Judaism

  • Ator

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    I'm catholic and I'm doing a project on the Exile for my year 12 religion class.

    I was wondering if you could tell me from your view, about the Exile? If our bible is missing any information about it?
    February 16th, 2009 at 06:58am
  • Just.a.Reader

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    I'm a born jew, all my family is for as far as the family tree goes. I have a crazy family tho, we're very mixed up. We have orthodox, chasidists, reforms, conservatives (yes, that can get crazy sometimes).

    I consider myself an 'openminded' modern orthodox. I respect most of the rules, but at the same time, take a chance at analyzing, and interpret them in my own way.
    February 19th, 2009 at 01:43pm
  • sweet baby james.

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    I also found Judaism interesting. I had to do research on the major religions in the World, and once I started to read about Judaism, I started my own research about it. And in many of my stories, I try to incoporate Judaism into it, being as I find it so interesting.
    April 22nd, 2009 at 04:52pm
  • Cresent_Moon_126

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    I had a friend who was Jewish...though it was a long time ago. Judaism is one of the three monotheistic religions, right? Yea, I have major respect for it, since one day I'll want to go to Israel.

    Are you a traditional Jew, orthodox, am I right? Well, just curious. ^^
    April 22nd, 2009 at 05:18pm
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    I'm agnostic, but I think it's really, really interesting.

    My friend Sammy is Jewish, but he doesn't follow like...any of the rules. He eats meat and dairy together all the time. :XD His parents hate it.
    Justina, on the other hand, is more conservative. She's liberal for her heratige, though.
    Daniel is, too.

    :cute: I think it's so neat.
    Judaism and Islam are my two favorite religions to study.

    My dad's been to Israel twice, I think, for business a long time ago. He had a cheeseburger and everyone was dying. :tehe:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 04:47am
  • kllyqtpie15

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    I'm Catholic, and I plan on staying that way, but I am interested in the faith. With us pretty much being like "faith-cousins" (prehaps?) and being very similar except for a little detail, I think the faith is cool. :)

    I do have a question. You know how people think that Hanukkah and Christmas are our "big" holidays just because they're close together? Well, I know that my big holiday is Easter (obvious reasons haha) but what it is the really important holiday for the Jewish faith? I've always been curious.
    May 1st, 2009 at 03:24am
  • The Master

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    ^ Passover, maybe.
    May 1st, 2009 at 10:35am
  • MusicalGigixoxo

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    I'm Sefardi, :D
    my family and i are going back to our lost jewish roots. And there is a lot to learn, but we all want to learn. ^^
    May 4th, 2009 at 04:12pm
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    Hey!
    I was really glad to see this board.
    I was born Jewish as well, I have been Bat Mitzvah'd but other than that my family is really reformed.
    However I kind of want to get back into it, learn more about and start practicing the religion more thoroughly.
    This may sound kind of lame, but I was in a production of Fiddler on the Roof and the Jewish religion just makes me really happy.
    I can read, write, and understand a tiny bit of Hebrew, but I'm going to find some audio program to try to learn the rest of the language.
    Thanks again! =]
    May 29th, 2009 at 02:21am
  • isangelical.

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    :think: I dunno why I never came here before.

    I'm born into a total Jewish family. Like, almost everyone who's married into our family has converted (even this Filipino woman who married into ours several years back).

    I, on the other hand, am a total and complete atheist. I have been since birth; never understood the concept of god as a child. :cute: That isn't to say I hate religions or anything. I actually take pride in my Jewish heritage, believe it or not. My family celebrates all the holidays respectively. We don't normally eat pork (but we will if it's in, like, Chinese food. Or ribs or something). I refuse to eat cooked meat with dairy, but not stuff like coldcuts. It's mostly personal preference because I think it's pretty gross, but also respectively done. Currently, I'm wearing a Chai necklace I found in my dad's drawer. I think it's the most gorgeous thing in the world, even if it's deadly tarnished now (sterling silver and gold leaf). I have, like, a little Star of David necklace and pins and stuff, for the holidays too.

    I actually take great offense to the Jew jokes that ignorant folk in my school like to make. They think it's rather cute and funny to make fun of Judaism, and I can't figure out why. Needless to say, I do flip out at people quite often. Often violently too and with a lot of bitching involved. Then again, I'm also someone who honors and respects everyone's beliefs no matter what, so I take offense if anyone insults anyone's religions or otherwise. You should see me in action. Someone used some slur and a lot of commentary in 7th grade, I sent him home crying with a week of detention.

    And actually, the holocaust is a huge interest of mine. I'm really fascinated by it, odd as it sounds. Some of my favorite films are holocaust films, actually. I'm even writing a holocaust fanfic right now. It's my favorite era.
    May 30th, 2009 at 04:20am
  • Lady More.

