Monday, January 15, 2007
Martin Luther King Day in yeshivos
So what will your kids learn in yeshiva today about the meaning of diversity? I can hear the laughter even asI write this. I'm not a liberal by any stretch of the imagination, but why not devote a day to the topic? The reality is that until most of our kids enter the workforce (and only then if they do so outside the local community) their exposure to African Americans is limited to the janitor in school, the bus driver, the guy who fixes their car or woman who cleans their home, and others they see "out there" but have no real contact with. This inevitably creates stereotyped images. I'm well aware of the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons out there that are not exactly friends of the Jewish community, but politics can be left for others to fight over while we take away the good lessons to be learned.