The Holy Land is the most hospitable Jewish environment, where the Talmud reports that "even the air makes you wise." So in one sense, that was easy.But with the famine, Jacob and his family all moved to Egypt.Most of all I worry about our children and how they will be able to forge a proud Jewish identity in such an environment.I don’t want to pressure my husband to leave the job he loves, but I am concerned. We live in a small city with a very small Jewish community.
Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Asher ben Yechiel (1250-1327), one of the greatest Talmudic commentators of all time.The next generation would grow up surrounded by paganism and immorality. And throughout the ages, Jewish parents have prayed that their children should be able to withstand the temptations of exile, and keep a strong, proud Jewish identity.The test was whether Judaism would survive amidst all the distractions and challenges of diaspora life. In one sense, your children have a great advantage.He is popularly known as the "Rosh," an acronym of his name.
When someone grows up surrounded by other Jews, he has less opportunity to think about what Judaism means to him, simply because he is not confronted by others to do so.
But your children – whether it’s wearing a kippah in public, or only eating kosher food – have the challenge of justifying and articulating their actions. Of course, a small Jewish community has a downside as well – primarily the lack of educational opportunities.