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Judging Judaism by the Jews
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Judging Judaism by the Jews

Since people do, let's strive to be role models.


Published: February 13, 2011

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Visitor Comments: 39

(38) Erin Maxfield, March 22, 2011 7:59 AM


People judge Judaism by the Jews, Jews judge Christianity by the Christians, and everyone else has whatever topic they judge by the practioners. Intelligent people know that a theory is different from its implementation.

(37) Kevin LaTurneau, March 13, 2011 8:46 PM

Judeo-Christian Values

The Ninth Commandment says You shall not bear false witness against against your neighbor. But man in our carnal state decieve ourselves and come to believe falsehoods are normal and necessary. This is why "old fashioned" Judeo-Christian Values must always be upheld in order to live God centered lives.

Ms. S.H. Waterford, MI., March 27, 2011 11:13 PM

People themselves are responsible for providing the tools and information with which they want to be judged

People themselves are responsible for providing the tools and information with which they want to be judged. For instance, when people choose to wear their religion on their sleeves - so to speak, then it is a fare game to judge them as the followers of that religion. However, I know of many people who are deeply religious but learn to relate to others by resorting to sound, scientific and rational thinking terms instead of referencing religious reasoning.

(36) david, February 28, 2011 5:55 PM

If not by Jews, who do I judge Judaism by?

As I stroll down Bayit Vegan I see abandoned bicycles tied to trees obstructing sidewalks for months. I see youngsters riding bikes speedily on sidewalks, severely endangering pedestrians. Everyone is Frum, who would rather starve than eat regular Rabbanut. I think modern Rabbinic leaders must realize that more than worrying that Torah be learned full time, they have a responsibility that it be implemented. I mean basic consideration towards your neighbor.

(35) Nechama, February 21, 2011 5:20 PM

We are Judged as a Group

I live in Israel. Several years ago, I took a taxi from Kaplan Hospital to my home. The minute I got into the taxi, the driver realized that he had a flat. He got out, apologized and changed the flat as fast as he could. There were other drivers there and they laughed at his misfortune. I got out and assured him that I would wait for him and not take a different taxi. When we got back in the car, he said, "I always said that the religious are the best people. I always said it". On the one hand, I was glad that I had made a good name for the religious and perhaps for the Torah itself, but I couldn't help thinking that if I had been in a real rush I might have taken another taxi. It was after all, my privilege. Then what would he have said about religious people? It's unfortunate but we are judged as a group. Let's learn the lesson and not judge others the same way.

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