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The Woman on the Plane
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The Woman on the Plane

Lasting Jewish pride is based on a strong Jewish education.


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Visitor Comments: 41

(33) Anonymous, July 11, 2011 12:53 AM

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you made me think i am jewish i am orthodoks and i do not know why i am proud to be jew email me back

(32) Wayne, June 25, 2011 11:07 PM

I've heard the same thing . . .

I've heard the same sentiment expressed by a non-observant Jewish friend, and it prompted me to ask a similar question: "If being Jewish is simply a matter of who your parents were and it doesn't make any difference in your life, then what's the point? Italians are proud to be Italian, Native Americans are proud to be Native Americans, and (dare I say it?) Muslims are probably proud to be Muslims. If your life and values are not different because of your Jewishness, then why bother? Why put up with the anti-Semitism? Why subject your children to it? If you don't know what you are proud of then you probably shouldn't be proud of it.

(31) Sharon, June 21, 2011 12:41 PM

Knowledge is the key to continuing a Jewish legacy

Lori is once again, right on. Coming from a non-observant Jewish family, I knew so little about what it means to be Jewish and about what Jews have brought to the world as a result of their willingness to accept the Torah from G-d. Now that my husband and I made the decision to become more observant and to raise our children with a very strong Jewish education at a yeshiva, it is becoming clear to me. So many in my family say "I don't have to do all that, keep kosher, observe Shabbat. G-d just wants me to be a good person." True and not true. G-d wants everyone to be a good person. But Jews are to be a "light unto the nations". Keeping kosher and Shabbat are not asked of us for G-d, they are asked of us for what they do for us and how they refine our souls while we live on this earth. Each of us can start from wherever we are in our Jewish knowledge and living and learn something new, take on a new mitzvah, and pass it on to our children by our example. Thank you, Lori, for saying it like it is.

(30) Ben m., June 18, 2011 2:48 AM


Based upon this article's assertion: "Lasting Jewish pride is based on a strong Jewish education". What is a Jewish education. And what is a strong one?

(29) Anonymous, June 16, 2011 6:23 PM

Poorly written

This message is poorly written and forgets that as Jews we have a lot to be proud of regardless of weather we marry a Jew or non-Jew.Marrying a Good human being should be the focus of marrage not weather they are jewish or not. Forcusing only on that in regards to being proud Jew is very sad. I have seen many Jews marry non-Jews and they end of up raising wonderfully educated Jewish children and attending synagogue.

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