Unlike with Judaism, however, engaging into war is not acceptable for Christians even if there are justifiable grounds. For Christians, violence, especially that which may lead to death and wastage of life, is not permissible. Christianity also has its lefts and rights. Christianity likewise brings value to the family, and many Christian traditions and feasts bring the family closer together. It also forms an extended family among the brothers and sisters of the faith, just like how Rabbi Roth explained Judaism as a pillar of achieving religious family ties with co-believers.
Christianity also makes one closer to God. It has teachings, customs, and traditions that allows one to know God better and encourages one to know the faith deeper. However, the religion is not as strict with the practices as Judaism. Christians are often selective of the traditions that they want to follow, resulting in differences in practices even among themselves. Like Judaism, Christianity also has practices that are outdated and no longer fits today’s lifestyle.
This makes it similarly difficult for Christians to be true to their faith. This has also led many church leaders to modify and tailor their teachings to what can be most sensible for the lifestyles of their members. Even hymns and situationers for teachings have mostly been tailored to what can interest the participants of the church, mostly to encourage attendance and interest. Conclusion Religions, including Judaism, are often misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misused.
The ever-changing and increasing differences among faiths and religions have created a clutter in the faith information databanks, leading to discrimination and misinformation. This makes it important for a person of faith to get to know other religions, and to strive to consult definitive sources in doing so. In getting to know Judaism, it became essential to consult a rabbi who knows the ins and outs of the faith. Rabbi Roth of Anshe-Emeth in Hudson became instrumental in the process, stating that Judaism is a religion like no other.
It is a serious religion of prayer, rites, and rituals. The Jewish faith takes stands on social issues, defying anything that may harm or overtake life and its divinely planned duration; justifying war only on the most severe and special cases that the faith deems justifiable. Yet, Judaism in not all about praying and undergoing rites. Jews observe festivities that are uniquely their own. The popular Hanukkah, Passover, Yom Kippur, and the Sabbath are only a handful among the many festivals that Jews practice.
These festivities allow the Jews to remember the important events in their faith—both the good and the bad times. Close family ties and community building are among the good points of belonging to a religion like Judaism, yet being a Jew has its shortcomings. With the fast pace of lifestyle that everyone is expected to be at pace with today, there are several traditions and religious practices that are no longer fitted to today’s lifestyle that makes it difficult for the religious to express their faith in the way that their churches expect them to.
Stereotyping is also a long-standing problem. These issues are not challenges to Jews alone. Christians face the same dilemmas. The Christian faith is also similar to Judaism in terms of observing festivals and commemorating holy days, and in taking firm stands on significant social topics. These similarities are balanced out by differences between the two faiths. While war is justifiable by Jews, Christians generally deems it as not permissible. Some similar customs are also observed albeit under different grounds.
Learning about Judaism and other religions in general is an enlightening experience for anyone. It opens one to a whole new world of beliefs and practices, of customs and traditions. It allows non-members of a religion to accept and understand a faith not their own. It allows one to the power of knowledge, and the power to defy discrimination on the grounds of religion.
Rich, T. 2006. Judaism 101: What is judaism? Retrieved July 13, 2007, from http://www. jewfaq. org/judaism. htm