It’s not as if we shouldn’t be used to the idea of mixed heritage. There was a jew in Egipt’s leardership once — Joseph and he married an Egiptian princess. There have been and there are jews everywhere in many nations of the World -Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, USA, Africa, Rusia, China, Canada, Argentina, India. Everyone who visits Israel tells a story of diversity and cross culturalism.
Who are the ones then behind the: ” oh if your heritage hadn’t been pass down matrilineally you aren’t really jewish” . I encourage them to subscribe or buy ” The holocaust Chronicle: a history in words and pictures ” in case they need in-depth “enlightment” about who is a jew? when is about Israel and its people. I pay money for those to find someone that has been or was spared from death or bad fate because ‘it was mixed,ethnically diverse, biracial or only a “half” jew.
We add here theses post Moses, Joseph and who is a jew, but here in this article will stating three basic tips and later more advice on raising mixed heritage or ethnically diverse Jewish children as those children have to feel proud in every face of their Jewish identity.
1. Get your kid to grow Jewish without having to choose between its mixed, racial, ethnic or religious identity
2. Only attend and support Jewish programs where your child and you will feel at home. Get programs that strengthens the Jewish people through ethnic, cultural and racial inclusiveness.
3. Help your kids to identify themselves with the rest of their background.
Hope you don’t judge because the list is long !! We are proud of great jews and not-so-great jews and their contributions to the World such as :
Many people and some Askenazie Jews tend to asume that Jews are only “white”, but it’s not true. Jews come in different shades and colors. In Judaism, what matters is not what you look like on the outside -your “container”– but what merit you have on the inside. Sometimes I wonder how ‘white’ Moses or Eliajah were? perhaps Samuel ……any hint ?