Ritual Confessions

January 5, 2008

Interview post-mortem; sabbath

Filed under: Uncategorized — elissakaren @ 6:09 am

I thought the interview went well. They said they’d call next week. I hope they really do.

In the meantime, I just got home from a sabbath dinner that my husband, daughter and I had at the house of a Hasidic couple in Lake Oswego. The feast was typical Jewish excess: half a dozen starter dishes before the motzah-ball soup, roast chicken, various sides and two desserts. I’d never met the husband before — he was tall, bearded, and clad in the obligatory black garb and wide-brimmed hat. The wife is a strikingly beautiful woman, with long hair so black and glossy it could have belonged to a horse. She cooked the entire meal and served it course by course while the rest of us talked theology. I wondered whether my husband was wishing I were more like her. The evening highlighted a lot of our differences. I could sing along with the Hebrew prayers; my husband could not. But he knows the Old Testament nearly line for line, while I know only certain stories. He also believes in God and I don’t. But somehow I felt very close to him tonight.



  1. I am quite sure that Nick does not wish you were more like a horse. Gut Shabbas!

    Comment by davidrochester — January 5, 2008 @ 6:56 am

  2. I’ve been thinking nasty thoughts about sycophants lately and here I go about to gush all over this. My goodness this was a lovely thing to read. I started thinking “OK. That’s news. I don’t really know this person so I don’t care much about whether she gets the job but I suppose it is nice having a nice prospect. I’ll read on.” Reading on, I immediately thought the evening sounded interesting. I read the description involving a horse. I was impressed. It is vivid and unconventional. The rest of it is sweet in a way that makes such strong sense to me that I changed my mind about my feelings for the job: I really do hope you get it.

    Comment by Bobby Goat GRUFF! — January 5, 2008 @ 8:11 am

  3. I don’t know you enough to comment on what Nick wishes or doesn’t wish–but I will say that evenings spent in shared conversation are good things, whether it be friends, spouses, whatever. I’ve been married 28 years, it’s one of the things I believe at foundation level. Communication is very nearly everything in this life. 🙂

    Comment by thelittlefluffycat — January 5, 2008 @ 6:26 pm

  4. David, thank you for your daily presence at these fledgling blogs — it’s truly helped me get started.

    Fluffy, it is so generous of you to have dropped by often as well, especially since we’ve never met in person. And your response made me think about the many aspects of last night that didn’t make it into the blog because I was so tired. It’s inspired me to write more about the outcome of the evening — which unfolded along the lines you’ve touched on here. I’m planning to go into that a little later today.

    And Bobby Goat, your response was so lovely. I’d just written to David, asking how long it was before people actually read his posts… one of the nicest aspects of blogging, judging from QV, is the sense of daily community that seems to follow. I was wondering whether I’d ever feel I had a circle of friends within this little realm, as he so clearly does. The fact that you showed up was very affirming. Thank you!

    Comment by elissakaren — January 5, 2008 @ 11:25 pm

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