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March 20, 1992 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-03-20

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OPINION

Joys Of Judaism

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burger. I'm sure there are
great parties I'm missing on
Friday nights. And yes, it
does sometimes bother me
that I can't just date anyone.
But there are compensa-
tions that are great enough
that I choose to practice this
religion and not simply allow
myself to become assimilated.
There are three great com-
pensations, inextricably tied
together, that make Judaism
so worthwhile: spirituality,
tradition and community.
It's usually dismissed as
"teen-age angst," but most
teen-agers do wonder about
the meaning of life. What is
the point? Why was I put on
this earth? Where do I fit in?
For me, Judaism provides an
answer.
By trying to observe the
mitzvot, I can bring
spirituality into my life. This
is important to me because I
feel that the search for God,
or spirituality, is a significant
part of the search for meaning
in life. If by saying. a blessing
before eating, I can transform
that act from a selfish one,
satisfying my animalistic
hunger, to a spiritual one,
obeying God's command, then
I certainly feel it's worth the
time and trouble.
Spirituality, for me, doesn't
come only from observing the
letter of the law, but from
observing Jewish tradition as
well. There is no law requir-
ing a bat mitzvah ceremony
or celebration, but my bat
mitzvah was one of the most
special and meaningful occa-
sions in my life.
No law requires women to
dance with the Torah scrolls
on Simchat Torah, but doing
so makes an ordinary holiday
a wonderful and memorable
experience. Nowhere in the
Torah is any mention made of
praying at the Kotel, but by
spending Kabbalat Shabbat
there I felt closer to God and
to the Jewish people than
ever before.
That is another important
aspect of Jewish law and
tradition — it connects me to
the Jewish people. For me, the
Jewish community is one of
the best things about being
Jewish. No matter where you
live or what language you
speak, if you are Jewish, you
are never really alone.
Jewish people can always
depend on one another for
support, for caring. I am
always glad to give to the
United Jewish Appeal or to
Yad Ezra, because that is a
part of being Jewish — we

Deborah Kovsky, a senior at
Walled Lake Western High
School, recently won the
League of Jewish Women's
Organizations' annual youth
award.

take care of our own. The
knowledge that I live within
the protective network of a
Jewish community gives me
a sense of security and
belonging.
I don't know if I could have
said any of these things to
Jeff, or if he would have
understood if I had. It is very

Three great
compensations:
spirituality,
tradition and
community,

difficult to translate the sub-
tle joys and wonders of
Judaism into common words.
Looking back, I realize I
should have simply told Jeff
that, above all, Judaism is a
religion to be celebrated, not •
endured.



LOCAL NEWS 111""

Midrasha Offers
Courses, Tour

The Midrasha-College of
Jewish Studies, a division of
the Agency for Jewish Educa-
tion, and Thmple Beth El will
offer two courses in a co-spon-
sored program for three
weeks on Mondays, March
30-April 13 at Temple Beth
El.
"Music of the Sephardim —
1492-1992" will be taught by
Cantor Gail Hirschenfang of
Temple Beth El, 7-8 p.m. Can-
tor Hirschenfang will exam-
ine the music and culture of
the "Golden Age" of the Jews
from Spain. Musical demon-
strations will be included.
"Harmony and Dissonance
— Voices of Jewish Identity in
Detroit, 1914-1967" will be
taught by Dr. Sidney Bolko-
sky 8:15-9:15 p.m. Dr. Bolko-
sky is a professor of history at
the University of Michigan
Dearborn.
"An Afternoon Bus Tour of
Jewish Detroit" will be led by
Dr. Aaron Lupovitch April 26.
Participants will meet at
Temple Beth El 12:30 p.m. it
is co-sponsored by Jewish His-
torical Society of Michigan.
There is a charge for all pro-
grams. For registration infor-
mation, call the Midrasha of-
fice, 352-7117; or Thmple Beth
El, 851-1100.

Blood Drive
Set At Beth El

Temple Beth El Brother-
hood will hold a blood drive 8
a.m.-1:45 p.m. March 22 in
Handleman Hall.
For information, call Byron
Siegel 354-2500.
There will be a speaker
together with a full breakfast.

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