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(15) Mike, October 6, 2014 6:09 PM

very interesting

The reaction of the woman who was Jewish reminded me of something I read in this article

At the time I had three agents -- for commercials, for TV, and for print ads. I had to tell each of them that I was going to stop working because I was becoming an observant Jew. All three of my agents happened to be Jewish, non-observant women. So I knew it was going to be tough.

My conversion was scheduled for a Sunday, so essentially I had until Thursday to meet these people and break the news. I'm not a procrastinator, but this time I procrastinated until Thursday. The first agent had known that I was becoming more observant, and she had told me, "If you ever do that, I'm never going to talk to you again. It's just too weird…"

So I went to her office, expecting a big backlash. And surprisingly, she told me: "When I was in Hebrew School, I had one teacher who was observant, and she would invite me to her home for Shabbat. I always dreamed that when I grew up, I would have a home like that. But I know my fiance will never go for that. So I respect and admire what you're doing." And she gave me her blessing.
I was so relieved, and I went to the other two agents who were also unbelievably supportive. I had imagined that by the end of the day I would be in tears from an incredible sense of loss. But instead, I felt free, as if I was unburdening myself.

I find it completely strange and not logical at all that the first agent held totally opposite views within a short time.

So strange that with Jews who have some unresolved feelings towards religion or who have resentment, what they say that bothers them often has nothing to do with what they really mean or what really bothers them. I don't really understand it, sometimes it seems that they are just building a strawman, on the other hand all the anti-religious thoughts from the non-Jewish environment may also play a role.

(14) Anonymous, September 30, 2010 2:57 PM

SusanE, that was wonderful what you wrote. Thanks for sharing!

(13) SusanE, September 28, 2010 5:29 PM

Hmmm. Interesting.

Boy, Lori do I understand this woman. To me, sukkas are all beautiful and fun, and some are quite individual. To HER it was like living across from a 'tent' city. In HER thoughts, it's similar to having a neighbor in an affluent neighborhood putting plastic pink flamingos in the yard and an older rusty automobile in the driveway. She was embarrassed and uncomfortable because she is a Jew and is in that way associated with the rabbi and his sukkah. There are some like her who feel affront at seeing difference She wants 'to be like everyone else", and live among 'acceptable' practices. Short story. On a small train in Northern Italy sitting with a young man and his mother. As we pulled out of the station, she got food from her bag and offered me some. The young man 16 or 17, withdrew from the limited conversation she and I were having and turned his head to the window in embarrassment slouching in the seat. Knowing that sharing food is custom there among some, I pulled food from my bag also and shared with them. Immediately, his embarrassment of carrying food from home was over. From then on we had a wonderful time. We joked, drew pictures and laughed, getting to know one another. I hope your talk with the woman across the street helped her to think differently about herself and accept who she is. If that woman in your neighborhood could only open her heart to the wonderful possibilities ahead by accepting other peoples ideals, she might erect her own 'tent'. I hope she has learned through the years to be an accepting loving Jewish woman. Thanks for the story, Lori.

(12) Annie, September 28, 2010 3:05 PM

Not only will you be uncomfortable but... and your kids will end up assimilating So put up your Sukkah and chose Life and Love it! Thanks Lori for the influence you've had in Forest Hll, there are so many sukkas now we can't get around to them all; and there's a lot of sukkah hoping here!!

(11) Ayalah Haas, September 26, 2010 3:10 PM

Good Comeback with "Xmas Lights"

Thank you, Rebbetzin Palatnik. This is my favorite "Lori Almost Live" segment.

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