We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset tonight, beginning the ten days of Awe or Repentence that brings us to Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement and Judgment. Although every day we are to examine our actions and thoughts, making up and apologizing for our transgressions toward others and beginning to live a better good life, these ten days are especially intense introspection and self-correction.
May you and yours be inscribed in the book of life for the coming year. As a Christian, and a Catholic, it increasingly becomes clear to me (at 66+) that Christianity is Judaism for dummies, i.e., the rest of us! Thank you, Hashem, for giving us that.
Thank you, G-d, for Sinai. We will keep the faith and protect your people.
I wouldn't say that. Sin is a disease and Jews practice hygiene as prescribed by G_d to keep it from festering and spreading. Despite their best efforts though it still caused epidemics. Jesus is the cure.
Christianity is Judaism for dummies? Let me tell you something, Pal. I was raised as a Jew, got my Bar Mitzvah, and lived in Israel. And I have never seen a group of people who are more irreligious than the Jews. Sure, it sounds nice to talk about "The High Holidays" but for 99% of the people who call themselves "Jews" it's a completely fraudulent ritual. I'm really speaking from experience. The Jews are nothing but a bunch of cynical assholes, who use "religion" as a cover for what they really want: political power. And don't accuse me of antisemitism; I'm Jewish.
I've traveled all over America, and I have attended Jewish services in many Synagogues. It's always the same: Politics!
The Rabbi, without fail, gives a speech on how important it is for the Jews to pursue Social Justice for everyone; including Blacks, Homosexuals, and Illegal Immigrants. There is absolutely no discussion of religion, or family, or morals. It is always about Politics. The Jews will not be satisfied until they have gained absolute political power. And one weapon that they use is the charge of "antisemitism." So if I don't like Jewish political intrigue, I'm an antisemite. The Jews can kiss my ass: they are a plague. We have them to thank for most of the black violence, the "feminists" and the politically charged atmosphere which is destroying our country. Honestly, if I never saw another Jew again, it would be too soon.
Christianity is different from the Jewish religion. It doesn't require that you meet any political test before you can join. The whole idea behind the Christian religion is that kindness is an extension of the community. Many Churches give charity to the poor, but they don't expect to be recognized for what they do; its a selfless act. Have you ever been in a Synagogue? Every person who gave money expects to have his name glued to the object which he paid for. In my Synagogue, there are nameplates on everything. The water fountain, the chairs, everything. The urge for self-aggrandizement is so great that they just can't help themselves.
Christians above all else, take people for who they are. That doesn't mean that they are without standards. But if an errant homosexual wanders into Church, they won't kick him out. They'll work with him, and try to show him a better way. But Jews are vicious; if you disagree with the "Sisterhood" of a Temple, they will throw you out, or call the Police. Believe me, the Jewish "religion" is not a religion. It is a purely political organization, trying to mask as a religion, so that all those "Jews" can claim to have heroic motives. Their only motive is absolute political power. And again, I'm Jewish. I lived through all of this.
Christians approach life with a simple optimism. Jews approach life with malice aforethought.
We have a few good friends--some of them are Jewish--and, they try every day of the year to reflect, and to improve their deeds, and their thoughts. I am grateful for them. But, there are others not so much so. Just the same as in all religions, all cultures, all networks, etc. I wish you quiet times. What will you do with your family? Will your son come home from school?