Worse Than Idol Worship

Who is going to reach out to the masses of Jews who are not seeking a spiritual connection?

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(11) SusanE, August 17, 2013 2:25 AM

I Agree

I agree. The new idols (money, possessions, celeb. worship) replace spirituality and offer a nicer lifestyle. Education and the professions of medicine, law, finance, provide a high end lifestyle. The lifestyle is the idol.

(10) Margarita, August 16, 2013 3:21 AM

why reinvent the wheel? something to think about

why there is a need to re-invent the wheel? worship idols is the most horrible thing we can do. worship of idols is not a search for anything, but rather ignorance especially nowadays when we have a huge and easy access to knowledge. this is the main reason for intermarriage (which is threatening our very survival), this is the main reason for treason (which is unfortunately happening), this is the main cause of our problems.
something to think about - for sure. it is my honest opinion that you have missed the point on this one, but majority of your videos are great.

(9) Daniel Reuben, August 15, 2013 3:07 AM

What is worship?

Idols or no idles; what is worship? Is it going to Synagogue, or Church or Temple and do whatever that institution allows? Doing it in a very outstanding way and spending lot of money over it is worshiping? Or do something to save what G'd have created? Are we suppose to "fear" the G'd or we should "love" the G'd? Trust in G'd or no G'd is not a question here. "What we do" is under scrutiny. "One line prayer" is sufficient? Or we must sit and spend hours in the end?

(8) Suzanne, August 14, 2013 8:19 PM

I would agree with #1

People don't worship idols today because it's so crystal clear that it IS idol worship. No, today, we are much more sophisticated. Today, we have a much more subtle form of idol worship and that is worshiping ourselves. People will daly with Judaism as long as it's not too bothersome, fits into their schedules, makes them feel "spiritual" etc. G_d forbid, that they have to deny themselves anything (like that dinner at their favorite non-Kosher restaruant). There is also the "classic" idol of money worship. Yes, the persuit and aquisition of wealth is the most important thing in far too many people's lives. How much pride is wrapped up in this is anyone's guess!

(7) Rachel, August 14, 2013 4:56 PM

The din of modern life

It never fails to amaze me how people proudly announce they're available to their jobs "24/7". G-d is right where He's always been, but if you never take off your headphones nor look up from your I-phone, it's easy to miss His presence.

Remedy Hawke, August 20, 2013 12:37 AM

Do you know what happens these days if you ask for Saturday's off?

You get turned down for the job or fired. 24/7 is a strict requirement for hiring managers. Of course, those of you with connections within the jewish community wouldn't have a clue, would you? Guess what? It's starting again. Anti-semitism is becoming another bad rash. Wake up.

(6) ruth housman, August 14, 2013 4:34 PM

being misguided

You say, do not Judge, but you yourself use the word, misguided, so YOU are judging how others find meaning in life.

You say, to worship Nature is wrong, but, if we all Did, if we all saw that Nature is a deep part of us, of all Creation, we'd be on our hands and knees under the stars, and that's the meaning, the deep inner meaning, of Sukkot.

Those people you think are not seekig meaning, might have found it, in big and small ways, as small IS big, and it could be, working to support child, dropping a dime for the homeless, and even buying what you consider frivolous, because actually that does support artists, who also need to survive, and their creativity, and the knowledge they too, are beloved for what they do.

I don't think my words ever go anyplace, except they are about heart. And for that I write and share. The rest is up to God, who wrote for each of us, a profound journey, that has a deep learning curve.

This morning I felt the awe of seeing a Lamed, etched in shadow, on the bright sunshine filled wall of the hallway here, and it was the shadow created by a handle on a window. How much can we handle in life? Handel wrote the Messiah, and Lamed has a very deep meaning if you examine what's written by our sages, about these, the Hebrew Letters. This is a liminal time: Elul, and the veils do part. How Green was my Valley?

Ani, Ani Yodah

(5) Anonymous, August 14, 2013 8:39 AM

Perhaps the lack of interest in Judaism among both the religious and non-religious is due to the way religion is presented to them. Also the fact that charedim are not portrayed in a positive way by the media can be off-putting to a lot of people, especially non-observant Jews. The world's impression of religious Jews (not all but a lot) is that we are intolerant of others, ignorant about the world we live in, uneducated, and retrogrades. Using or abusing religion to justify your disgusting behaviors and iniquities leaves people with a bad impression of the religion you practice. So is imposing your values and practices on others using threats and physical violence. Education can also influence people's views about religion as well. For instance, if you go to a school were Judaism is not emphasized as much, you will leave with not much knowledge nor interest in religious. Likewise, if you go to a school that has a draconian and a very one-sided dogmatic approached to Judaism, you may come to the conclusion that religion is oppressive, preaches intolerance towards those who don't practice religion the way you do, sexist, not congruent with the century you live in and therefore you may not want any part of it. Lack of leadership and corruption among "Jewish leaders" as we are unfortunately discovering more, isn't inspirational to those who are trying to learn about their heritage. If you want to help people develop a spiritual connection with their religion, then you must change the image of the religion you practice and yourself for the better. We need to clean up our act. We are not perfect but acting in an egregious matter that puts us in the headlines of every newspaper won't do it. Proselytism is not the way to go about it. You can provide all the inspiration and resources but you must acknowledge that its ultimately their decision to make regarding how they want to live their lives and which path they want to chose. Reach out but don't push it.

Matt, August 14, 2013 7:56 PM

Lets bring the cost of kosher food down

Why are we the only faith that price gouges on our products? The Muslims don't do this on Hallal meat! Don't believe me, go to a hallal butcher.

(4) sharona, August 13, 2013 7:51 PM

It's a sad situation. Every small deed can help, like a nice greeting, or inviting someone for Shabbos, or just handing someone a card with a Jewish link etc. With this, we can accomplish both spiritual growth and unity G-d willing

(3) ross, August 13, 2013 3:15 PM


It's hard to believe that on seder night, a guy by his grandma's family dinner ('I counted 38, unless Uncle Bernie finally comes this time, the bum.) who reads an english seder book (the short version--we're hungry, you know.) and argues about the latest union contract proposal with cousin Jason, is better off than Ashram Ari who spent seder night in a monestary in India moaning to the background harmony of monkeys and holy cows (the monks taught him well.)
Then again...maybe they're at least equal.

(2) Matt, August 13, 2013 10:23 AM

No Idolatry today?

Come to Long Island! I'll show you idol worship amongst Jews! Rabbi, email me. I'll give you a personal tour of idolatry amongst our people showing it's a thriving business!

(1) Alan S., August 11, 2013 8:33 AM

The new idols are really old idols: the love of money, possessions and over the top celebrity worhship.


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