“We face a demand for freedom from religion in the civil registry,” the verdict read. “Freedom from religion is derived from human dignity, which is protected in the basic law: human dignity and liberty. When the given law is laconic, the fundamental right shall decide, which tilts the scales in favor of the claimant and his self-definition in the registry.”
— on 81 year old novelist Yoram Kaniuk, who sued to become the first Jew in Israel officially labeled “without religion.” The result has sparked a movement towards official secularism. Read “Choosing” in Tablet Magazine by Jeff Moskovitz, an inspiring piece of journalism.
A documentary about Victor Gottesman, the founder of the French NGO & Biket Initiative’s partner, Grain de Sable, an organization devoted to providing children in Mali, West Africa with bicycles. Donate to Biket Initiative’s Kickstarter campaign. Why do these children need bikes? For starters, they’ll help them reach schools, clean drinking water and medical care. Learn more about this and see Mother Jones’ 10 smart, charitable Kickstarter projects to consider when you’re giving holiday gifts.
Item from my Google docs: “Should I go to law school?” Last modified in September. A question, reaching back to probably the early 2000’s. I remember sitting on a stone bench in Florence, Italy when I was 20 and studying abroad and furiously scribbling in my leather diary about my growing doubts on the topic. It never stops! The only thing in this document is a quote that I found in the slightly biased “Why I love being a lawyer” cover story in the American Bar Association journal, arguably an entry in the “pro” column: Best job in the world: I get paid to read, write, think, talk and argue—all things I would do anyway.
Declining marriage rates via NPR, a report that is slightly reminiscent of Japan’s own changing trends. “But what it does bring home to us is that we can no longer pretend that marriage is the central organizing principle of society,” Coontz says.
“She had to do more than hold on. She had to reach. She had to want it more than she’d ever wanted anything. She had to grab like a drowning girl for every good thing that came her way and she had to swim like fuck away from every bad thing. She had to count the years and let them roll by, to grow up and then run as far as she could in the direction of her best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by her own desire to heal.”
“But Ms. Gable said such background checks were the one thing she needed Facebook for. “If I have a crush on a guy, I’ll make my friends look him up for me,” Ms. Gable said. “But that’s as far as it goes.”
I just got an email from a certainly daily website whose subject line says:
Your Apartment Called: It Wants a “Dwell” Magazine Subscription
Really? Are you sure what it was saying that and not garbled by some bad AT&T connection? ‘Cuz I think what it wants is a new couch, a fancy new coffeemaker (sorry, French press!), to be in a less noisy location, and actually maybe just a total makeover. Now that we’re on the subject, it might not even want to be an apartment in the first place. Did you even bother to ask? I get the sense, email subject line, that you’re not really listening. And that’s all it wants, my apartment. That, and all those other housewares I’ve just mentioned. Oh yes, also a New York Times subscription. It’s getting sick of hitting the paywall so much. What a demanding little apartment! Could be depression.