Potok is one of my all-time favorite authors. I was recently thrilled to semi-accidentally receive an autographed copy of one of his books…but I digress. Tonight, I stumbled on this anecdote about him on another blog:
My husband heard him talk at AU when he was a student. The one thing he really remembered was Potok talking about raising children in the faith. He was a liberal Jew, yet raised his children relatively “in the middle.” He drew a circle and said, “If everything inside this circle is Judaism, I’m over here on the left. I want to raise my children in the center so that they have lots of room to go to the left or the right and still be within the faith.”
It’s a fascinating story. While I don’t have any children of my own yet, I certainly can sympathize with the above sentiments. But is that possible? Is it ethical? What would the One up above think about it?