I Am Jewish

One Jew's answer to what it means to be Jewish.

Filmed/Edited By: Tracie Karasik

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(88) Sandra Abrams, March 31, 2014 12:51 AM

Kol Ha Kavod

Magnificent.....I cried through the whole thing....you touched my Jewish Nashama!....Lovingly, a Jewish Grandmother

(87) Harold, February 10, 2014 6:00 AM

I would have changed one thing

"Jewish" is an adjective. I would have titled it, and would have spoken it, saying "I am a Jew". "Jew" has been used as a slur so much that people say "I am Jewish" as a reflexive avoidance of "Jew".

(86) Sheila Kirche, February 6, 2014 9:19 PM

Succint and to the point. What a brilliant video.

Loved this video. It said everything so clearly and with feeling.

(85) Joan Katzman, February 6, 2014 3:48 AM

Andrrew's I am Jewish

Beautifully created. Put together and recited with passion that had me crying. Andrew, may you do a follow up 40 years from now, with the same fervor, passion, and love for all those years that you continued to be a Jew. May Hashem bless you.

(84) Slava, September 28, 2013 7:11 PM

I've only found out I was Jewish a year ago, at 21. My mum had it secret before that: Russia is still a rather anti-semitic country, and that's where I originally come from. This video fills me with the feeling of love, and the desire to learn more of the culture that I was separated from.

(83) Maxine Israel, February 11, 2013 9:35 AM

MY CHILDREN'S TATTOOS

They didn't want me to see them. They knew how I felt about JEWS and Tattoos. However, when I was very ill in the hospital and they had all come to see me, they were very worried. The doctors were now saying that I was out of danger. So since I was very tired I asked them to spend some time together away from that dreary room. They were gone for hours. When they returned they were acting strange. So, I did what any smart Jewish mother would. I nagged them to tell me what was up! Eventually, they came clean. One by one they showed me their tattoos. What could I say? They had, all four of them gone to a tattoo parlor and in honor of my survival, they had "CHAI" put on their skin. They were showing their Love for me and their Love of Judaism! I was very proud of my children! Listening to the young man recite from his heart made me think that what they had done was to express their JEWISH-ness in a way that was meaningful to them. I thank them in my heart every time I see them. I also want to thank ANDREW LUSTIG for his deep and meaningful words.

(82) Arthur Greebler, February 5, 2013 11:05 PM

Where is God and the Torah?

This atttempt at cultural judaism is pretty interesting. No matter how hard you try it's hard to have Judaism without God and the study of torah. And does he wear tefillin and daven every day and does he belong to a synagogue or any jewish community orgnaztion?

(81) Jacov and Rachél, December 8, 2012 6:47 PM

Baruch haShem!

We are proud to be Jewish, thanks for your testemony.

(80) Anonymous, February 25, 2012 2:10 AM

One of the points of this fine video is that judaism can be experienced in many different forms and that it is essential to still feel connected in some way(s). My plea would be be more bold in living your religion,make it count for something. Too many Jews don't know what their beliefs are, don't care, and have nothing to hand down to their children. What is the essence of your judaism? Live it. Don't be so vague and non-commital other than to say,"I am Jewish because I have Jewish blood.". Stand for something.

(79) Anonymous, February 23, 2012 6:07 AM

no matter how many times i view, he touched the essence that will always come out in tears....bravo brilliant...

(78) Zelda Brafman, February 6, 2012 8:22 PM

I AM JEWISH

I watch as a young man spoke how I feel without knowing this is truly my inner thoughts. I watch hine with oride and towards the end I started to cry without even realizing it The tears are still filling my eyes. I AM JEWISH!

(77) Jane Lowney, February 5, 2012 1:51 AM

that was to fabulous for words. I AM JEWISH and love it

(76) miri, January 30, 2012 6:26 PM

unbelievable

this guy is amazing! he really has his stuff strait!

(75) Sem girl, January 29, 2012 7:39 PM

I understand why some people would think that this video is sad since thats his way of describing judaism even though he is missing the true essence of judaism which is keeping torah and mitvot but  Keep in mind that this video talks to unreligeous jews  that has a little spark in them waiting to become a flame, unreligeous jew that can't comprehand why they are attached to such  traditions... unreligeous jew that feels a pride to be a jew even though they keep practically nothing!

