Torah and vampires: Or going back to work
I like going back to work because I get to see my friends and they tell me interesting things. For instance, my friend Larry told me that there are some Chassidic Jews who refuse to read the Torah or even mention the Torah’s name on Christmas Eve and Christmas. When he asked them if this was out of respect for Christians, they said No, that it would be bad luck to read Torah because Christmas is such a dark day. It marked the beginning of the end for Jews. I can’t help but think that Xmas was a pretty dark day for eastern European Jews because pogroms often happened then — so maybe this is where the tradition comes from. Still, it seems beneath contemporary Jews to take such a stand. Jews didn’t end because of Jesus. We are still going strong. He also told me that there are some Chassids who light their hats on fire at parties. Are these the same ones, I wonder?
Then, my friend Todd dragged me into his office to watch the opening credits of True Blood, a show he said I had to watch. We watched. I liked the strange grainy images and the weird twin peak music. I was worried by the one biting scene. I liked the polite civil war vampire, though. Maybe I will watch. But now the two conversations have mixed in my head: True Blood, hats, Christmas.