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I was so connected to my Jewish identity that my betrayal of it was not even statistically probable. I stopped socializing with them in silent protest, after a more outspoken effort had failed.I self-righteously concluded that we had nothing in common, since they were prepared to give their Jewish identity the backseat.I don't understand how can one justify his/her people as being the light unto the nations without being religious, for unless that identity comes from G-d, anyone makes that sort of claim is absolutely the proudest of the proud.How can someone boast about keeping the fifth commandment and breaking the forth at the same time?A lot of people feel that they need to make a great sacrifice to live out their Jewishness. We can’t be complacent for lack of funding, knowledge, the right address or social circle. These are the definitive moments that can carve a caring Jew out of the stoniest backdrop of threatened assimilation. Like a whole lot of American Jews, my upbringing had a lot less Jewish identity stuff than what Ms. It would have been much easier and more likely for me to become "a statistic" in terms of intermarriage.Our Torah and Jewish calendar are filled with a veritable treasure trove of tradition and meaningful ritual, enabling us to live uniquely enhanced lives filled with memorable moments of celebration and wisdom, all with that inimitable Jewish flavor. It was very obvious to me that my parents wanted me to marry a Jewish girl, but if asked why, I don't think they could come up with a cogent answer.
The factor that needs to be nurtured in our communities: caring. We need to nurture their Jewish identity to the point that it becomes innate.
Our homes are where we nurture, and where our children learn to care. If you ask anyone that grew up with it, they will tell you the same thing: it’s the simple rituals that have the greatest impact.