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Is This OK?

09 Jan

This is obviously not OK, but, for some reason, many “religious” people have justified it somehow as being OK….

I cannot let this lie down!

The day after 9/11/2001, I went to get a coffee at an Arab run coffee shop in Brooklyn.  I couldn’t help being paranoid about the coffee as well as wondering why other Arabs that were not involved with their brothers’ behavior weren’t speaking out against it.  I thought to myself, if my fellow Jews committed outrageous acts such as blowing up buildings (and anything else that could be considered outrageous), I would hope that Jews, such as myself, that have nothing to do with the negative behavior would make it known to the rest of the world that this is not what our religion stands for!!!

Now that I have started this blog, although I don’t have a big audience (YET), I do have the opportunity to say how I feel, whether my fellow Jews like it or not!

Judaism (and every other religion) is supposed to represent a connection to our Creator.  How in the world does a person who claims to have a connection with OUR (not just their’s)  Creator come to justifying behaving like an animal.

I believe that the justification is that they believe that they have an obligation to control other’s behavior as a service to the Creator.  There is a law in the Torah (Old Testament) that commands the Jewish people to take responsibility for our fellow Jew’s behavior….

Leviticus 19:17: “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart; thou shalt surely rebuke thy neighbour, and not bear sin because of him.”

But my answer is this –  If you behave like an animal, you should have the obligations of an animal – which are none – since animals do not have the ability to morally decide what is good behavior and what is bad behavior.  Hence, if you decide to act like an animal you have just negated your value as a human, thereby, losing all human rights to decide what to condone and what not to condone.

In other words, when you act like an animal (such as spitting on other people – lamas do that – not humans), you do not have the right to decide how one should act, because you are on the level of an animal.

I don’t want this post to be an opportunity to provide more fuel for anti-semitism than there already is.  My point with this post is to speak out against the behavior of those that call themselves “Religious Jews” and are really behaving like animals but are just in denial of it.

I want to end this post with giving credit to those of you out there, no matter what religion you are, for staying true to what religion is supposed to be.  Religion is supposed to bring us together as one.  It is not supposed to seperate.

Hashem, G-d, The Life Force of the Universe, one’s own soul – whatever you want to perceive as the Original Creator of our universe is ONE and we are all part of IT!

Even science (quantum physics) has no way of disproving this fact.  Not to mention, why try to disprove it if the concept has the potential to create peace…if everyone would understand and behave like they are each a unique part of the whole and work together as ONE contributing their own unique signature – what would be so bad?

Life is full of controversy so here is a thought to live by:
Why is life unfair?
Because there’s never going to be a system that is fair to everyone.
Shannon Miller
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2 responses to “Is This OK?

  1. Mike Bigras

    January 11, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Spitting has to be one of the ultimate forms of disrespect. There cannot be a good reason to spit on someone. I would simply refuse to lower myself to that point. And if it was done in the name of religion, why am I not surprised? 😉

     
  2. Peaceful Controversy

    January 11, 2012 at 3:10 am

    That’s the shame of it all – people representing “religion” somehow justify behavior that is unacceptable. Thanks for the comment!

     

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