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As a member of the Jewish faith, I’ve recognized some of the differences Judaism outlines between men and women.  They both contain different positions in religious life, which leads to different religious responsibilities.  “Reformers within the Orthodox tradition believe that some of these differences are not a reflection of religious law, but rather of cultural, social, and historical causes” (Wiki, 2011).  I am not as religious as I used to be, however, I have witnessed many of these differences within temple as a young boy.  In my opinion, men are more socially active in Judaism than women.

At an early age, Jewish children are entered into Hebrew School, where they will learn writings and teachings of the Torah and other prophets.  Men were needed to learn much more about other prophets than the women because the women only needed to learn specifically about the Torah.  Women who learned from the Torah needed to understand the responsibilities in running a Jewish household.  Additionally, in an event of a Jewish holiday, bar mitzvah, or bat mitzvah, the men are the only ones who wear yarmulkes.  “Orthodox rabbis discourage women from wearing yarmulkes” (Wiki, 2011).  Women’s participation in temple is very limited.  Usually it is the men who give the readings of the Torah to the public.  Also, most Jewish rabbis are men.  This is partly because women are not amongst the individuals in the profession of rabbis and priests.  Nonetheless, women are not totally dismissed within the synagogue.  Some synagogues contain mechitzots, which are benches equal distance to the Torah.  Men are on one side and women are seated on the other.  This shows that everyone is equal, as the women are not further away from the Torah as the men.


The video game Grand Theft Auto contains drive-by shootings, car thefts, and acts of prostitution.  Mostly male children play this game because young girls do not have an interest in this type of behavior.  “What happens physically and emotionally when children and adolescents spend a great deal of time exposed to these activities” (Eden, 2008)?  Young boys generally do not know what they’re getting themselves into when they play these type of games.  In some severe cases, children have shot other children without realizing the consequences that come along with it.  “The younger one is, the more intense the effect.  When children play these games for hour after hour, it seriously distorts their worldviews” (Eden, 2008).

When I used to play video games, I witnessed my friends playing this game for hours because it was so addicting.  This addiction can be stopped by parents getting involved.  “The problem is there are way too many irresponsible adults who either don’t know or simply don’t care about the psychological damage that is being inflicted by children under their care of supervision” (Eden, 2008).  Young boys want to portray people in video games, television, film, etc, so everyone should be cautious about what they do or view.


Any communication behaviors rely on symbolic interaction.  In family communication, children learn their roles from interaction with their family members such as parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents, etc.  For a child’s birthday party, the mother generally makes the cake for the birthday boy or girl.  The cake is a symbol in and of itself for a family function of celebration based on their values system.  Another example is a belt.  In a family that possess a great deal of abuse, a belt could be used as a whipping device to punish young children when they do something wrong.  In a normal family, a belt is used as a device to hold up your shorts or pants.  When you spend time around your family, they socialize you and teaches what symbols mean and how and when to use them.

Family research from a symbolic interactionist perspective can deal with how external events, such as natural disaster, and internal events, such as a death in the family, affect role definitions.  In the occurrence of a natural disaster, the children and spouse would look up to the father for protection and safety.  If there was a death in the family, children would look to their mother for comfort and support.  “The symbolic interactionist perspective emphasizes the processes of role-making, role definition, role negotiation, and role identity within the family” (Symbolic Interactionism, 2011).