I agree with you that some do sacrifice with ritualistic devotion as some kind of insurance policy for the afterlife, but this isn't subject to Judaism alone. Sure you get fundamentalists in any culture or religion, but they're the ones usually "missing the boat" entirely. I don't align myself with these people, as I said, I'm very tolerant and accepting towards all faiths, even those who choose to oppress or convict me for my own beliefs.
I'm not doing this to get into the "good graces" of God either. With this looming metaphorical anvil above my head going "If you do something wrong WE KILL YOU AND SEND YOU TO HELL". I'm thinking of doing this because it's the first time I've come across a faith that almost directly mirrors my own beliefs, and being a part of a community of like-minded people is appealing to me, because honestly, I've felt alone for so long in my life thinking I'm the weird one with the weird thoughts and the weird outlook on life and death.
If, what I've read thus far, is true and most people (not the fundamentalist/judging kind) accept me and live by the Torah and it's teachings, then I'm more inclined to push off into the entire process. I would even say, I look forward to it because it's not just a "Stand up in Church and you're accepted" scenario. It'll test my sincerity in wanting to become a Jew and proving that I'm ready to accept the faith, culture and traditions.
I know how it sounds, but to me it's more or a spiritual quest... not that I think I'm going to be persecuted for an eternity or that I suddenly want to go to heaven or need something to believe in, but one that I feel I need to try and follow to give me some kind of direction and purpose in life. Something that'll resonate in my own belief-system and not make me feel like I'm some kind of mistake and that I'm insignificant in any way.
Again, I know how THAT sounds. But I'm pretty level headed even though I can go off on a tangent and spew the most utter crap ever
Wow, I just realised that one of my colleagues is actually a Christian Jew, or should I say a Jewish Christian?
He came to a meeting all of a sudden wearing a Yamaha on his head, everyone was like huh wtf? No one else knew.
It's called a Masonic Jew or something along those lines.
They are Jewish but accept the fact that Jesus was the last Messiah.
He isn't adhering to the dietary regulations yet but he says it's a slow progression.
Without a winking smiley or other blatant display of humor, it is impossible to create a parody of Fundamentalism that SOMEONE won't mistake for the real thing.
lol, at least he had the spelling almost right. And yes, I realize there are many different branches of the Jewish faith (as with Christians)
I love "The life of Brian". If you haven't watched that Monty Python movie yet, DO IT. I laugh my ass off each time when this group of people chase (who they think is the messiah, but actually Brian) and when Brian tells them to f-off and throws a calabash at them, some pick it up and starts calling it the holy calabash. Then when he loses a sandal while running away, others pick it up and calls it the holy sandal and they start infighting with each other which is the true gift from Brian, the sandal or the calabash, and as they're chasing him splits up into two separate groups
****ing hilarious. Same with the "political" party they had going against the Romans. People's Front of Judea and the Judean People's Front. Both have the same goal, both hate and undermine each other.
*giggle* I'm going to watch that again later
AcidRazor, you're in luck -
Thousands of free circumcisions will be performed by non-profit HIV and Aids organisation Right to Care in the next year, the body said on Tuesday.
Well ****, I have nothing to say...