November 11, 2004
In Parshat Toldot, Jacob and Esau are born. Even though they are twins, they are opposites: Jacob is the quiet, studious type, while Esau is a hunter who loves to be out in the world. The world used to think of Jews as being just quiet and studious, but when Israel became a state the Jews there developed one of the strongest armies in the world.
Don't let yourself be given a label – you can be an American, a Jew, an intellectual and a fighter, all at the same time.
There are many American Jews who became war heroes, too, don't forget to honor them this Veterans Day on Nov. 11.
Write a story, song or poem about: My Happiest Jewish Memory. Send your entry by Dec. 31, to Jews for Judaism, 9911 Pico Blvd., No. 1240, Los Angeles, CA 90035. Go to www.jewsforjudaism.com for an entry form.
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