Personally Speaking: A Psychosocial Look at the Jewish Dilemma

Weinrach, Stephen G.
May 1990
Journal of Counseling & Development;May/Jun90, Vol. 68 Issue 5, p548
Academic Journal
Admittedly, the author often take for granted the enormous impact that Judaism's teachings have had on his value system. He often forget that long before he was introduced to literary analysis in college, he learned how to see at least two sides to every Talmudic issue. Judaism taught the author to question and doubt. While there is pain in being so introspective, there are also joy, delight, and pride. While preparing to go to Munich to conduct a workshop for the European Branch of AACD, he asked an Austrian colleague who teaches German whether the desk clerk at the hotel would know that he was Jewish. A Jewish friend who is a clinical psychologist uses her maiden name professionally and until recently it was on her passport. When she renewed it last year, she changed her name to that of her gentile husband's so that her Jewishness would be less conspicuous when traveling outside the United States. Fourteen years of Hebrew school and five summers of a religious Hebrew-speaking camp taught the author to argue and challenge authority. The traditional Jewish commitment to scholarship and social justice is particularly significant for him as a college professor.


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