As a family, I and my cousins openly share our thoughts, dreams and experiences with each other. Although I am also close to my mother, the nature of the Israeli family makes it more convenient to open up to my cousins and because I am used to having an extended family, I can tell my cousins secrets and dreams, which I cannot tell my parents. I can relate well to the class discussion about individual and communal values. Our family has communal values that each member should uphold. These communal values which emphasize the needs, goals, and identity of the group (Lamanna and Riedman 13) are mostly related to the Jewish culture.
Each part of the family or group is important, for every one contributes to Jewish society and culture. As members of the Jewish society, we have to act based on the values and laws set in our religion. Part of these laws is being a Batz Mitzvah. When I was thirteen, I was declared as a Batz Mitzvah. In the Jewish culture, this means being accountable for one’ s actions and decisions, thus, the tradition is similar to considering young people to be in the legal age.
At this point, I am expected to act and base my plans and decisions in accordance with our religion. I am not totally rebellious; in fact, I always find it sound to obey my parents because they only want what is best for me but there are times when my personal preferences would disagree with my parents’ . Living in the American culture for more than 11 years, I cannot help but be influenced by my environment.
Thus, there are times when I want to obtain something, like material things, but my parents would disagree, and I would relent to their decision because that is part of showing respect to my elders. Sometimes, I need to set aside my personal preferences to adhere to the laws set by our religion. This does not mean losing one’ s individuality but as Jews, we “ emphasize the needs, goals and identity of the group (Lamann and Riedman 13). This means that we give more importance to upholding communal values.
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