Several years I co-wrote a book about hypocrisy with Julie Burchill. We took aim at the hypocrisy of a raft of targets including Israel-bashers, reformed smokers and the environmental movement.

One reviewer described our book as ‘a collection of enjoyable rants on hypocritical attitudes to everything from anal sex to Israel and Amy Winehouse’.

I still love the book – it’s angry, crazy and funny in all the right places.

But I do feel differently now about hypocrisy.

Now, I feel that to accuse someone of being a hypocrite is simply to accuse them of being spiritually alive. Therefore, to try and avoid being a hypocrite is to try and avoid being spiritually alive.

My favourite quote about hypocrisy comes from the Chabad Rebbe. He wrote: ‘Do not be dismayed by the hypocrisy of others, nor by your own inconsistencies. Our lives are all journeys through hills and valleys—no person’s spiritual standing is a static affair.’

Wise words. Have a lovely weekend everyone.

11 Responses to “Why I’m happy to be a hypocrite”

  1. Sandra says:

    Are you going to hear Julie Burchill at Jewish Book Week?

  2. Alec says:

    What a load of nonsense

  3. nycdan says:

    Nice. Shabbat shalom from NYC!

  4. Tal H says:

    I wonder what Julie thinks?

    It’s a good thought and the quote says it all..

  5. Shmuel says:

    It’s true what the Rebbe say

  6. I’m just sorry there’s no link to anal sex.

  7. oyvagoy says:

    I’ve heard there are video and photograph websites that can help with that sort of curiosity.

  8. David Olesker says:

    “Hypocrisy is an homage that vice pays to virtue” François de La Rochefoucauld

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