of our young people's lives, I'd kinda sorta hope he might take that just a little bit seriously.

*I don't mean what you think I mean. Think again.
**Actually, I do enjoy thinking the worst of politicians, cynical bastard that I am. And they're always so eager to prove me right to do so. (Bless their little cotton socks.)