Return to homepage

Bookmark This Site
Search our site
Have a question about Jewish customs and practices?
Send this page to a friendIncrease Font
Page DownBottom

Share this page
by: Rabbi Dan S. Wiko PhD
  See the rabbi's bio.
Send a question to the Rabbi

This Month...

Editor's Comment
Michael looks at:
Farewell, Shalom and Adieu

An Open Letter from Abba to His Family

Enough With The Political Finger-Pointing!

Revisiting the Haggadah

Eddy's Recipe List
Victoria Sponge

Book Review
Unstrung Heroes

The Outspeaker
Encouraging violence is never correct

Good times and bad times with Batya

Nathan Weissler
What my friendship with Michael Hanna-Fein meant to me

Marjorie Wolfe
An Interview with Paul Reiser

BC's Backlot
The Last Shalom

This And That
My Treasure Chest

Three Symbols of Passover


Lynn Ruth Miller
How we all became part of a bigger story

Mel Yahre
A few words for my friend

Eddy's Thoughts
Don't let life flutter by

The Bear Facts
How I found Michael



On Thursday, March 09, 2006 I was asked the following question:

Hello Rabbi, thank you for making yourself available. When Christians put on their religious cross, they don't look over their shoulders. Jews outside  protected areas, are often too paranoid to openly wear the Star. I travel in non-Jewish communities and I find in general a fear to wear any religious symbols.
Outside Israel, Jews are looked upon as scared to defend themselves. How do we change this World Image of us?
Thank you Peter, the wandering Jew.

This was my response:

You are generalizing when you say (all) Jews are paranoid about openly displaying their Jewishness and afraid to defend themselves.

In the rare instance where a Jew has to be in an area of a particular city or town that is known for its anti-Semitic sentiment, he or she will probably be cautious about a public display. Men may remove their yarmulkes and replace them with a hat or a cap and women might put their Star of David charm inside their sweater or blouse. These areas are becoming more and more rare. they are no longer the threat that they once were and, therefore, anyone who would deliberately hide their identity is doing so out of a conditioned fear.

I happen to live in a part of the county that is not particularly Jewish...we are very few, actually, and drive to the closest town that has a shul. However, many people know that I am a rabbi and a therapist and come to me BECAUSE I am a rabbi.
As a direct response to your query of how to change that "world" image, I will say that it has to be one person at a time and we have to begin with ourselves.

If you have questions about a personal matter, or jewish practices and customs, you can submit them to me by e-mail. I answer all queries directly, or through this column, when the question is informative to our community.

Thank you for your kind attention and this opportunity to share with you,
Rabbi Dan S. Wiko
Back to the list


Important dates

Michael answers almost all of them.

News article of interest to our community.


Tshatshkes, shmates and other shlok for the discriminating shopper.

Our  (real world) magazine

Interesting tidbits of jewishness


Have the Gantseh Megillah dropped directly into your e-mail box

Environmentally friendly Megillah bag

Audio and video Yiddishkayt

Buy him a Megillah shirt

See everything we have to offer


  See a list of all the Rabbi Dan questions      

Page UpTop Small Monitor Subscribe Tzedakeh Links

Subscribe (free) to the Gantseh Megillah. The Gantseh Megillah and are designed and hosted by HannaVisioN About this site Send a financial contribution to this site Contact us See our glossary of Yiddish words and expressions Log In Join
Personal insights from two yiddishe meydls Life stories from the heart News and information with a lighter touch Politics and policy with a Yiddishe taam