Name: David Sokal
Where you live: Seattle, Washington, USA
What you do as a vocation or avocation? Sell Palestinian Olive Oil (see www.peaceoil.net)
Your two favorite books: One of the most important books I read in my youth was Last of the Just about the holocaust.
Your two favorite songs: I still know all the lyrics to Neil Young’s “After the Goldrush” by heart, so I guess I must like that one a lot.
Why you are interested in spirituality? I’m not really. I find the term is over-used and abused. What I’m interested in is life and death. I do belong to a Jewish Renewal Congregation which many might label as “spiritual”. My wife and a good friend of mine refer to my congregation (Eitz Or — Tree of Light) as being too “woo woo” for them. I can certainly understand their sentiment, but I’ve been involved for so many years that it has become my home, “woo woo” or not. We also have a wonderful rabbi, unique and warm membership, and we sing and pray from the heart. See www.eitzor.org
Your favorite quote: “Must be de ja vu all over again.” (Yogi Berra – NY Yankees) I also like, “I don’t a believe in a Sanity Clause” (Chico Marx in the Marx Brothers film, Horse Feathers).
Your favorite web sites: I use Google Checkout and Ad Words a lot. Part of my effort to sell Palestinian Olive Oil.
Your hero? Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles in the 60s. Also, I’ve always admired Abraham Lincoln since reading about him as a kid. I think Obama is doing a pretty good job. I guess I’m not much into heros. There are literally millions of people living and dead that I can find admirable qualities in.
A spiritual lesson you hope to learn? To accept death.
A place in the world where you feel spiritually “connected?” See Congregation Eitz Or above.