Thursday, 5 February 2015

Fact Finding for Future Planning

Yesterday, I posted about a wonderful meeting we had with Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft, the travelling rabbi of Southern Africa. One troubling piece of information that he shared was the very high rate of assimilation that is occurring. Related to this trend is the high rate of cremation.

I'm interested to hear what keeps you connected to Yiddishkeit if you are part of the Jewish community and for those who marry out, what do you find pushes you away? For those who are opting for cremation rather than burial as the Torah dictates, what prompts you to take such a path?

Pirkei Avot, the Ethics of our Fathers teaches of the importance to remain connected to a Jewish community. The risk of assimilation is certainly one reason for this teaching from Torah.

If you had the ideal Jewish community and the ideal Shidduch experience, what would that look like? What would inspire you to stay within the Family of Am Yisrael rather than attempt to blend into the other nations, risking being lost completely?

If lack of Torah knowledge is part of your difficulty, we invite you to join us for online lessons (Shiurim). If you are not sure where to begin to learn or what to learn, not to worry, we are very happy to begin from basics. You can start with the Alef Beit, the alphabet in Hebrew or basic ideas and concepts of Judaism and Torah thought. 

If there is something else that is pushing you away, we'd like to hear what it is and what you think a solution could be to keep you within the special family of Am Yisrael.

This post is written by Shoshanah Shear
Co-Director of Chessed Ve'Emet

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