Sunday, July 24, 2005

Harry Potter vs. Torah

I was talking to my grandmother recently and she asked if I had read Harry Potter (I hadn't) and if I knew who died (I did). My friends who were there and had read Harry Potter objected to my spoiling it for my grandmother, to which she responded, "Well, if I'm going to spend time on something, I'd much rather spend that time reading something on Torah or on art - things that I really care about. I'd just kinda like to know what happened in Harry Potter."

My grandmother is an amazing woman who is so committed to Torah-true Judaism. May we all be so committed to Judaism always.


At 7/24/05, 5:16 PM, Blogger Karl said...

I have no interest in reading Harry Potter (although it may change if I started) and can not see why it has become such a best seller. If only there were more people around like your grandmother who can see the tachlis in life rather than make-believe shtussim. (ok I probably offended 3/4 of the world with that!)

At 7/24/05, 6:58 PM, Blogger Samuel J. Scott said...

Dear Delusions:

I've just spent some time perusing your blog, and I've found it very fascinating. I'm in the process of converting to (Reform) Judaism, and learning about Orthodoxy has been part of my learning experience. (I'm supposed to learn about the various movements.)

It's nice to get a first-hand account of the life as an Orthodox Jew in a secular environment. I'm starting to get a sense of what that must be like. Even as an (almost) Reform Jew, I can already begin to see where you're coming from.

On a side note, as a somewhat-recent college graduate I wish you the best of luck! It's the best -- and the most, well, interesting -- time of your life.

At 7/25/05, 6:23 AM, Blogger Eli7 said...

Karl - I'm not into Harry Potter at all, and I tried them; I just wasn't impressed. But my grandma is awesome!!

NewJew, aww gee thanks! If you have any questions about anything, post your e-mail on this blog and I'll e-mail you. (I'd love to answer any questions you have, but I don't have an e-mail address set up for my blog.)

At 7/25/05, 8:21 PM, Blogger Samuel J. Scott said...

Eli7, thanks for your note. My e-mail address is I also have a blog that may interest you on the experiences and questions of a twentysomething journalist and Jewish convert. It's at Some of my recent posts, for example, have been on my observations of the Orthodox community versus what I normally see among Reform Jews. Oh, if you don't mind, I'll add you under my Jewish blog link section! I like what you have to say.

At 7/25/05, 8:27 PM, Blogger Lvnsm27 said...

Eli, Excellent post

At 7/26/05, 6:35 AM, Blogger Eli7 said...

New Jew, thanks for the link!

Lvnsm27, aww thanks! (Compliments are always welcome :)


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