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Sharing Our Heritage

Most Jews know very little about Judaism. You can change that.

Published: March 13, 2010


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(11) Anonymous, May 30, 2010 6:22 PM

Youre the COOLEST

UR MESSAGES AND WISDOM INSPIRE ME AND GUIDE ME, YOU ARE SO FRESH AND AWESOME.. I THINK U ARE ONE OF THE COOLEST PERSONS OUT THERE.. AND THOUGH I HARDLY VISIT THIS SITE WHEN I DO, I SEEK U OUT BECAUSE U ROCK!! UR FAMILY IS SO LUCKY TO HAVE U AS A MOTHER AND WIFE.. & TEACHER. AND I JUST WANTED U TO KNOW THAT... U ROCK!! ABRAHAM 25 HOUSTON, TX I JUST RECENTLY GOT OUT OF REHAB FOR A HORRIBLE CRYSTAL METH ADDICTION & THOUGH MY LIFE IN THE FAST LANE GOT THE BEST OF ME, MY SPIRITUALITY STILL HELD ON FOR THE BUMPY RIDE & BEFORE I LEFT I WANTED TO SHARE WITH THEM (THE OTHER GUYS) THIS STORY THAT I WANTED TO SHARE WITH U.. BECAUSE WETHER BY SCIENCE OR SPIRITUALITY OUR DESIRE TO LIVE WAS SO GRAND, BECAUSE WITH SCIENCE THE SPERM REACHED THE EGG & THUS CREATED ME YOU US OR BY DIVINE CREATION WITH A SPECIAL SOUL G-D PUT IN YOU... UR DESIRE TO LIVE IS GRAND.. AND THEN I CONTINUED

(10) Anonymous, March 18, 2010 1:13 AM

Sounds familiar

Great piece of timely wisdom Lori and aish.com thank you! I don't think Lori is the most recent person to promote teaching your fellow Jew. I think The esteemed Lubavitcher Rebbe was the one who said about ~ 20 years ago. Thee Rebbe said something like "if you know an Alef teach your Jewish friend Alef if you know Alef Bet teach your fellow Jew Alef and Bet." Our Torah is previous and belongs to all Jews. Lori's call to be teachers is a true one - there is a need Jewish people are thirsting for Torah true knowledge!

(9) Anonymous, March 17, 2010 3:56 PM

Not Embarrassed by not knowing-will look it up tho

SusanE: You are so right that people born into there faith generally never ask questions. For one reason, there organized religion is familiar to them. Non-Jewish spouses or people outside of that religion are curious, they seek for answers to what they do not know or understand. Therefore they end up knowing more. Plus if they had come from a different religion they were born into, they bring there knowledge from that along with them. Another reason why they ask alot of questions because this other religion is different than the one they were born into. Converts can bring many blessings to the organize religion, by there enthusiasm, there zeal for knowledge of the religion, there fresh insights, or there challenges they face in not understanding and the questions they raise. Organize religion teaches you what to think, it doesn't teach you TO think. So as a child you learn not to question what you are taught. That's not an insult, but generally in a class if the teacher does ask what you think, if you answer according to how he is teaching it's o.k. if not they proceed to say what the right answer is. Converts or the Non-Jewish spouse can end up with alot of words and meanings of those words, that the one born into doesn't know, however the one born into the religion can have more of the spirit of that religion than the convert, or Non-Jewish spouse does. The one born into it also can find the converts annoying by there know it all of the religion they were born into. Do it right, then it can be a help and a blessing to the organization and the people born into it. Stir a desire in them to seek as an adult, when studying usually ceases. Then as an adult we can question and learn from teachers but be curious to learn for ourselves, not just be taught by a teacher. Then it becomes our faith personally.

(8) Pleasant, March 17, 2010 4:57 AM

okay, i keep saying this.........

And you know what? There are too many people on temple boards that think it's too expensive to let people come to sunday school for free. The churches do it. They photocopy lesson pages and such. And wealthy people in the congregation actually buy things for the sunday school, and no one has to pay anything extra for their kids to attend - ever. I would know, that's how I grew up. Except when I was at Grandma's house. So now, here I am trying to figure out why the community that gave the world the Torah is so willing to let their children slip away because of lack of knowledge about WHY we don't believe in Jesus and WHY we don't celebrate christmas and WHY we observe the sabbath on Saturday and not Sunday. See? Most of our kids don't know. Parents don't take time, no home scripture reading daily like the christian kids do, no monthly charity projects like christian kids do, overly expensive programs, christian kids go to summer camp FREE. All of them, what is wrong with us!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

(7) Jossef Perl, March 16, 2010 9:28 PM

Wonderfull

Lori's love for Judaism is contagious.

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