Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fasting made simple (How to lose your appetite)

Is it difficult for you to fast on the Jewish calendar fast days of the 17th of Tammuz or the 9th of Av?

We have a simple solution for you -- the following website is so nauseating, that after one look at it, I lost my appetite and it made fasting a snap.

"Ta'anit Tzedek - Jewish Fast for Gaza is an initiative that seeks to end the Jewish community's silence over Israel's collective punishment of Palestinians in Gaza.

Initiated by Rabbis Brant Rosen and Brian Walt, Ta'anit Tzedek began with a commitment by a minyan ("quorum") of rabbis to engage in a fast in order to support relief efforts, to call for a lifting of Israel's blockade of Gaza and to support all efforts toward a substantive resolution to this dire humanitarian crisis.

Ta'anit Tzedek is supported by a growing number of rabbis, interfaith leaders, and individuals from a variety of faith traditions. We invite all people of conscience to join us in this effort.

Ta'anit Tzedek is an ad-hoc initiative and is not affiliated with any specific organization or institution."

The "Rabbis" running this claim to not be affiliated with any specific organization, except many of them coincidentally happen to be local J-Street activists (not that it's surprising).

Don't worry, the authenticity of these Rabbis in not in question, except that the fast dates on their website...are wrong. "Upcoming Fast Days: Thursday July 15th"


The following tidbit on their website also made me puke and I'm sure the families of the 28 black South Africans who were sentenced to death when they appeared before Goldstone during the apartheid regime -- would agree.

Rabbis thank Judge Goldstone for upholding principles of justice, compassion and truth

Dear Judge Goldstone,

As rabbis from diverse traditions and locations, we want to extend our warmest mazel tov to you as an elder in our community upon the bar mitzvah of your grandson. Bar and Bat Mitzvah is a call to conscience, a call to be responsible for the welfare of others, a call to fulfill the covenant of peace and justice articulated in our tradition.

blah blah blah -- its all on their website.

So forget all those witch potions and herbal remedies to help you fast -- go to this website, lose your appetite, and you won't even notice the time passing by.

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brifin said...

I don't think you should have such a negative attitude to this, after all it's backed by some of the leading gedolim of our generation like Rabbi Rebecca Alpert, Rabbi Linda Holtzman, Rabbi Ellen Lippmann and Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman.

Shmilda said...

File it away with Tzom Rabin.

Anonymous said...

Brifin: Becca, Linda, Ellen and Laurie...Sounds like Charlie's angels.

The back of the hill said...

Okay, that was pretty nasty. I'll make sure to eat well that day.

Greta Berlin said...

I thought this was "Jewish Feasting for Gaza"

Jameel: I think you're losing your pro-Gaza-flotilla readership.

The back of the hill said...

Greta, you forget that like ants they keep zeroing in on just one post. Most of them have never figured out that there are other posts here.

The back of the hill said...

By which I do not wish to imply that they are stupid, heaven forfend!


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