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It Is Not So Convenient to Be Jewish; it Requires Commitment.

September 4, 2017

It’s just not so easy to be Jewish.

Dietary laws might conflict with menus at restaurants. Holiday observances might conflict with the secular calendar and other responsibilities. Even certain values of justice, fairness and diversity might and often do conflict with the politics of the day.

Nevertheless, we must remain committed to our values, our traditions, our observances … to the extent we can or are willing to do so.

Some will not work, drive or pay money on the Sabbath and other holidays or observances. That’s OK.

Some, perhaps more accommodating to their secular lives, might drive to Shabbat services at their synagogue but keep Kosher … or not.

Some, in the Reform tradition, will keep steadfast the values and ethics of Judaism, but let go of some, even most, of the ritualism of the faith.

All of us must draw the line at some point however.

Even if I do not have a membership any longer in a synagogue, I will still respect the upcoming High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

I will not defer them or postpone their observance because they might be mid-week, even if they conflict with other things I or others might like or need to do.

That is not me.

For each person, we define the level of our observance, but at bottom, it is important to have, respect and uphold a Jewish identity.  I will not give that up.

That’s what I think, and that’s the way I will live my life, even if it is inconvenient sometimes.


David I. Karp is a full time mediator of real estate and business disputes in Southern California who values his Jewish identity even in the face of external challenges.  His website is at .


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