It seems that our Introduction to Judaism class raises more questions for Scott and more questions for me to answer than I like to deal with. Tonight was no exception. Mostly the hard questions I tell him that it’s a good idea to ask his sponsoring rabbi, that I just can’t give him the answers he is looking for. But tonight he didn’t seemed satisfied with that answer and pressed on.
The class dealt with history and specifically, the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. I guess I realize that each person would have his or her own answer to the question Rabbi Mahler posed which was, would you convert and keep your religion a secret or would you just leave?
Unfortunately, for Jews then and throughout history leaving wasn’t as easy as it sounds because there wasn’t always a place for them to go TO which is why the establishment of Israel was and IS so important…a haven ALWAYS in the storm.
But I am not sure I conveyed this adequately to Scott or that I even had the words or knowledge to convey this because this led to, why do Jews have a persecution complex and then to, why do Jews somehow think they are better than everyone else.
So I figured I’d pose these questions here and ask….what are your thoughts?