Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Great Twitter Purge

Maybe it's because for all our Torah and training, Jewish professionals don't have a very good response to suffering. After all, when someone is sitting before you and asking why is there really a good response?

Even the rabbis of the Talmud spent a good deal of time trying to understand suffering and had no clear consensus as to why. In general, however, their responses wavered between two extremes: Either, you are suffering because you are bad, or you are suffering because you are loved.

Apparently, I'm in an abusive relationship with God.

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This is not limited to religious Jews.  I've dealt with the same responses from religious Christians.  I got sick because I did something to offend God.  I'm still sick because I don't pray hard enough or believe strongly enough.  Whatever the reason, it has something to do with me being a bad bad girl.  Blame the Victim.
So much for Christian charity, and a good reason why, even when I'm physically up to it, I no longer attend church.  I can get far more comfort and fellowship from my e-friends while reclining on the couch than I do from so-called Christians at church (some of whom also show up bearing noxious diseases to share, because something bad enough to warrant a day off work isn't considered bad enough to keep them from church). No guilt, no germs, and no wasted energy if I stay home and "fellowship" online.

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