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July 13, 2013
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.
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.
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.
July 19, 2013 6:24 PM
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.
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.
July 18, 2013 8:36 PM
To commenter #1: I agree with you 1000%!
September 17, 2013 6:40 AM
Take a Trip to Israel
I was in Jerusalem, (Israel's capital no matter what other
nation's my say), on a bus. It was getting dark. The Bus driver started to drive away. One of the people in the bus, saw another man running for the bus and shouted in Hebrew, Rega, Rega... the bus stopped and waited for the man to board. The man who shouted to stop the bus, then said in Yiddish.... Nuch a Yid. For some reason it sounded to me like it was a triumph over Hitler. We're still here.
July 18, 2013 4:06 PM
It's better to be a Jew outside of the prevailing culture than an atheist assimilated to the local culture. Jews in Germany were some of the most assimiliated in the world and nearly all of them were killed in the the 1930s and '40s. For nearly 2,000 years Christians have tried to convert Jews to Christianity and still there are Jews practicing, living, Judaism. One has to make a decision.G-d gives all people a free will to choose.
July 18, 2013 3:51 PM
I live in Israel and if one is not Jewish, THEY feel like the outsider . I think G-d is screaming to you (diaspora Jews) to make Aliyah! and your ears are plugged up with excuses
July 18, 2013 1:14 PM
Even though I was brought up in a small Southern town that had a reasonable Jewish population, and a close knit community, and had a "good Jewish Upbringing" I still had that feeling of alienation. My husband who had a similar feeling of alienation in his Methodist upbringing, converted before we married and we moved Northward and had a very Jewish life with three children. My oldest has married a Non-practicing Catholic. time will tell what happens with their children. one of my younger children has the same sense of alienation that his father and I both had. and the youngest is still in high school and still compliant. this inward feeling of not belonging to anything is something within and not feeling a part of any culture is something that really cannot be combated with any amount of living Jewishly. I do not have an answer, I have more questions.
Dr. Rick Turkel,
July 18, 2013 3:36 AM
Education, affiliation & practice
Everyone should be educated in Judaism, have a community of like-minded people to interact with, and at least a minimal level of observance. Absent these conditions, assimilation is all but inevitable.
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