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Julia Nazarenko 11:19 AM on 20 Oct 2003

Sue!
Your article is so touching, so optimistic and inspiring!
I spent 2 hours struggling with my poor English to be able to express in short letter all my feeling triggered by your article.
Im full of emotions pain and happiness and pride all together. And the banal phrase which you probably heard many times your kids, especially Net, are so lucky having such a great parents like you and Ned!
Being Jewish myself, but always, due to the historical obstacles, and also due to my own laziness, outside Jewish religion, traditions, society, I always feel that I have to bring myself and more important my kids in. But every time I was approaching the border of Jewish circle either checking couple of different synagogue events, or Hebrew school open-house, or attending simchat bat of our friends daughter, it looked so formal, not spiritual and not inspiring.
Konstantin and I were on the position of letting our kids decide later what they are Jewish, Orthodox Christian or something else when they are older and can make conscious decisions. But I dont think its right position its coward and lazy one. We must educate and grow them up being part of some religion community. I dont blame myself very much since I still feel myself a bit as a stranger in a new culture. Im afraid of looking funny or silly in society in front of my kids, not being able to participate in the normal community life I believe its usual emigrant problem.
We have to find out the way to re-examine our lives, to bring ourselves and our kids to religion community, to become part of the American society.

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