When comparing religions, the initial point of comparison that I consider are the religious holidays. In Lola’s case her favorite Jewish holiday is Passover. To her, what made Passover special was the long and interesting history and rituals associated with it. One of the rituals in Passover is to read a smaller version of the Torah, their religious book, which focuses on the stories of Jewish enslavement in Egypt. Some of the traditions include eating certain food that has a symbolic meaning such as Harosets, which represent the mortar used by the slaves in Egypt. Lola’s favorite part of Passover is how the young and old connect over the deep rooted traditions in celebration together. Passover is supposed to be the equivalent to Easter in Catholicism, but has few similarities. Other than the fact that both are celebrations – the Jewish being freed from slavery, and Jesus rising from the dead- no traditions translate and the rituals are completely different.
As a member of Reformed Judaism, Lola considers one of the integral parts of being Jewish is the connection to family and the culture. For Lola the most important part of being Jewish is connecting with her family and community. In Catholicism, which is a subgroup of Christianity, the center of the faith is belief in Catholic values and teachings. ...
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...one living in Canada a Canadian. People in Canada would actually be offended if a label such as the one previously mentioned would be used to describe them. The population in Canada considers themselves Canadian. That is it. The only exception is French-Canadian. This once again exemplifies the intent of the Quebec Province to keep their French heritage intact.
Through this interview, Lola showed me what it meant to be both Jewish and Canadian. I learned how Lola’s culture shaped how she views the world and how she views my own culture. I was surprised by the drastic differences in our cultural upbringing, mostly because I assumed there would be a few common intersections. What I learned was that there might be one or two similarities for every six or seven differences. While the US and Canada may be neighbors the cultures represent complete opposites in many ways.
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