So today is Jewish and Proud Day…
When I learned that today was Jewish and proud day, it struck me as odd. When I stopped to think about it, for me every day is Jewish and proud day.
I am proud that our heritage serves as the foundation for the Christian and Muslim faiths who represent billions of global citizens.
I am proud of our Hebrew Bible that has inspired scholars, leaders, poets, musicians, activists, artists, authors and simple souls for far more than 2000 years.
I am proud that despite the fact that we are .2 percent of the global population, we impact the world in positive ways that are far disproportionate to our numbers.
I am proud that Jews across the globe can enter a synagogue wherever they are and feel at home. And I am proud that Jews leave their synagogues to make a difference in their communities.
I am proud of the Prophets whose vision for justice inspires me, and has inspired countless other throughout history, to work to better our world.
I am proud that we put education front and center – always.
I am proud that the Jewish concept of family extends far beyond the walls of our homes – to include all of humanity.
I am proud that despite the hatred aimed against us, we have survived and thrived.
I am proud that we gave the world the notion of the Sabbath, a day of rest. We are not slaves to our jobs or world.
I am proud that we are called to lift our wine cups and toast “L’chayim to life” – on good days, on hard days, on all days.
I am happy that January 6, 2020 was Jewish and Proud Day but hope tomorrow will be as well.
Steven J Muhlfelder January 7, 2020
Well said Judy. It never occurred to me that I needed a special day to be proud of my heritage.
Susan Proctor January 7, 2020
Remember that phrase from the 60s, Right On? Well, Rabbi Judy, RIGHT ON!
Paula Testerman January 8, 2020
Thank you for your insights into the contributions of the Jewish people and faith, including forming the foundation of the other Abrahamic faiths.
My hope and prayer is that those of us around the world who are followers of any faith—especially the Abrahamic faiths—will learn to respect and understand each other better. Mutual respect and understanding are crucial to peace—shalom—at all levels, from inner peace and wholeness, to peace at interpersonal, inter-communal, and global levels. This is a matter of life and death for the whole human race.
Nancy Yudell January 8, 2020