> > > For a long time, I have followed a policy of not discussing religious
> > > matters online. This is because my family is Orthodox Jewish - they
> > > believe in the literal truth of the Old Testament - and for many years
> > > it has been necessary for me to conceal from them my real beliefs.
> > > Today I sent them an email informing them that I am not, in fact,
> > > Jewish.
> Is orthodox the sect that has the hat and the dreads down the side???
> I always wanted one of those for putting on a snow man in a Nativity
> scene....just to see how the Christians/Catholics would react...;)
Those are the Chassidim, an even-more-orthodox subset of Orthodox
Judaism. Eli has (or had) the beard, but no sidelocks. Jewish
tradition forbids shaving, though cutting the beard with scissors
is OK. This has led to a market for kosher electric razors (those
whose mechanisms have been certified to cut by scissor-action rather
than by a scraping blade). I use one myself to trim my beard.
Maybe we should start a tradition of making scenes of Isaac Newton's
birth on our lawns? Or maybe decorating a tree with a single apple?
-- Lee Daniel Crocker <email@example.com> <http://www.piclab.com/lee/> "All inventions or works of authorship original to me, herein and past, are placed irrevocably in the public domain, and may be used or modified for any purpose, without permission, attribution, or notification."--LDC
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