Judaism and Individuality

With so many rules, doesn’t Judaism force everyone to be the same?

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Comments (3)

(3) Nathan Smith, July 28, 2018 3:43 AM

Individuality is a common thread amongst Jews

I have always believed and felt a strong sense of individuality in the Jewish community. I think that is important to one's identity as a Jew.

(2) Dvirah, June 22, 2017 8:03 PM

Look Around You and at History

As a matter of fact, it is Judaism amongst all the major religions that has the most tolerance for individuality. Just think of the killings going on between the various Moslems groups with their differing interpretations of the Koran, and similar killings in the past between rival Christian groups. In fact, in the early-to-mid Medieval ages the Catholic Church spent a good deal of its time sniffing out and destroying "heretical" interpretations of Christianity. Jews might argue mightily, but difference of opinion is NOT accepted as cause for murder.

(1) Moshe Schorr, June 9, 2017 9:53 AM

Ear for music

You spoke about how someone with an ear for music can tell the difference between various orchestras playing the same piece.

I was reminded of a story I read, (possibly on Aish!) about how every Jew's learning, even if it's the same page of Torah is precious.

Arturo Toscanini, the world famous conductor, was listening to a concert on the radio. Suddenly he said, "There is something wrong! There should be 13 violins in the orchestra , and there are only 12!" A call to the station broadcasting the music proved him right. They thought no one could tell the difference, but to Toscanini's trained ear, it was noticeable!

_Everybody_ counts!


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