Sunday, February 20, 2011

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So, What Do You Say to Him?

by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths

image003 (16)A non-Jewish man from Latin America came to the Kotel yesterday with his son. He told me that his wife was Jewish. I told the boy that since his mother was Jewish, he too was Jewish. And since he is a Jew, when he grew up, he had to marry only a Jewish girl. I explained how we are a people and not a religion, but he was so young that it did not seem to make an impression on him, especially since he loved his father, and his father was not Jewish.

     I asked his father what the boy’s Hebrew name was. He had forgotten it. I told the father to be sure that the boy received Jewish education. “He has a beautiful heritage, and you do not want him to lose it,” I told him.

     They walked away. A few minutes later they returned. He had asked his wife, and she told him that the boy’s Hebrew name was Zvi. I felt that I really didn’t get to the little boy, so I tried one last thing.

    I said, “Zvi, be smart like your father, marry a Jewish girl!” He smiled broadly. I think I got him that time. ;~)

9 comments:

  1. Great idea, BH

    The way to influence is to tie it with something they like. Like with music, it's good to find what someone likes and then put a Jewish message that inspires.

    Jewish education is deffinately important so we understand the importance and beauty of our heritage

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  2. Brilliant comment! Gevaldig!

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  3. you make it sound so easy ?!

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  4. I like your smiley face ;~) and your wit!

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  6. im seriousely confused ....... everything seems NOW really to be coming to a final head. both within man and without . Hashem created 3 religions seperate yet yet connected , 3 incredible forces of power yes yes Hashem but he did create these 3 and 2 of them share 3 billion people and israel is only 10 % observant . and its a ? if we are even examples so much erev zeir . I wish I could do more I wish I had great abilities the world is shaking for GOD thats one thing for sure and i hope we wake soon with God from the stupor edom and amalak and the erev rav put us in !

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  7. a sad post
    The chance of a Jewish future for the boy is so small.

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  9. Anonymous 10:50, check Deuteronomy chp. 7 verses 3 and 4. "You shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughter to his son, and you shall not take his daughter for your son. For HE [the non-Jewish father who had a child with a Jewish woman] will turn away your son from following Me, and they will worship the gods of others, and the wrath of the Lord will be kindled against you, and He will quickly destroy you." Why does it not say "But SHE will turn away your son"? Because if the son is born from a non-jewish mother, he is no longer "your son", meaning he is not a Jew. Also, read Ezra Chp. 10 where it talks about how Jewish men had taken foreign wives. Verse 4 says "And now, let us make a covenant with our God to cast out all the **wives and their offspring**, by the counsel of the Lord and those who hasten to [perform] the commandment of our God, and according to the Law it shall be done." If the children were Jews, they could not have been cast out. The offspring are also specifically reffered to as "their offspring", not the fathers' offspring. So your argument is completely bogus. The Tanach clearly indicates that being Jewish is determined by the mother.

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