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Don't judge Judaism by the Jews.

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Visitor Comments: 22

(18) Nancy, February 13, 2015 9:06 PM

Another opportunity for self improvement

As we approach another Shabbat, I will take the next 25 hours to reflect on how I can improve myself. Shabbat Shalom to you Lori, as well as to everyone else at aish.

(17) Owen, July 27, 2011 2:07 AM

An excellent reminder re the human condition

Excellent piece. Remember when you gain the higher ground the risk of sliding back down is very high as well ! Thank heavens for God's forgiveness ?

(16) Anonymous, July 16, 2011 1:25 PM

Mere mortals

The one commonality that we have with all religions is that we are all mere mortals with the ability to do good in the world and bad. We all bleed red and I am not naive enough to believe that one group is better than the next. Maybe one group is more commited i.e. the orthodox and hassidim, the mere rituals they go through on a daily basis are mind boggling and evidence of that comitttment. Does that make them better human beings? Probably not. We are all made up of good and evil, religion keeps us accountable, but not necessarily free of ill will. Also many are born into this lifestyle, they know no other. Until they are older, they have no choice... I have come to understand (for me) that I am most accountable to myself. If I do wrong, I cannot escape the lack of self respect that I suffer as a result. I know that I am what I live. I want my own respect and self-admiration for living a good, clean life. That keeps me accountable. I suffer emotionally when I don't do the right thing...every time I suffer because I know I could have made a different choice. I try to learn from my mistakes. It's not religion that led me there, but wanting to like myself and feel that I have "logos" (greek word for meaning) that dictates my life. Without having a meaning in my life, I have no life. Again, is that religion....I don't know, if it is, then it is a by product of wanting to lead a good, moral life. And by the way, I am Jewish, but not religous.

Eva, July 19, 2011 6:46 AM

Rays of light to make us shine

Judaism is a light, a lighthouse, to dispel the darkness; if people don't want to be in the light, stay away from the light and stay in the darkness. While in the darkness, can't see those in the light. Don't judge Judaism by the Jews? Don't judge Judaism by those in the darkness. You can be in the light and not in religion, you can be in religion and be in darkness. Judaism is about morals and ethics to live by "logos" (written and spoken words) that forms the moral & natural laws to live by. Not everyone is concerned about living a moral life, quite the contrary for many. The reason for the title. Anon, if all was like you, with putting you best foot forward, the title COULD be "Do judge Judaism by the Jews." We should all expose ourselves to the light of the word. to dispel our own inner darkness so the light can shine through us, I for one can struggle and need reminded over and over again. Thanks for reminding us Anon, and continue being the best Jewish version of yourself you can be.

(15) am. abukasis, July 16, 2011 11:16 AM


I really needed 2hear this. You're speech was/is beautiful and I think more people (goiiam) should hear this.

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