And I’m back

Not quite sure what I’m going to do with this site, as Black, Gay and Jewish is still up and running, but we’ll see. I’m thinking it’s just going to be random musings from the Big Apple.

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Look! I’m Posting!!

Hey There Readers!

Months without posting and folks are still checking me out.  Many apologies, I’ve been doing a lot of blogging on my other blog, Black, Gay, and Jewish and as a result have neglected this blog.  Do not fear, I will be posting more frequently in both spaces in the coming year.  It’s not a resolution, just a focus on better posting.

Happy New Year, Lesbians!!

It’s my Birthday!!

There is a “die-in” at Grand Central Station today to shed light onto the issue of homophobia the way that it’s killing LGBTQ youth.  It’s at 6PM.  Be there or be (draws cartoon square a la Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill)

Remembering 9/11

9 years ago today many Americans lost their lives.  Those Americans were Black, White, Asian, Latino…Those Americans were gay, straight, trans, bisexual…Those Americans were Muslims, Jews, Christians,  Athiests…Those Americans were women, men, children…They were mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, fathers brothers, sons, uncles…They were grand parents.  Most importantly I’m remembering that they were people with families they left behind before their time.

It’s hard for religious people to understand why G-d let’s tragedies happen.  The thing I always have to remember is that we were given free will and that those people who carry out ugly and hateful things will be judged by G-d.  It’s not our place as humans to judge one another.  It’s not for us to say who is right and who is wrong.  It’s not our place to place blame on one group for the actions of individuals.

Hillel famously said to a potential convert who wished to learn Torah, “That which is hateful to you do not do to others.  The rest is commentary, now go study.”  Hillel wasn’t a prophet and he isn’t in the Torah, he was just a man with great wisdom and insight.  Born before Jesus, it’s clear that Jesus, who was of course a Jewish rabbi, would use Hillel’s words for his famous line, “Do unto others and you would have them do unto you.”  They are the same message, yes, but the words used by Hillel and Jesus are different.  I grew up learning Jesus’ words but Hillel’s have the most impact.

“That which is hateful to you” carries so much weight because we can think of things that are hateful.  Racism, Sexism, Discrimination, Bombs, Ugly words, Shoah, Slavery…those are the most hateful of hatred.  So you think of things that are hateful, things you’ve possibly experienced and you remember not to do them to another person.  For me, remembering the hatred I’ve felt being a gay black woman helps me put into perspective hateful thoughts or words I want to utter in anger.

Nine years ago today a few individuals acted out of hatred and today protests in the streets of New York over the Islamic Center do not honor those who lost their life.  It does not honor the families who are still mourning, it doesn’t bring back the dead.  If anything, it makes the message of hatred valid and the message of love and hope invalid.

Today I’m remembering so I do not forget.

Back-sort of

So technically, I’m “back” but my back is not and therefore I’m still out of work.  It’s a long drawn-out annoying discussion that I really can’t get into.  Suffice to say, I cannot work because of a work-related injury and have severely lacking funds.  It’s depressing, I’m depressed and the only thing that’s making me not want to run under my bed and wait for my landlord to throw me out is the fact that I’m cat-sitting for friends with cable and internet 🙂

let me qualify this entire thing by stating: I’m drunk.

That’s right, my faithful readers, this Jew-to-be may have enjoyed a little too much wine on this Shabbat.  We’ll talk Judaism in just a bit but let me just say, I think I may have found a Temple of my liking.  Mirs is passed out cold in my bed.  We moved her into her new apartment this morning in Ditmas Park.  It’s this little enclave of a community in Brooklyn that’s not only gay, but Jewish!  And Pakistani, Indian, Russian, Spanish, Muslim, the list goes on and on.  We ventured into 3, count ’em 3 Judaica stores today! I purchased and affixed my mezuzah to my door, we got some wonderful challah and I managed to make it to Temple (sort of) on time.  All-in-all an action packed day!

I’m not sure where this is going really but I felt the need to post a little something seeing as though I haven’t posted in a little while.  It’s not making sense because I’ve had too much wine and my girlfriend is asleep and for some reason, even though I’ve only had 3 hours of sleep and a little nap-I’m WIDE AWAKE!

It’s best I stop now.