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This excruciating video was recently posted on another site. I didn’t want to say anything at first because everyone else liked it, but another guy commented how rude it was to the people in the car with her, and that let the floodgates out.
I don’t know where to begin. Fine. I know I’m going to sound like a bitter old man here, but when did it become “cute” and “fun” to be rude and annoying to other people in order to promote yourself online? And you know what, it would be one thing if it was that 20 year girl doing this for fun. She has an excuse to still be an idiot. *Fuckin’ kids and their damned you tubes.* This cantor woman is over 30! Have some mrrfrrking consideration you *****************.
I’m really tempted to blame it on college life. I know that would be unfair to some college students out there who aren’t spoiled 30 year olds just sitting on their asses learning medieval Jewish cantoring, riding subways during the day for fun, and fucking assistant professors, but being in a sheltered environment your whole life really warps your worldview. You lose touch with reality.
It’s the same thing that pisses me off about the Occupy people. These people can sit out there for weeks on end with Ipads and designer glasses, protesting so that the bad people in suits who go to work everyday should give them more free shit. The most ironic thing about the Occupiers is that 90% of people both agree with what they’re saying and wish they would just shut their whiny Narcissistic mouths and go away.
I’m here because of my girlfriend. I know. It’s definitely not the healthiest reason for returning to Judaism after abandoning it, but, in any case, here I am, typing away.
I grew up in a pretty modern orthodox community in New Jersey (if you took a guess, you’d probably be right), went to a pretty modern orthodox high school (if you took a guess, you’d probably be right) and after a year in Israel, went to a pretty big secular university (if you took a guess, you’d probably be right) whereupon, sniffing the air of freedom and self-hood, I then almost instantly discarded my Judaism.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hold any ill-will towards my religion. It’s just that, after having spent my entire youth being taught how important and valuable Judaism is, I can’t help it that I’m able to look back at it all and … not feel anything. When I see a frum person wearing a yarmulka on my campus or elsewhere, I wonder if they’re Jewish only because they need it. Perhaps its that they’re just unable to live their life without assurance from this romantic idea that there’s a God above us who, because of His existence, imparts life with meaning and direction. Perhaps these people so steadfastly cling to religion because, without it, their lives would be unable to give them the adequate happiness they require?
But my girlfriend is not like that. She isn’t deeply religious because she needs it to make her HAPPY.
First and foremost, my girlfriend is an optimist. She inherently believes in the good of every individual. She is the type of person who makes friends with the shul’s goyish janitor and plays with their kid. She is the type of person who knocks on the front door of some random college house in the middle of the night to ask if they own the parked car in front of their house that has the lights left on.
She doesn’t need God to prevent a miserable existence. She only needs God in order to SANCTIFY her life. In other words, she has all the ingredients, she just needs a God to take her efforts and her relationships and elevate them to a level of spirituality and sanctity that could not be achieved without a God. Otherwise, she would just simply be a nice individual living in a world of other individuals who solely exist to survive and reproduce. And for some reason which I can’t guess at, this incredible woman has picked me to be with her.
And so that’s why after three years of not keeping shabbas, eating non-kosher pizza, getting drunk and going to incredibly sleazy parties, I am slowly, hesitantly, returning towards Judaism. For if this woman can elevate my life to a greater existence, it just might all be worth it.