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All Together Now

All Together Now

What can we do to nurture Jewish unity? (2 min. 11 sec)


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January 14, 2006

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Visitor Comments: 37

(37) Steve, January 28, 2008 12:37 AM

Why be Jewish ? The answer to that is the answer to what can bring us all together

An understanding of the proof of the existence of Hashem and origin of the Torah is the only thing that can unite us. An appeal based on ethnicity cannot be effective for any sustained amount of time. Reach as many Jews as possible with the discovery seminar and you will spread Jewish unity.

Also, put more focus on reaching Jews across the US, not just in NYC. Run Discovery Seminars in Seattle, Arizona, Texas, the midwest, the south. Large numbers of Jews are being ignored by the focus on NYC only

(36) Daniel Carlen, October 8, 2007 7:01 PM

Something in common

Judaism takes many different forms, and different degrees. What we need to do is to find something all Jews have in common, such as the Kotel or the Torah. We also need to send a message to everyone.

(35) FernandoOcumarez, October 24, 2006 11:44 PM

I'm not jewish, but i have special feelings for Israel and the Jewish community. All I can say is that praying might be the best answer. Every Jewish family should take a moment every day and pray for the unity of the Jewish People and for Peace in Israel.

(34) Anonymous, June 21, 2006 12:00 AM

To answer visitor's comment of 2/6/06

the first thing i'd like to say is that intermarriage is never an option...even if someone can't find a spouse and they are 40 or 50 years old. I have been divorced for 13 years now and am still searching for my Jewish soulmate. Just because you have issues with some of your fellow Jews is no reason to turn your back on G-d

(33) Laura Douek, February 26, 2006 12:00 AM

Pluralism - the way forward

Have you ever been to the UK Rabbi? In the UK the largest youth movement, the Federation of Zionist Youth (FZY) preaches "pluralism". What is pluralism? Well, it is something so simple and yet something so forgotten in our normative Jewish lives.
Let me explain.
I believe what I believe, you believe what you believe. We may not believe the same thing, but, we agree to respect the other one's beliefs, even if they don't match our own.
When it comes to Shabbos, there are several different services, each giving to the different kind of Jew that there may be. That means there's an Orthodox service, a Progressive service, a Masorti (conservative) service and a secular service which when I was in the movement consisted of a discussion group.
When it comes to pluralism, it recognises the right of the minority. If there's just ONE person who is Glatt Kosher and Shomrei Shabbos, then the organisation makes it so that everyone is respectful of that fact and everything is facilitated for that person. At the same time if someone wants to (for example) have a cigarette, then room is made for that person to have their cigarette, albeit in private and away from people who would be offended from the lighting of cigarettes.
There is give and take with pluralism. In my mind, there is no other way forward. It may be hard at first, but if we isolate or ostracsize someone for NOT being the same way as us, well, it could have the opposite effect that we were originally going for.
Something to think about.

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