One People

Achdus is Hebrish for “unity”.

Zachdus and One People

There’s no such word as zachdus.

Achdus, or achdut, is the Hebrew word for unity. Not zachdus. But achdus was taken at Yahoo, and my Hebrew name starts with a Z, so it made sense for this blog to be authored by someone named zachdus.

I’m trying to be true to the truths my mother taught me when I was a little girl. It was a case of Torat Emech, the Torah of Your Mother. She taught me the Shema before sleep and told me that the Hebrew prayer is a declaration of G-d’s Oneness.

She also said that we, the Jewish People are one people.

My cousins, who are Orthodox never gave me any reason to suspect that this wasn’t true. Even though we weren’t as observant as they were, we were all Jews, all One People. Their friends were our friends. Our friends were their friends.

Sure, they kept more of the rules, but we all still watched the Wizard of Oz together, and we still had Thanksgiving together and the same Zaide (grandfather) gave us all real silver dollars for finding the afikomen (matzah dessert) on Passover.

I had no no idea at that time, that there were people who would disagree so vehemently over the “truth” of Jewish denominations, that they wouldn’t share the same pulpit, the same stage, the same forum with one another. They disagreed and feared one another so much that they wouldn’t even bother talking about differences with one another.

Everyone agrees that everyone who is Jewish has the pintela yid . It’s there, behind the costumes. What’s the pintela yid? A very modest, but dominant forcefield that emanates from a Jewish person’s soul. I think it’s probably located in the heart. It says, I’m a Jew.I don’t like all of this divisiveness. No, we can’t start a new religion, but we should be able to be friends.

So I’d like to use this space to consider ways to do that, inspire REAL ACHDUS, or do you prefer, ACHDUT among One People.

To be honest? It’s my mother-in-law’s idea. I’ll write about that tomorrow.

Your friend,


June 5, 2007 Posted by | One People, Oneness, pintela yid, Shema, Torat Emacha, Uncategorized, zachdus | Leave a comment