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Your cultural appropriation ::headdesk:: moment for the day

Your cultural appropriation ::headdesk:: moment for the day


“Embracing this Jewish tradition just brings a richness that we miss out on sometimes as Christians when we don’t know the history,” said Mrs. Austin, 29, a business manager for AT&T. “Jesus was Jewish, and we appreciate his culture, where he came from.”

Yes, because God forbid the dominant-to-the-point-of-suffocating religious observers in this country “miss out” on anything. Appreciate, appropriate, tomayto, tomahto.

This article isn’t about Messianic Jews, but the theme of Christians appropriating Jewish customs is clearly relevant.

Also, the “Jesus was Jewish, so everything’s okay!” argument doesn’t apply when you’re appropriating customs that emerged after Christianity began. Jesus would have never had a ketubah like the Austins’, for example, because Jews didn’t begin decorating the ketubah until the Middle Ages.

Speaking of which, I like the author’s sly reference to the Austins picking “one of several texts from the Reform Jewish movement”—texts which also happen to be written by a female rabbi. I wonder how that aligns with the views of the megachurch to which the couple belongs.