Religion & Beliefs

Jewish Men Who Drop the Torah Need a Support Group

Fall, 1992:  the final days of the first Bush presidency, Boyz II Men’s "End of the Road" is the top song, and in the Diamond household, we’re getting religious.  A young Jason Diamond is studying to become a man, while … Read More

By / July 16, 2010

Fall, 1992:  the final days of the first Bush presidency, Boyz II Men’s "End of the Road" is the top song, and in the Diamond household, we’re getting religious. 

A young Jason Diamond is studying to become a man, while Papa Diamond is swearing off cheeseburgers and starts dragging the family to shul on Friday nights, still keeping Saturdays open for golf.  

A family friend invites the lot of us to a Simchat Torah celebration, where my father –good at drinking, horrible at dancing– drops the Torah, bringing panic to a room full of inebriated Jews. 

This has haunted me for years, and I haven’t picked up a Torah since.  For a long time after that, I thought I was the only one, until Joshua Kranz at The Faster Times pointed out that Hagbahphobia is real, and it crippled many fine young Jewish men like myself.

I don’t feel the shame anymore.  Thanks Joshua.