ACT OR NOT TO ACT
The Jewish world in the Diaspora is falling apart.
If there is a Jewish partner in a marriage, there is a one in two chance that the other partner will not be
Jewish. I have no problem with that if you don’t care. If it happens you will probably say – well I just want
my son/daughter to be happy.
The old world of the ghetto is no longer. Jews are
spread out more than ever with ever decreasing chances of mixing with a wide number of Jews unless they make
the effort to join organized religious or Zionist groups. If you choose not to join mainstream groups, then
you are more or less alone anmd relying on chance meetings. Of course other groups do exist but we live in an
age where people choose to join less and less. The solution is to ensure that the family grows up
knowing other Jewish families so that the extended family is very large.
For parents and individuals the Jewish destiny is in
your hands. Sitting in front of a computer will be the solution for a very small number; waiting for
something to happen is not very promising; hoping that you will meet somebody at the next family gathering is
a possibility but the same faces will be there; hoping that you will meet the right person on a blind date is
always a possibility.
The other alternative is to act – take your destiny
in your own hands. That means as a parent making sure that your children know something about Judaism and mix
with other Jews with a similar level of interest to yours. It means if you are a young person finding other
Jews with similar interests. Families have to make some effort to grow the extended Jewish
Meeting on a regular basis with a common purpose
would seem to be the answer but how and what? The best
suggestion that I can some up with is the Good Shabbos Community. It is a smorgasbord of activities on a
Friday night. The choice whether you do a lot or a ,little is yours. The choice whether you want to do
something else altogether is yours alone. I can only ask that
you do something.
ACTION RAISES YOUR
OF ACHIEVING WHATEVER YOU DESIRE.
INACTION WILL PRODUCE OUTCOMES RELYING
ON CHANCE ALONE
Enjoying a few minutes together
Friday nights may change your life
Six degrees of separation is
Six degrees of together is MUCH