All of us come from childhood… Childhood is a special and defining period in everyone’s life. Often I think, ‘What kind of person am I? How can one stay fair and just in a world of evil and violence? How to take care of the healthless and helpless? How to respect yourself and the outer world? Why does the anti-Semitism still exist? Why is it so difficult for us to find a common language? Which way is better for the further living?’
I was brought up in such way, in respect to the Torah and Jewish traditions, to people, to the origins of Jewish culture and roots of their ancestors, being tolerant to representatives of other nationalities, being responsible for your own words and deeds – whether it is business or politics. Our parents are a keystone, they are the ones who give us the first lessons of spirituality and tolerance, who become a true example of kindness and wisdom… I try to bring up my sons exactly the same way – to be good, kind, and honest.
In our family, love and sincerity have played an integral role. That is why, at home we always had my simple children’s drawings and applications made before the Women’s Day. For years they had been kept as the most precious relics. I have the same self-made gifts of my son Sasha for a beloved mother Valerie at our home… They are so warm and filled with flaming colors, kindness and spontaneity!
because of his optimism and who believes only in good, because there are so many interesting things to learn, to feel, to taste.
I think the politics should be fair and equitable, and charity should be done every day. It should be real, with a clear conscience, and it should be paid out of your own – not state – pocket. In fact, the need to do good is essential for everyone, because that is exactly what engenders the deepest, joyful feelings in us.
Of course, I would really like to see more people in Ukraine who understand the need to help disabled children, elderly people who live in the same building with us, who we share the hallway with, all people in need around us. People who have an opportunity to work for charitable causes should thank God for having a chance to help someone.
Sometimes a high purpose and fortitude are crucial. A Jewish wisdom says, ‘A little light dispels much darkness’.
Kind regards, Oleksandr Feldman