Unconventional...I like it!
Okay, I'm late here . . . massively late, but I'm still here!
I see another fine piece of written work! It took me a bit of work to follow along, but I blame myself for lack of a religious background to work with. Religion is a tough subject for me, both on a personal and a professional level. Personally, I barely would call myself spiritual. Professionally, being a public school teacher puts strict limits on what I'm able to say and how I'm to say it . .
"The continuing celebration . . ." - I think that is SO TRUE of society in general - more so those who say they "celebrate" Christmas! I hate that events lose their significance like that. It devalues their importance.
Loved picturing Harry's reaction and Binns' smile! Again, good job!
Author's Response: The continuing celebration is probably close enough to be a direct quote from ProfPosky, actually. Even though I can't remember the context of why she said it right now....
OK it's not that the ending wasn't funny or that this wasn't well-written-- quite the contrary, actually. However, I found it kind of disturbing in the sense that it was EXTREMELY...sacreligious. I mean, I know it's fiction, but still. It totally takes G-d out of the picture.That kind of bothers me.
So. I actually wrote up this whole long response weeks ago and then the system logged me out and it's taken me till now to build up the nerve to do it again. So I will try
I really, truly disagree with your use of the word sacreligious. What I'm actually doing here, if you read it right, is saying that (in this case) Jews made a choice between God and Magic and chose God. That's admirable. Not sacreligious. In any way.
And, as an Orthodox Jew myself, I'm writing this from an educated point of view. I know what I'm talking about. I know about the witch-hunts that happened thousands and thousands of years ago.
And it doesn't take God out of the picture; if anything, it puts Him more into it. Because the fact is that, if you are religious, and you do hold what is in the Bible or the Old Testament to be true, then no religious anyone could practice magic and still consider themselves to be religious--since God told them very clearly that they couldnt' do it.
And the fact of the matter is that, canon-ically, the only practice of any religion that we've seen is the opening of Christmas packages. My beta gives me grief whenever I have a character go 'Oh God' because she feels that God's presence is so lacking in canon, that it is glaringly fanon. So
You can take of that what you will. Really. It's your interpretation. But it's you interpertation of my meaning and that *gestures upwards* is what I meant. Thank you for reading and reviewing
Wow. Now I feel like I've lost all hope I'm half Jewish. But the ending was very funny.
Author's Response: Well, I'm completely Jewish and Orthodox at that, and I still tell people that my Hogwarts letter got lost in the mail :P
this is kind of ridiculous. are there any truly religious witches or wizards?
just out of curiosity what is your take on the golem?
Well, that's the thing. I don't think that there are. Which is why my beta makes me insane whenever one of my characters goes 'Oh God' or something like that. And yet, JKR clearly has them having huge Christmas celebrations every year.
The Golem. Well, the Golem was, in Jewish History, a...creature 'made' by a great Rabbi of his time, that was animated by a Word of God and acted in all ways like a man, but could not speak. Why? What's yours?
This is wonderful.. somthing that looks at the question of religon and magic. I am impressed with your insight , and in the light of the upcoming holiday.. do not forget the number of time that against all odds the Jews have mangaed to survive against our oppressors This has contiued even into the modern day, somehow we even survived the Nazi's call for our extinction and even though millions died we are still here and in even larger numbers then we where. In that way I guess you could say that the we still have some magic that survives within us. Hag Sameach
Author's Response: Thank you so much! A Freilichin Chanakuh!