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  •  I'm 65 (1+ / 0-)
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    mettle fatigue

    and I grew up in the Bronx. Went to Sunday school a couple of years til I was about 10 - but continued to attend for High Holiday services til I graduated high school in 1964.

    And you?

    Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be ... almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die. - Jonathan Safran Foer

    by ramara on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 02:14:31 PM PST

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    •  me 66, NY age 4-9, CA next, parents orthodox born (1+ / 0-)
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      & raised, father a talmudic aetheist activistly secularist (him born 1909), mother (b1915) affiliated Conservative but career mostly in orthodox venues.  my jewish education was begun before age 3 because my mother teaching dayschool kindergarten was allowed to shlep me along (babysitters unaffordable),and was generally intense, broad, eclectic, not tending to expertise in any particular area, and continued as my means allowed [i.e., after highschool erratic as i could only occasionally afford classes] with mostly disorderly reading until physical disabilities entrained some learning disabilities about 16 yrs ago.  i was sort of trying to study ladino at the time...

      despite being aware from very early age that i was in an era of tremendous political/social change (my parents had a predilection for picket lines, demonstrations, local action meetings & involvements, etc - with me in the stroller with them, again because babysitters unaffordable), i didn't realize until my early or mid30s how much judaism was evolving too and that most labels (e.g., "orthodox") were waaay less descriptive than my extended family experience & educ'n had led me to think.  it's always fascinating!

      •  Funny (1+ / 0-)
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        mettle fatigue

        I've been thinking of you as perhaps 10 years younger than you are...

        Being attentive to the needs of others might not be the point of life, but it is the work of life. It can be ... almost impossibly difficult. But it is not something we give. It is what we get in exchange for having to die. - Jonathan Safran Foer

        by ramara on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 07:21:03 PM PST

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        •  the 1/2-life nature of some disabilities does that (1+ / 0-)
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          because of so often walking around in a fog due to cognitive impact - it feels like at most 8 or 9 years since the floor went out from under me for good'n'all, but in fact it's just about 18 yrs now.

    •  I'm 38, and grew up Orthodox in Seattle. (2+ / 0-)
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      Reading further comments here, I think I've found the discrepancy -- I was thinking of the blessing to children, where one says to daughters "May God make you like Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel and Leah."  Leah's been included there since at least my mother's childhood.

      And I have been sadly ignorant of the history of the inclusion of the Matriarchs in the Amidah, since Orthodox liturgy still doesn't.

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