Thoughts From A Jew

by shamus100 40 Replies latest jw friends

  • shamus100

    Having never really met or been friends with a Jewish person, I must say that I was quite amused by his amusement of my little cult experience. He is serving on a board to help fundraise for his synagogue, and I met many people there, including a lesbian sitting on the board.

    Gay people in a religion? Strange?

    Not for them. As he put it, we all sin, and Jews can't understand why Christians are so focused on sin and why they make such a big deal about it. Being a Jew, the person who gossips about the homosexuality is viewed to have sinned MORE than the homosexual. And the fact that two homosexuals are in a high-ranking position in the religion left me gobsmacked to say the least... and nobody gives a damn.

    What are your experiences with Jews, if any? If none, it's food for thought. I enjoyed the following questions cut and paste from a website compliments of Cades below:

    Dear Dr. Laura:

    Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

    When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

    I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

    I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

    Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

    I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

    A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

    Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

    Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

    I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

    My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

    I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

  • BurnTheShips

    Some of my best friends are Reformed Jews. Some are ethnic, others are converts. It's a great religion, the Reformed are very religiously liberal, and they have no problem inviting this goy to synagogue for their bar/bat mitzvahs and such. If I didn't like that carpenter turned prophet so much, I'd probably be one too--BTS

  • Mall Cop
    Mall Cop

    DR.Laura. She likes to pick and choose what fits into her agenda. The Talmud, The Torah, The Mishna, The Six Hundred or so laws of Moses, who can follow without violation. So much ambiquity thrown into the mix?

  • PSacramento

    I have debates ( friendly discussions) online, via email and in person with a few Jewish friends, one of them, his uncle, is a high standing Rabbi and he works for the Jewish Research Center in Toronto.

    While we may not always agree, LOL!, we all view each other as children of the same God and have more in common than we have different.

  • BurnTheShips
    While we may not always agree, LOL!, we all view each other as children of the same God and have more in common than we have different.

    While not necessarily representative, some of the ones I know have crosses/crucifixes in their homes, and they really like that Jesus guy, even bringing out a creche for their tree during the holidays, right alongside the menorah. They're better Christians than most Christians as far as I'm concerned. One friend who I discuss religion with says that Christianity is "Judaism for Gentiles". :-)


  • shamus100

    No ambiquity at all; it shows just how peposterous the mosaic law really is, and how it cannot be followed without sin.

    Therefore, how is homosexuality any worse?

    Makes sense to me.

  • Robdar
    What are your experiences with Jews, if any?

    I like Jews so much, I converted. They are loving, fun, and down to earth people. At least the reform are.

    I do not know too much about the Orthodox.

  • Gregor

    I have known and been friends with many Jews over the years. During the years I owned a couple of companies my go to lawyer was a Jew and damned good at his profession. I have always felt empathy for the State of Israel, warts and all.

    Perhaps I am biased. Although I am an Anglo Saxon my penis converted to Judaism many years ago.

  • Robdar
    and they really like that Jesus guy,

    We have had many discussions about Jesus at the temple. We do like him. I have never been asked to give up my Christian symbols like the cross or saint icons.

    And now I am in a serious relationship with a Catholic. My rabbi doesn't give two hoots what religion he is as long as he is a good man. And he is a good man.

  • BurnTheShips
    Perhaps I am biased. Although I am an Anglo Saxon my penis converted to Judaism many years ago.

    LOL. Same here, BTS

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