For Christianity, the secular and the sacred are opposites
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Humanism is the greater part of Orthodox Judaism. It’s not just a sweet side effect of being religious—it’s an essential part of it.
To behave well vis-à-vis humans is more important than to do so vis-à-vis G^d because former acts are also part of the latter, so is doubly weighty. How could one ever hope to please the King while mistreating His kids?
Every Commandment, including vis-à-vis humans, is done in His Presence and is therefore significant. The mundane is sacred too. On top of this, Maimonides taught us that also the human body is divine, together with its needs and pleasures. To be solely pleasure-seeking is sinful, but so is rejecting His gift to us of bodily pleasure (within helpful limits).
Further, G^d doesn’t ‘need’ us; humans do. Idol worship means serving an angry god. Idols are mostly moody, greedy, and needy. G^d isn’t. (Classical Christianity portrays (!) G^d as so annoyed that Christians need to pray to intermediaries like Maria and Jesus, something totally forbidden to Jews.)
Abraham already showed that the needs of dusty, thirsty, and hungry idol worshippers are more important than G^d’s requirement to talk with Him.
Rabbi Akiva already said: “Love your fellow like yourself is the foundation of Judaism.” That’s Jewish spirituality!
Hillel already said: “The entire Torah is to not do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you. The rest is commentary. Now go study.”
Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler said: “The whole of Judaism comes to train a child who knows how to receive into a grownup who knows how to give.”
G^d loves those loved by people. I honor those who honor Me (My kids).
All evil is done in a moment of folly. There are no inherently bad people. G^d loves all people, no questions asked. He wants us firstly to be good to ourselves. No more human sacrifices. No more hurting ourselves. Evil is tangible, not mystical: inflicting hurt that’s unnecessary in the big picture.
No one’s more significant than anyone else. We all come from one couple, Adam and Eve. Murdering humans is so bad since we all are totally unique and irreplaceable. The stronger you socially are, the more Commandments G^d puts on you. Judaism is the foundation of equality and democracy.
You can’t mislead G^d. But, lying is such a bad sin because it disrupts your connection with reality (including G^d), and worse, it tricks others.
The concluding sin we repent for on Yom Kippur is ‘petty’ theft.
When you embarrassed someone in public, you gave away your Afterlife. When you deny G^d, you’re temporarily just a bit confused or ignorant.
There is one G^d means, among many things, there are no competing powers that govern the Uni-verse. Contrasts are two sides of one coin. Judaism is the foundation of the modern natural sciences. Judaism agrees univocally with honest facts, reality, findings, and Science. It is silly to ‘grant G^d’ the Laws of Gravity but not agree He would use Evolution.
The One-and-Only G^d created a world full of contrasts, opposites, and disharmony, and most importantly: grays, surprises, and individuality.
G^d gave us a human brain to think for ourselves, to question, to agree, and to repent and resolve to do better from now on, whatever is in order. When a Command of G^d makes no sense, we need to think harder and find the hidden rationale or conclude we misunderstood the Command.
Jews are G^d’s business card and designated teachers to humanity. The Torah is wisdom for all. Smart, selfish Gentiles would fully respect Jews. Jews who reject the Jewish Tradition must begin to reinvent the wheel. Yet, life’s too short to get to the same depth and wisdom in one lifetime. Better to investigate and clean up the Tradition than to throw it out.
The Afterlife must be great. But the greatest is this life, with Free Will, giving life, choosing life, saving lives, and seeking physical immortality.
G^d invites each of us to partner with Him to perfect the past (therapy), the present, and the future of people and the Earth, to do us a pleasure.
When we pray, more than G^d needs to hear us (He does, He does), we need to hear us. When Jews are not Agnostics, they do idol worshipping.
The Torah mainly addresses men, because when they behave, humanity will be saved. G^d is mainly addressed in the male form because Hebrew has no neuter (‘it’), and a female god would give wrong vibes to most men.
The Torah is the world’s first text to acknowledge women’s importance, superiority, vulnerability (not: weakness), and rights. G^d is a feminist.
The task of religious Jews is not to please G^d. It’s the opposite. The whole of Judaism is here to strengthen us to be the best person we can be.
No more Prophets. No human knows objectively what G^d wants. We only have our private grasp of what His Wishes. But we can read what G^d and His Prophets demand, no? Yes, but we only have our understanding of it.
When you’re not humble and happy, you’re violating the Commandments.
When you see or hear any Orthodox Jew violating any of the above, you are witnessing his assimilation to the surrounding cultures, not Judaism.