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04:23 PM on 10/02/2012
There was a wonderful movie "Ushpizin" that came out some years ago, about an adventure of faith for an Orthodox couple in Israel, one of answered prayer, kindness, hospitality, patience, and the perfect citron. I really enjoyed it!
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11:11 AM on 10/08/2012
Me too.
10:07 AM on 10/02/2012
it's hard to belive in our modern day and age ,people still go for this stuff - your all like cavemen , running around with all your acutrements- it's stupid - it's where we came from , the past is not today - the kings of the past were stupid bloody conquerors , they are gone now - we as a people have to move foward --so hang all that stuff on a wall as decoration if you want to - it is part of our history -- it belongs in a museum
lolly caust
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08:03 PM on 10/02/2012
*accoutrements*

people are weird - which subculture do you belong to and can you identify its silly 'accoutrements?'
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Eliott Terrance
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08:07 AM on 10/02/2012
Interesting ritual. Much better than waiting in line for an iPhone.
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10:40 PM on 10/01/2012
Strange but harmless.

In terms of weirdness, however,you cannot touch the one where they swing a live chicken over their heads to exorcise their sins. Really.
04:54 PM on 10/02/2012
They don't swing it. They raise it over their heads.
05:53 PM on 10/02/2012
Oh.. that makes it totally ok..
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CrankyGal
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12:10 PM on 10/03/2012
I have personally witnessed the chicken swinging.

It was hilarious.
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Vivian Darkbloom
10:41 PM on 10/02/2012
Nobody believes one can exorcise sins with chickens (or pigeons or goats or any other animal). People who do these ceremonies understand full well that according to Jewish teaching, atonement comes only through repentance, apologizing to one's victim, making restitution for any damages, and reforming one's behavior. Even when Jewish worship did include animal sacrifices, one could only participate after one had apologized and been forgiven.
01:23 PM on 10/03/2012
Surely the big change occured when the Temple, the place of sacrifice was destroyed. Then the Rabbis 'invented' the role of mitzvot (good deeds) as a replacement. Before it was destroyed, nobody would question why you needed to sacrifice a living creature. Blood covers over sins. Jesus was executed at the right time, in the words of the high priest, as something beneficial to the Jewish nation. It was like the words were put into his mouth :D
08:47 PM on 10/01/2012
Holy Baloney. They have no idea what a statement they make of Vanity and Insanity. My favorite is the guys who rock back and forth like bobble-heads, at the wailing wall. WHY?
Can't you just bash your heads against the refrigerator....at home? Jesus can hear your prayers from the kitchen, too.
04:53 PM on 10/02/2012
Why do you care how other people pray to their god? It has no affect on your life or anyone else's.
05:54 PM on 10/02/2012
I'm pretty sure they don't pray to Jesus.. Check your data..
11:59 PM on 10/03/2012
Yes, I've heard them....."Jesus, my arms are tired."
thebigbike
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08:18 PM on 10/01/2012
I guess you'd have to be there.......
05:54 PM on 10/02/2012
Lol !
A Jew with a View
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04:33 PM on 10/01/2012
I'm surprised by the ethnocentric attitudes of many of the posts. What happened to appreciating different cultures of which religion plays a major part? So many “Peoples” have been forced to assimilate to majority cultures that their religions have disappeared. That is a tremendous loss to humanity.

Some posts seem to reflect similar attitudes that Europeans and Americans had toward non-Christians when the Americas, Africa and East Asia were colonized. i.e.non- Christian cultures were “uncivilized”. Today, those who ridicule religion and ritual believe that anyone who holds to religious beliefs and rituals is uncivilized.

I am interested in knowing if any of these comments are written by anthropologists, sociologists or by people who have studied other cultures. The fact that the writer would even put a survey in the article asking what the general community feels is
Judaism's most unusual ritual is itself offensive. Most don’t know what those rituals are or their meaning.

Now, I am sure I will get responses such as “so you appreciate religions that offer child sacrifice”. Such responses use the most extreme situations but the answer is ”no”. While I can appreciate different cultures and their religious beliefs, I appreciate the sanctity of human life more, and human life needs to be protected, even if that means opposing some else’s religious beliefs. That's not the case here.

