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February 27, 2006

A Jew for Jesus?

Carl on June 20, 2009 05:45 PM EST writes:
Hazel Gersten

I passed this on to our Rabbi at Hazel's Temple Emanu-El. He'll have to give a ruling in thsi
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Roger on April 16, 2006 08:38 PM EST writes:
accident of mirth

Hazel's story is so sweet and funny, and her daughter's storytelling gift deftly spins it out to the hilarious. I hope Mary Beth is collecting these stories somewhere.
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Frank on March 6, 2006 08:22 PM EST writes:
Yuck. Did this thread really have to deteriorate like this? I thoroughly enjoyed the essay in question, and I think it was clear to anyone who read it that Janis was way off base. But I found the nasty name calling directed at her in a few of these posts more distasteful than anything Janis said.

Val is right. "People like Janis always end up doing themselves in without anyone else's help." So why then attack her as an idiot, etc? That's where the Mary Beth camp starts to look thin-skinned and lose sympathy.

Peace, all!
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Deb G. on March 6, 2006 07:55 PM EST writes:
Hazel Betty

As an admittedly lapsed Catholic, I'm more offended that communion was offered to an older woman without regard to her religious background and her lack of understanding of the meaning of this sacrament. Yes, communion is a sharing with your community; but don't you need to know that you're part of the community in the first place?
To Janis:Erlichda.
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Mary Beth Crain on March 6, 2006 03:28 AM EST writes:
Thanks to all my fans

Val, Richard, Julia and Everyone Else Who Loved "An Accident of Mirth": Thanks very much for your kind support. I generally don't let morons like Janis get to me, but it's sometimes tough in these anti-intellectual, Christian/Fundamentalist/Evangelical know-it-all times to stand by and watch as the idiots pollute the airwaves with their twisted, unsolicited opinions on religion and morality. It's good to know that for every Janis, there are far more sane, intelligent and open-minded readers out there to keep the flame of intellectual and artistic creativity burning bright.
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Val on March 6, 2006 03:15 AM EST writes:
This Janis Bitch

I can't tell you how "deeply, deeply hurt" I was for poor Mary Beth Crain when I read your truly asinine comment about her hilarious piece "An Accident of Mirth." You are not only an idiot, you are so arrogant that you don't even realize you're an idiot! Don't pay any attention to people like Janis, Mary Beth. They always end up doing themselves in without anyone else's help!
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Richard S. on March 6, 2006 03:08 AM EST writes:
Crazy Janis

What is wrong with you, Janis? How can you possibly accuse a Jewish writer writing about her own family in a funny, loving way of being anti-Jewish? And like Julia said, who the hell are YOU to be "deeply, deeply hurt" by this wonderful piece--let alone to appoint yourself the defender of the Jews? Man, you are one pathetic woman. Instead of spending your time sending wonderful writers pompous hate mail, I suggest you spend it in therapy!
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mary Beth Crain on March 5, 2006 07:49 PM EST writes:
Julia

Thanks so much for your rebuttal to Janis, the self-appointed Catholic defender of Jews against Jews! You may be interested to know that Janis e-mailed me to tell me that she is also the world's judge of excellent humor--i.e. "a fine art that takes a lot of talent and hard work"--vs. my humor, which is "negative,' "offensive" and "takes very little talent and very little hard work." Do you think she qualifies as certifiably insane--or just terminally stupid?
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Julia on March 5, 2006 07:39 PM EST writes:
Janis,

Are kidding, or crazy? Let's get this straight. You were "deeply, deeply hurt" by Mary Beth's essay because you've been "taught to deeply respect the Jewish people"? But Mary Beth IS Jewish, and she writing's about herself, her Jewish mother, and her Jewish family. Never mind that this is a wonderful story, full of humor and warmth... Who are you to be offended by it?

And how lucky for the state of Israel to have you out there defending the Jewish people "whenever the opportunities present themselves to do so." I'm sure they'll be renaming a street in Jerusaslem for you after this one!
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Janis on March 5, 2006 12:55 PM EST writes:
Hi,

I was checking in on some of my favorite Catholic Blogs and found a link to Blogheaven and ended up on your site with the entry "Accident of Mirth".

I have no idea what your site is generally about, but I must say I was deeply, deeply hurt by what I read, so I didn't go any further, and won't go back to your blog.

I have been taught to deeply respect the Jewish people and their faith and I always honor and defend them when opportunities present themselves to do so.

I just couldn't believe what I was reading.

Sincerely,
Janis
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Mary Beth Crain on March 2, 2006 01:32 AM EST writes:
Deb B. and Tony

Thank you both for your comments. Tony, I read yours to Hazel and she was thrilled. It really made her feel special. Deb, that's so funny about your mom. I'll bet there are more old Jewish moms who've taken communion than I ever suspected. Maybe they'll start coming out of the woodwork now and confessing!
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Deb B. on March 1, 2006 11:40 PM EST writes:
My mom was Jewish (she died 9 years ago) and she too took communion. At a Catholic funeral no less! Her friend's dad died and she just followed everyone else up to the altar!
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Tony on March 1, 2006 07:10 AM EST writes:
Hazel's first communion

I am a United Methodist pastor and I love this story. Hazel's graciousness and seeing the humor is rich with the Spirit. I don't think she will have any problem. As a Christian what I see in Hazel is a Christ-like spirit, and isn't that after all what is all about.
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MMM on February 27, 2006 11:23 AM EST writes:
Now THAT was funny. :)

(snerk)
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