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Visitor Comments: 14

(14) Anonymous, February 26, 2009 9:49 AM

Don't feel hurt

To Ingrid--separation sounds hurtful, but isn't. Much of Judaism is about separation--the food laws, the Sabbath, darkness vs. light, but it doesn't mean any less love, it's just about fulfilling a role in life given by our Creator. We have to separate our laundry, or everything will turn a muddy shade of grey. But if we're careful to wash things separately, the individual items make a beautiful outfit when they're all clean. or think of the instruments in a symphony, they blend because of knowing how and when to join and how and when to play alone. Every soul on earth is holy, Jews don't see themselves as above anyone, but as keepers of a certain task that must be carefully guarded for the sake of the whole world. It's a fine distinction (separation?) and can easily be misinterpreted by both Jews and non-Jews, but it's based in love.

(13) roberto yamamoto, February 24, 2009 11:31 AM

I think that we have to leave in peace

I am from Brazil and i intend that we have to live in peace with all countries of the world.

(12) aviala, February 24, 2009 11:08 AM

This is a hard one.

yes we are jewish and yes we are different but being different does not mean one / many / all of us should separate ourselves. I am Jewish and I am Black. I am obviously different on another level does this mean I should be separated 2 fold?. I think not! I think an Israeli presence is needed at the tournament. They tried to flex their muscles and be bully ...should we stand up to a bully or just leave and quit before the battle has begun? . I believe in order for we the Jewish people to fulfill our destiny in being a light onto the nations/ the world is to live the example of being a light to actually live it not to separate ourselves but to be the light - be the very action of the light. to separate ourselves and acknowledge our differences will not "help" us. If you take away my Jewishness I am another black person that is what people on the outside see first coupled with any misconceptions, negative thoughts, personal feelings both negative and positive. they see this first even before they learn that I am a kind ,gentle and loving person . If I held myself away from them would they learn and come to understand what kind of person I am ?

(11) Israel Aye, February 24, 2009 10:39 AM

Seperate but not isolated

Discrimination on any grounds cannot be acceptable... The act of the UAE in denying Shahar Peer visa lowers its standing in the comity of nations. However, emphasising the seperateness of the Jewish people sends out mixed signals. Sometimes, I think that we confuse seperateness with isolation. No people can be light if they yield to isolation.

(10) ingrid, February 24, 2009 10:25 AM

Why do you want to be seperate of the rest of the world?

As a non-Jewish I understand your feelings when anti-semitism is spreading in the world and I feel very sorry and concerned about it. But when you say that you are separate from the rest of the world I feel rejected. Am I not a creature of God like you? As a Christian I see that we owe so much to Jewish religion. I have some Jewish friends, and we respect each other. It hurts me that you want to be separate. We should work together to bring light into the darkness of the world.

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