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Oprah Winfrey Impressed by Religious Jews

Oprah Winfrey with Rabbi Aron and Shterna Ginsberg and their family.

Oprah Winfrey with Rabbi Aron and Shterna Ginsberg and their family.

After touring Jewish homes and communal institutions in the New York neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Borough Park and Brooklyn Heights, as part of her new “Oprah’s Next Chapter” show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, the popular host appeared impressed by what Judaism had to offer the people of the world.

Winfrey told Chabad.org that reliance on popular entertainment has caused society to lose focus on what really matters. In stark contrast to that trend were families like the Ginsbergs of Crown Heights, who, Winfrey notes, were not only not “plugged in,” but were just as happy as their secular counterparts.

“It’s amazing to me that you can raise children in this world and not” let them consume hours and hours watching television or texting friends or playing videogames, said Winfrey. “What’s gonna happen when people see this family and see that it’s possible that in the United States of America, in Brooklyn, you can have nine children and none of them are watching television, and none of them are on computers all day long, and none of them are sassing their parents, and they’re well-mannered and live in harmony with their families.”

During her visit to New York Winfrey sat down with two Jewish families, enjoyed a traditional meal, discussed communal affairs with five women and toured a Chabad-Lubavitch run Jewish ritual bath, known as a mikvah, in Brooklyn Heights.

“The moment I walked into the Ginsbergs’ home, I felt welcomed and I felt a sense of warmth, and I felt a sense of family and comfort and values,” explained Winfrey. There’s a “sense of reverence for acknowledging that there [is] the power of God that is greater than yourself.”

About the Author: Tibbi Singer is a veteran contributor to publications such as Israel Shelanu and the US supplement of Yedioth, and Jewish Business News.


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4 Responses to “Oprah Winfrey Impressed by Religious Jews”

  1. Charles Roth says:

    Lubavitchers should be measured by how much they overcome their egos not by comparrison to popular culture where they are no different than Amish, Menonites, Hutterites, Stamars, Bobovers, Munkachers and other Hasidic groups.

  2. carol gross says:

    I know that frum children and adults do not watch t.v. so, how did they know who Oprah is?
    carol gross

  3. Yechezkel says:

    there goes YOUR ego attacking fellow Jews. Get over it; Chabad is transforming the world. You can stay in your mental shtetl

  4. Jakeoo7 says:

    We have radios.

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