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Why Judaism?

Discussion in 'Judaism DIR' started by Doodlebug02, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. Doodlebug02

    Doodlebug02 Active Member

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    Why is Judaism the most correct religion in your opinion?
     
  2. xkatz

    xkatz Well-Known Member

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    Well as a former Jew, I would say it is because we think we are the choosen people and we were give the Torah and Ten Commandments by God.

    However, I don't consider Judaism the "most correct" religion.
     
  3. Doodlebug02

    Doodlebug02 Active Member

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    Well, I guess you wouldn't as a former Jew. ;)
     
  4. Zardoz

    Zardoz Wonderful Wizard
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    Judaism is just one part of a much larger religion, it is most correct for Jews, but not necessary for everyone. It is a Priestly religion. That is why Jews do not proselytize others, but do encourage obedience to G-d for all.
     
  5. Nigal

    Nigal Formerly NoahideHiker

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    Correct. Judaism is the path of the Jew. It is not a common thing for a Gentile to be called to convert. We have our own path.
     
  6. Levite

    Levite Higher and Higher

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    I don't believe in the concept of "the correct religion." I would say Judaism is the correct religion for Jews. But it was not intended for others, save perhaps to serve as an example for inspiration and innovation to other traditions.

    Generally speaking, I am of the opinion that if one is raised in a faith tradition, it behooves one to remain in said tradition and, if there are problems, to attempt to fix them, rather than just moving on. That said, I also believe it is undeniable that some people just seem to be destined for something other than what they are born to. Maybe the old Jewish saying is true, that converts are Jewish souls inadvertently born into non-Jewish families, who are finding their way home at last. I don't know.

    I am very glad Judaism does not proselytize. I find proselytization extremely crass and insensitive, and have been frequently annoyed by missionaries: it would be really offensive if that was something we were doing to others. But that said, I have sat on the Bet Din (rabbinical court) for several conversions, and taught a number of prospective converts during their preparation for conversion; and I find that I respect Jews By Choice (the current byname in Liberal Judaism for converts) more and more every time I am involved with the process. Our tradition is a hard one to break into and take on, especially in adulthood. Those who do so, and frequently embrace the tradition more heartily and become more knowledgeable and skillful than many Jews By Birth that I've met, to me are nothing if not exemplars of just what a Jew should be.

    Judaism is a wonderful tradition, with beautiful rituals, lovely prayer liturgy, and extremely flexible and rich theology and law. I cannot imagine being as satisfied in any other tradition as I am as an observant Jew. But I was born into this community, and raised to love it. And though I believe it is incumbent upon Jews to stay faithful to the traditions and heritage of our ancestors, I presume that God has made other covenants, and passed on different teachings, to different peoples, for different reasons: and unless one is motivated by an overwhelming passion, it is good for those peoples to work with the traditions of their ancestors for coming close to God, since their religions are as right for them as Judaism is for Jews.
     
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    Levite has given a wonderful response, I think. As for me, I do not assume Judaism is necessarily the most correct religion. Maybe yes..maybe, no. There are billions of opinions in this world and we cannot all be right. That being said, I will admit I do favor it among all others. It makes the most sense to me and that is what I think is of importance.

    I would agree with this as well. For me, I tried for many years to make Christianity fit and I couldn't. I tried all different flavors but it just wouldn't fit. It wasn't me and I couldn't keep it up. My Grandmother's ancestors were Jewish and converted to Catholicism. My Grandmother wasn't raising her children with religion at all until she joined a Baptist church and that is where I was raised. On my dads side..I have no idea. Religion doesn't seem to have been important. My father wasn't raised in any sort of religious home and his mother was basically an agnostic. So..here I am. Trying to figure it out and learning more and more each day. I have sooo much to learn that it can be very overwhelming but all I can do is take it a day at a time.
     
  8. Caladan

    Caladan Agnostic Pantheist

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    The 'correct religion' is a suspicious term. instead of increasing its numbers relentlessly, the healthy role of a religion, or tradition, is to hold an existing community together, to inspire it, to enhance its unity, and even to better it. the traditions are not meant to be some kind of lofty absolute and higher truth of the 'correct religion', but rather shared cultural traditions which may or may not be rooted in historical roots of the culture, the traditions are studied, celebrated, and yes, debated.
    The 'correct religion' is a term more fitting to a faith which has an industry of conversion.
     
  9. Jayhawker Soule

    Jayhawker Soule <yawn> ignore </yawn>
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    As a former Jew, drop the "we" and leave the response to those who are appropriate respondents.
     
  10. Jayhawker Soule

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    It is a corporate religion.
     
  11. OneThatGotAway

    OneThatGotAway Servant of Yahweh God Almighty

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    Compared to other religions, Judaism is the best religion for mankind.
     
  12. sunsplash

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    Could you elaborate on this, please?

    ~ sunsplash
    A spiritual seeker on a quest with questions
     
  13. Jayhawker Soule

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    That would be an unfortunate waste that could only detract from Levite's excellent response.
     
  14. sunsplash

    sunsplash Freckled

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    It's not an unfortunate waste for someone like me who is really interested in Judaism because of having broken from Christianity due to issues with Jesus as a "savior" (and the entire NT) but still very much attached to the original Abrahamic roots.

    But whatever...:(
     
  15. Jayhawker Soule

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    If you are "really interested in Judaism" you might choose a more credible source.
     
  16. Rainbow Mage

    Rainbow Mage Lib Democrat/Agnostic/Epicurean-ish/Buddhist-ish

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    As a secular Jew, I don't think Judaism is correct either. I'm a Pagan
     
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    I feel like you are being very defensive and assuming I have ill intentions by asking a question...of course "tone" comes off more harsh in the web world. Whether or not the origial statement I asked for clarification on is "right" or just an "opinion," I don't see why speaking with someone who is firm and passionate in their beliefs is less credible opposed to other sources. What better way to learn about Judaism than from a Jew? Yourself included.

    It wasn't even you who said "compared to other religions, Judaism is the best for mankind," so unless you would like to explain to me the reasons this belief is held, I don't understand why you are giving me a hard time. If someone is interested in your religion - be nice and help them - don't make them feel like they're not welcome. You've made me feel like being Jewish is a secret club or something and I'm unworthy. Why?
     
  18. Zardoz

    Zardoz Wonderful Wizard
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    Then you should only post in the Pagan DIR not in the Judaism DIR.
    While you may have been born a Jew, I have seen no evidence whatsoever that you practice Judaism, which is what this DIR is for... Jews who practice Judaism.
     
  19. Jayhawker Soule

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    Who is assuming? :)

    As for the rest, I am not being at all defensive. I merely suggest that if you wish to learn about Judaism there is a wide spectrum of readily available sources from which to select. What you 'learn' will depend on your seriousness and your selection criteria. :yes:
     
  20. Rainbow Mage

    Rainbow Mage Lib Democrat/Agnostic/Epicurean-ish/Buddhist-ish

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    Zardoz the question asked why do we feel Judaism is the correct religion? I was answering the question, I don't. I occasionally pop into the Judaism DIR if I can help answer questions about Judaism.
     
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