It was me that used the term. But it appears I confused you. I dont really consider the word God a nickname - as it is not a traditional Hebrew nickname - such as "melech haolam" etc etc. Bottom line is I never grew up with the custom of writing G-d, so I dont do it now.<quoted text>
I thought it was you who used the term "nickname"?? Though I guess not about yourself.
Wouldn't you say that most American Jews would describe themselves as reform(ed?)?/ Is that the term the next step more liberal than conservative?
I thought you ate bacon but I could be wrong? any other pork? shellfish? Growing up we ate no meat on Friday. Fish I think.
There's a famous hotdog place up here named Blackie's "since 1928." Has never been open on Friday. From an old Catholic family. Really good dogs by the way!
Pew just came out with a survey of American Jews. The majority of them do not consider themselves with an allegiance to any denomination (similar to me, but a lot of those dont go to synagogue either and see themselves as ethnic/cultural rather than religious). Of the synagogue affiliated, the majority are actually orthodox (which includes modern orthodox and the black clad folks), followed I think by Reform (which is more liberal than Conservative). Conservative movement, once THE alternative to orthodoxy, is actually on the decline. Reform is usually the gateway for nonobservant Jews becoming more observant, AND simultaneously the gateway for Jews on the way out to becoming fully secular.
I dont keep strict kosher but I do not eat pork. I do eat shellfish (how could I not? We live in New England!). I usually dont eat nonkosher meat, at least not at home, but the fact is I rarely eat meat other than chicken or lamb anyway.