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    This is not OkayOct 1, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Pluralism doesn’t mean accepting only the knowledgeable people; it means accepting everyone. One thing that makes Milken special is that we have so many different kinds of people from totally different backgrounds. Sure, some ethnicities may have a larger share of the Milken population than others, but in terms of how we practice and study Judaism, all of us are different. That video that I just watched totally disproves everything we believe in as a community.

    The Milken community teaches ethics and justice, and videos like that are made…wow.

  • A

    anon.Sep 30, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this. It gives good incite and incentives to Jewish teens everywhere to learn about their culture and who they are. It is inspirational and applicable to our lives both at Milken, with oneg, Jewish studies classes, and spiritual practice, as well as outside with shuel and all the holidays.

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    .Sep 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    I am deeply saddened by this misrepresentation of our school staff, student body, and administration. Firstly for our staff: they work very hard to make sure that we are informed, teach us what we don’t know, and show us how we can apply it to our thinking and lives, regardless of our observance. Much of our student body participates actively to promote a Jewish culture in our school. We have various events, town meetings, and posters to inform our student body. Finally, the administration makes it a point that the Judaic studies department and our students are running programming that is effective and fun.
    This video was very staged, and does not represent all of us. Some students are active in the Beit Midrash program, JLife, and other student organizations.
    I have felt very in touch with my spirituality upon coming to Milken. I’m sure the aim of this video was to be funny, but it represents our school on the internet to prospective families and other schools in a really negative way. I respect your free speech, but advise that you take it down. People look at our community by looking at the Roar, and prospective families might not “get the joke.”
    If this is really how you feel, you should make more of a point to put more effort into taking advantage of the beautiful opportunities you have been provided with. You are really fortunate to attend such an exceptional school where what Judaism means to you is excepted.

  • A

    ARSSep 24, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I was very disappointed by this video. I know it was intended to be a “wake up call” to the Milken students however as stated by A, there are many individuals who do have the knowledge of these holidays and what they mean. What makes Milken special is the fact that not every student comes from the same Jewish background or observance level. I am proud of my knowledge and observance. This video was making a gross generalization. There are those at Milken who have Jewish knowledge and observance outside of school but feel disrespected because of people like those portrayed (whether in real or fake) in the video. To imply that Milken doesn’t teach these holidays is blatantly false. Today in Hebrew class, my class read a print out IN ENGLISH all about the meaning of Shmini Atzeret. In the Beit Midrash program, which most students have the option to take despite outaide involvement in Jewish activities, students learn about the unknown holiday of Hoshana Rabah, celebrating the end of sukkot, which is actually going on tomorrow. Based on these and other examples, what you portrayed in your video was disrespectful and shined a negative light on a school that tries so hard to promote Judaism and its values. Perhaps it is up to you, the student to not roll your eyes at Oneg, or to join in a holiday celebration. Next year, those same questions will be answered. All you have to do is ask.

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    EmmaSep 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I agree 100% with “A.” This video casts our school/ student body in an incredibly negative light.
    Also, I don’t think this is the most constructive article…if you are truly outraged that students don’t know much about the Jewish holidays then ask questions, propose that we are taught about them, ask why we have days off, etc. It’s disappointing that we don’t all know the answers to these questions, it’s not something to laugh about. Furthermore, as stated above, this video only represents a small portion of the student body and one “type” of student. I know many people that could answer those questions, myself included, and frankly I’m kind of offended by this video. And just to say it again, this just makes us all look bad; we’re not representing Milken well. We shouldn’t be proud of our lack of knowledge…it’s fine not to know things that we maybe should know; and it’s ok (to a certain extent) to joke about it amongst ourselves…but to broadcast it on the internet?! And Instead of just laughing about it and brushing it off, we should go out and learn something– take this information and act upon it.

  • A

    AnonymousSep 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    This takes huge guts. Congratulations for having the courage to publish this. Huge props.

  • A

    ASep 24, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    As a Milken student this is an extremely offensive video, and I believe that it should be taken off the web. It portrays our school in a joking manner and criticizes our Judaic Studies department. Firstly, many of the students in the video were clearly just messing around, and wanted to make funny jokes. I think you are correct in the fact that many students do not know what Shemini Atzeret is, but I bet you can find some at Milken. Also, many of the students whom these questions were asked are not passionate about Judaism. If you surveyed students who are active in JLIFE, they could easily tell you the answer to these questions.
    While some of the answers were comical, I think it sends a negative image of our school across the web.