Yay for the Yankees

Dear Short Answers: My husband is a huge Yankees fan and before every game he PRAYS for the Yankees to win.  Not only do I think this is a waste of time but it strikes me as sacrilegious.  Does he really think that GOD is going to help a stupid baseball team win?  Does the [...]

Habits and Practices

Dear Short Answers: My soon-to-be-wife converted to Catholicism when she married her second husband and he insisted that they raise their children in the Catholic church. Now that we are getting married, she is insisting that I convert. Since we are much too old to have children, I don’t really see the point. Some days, [...]

Study Chess, Ladies

Dear Short Answers: What are the origins of women’s oppression? Trying to Understand Dear  Trying: This is a subject of much speculation and scholarship. Our two cents: Very clever move by men in dominating most of the world’s religions. Goddess cultures (and goddesses) were eclipsed … and the rest is HIS-story. 1 person likes this [...]

Freedom of Religion

Dear Short Answers: I have become more and more uncomfortable with organized religion as the years go by.  I hate being in churches, temples, mosques — they all creep me out.  Can I reasonably refuse to attend the religious ceremonies of friends and family? The Atheist Dear Atheist: The religious ceremonies of friends and family [...]

No Dog In This Fight

Dear Short Answers: The woman who grooms our dog came to our house about 2 months ago and, unfortunately, slipped when she was getting out of her van and hit her face on the sidewalk. She broke her 2 front teeth and had to have about $2,000 worth of dental work. A friend, who also [...]

The Short Answer Is…

Dear Short Answers: My sister’s daughter has become ultra-orthodox and moved to Israel. I am an atheist and orthodox religious moments are difficult for me to understand or accept. My sister wants me to travel to Israel for my nieces wedding. I feel I’ll be anywhere from aggravated to outright angry the whole time I’m [...]

What We Know…

Dear Short Answers: How does the human heart work? Befuddled Dear B: The bass is steady, the melody is unpredictable. 3 people like this post. Unlike

Bye Bye Bunny

Dear Short Answers: Coming off of Easter, is it horrible to have a 2 year old and feel no compulsion to raise her with the Easter Bunny/Santa Claus myths? My husband and I have a blast with her and do all kinds of fun crazy things but I hate doing things just b/c everyone thinks [...]

Shalom

Dear ShortAnswers: I have an opportunity to go to Israel, but don’t have enough vacation days. If I leverage my boss’s Judaism to get clearance, is that a sin? Passport Ready Dear Ready: No.  It’s not a sin.  Just manipulative. Like Unlike