Following the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Hanukah, Adam Milstein took some time to reflect upon the gifts that Jews can pass on to their children. Hanukah is a holiday that celebrates the willingness of the Jews to fight to preserve their culture and freely practice their own religion. The lessons and stories of Hanukah are thousands of years old, but they can still be applied today to our modern life. Below are some takeaways that Adam Milstein had from Hanukah and what you can do to spread the spirit of Hanukah well beyond the holiday season.
Pride is one of the most important gifts that Jews can pass on to their kids and youth in the community. The right kind of pride is positive and being aware and proud of your own roots and history. Adam Milstein believes that if the older generation of Jews do not install pride in the younger generation, then the Jewish people will fade away into history.
Another important gift to give your children and the Jewish youth is courage. The Jewish people have survived and thrived because they have been courageous. Courage involves standing up against bigotry against the Jewish people. It also involves the courage to preserve and promote Jewish values, history and culture so that it remains and continues to thrive.
Persistence is another gift that Jews must pass along. Without persistence the Jewish people would not be able to survive the constant onslaught that has been directed against them over the years. Persistence is also a life skill that must be instilled if our youth is to achieve an education, raise a family and overcome a multitude of other tasks and problems says Adam Milstein.
Jews must never forget about brotherhood either says Adam Milstein. We need to help and support one another he says. Knowledge and innovation is another vital gift to give the Jewish youth. Jews make up a tiny fraction of the total population. It is estimated that they account for only 0.2%. Despite this, Jews have gone on to incredible accomplishments in the sciences, mathematics, business, technology and medicine. All of this is thanks to the knowledge and innovation of the Jewish people.
Adam Milstein supports fellow Jews as a philanthropist and advocate of the Jewish state of Israel. He established the Adam and Gila Milstein Family foundation to support and promote a multitude of Jewish and pro-Israel causes such as the fight against BDS and the promotion of Jewish values at home and in schools. He also leads the IAC or Israeli-American Council in the United States.