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Did I Stand at Sinai?

10.05.17

Question

Why should the decision of my ancestors affect me? I did not stand at Sinai and I did not choose to accept the Torah.
 

Response

Whether we like it or not, we are born Jewish and into the Jewish nation, just like someone whose parents decide to move to America will automatically be born an American, against his choice. We do not, in fact choose most of our circumstances. We do not choose who our parents and siblings are, how tall we are going to be, and how much natural intelligence we will have. We do not choose our first language, or our original culture. But we do choose how we respond to all these givens. The question is only how one is going to respond to the fact of one's Jewishness, not whether one is going to be Jewish or not. Certainly everyone has the right to decide what he/she is going to do about this.
 

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