Differently to Christendom and Christianity people see there so many denominations, whilst in Judaism people are not confronted with denominations but still are confronted with all sorts of different opinions and ways of worshipping in one trend or big group.
An other great problem is that many Jewish groups do not want to know of other Jewish thoughts or consider them apostates or not true Jews or Jews not to have contact with. Forbearance seems to be a nonexistent term for some Jews. It would help the Jewish community if they would be more tolerant of each other and would open themselves up more to goyim.
In a shiur audience asked, “What does it mean to be Jewish?” one reply in common: a love for Judaism but none mentioned sole characteristic of Judaism: Loving your fellow as yourself. (sums up Judaism to our guestwriter) = most improtant halacha of all
people defining Judaism for five minutes straight > not to hear word ‘love’ once =? right
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A while ago, I went to a shiur where the speaker talked about Elul and the purpose of introspection. At one point in the talk, the audience was asked, “What does it mean to be Jewish?”. This part of the shiur took rather a long time, with countless answers supplied by people from numerous demographics, all with one thing in common: a love for Judaism. And yet, after five or ten minutes had passed, not a single person had named the sole characteristic of Judaism which, to me, is the most important.
Loving your fellow as yourself.
It’s no surprise that people have different priorities, and what sums up Judaism to me, doesn’t necessarily sum it up for someone else (though I happen to know that Hillel agreed with me). Different viewpoints make Judaism vibrant and interesting. But to sit in a room, with people defining Judaism for five minutes…
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