One People

Achdus is Hebrish for “unity”.

We’re Different (?)

I have a rabbi, and I love and respect him dearly, don’t get me wrong, who’s always saying,

We’re different.

And it always makes me angry. We’re different because, what?

We don’t cheat in business?
We don’t cheat on our spouses?
We don’t talk about other people?
We don’t watch television?
We don’t work/think about work on Shabbas?

Okay, sure, we try.
Or is it because

We pay attention so well while we pray?
We honor our parents?
We’re community minded?
We’re careful about how we represent ourselves as Jews to others?
We can’t WAIT to keep the Sabbath holy? Hate to see it end?

Sure, to a point.

It would be nice, just once, if our rabbanut could mention how alike all Jews are, really, and how we could learn from one another. But then they’d have to answer to, Well aren’t ALL people alike? And the answer would be a resounding YES.

And we’d REALLY be in trouble.

troubled sometimes,

October 23, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. do you mean different from other Jews or nationalities?

    Wait…I think I get it.

    Then the Rabbis wouldn’t be able to say ” Am Yisroel is special”.

    Is that your point?

    Comment by jacob | October 24, 2007

  2. Which is fine, but everybody’s special. People are pretty amazing. And I think that children probably need to know that. That isn’t to say there’s something wrong with ethnocentrism, or keeping within the tribe, I just feel that to pretend that we can live life and not interact and LIKE people who aren’t Jewish is a little naive and stifles what we learn. Which is to learn from all people according to the mishna. right?

    Oh, I’ll write more on this, for sure.

    Comment by zachdus | October 24, 2007

  3. I agree.

    check out this post:

    Comment by jacob | October 24, 2007

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