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What me suffer?
You have a good point. I agree that too much of Judaism is about remembering how we suffered. Someone once said that every Jewish holiday can be summed up with this:
The tried to kill us. We survived. Let's eat!
I think it is important to remember the Holocaust and the pogroms and expulsions in Europe but that should not be all that Judaism is about. It should also be about our successes, like being able to get back to our original country Israel. Like being able to achieve decent lives in America, etc.
I have pointed out to people that the reform oriented Jews have taken away many of the joyous practices of Judaism and emphasized the sad parts. For instance, Reform and Conservative shuls are packed on Yom Kippur, a day when we think about our sins and ask for forgiveness. But on a joyous holiday like Sukkos attendance is much lower. Also many reform oriented Jews do not put up a sukkah and eat outside during the holiday. That is a really fun, cool, thing to do and it is really unique. Christians and Muslims don't have an outdoor kind of holiday where they eat for a week in a tent. Chasidic Jews also dance in the street during this time and have bands and parties. But the reform stay home and watch TV like any other night. Maybe even watching a Holocaust movie and getting depressed.
It's time for Jews to stand upright again and shed the worn out skin of the Holocaust survivor. But at the same time we must never forget.
Author: Von Cello Eintrag from 24.05.2009
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