As times and cultures change, various
Jewish denominations form by either preserving or reforming the
Jewish beliefs. Most Jew follow strict
practices such as
kosher rules and
to the minute. To me, obeying so many specific rules in everyday
life borders with dogma and is quite oppressing.
But, regulation of everyday life aside,
Judaism is a religion which allows
in fact, it fosters inquiries and curiosity. This is respectful.
answers they give to many philosophical questions are,
of course, always rooted in the
and are not convincing to me. But I like the fact that they
allowed to and ask questions. This is in stark contrast with
Islam, which requires total submission to G-d and blind belief in higher
authority; any questioning is heretical, and any inquiry is paid with life.
In another stark
contrast with both Christianity and Islam, Judaism is
religion. Not just in a sense of more permissible
sexuality, but more in a
sense of enjoying life. While Iranian type of
Islam bans music
and laughter, Judaism has
Purim. While some versions of Christianity consider people inherently
sinful and thus deserving eternal damnation, Judaism connects
seamlessly spiritual ecstasy with "pragmatic self-improvement." In
the words of
Greenberg, Judaism recognizes "distinct time and place within the
mosaic of human experience" for both inner spirituality and every-day materialism.
material excesses are never encouraged; rather happiness with what
one has and life within one's means are praised.
But do we need
to be told by religion that living within one's means is wise?
I do not like
the Messianic idea, which originates
from Judaism and then follows in Christianity and Islam in
modified forms. No
one or nothing should claim being
Yet there is an
aspect in the Messianic musings, which I like. This is the
vision that there "will be an era in which peace will reign,
including peace between concepts that are now paradoxical" (Supernatural
Izzy Greenberg). But, again, do we need
divine revelation to
recognize that world peace is universal humankind wish?
"He [G-d] created such an amazing world, with such consistency, that those who want to keep Him out of their lives can believe He does not exist.
Nevertheless, for the sake of those who earnestly seek the truth, He throws in a glitch [meaning miracle] once in a while, peeking mischievously from behind His craft."
Does G-d break the rules, Tzvi Freeman
atheistic souls! What were we
thinking? That we have the
choice to not believe in God?
Well, this belief of ours is
arranged by God too... Well,
this is too much for me... MDA