(74) Simcha Vegoda, January 28, 2012 7:31 PM

I have just watched Andrew Lustig's video on what it means to be Jewish. I found it a beautiful expression of the Jewish feeling felt today by so many confused Jews. If I had seen it 10 years ago, before I became frum, it would have perfectly described me. The main point I got from it is that all those Jews who still feel that way do so because deep down they know that they are connected. As long as that connection is felt, however faintly, there is hope. Thank you for sharing this video with the world

(73) Anonymous, January 28, 2012 6:29 PM

Wonderful

When I clicked on this I never thought I would cry like I did. This is beautifully made and so heartfelt.

(72) Bruce, January 28, 2012 4:26 PM

My Shabbat Sermon

Thank you my Jewish brother. I am not a nice Jewish boy, I am a Jewish man, and I love it when other Jews stand up for who they are.

(71) John, January 28, 2012 4:00 AM

Thank You

Thank You for being who you are. I AM NOT Jewish. But I thank God that you are. Ive lost count how many times Ive read stories & articles on aish.com and they have made me feel good, touched my heart or made me cry. Thank You for being you!!

(70) shell, January 28, 2012 12:01 AM

WOW

I am sitting listening to this and tears are rolling down my face. Wow. Thats all I can say! Thank you.

(69) jazzed up, January 27, 2012 12:23 PM

Torah needed here

This boy needs some Torah. A jewish identity is lacking without it!

IrisB, February 3, 2012 1:57 AM

This boy has his act together. Nothing is missing

Dear Jazzed Up, Andrew Lustig does not need Torah. He already has his act together. Nothing seems to be missing from his life. Too many people I know are just Torah observant with no real meaning behing it. The do it because it is what they think they are suppose to do.

(68) Anonymous, January 27, 2012 3:21 AM

I cried and cried

I cried and cried and cried. I am an Orthodox Jewish girl but don't really knows what it means JEwish.

Anonymous, February 19, 2015 10:29 PM

You are not alone, dear.

Search and search and do not ever give up. That itself defines as much what it means to be a Jew as anything else does. It's all in the heart, the faith, and the struggle.
I love how the Torah itself describes what the word Israel means: "For you have struggled with the Divine and w men, and prevailed." We win by struggling to live with the truth. G-d will help you and me and all of us, if we try and do not give up. Giving up is actually dying.
And while you search sincerely, you will discover that you are not at all alone.

(67) David, January 26, 2012 10:32 PM

It's Just

To be a Jew is to be an expression of God's will in the world - and every one is unique

(66) Beverly Kurtin, January 26, 2012 5:24 PM

It reminded me of...

Another video titled "A Letter from Jerusalem" in which the individual literally blasted the world for their inaction when we have been attacked and murdered and beaten into the dust and then had the chutzpah to DARE tell us to make nice with the same people who don't hesitate to cut our throats. It had the same passion, even the same tempo of this video. That is what happens when anyone gets pushed into a wall with apparently no way out. It is the way that I HAVE been asked where my horns were; I have been ambushed by Catholic school children my age who literally stoned me until they hit an artery and blood started squirting out of my head because I had killed their little baby Jesus. Yeah, it was "fun" being the only "Christ killer" in my school who admitted proudly that I was a Jew while the few others denied their tribe. It took years before I would walk down the same side of a street on which a Christian church stood. If both sides had churches, I took another street. My shield of David is made from the remains of a Katusha rocket and when people ask me if I am a Jew I NEVER deny it, and then I tell them what the star's material is made from. It is hard to reign in my hatred of those who hate us without even knowing WHY they hate us. I am tired of challenging idiots who think that we killed their god, but I do anyway because it is beyond time that they leaned that time travel doesn't exist. And if their "god" is dead, who do they pray to? Playing with morons is fun. The only thing about this video I disagreed with was when he said that the "Old Testament" is the Torah. Sorry, it is the Tenach. I keep it on my Kindle Fire...hmm...I think I'll start calling it my Kindle Aish! I'm placing a copy of this excellent video on my tablets along with Danny Ayaon's incredible Truth About series on YouTube.

Sharon, January 29, 2012 9:14 PM

A Letter From Jerusalem

I was also reminded of "A Letter From Jerusalem." That was fabulous. But I think the similarity was in the tempo of the narration. This one just showed different ways that Jewish identity expresses itself. The tempo seemed out of place.

