The Thank You People

Where does the word "Jewish" come from?

Comments (15)

(15) Earl Krone, April 3, 2008 12:44 AM

Thank G-d for the info!

Eureka! Now I know!

(14) Anonymous, March 28, 2008 8:47 AM

Unspoken wish granted

I had been wondering silently "where does the word ?Jewish? come from. Thank you so much for answering this unspoken prayer.

(13) Anonymous, March 27, 2008 5:09 PM

My students will enjoy this

I plan to share this with both my religious and Hebrew school children. It will be an excellent addition to the unit on how the Jewish people chose the Torah.

(12) Anonymous, March 27, 2008 3:53 PM

I find many things every day to be grateful for

And, you know, a very important thank-you ingredient is learning with you and the Rabbi. I often say it, but decided I wanted to also write it. It "seals" it!!

(11) Eileen Rothman, March 27, 2008 12:27 PM

The thank you people.

My husband introduced your videos to me.How can I obtain a copy of "The Thank you People? Your inspiration is incredible.

(10) irene lozano, March 26, 2008 9:14 PM

the thank you people

thanks for the video, i was really blessed. irene

(9) LEAH, March 26, 2008 1:44 PM

I love this!!!

I never heard it so beautifully said! Thank you!

(8) havivah, March 26, 2008 11:03 AM


a beautiful reminder not to take things for granted
i sent this to a soon to b convert
who will be studying in Israel thanks

(7) Anonymous, March 25, 2008 2:33 PM


'Tis truish, that being Jewish, is thank youish.
The rest is just plain not true. NOONE thinks that having a baby is an everyday event. Even the most ungrateful of the grates recognize birth for the miracle that it is. Aside from that, think how a talk based on that comment would effect all those yearning for a child.

(6) Sue Timpson, March 25, 2008 12:55 PM


I never heard that before and really never thought about it. Thank you for giving me something to think about


(5) Maxine Gornish Elkins, March 25, 2008 10:08 AM

Todah Lori

Another gem Lori- B"H to you and to AISH for your wonderful e-mail messages which I frequently forward to my large Jewish/Israel e-mail activist list.

(4) Alejandro Levy, March 24, 2008 7:26 AM

Thank g-d you are jewish...

Dear Lori

I am not very religious.. I put on tefilim.. we keep kosher at home, We give Tzedaka…. Etc.. But Listening to you its helping me to become more Jewish... I thank g-d for allow me to be a Jew and I thank g-d for having people like you and Aish in our world.

Happy purim Sameaj...


(3) Anonymous, March 23, 2008 3:24 PM

Thank you for the reminder!

It's always helpful to remember to be grateful for what we have. Even our challenges make us better.

(2) Yehoshua, March 23, 2008 9:33 AM

Another meaning to our name

What you said was a very very important message to get out to the public. Along with what you said, I would like to add that the title or name: Yehudi, or Jew is ofcourse comprised of the letters of G-d's Name. And now an idea from Rabbi Pinkus of blessed memory-- here in Israel. Imagine a Persian or an American citizen in a foreign country. He has his title: I am a Persian. I am an American. That means that the way people relate to me in that foreign country-- as a Persian citizen or an American-- is, in the Persian king's or President's eyes, the way they relate to Persia or America. The passport holder is almost cancelled out or subordinate to the entity represented in his passport. It you mess with him, you are messing with his king! And he must act to uphold his honor.
In a similar manner, our identity card is G-d's name. We are but His citizens and representitives. We try to uphold His Name and be worthy or being His people. And the way we are treated by the various people throughout history is tandament to messing with our King.
So we have here at least two meaning inherent in the etomology of the name: "Jew."

(1) Rosen, March 22, 2008 7:38 PM

loving Hashem

Just about every day in the past couple of years, I keep on saying to myself that I love Hashem due to devine providence in my life. Although, I would still like to learn more when things don't go my way on why G-d is denying it (unless it's something for the better).

I am very thankful that I am born Jewish, even/especially when my parents got together at a time when intermarriage surged in the 60's, 70's, and so forth. They have been married for 36+ years, so it's definitely a sign of the double-chi. And yes, both of them are Jewish...I would just hope I can follow thru on the same they did by marrying a Jew myself followed by about one child (I would have a feeling that one day I could possibly be a good, caring father to a child, since I'm already a father-figure to my dog, which can be a start) However, I want to take my time and get to know a Jew I really like, and vice-versa. Not sure if I have came across her or yet to do so. I just have to start searching for a secure, permanent job before I can start searching for my bashert, which should be all in good time.


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