During my senior year at Columbia, I decided to become a Reform rabbi. Why? Well, I had taken a seminar on Jewish Thought and there was this cute brunette in the class. She was somewhat religious, but more importantly, she had these very long legs… sigh. Does it really matter what the motivation is when there is a calling to God?
I went on an interview with a rabbi from the Reform seminary.
“Why do you want to become a reform rabbi?” he asked.
It was probably an answer that I should have rehearsed earlier.
Later on, when I had some time to myself, I finally came up with an honest answer.
“I am interested in Judaism. I like the traditions, moral outlook, and the rituals. But I have a lot of doubts and I probably won’t remain religious for very long. It’s a big commitment to go to temple on Saturday, stay kosher, and not to look down my Aunt Birdie’s blouse when I get drunk on the Manischewitz during Passover. So, I figure it would be good to become a rabbi because then I would be GETTING PAID to be a super Jew, and it would be a lot easier to do.”
I tell this bizarre story because I just started writing for a group blog, The Brita FilterforGood’s “green” blog. For the next several months, I will slowly be “going green,” telling you about my experiences on a weekly basis on the FilterforGood blog.
But I’m not going to pontificate. Take note of this: I am getting paid to do this.
Yes, I am writing for a corporate blog, even if it is a socially-minded one. I will be taking green steps in my life, but I cannot honestly say that I would be taking these steps on my own. I will be like the rabbi who became a rabbi to get paid to be kosher. That does not mean that I won’t become a dedicated “green” person or that I wouldn’t have become a wonderful rabbi after college. It just means that, as of now, I have no right to lecture to you on this subject. I know it is a pain in the ass to carry your own recyclable bag when you go shopping, especially if it is decorated with daisies, like my mother’s bag. So feel free to question anything I say about the environment. I want you to be as skeptical about anything I say, just like I am when I read your “do good” blogs sponsored by General Motors. Think of me as your paid guinea pig.
Even if you don’t want to read my posts, you should read the other five contributors. The are extremely caring and knowledgeable about green issues, and can actually explain global warming to you — Blake Makes, Melting Mama, teensygreen, green LA girl and long-time blogging friend and nemesis, Whoorl.
All I ask from you is to comment every once in a while, so I don’t get fired. My posts will go up on Monday.
And please — recycle.