(65) Anonymous, January 26, 2012 3:17 PM

good for all none believers

this is an excelent presentation. this should be taught in Hhebrew high school in the world.

(64) Tova, January 26, 2012 3:16 AM

this is beautiful. So heartfelt!

(63) Estelle, January 25, 2012 11:46 PM

Text of I Am Jewish

I listened to this and loved it. Is the text of his words anywhere?

(62) Anonymous, January 25, 2012 9:25 PM

Really?

While everyone is entitled to their opinion I find it interesting that so many people were touched by this video. To me it is sad and very telling of the state of Judaism these days. We are moved by such superficial aspects of what we deem "Judaism" (i.e. bagels and lox) and not what really makes us Jews...Torah and following the Mitzvot! Getting a tattoo of a star of David, going to concerts on Shabbat and eating unkosher food but picking the cheese off is not Judaism. You should rename the video, "One Jew's answer to what it means to be an ASSIMILATED Jew"

Anonymous, January 26, 2012 12:37 PM

Just what I was thinking...

I was saddened by this video as well.

Anonymous, January 26, 2012 10:11 PM

half empty or half full..

But hes trying and searching and thats what matters. I hope he continues searching and discovers his main goal in life and meaning of Judaism.

Lee, January 26, 2012 10:46 PM

Yes really

You guys missed the point. People were not moved by this because these "superficial aspects" are what they really believe Judaisim is about. It moved people because it expressed so deeply that inexplainable connection, every Jew, no matter how assimilated, feels about being a Jew. Their constant struggle, to understand what being a Jew means to them and how there are some things that even they don't understand why they do (like taking the cheese of a treif burger). There is a "pintele yid" in even the most assimilated Jew, a spark waiting to fanned in to flames. Perhaps as a frum Jew you do not connect to this video but people who did not start out frum or who aren't frum yet, deeply connect to the feeling this video conveys, that yearning of your soul that is constantly struggling to understand what it means to be a Jew before you have any information and why you feel so strongly connected to things like a chai around your neck and the blowing of a shofar.

Chaya, January 26, 2012 5:19 PM

Assimilated Jew is still Jew.

I think this is a really negative way to look at things. He isn't saying "this is Judaism" he is saying, this is what is left of me. Basically "I have a Jewish soul. This is what it means to me." In a world where people would deny their Jewish heritage, try to make themselves "look less Jewish" and hide the fact that they are making those steps to keep kosher, it is inspiring that someone is saying "this is me and I'm not ashamed of it" Even though those ties to Judaism may be flawed and they may not be in keeping with the Torah, the fact that those ties still exist is hope that maybe something else can come of it. A completely assimilated Jew, won't publicly admit they are Jewish or even talk about it. "Oh yeah my parents are Jewish but..." Is the reality of the situation a bit sad? Yes, but in the end of the day, a Jew, is a Jew, is a Jew and we shouldn't be ashamed of it.

Beverly Kurtin, January 26, 2012 5:42 PM

Wow

That's kind of harsh. Yes, you are right, doing the mitzvahs is what makes us Jews, not tats, etc. In fact tattoos are prohibited by Torah. But you illustrated, unintentionally, one of the biggest problems we as a people face; calling a nice Jewish kid an assimilated Jew. At least he is trying to get the word out and I can accept that. I live in a part of the world, Texas, where getting kosher meat or poultry is almost impossible. For someone who is on Social Security, it is impossible. Who can afford the prices? It would be nice to be able to live a total Torah life, but comes Shabbat or any other time when we shouldn't drive or use electricity, it would be IMPOSSIBLE for us Texas Jews to walk to shul, we either drive or don't go at all. I am disabled, I cannot use a manual wheelchair because my arms are too weak, so I use a powered wheelchair. Frankly, I don't think that Hashem is going to be too upset because I use battery power...it is NOT KINDLING A FIRE. C'mon, let's stop this judging each other and just love and accept each other for being who we are because the last time we all went around stupidly hating each other for no reason, we lost Eretz Yisrael and the Temple and the whole ball of wax. Those who forget their history are condemned to repeat it. Shalom...and why are people so danged afraid to give their names? Anonyous? Feh.

Anonymous, January 27, 2012 4:52 AM

Really?