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    I'm a Conservative Jew and I have great faith in my religion for it had helped me loads of times before.
    July 1st, 2009 at 07:37pm
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    I've been reading and studying a lot about Judaism lately
    It sounds truely fascinating and it makes so much more sense than other religions. I was born into a hardcore Catholic family but slowly we're marrying into Jewish families (some of my anscestors were Jewish but converted to Catholicism).

    My boyfriend is Jewish but he is the most flexible Jew I've ever met. His parents are a bit strict though and they told me that if I was to marry him I'd have to convert but it really is no problem because I truely am interested in converting anyway.
    January 10th, 2011 at 07:07am
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    kllyqtpie15:
    I do have a question. You know how people think that Hanukkah and Christmas are our "big" holidays just because they're close together? Well, I know that my big holiday is Easter (obvious reasons haha) but what it is the really important holiday for the Jewish faith? I've always been curious.
    The two most important days for Jews are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish new year. Common celebrations on Rosh Hashanah include blowing the Shofar, and eating apples and honey (signifying a sweet new year). I've always found the sound of the Shofar to be a bit annoying and harsh on the ears, but I love apples and honey :D

    Yom Kippur takes place ten days later, and it's a day where we're supposed to ask for forgiveness from the people we've hurt over the past year, and forgive those who have hurt us. This is also the day when your year is sealed in god's book of life. Technically you're supposed to fast for the day, and even though I should because I'm older than thirteen, I never have.
    January 12th, 2011 at 02:05am
  • flyer.

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    I'm Jewish :D And I suppose I was born into it, since both my parents are Jewish.
    I'm agnostic, though; I'll celebrate Hanukkah, maybe fast on Yom Kippur...but I don't go to temple. Or keep kosher.
    And I'm pretty content with that, because Judiasm has a really rich culture that you can take part in seperate from the religious beliefs.
    January 29th, 2011 at 01:23am
  • cannibal.

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    I'm Jewish by heritage, my father's side. My mother and her side are Christian. Does anyone else find it stupid that my parents claim to be strict in their religions but didn't give a second thought in marrying? There was no converting or agreement with anyone on the family they just did it spur of the moment.

    I remain Agnostic in order to avoid their drama and I've clearly told that they should respect this if I am to respect them. Am I wrong for it?
    February 5th, 2011 at 01:15am
  • whiskey lullaby.

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    My mom is a Jewish convert
    July 23rd, 2011 at 11:46pm
  • ThePiesEndure

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    Lula:
    I'm Jewish by heritage, my father's side. My mother and her side are Christian. Does anyone else find it stupid that my parents claim to be strict in their religions but didn't give a second thought in marrying? There was no converting or agreement with anyone on the family they just did it spur of the moment.

    I remain Agnostic in order to avoid their drama and I've clearly told that they should respect this if I am to respect them. Am I wrong for it?
    Just a question, I thought you were only considered Jewish by heritage if your mother was Jewish, not the other way round?

    Asking out of curiosity.

    Also, maybe they got married because they fell in love? Interfaith marriages can and do happen, even if their families were devout/strict Christians/Jews.

    I don't think it's stupid really. In some ways Judaism and Christianity are similar.
    July 24th, 2011 at 06:47am
  • whiskey lullaby.

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    ^ I believe that's only if you're Orthodox. =)
    July 24th, 2011 at 07:43am
  • Masha Mikhailovna

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    Born Jewish since my mother is a Jew (my dad a Catholic who pretends being a Jew LOL). We are Argentinian but currently live in Israel. I am an Atheist but I am Jewish in my culture and proud of that. I'm a vegetarian but before I became one I didn't eat Kosher, non in my family really do LOL. Yeah, it includes pork.
    July 25th, 2011 at 12:57am
  • cannibal.

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    the mice endure:
    Just a question, I thought you were only considered Jewish by heritage if your mother was Jewish, not the other way round?

    Asking out of curiosity.

    Also, maybe they got married because they fell in love? Interfaith marriages can and do happen, even if their families were devout/strict Christians/Jews.

    I don't think it's stupid really. In some ways Judaism and Christianity are similar.
    Honestly, I don't know much about the religion itself or rules concerning heritage. I only know what my father has told me and what I've learned in school. Schools never go in depth about it (mine anyway) and half the time my father has no idea what he's talking about. He's the one that told me about the heritage part. I usually go along with what he says so he doesn't blow up on me for something as small as asking for all of the details. For all I know he could have been completely wrong about the heritage part.

    Concerning the converting during marriage. I probably should have worded that question differently. Either way, I thought there were strict rules that if you and your significant other had different religions then one had to convert? I also hear it's almost always the female that has to convert. That confused me as well. If she didn't want to convert would they not be allowed to marry?
    July 26th, 2011 at 10:40am