Rabbi Mendel Bluming teaches torah in the Chabad Potomac Maryland community and is often asked very basic questions about Jewish faith

One example is that often one’s passion about Judaism is because they happen to have been born that way but that leads to an important discussion asked of Rabbi Moss and here is his response:

The questioner assumes that I am Jewish by accident. That is false. There is no such thing. The very premise makes no sense.

The postulation “what if I would be born someone else” is as absurd as asking what if a tomato was actually a carrot, or an apple was a Samsung. I am what I am and I can be no one else. My family, my birthplace, my heritage – this is me.

My soul was chosen to be born into a Jewish family. This means that I am the product of thousands of years of Jewishness. I may question it. But it is who I am.

Sometimes a question is a question. And sometimes a question is a cop out. Asking “what if I were someone else?” is an example of the latter.

But even that probably comes from my Jewishness. Questioning our beliefs is an age old Jewish practice we inherited from our forebears. You are born Jewish and you are born questioning. And with all the questions and all the challenges over all the generations, Judaism is still standing strong.

You and I, and all Jews of today, are living testament to the eternity of Judaism. Just by you being you, and me being me.

Rabbi Moss and Rabbi Mendel Bluming