Opinions I am a Jew because...by Edmund Fleg

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I am a Jew because...by Edmund Fleg

 I am a Jew because
            

     Judaism demands no abdication of the mind.


I am a Jew because
            

     Judaism asks every possible sacrifice of my life.


I am a Jew because
          

      wherever there are tears and suffering the Jew weeps.


I am a Jew because
            

     whenever the cry of despair is heard the Jew hopes.


I am a Jew because
          

      the message of Judaism is the oldest and the newest.


I am a Jew because
          

      the promise of Judaism is a universal promise.


I am a Jew because
      

     for the Jew, the world is not finished;
 human beings will complete it.


I am a Jew because
          

     for the Jew, humanity is not finished;
  we are still creating humanity.


I am a Jew because        

     Judaism places human dignity above all things,
 even Judaism itself.


I am a Jew because
            

     Judaism places human dignity within the oneness of God.

Am I a Jew because ...

I'm trying to figure out why this poem makes me feel uncomfortable. Maybe because all I can say in this format is that I am a Jew because I was born to a Jewish mother. I didn't choose Judaism and I can not recognize, probably out of ignorance, the various statements Mr. Fleg so happily states on Judaism. Certainly 'the Jew' doesn't always weep wherever there are tears and suffering, at least I don't. I hope that all Jews would indeed 'place human dignity above all things, even Judaism itself'. I don't see that happening as often as should. There is also something too politically correct on the one hand and too self praising (pompous?) on the other hand here. Daah!

If the author would have replaced 'I am a Jew because ...' with 'my form of Judaism is ...' the poem would make more sense to me. Then it would encourage me to look for these facets in Judaism that are aligned with my thinking and study further.