I find it sad that you can't find beauty in this. It may not be your idea of Judaism but it is someones(very much a sliver of the cultural aspect) and it is at least something! He wasn't talking about having a Hanukkah bush! I am far more observant than this man but it was moving and inspiring. Your attitude is the problem with Judaism today, is why we are so divided. This is why I fear for Judaism's future. If we can't stop putting down each other how then will we face far greater foes?

Tamar, January 27, 2012 4:56 AM

i felt that the very point of this video was to present non superficial aspects of Judaism!! He spoke about being part of a greater people and that one persons success or failure represents him and many other HUGE ideas. Yes, he may have included many things that are not 100% perfect Judaism like the tatoo as your said. But i dont believe that that was the point. And, going with that example, even though a tattoo is defiantly not ideal maybe in that teenage boy it was a huge step to coming closer to torah and mitzvot! In addition, those were not the words of an assimilated Jew. An assimilated Jew does not look deeper into Judiasim the way he did. That is NOT assimilation.

(61) debrowe, January 25, 2012 8:15 PM

i can't stop crying. with pride and love of being a Torah Jew, of knowing and loving what it means to be Jewish. of loving and accepting every Jew. Thank you Andrew for your profundity and eloquence.

(60) Miriam, January 25, 2012 8:54 AM

Great Andrew! I am not Jewish but am pro-Jew, die hard pro-Israel. When I was in Grade 4, my mother told me, Do you know why there is God? Because there are Jews. I did not really understand that by then but what she said was deeply etched in my heart. This is beautifully poignant.

(59) anita kleinert, January 25, 2012 2:00 AM

Proud

this made me so proud to be Jewish. You stand up and be heard.

(58) Anonymous, January 24, 2012 7:11 PM

Your inspiring presentation serves to intensify within me the deep longing to become a part of Am Yisrael.

(57) Laura, January 24, 2012 6:08 PM

"I am confident...

that one day it will be." Those words spoken about 4 minutes into the video made me burst out with sobs. If the youth can be confident, maybe things can become better within Judaism. I must say that I my age, I have hope, but not much confidence.

(56) Frank Adam, January 24, 2012 2:58 PM

Both... and....

This is good to the point of being funny ironic. However we are both the religion / people AND the state as much as other nation states and if we had had the state in the 1937 Peel Report or even if the rabbinate had led the East European Jews to Palestine in 1919 - 21 before the gates were shut to, "absorbtive capacity," the Shoah would not have triaged us. Since 1948 we have not lost a community. Conversely if Akiba and Bar Kochba had taken the state advice offered not to charge bald headed at the Romans, we would not have had to be so tortuous about religion. Just remember: the Poles, Irish and Spanish are Catholic, the English Episcopalian and the Russians Bulgars and Romanians Greek Orthodox all to make an identity point against the neighbours but they do not frazzle because they are not dispersed.

(55) yoyi, January 24, 2012 2:30 PM

You are an inspiration

You are an inspiration. Your passion, your honesty, your complexity is what we want to see in our children and grandchildren. May we all see our jewishness through your eyes.

(54) joseph, January 24, 2012 1:55 PM

I agree with Maria

I would like to see it printed, it sounds good, but english isn't my language, alas!

(53) David Hamlin, January 24, 2012 10:39 AM

Wow!

Wow! Good job Andrew! Truly amazing work. I think I'll have to watch you again a few times to catch it all. I'm not Jewish, but I love the Jews. I'm a Christian. I disagree with one point: The Jews didn't kill Jesus. The Romans did, and if they didn't, we would not have had the Spotless Lamb sacrificed on our behalf. When the final pieces of Old Testament profecy, about the Messiah, come to pass, you can rest assured there will be peace in Israel! It will definitely be sweet! Thank you Andrew for opening my eyes about Judaism. I would love to be a Jew. May G.. richly bless you and your family, Andrew. You are truly precious!

(52) HaveuHuggedaJew2day?, January 24, 2012 10:18 AM

Loved it

Is this Arnost Lustig's family. I have read some of his books after being in the Czech Republic. Bev Price Johannesburg.

(51) Ben, January 24, 2012 7:59 AM

Duuude...

Excellent job bro!

(50) Yael, January 24, 2012 5:23 AM

Super!

Super! Amazing! I'm speechless, you are so talented, may Hashem help you to always use your talents for good like this-uniting all Jews! :)

(49) Maria, January 24, 2012 4:17 AM

Love it!

I'd llike to see the writen text. This is a gem.

