I can't believe how often I get this question, but I get it often enough that I feel the need to write something about it. And yes, this is just one woman's opinion, but I'm proud to say that as a Jew, we celebrate the 4th of July.
|Vintage 4th of July Postcard Via riptheskull cc|
There are some people out there who believe and state that they think it's not possible to be a Jew and celebrate the 4th of July. I think they are crazy. There are lots of good thoughts about the 4th and Jews..
I do understand where they could be coming from. Judaism is an interesting religion in that it's more than a religion. Born a Jew, always a Jew. At it's core it's a heritage, a cultural identity, a relationship with G-d, and a fact of your life. It's something deeper than other religions, in that you are born a Jew, and conversion or no conversion, you can't change that.
At the same time, I was and am an American. I'm proud to be an American, and happy to instill American ideals in my children. Do I always feel like American ideals mesh with Jewish ones- no, but that's the same for everyone.
I believe in the freedom of our country, and in the American dream. I believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I also believe in bringing my daughter up as the Jew she is...
EG last year, happily sporting her pro-American wear!
This year I think we're finally old enough to join in the neighborhood 4th of July parade. Last year it was just during naptime, but this year, I think we're ready.
What are you doing for the 4th?