Our homes are where we nurture, and where our children learn to care. If you ask anyone that grew up with it, they will tell you the same thing: it’s the simple rituals that have the greatest impact.Our homes are where we show our children what it is important to care about. Lighting Shabbat candles, decorating a sukkah or eating matzah on Passover, putting up mezuzahs on every doorway, laying some Jewish books proudly out on the coffee table, saying Shema Yisrael with our children, hanging out an Israeli flag on Israel’s Independence Day.You can create a profile on JDate for free, but you cannot message anyone until you get a paid membership.
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I was sitting firmly in the driver’s seat with mine, so much so that I became the leader of a Zionist youth movement, and started to mix with an idealistic new crowd. Things were getting serious, but I was ignoring the ramifications, because, you remember, I was not going to marry out.
In the Talmud, Rabbi Hillel warns us that we should be careful not to judge another person until we have stood in their place. Related Article: Why Not Intermarry The Heartthrob One night I went to a party for friends who had just returned from a year in Israel. So, unbelievably, on the first date we spoke about him converting. Soon I realized that I couldn’t practically hide it from my parents any longer.
I was so connected to my Jewish identity that my betrayal of it was not even statistically probable. I stopped socializing with them in silent protest, after a more outspoken effort had failed.
I self-righteously concluded that we had nothing in common, since they were prepared to give their Jewish identity the backseat.
I believe this is the factor that can make the difference. We want our children to care about the meaning of being Jewish.