(48) Ari, January 24, 2012 4:07 AM

Good stuff.

(47) Anonymous, January 24, 2012 2:26 AM

beautiful

AMAYN AMAYN AMAYN!! May HaShem continue to bring you much simcha, hatzlacha, brachos and health to you and your family. As a Jew struggling with identity, I cannot express my gratitude and satisfaction enough.

(46) Aliza, January 23, 2012 10:47 PM

Yesher Koach

Yesher Koach to you and those that supported you in your endeavor!

(45) josh, January 23, 2012 9:32 PM

i am jewish because

i have a mesorah from har sinai.... and you do too!

(44) Leibe Roberts, January 23, 2012 8:27 PM

How very wonderful!! my heart is still racing after watching your presentation........and i can't wait to see it again, and again, and again! I loved every word............and I'm not some simpering teen, but a grandmother many times over! Kudos to all involved.......and many, many thanks!

(43) Diana Page, January 23, 2012 8:25 PM

I have wanted to say those words.

As a Jew growing up in 1940-1950s America I have wanted to shout those words many times but didn't. I did stand up to hecklers and ignorant people but never said those words. I applaud you!

(42) aaa, January 23, 2012 7:29 PM

where can i get the text?

This is awesome, simply put. it makes you want to laugh and cry, smile and frown , all at the same time. It expresses the confusion yet somehow clarifies it as well.

(41) Anonymous, January 23, 2012 6:51 PM

Andrew, you are incredible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As your grandmother would say: G-d willing, one day you'll be a lawya! (Your great-great-grandmother: He'll be a great Rabbi someday!)

(40) anna, January 23, 2012 5:09 PM

i am a jew

Beautiful but sad....maybe soon you will have the answers to all your questions...hopefully very soon....from 'the Great I AM...

(39) Sarah, January 23, 2012 11:55 AM

wonderful

with tears in my eyes---this is just wonderful---

(38) Rivka, January 23, 2012 10:14 AM

straight to the heart.

A great piece of poetry makes everyone who hears it think it was custom made for them. Thanks for sharing this with us.

(37) maya, January 23, 2012 8:13 AM

What is the piece playing at the beginning?

Erica, January 24, 2012 2:00 AM

Maya, The piece playing at the beginning is from the Schindler's List movie score, composed by John Williams.

Shelley, January 24, 2012 4:57 AM

the theme from Schindler's List

Hi Maya. I believe it's the theme from Schindler's List.

(36) Rabbi Yehudah Lowy, January 23, 2012 6:52 AM

WOW !!!

This is amazing. It should be required viewing for everyone. Andrew does something that few are able to do. He transcends boundaries, showing that in essence, we are one people. I salute and Thank you !

(35) Howie Watt, January 23, 2012 3:54 AM

You channel the past into thepresent and a voice for the futureor the future

You express the collectivesa voices from each of our pasts.without those voices we are directionless. We each have am obligation to process the past after learning and affirming whatwas given to us by our ancestors./

(34) Joanne W, January 23, 2012 3:33 AM

Well done!

Gives me hope for the next generation of Jews. Lovely.

(33) chevy, January 23, 2012 3:10 AM

amazing!

wow. that left me speechless (hard task indeed!) thanks for sharing and stating what so many pple think but could never put so eloquently...

(32) Rosen, January 23, 2012 3:03 AM

staying Jewish and marrying Jewish

Good stand on what it means to be Jewish. The more Jews marry Jewish, the greater the momentum of Jewish continuity. But, the more intermarriages there are between Jews and non-Jews, then the Jewish people could be lost. That's why Jewish intermarriage really eliminates the purpose in being Jewish (IMO a Jew should marry another Jew or no one at all)....All in all, since I am born from both parents being Jewish, I essentially have the unique opportunity, as well as obligation to marry Jewish. G-d willing, the Jewish matchmaking website Sawyouatsinai.com will really help me find my bashert.

(31) eva, January 23, 2012 12:10 AM

I love it!

(30) e, January 23, 2012 12:03 AM

Anthony: we are a nation.

(29) Anonymous, January 22, 2012 8:20 PM

Outstanding!

Modern Jewish identity presented by a 21st century Beat poet. Brilliant!!

