This has nothing to do with upbringing! There are many kids who have attended orthodox schools, raised frum, etc, aren’t “yeshiva” kids, don’t live in the big frum cities (NY, LA, Miami, etc) and want to pursue other fields of study (like science, or engineering). Trust me, “displaying exemplary public behavior at all times” has no impact when you are one of these “Identifiable Orthodox Jews” in a large University. All my son has done in the past month is fight with his professors about missing so many classes in September.This happens every semester whether it’s Pesach or Tishrei. He makes a Kiddush Hashem every day that he observes his faith, says no to the non-kosher food offered to him and has to miss trips on Shabbos. Not too many of the non jewish students or prof’s are “impressed” with the “light of our highly ethical based Torah”. To them it’s a “fairness” issue. As proud as I am of him and his commitment to stay frum and graduate I can see how going OTD would be an easy and less painful life for most young jews who choose a different path than YU or Stern or other jewish colleges.
Where is the help/support for these kids who are, in my opinion, in the trenches fighting the good fight, staying frum in a anti-frum liberal society? A proud jewish Mom
Comment by jewishandproud — October 3, 2013 @ 10:03 PM