Jewish Unicyclists

In spirit of Ms. Liz’s post.

How many Jews in the one-wheeled house? My synagogue is a 20 minute drive away so I can’t ride there…but uh…yeah. The question stands.

Oy Gevalt!

Thomas, your time to shine…

Techincally I’m Jewish, but I don’t practice anything except Chunakah, and that’s morel like “non-denominational geft giving holiday with a few candles thrown in and a Brucha (Is that how you spell it?)”

I’m Jewish but the only aspect I practice is Chutzpah.


Raphael Lasar
Matawan, NJ

I love yiddish. My great grandma could only speak it. And my grandma knows it fluently. All I can say well is:

Du zolst veks vie ein tsibelah mit dein kopf in drerde.

You should grow like an onion with your head in the ground.

I have the same situation as Bevan and I think so does Jess Riegel, although he may celebrate more then the “gift receiving” that I do…

Alf gezint af dein pupic.

Literal translation: Bless your little bellybutton.

True meaning: Bless your little heart.

The only other thing I know off the top of my head is: Gay cocker afn yam.

Translated rougly to: Go $h!t on the ocean.

My great aunt is fluent in yiddish. Freaky when your having a conversation and she breaks into it.

Chosen ones uh…

I am an orthodox jew. Any shailos for me. And stop the dirty language

Even if it were a 1 minute uni ride, you couldn’t ride there on Shabbat.

Jewish Unicyclist

There is nothing in Judaism forbidding the riding of a unicycle on Saturday. Actually there is nothing in Judaism forbidding the riding of a bike on Saturday but it is usually not done because if the chain comes off or breaks then it would be considered work to put it back on or fix it.

Except for the Giraffe Uni’s no chain so no problem riding.

In Israel there are tens of thousands of Jews who can ride Uni but only a couple dozen serious trials and muni riders.

Okay, so let me get this straight: Someone can claim to be a Jew, but not practice? So then what’s Jewish about them?

I was born and raised in California, but having not lived there since 1986, I don’t claim to be “Californian”, that would be silliness.

Now if someone were born in Israel and held an Israeli passport, they could claim to be Israeli, but that doesn’t make them Jewish…unless they consider themsleves Jewish :slight_smile:

So, if being Jewish is not spirtual, then are they culturally Jewish? But then if they don’t practice Judiasm, then how are they Jewish?

Not to mention, what about Buddists who ride unicycles :wink:

This is getting of topic but on being Jewish vs practicing Judaism:

This is getting off topic but on being Jewish vs practicing Judaism:

David, thanks for the link, this quote describes the exact dilemna I am addressing:

So, you are a Jew if your mother was a Jew. So therefore a person is a buddist if their mother was a Buddist, right?

Sorry, but that strikes me as rather silly.

I dislike the idea that someone is “labeled for life” based on their parents choices.

So if your mother was a Jew, do you have to go through a process of being unconverted?

Oh, and in case you’re starting to think I am some kind of an antisemite:

I ride a unicycle.

I’m not Jewish and my understanding might not be correct but I think the key is in this:

If you were born in raised in America, you are an American. Is it unfair to be “labeled” that way? In practice you could move to another country and renounce your citizenship, but you’d still have been born and raised American.

Being a Jew is not citzenship, the heritage issue has been around for a lot longer than Israel, I believe it originated with the concept of inheritance.

It was tough being raised Jewish, I had to deal with lots of discrimination from my peers, not something I’d like to repeat.

I haven’t been in a synagogue since I was thirteen, but I do ride a unicycle.

I would jump at the chance to visit Israel, almost went to grad school in Haifa, but it’s gotten way to sketchy over there, such a shame that folks can’t get along, maybe they all need to ride unicycles :smiley:

So I guess the OP can count me in, though I don’t practice or consider myself a Jew, but my mother is Jewish, so there you go.

I was born and raised in Michigan, but I moved away in 1984. I still consider myself a ‘Gander’ (Michigander). But I am also a New Yorker, a Virginian and a Californian. I don’t particularly care which is “correct” or which has the most precedence. I just use them when I feel like it. So it’s not the same (for me) as the Jewish thing.

You failed to include a link to similar background information about Buddhism. Therefore I will assume that it is not identical to Judaism, and therefore your statement above is silly. :slight_smile:

Sorry if we’re messing up this thread. If it’s any help, my ten years living on Long Island should qualify me as being at least a little Jewish.

It was a quasi off topic thread to start, so if we go off topic by talking about judaism, it is no more off topic than talking about jewish unicyclists :wink:

My wife calls our kids, “contact Jews” because I raised them :smiley:

Some of the cutural stuff is funny, from the concept of the Jewish Princess to the Jewish grandmother, we had them both in our family, crazy stuff that my wife still doesn’t “get”.

Still, growing up without a tree and watching my friends rip and tear apart a small mountain of presents, I was soooo jealous, so when I grew up and had a family, we always have a tree and a mountain of presents!!

not according to Hashem. this is the rabbis rule.

Who is HaShem and how does he know my mother?

Hey Billy, how in the world did you get some many posts? Do you really work or is it just a cover story :wink: