Why I Like Being Jewish
Beliefnet members discuss what their religious beliefs mean to them.
I like being Jewish because my faith promotes kindness, compassion, wisdom and charity above all else. "Being Jewish" is more about being a good person than adhering to all the rules of Judaism. I also like being Jewish because of the depth of the religion - I don't think I could know everything about Judaism if I studied my whole life. Jews put a high premium on knowledge and wisdom - they encourage questioning and skepticism, not blind faith. I enjoy all the beautiful songs, foods, books, prayers, and traditions that are part of Judaism.
Beyond the ultra-conservatives you find in my religion (and in many others), I find that I love the open-minded spirit of Judaism and its scholarly aspects. There is a wonderful saying that sums this up: "Ask two Jews a question and you are bound to get three opinions!" Also, the Kaballah is SO WONDERFUL! The mystical aspects of our religion are very powerful and comforting.
Passover is my favorite holiday... and I love the fact that we examine the persistent problem of slavery in its old and new forms each year around the Seder table.
Too many of my Christian friends...believe that we believe what is found in their Old Testament and they don't realize that Judaism is a living, evolving religion that in no way is at all like their preconceptions. It is a thriving, wonderful religion and culture!
I like being Jewish because I admire the strengh of my ancestors given what they endured, especially during the 2nd World War. Anyhow, I believe there is a reason for everything..for if we never experience hate we may not ever truly know LOVE. I admire the determination displayed by 1st generation Jews in America. Can you imagine just having to leave your country for not being viewed as equal by the government/people and starting all over in such a strange new land?
I don't have to believe everything that I was taught, nor do I have to interprete any biblical quote,written down by MAN, the same way another interprets a given quote. I believe being Jewish has given me a respect for many differing beliefs and religions...I may even take things from the orthodox, reform, and conservative views. I may even contemplate 'other' things. But, I think Jesus was fabulous! I don't need to see him any different from Moses, if I don't want to. I won't be saved? Oh well...I'll be.