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I am curious as to how you might advise a young couple that is contemplating the same path in which you were thrust. Obviously, you were not given a choice but what if you knew then what you now know….what would you choose? Is it just easier to be one or the other or do you believe that their are added benefits that you prefer not to give up? Is the world one day going to be so integrated one day that we will have to make up new racial/religious classifications or will we all be one big happy family?
So glad to hear from you. I believe it is so important to give children a sense of cultural competance. If they are multicultural, they should be made to understand something of both cultures.
My parents created a special culture in our home that immersed me in the worlds of art and classical music and literature. These things were most important to them and overrode religion in our home. That said, I really had only scraps to go on in my understanding of Blackness and Judiasm. They did better with the Jewish side, just because we were in NY and most of our family friends were Jewish. (Sadly, much of my black family was older and deceased by the time I was born.) Still I wish I had at least gone to a Sunday school like my children have, where they are taught Jewish values, history and traditions–if not actual Hebrew school. Something in any case. Later on, I put myself through a course at the 92nd Street Y (Derekh Torah) which put me in touch with the faith somewhat. My husband, though both his parents are Jewish, had even less Jewish education than I did. Until he worked for a Jewish organization and was provided a Talnmud instructor! I’m rambling right not. I think there’s no right answer, but having some grounding in one’s culture is definitely helpful.
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