This past Sunday, which happened to be a picture of perfect weather following an abysmal and rainy Saturday, a couple of friends and I decided to head down to the beach in Port Elizabeth for an outing. Having been raised in a Jewish orthodox background, I can tell you that there are many, many things Jews have customs regarding. There are some things we’re eager about, and others which aren’t quite treated with the same enthusiasm. It once struck me, however, that one thing which Judaism (and many Jews by extension) is generally more ambivalent towards is the beach.
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In my journalism practical this week, my class began a new section of our course entitled Community Partnership. As part of this section, we were asked to join one of three community projects introduced to us in class and with whom we will work once a week until the end of the semester. The lecture itself was a mixture of awkwardness, apprehension and excitement as twenty-odd university students floated around the room to meet the individuals involved in the various projects. While my class and our course are by no means religious in any respect, the activity reminded me of a concept which is central to Judaism, and particularly to many Jews: charity.
Humans are interesting creatures. We engage in a variety of activities: some for the purpose of receiving remuneration, others with the goal social acclaim in mind, a number which add to our personal leisure and a few which allow us to better the world around us. It is likely, I’m sure, that individuals have other reasons for partaking in a particular activity and that these reasons may overlap. All this is applicable to those who choose to pursue activities such as writing. As for me? I write because I don’t believe I’d be able to do much else.