Some BTs have backgrounds where pejorative words like goy and goyim in reference to non Jews were not a part of their vocabulary. In their new communities these words are used more frequently sometimes coming out of the mouths of Rebbe’s, Morahs and Rebbeim. Another challenge is that we sometimes want to distance our children from non-Jewish practices and we may be tempted to use a negative term to show the intensity of our dislike of these practices.
Do you refer to non-Jews in more negative ways since becoming a BT?
If you’ve still don’t use the pejorative words, what do you do when your children use them?
If you’re comfortable using these words, do you think it would be a Kiddush Hashem or a Chillul Hashem if your non-Jewish friends, neighbors and workers knew that you referred to them in such a fashion?
First published August 26, 2008