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Started by Freethinker31. Last reply by Freethinker31 Sep 19, 2014.
Another thing: I don't do Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur, and I certainly don't fast. I skipped hanukah this year, because nobody was going to see me light candles, and I know god does not care because HaShem is imaginary. I can read prayerbook Hebrew but I can't speak any Israeli conversational Hebrew. I do have a degree in Yiddish literature. i don't really care about Isrel, and I think my ancestors were turkic or slavic speaking psople who got converted to Judaism in E. Europe, somewhere between the 800's and 1300's. Later, their language got mostly relexified with Middle german and a little old Hebrew vocabulary but retained the original grammar of whatever slavic dialect they spoke.
Every so often I eat treyf on purpose just to remind myself that the idea that there really is a god, especially a god who cares what we eat, is totally imaginary. Today, for example, at the grocery store I work at, there was food provided for the employees in the break room, and I had a shrimp and a little ham. I've also tried scallops, swordfish, and oysters, just so I could call my brother and see his reaction when I told him I ate treyf.
I'm not even sure I care about a Jewish culture (even) without god or religion. I really thought I was the only ethnically Jewish person who realizes that god is imaginary and davening is a bizarre waste of time.
The thing I hate most about being from a Jewish family is that my genitals were damaged in that Jewish ritual infant penile mutilation ceremony called a bris done to myself and most other Jewish boys (and without our permission!) on our 8th day. I want genitals like those of a completely un-circumcised man. I want nothing to do with a culture that hates sexuality and actually does penile reduction surgery to its sons.
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