I can respect others with different religious beliefs and expressions of faith without personally believing in them or needing to ridicule them.
05:29 PM on 10/01/2012
exactly on point. as usual.
A Jew with a View
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05:36 PM on 10/01/2012
Thank you.
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wisdom4you
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05:39 PM on 10/01/2012
A jew with a view. 'My' 'problem' with so called judaism is that, as a so called 'religion', it is a total fraud. Which any reading of the so called bible certainly self proves. 1. 'Hebrews' in fact were only slaves of the Egyptians, taken in wars from various countries and cultures. 2. in turn, the hebrews left Egypt as PAGANS, which they had stolen from the pagans all of their various practices. 3. and worst of all being, they started so called christianity and islamism.
4. For the most part, they worship having been losers, which I have never understood.
And their 'god' had been just plain stupid, and/or, totally incompetent, by reason when IT told them IT had created all mankind, had failed to also tell them people also had lived ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE EARTH, indeed, had also 'forgot' to tell them that the earth just happened to be round.
A Jew with a View
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07:10 PM on 10/01/2012
I don't know why you have a problem with Judaism at all.  Why are you concerned about our beliefs?  That is like me having a problem with Tibetan mysticism.  It does not really concern me and therefore I don't have a problem with it.  However, to address your concerns:  The Hebrews were enslaved in Egypt as were many other people.  Many people left with the Hebrews during the Exodus,who are known as the erav rav.  They became part of the Jewish People because of their common experience at Mt. Sinai and the wandering for 40 years.  Look at the US.  There is such thing as the American People.  Nevertheless, their roots are from many different countries and experiences.It is funny that you critisize Judaism because from it came Christianity and Islam.  I don't know what your problems are with those religions, but Judaism also brought the idea of social justice as a universal principle.  Rome, Greece, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Babylon brought much to civilization but their contributions to human advancement, both moral and otherwise have been negligible since their heyday.  Yet today, the Jewish people continue to contribute to the world and the societies in which they reside disproportionately to their numbers. 
A Jew with a View
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07:22 PM on 10/01/2012
I am not sure where you get your info regarding Jewish belief that the world is flat or round or that there were people on the other side of the world?  G-d didn't tell the Jews a lot about the world or the universe.  It is not neccessary to teach everything to everyone.  Did your parents teach you everything you learned in life or needed to know or that is in the world?  No.  And they weren't stupid.  They taught you what they thought you needed to know to become the person they hoped you would be.  G-d gave Jews a guide to help them becme the type of People that G-d wanted them to become, to have a relationship with G-d, with others and with our environment.  You sound very angry and antagonistic for no reason.
A Jew with a View
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03:48 PM on 10/01/2012
Some could argue that marriage may be the most strange ritual though it is found in almost every society. Some "shaman" says some "magic words" e.g. "I now pronounce you husband and wife" or tow individuals exchange rings, or whatever the "symblic rituals" are conducted, and suddenly two individuals are treated and seen differently by friends, family members and the government. It is amzaing what some magic words or rituals can do.

But I am still a firm believer in marriage.
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gattic619
03:12 PM on 10/01/2012
I am JEWISH by birth.....and while various rites, from Circumcision, to Barmitzvah is an important part of the religion........I really do not buy into the other nonsense....and yes, I said nonsense..All religons are filled with superstition and nonsense.....its all paganism, and silly....as long as it is harmless ..then let it be. Threre are those who really belive i the burning bush....the red sea parting, Moses stick sturning into a serpent, Jesus walking on water, and bringing back the dead....and I dont know anything that MOHAMMED ever did but kill people.. REligion is not good for your health..
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IrisMozenter
06:11 PM on 10/02/2012
In your opinion, it doesn't work for you at this point in your life. For other people, it may work for them. That doesn't mean that either of you is wrong.

It's only wrong when someone tries to impose their beliefs on another person. And I can assure you that Sukkot is not an evangelical kind of ritual.
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gattic619
10:42 PM on 10/02/2012
Basically what I said....that all religion......and their rituals are nonsense....while some of them are innocuous.....harmless......others arent.. and all relgions are just buba meisers
12:22 PM on 10/04/2012
Well said it is all superstitions nonsense the fact that educated people believe this foolishness is incredible.
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Maury Alan Lubman
12:29 PM on 10/04/2012
It is incredible.....their intelligence is separate from their superstition....
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yoyo1900
02:04 PM on 10/01/2012
I surely wish that these religious people would spend more of their time doing good deeds than getting obsessed with these dogmas and ancient practices.
A Jew with a View
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04:44 PM on 10/01/2012
What makes you think they are not? If they are traditional Jews, then each day (other than Saturday) when they go to prayers, a tzedakah/charity box is passed around or in the synagogue in which they give charity. That means they give charity approximatly 300 days a year. That's pretty impressive. Perhaps these dogmas and ancient practices reinforces their beliefs of doing good deeds.
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Corban
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02:30 AM on 10/02/2012
Prayer is the ultimate form of working hard at hardly working. Put that much energy into cleaning toilets and you wouldn't find a dirty one in the entire southern US.
11:05 PM on 10/02/2012
Actually, gratuitous criticism of the innocuous beliefs of your fellow citizens is the ultimate form of hardly working. At 2:30 a.m. in the morning you have time to post mean words about an entire culture? Hmmm. Couldn't you have been cleaning your toilet at that hour of the morning? By the way, are you anti-religion or just anti-Southern?
01:15 PM on 10/01/2012
There is a saying from the Oral Torah, 'Change your place, change you mazel (fortune).' After the inner spiritual work of Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur we are like new people, and so we spend eight days outside our old habitual ways of living, internalizing our growth inside the Succah of Peace, so then we can go outside as new people in a New Year.
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03:17 PM on 10/01/2012
Nice post. I am a big believer in the idea of "Change your place, change your mazel". The Succah is symbolic for many aspects of life and spirituality.
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Sistagirl Young
12:27 AM on 10/02/2012
Hello Eitanquest; I am curious as to what happens should one commit a sin after they "go outside as new people in a New Year." Do they wait until the following year to ask forgiveness; or is there a ritual to perform that nullifies the sin. As a believer in The LORD JESUS CHRIST, I ask HIM to forgive me and the person I offended as well. To wait a year (and this is only an assumption on my part) seems like a long time. One more thing. How as Jews can one believe in GOD but not believe everything HE said? I have a curiosity that I hope is not perceived as antagonistic. I just would like to know. Thank anyone who is willing to answer. Life.
05:07 PM on 10/02/2012
Traditionally, Jews can ask God or their fellow man for forgiveness at any time. Yom Kippur is the traditional Day of Atonement so that as a new year is beginning, one has the opportunity to ask forgiveness for their acts of the prior year in case they did not already at some other point seek forgiveness during the previous year. It is sort of like your last chance to seek forgiveness for the sins of the prior year but it is not your first chance (your first chance is as soon as you realize you did something wrong). It is this Jewish foundation of forgiveness that underpins all of Jesus' lessons concerning forgiveness.

