Thursday, January 5, 2012

Jewish Holy Text

After reading and exploring some of the most important Jewish holy texts, think about and answer the following question:

Keeping in mind the cultural and religious traditions that a Jew must abide by his entire life, what do you now think it means to be a Jew?

Answer in 7-10 sentences.

26 comments:

  1. I think that it means to be very loyal to your lord. I think there a strict rules you must abide by. If u aren't careful u could end up in a lot of trouble.

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  2. Being a Jew you would have to be really really up on the bible stuff and you couldn't do anything wrong without being damned to hell, and the only way it would be good is if you do everything right then you know you are going to heaven so that's the only good thing about being a Jew because you know were your going to go when you die!

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  3. To be of the Jewish tradition means to make your best attempt at being truthfully to god. No ne person in the worldwide truly deserves to be enslaved. It is just something in the world that no matter what the type of person, they do not deserve to be enslaved. If you were to ask me I would tell you that the Jews have constantly been handed the bad end of every situation considering that they have been enslaved countless times through out history. They just continue to be repeatedly punished by their god but it also shows that they are willing and constantly confident in gods power. If you kind of think about it... The Jewish are pretty full of themselves because of the way that they consider themselves so high and mighty and consider every one else "Gentiles." I mean we only do it because there is no other name for Jews other than big nose, or something like that.

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  4. Based on Jewish docterine it seems that they are slaves to their text, they must abide by complicated rules and strict dogmas. They are prisioners to their text and are walked all over because of that. They refuse to fight back, trusting in god to eventually deal harsh payback that the people deserve but if they stray even a little god will cast them from his sight and terrors will befall them. They were so afraid of losing gods favor for all and still are today, that if a child is disowned they are cast away from their family and a funeral is held for them. Meaning that the child no longer can see their Jewish family and friends for they are dead to them. their god is vengeful and strict, making his people fear yet praise him.

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  5. To be a Jew it is something different than what we are use to. Being a Jew means that you hold true to your traditions'. But holding to traditions is a hard thing to do, so the Jews have to be strong and persistent people. Them keeping there traditions even though the hardships that would make it so easy to turn away, they stay faithful. So, being a Jew actually helps them. It teaches them to never give up, and even though something may be hard that you just need to keep going.

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  6. To be a Jew, it means that you must foillow, God. You must abide by and celebrate all traditions that coincide with him and Judaism. Jews must think and act with their religion in mind. No matter what happens to them, they must live by their religion, and respect that the use of violence and fighting back to their captors or others in general is not fine. To be a Jew, your past generations have been slaves, and so would you be a slave to the religion itself if you truly believe. It finally means that you must live by the commandments of your God.

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  7. I think it means to give your full self to your God. To apply him to every aspect of your life, even if it seems to be silly. In the old days, I believe this was the way to live before the new testament. Being a Jew pray for a messiah everyday yet will not accept one, so their life is hard. I think being a Jew would not be a good thing because you would constantly be filled with stress and concern. I'm not saying you shouldnt serve God in every aspect of your life, because that is the correct thing to do. Although in the Jewish religion, it is enforced by every person in your life to an extent that you have no room to have your own opinions and beliefs.

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  8. To be a jew is to be fearful all the time about satisfiying their god yahweh. This does not seem to be bad to jews but to nonjews it might seem horrible. I wouldnt want to b a jew becuase i does seem to be unhappy having to be religious about EVRYTHING from the time the wake to the time they sleep and all over again the next day for their whole lifes. Wheres the fun. I know everyone has their own belifes and religion but why hav a religion so unhappy.

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  9. I believe being a Jew signifys a passion for god. Even though, being a Christian means you love god but, it is no where compared to the laws the Jews must suffer and pass to go through life. The Jew life it self is a trial they most always be weary and on guard. The Jews have suffered throughout history, being a Jew means you must have to live life with the history and critiscm of others.

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  10. I think that being a Jew means to abide by the laws placed by God during ancient times and also to wait and hope for the Messiah's arrival. It seems as if it would be incredibly overwhelming to have to follow all the statues that MUST be followed or suffer the consequences of the divine one. Not only do Jews have to follow the holy rules but they must also pass on the laws to their children and establish a strong belief and faith inside the children.

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  11. I think that it would be a good and bad thing to be a Jew. My reason for saying that it would be good to be a Jew is be a bad thing to be a Jew is because the simple fact that you were a slave and have strictly orders to follow. If you disobey the lord you would and could be removed from the land. I think that is a rIduculous punishment. The only thing I would say that would be good about being a Jew would bethatif you do obey your orders and your promised the land from the forefathers

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  12. I think to be a Jew could be both goo and bad.
    It could be good because, if what they believe is true, being obedient to God would end up being the best thing you could possibly do. You would be rewarded greatly by God and all of their dreams would come true.

