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Published: January 29, 2011


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Visitor Comments: 26

(26) Keith, Woking. UK, February 12, 2011 10:22 PM

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Lori :)

Lori, I've been saying that for ages.. Stick someone in a box with a label on it, and it makes it so horribly, horribly hard to escape from it.. Not impossible, but much, much harder for them.. This applies to so many things in life.. For example: "He is a drunkard" or "He is a smoker" etc. etc.. We are all made in G-d's image & He always forgives us if we're truly trying to love and obey Him.. Ok, we fail sometimes.. We know that.. But He still goes on loving us!.. It doesn't need other people to "put a label" on us.. That only makes it so much harder to be free.. I'm so grateful that our G-d, HaShem, has the benevolence and understanding that He has.. Thanks again Lori & G-d bless.

(25) Shayna, February 6, 2011 6:35 AM

i think this may have been my favorite blog of yours EVER! thank you!

(24) sara maimon, February 4, 2011 10:53 AM

groupthinkn

Nechama, is that what you want your children to do? To dress modestly because that's what people in a particular group do??? Bottom line is, don't make your children into something they aren't. If it speaks to their soul they'll do it. If it doesn't they won't, nor should they. Specially not as the price of belonging to the group. That's oppressive.

(23) Chasity Levy, February 4, 2011 2:40 AM

Jews in exile

When I moved out West after High School, there was only one other Jew I knew. It didn't matter what our backgrounds were, we sure didn't fight over our differences, we discuss all kinds of things, and we didn't always see eye to eye, but we were friends. He was the only person to be around that I didn't feel like the odd ball. After 4 yrs he moved to Denver. I visited him there and he showed me his synagogue. It didn't matter what branch it was, I rejoiced with him to be living now where there was one. A happy shared moment, only two Jews would understand. We didn't label ourselves, we were Jews living in exile, total exile where we were. Until he finally moved to a Jewish Community, he was going home, when it wasn't his hometown. Miss ya, Stuart!

(22) Nechama, February 3, 2011 2:55 PM

Yes and No

After many years of raising children and grandchildren and working in education myself I sincerely believe that we should obliterate labels when we relate to others but keep them when we educate our children. All Jews are brothers and should love one another without the label. However, if you don't give kids a strong sense of belonging to the particular group that you identify with and stress that we observe mitzvot according to a specific Rabbi, they can be in for big trouble. If you tell your kids that everyone is right, just doing his/her own thing, your daughter could wind up not dressing according to halacha and your son could wind up not giving time for learning Torah. Of course, part of their education must be loving every Jew and not passing judgement on people by their appearances.

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