On this particular occasion, the other kids were speaking about a subject of the most serious nature: Lucifer. I had only been listening with one ear, but as the tension in their voices increased, it became harder to ignore them.
“You don’t seem concerned,” said they.
“Concerned about what?” said I.
“About what? About Lucifer,” said they.
“Lucifer? LU-ci-fer? Are you kidding me?” said I.
“Lucifer?” continued I, “the cat from Cinderella?”
This week’s instructions: “Let’s continue on with our prompts based on the Seven Deadly Sins.”
I could not name the seven deadly sins if my very life depended on it. I can name the Ten Great Statements. I can tell you which three mitzvot (commandments) cannot be broken even at the risk of one’s one life. But until today, I had never read through all seven sins and their origins. In fact, thanks to Lawrence Sanders, I thought the Seven Deadly Sins was a series of mystery novels. (Though it seems as though he only made his way through four of the sins.)
The Seven Deadly Sins are as follows:
Now it isn’t as if Judaism endorses these behaviours. It’s just that we have a very different view of sin. First and foremost, a sin is a behaviour rather than a state-of-being.
Like so many things in religion, the Seven Deadly Sins of today are not the Seven Deadly Sins of 4th or even the 6th century. It took a bit of reworking before the Church settled on these seven. Since their codification by Pope Gregory I in 590 CE, the Church went to town. Seven corresponding holy virtues were assigned and demons were paired with each of the sins. And the definition of each sin was expanded so that it was as comprehensive as possible.
This week’s specific sin? Gluttony. The only time I ever heard anything remotely related to this word was when my mother would say, “what, are you a glutton for punishment?” I’m guessing it was a rough translation of something in Yiddish, but one can never be certain. BubbeGiraffe’s native language is Yinglish so much of her English sounds as if it’s been translated from the Yiddish.
I look at the word ‘gluttony’ and I think of a character weakness, not a moral flaw. Forget about one’s spiritual health, overeating is not good for one’s physical health. Not to mention that we now know that overeating is often masking something else. It is a symptom of something much more troubling. And its effect on the body can be detrimental.
Magazines aimed at women, both young and mature, regularly run articles on the topic of emotional eating. I used to skim those articles and feel sympathy for those whose emotions dictate what and how they ate. Until I realized, during a particularly stressful time, that those articles were describing me.
Al cheit…For the sin of eating as coping mechanism, God of forgiveness, pardon me, forgive me and grant me atonement.
Red Writing Hood is a writing meme. This week’s word count was 600 words or fewer. Or, in my case, exactly 600. As always, constructive criticism is appreciated.