My daughter is part Jewish. For some reason her father felt ashamed and hid it from me until his father came to visit when our daughter was around 6 months old. The whole family was very hush hush about religion so I just figured they didn’t practice. I never pushed and they never volunteered. Until one day. We were walking down the isles at Wal-Mart and his father just blurted out he was a Jew. For me, it was not a big deal. I came from a Catholic background but was very open to other religions. Throughout college I had taken various theology courses and felt like Judaism really was a foundation for Christian religions. But for other’s being Jewish or associating with Jewish people is a big deal.
Over the past few years I have tried to raise my daughter with both backgrounds, Catholic and Judaism. Some have told me I am crazy. That I have to choose. I cannot explore both religions for my daughter. To me – they are the crazy ones. I have also been told she is not a “true” Jew. Well, weren’t we all at one time or another a Jew? Didn’t Christianity break off from the Judaism?
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein devoted his life to trying to bring the masses together. The Bridge Builder is the authorized biography of Rabbie Yechiel Eckstein. I enjoyed reading about a man who believes we can all work together. He helps to open people’s minds and see the bigger picture. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his autobiography. It’s nice to know there are people out there with similar views as my own. That we can work together and that we are all not really that different.
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