    It could also be a bad thing because it is a very struck religion, and you might get tired of it and get tempted to give up on it.

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  13. Being a Jew mwanza to be very loyal and faithful to god.m also to keep in mind all that he has done. Being a Jew means reading all of the text and laws and following the commandments. Jewsmare supposed to raise their children into the Jew religion and teach them how to live.

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  14. I think being a Jewish means that you have to follow your god no matter anything. Being Jewish you must be serious about your religion and if you don't follow them the conqucences are really harm. Jews believe that they would die which would be caused by god. Since somebody likes to die Jewish people follow the god and obey him no matter what. Being Jewish, you have to believe that your religion is the best.

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  15. To be a Jew, one must be willing to devote their entire lives to their God. This includes all of their time and patience as well. It takes your time because to be fully devoted, one must be willing to pray and give thanks to their God multiple times everyday. Also, one must be completely devoted to their God. As a Jew you cannot take a break from your God for a day to worship another God. It would take much strength, time and devotion to be a Jew.

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  16. To be a Jew, is to be a loyal charater to you Lord. Being a Jew is could be a good and bad thing. Jewish people have to follow very strict rules, the do not believe in the New Testiment, only the Old Testiment. The Jewish people went throught very harsh times of slavery. They live under the rules of the ten commandments and on the sabbath they are only allowed to walk 1000 steps, so when you reach you thousandth step you have to stop and sit down. Being a Jew in my opinion is very hard. They live under the rule of YHWE and say three prayers a day.

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  17. To me, being a Jew means a whole lot of tradition. I am fascinated by some of the events and cultural celebrations that the Jewish people partake in. It is certainly an interesting culture. To be a Jew means to have faith and show it every day, to stand up on your own and follow God the right way. Jewish people are not bad, although there are some things I do not care for. Overall the Jews aren't really so bad.

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  18. it is a good thingand a bad thing the good thing is that if you are fully devoted to god you will have a prosperous lifem and also you have to teach it to our children and others that dont know the word. one reason why it bad because they never do anything fun well i cant say that cause i dont have this reliugion but it just seems that way because they always pray or they have strict rules to go by.

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  19. I think that being a Jew means you have to be willing to devote your whole life to God and Jewish traditions. Being a Jew means you have to be serious about your religion and about following God. I think being a Jew would be a lot of work but worth it in the end when your sitting next to God. When it comes down to it I believe that being a Jew is a good thing because it gives people a purpose and reasons to be a good person.

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  20. I think being a Jew means giving your whole life to God. I also think you have to follow a whole bunch of rules. If they obey the rules they could get kicked out of their land and/or killed.

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  21. To be a Jew means to honor God, pray, and study Gods word. Being a Jew requires alot of devotion and you must study a lot. They are not slave they just work hard for what they believe in which is something that everyone should do. Being Jewish is something that must be worked at.

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  22. To be a Jew would mean total devotion to their one God. For many reasons it shows how they are very serious to religon which most would think is a good thing. They work hard to follow their rules and beliefs but they don't seem to don't have a life outside of religon because they are always suppose to follow it.

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  23. I think being a Jew means abiding by the rules. Just like being a Christian, we must follow the rules that we are taught to obey by. Although Jews have many more rules to obey by than Christians do, they still must trust that the rules are the best for themselves as following the Jewish religion. I believe that the Jews shouldn't be destroyed if they want to worship a different god. The Jew should have the right to choose who they want to worship rather than being forced to do so. Although Jews have some really overrated rules, I still believe that they should follow them to their best efforts possible.

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  24. To be a Jewish person is a great honor, yet there are great struggles when when being a Jewish person. The morals that a Jewish person has whether they are men or female is loyaler then most of the other religions. I believe that it is a noble thing to be a Jewish person. They made a dedication to God which is their savior, and the only worship him.

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  25. Being a jew to me seems like a crazy life. Having to do many things just to do pointless things just show your respect for god. I myself believe thank if you pray at night before bed go to church and think god for your life every day than that's good enough. The jews seem more like slaves than people having to do all those things with no freedom. Being a Jew seems weird but if people wanna worship that way let them.

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  26. I think that to be a Jew means to abide by the laws of the bible, and obey God. A Jew will feel proud in the end if their God rewards them in the end. A Jew would devote their whole life to God. I think that Jews devote all their time to religion, they have no freedom. Being a Jew would have pros and cons. Such as the song traditions, having to wear certain things, prayer 3 times a day, etc. some traditions would be okay to me and some would have a negative effect.

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