الجمعة، 4 يونيو، 2010

Maariv: Haiti’s Disaster, Good for Jews | Tikun Olam-תקון עולם: Make the World a Better Place


....To add insult to injury, Israel is contemplating adopting Haitian children orphaned by the earthquake. I don’t know how you would approach adopting such a child. But one of my first considerations given I am Jewish and white and the adoptee is Christian and black, is to figure out a way to honor the child’s religious and ethnic background. Not so Israel according to Social Welfare Minister (Labor) Isaac Herzog:

Herzog said that all children adopted from Haiti would undergo the standard conversion process to Judaism.

Do we not remember what happened to many Jewish children who were saved by Christians during the Holocaust and never returned to Judaism after the war ended? One of these became the Cardinal of Paris. Is this not a sensitive issue among many of us? If we would not want Christians taking advantage of our own catastrophe to convert our children to their religion, why should Haitians not be sensitive to the same issue?

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