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Oprah Creating A World Of Tolerance By Visiting A Hasidic Jewish Family In Brooklyn New York

Updated on August 11, 2012
Oprah Winfrey wax figure in museum
Oprah Winfrey wax figure in museum | Source

Opray Winfrey Searches for Spirituality In The Homes of Black Hats and Long Skirts

News spreads like wildfire when a celebrity of Oprah Winfrey's magnitude investigates the other people's culture and religion. It's no wonder the video and television interview with Rabbi Motti Seligson went viral in the Jewish community and perhaps beyond.

Destroying Misconceptions

The scale of this act cannot be under estimated. Just as she felt intimidated at the appearance of religious orthodox Jewish men and had preconceptions of the women's role in the family as subservient, most people also have no idea about family life, daily, weekly and year round traditions.

Hasidim Live Holy Lives - Torah Is Their Guide

This peek into the lives of two Hasidic Jewish families' regular routines, like waking up with prayer, hand washing rituals, family meals gathering around the table, Sabbath practices, restrictions to children's exposure to American culture such as television, movies and electronic devices and the most important integration of the children's role as the focal point of orthodoxy may surprise and bewilder.

Creating A New View Of The Chosen People

How refreshing to hear Oprah's words as she spoke of the reverence for The People Of The Book, the Jewish people who brought monotheism and ethical principles of living into this world through their Exodus experience and the giving of the Ten Commandments at the foot of Mount Sinai. What a delight to hear how Oprah can appreciate the value of keeping the mezzuzah in the doorway as a reminder to all who enter that G-d lives here, and the One G-d rules over all humanity and the universe.

Begin Your Own Learning Journey

I encourage you to listen to her special interview when, I hope and pray, she eases the minds of those who fear the Jewish people, or blame them as scapegoats for all the misfortunes that befall people in this world.

Share With Others And Help Create A World Of Tolerance

I encourage you to share with your friends and discuss some of what she learned. Perhaps delve deeper into the practices of the Jewish people in order to reap the benefits of why they observe the Sabbath when and how they do in order to create more tolerance for those who may appear and practice different rites and religious practices.

Oprah Sunday February 12, 2012 Visits Jewish Hasidic Family in Brooklyn New York TUNE IN SUNDAY ON YOUR CABLE TV

Oprah Winfrey is synonymous with "O" her name, her magazine, her mission to bring light and healing into the world.
Oprah Winfrey is synonymous with "O" her name, her magazine, her mission to bring light and healing into the world. | Source
The Kippah or Yamulke covers the boys and men's head to remind them always that the presence of G-d is above them.
The Kippah or Yamulke covers the boys and men's head to remind them always that the presence of G-d is above them. | Source

May Her Name Be A Blessing

I feel that Oprah has brought a blessing into our lives by opening up this discussion and view of Jewish life. Many other celebrities before her have investigated all other religions and found peace and love within the Jewish religion. Jews do not proselytize and believe that every human has the potential to live a righteous life and gain entry into heaven by their acts in this world. They do not have to be converted. Each person has a personal connection with G-d. Knowing right from wrong has been given through the ten commandments and in the Noahide laws from the time of Noah.


View the wonderful interview with Rabbi Motti Seligson at the Lubavitch Chabad in Brooklyn, New York

First Look: Oprah's Next Chapter | America's Hidden Culture


The main take home messages she received was both that the family lives with purpose and remains the core and foundation of life in contemporary times while learning how to live in the world and retain G-d's spirit and guidance within our material world.

The beginning of wisdom is the fear of Hashem. Psalms 111  We say that 'fear' means 'awe'
The beginning of wisdom is the fear of Hashem. Psalms 111 We say that 'fear' means 'awe' | Source

Many other spiritual seeking celebrities have been drawn to Judaism.

