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Old 09-26-2013, 05:16 PM
 
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Would anyone that practices Judaism be willing to answer some questions from someone with a Jehovah's Witness background?
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:28 PM
 
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Go ahead

JW is a cult btw
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Old 09-28-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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Yes I hear that a lot.

The first question I have is how diverse are Jewish beliefs? If you answer questions do you speak for yourself only or also for others?
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:38 PM
 
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Yes I hear that a lot.

The first question I have is how diverse are Jewish beliefs? If you answer questions do you speak for yourself only or also for others?
Not Jewish myself, but Judaism is as diverse as any other religion. Just like Christianity, it ranges from something close to universalism to very strict, literal understandings of the Torah and Tanakh.

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Old 09-28-2013, 09:45 PM
 
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Not Jewish myself, but Judaism is as diverse as any other religion. Just like Christianity, it ranges from something close to universalism to very strict, literal understandings of the Torah and Tanakh.
Judaism is not diverse, but Jews are diverse in their observance of Judaism.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:48 AM
 
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I only answer questions for myself. Even Rabbis differ in their opinions, and I for one would not trust a Rabbi who considered his or her word as the absolute truth. Most Rabbis encourage their congregants to seek answers for themselves with guidance.
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:30 PM
 
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Thanks for the answers. I have several question but I'm not sure where to begin. According to Judaism how does one draw close to God?
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:43 PM
 
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Thanks for the answers. I have several question but I'm not sure where to begin. According to Judaism how does one draw close to God?
By observing the 613 mitzvos He gave us. And by talking to Him.
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Old 09-29-2013, 02:54 PM
 
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Are you referring to the laws in the Hebrew scriptures? And is this opportunity open to everyone or only to Jews? Sorry if I sound ignorant but I am. I am familiar with the Hebrew scriptures but I know Jews apply them considerably different than Christians.
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:03 PM
 
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I know that most Jews will tell you that gentiles should not keep the Torah outside of the Noachide laws. However, I was recently thinking about the way the yarmulke was adopted as a jewish custom. IIIRC, the high priest was commanded to wear a headcovering when serving in the temple. Because there was no negative command that regular jews could not wear the headcovering it was adopted by all jews as a sign of devotion to G-d.

When thinking about this I've often wondered why a gentile could not keep Torah. I know there are some mitzvot that specifically say they are only for ethnic Jews (I think eating the Passover is one of them...and the ones all Christians seem to want to do). But what about the many others which are not, that I have seen, limited to ethnic jews? IDK...
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