So the dining hall at school played Christmas music non-stop for the last few weeks of the semester.
I get that we live in a Christian society, and I really don't mind. Allow me the freedom to light my Hannukah candles in peace, and we're good to go. But I remember repeating to a friend (I think it was a Jewish friend; I hope it wasn't a Christian friend), "If I hear 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer one more time, I'm going to punch something, preferably Rudolph."
You see, my problem wasn't with Christmas, or even Christmas music in public settings such as dining halls. My problem was that for every three to four times I heard "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (and that's just that particular song!) I heard something like "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" maybe once. Maybe.
Again, we live in a Christian society. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, and is a religious holiday. In my opinion (and this is the opinion of someone who is thoroughly Jewish, so maybe it doesn't count for much), if you're going to play Christmas music, please, please play the religious songs that have meaning and depth.
I am so over "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," but if you surprised me with "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," or something similar (sorry don't know all the carols), I could be happy.
Please play your religious songs.
Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
"Don't tell God how big your storm is; tell your storm how big your God is."
I believe in God.
I believe in God.
Friday, December 4, 2015
Dressing for the Sabbath (usually with some music that is Jewish, Hebrew, spiritual or some combination from those categories playing in the background) just might be my favorite moment of the week. When I dress for the Sabbath, I dress to impress. My aim is really to please God, but/and I do that by dressing my fanciest. I wear:
- A fancy skirt. My winter fancy skirts are a straight, long, black velour and a flared, caramel-colored suede.
- A fancy blouse. My winter fancy blouses are a pink lacy tank top with matching shrug, a silky blue button-down patterned with birds' nests, and a plain purple top and purple cardigan with gold buttons.
- A ladies' tallit katan.
- Tights to match the top.
- A big (think hat-size) kippah. My three big kippot are a wine-colored embroidered velvet, a similarly colored silk embroidered with pink and blue flowers, and a purple and white embroidered with multi-colored birds and flowers.
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