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All for One

Tisha B'av and the secret of Jewish unity.

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Published: July 30, 2011

With thanks to The Temple Institute Jerusalem for permission to use some of their artwork.

Visitor Comments: 76

(69) mom, July 16, 2013 4:20 PM

how to stop it?

Whne you see it going on all around you, when the school, religious institutions, camps, playgroups, all allow the kids to pick on one another, bully one another, and ignore the please of the kids being picked on, even when the parents intervene - how do we stop it in others? We stopped going to our synagogue because the other kids wouldn't stop picking on my kids because of one thing or another, mostly because my kids were in public school. We tried talking to people, it didn't help.

Anonymous, July 18, 2013 11:40 PM

Solution (Bezrat Hashem) to "how to stop it?"

This may be some comfort to you: I'm a 17 years old and I go to public school. However, I'm also accepted by the Jewish religious community in Seattle and the religious kids who go to school nearby. They are very kind to me and treat me with respect (don't treat me differently). I believe that it depends on the location where a person resides. Everyone is at a different level (hashcafa). Although a Jewish kid may be religious, unfortunately, it does not mean he/she will be necessarily fully developed in their ways of human to human interaction. Further study of Torah (mussar) is a great antidote for these people. One solution could be to have your kids meet with other religious kids on line through a Chavrusa learning session. I do this every Monday with a religious friend in Baltimore, Maryland. In general, I believe the way to prevent bullying is for people to explain to others how they feel. This will diminish differences between individuals. It's very sad what you are going through and I feel your pain. Don't give up! Eventually, Hashem will set up the right people to assist your children! :) If you need any further help, my e-mail is s-dagolan@lwsd.org

mom, July 26, 2013 4:49 PM

thank you

Thank you for your response. We are going to a conservative synangogue now where some of the kids friends also are members and go to hebrew school together. It's nice to hear there are communities which accept children from all backgrounds. I wish you the best of luck, but I can see you are on a good path already!

(68) Anonymous, July 16, 2013 3:43 PM

tisha b'av

this film and message were great. i have an issue re all the tisha b'av films. all begin and end with music. if these are specifically for the 9 days etc then the music has no place. p,ease see if this can be addressed.

(67) Sandy Shinensky, July 16, 2013 12:38 PM

Kol Hakavod!

The way you discuss priorities, and how they should apply to
all of us, makes so much sense! May we all try to be as good followers , as you are a leader.
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