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I learned about beliefs soon as I was able

To understand the talk at our kitchen table.

I was a young child

And very proud

So I shut all the windows

When their voices were too loud!

For instance,

                                                                    On Yom Kippur, the holiest of days                                                                                                                       

Neither  Mama  or Daddy

Earned  my praise.

For Daddy, the food in the icebox was such a treat

So while Mama lit the Yartzeit glasses (memory candles)

He would sit and eat!

Mama’s parents were religious Jews

And to her it was a sin,

“God will punish you!”

She hollered at him!

“I don’t lie, I don’t cheat, I don’t steal!” he replied

Never putting his spoon and fork aside,

“Many people sitting in shul  (the synagogue) today

Rob, cheat and hurt others, yet they pray.

They are HYPOCRITES!  I say.”

In his heart, Daddy believed


“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

And for him this was always true.

Many years have gone by and I still believe this too,

But is it enough for you and me?


I wouldn’t want to live any longer

If I did not believe

That there is a God we can trust

Who cares for me and for all of you.

I’m so PROUD of my children and grandkids, and it’s no news

That I respect their beliefs,  be they Christians or Jews.

 I’m sure that when God looks down on them

From Heaven above

He sees  tolerant  people

Who share His love
P.S.  Mama and Daddy, there was no need to fight
I  listened and I learned that both of you were right!


                                                                                          Annette Wexler

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