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September 12, 2013 8:30 PM
I am a Jewish woman but was not raised in a very religious family. They fasted on Yom Kippour but I would like to know more about the Jewish customs and history of the Jewish people. I was born in France of French parents but am also an american citizen. I am particularly happy that I became a member of AISH.com Thank you.
September 13, 2013 3:53 PM
You could probably do some research and see if there are any AISH centers near your community.
September 13, 2013 8:50 PM
Hi there, I'm also an anglophone born in france, welcome to Aish!
AJ von Angel,
September 24, 2013 8:48 AM
Many people know little of them selfs
I was raised as a Chatholic! We only get to know That my grandma of my mom is jewish. In Austria -Hngary where she was born was not a popular thing to be at the time 1919 and after!
How ever I am nor religious in eather way. But I am happy that I am what I am!
All people should learn about Jews, all nations and religions to understand eachother better!
I am a Canadian and happy to be !
September 12, 2013 3:36 PM
He didn't know he was jewish? he went to his 90 year old granmother to talk? Look at film clip at time 1:10, there is a huge mezzuzah on the door post!!!
September 13, 2013 8:32 AM
Not his grandmother's house
That shot is from the entrance to the synagogue, it's not his grandmother's house
September 13, 2013 4:54 PM
That's not his grandmother's house. That's the synagogue. Look at 2:20.
It's jsut the way the editing was done.
September 13, 2013 8:48 PM
it's the rabbi's door, they use it as a plot devise
Shoshana - Jerusalem,
September 14, 2013 8:00 PM
I think that it is the Rabbi's house, even though the narration says it's his grandmother's. Take another look at the shot of the Rabbi's house and see.
September 15, 2013 6:12 AM
Its the Rabbi's
The film shows him walking to the temple with the mezzuzah, not the grandmother.
September 12, 2013 2:57 PM
One's Ethnicity should not form prejudice nor remove it
His change of heart should be applauded, but one wonders if he would have changed if he did not find out his ethnicity. One's ethnicity should neither form prejudice or remove it.
September 12, 2013 5:48 AM
Restores my own faith
Thus is the best proof of all for faith, for the human spirit and the presence of HaShem.
September 11, 2013 11:06 PM
"The hearts of of the Fathers shall return to their sons".
Good on you, son! (Szegedi). We now live in AWESOME TIMES! ...and I'm virtually trembling...Regarding the End of Days, before the revelation of Moshiach our Holy Scriptures state:'AND THE HEARTS OF THE FATHERS SHALL RETURN TO THEIR SONS" Indeed, as a previous person commented:If SZEGEDI can do it - so can ALL of us ! ! !
September 11, 2013 6:29 PM
That CBN, an avowed Christian organization, cosidering the histry of jewish persecution by Christians will publsih such a story, that is a miracle by itself. Looking to Egypt, Egyptian christians are now experiencing the kind of persecution Jews felt for thousands of years. The only place in the ME where Christians are not persecuted is Israel. Let that be the continuation of respecftful disagreement, and actual cooperation Islam is incapable of
September 11, 2013 5:39 PM
A Person to Admire
My grandmother was born in Hungary and I consider myself a Hungarian Jew. As I was growing up my grandmother would make delicious Hungarian food but that was all I learned of my heritage because my grandmother left Hungary at 2 years of age. Last year, my husband, an Italian American who converted to Judiasm surprised me with a trip to Hungary. I must say that I loved the country but at the same time felt very sad about the events which happened to the Hungarian Jews and others living in Hungary. The fact that Mr. Szegedi was open to embrace his new identity, a person (type) he once hated, is remarkable. A similar experience happened to the President of Princeton University, who too, learned he was Jewish and has embraced his roots.
September 11, 2013 10:42 PM
I am an Hungarian Jew born of Hungarian Parents
I am touched by the story.
September 11, 2013 4:26 PM
I am so moved......
What a; story.... Now that this man as accepted his sreligion he must feel like a newborn.
September 11, 2013 4:07 PM
It takes strenght of character to face a truth which opposes what one believes about oneself and then to embrace that change.
September 11, 2013 2:13 PM
God at work you shall love my creation.
September 11, 2013 11:44 AM
The perfect time to read this!
Just before Yom Kippur - if this man can make teshuva, can't we all? WOW.
September 10, 2013 4:46 PM
All choked up
Welcome home, brother.
September 9, 2013 2:47 AM
Truly incredible story , Baruch Hashem he found out and had the strength to change
Dr. Alex Pister,
September 8, 2013 4:01 PM
As a Hungarian Jew myself I’m blown away by this man’s story. My brothers and I, although born here, were raised as Hungarians. Our first language was Hungarian. I still speak it fluently enough to have understood this man as he spoke in the background. His grandmother was in Auschwitz at the same time as my mother. They’re both in their ninety’s and could easily have known each other. We were raised in the Hungarian Jewish community of Survivors in Toronto. We socialized with all our parents Hungarian Cronies and surviving relatives. For anybody else who was raised this way you’ll understand when I say there isn’t anything quite like it. Tons of funny expressions and “colorful” language. My brothers and I still do hilarious impersonations of Hungarian relatives. In my shull there are dozens of us with the same background and we all talk to each other in Hungarian with funny expressions. To this day I still chat in Hungarian with Hungarian survivors in our Shull. When I went back to Hungary with my father A’H we stayed in the same hotel Astoria where Adolf Eichmann Y’Sh stayed in ‘44/’45. We were told that to this day in the main lobby restaurant there were monthly meetings of the “blackshirts” which was a euphemism for the Hungarian Nazi Party-a precursor to the Jobbik party of today. Really the whole theme of this man’s journey is Teshuva. The Nazis have no power over us as long as we do the steps we need to do in our Teshuva: 1-verbally admit our mistakes 2-express regret 3-abandon our past life of mistakes 4-accept upon ourselves to never repeat our mistakes in the future. For Mr. Szegedi and for the rest of the Jewish People we wish all the success on our paths of Teshuva.
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