Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Loyalty Oath For Jewish Writers

Inspired by Wendy Shalit's essay in Sunday's Times, I am composing a mandatory loyalty oath for all Jewish writers. Something along the lines of adherence to the 13 Essential Principles of the Jewish Faith according to the Rambam and observance of Jewish Law as codified by the Shulchan Aruch. Anyone who falls short of this will have their "Jewish Writer" credential taken away, by force if necessary, and brought up before the rabbinic court for UnJewish Activity. Those found guilty of writing under false pretenses will receive 39 lashes (no more than 39 because the Torah is so merciful).