Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Stranger in a strange land

I am the son of immigrant parents. Growing up I resented the fact that my parents spoke English poorly, that they were often clueless about life in this country, about the fact that I often wound up explaining things to them that they should have been explaining to me.

Now I am watching my son thriving in school, picking up Hebrew and davenning and realizing that in a few years he will be fluent in it, and he will be like the guys in shul that buzz through their prayers while I stammer through mine. His brain a sponge, mine already a rock.

In the orthodox community, I am now an immigrant. Hoping to give a better life to my children. Knowing that I will never be truly at home. Karma.

4 Comments:

Blogger SM said...

Nice post. As a fellow BT I understand very well where you're coming from with respect to your son.

I like to use the following analogy to explain my role in my children's connection to Yiddishkeit: we are like the Avraham avinus--forging a new path. Our children are the Yitzchak avinus, the first generation to be "born" Jewish. And our grandchildren, G-d willing, will be like Yaakov--the most "perfect" of the avos (whose likeness is inscribed on the kisei ha-kavod). Moreover, as Chazal say, a three-folded rope is not easily broken.

Hatzlacha rabba!

December 27, 2005 1:40 PM  
Blogger e-kvetcher said...

Thanks for the kind words!

December 27, 2005 8:36 PM  
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