Sharing Our Heritage

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

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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.

(6) SusanE, March 16, 2010 4:54 PM

Such an Important Responsibility-- To Know Who You Are.

Lori, Being a teacher is hard work when the subject matter is so vital, isn't it? I wonder how a Jew could not know an aleph, and are they embarrassed about not knowing? ---------------- I've been to parties where people ask me questions and are genuinely interested in, perhaps, one area of Judaism. (they have heard I was studying) Any area of Judiasm is not a quick one sentence answer, but, I answer to the point and don't add anything. Some want to know about Biblical info., some want to know about the Hebrew calendar, some want to know about Jewish Ethics. Some want to know about the Holidays. Sometimes I know the answer with basic information, and sometimes I am not sure, but I never give my opinion. I give them this site at Aish.com and tell them to type in their area of interest, to learn more for themselves. -------------------------------------------------- I was surprised at how many non-Jewish spouses DO know more about Judaism than their born Jewish mates. I've studied several organized religions, and I've found that the ones who were born to their faith generally never asked questions, but their spouses do. How can you live among family and friends and not wonder about things and ask questions? --------------------- That being said......... when I traveled to other countries, everyone spoke English. I only spoke enough of their languages to get food and a room and a few pleasantries. Most of the under 50's knew more about United States History and more about our current politics and Government than I did. They were educated about us in school. THAT surprised (and embarrassed) me. Who do you think is failing to teach?

(5) ruth, March 16, 2010 2:26 PM

how we teach and reach each other

Thank you for a beautiful message this morning early, before the start of my day. I feel deeply the truth of your words, and I do believe we're here to share what we have, that is about Torah, and life brings to us so many ringing messages, and messengers. I have found that often, a teacher will appear when I need it most, and I hope that I have for others, acted in similar ways. Sometimes we never do know how we have affected another, but sometimes, we are privileged to hear it. Something deep happened to me along the way, that is about words, about a story I need to share, and so I do, however I can, on Aish and elsewhere, and at the same time imbibing and learning from others along the way. Share the road is one of the road signs as we travel, each and every day, and I am saying life IS a journey.

(4) Anonymous, March 16, 2010 12:58 AM

Family members good sounding board.

When you tell someone else what you have learned, it helps you to remember it. In turn they may share something that you didn't know also, and discussing it you can learn more indepth even over the knowledge you have learned. Family members are the best to do this with. A good place to practice it, then when you have the opportunity to speak to others, you are comfortable doing it.

(3) Anonymous, March 15, 2010 2:08 AM

Well done Lori

From someone outside Judaism that recognizes the value of the ancient teachings of the Torah, may those who are chosen share its eternal truths to your people and the world.

(2) Rosen, March 14, 2010 10:41 PM

Jewish knowledge and education

I understand that being a Jew is an extremely important pillar in my life, so I am grateful that I don't have to seek another faith like Christianity, Islam, or otherwise to have a more than satisfactory life. While I have my Jewish convictions, I would hope that some other of my Jewish peers would too and not intermarry. Now, when I mention to Jews who are engaged to a non-Jew for an intermarriage, am I really crossing a line when I explain the implications of intermarriage to them, even though I am not one of their parents or grandparents, but either an acquaintance, friend, peer, or coworker? How do I explain about Jewish heritage to uneducated Jews without coming across as nagging? Oddly enough, there are non-Jews who seem to express some more interest in what I have to say about Judaism. Of course, the point about Jewish learning is to teach and not preach, as Lori says. And, I might add that it's better to educate than to inform or lecture.

(1) sharona, March 14, 2010 3:38 PM

I enjoy sharing

When I find something like a book or article or video or link, I like to share it with others. We can all benefit from it

 

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