(28) Yisroel, January 22, 2012 8:10 PM

You make me even prouder to be a Jew

Very inspirational. By the way, the time on this video is 541, How coincidental ! That is the gematria /numerical value of the word Yisroel

(27) Sheila Lyonhall, January 22, 2012 7:54 PM

Speaking His Truth ...

By the time this video ended, I was weeping and rejoicing and could not distinguish between the two emotions that gave rise to my response to Andrew Lustig ... the Jew. Would to G-D that ALL young people could project a open-face to the world and confidently speak "their truth" with such candor and personal power. I celebrate you, Andrew ... and I am not a Jew. Shalom!

(26) Ella Broekhuizen, January 22, 2012 7:31 PM

one day

Yes , one day it will happen, that it will all become clear, the Messiah will reveal it all , just wait for Him , He is not far away.....

(25) youngjew, January 22, 2012 7:05 PM

Wow. truley amazing!

(24) ira, January 22, 2012 6:53 PM

incredibly powerful and moving

Thank you so much for sharing your impassioned narrative about a concept that is so hard for most of us to put into words. We are so much more than what one might think, but at the same time, very much what our cultural baggage-heavy and lite, hold. I was amazed at how many references you could get into this video (my favorites- phish shows, overnight camp, and i am my own tune for adon olam-brilliant!), and how they were disparate and wedded at the same time. Again, thank you, B'Shalom, Ira

(23) Anthony, January 22, 2012 6:27 PM

Are we a race or a religion?

This begs the questions are we, Jews, a race or a religion? Perhaps both? The younger generation certainly is helping us to release the shackles of dogma, and begin to feel the Jewish identity from within. I feel that I can relate to this. There is a very big picture that many of us Jews fail to see or appreciate, and consequently there is division within our ranks as ego takes hold, and the ugly face of religious superiority surfaces. Time to learn what we are to learn, my brethren, and that learning will set us free, as it will unites us as a people.

(22) Eliezer Schwadron, January 22, 2012 5:55 PM

We're Family

Thanks..I really liked that. It felt good to me to hear who you are and I know who I am a liitle more. I share the conflict, the pride, the pleasure and the shame. It's good to have you as a brother .

(21) BPM, January 22, 2012 5:28 PM

He's got it!!

To be a Jew is all these things...expressed by a young man with such passion that it makes my heart thump louder....it makes me proud that he is one of us....that he has captured the essence of all Jews everywhere!! Come and speak to my grandchildren....

(20) Gary Katz, January 22, 2012 5:13 PM

I liked it!

Good job! You touched upon so much at once!

(19) Yosef, January 22, 2012 5:05 PM

Yes!

Yes! Yes! Yes!

(18) simcha, January 22, 2012 4:52 PM

so good

so good - i'm a jew 2 :)

(17) Shirlee Rosenthal, January 22, 2012 4:49 PM

Andrew Lustig

I LOVED IT!!! I am Jewish and I thank God for it. At Yom Kipper during one of our prayers it say's Thank you God for making me a Jew". God Bless you Andrew,he all ready has, it is good to see the younger generation feels this way. AM ISRAEL CHAI!!! Shalom

(16) richard, January 22, 2012 4:21 PM

Interesting...but not everything

You express yourself purposefully and eloquently. Let us remember that G-d has created us for a much loftier purpose than enjoying (some of us do!) gefilte fish and other physical trimmings of Judaism. If you have children you will doubtlessly feel inclined to pass on your positive emotions about your heritage to them. You will want them to follow in your path. However, remember that emotions will only last as long as there is a stimulus for them to exist. The future of the Jewish people cannot be guaranteed through emotions alone. If we want to play our part in the survival of the Jews, long term, the only guaranteed way is to steer ourselves back to fulfilling our duties as Jews. The only one who can define those duties is G-d who has kindly given us all the details of what He expects from us in His Holy Torah. When we learn it and perform its Mitzvot, then we are driving in the right direction. May you always have a safe and successful journey to your life goal of true success!

(15) mercedes, January 22, 2012 4:11 PM

mercedesliberman@yahoo.ca

I love what u said. So passionate, direct and honest, most importantly proud and confident. I love it

(14) Anonymous, January 22, 2012 4:02 PM

very intense.. deep, it hit my heart

(13) kathy, January 22, 2012 4:02 PM

love

love is stronger than hate

(12) Yehudit R, January 22, 2012 3:57 PM

WOW!

