Please enter your username and password below.

  •  
  •  


  • That Time I Became Too Religious For My Father

    By Allison Josephs for Raising Kvell



    Too ReligiousWhen I first started exploring Jewish learning and observance in my late teens, all of my family and friends thought I had lost my mind. But there was one person who was especially opposed to my newfound interest–my father.

    Oh, he wanted me to be Jewish all right (from the youngest age, my sisters and I understood intermarrying would leave my pork-eating parents sitting shiva for us); I just was not allowed to be too Jewish. So when I began observing Shabbos every week during my senior year of high school, replete with unscrewing the light bulb in the fridge and taping lights around the house (so I wouldn’t be left in the dark–literally), good old dad would follow my trail and screw-in and un-tape. No daughter of his would become one of them.

    My father had treated “ultra” Hasidim from some of the most extreme sects when he was training to be a doctor in Manhattan and was convinced that I was on a similar path. “You’re becoming a zealot,” he would tell me over and over again, even though I was making small changes at a responsible rate and I had no intention of ever leading an extreme life.

    Continue reading.


    Follow us on    page.





Events

News

Marketplace

Amazon 

GoodSearch 

GoodShop 

Always click to these sites from here or copy the links (URLs) to your computer to pass CSI's ID for CSI to earn money: about 5% from Amazon, a penny a click at GoodSearch and a varying percent for each merchant at GoodShop.