Parashat Vayechi (and he, Jacob, lived)
One of the words that scares the Jewish people the most is ASSIMILATION.
We frequently hear about the rates, the danger and who is responsible…
Let me share with you something you may have forgotten… After Jacob’s death, Chapter 50 of Genesis dedicates 12 verses to the Egyptian burial customs: the mummification that Jacob had and the rites, honors and mourning that followed the Egyptian rituals.
Only 4 verses are dedicated to the “Jewish” burial customs.
Maybe the secret resides in ASSIMILATING the good values, customs, and principles that others have to offer which will enrich our tradition. Being scared of the differences will make us fall, but learning from them will make us a better and stronger people.
In memory of my beloved mother and teacher Miriam Rachel bat Israel Itzchak Z"L