I am a Jew

With tensions running high in the Jewish world I was inspired to write this to remind us all that we are One People. People may do things differently, believe different things, but regardless they deserve our love and respect – as much as we deserve theirs regardless of our differences. We are one. We need to act like one.
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I may be white. Or black. Or beige.
Or mocha.
My color comes from where I lived. Or whom I chose.
Or who chose me.

I am a Jew.
I strictly follow every rule.
My life is guided by the rules.
I don’t even know the rules.
I rule myself.

I am a Jew.
I clothe myself in modest dress.
My skin is covered more or less.
I choose to clothe, or if to bare.
Who cares what I wear.

I am a Jew.
I strictly guard each bite I take.
I read each label, on food or plate.
I’m kosher at home; it’s enough for me.
I eat the food that I see.

I am a Jew.
I do what I do because I believe it.
It hurts to see others just take it or leave it.
Respect them I must, let them do what they do.
Because, I am a Jew.

© 2012 Laura Ben-David

About the Author

Laura Ben-David is the author of numerous articles and the book, MOVING UP: An Aliyah Journal, a memoir of her move to Israel. She has done public speaking about Israel and Aliyah all over the United States and Israel. Contact her at laura@aliyahbook.com or follow her tweets at http://www.twitter.com/laurabendavd