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Jtube: Homeland: Assimilation

Jtube: Homeland: Assimilation

How do we instill a desire in our children not to assimilate?

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Published: July 13, 2013

How do we instill a desire in our children not to assimilate?

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Visitor Comments: 11

(10) Janice, September 17, 2013 11:48 PM

Its always difficult to be "delightfully, simply unique"

especially as a child; no matter what that difference maybe. In that uniqueness, even when it keeps me from participating with others. It can feel alone, unless someone helps me with all over the world their are people who share my uniqness; I am really a part of a larger whole; that I may not know or see at any given time. When I think of Shabbat, even when I am home alone, how many are reallty with me all over the world? and add to them those who've gone before me the previous generation, back and back to Abraham and Sarah? I am very much part of a huge family; and HaShem is with me no matter where I am, He is.

(9) M, July 29, 2013 11:42 AM

Getting out is no less than the Egyptian miracle.

I grew up in a small Vermont town with two Jewish families. Mine, totally assimilated. Though no one said an anti-Semitic word, I felt, under it all, a horrific terror of being uncovered as a Jew. Only when I came to Israel did I realize it was possible to breath deeply.

(8) Faye Beyeler, July 20, 2013 2:48 PM

I had that experience, too. It was awful.

I had that experience growing up, too. It was awful. And when I did go to the Jewish community, I was considered different there as well. I have loved learning about Judaism. I have not ever felt accepted or loved by Judaism or by the Jewish community. It is a strange conundrum. Thank God I have a relationship with God. But man, I fear, is very much lacking.

(7) Michael, July 19, 2013 6:24 PM

difficult

I'm a Noahide. This is truly an issue only Moshiach can solve. How was this issue address in the desert. Surely there were Noahides amongst the Jewish people. Please forgive the Nations of the world for what they have done.

(6) JLG, July 19, 2013 1:17 PM

The toughest thing in the world!

Saul's comments resonate with me. It is extraordinarily tough, when you are in a setting where you are the only Jewish person (or only Jewish person connected to his/her faith) and everybody around you is having fun, doing a certain thing, which may seem harmless, but you know you can't participate. I think a lot of times it comes out when you are at an office or law firm, and you want to be 'part of the team', but there is a halacha (i.e. kashrut), or Shabbos (i.e. the company has a weekend retreat), and you cant participate. Being observant can sometimes be very, very lonely.

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