in a zechut for neshama of Michael Gamze
- the organization, which unites Jews from the former USSR,
living in Chicago Land.
We all grew in communist "empire", where the fattened preachers
thoughtfully inoculated to us the idea of wage-leveling, beginning
Our national traditions were stubbed almost with the roots. Yes
even simply to be a Jew was, as a minimum, unfavorable.
Now, thank G-d, we are here and "empire" “ordered for long to
We do not celebrate already on November 7, but American holydays
did not become for us the holiday, which you wait with the
anticipation. Yes, we still live by our structure: we dress
customary Russian winter coats and eat borsch and cutlets with
buckwheat, but something new appeared in our self consciousness.
There is the possibility “to straighten wings”, to be who you are,
i.e. besides in all, to be a Jew. We now celebrate bar-mitzvas,
we try sometimes to come to a synagogue down the holidays.
But our brothers - American Jews - have different mentality.
And among them it is difficult to feel yourself as a best friend
or as close relative.
So what's the “Ashreinu's” goal?
I think, to try to give us that, what we did not have. Certainly,
each already has a circle of contact besides “Ashreynu”,
where it is possible to find the warmth and to speak to each other
First of all, “Ashreinu” is an yidishkeit, but yidishkeit “in own
Yes, the same Jewish holidays (and the like), but on our level,
among the same people, people as yourself. We are not ultra-orthodox, but
it is undoubtedly pleasant for Hashem that His dear children are
gathered together not to on occasion, let's say, on May 1,
but on Chanukka, Purim, Sukkot (and so forth),
the holydays commanded to us by G-d. Pleasant for Hashem, that,
we try to "touch" our Jewish roots, the values, by which as far
as centuries lived our great-grandfathers, that we trying
to return, after all, to yourself.
It is said by our sages: “"Shechina" rests on meeting of ten
(Jews)". Indeed it is not said, only
in synagogue this or in the club. Indeed, the fact that only
kosher food is bought for our meetings and we try to pronounce
down it blessings, definitely brings happiness to Creator. That it's
offsets “of the nation of priests”, although strengthened by
communists, revive again as young shoots, in spite of age 40 +.
No doubt, that at SUCH “meeting of ten” rests by G-d's presence
and blessing. And with it soul sings and happiness rests on
Sorry, it is only one page in English.
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