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Taboos And Booze For The Masses

June 16, 2017 9:20 pm
Dear Taxi, I agree wholeheartedly with everything you and others expertly articulated here.  My post is relevant only to let you know that I will shortly be changing my somewhat biblical Jewish surname by deed poll due to the constant embarrassment of being associated with this religion. I wish it were possible to remove all trace of Jewishness, but have, alas, been scarred for life, mainly as a result of my foreskin being forcibly removed without my permission when only 8 days old - which to make matters worse was botched.  The remaining scars are psychological.   Although my three brothers and I attended secular school during the day, (if there is a God, I would like to thank him/her for that) we were shipped off to an ultra-religious Jewish school most evenings to learn the 3 R's - reading the bible, and reading and writing Hebrew. This is where we were being indoctrinated and told repeatedly how lucky we were to be the chosen ones. Then came the dreaded Bar Mitzvah studies which consumed many an evening I believe would have been better spent doing some old fashioned secular homework or learning to play the clarinet. This might account for my secondary school reports being littered with comments such as "must try harder", "needs to focus", etc. On a more positive note, my parents were satisfied they'd done their bit to ensure that these essential practices and skills had prepared us for the challenges that lay ahead.    As bad as all this sounds, things could have been much, much worse. It was by chance that we ended up in the UK and not Israel - and you only need five minutes in a room (preferably with an escape hatch) with any one of my Israeli relatives to figure out just how lucky we actually are.