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Danny

I, for one, vote for continuing your bloggo-schizoid status and writing about whatever you damn well feel like. That is exactly what makes your blog such an interesting place to visit. Just write on one theme? YAWN. On the other hand, as much as we *think* we're writing about different topics on our blogs, I'm sure all of our "issues" are coursing through every post.

P.S. You seem to be writing more frequently than you used to. How do you do it?

JewishAtheist

Yes, keep blogging about whatever you feel like. I get sick of my theme sometimes, which is why I post less often than you. :)

Also, and I know this hurts to hear, but if we aren't interested, we'll just scroll to the next person's post. :)

Alison

I like "whole person blogs" - a term I first saw in a comment to another blogger who expressed similar concerns about her own chaoticly unthemed posts.

I think we do create blog personas, though, that are more reflective of how we see ourselves than they are of the ways that other people see us.

karen

If it's bloggo-schizoid... for G*d's sake (and mine), please don't take the meds.

Charlie (Colorado)

Um. Who are you when you're not doing any of those things?

david

Alison: I agree.

Karen: cold turkey.

Charlie: Don't go there.

Howard Muhlberg

Hello, David.

I'm typing this about an hour after having attended your talk at Village Books in my hometown, Bellingham, Washington.

It was a real pleasure listening to you and the timing could not have been more perfect.

First, briefly, on the subject of this post, let me say that I could NEVER limit myself to one topic on my blog, and that's one of the reasons I actually recruited other bloggers to join me at Transcendental Floss, bloggers with a variety of interests and personalities. So, more power to ya!

Getting back to why your talk was so timely and relevant for me...

I'm someone who will always identify as a Jew, for better or worse. Yet, I'm also someone who is heavily drawn to elements of Buddhism, Taoism, Sufism, etc...even some mystical Christianity. Lately I've been reading a lot of Shambhala, specifically teachings from Pema Chödrön, and I've started attending meditation sessions at the local Dharma Hall.

At your talk I referred to Bellingham's small size and limited Jewish community options, and this really has been a major obstacle for me. If I were to choose an affiliation it would, without a doubt, be Jewish Renewal, and though I live far from San Francisco, I consider Rabbi Michael Lerner to be my personal Rebbe.

Rabbi Lerner's book - Jewish Renewal - was the first thing I ever read that enabled me to reconcile with Judaism. He describes two distinct voices of God in the Torah: 1) the voice of love, healing, and transformation, and: 2) the voice of God as filtered through an oppressed people, filtered through the Jews who finally wrote down the oral Torah during the Babylonian exile, a document that was designed to hold an exiled/oppressed people together, a document that portrayed an angry, vengeful God, a God that would give the Jews hope, hope that this omnipotent power was on their side, on the side of the powerless.

Unfortunately, there is no Jewish Renewal Synagogue in Bellingham. The only synagogue we have (a small, Conservative, breakaway shul recently disbanded), Beth Israel, is Reform, and though a number of my close Jewish friends LOVE the new Rabbi, a woman who has seemingly bridged the gap between the more conservative and liberal factions that led to burning out the previous two Rabbis (the first too liberal, the second too conservative), I have not felt at home there.

After having attended a handful of services led by the new Rabbi, I was not moved, inspired, endeared to her, and this makes it hard for me to return.

The funny thing is that I know, in my heart, that I would be the richer, in spirtual terms, for it if I were to persevere, to let the resistances go, to open my heart to the Rabbi and the rest of the congregation, that being a member of THE Jewish community in town would enrich me, feed me, and move me forward spiritually.

Yikes, I've rambled. But, I hope you won't hold that against me. There seems to be a stigma against long comments in the blogosphere that, as a blogger myself, I have never understood. If someone leaves a long comment at my blog, excepting, of course, spammers and trolls, it actually makes me happy to think that I inspired such a lengthy response.

I have bookmarked your blog, which is a great read, and I look forward to checking in on a regular basis.

For now, lyla tov, shalom, namaste.

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