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Happy Father’s Day!

” “Family hug,” I would announce as the children prepared to leave, after they were bundled into their coats and hats and mittens, and the six of us would gather near the door and squeeze together in a tight circle. “Kiss, kiss, kiss,kiss, kiss,” we would all go, puckering lips against cheeks and foreheads.”

On page 270 of  All Who Go Do Not Return, by Shulem Deen, Graywolf Press, 2015, ISBN 978-1-55597-705-4

“Dad, you are always on my mind.”

… what I am reading …

A memoir - Published in the United States by Graywolf Press - 2015

A memoir  – Published in the United States by Graywolf Press – 2015. “A moving and revealing exploration of Hasidic life, and one man’s struggles with faith, family, and community.” In my opinion, it is a topnotch book! Super well written report about   religion and life in an environment that was unknown to me. 5 stars!!!

I respect it, but I do not agree with it. Those words would embody what I saw as my father’s ability to stand by his principles while acknowledging that others lived by different ones, their convictions as strong as his own. Those words provided a counterbalance to the more prevalent view expressed by my teachers and others, of utter contempt for everything but our own worldview. And so I couldn’t help but wonder: Who was right, my father or my teachers? Were we allowed to respect others, or were we obligated to vilify all who believed differently? My father seemed to embrace the former, and my teachers the latter. Which, then, was I to accept?”

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