On Lisa Schiffman’s Generation J a rabbi says, “Most people don’t get anything out of Judaism. You know why? Because they don’t practice it in a disciplined way. But it’s so obviously meant to be practiced that way. There’s daily-prayer, minute-by-minute practices about eating and how you conduct your business and how you conduct yourself sexually.”
Such wise words. I would have loved to meet this rabbi.
-Observing Shabbat, keeping kosher, those are the daily aspects of Judaism.
From Generation J by Lisa Schiffman
You open the fridge and there’s G-d. Yes. He’s there, present in the food we eat. And we have food thanks to the Creator, Blessed be He.
I know some people who go to the shul, sometimes keep kosher on Shabbos, sometimes they don’t, but once Shabbos comes to an end they eat pork or whatever they fancy. Once, during Shabbos, someone approached me at the shul and started small talk. He then told me that he eats bacon all the time, and on that morning he had a full English breakfast: “Sausage, eggs, bacon; the whole lot,” he said, and I wondered why he was sharing that with me.
Was he expecting me to say, “Well done!”
Was he expecting me to agree with him on his non-Jewish eating habits?
I didn’t, of course, and bit by bit I distance myself from him. Eat whatever you want, little man, but don’t expect me to do the same.
Some people are Jews because of their blood lineage, some are Jewish because of their faith, their beliefs, and some call themselves Jewish because they want that “label”, the “J label”, but then they don’t bother to observe the Shabbat or keeping kosher and that isn’t Judaism, is it?
And I also know Jews who hardly ever go to the shul apart from special occasions, but they observe the Shabbat and keep kosher, and by doing that they carry the synagogue (and Judaism) within themselves. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
The rabbi was right; most people don’t get anything out of Judaism because they don’t practice it in a disciplined way. These people don’t know what they’re missing.
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