Interestingly, the stereotypes you hear from gentiles seeking Jews are quite different: that Jewish men are good providers, that they treat women well, that they don't abuse women or get drunk, and they don't sleep around; that Jewish women are smart, level-headed and loyal, not bubble-headed bimbos. Hit the edge of the stoop steps just right and it flew. Aside from that, the message you are giving your children is that none of it is real, that none of it matters, that religion is a Chinese menu and you can pick one from Column A and one from Column B. We've always helped them out, not understanding the full reasoning behind this tradition. Oh well, a little naivete there that I will have to forgive Joe for. The neighborhood, in my mind, was 90% Yiddish, 9% Siciliano people from Sicily and 1% Maloney.
If the convert is male, he is or, if he was already circumcised, a pinprick of blood is drawn for a symbolic circumcision. There are numerous restrictions and certain types of work are prohibited, such as contractor work. I shudder remembering brutally cold winds blowing off the East River. In 1946, President Franklin Delanor Roosevelt inexplicably dropped his vice president, Henry A. The Seven Laws of Noah According to traditional Judaism, gave Noah and his family seven commandments to observe when he saved them from the flood. But I felt Israel deserved to be recognized and didn't give a darn whether the Arabs liked it or not.
His memoirs indicate his desire to help those who experienced the terrible suffering at the hands of the Nazis. Relentless persecution of Jews, century after century, in nation after nation, left a legacy of bitter sayings. If you are offended to hear that Jewish culture has a negative term for non-Jews, I would recommend that you stop and think about the many negative terms and stereotypes that your culture has for Jews. Will your gentile spouse be willing to sit through the lengthy seder ritual at your parents' house, or the lengthy High Holiday services? And, when I argue issues of human or civil rights and am cautioned about showing too much zeal, I recall how chutzpah first flourished on Williamsburg sidewalks, competing for filberts hazelnuts with tough kids wearing payes sidelocks and yarmulkes. Like the author of the article, without realizing it at the time, from my Jewish friends and neighbors many who had fled Czarist Russia I learned a basic charity that had nothing to do with ethnicity, language, or religion; you helped others because thet needed it and you were able. When the business venture failed, Harry tried his hand at politics and performed a number of favors for the Jewish community, like surfacing the road to the local Jewish cemetery.
They will tell you that Jewish men are cheap, neurotic mamma's boys, not handsome and macho like gentile men. By the way, I was born in Jersey in '41 and we called the pink high bouncers Spaldeens too. Stop looking to pick things apart - they kept Shabbos in Williamsburg, they certainly knew the halachah. It seems many of life's most elemental lessons are learned this way. In addition, the Noahic commandments are applied more leniently to non-Jews than the corresponding commandments are to Jews, because non-Jews do not have the benefit of to guide them in interpreting the laws. Within certain guidelines see , a non-Jew may perform certain acts which are beneficial to Jews but which may not be performed by Jews on the Sabbath. Harry was particularly fond of matzah.
I found your little memoir so charming and uplifting. The information provided at that site is written from a perspective, but is valuable to anyone considering conversion to any of Judaism. Furnaces, in particular, demanded frequent tending during Brooklyn's many freezing winters. If you ask many Jews why they don't want to date other Jews, you will hear the ugliest list of antisemitic stereotypes this side of Nazi propaganda. By itself this word is not bad.
I discovered obedience without subservience. Judaism prohibits Jews from doing certain types of work, known as melakha, on the Sabbath. But in their wildest dreams, they could not have imagined how far the dividends of their Kiddush Hashem would extend. You're asking them to put a religious stamp of approval on an act that has nothing to do with their religion. My friend Dorothy's father was brought up in the Bronx amongst Jewish people. When my wife and I got to the point of being tired of consuming defrosted meat, we went downtown to the local butcher shop. This may reflect the fact that Jews who intermarry are not deeply committed to their religion in the first place: if something is important to you, why would you marry someone who doesn't share it? If the proselyte passes this oral examination, the rituals of conversion are performed.
We don't seem to get to share so intimately in each others lives anymore. The Viner family no doubt took tremendous pride in the friendship they had shown their Missouri neighbor. What a perfect example of the tolerance and understanding gained from learning from people of other backgrounds. My views were that religion was something people did once or twice a week, the Midwestern view I was accustomed to then. I withdrew from Brooklyn College the following day and joined the U. Rosenthal refused to open the door of his dry goods store on Bedford Avenue. We also would remove things like clock radios for ultra orthodox families.
The Catholic grandparents want the child to learn catechism while the Jewish grandparents are looking forward to the bar mitzvah. While non-Jews are only obligated to obey the given to Noah, Jews are responsible for fulfilling the in the Torah, thus G-d will punish Jews for doing things that would not be a sin for non-Jews. It was one of the several steps which have blessed me to walk rightly with haShem. They note that if the non-Jewish spouse truly shares the same values as the Jewish spouse, then the non-Jew is welcome to convert to Judaism, and if the non-Jew does not share the same values, then the couple should not be marrying in the first place. We had many diverse cultures to serve, as our hotel was popular in the vacation packages sold worldwide in the late 80's into the 1990's. Many interfaith couples think they are being oh-so-enlightened by raising the children with both faiths and letting them choose.
Once a person has decided to convert, the proselyte must begin to learn Jewish religion, law and customs and begin to observe them. The Jewish grandparents want a , and the gentile grandparents insist on baptism. This story must be made available for the general public--Your writing is beautiful! Note that this is a Christian Bible site. My childhood, while growing up in the 30's, was the most rewarding time of my life. Will your gentile husband veto the annual Chanukkah visit to your parents because Christmas is more important, as happened to an intermarried friend of mine? Shortly thereafter, Roosevelt passed away, and Truman became president of the United States. I was impressed at how relaxed they were, relaxation as frivolity! These statistics and more are sufficiently alarming to be a matter of great concern to the Jewish community.
You can 'hear' Yusselehs joy of his memories in his writing. He was such a warm and loving man, and you could see his face light up as he spoke about the years he spent being a Shabbos Goy. Shabbos was observed as best as they could in their Missouri village, located just outside Kansas City. From then on, as Shabbos fell with its immutable regularity and Jewish lore took over the life of the neighborhood, I came to realize that so many human activities, ordinarily mundane at any other time, ceased, and a palpable silence, a pleasant tranquility, fell over all of us. Anticipation ran high as I thought of the warm home-baked treats I'd bring home that night after my Shabbos rounds were over.