reply to post by bluemirage5
Nice library, even I don't have that many books. You don't have to be Jewish to learn all these things. In fact, I'd support any non-Jew who does.
These books are available for all who want to learn.
I have the same feelings. I wouldnt say im 'ultra orthodox' in my perceptions, since after all, according to Rabbinic law a non-Jew only has to follow
the 7 noahide laws. But, even though, i believe all people naturally incline to where they feel most comfortable.... and it is very, "unclassy" for a
Jew who observes Rabbinic law to the T - dresses in the black suit and acts as all other orthodox Jews acts, to go about criticizing and looking down
upon those who dont. You may FEEL one way, but you also have to accept that things are as they are for a reason. So, i know plenty, and am friends
with plenty of Jews who are not 'orthodox', but rather a "modern orthodox". They pray tefilin daily, they wear their kipa (and im sorry, if youre a
believing Jew you shouldnt not wear the kipa. If you dont, it implies that youre uncomfortable with what society would think at such a thing), and all
the other prayers, but are more or less normal looking. They dress normally, they joke around, have fun. Its just they want to bring G-d into their
life. Its a fusion of the world, and Kosher, friendly, joking around/having fun, with a deeper mystical/spiritual relationship with G-d.
Some criticize this approach as 'irreverant', whereas i think and believe that it is good to act like a kid sometimes. There are beautiful things
about children; theyre ease, and natural proclivity to enjoy life, completely carefree... Or look at the dog (Gematria reveals very deep relationships
between concepts. Ben, son, has the same gematria as Kelev, dog = 52. One of the relationships is this. A dog and a young boy both share a natural
zest for life. You let a kid lose and he'll find something to entertain himself with. Life is EASY, and he in complete bliss. Likewise, take a young,
dog out, and let him/her run around. They will be in ecstasy. A dogs joy is to run; to be free, and in such freedom us humans can learn something
about ourselves. We NEED to be active in this life. Our purpose in living is 'to enjoy the ride', the movement and challenges of life. A dog teaches
me this. This is one of the things i truly admire in the dog.) it likewise enjoys life carefree. So why cant man learn to enjoy life, in the
boundaries set by G-d, to enjoy life? Im not saying one should be only ONE way. We are intellectual creatures aswell. We should be both, and at
appropriate times for each. With our children, or friends, we can be goofy, and silly, and its fun because deep down we are all just children; it puts
us in our natural place. But at the same time, we have to be mature, and responsible, and act with wisdom in important areas of life. To be sure not
to let the fun get out of control is an important use of this mature function.
In anycase, i dont personally judge or have anything to say about Jews who have interests besides Judaism. Secular sciences and humanities are
important. Its important for instance, in my opinion at least, to learn western philosophy, atleast to help you appreciate the value and truth of
Torah philosophy in comparison.
And i also believe very adamantly that more non-Jews should read Jewish philosophy. Whether that be Kabbalah, or classical Torah commentaries, or even
learn Hebrew...it is WORTH knowing (and i say this as a non Jew; i just had a annoying thought that some people reading this will think im actually a
Jew - since every gentile who speaks highly of Judaism is a sneaky, conniving Jew trying to make his religion look amazing. All i can say to this is,
please look up the word Noahide. Go to Noahidenations.com. Im a moderator at that site. Im a freaking non-Jew, born into a portuguese catholic family,
my sisters a catholic, my parents are catholic. Only me and my brother think differently) because Judaism is the most ancient, and mysterious of
religions; people know very little about it. They think "talmud" and horrific thoughts enter their minds. In the beginning when i first studied
Judaism, i didnt realize how deep it went. I never realized that the Torah was a book of metaphysics. I never knew how mysterious the Midrashim,
Talmud, Kabbalah , Chassidic writings - how just rich Judaism really is. In my opinion, no religion demonstrates such a progressive development in
thought at Judaism does. Rabbis often emphasize Shimon Bar Yochai (author of the Zohar) as the "collective soul" of Israel. They then say that the Ari
was the next carrier of the collective soul. He revealed the lurianic kabbalah. The next carrier of the collective soul, and another major figure, was
the Baal Shem Tov. After him, the final carrier before the Messiah is Rebbe Nachman, who happens to be a great grandson of the Baal Shem Tov. The
amazing thing with each of these 4 people (and dont get me wrong, there have been enormous figure in between these people...but these 4 deal with the
mystical dimension) is that each came and advanced on the one who preceded him. Zohar is a very obscure book of Jewish mysticism, You cannot read it
and understand it without a knowledgable teacher. Then it was more "revealed" and expanded upon by the Ari. He provided the basic framework to
understand the Zohar. Without his writings, his Etz Chaim "tree of life", you cannot understand all the Zohars secrets. After him came Baal Shem Tov;
perhaps the greatest revolutionary thinker in Judaism since, i dont, king david. Baal Shem Tov brought the essence of Judaism to the front; he single
handedly resurrected the fallen spirit of Judaism, which had by them become stale and monotonous, mainly because of the torments endured by the Jewish
people. Then came Rebbe Nachman, and i think he represents the final, proper understanding of Judaism. His emphasis on Simchah, on simple joy in
service of G-d, is liberating. It takes away all the difficulties of the soul. I actually think mankind will never discover a deeper, more true
psychology then in rebbe Nachman. If you want happiness in Life, learn Rebbe Nachman. Most of my strength has come from his teachings.
26-6-2011 by dontreally because: (no reason given)