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Jewish Family Life Inspires Oprah Winfrey

Jewish Family Life Inspires Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey sits down with Rabbi Aron and Shterna Ginsberg and their family. (Photo: George Burns / Harpo, Inc.)
Oprah Winfrey sits down with Rabbi Aron and Shterna Ginsberg and their family. (Photo: George Burns / Harpo, Inc.)

After spending the day immersed in Chasidic Jewish life and culture, television personality Oprah Winfrey concludes that Judaism’s focus on family life and on developing individuals’ innate potential offers a wealth of lessons for people all over the world.

Sharing her thoughts with the Judaism website Chabad.org, Winfrey – who toured Jewish homes and communal institutions in the New York neighborhoods of Crown Heights, Borough Park and Brooklyn Heights as part of her new “Oprah’s Next Chapter” show on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network – says that the greater world’s reliance on popular entertainment has caused society to lose focus on what really matters. In stark contrast to that trend are families like the Ginsbergs of Crown Heights, who, Winfrey notes, are not only not “plugged in,” but are just as happy as their secular counterparts.

“It’s amazing to me that you can raise children in this world and not have them” consume hours and hours watching television or texting friends or playing videogames, says Winfrey. “What’s gonna happen when people see this family and see that it’s possible that in the United States of America, in Brooklyn, you can have nine children and none of them are watching television, and none of them are on computers all day long, and none of them are sassing their parents, and they’re well-mannered and live in harmony with their families.”

During her visit to New York last fall, Winfrey sat down with two Jewish families, enjoyed a traditional meal, discussed communal affairs with five women and toured a Chabad-Lubavitch run Jewish ritual bath, known as a mikvah, in Brooklyn Heights.

“The moment I walked into the Ginsbergs’ home, I felt welcomed and I felt a sense of warmth, and I felt a sense of family and comfort and values,” details Winfrey. There’s a “sense of reverence for acknowledging that there [is] the power of G-d that is greater than yourself.”

Winfrey’s entire interview can be seen on Jewish.TV, Chabad.org’s video site, by clicking here.

(Photo: George Burns / Harpo, Inc.)
(Photo: George Burns / Harpo, Inc.)


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June 21, 2012
Thank you!
Thank you very much, Chabad Staff! I will e-mail Rabbi Aron. :)
June1
Toronto
May 16, 2012
Ginsbergs
You can contact the Ginsbergs via 118340
Chabad.org Staff
mychabad.org
April 16, 2012
Wonderful
This was an amazing show. Would anyone happen to know how to contact the Ginsbergs? Shterna was saying that she would feel fulfilled if even one person watching the program became closer to God and I'd like to tell her about my experience. :)
June1
Toronto
February 13, 2012
Jewish family
What a wonderful show that was. After watching it I wished that our family's life was like that.It answered a lot of questions for me about their religion and I was so taken on their beautiful family.Wow we could all take a few lessons from them and learn to hear your thoughts instead of a television or cell phone.Thank you Oprah for such programs you are a very special human being .
God Bless
Elizabeth
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