Originally Posted by mom2seven
Well, actually what I meant was most kids in this day and age raised Orthodox Jews remain Orthodox Jews.
And while we are on the topic of disrespectful.... a "liability"? Oy.
Is that true? I am interested in how one would verify that. I am always getting precis of all of these studies about Jewish identity (from my mom, of course!) and I don't know how to assess how observant people are.
There are so many variables in Jewish upbringing and education that I'm not sure how to evaluate this idea.
But yeah, I don't see how a Jewish education
could be a liability. When you get to adulthood, how are you supposed to catch up when there is so much culture and language and just--information--you need to function fully as a Jew? Maybe it's a liability to be raised by people who think crazy things because of religion (something I am positive is true for some people in every religious group).
Originally Posted by Fyrestorm
I'm one of the ones that ran sceaming from it...it is hard to escape the culture though. I also know of 5 others that went through religious school with me (out of a class of 14) that no longer practice.
I think most of the kids in my religious school class don't practice Judaism like their parents
. Some are much less observant, but some are much more. None of us enjoyed that religious school.
It's obvious to me that without Jewish education, my kid won't get as many jokes, enjoy as many songs, eat as many heavy Eastern European dishes. I don't need to believe in God to feel like that by itself would be a tragedy. The other part, the availability of the richness of Jewish spiritual life--yes, he needs Hebrew and cultural context for that, too. It's just a lot easier to give him that in a home with religious observance and community, even though I don't want to close him off to the majority culture and other minority cultures. Tricky balance.