Curious,I went to chaida (no not Qaiada!) religious school and then a Jewish school in London (JFS) and about 15 years ago I went to Aish Hatorah which is mainstream Judaism but found while the teachings were very sensible in many cases,racist off handed comments really turned me off. It is within all religious organizations (not the reformed) that has this seperation of words not written. I am not a leftist but I do believe in social issues.I also have a business. I also believe in the concept of Judaism to be a good one,one that makes sense in a realistically way. I dont believe in the literal meaning of the Torah.I dont think for instance G-d is in the real estate business and I think that 'Next year in Jerusalem' and the 'Moshiach' are symbols of perfection and peace and something to strive for rather than actual. I think Shneerson is about as much a Moshiach as David Beckham or Wayne Gretzky is(well maybe Wayne) I think that you and Proud Zionist are loyal Jews but I see loyalty in questioning (another good Jewish system) I will say when I think Johanes or Yaakov says anything good as well as any Ultra religious guy too,as long as they dont have a philosophy that is bordering for me on criminal like Zeevs comments. Just a heads up on where I am at. I take a lot of abuse for it too.But I know where thats coming from.
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