(11) Albert Gedraitis, January 22, 2012 3:44 PM

Powerful poem

A powerful videopoem. Bravo!

(10) Benjamin, January 22, 2012 3:35 PM

Absolutely Beautiful!

So honest. So touching. So relevant. I am a 49-year old guy with tears n my eyes watching this film. I'll keep this short so I can share it with my family. Absoluitely beautiful.

(9) DINA, January 22, 2012 3:04 PM

COL HA CAVOD

HE IS WHAT HE FEELS.,AND HE IS NOT AFRAD TO TO TEL WHAT HE IS.I WISH TO MANY JEWISH KIDS TO TAKE A "DUGMA"EXEMPLE.LOVE YOU FOR THAT. SHALOM

(8) David R, January 22, 2012 3:04 PM

You're great...

And HaShem loves you, and so do I. Keep searching and stay positive; the good Lord never forsakes us when we try.

(7) Russell, January 22, 2012 3:03 PM

Awesome!`

That was great!!! Thank you for taking the time to make the video and put it on-line!

(6) ESTHER, January 22, 2012 2:44 PM

I AM PROUD THAT MY BACK GROUND IS ALL JEWISH. AMONG THE SIX MILLION JEWS, THAT WERE TAKEN FROM THIS EARTH, ARE MY FAMILY. MAY THIS NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN TO ANY RELIGION.

(5) Anonymous, January 22, 2012 2:39 PM

Wow!

Mr. Lustig passionately represents young American Jewry. I do hope he will come & learn (at Aish HaTorah!) how to combine all his thoughts and connect the "Jewish" with HaSh-m, who is so apparent here in Eretz Yisroel. B'hatzlocha!

(4) Anonymous, January 22, 2012 1:55 PM

Being a Jew

He is one super kid! He said it all, the way I feel, the way I grew up and the way I just am! Mazel Tov on the beautiful truth about being a Jew.

(3) Alan S., January 22, 2012 1:27 PM

His statements show the vast diversity of what being Jewish means not only to him, but to many. Of course, his concepts and dichotomous statements certainly do not apply to all Jewish souls, but do apply to many.

(2) jesse, January 22, 2012 11:44 AM

i loved it

a fresh take on an important question!

(1) Anonymous, January 22, 2012 11:21 AM

"I Am Jewish" is anything but that

"I Am Jewish" is anything but that.

Anonymous, January 22, 2012 2:08 PM

Yes, it is....

Israel- to "wrestle with G-d" is Jewish. This young man is wrestling with his religion and his desire to find his place in it. It may not be yours or my "cup of tea" but thank G-d he wants to be Jewish and relate to it.

Kbrown, January 22, 2012 4:13 PM

Loved it.

Anonymous@2:08pm....your response is perfect!! I have 3 sons and it is often a struggle.

Diana Moss, January 24, 2012 11:04 AM

Follow your heart

Well said. Our religion has to be personalized in order to be real to us. We have to follow the laws and rules, but it's a great mitzvah to to make the religion your own. Even if it means dancing to the beat of another drummer.

Sue, January 23, 2012 5:50 PM

It's Andrew's reality

Hello Anonymous. Andrew Lustig written and produced this brisk talk from his heart. He is the voice that continues from his Grandmother's past, the next generation from Schlinder's List. It's Andrew's reality of where he came from and his heart-felt duty to continue to speak out about the Holocaust and the effect it has had on the future generations like himself. Give merit to Brandeis University that is helping students like Andrew to know where he came from that made him who he is today. The voice of those on Schlinder's List continues in the youth of this generation, if not them who can with the convictions that past and future has brought us to. Andrew isn't speaking from a study of the Holocaust, he is speaking from his personal roots that is instilled within him. Struggling with stereotypes others think what being Jewish means, to what it means to him being Jewish, disembodied from stereotypes given. He knows he is alive today because of a goy that made that possible, a cemetery of goyims is why he can give this talk today. He knows he is given this opportunity to do more than average, searching for the answers to make the most of what he has been given. Andrew is making a difference for the next and next generations, on Campus and worldwide, for his voice will reach millions right here on Aish.com. May Andrew Lustig circle of influence continue to enlarge, he has a very important message to bring to the world today, and for future generations. Thank you Andrew for answering the call to continue to be a voice to the world, your Grandmother's Holocaust survivor's voice, the voice of the living will be heard. THANKS!

 

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