Up until about three weeks ago, we had a Star of David prominently displayed on the front of our house by our front door. (A picture of it is in this post.) I’m Jewish, my husband is in the process of converting to Judaism – I’m proud of our Jewish home. But three weeks ago, something very disturbing happened and it was a reminder that I’m in a very different place from where I once was.
I was on a trip to New Orleans when my husband called me to tell me about something that had just happened. He was in the living room and heard voices outside, so he looked out the window and saw three men on the street in front of our house. Two were walking down the street and the third man was standing directly in front of our porch on the street. Right as my husband pushed back the curtain, he saw that man give a Nazi salute to our house. He was flummoxed by it. Had he really seen that?
We have security cameras that pick up both video and audio but because they aren’t directed at the street, they weren’t able to record this incident. Even so, I told my husband to take that Star of David down. With the resurgence of anti-Semitism and the growing number of white supremacy groups in America and in our town, I shouldn’t have been surprised that we would encounter some of it. Still, though, it shook me to my core.
Now, three weeks later, I’m wondering if I did the right thing. Why should I have to hide my Judaism just because there are stupid people in the world? Granted, they’ve been given a mandate to bring their hate out into the open thanks to the current occupant of the White House, but is taking down that symbol of Judaism hanging in front of our house the right thing to do? I don’t want to invite vandals and white supremacists to my door, but I also don’t want to hide who I am. Is there a “right thing to do” in this case?