Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Can't -- the four letter word the Orthodox use far too often

A short essay I wrote about how overused and deeply entrenched the word "can't" (I realize it's really a contraction) has become in the Orthodox Jewish vocabulary.

It goes a little something like this:

“I can’t eat at the mall food court,” I explained to a friend when we were shopping. “I can’t go to that party - it’s on Shabbos.” Or, “I can’t do a back flip on the balance beam.” After such frequent use in daily religious life, the word had wormed its way into other situations. It’s also the way Orthodox Jews regard rabbinic prohibitions, as though they were physical impossibilities, as many would consider a back flip on a narrow plank.

 Check out the rest over at the Forward's Sisterhood blog

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