If we're made in Gods image, God's made of gag, pol, and env.
LOL! Good kid. And good synagogue for not going psycho on him.
Very good synagogue. People need to find their own way.
I'm an atheist and have a good number of Jewish friends and I've attended a couple of Bar Mitzvahs. In my experience, I've found Jews much more flexible and good-natured about their beliefs than most Christians. It's fairly unthinkable that a young man would deliver such a talk in most Christian churches without being shouted down.Well done.
Now compare to the video of a mother being told by her son that he is atheist, and she screams and curses at him. http://youtube.com/watch?v=wM6BEGZ-spI
Thanks, me. I posted a link to that video here.
Sharp kid! That congregation puts to shame the sectarian Protestant ones that I was part of at that age. My pastors would have shut off the mic and thrown me out of the church, had I admitted to agnosticism. These particular Jews, including the Rabbi, are decent, tolerant people.-- HalfMooner
I've heard it said that Judaism is a religion of questions rather than answers... I wouldn't know because I’m not a Jew, but if that's the case, it makes sense that they are more tolerant of people openly questioning within their culture.
Bravo, kid. Bravo.
Risen,I'm Jewish, and yeah, Judaism puts a strong emphasis on questions and discussion. To be an active part of the religion, you generally are asked to think about things, examine an issue or story from multiple angles, and generally just kick ideas around (hence, the snarky in-joke: "Two Jews, three opinions").Often, the answers are not nearly as important as the act of trying to find an answer.
So much for my linking that site...that cowardly git blocked out most of the comments, including it seems, that one.
We liberal Jews (i.e. liberally religiously, i.e. not part of the Jewish Orthodoxy) are, in general, less concerned with the deity or the afterlife, and we certainly don't go with any of that angel stuff. We're more concerned with social justice, awesome food, and giving our intellects a good workout.
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