Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Real Jews

After reading this book I was shocked by the conflicts between Jews, and well other Jews. Each claiming to be the real Jews. First you have the zionist jews and the anti-zionist jews. It's not the way we think of anti-zionist, they are not pro-palestinain (although there are some pro-palestinain jews) . They are anti-zionist because simply they are anti-secular. At the same time the secular zionists seem to despise the ultra-orthodox Jews, the Haredi. Also, amongst those categories, there are the Ashkenazi Jews (from european descent) and the saphardic Jews. These different groups all claim to be real Jews. and throughout the book they accuse each other of being like the Nazis. It is actually very complicated and by the time you finish reading the book you feel that there is real chaos. Before reading this book I had no idea of how serious and complex the situation is. Now I understand why they still don't have a written constitution.


Blogger Waffles said...

All Im going to say is read this.

5:06 AM  
Blogger Abu Sinan said...

Yeah, kind of like us Muslims, everyone wants to think they have it right. It I had to take sides here I would go with the orthodox. Reform Judaism hardly even looks like Judaism anymore.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

There's tremendous diversity within Judaism. There are at least four major denominations of Judaism, as well as other branches and groups which define Jewish practice in different ways.

In my family there are Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Renewal, and unaffiliated Jews...but though our practices differ, none of us believes that our way is the only "right" way to be Jewish. To me, that's part of the beauty of Judaism -- that it exists in so many different variations and forms, all branches on the same tree.

11:52 AM  
Blogger boredinHK said...

This is a tremendous bummer for me to read.
I wish all of you- all this so called believers , couldn't care less which god you follow, would go away and leave me in my secular and vile materialistic peace.
Oh ,me and half of humanity that is.
All your gods have miserably failed to give even one of you any wisdom.

3:42 AM  
Blogger Lamya said...

all our gods? excuse me, we all worship the same God, we may take differnt roads and follow a variety of doctines, but all religions ptay to the same higher power: God, whose name varies only because of the languages. Hindus, Jews, Christians,Muslims, Baha'is, Buddhists...they all practice spirituality in different ways, but it all leads to the same God. wisdom? define it if you will...and let's see if u have any of it. I respect athiests who mind their own business without offending people's choices of religions, but to go around and claim to have wisome? what a cotradiction!

7:23 PM  
Blogger Lamya said...

Just to add something. American jews have been the nicest of americans to me, and the most supportive of my choice of religion. The first person to send me a Ramadhan card, the first to worry about my prayer times, the first to offer to fast with me for support...were all jews. religions may get into conflict, but only for political purposes, in basics they all come together.

7:28 PM  

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