  • Drew Barrymore may convert to Judaism before she marries fiance Will Kopelman,
  • Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, converted before she wed Jared Kushner
  • Isla Fisher converted before she married Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Madonna converted to Judaism and her Brazilian boyfriend Jesus Luz will also.
  • Elizabeth Taylor converted to Judaism to marry singer Eddie Fisher
  • Paul McCartney converted before his marriage to Nancy Shevell
  • LeBron James, the basketball star greatly admires the work of Rabbi Schottenstein, who translated the Jewish Talmud into English, Hebrew, and French, which is now read by 2 million people around the globe. I'm not sure of LeBron's religion.
  • Jon Gosselin is half Jewish and Half Korean
  • Nell Carter converted 1982 when she married George Krynicki
  • Marilyn Monroe converted in 1956
  • Campbell Brown daughter of a Louisiana state senator, Campbell Brown converted when she married Dan Senor
  • Kate Capshaw converted in 1991 when she married Steven Spielberg
  • Connie Chung converted to Judaism upon marrying talk-show host Maury Povich in 1984
  • Sammy Davis Jr. converted after learning about Judaism from the rabbi at the hospital where he was recuperating from an auto accident.
  • Jamaica Kincaid converted when she married composer Allen Shawn
  • Mary Hart converted in Burt Sugarman in 1989
  • Dr. Laura Schlesinger converted in 1996
  • Elizabeth Banks converted when she married sportswriter and producer Max Handelman
  • Elliott Maddox, who played for both the Yankees and the Mets, converted to Judaism in 1974.
  • Wikipedia Jewish Sports Figures
  • List of Jewish American Entertainers

With so much attention directed towards Israel and the Jewish people today, it's no wonder that in the process of investigating many cultures and religions, Oprah had to seek and discover for herself.

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This Hubpages blog in response to Oprah Winfrey's spiritual journey, as she bravely steps into the often intimidating world of orthodox Hasidim Jewry of NYC, helps to spread the word of tolerance for others. Become curious. Learn the best that others have to offer.

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    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Glad you enjoyed this special report. I added a 41 minute video to see a more full presentation. Blessings, Debby

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      6 years ago from London, UK

      Very interesting Hub. Oprah is an amazing woman - very open minded.

      Regards, Elena.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      I must have missed that particular interview. Should I bother to watch it somewhere? I just last night was reading the biography of Oprah and her impressive rise from poverty to being the highest wage earner in the billions; plus her influence world-wide for bringing spirit and uplifting the lives of all people's no matter their religion. Her legacy will last. Thanks for letting us know about this side issue. Blessings, Debby

    • shea duane profile image

      shea duane 

      6 years ago from new jersey

      Debby, I have to be honest... I was upset that Oprah profiled NJ's horrible governor Chris Christie. He's a bully, and her interview offered him legitimacy that he doesn't deserve. I love Oprah but that was a mistake.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Dear Shea ~ I appreciate your support and comments on Hubpages. Blessings, Debby

    • shea duane profile image

      shea duane 

      6 years ago from new jersey

      Very interesting Debby! I think Judaism is a beautiful religion.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Hi Kelly ~ Very nice to see you here on a page that maybe many other people would not tread due to the topic. Oprah took a bold step out to investigate for herself how many other religious people live their lives, perform their rituals and celebrate their special holidays.

      Maybe your interest comes from a deep part of yourself that does not sit on the surface, but helps guide you in your life. Many people, although not religious, feel a force beyond the material world that speaks to them. This may not be in a different tongue or even a different language, but a 'knowing' and 'sensing' that we are more than simply flesh and blood. None of the great scientists truly understand the workings of the mind and heart or how all the energy of the universe works or was created. They all have theories. I applaud your openness to read, learn and seek answers for yourself. Blessings, Debby

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very interesting Debby - I have always been interested in learning about other faiths. My step dad is Jewish - and so my half brother had a nice Barmitsva and I have learned a lot about sitting Shiva and things like that. I don't know why I find other people's religions so fascinating because I'm not religious. I've gone to a ton of different churches just to check them out - I have to admit I was a little surprised and freaked out by my visit to a denomination that spoke in tongues! I just couldn't figure out what they were saying! Lol

      Excellent hub - I'm so looking forward to reading more from you:)

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Hello Sue ~ that's the truth. We can really learn a lot from each other and also find a way to live in peace. Blessings, Debby

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      6 years ago

      Hi Debby,

      I have set my PVR to record Oprah's show. We need to celebrate and respect our differences.

      Voted up and away!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Dear Alocsin ~ Any path that leads to goodness is the path toward acting in a righteous manner on earth and pleases the Creator as it is a reflection of His goodness. Blessings, Debby

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Different religions are simply different paths to the same goal. I'm glad Oprah reminded us that this path was just as viable. Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Prasedio. You are the first to comment. Oprah is a hero and a model for thousands, if not millions of fans. She shares her life experiences with fans and leaves her mark and legacy as living a life with meaning and purpose. Blessings, Debby

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      6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very interesting hub, Debby. Oprah Winfrey is my favorite. You present this hub very well. I really enjoy this information and I learn something new from you about another spirituality side. God job and rated up!



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