Alright, ladies and gents. Welcome to our second installment of Eli Talks!
Here is Micah Lapidus, discussing a topic that is dear to my heart, but I like how he puts it: the incredible lightness of Judaism. He raises the issue of Judaism being viewed as a burden for some – whether identity or observance – and what to do about it.
OOTOB’s Ruchi Koval says:
I sometimes feel like the object of pity. I “have to” wear long sleeves in the summer, cover my hair, and be restricted in what I eat. And in all honesty… those things sometimes feel burdensome to me too. But if I didn’t feel like Judaism offered me so, so much, it would feel like a heavy burden all the time. So how does Judaism feel not only light, but that IT’S carrying ME?
Judaism to me is an answer. It gives meaning to my days, clarity to my questions, and depth to my emotions. It’s a destination for my prayers, eternity to my feelings of smallness, and an infinite legacy for my fleeting moments of joy and sadness.
Forget about carrying a burden; how could I survive without it??
Imagine a man hiking in the desert with a backpack of food. Is the pack heavy? Yes, and the heavier it is – the more that’s in it – the more he will be nourished.
Now the question is, how to transmit this to the next generation? Not a complete answer in any way, but the only way to even have a chance at successfully transmitting anything to the next generation is to be totally sure of it ourselves. Which begs the next question… how can we teach ourselves that Judaism is not only light, but lightens our load in life?
What do you think?