I don't know how to answer your second question because I don't know what you are referring to that God allegedly said but that Jews do not believe? Maybe an example would help.
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12:32 PM on 10/01/2012
God is a grownups imaginary friend for people to scared to actually grow up no matter how old they become... and most other people just use it as an excuse to hide crimes behind and to manipulate others with...
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moonlightnmagnolia
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01:11 PM on 10/01/2012
Really? I think people who have such strong opinions against God( something that is of no consequence to them), "so they say"...are the ones' that are scared. They think if they make excuses as to why he does not exist it will make him not exist therefore they will not be judged in the end...if that wasn't the case why would you care? People behave badly no matter if it's in the name of God or not...that's just in the nature of people.
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01:31 PM on 10/01/2012
Because you psychopaths are creating nothing but misery..you ignorant beliefs have an effect caused by your ignorant choices THATS WHY I CARE..because fantasy is NOT REALITY and your fantists CAUSES HARM and justify your WARS! THATS WHY!
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03:34 PM on 10/01/2012
I often wonder if people who don't believe G-d exists also belive that "love" doesn't exist.

Look at the similarities:

1)Niether can be proven. No matter how much one tries to prove either G-d or love, fatih has to play a role. For those who don't beleive in G-d, there is little reason to have faith.

2)People do horrible things in the name of love and G-d. Therefore, those who blame G-d and those who believe in G-d for horrible thing in the world, can also blame horrible things done by those in love and in the name of love. I suppose they believe the world would be better off if people didn't believe that either one existed.

3)You can't "see" "touch" of "feel" love or its presence. Love, like G-d is not tangible.

Personally, I do believe that both exist
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12:30 PM on 10/01/2012
Every thing in this religion is automatically far superior and right then any other no matter how kookoo.. all others are fronts for terrorism...

I must say i do love the Hassidic's the best.....they don't hide behind their religious beliefs to screw every one else like the Zionists mormons or christians do...
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03:37 PM on 10/01/2012
I am not sure how much you actually know about "this religion". What is "right" for us, is not necessarily "right" for others. It does not make us "superior".
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09:16 PM on 10/01/2012
Then why the constant stance that your perspective and belief is chosen by some fake deity in the sky?....and why use this religious doctrine as a useful tool to defraud others manipulate them and control them? why hide behind rituals and facades of piousness and at the same time silence or support of genocides lies and violence in the name of your deities no different then you accuse the muslims of doing...I ask why but i know i will never see a sincere answer or the truth..its convenient to use GODS as a cover to crime...ever religion uses it to delude its followers into submission to leaders that know its being used to manipulate them and justify what they do..I know enough about all religions to know what they are and where they came from and why they are purposefully perpetuated for the ignorant to hold on to.
05:17 PM on 10/02/2012
You seem to be a little obsessed with this topic (having written likfe twenty comments on this thread alone). It reveals a lot about you that you have to put up that many comments (which all say the exact same thing) to a story about a religion you don't believe in, that you seek to mock, and that you have no respect for. I suggest reading and commenting on something you care about and like as opposed to trying to do something you will never do (like change people's minds about their religion) through hate-filled comments.

Seriously man, it's pretty sad, do you not have a life to get back to?
11:11 AM on 10/01/2012
All ritual is a form of *establishing* communion and communication, and does not comprise communication in and of itself. Remember the old Hayes modem dialup sound? Those handshaking sounds were for the purpose of opening a channel for communication, a ritual necessitated only because of the limitations of the technology.