Ezekah, from “The Circumcision Debate“:
As parents, it is our responsibility to make choices for our children, even to do things in their long-term best interests although it may cause them discomfort in the short-term. Most kids don’t elect to eat their vegetables or get shot with vaccinations either.
cuteblondeJAP, from “Singles at Synagogue“:
Soon I found that I was staying through the Motzi and the Oneg. I started to talk to people and found that yes I was only single woman in my age group but they didn’t care and that made me feel more comfortable. I now am taking classes offered by the Rabbi and looking for a place to fit in… It is an effort I have to make.
DocBev, from “Must I Believe?“:
Look around at the world, see the diversity of life, now try to deny the Creator. People do, of course. My brother, a JewBu (Jewish Buddhist) denies any belief in a supernatural God. That is because he’s totally self-centered and thinks of himself as all important and the rest of the world is of no importance.
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Israel, from â€œBurn the Lycraâ€?:
The problem is basic: Israel cannot yet come to terms with seperating religion from state. Until it does that, we will have a problem with religious nutcases thinking they can get away with spraying women with paint if they think they aren’t dressed right.
Rivkah7, from â€œTeaching Children about the Holocaustâ€?:
I am struggling with how to teach my children ( ages 10 and 8 ) about the Shoah. My mother and grandparents survived, but most everyone else died. I want my children to know what happened to their family, to their people, to the world. But I also feel, as a mother, a strong need to protect them from the horror of those events, from the loss of innocence.
AlexUtiug, from “Growing in Mitzvotâ€?
Doing acts of kindness, including visiting the sick, should not be something one decides to do in order to do a “mitzvah”. We should not think about “deciding to add this mitzvah” when it comes to doing such things: it’s supposed to be like taking shower: yes, there are commandments regarding bodily cleanliness, but these are ones that should be coming from inside your soul.
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