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bJewish youngster who does not plead for every “cause” from bthe jungles of Mozambique to the offices of the Black Pan- bthers, while turning his back on any kind of Jewish suffer- bing; to find a Jewish youngster who looks at himself not with bself-hate but with pride and self-respect and who realizes bthat the beauty that is the Jewish people must be constantly bwatered with the willingness to sacrifice and with dedica- btion; to find the Jewish youngster who knows that the cry of bthe Jew in Damascus or Leningrad is his cry though he lives bin Los Angeles, and that the fear and the poverty of the Jew bin Brooklyn are his too though he resides in Great Neck; to bfind a youngster who is more afraid of not going to jail when bthe obligation exists; to find a Jewish youngster who knows, bclearly and exactly, who he is—all this is to find a pearl.

bAnd blessed is the parent who has such a child, such a bpearl, and happy is he who knows what he has and counts his bblessings. And woe to the parent who tries to change his bchild and make him over in his own pathetic image, and bshameful is the parent who attempts to do so while pleading b“love” for his child as an excuse. This is not the way of Jewish blife, and just as the Jewish parent forgot all the other truly bJewish concepts, so has he forgotten the role and purpose of ba Jewish parent. No divine decree ever ordained that the bJewish parent must bring forth into the world a doctor, blawyer, or engineer. But from the days of Abraham, the bJewish parent was commanded to create a child who knew bthat it is not life that is all-important but how one lives that blife.

bThe American Jewish parent destroyed his child. While bAbraham was willing to sacrifice his son on the altar of bJewish faith, the American Jewish parent placed his child on bthe altar of empty, vapid materialism and status. Nor is that bthe only difference between the first Jew and his American bdescendant. Abraham stopped short of sacrificing his son. bIn the case of the modern Jew, he has spiritually slaughtered bhis child and a whole generation of “successful” Jews.

bAll those Jews, shepherds and sheep alike, leaders and bordinary folk, surveys and studies and meetings and reports bthat worry over the alienation, assimilation, intermarriage, b 

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