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I really enjoyed this article. Sometimes it does seem that there is a persecution competition going on out there. RE: Telling a preschooler about the Holocaust: When my son was 5 he asked about the portrait of my stepfather’s zayde (grandfather), who was shot in the street by the Nazis. He wanted to know how he died. There was no way I was going to tell a 5 year old that, so I told him that some very bad people hurt him. My son found out soon enough in school the next year who the Nazis were. He was still traumatized by that knowledge, even at the age of 6. It’s hard to know when a child is ready to hear about it.
I commend your parenting and making sure your children are aware of their identity in full – in increments that they can absorb and understand.
I find it interesting you state they are “Jewish African-Americans”. In a society that looks at color first and foremost, and in a religion where many think Jews should look or be “white”, I beg to differ and would say they are “African-American Jews”. Semantics but as much as you try to infuse being a part of both culture, being African-American will always be at the forefront and stand out, as it’s most obvious (even if the boys wear kippot). Sad but a reality. Hopefully, this won’t always be the case…
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