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Judaism or Lennonism?

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Question:

I don’t want my children to be small-minded or fundamentalist, so I haven’t given them a Jewish education. They have been brought up without any religion; they are free to choose whatever beliefs they like. I try to live by the words of John Lennon:

Imagine there’s no countries,
It isn’t hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace…

Isn’t that what life is about?

Answer:

I admire your passion and idealism. You have obviously given some thought to your children’s moral future, which is a credit to you. You are free to believe what you want and teach your children what you feel is right. But I don’t see how you are any less closed-minded than any other fundamentalist.

You say you have brought up your children without religion because you don’t want to force your ideals on them. But that is forcing your ideals on them! By not learning about Judaism, they have not been given the choice to explore their identities at the time of their life that will influence them the most – their youth. They didn’t choose that – you did. You have decided their religion for them. They are Lennonists whether they like it or not.

kilde: chabad

Rabbi Aron Moss teaches Kabbalah, Talmud and practical Judaism in Sydney, Australia and is a frequent contributor to Chabad.org.

Written by semit

4. april 2011 hos 15:50

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