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I've always been a big fan of signs. I remember when I was with Daryk, and I wasn't sure if it was a good idea or a bad idea to be with him. I was sitting at work and pondering this question. I was sitting on a desk which faced toward the hallway where the bathrooms were, and I realized that I was looking at the women's bathroom door. Except the way the door frame was positioned, I could only see part of the sign on the door -- the part of the sign which read "OMEN." I'd never had a more clear sign.

Until ...

I'd been thinking for the past few days about necklaces. I always used to wear a Star of David, but stopped around the time I moved back to Pittsburgh. It literally fell off: I had two stars: the one I got in Mea Shearim was the one that was ripped off of my neck when I got mugged in Chicago in August 1995, and the other one I got in Jerusalem fell off and disappeared in the grass on Flagstaff Hill in Oakland.

So yesterday i'm sitting at lunch, this question is still wandering through my brain: should I start wearing a Star of David again? And all of a sudden, the necklace that I'm wearing disintegrates. Falls to pieces. Beads scattering across the floor. And I wasn't even touching it when this happened. It just spontaneously combusted. So when I got home I went searching for some Jew-y necklace, which was no small task. But I finally found two small stars in the rat room, amongst the ruins of the Judaica that Muchi and Bitsy have scattered across the floor.

Now here's the coming out part:

I've taken great pains at work to not be out as a Jew. It mostly has to do with Marsha, one of our volunteers (who lives at Dan's house, actually) who's a Jew for Jesus. She knew pghwob was Jewish and gave him endless hassle for it. Then again, it is pghwob we're talking about (I love you pghwob, but I'm guessing you maybe fanned those flames, at least a little bit). :) Marsha knew I'd been to ... Aqaba, maybe? Somewhere in Jordan. And she once gave me a mini Jesus-y lecture on that, but it was one of those things where it started off innocently (have you been there? was it nice?), took a religious turn (you know The Bible says ...) and, when I basically ignored that (mmm hmmm ... [returns to work]) she let it drop.

The moral of the story is that I was given a sign that I need to out myself, so, even though I'm afraid it's going to earn me a bunch of Jebus-y shit ... well, here I go.


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Jan. 4th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, don't stress...Jews are cool!
Jan. 4th, 2009 10:00 pm (UTC)
Jan. 4th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
I am sorry that your co-worker is so disrespecting of others that she would proselytize to you during work hours. I will point you to the fact that the City of Pittsburgh has laws preventing workplace harassment as well as the Co-Op having policies preventing workplace harassment.

Which, if someone is giving you a difficult time about your religion at work, it's workplace harassment.

I also apologize that despite this person's supposed following of Jesus of Nazareth, she obviously forgot the part of the bible where it says to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Since I'm sure that there are a few Jews and several Christians that would love to enlighten her of her erroneous interpretation of the bible and she would be just as offended and upset if they did that to her.

I'm sorry if this is less than coherent. I feel really strongly about this.
Jan. 4th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
yuck, jews for jesus.
double yuck on the jew for jesus giving you shit at work. that is just WRONG on so many levels, and regardless of what you decide to do, it is shitty that this icky person is acting that way and making you consider how she'll treat you in how you will live your life.

that said, i'm weird about outing myself as a jew also. i dunno why. part of is the fact that i don't "look" jewish and my name is about the most waspy name ever.
Jan. 4th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Man I must be disillusioned, because I thought you always wore your Star of David necklace, but I haven't seen you in years.

Wear the necklace and if anyone doesn't like it tell her to blow it out her wazoo. Is she like this with sexual orientation? Is she just a lecturer in general?

Anyways, this story made me remember the time that we were at my apartment on Warren Road and you were on the phone with Mike and I was looking up where in the Bible the Lord's Prayer was (You were right and I was wrong, shows how muc I knew) and you were laughing on the phone with mike telling her how freakish it was that I was on the floor reading my Bible.

As for the signs, I hear you. THe necklace sign is more clear cut.
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Jan. 4th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
i vote for option C
Jan. 5th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
JfJ is kind of odd - I would be more concerned about lefties thinking that being proud of being Jewish means that you support Israel 100% in the Gaza bombing/invasion, as opposed to the general "9 Jews, 10 opinions" reality.
Jan. 5th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
I thought about the Gaza thing too.
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