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comment Would a non-Jew wearing the Star of David together with a cross be offensive?
I wish. :) It's Grandmother (to my mother) to Father (to my mother) to Mom to me. So, the chain is broken, as it passes from mother to child.
Jul
8
comment If Christianity is avodah zarah and Islam is not, why has the Christian world triumphed over the non-Christian, and why do Jews prefer to live among Christians and not Muslims?
@Gary, I don't know if a lot of Christians feel as I do. I know some who feel that those of Jewish faith / descent are G-d's chosen people. I do know a lot of American Christians who feel that America has a special blessing from G-d, as if G-d would reach out and bless one country over another. Maybe, I'm unique as I come from a mixture of a Roman Catholic Great-Grandfather marrying a German Jewish woman and I don't see things the same way as other Christians do.
Jul
8
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
@Emetv'Shalom, I'm not sure. I think they can act in our world, but when I'm praying to them, I think of it as if they're going to ask G-d on my behalf. What do you think/believe?
Jul
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comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
@Emetv'Shalom, sorry, I haven't been on the site for awhile, but I mean praying to them. I direct my prayers to them and not G-d. Most of the time, I direct my prayers to G-d, in Jesus's name, but there have been occasions when I have asked for the Virgin Mary to intervene. Does that answer your question?
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Mar
27
comment If Christianity is avodah zarah and Islam is not, why has the Christian world triumphed over the non-Christian, and why do Jews prefer to live among Christians and not Muslims?
Speaking as a Christian, have you looked at us? Perhaps people of the Christian faith have more power around the world, but I don't think that means G-d has blessed us. We spend an enormous amount of time proclaiming Christianity while murdering our fellow man in wars and other ventures. We spend a lot of time fighting amongst ourselves. I do not consider Christians as blessed. We all know that people of the Jewish faith are His favorite - no matter how little power on earth they may have.
Mar
27
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
I am a non-practicing Catholic and in general, Catholics believe in the Trinity. I have attended services in Methodist, Lutheran and Disciples of Christ and I, personally, haven't heard the Trinity mentioned. I cannot speak for my Christian brethen, but - personally - I don't believe it in. There is one G-d and that's it. I believe that Jesus is His son and the Holy Spirit works for Him, but neither of them are G-d. Now, I usually pray only to G-d, but in times I've trouble, I've been known to pray to Jesus, the Virgin Mary and a dead uncle. But, I don't worship them, like I worship G-d.
Mar
27
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
So, based on what you have written (and being Christian, not Jewish) if I am reading your answer correctly, by virtue of my Christianity, I am automatically considered an idolator? And, a Jewish person is prohibited to offer prayers on my behalf? What about the reverse - can an idolator/Christian pray for a Jewish person? (I mean no disrespect, I'm just trying to make sure I understand what you wrote.)
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May
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comment If masturbation is so bad, why is it not in list of 613 Mitzvos?
@Shemmy, thank you for your comment. Perhaps, this isn't the place for the conversation, but I wonder the same thing. I can see that masturbation could be interperted as a sin, if we are to be fruitful and multiply; however, I've never understood how Onan's act came to mean that masturbation is a sin. Onan's refusing to fulfill his Leverite obligation is where Christian ministers point to explain that masturbation is a sin. This has always confused me.
May
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comment If masturbation is so bad, why is it not in list of 613 Mitzvos?
Forgive my boldness, since I'm not Jewish, but isn't Onan's true sin the fact that he refused to give his seed to his brother? By not completing the act with his brother's widow, he was not allowing his late brother to have an heir (which would've cut into his own share of his inheritance) and isn't that the sin and not necessarily coitus interruptus or masturbation?
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Jan
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comment Are children adopted by Jews Jewish?
I'm confused. I understand why I would have to convert (not raised Jewish and my line ended with my grandfather, but why would someone who was raised Jewish, obviously went through all the formalities while growing up (Bar Mitzvah) have to convert? Isn't being raised Jewish enough?
Jan
13
comment How do you get non-Jews to treat you with some kind of tznius?
Thank you, @Isaac Moses. I knew there were touching limits in other religions, but not in the Jewish one. This was interesting to learn and explains the look I received from my Jewish boss when I tried to get him out on the dance floor at our holiday party. Now, I am aware to not be so touchy feeley.
Jan
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Jan
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comment Can a Christian “Grace” invalidate food?
I've heard of thanking Jesus Christ, but not consecrating the food to Him, although, it is possible some far-right Christian religions might do this.
Jan
13
answered How do you get non-Jews to treat you with some kind of tznius?