Dear Jews, I want a Divorce

Dear Jewish People,

I want a divorce. It’s not you, it’s me, really, I know that’s an old cliche line, but in this case, it’s actually the truth. I love you dearly, but the longer we live together, the more harm I think we’re doing to each other.

It’s not like I chose to be part of your family, I was forced into it by unscrupulous ancestors who endured and fought off centuries of torture, humiliation and murder just to hold onto their cultural identity. Merely 70 years ago, another attempt to annihilate them was again thwarted and unfortunately, now we find ourselves in this position.

For years I’ve watched as you’ve done everything in your power to destroy everything my ancestors died for. I’ve watched as modern day “thinkers” took my ancestor’s beliefs, ideals and values that they fought so hard to maintain, and “reformed” them. I’ve watched as you’ve embraced and assimilated into society denying, ignoring and forgetting your heritage, and honestly, I’ve found it extremely painful to watch.

Oh, and the children, the poor poor children. I’ve watched as you’ve raised them to become moral-less beings who exist solely for their own pleasure. I’ve watched as you’ve removed G-D, Torah and tradition from their lives. I’ve sat idly by as you’ve taught them that pluralism is the key to success and the ultimate goal in life is to be accepted in society and make lots of money. My heart has broken as over 50 per cent of your children have decided to marry outside the faith and how every year, less and less of them even identify with their heritage. I’ve watched the words G-D, Torah and even synagogue become vulgar in their minds. I’ve watched in pained silence and I can’t take much more.

Oh, I’ve tried lifting my spirits by attempting to get involved in more traditional enclaves, ones that appear to preserve my ancestor’s traditions, but unfortunately, even in that world moral corruption reigns.

From full communities rising up to morally and financially support convicts to heads of communities, who dare to call themselves rabbis, ordering hits on members who dare to defy their wishes. So called rabbis who harbor and protect child molesters in their communities and others who teach hatred of other elements of the Jewish community. The amount of internal hatred between segments of the Jewish people has not only destroyed the fabric binding us all together, but is so far from the Jewish religion that it’s hard to link the people to the religion.

So, since I could no longer identify with any element of The Jewish People, I think it’s time for us to divorce. Just to be clear, I intend to continue following Judaism, just outside of the structure of this marriage. Plenty of divorced people move on and live very productive lives and I know if we try, we can both survive and flourish.

My dear people, we shouldn’t try to kid ourselves, we know that even if we split, we will always be a part of each other. Perhaps we can reconcile, maybe some therapy will work, I don’t know, you are still not ready to admit you have a problem…When you are, you know how to reach me.

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