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'It strengthens the Jewish family to share rituals in the home’. Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view.

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c) 'It strengthens the Jewish family to share rituals in the home'. Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. In all divisions of the Jewish faith, the family is regards the most important fundamental beginning of the faith and the Jewish community. The importance of the Jewish family is that it can carry on customs of the Jewish faith without the need for a synagogue. This would have been particularly good for the Jews who were held in captivity in Egypt. Due to many of their rituals taking place in the home and not in a Synagogue they would have been able to carry on carrying out their customs in their own homes even though there was no Synagogue. Firstly I would agree that rituals in the home strengthen the Jewish family. This helps them because once a week, the family spends time together and so each family member can get to know the others very well. ...read more.


I believe that this allows the children to learn about their religion from learning by stories. As a result I believe that they will appreciate their faith more and take part in it more strongly because they have learnt the rituals in their house. The family may also be brought together by the enjoyment of preparing for their celebrations in the home, as young Christian children celebrate Christmas together and really get along in the 'Christmas Spirit', the same can be said of young, Jewish children who prepare for the celebrations and the special meal. This meal can also bring the family together, like Thanksgiving and Christmas as the whole family enjoys themselves at the same time, sharing jokes and stories. When the family get together, usually in the house of the eldest, the whole family would be under one roof. This allows everyone to keep in contact with relatives they would otherwise see only perhaps once every few years. ...read more.


The final area I think there would be a problem for the household would be where the family splits or family members move far away. For those who are divorced there would be the issue of what happens at Passover, Shabbat etc. Which house do they visit, which parent would take the children? All of these pressures build up in the family and it could suffer. Also, for those who live far away, the strain of getting to the house for the celebration may be too much and they may decide not to go at all. This may cause an argument in the family, which again is due to the rituals that would be taken. In conclusion I believe that Jewish families do mostly become stronger as a result of the rituals in the home as they allow children to learn and the family unit to become one. However, as with anything, there may be a problem in some families. ?? ?? ?? ?? Thomas Cullen RE Coursework part C Jews ...read more.

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