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Old 09-14-2013, 09:19 PM
Location: El Paso, TX
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Based on my experience at a Chabad synagogue, I wrote this:

"Changing behavior is a more practical solution than changing thinking. This statement will certainly jar Christians because it is fundamentally Jewish. Both the Modern and Christian view come from Greek thinking which says that how one thinks determines what one does. But the Jewish view is the opposite, that what one does determines how one thinks. This is why Judaism focuses on actions, not on beliefs. When a liberal Jew visits an Orthodox synagogue, the rabbi doesn't engage him in intellectual debate. Instead, the rabbi asks the liberal Jew to perform certain rituals and obey certain rules. The more rituals and rules that the liberal Jew follows, the less liberal his thinking becomes. Over time, the liberal Jew becomes a traditional Orthodox Jew."
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This is what I saw happen at the synagogue, but this view wasn't directly expressed. Is my quote accurate for Judaism in general?

I no longer attend the Chabad synagogue and I will be joining a Karaite synagogue, so I will not be getting more exposure to mainstream rabbinic Judaism.
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