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Are Jews Brainwashed?

At the Bronx Youth Poetry Slam, a young Jew defends his beliefs.

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Visitor Comments: 35

(30) Inbar, October 24, 2013 6:48 PM

Wow! Leading by example!

Any child should be blessed with such parents and all parents with such kids as you have shown yourself to be!

(29) Elle, October 24, 2013 12:12 PM

What a wonderful Kiddush Hashem

You make us all so proud.

David S, October 24, 2013 3:56 PM

come uppance to Anti Semite?

One who doesn't stand for something, stands for nothing.

teaching by wrote has a place in younger years. Included in that wrote is we are all G-d's children. We look different, sound different, behave different. But never forget who another person's father is, when they do good, or when they do bad.

(28) Isaac, October 22, 2013 4:48 PM

2 pairs of shoes.

From the very onset (and throughout) he is judging his cretic. But at the conclusion of his performance he states that he was taught not to judge someone until you walked a mile in their shoes.

On a performance rating I give him a 10, but on substance, well that depends on in who's shoes you are standing.

If one grows up in a fanatical religious environment he/she will indeed be susceptible to fanatical religious brainwashing. Knowing this I rate him a 0 for substance.

If on the other hand one grows up in a normal religious (based on pure morals) environment, and not knowing what it means to live in the former's shoes I then rate him a 10 for substance. Because ignorance is bliss.

Anonymous, October 27, 2013 4:40 AM

First: Judging someone and defending/explaining yourself are two entirely different things. He is not judging his critic; his critic, by very definition of the word, is judging him.
Second: Jewish lifestyle not based on Torah values can not be called religious. We live by what the Hashem wants, what the Torah says and not by what we decide is right.
Third: Ignorance may be bliss, but one can not live a life of ignorance and it is only blissful until one's ignorance gets him into pain and trouble. One has to think and understand what he is doing.
We are not robots.

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