Generations are fascinating, and sometimes unpredictable, phenomena.
Ldor Vdor from generation to generation is a Jewish ideal dealing with passing on Judaism and Jewish tradition from one generation to the next.
But it doesnt always work out according to plan.
Things dont always come around full circle. Times and values change, depending on circumstances. Families emigrate and immigrate. Oppression comes and goes.What a Jewish ancestor saw as the ideal expression of Judaism may or may not be seen as such by a scion.
And Ldor Vdor is not always an immutable and linear path.
A case in point is the story of longtime Denverite Elliott Husney.
Although proud to be Jewish and active in the Jewish community, Husney is not one to wear his Judaism on his sleeve. There is no chai or Star of David adorning his neck, no yarmulke atop his head, certainly no tzitzit swaying by his side. Inside the comfortable Lowry home he shares with his wife Gloria one must scrutinize carefully indeed to find a piece of décor with a Jewish theme.
Yet atop his kitchen table is a notebook amply stuffed with material pertaining to his extensive Jewish ancestry, which he has been researching. The cover of the notebook is decorated with a geometric design from the Zohar, the central text of Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish practice of mystical insight.
To Husney, an affable and easygoing fellow counted as a good friend of many Denver Jews, there is no absolutely no contradiction. He is, he told the Intermountain Jewish News in a recent interview, totally comfortable with the nature and extent of his Jewishness.