Sitting Shiva for Hitch

17 Dec

With our shared Jewish heritage, and my former practice of religious same, I feel it would comfort me to sit shiva for Hitch in a style he might — and I certainly will — appreciate.  For seven days, I’ll be toasting him with Johnny Walker Black, blogging or commenting on blogs or watching videos and reading articles, sharing Hitch with whomever I can.  I think that pretty much covers the spirit of sitting shiva, if you’ll pardon the pun.

So, join me in another night of toasting, as we raise a glass to a giant of a man whom history, if it has any sense at all, will never forget.

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One Response to “Sitting Shiva for Hitch”

  1. docatheist October 28, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    It’s unfortunate that someone saw fit to down-vote this. After all, Christopher Hitchens’ mother was Jewish, though she kept that from him to protect him from anti-semitism. He found out, later in life. Religion aside, Jewish culture is not totally without redeeming factors, including its respect for the environment, animals, and other things neglected so easily by so many other religions.

    I gave up God. I have not given up appreciating the Jewish New Year for the Trees (Lag B’Omer), or the concept that an animal must be dead before any part of it is taken for food.

    There’s an old joke in the South about a farmer who brags to a door-to-door salesman about how his pig, hobbling about on three peg legs and one natural limb, saved him when he might have drowned after falling in the well and when he was pinned under the toppled tractor, and then saved his family by waking them when their house caught on fire one night. No, he tells the salesman, that’s not how he lost those three legs. A pig that good, well, you don’t just eat him all at once!

    As a Jewish atheist, I find that poor excuse for humor disgusting not because it’s about the epitome of unkosher animals, a pig, but because the pig was butchered in pieces while alive. Household refrigerators are new inventions, newer than cars, radios, washing machines, and telephones. What do you think people used to do before refrigeration?

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