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Am I Not Kosher Enough for My Daughter?

Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Rabbi Rami responds to questions about white supremacy, a loving god, and Christian tracts, among others.

My daughter has become a very Orthodox Jew and refuses to eat in my home because she says it isn’t kosher enough. Even when I try to live up to her standard, she refuses, saying she doesn’t trust that I maintain that standard when she’s not around. What should I do? Rabbi Rami: Stop inviting her over for meals. Who knows: Maybe she’ll start inviting you to eat at her house instead. An ABC survey says 10% of Americans support white supremacist views. This is very upsetting to me. As a Jew, how do you deal with this? First, I remind myself that 20% of Americans also believe extraterrestrials dwell among us and that 10% of American dentists don’t recommend my preferred brand of toothpaste. Don’t get me wrong: I believe in extraterrestrials, and I believe in dentistry. I also believe that dentists who disagree with my choice of toothpaste are probably extraterrestrials. There are always outliers in any poll, so the fact that 10% of Americans harbor white supremacist views doesn’t shock me. Second, I chant. Mantram practice (repeating a word or phrase you find deeply meaningful) is a powerful act of liber …

Rabbi Rami Shipiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. His spiritual advice column, "Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler," addresses reader questions pertaining to religion, spirituality, faith, family, God, social issues, and more.

His newest book is Surrendered—The Sacred Art: Shattering the Illusion of Control and Falling into Grace with Twelve-Step Spirituality.

He has this to say about religion: “To me, religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the mindset of the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or cannot say as well in another; and the more languages you know, the more nuanced your understanding of life. Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multi-lingual. In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence.”

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