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Wednesday, November 09, 2005


I really like Brett's pick, A Big Jewish Blog. This guy's got a great sense of humor. I was afraid from his tagline that I might be subjected to a little too much poetry when what I wanted was engaging blogspeak, but not so. In fact, the use of poems was nicely done. The poem for Yom Kippur was great.

I'm not able to rave about Renegade Rebbetzin, though I understand why Colin is enchanted -- read Colin's tagline. Nuff said. She's one loud and brash meshugeneh. Great blogging voice, though a little too insular, and at the same time, over the top, for me. But that blog voice works with many, doesn't it? She's got 10 times the number of commenters, and probably readers, as Big Jewish Blog.

My question, however, is, are these really faith, religious blogs? They seem more like cultural blogs to me. Perhaps that's being overly restrictive. They don't really delve into issues at the heart of their faith. But they sure do paint a colorful picture of life among those who closely identify with their faith.

And, for something completely different, I really liked Christian Alliance For Progress. I don't think they are necessarily doing any revolutionary blogging here, but this blog represents a valiant attempt to separate religious identity from right-wing politics. Compelling, rational stuff offering another view on how faith can translate into political action.


  • I agree that many of the 'religious' blogs are not really "faith blogs," and are more cultural in nature. I'm just not sure that religious blogs have to 'spread the Word," so to speak. Religious life is at the root of these blogs, however, and they remain the motivating factor for the words of the authors.

    I especially liked Renegade Rebbetzin, whose blog would not be as (successful) as it seems to be were it not for her religious affiliation and that of most of her readers. It seems to me to be a blog not only about her religious life, but a blog about a woman, for women. That might be a bit difficult for men to follow - Jewish or not. Her voice is cutting, her sense of humor smothered in affectionate sarcasm, and her writing nothing short of excellent. Her "loudness and brashness" stems from her silence and is itself silent - I happen to think that her posts could easily quantify a best-seller, not just among the Jewish community, but also for the rest of us. Provides great insight in another world, quite far from mainstream America.

    There are major differences, though, between blogs like this one and ones that actually promote religious beliefs. I suppose it depends what you're looking for and what what you're expecting in return.

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