Jews are also in touch with the different social issues that concern their church and their members. They do not condone abortion, suicide, and mercy killing. For Jews, shortening life or ending it before the time as planned is not acceptable. Even animals should be regarded and treated well. Violence is not promoted, yet some forms as a result of justifiable reasons such as in times of necessary war can be permitted by their faith. Rabbi Roth says that apart from these beliefs, there is a significant custom among Jews.
This is the practice of circumcision, a tradition passed on from parents to parents in memory of the pact between God and the Jews. However, the rabbi admits that not all Jews are in favor if the tradition, and there are Jews who skip the practice in their lifetime. The rabbi also reveals that there are many Jews who are not fully accustomed to all the traditions and practices of their religion. Yet, Rabbi Roth justifies that this does not make Judaism or its members anything less for there are many other rites and rituals to which Jews fully subscribe and follow. Judaism: Two Faces of the Coin
Rabbi Roth explains that being Jewish has benefited him and his family in a lot of way. The rabbi swears that Judaism, he believes, keeps him close to the creator and allows him to venerate and thank the creator for everything. Being a rabbi also made him serve the creator, as he is able to share the beliefs and traditions of his faith to both Jews and non-Jews. Rabbi Roth expounds that though he has nothing against other religions, he can not see himself practicing another faith given the engaging nature of Judaism that kept him endeared to it and even leading him to be a rabbi.
Rabbi Roth also explains that religion enabled him to have better ties with his family. Even relatives who are non-Jews became easy to relate with because religion made him more open and accepting of other people’s convictions and beliefs especially towards Judaism. There is less judgment, and so less conflicts among differences of faith. Apart from his real family, religion also enabled Rabbi Roth to connect to an extended family—the members of Anshe-Emeth. The rabbi takes pride in the fact that the Jews treat each other with respect and love, like they would treat the co-members of their family.
They help each other even in the simplest things, and share what little they may have to the members of their faith. However, like any other religions, practicing and believing in Judaism has its issues. A challenge to practicing the faith, he reiterates, is the misconceptions about being a Jew. The rabbi states that there are old beliefs about Jews that non-Jews regard as grounds for stereotyping Jews today. He also admits that there are customs and traditions that Judaism and other religions practice even if they no longer fit today’s lifestyle.
The rabbi states that most of the time, this is why many Jews befall coming short of what their faith expects them to do. However, Rabbi Roth continues to encourage their believers to strive and be true to the guidelines of their faith. Judaism and Christianity Judaism and Christianity have their similarities and differences. Like the colorful festivals of Judaism, the Christian faith also commemorates the highlights of their religion with feasts and holy days. Christians celebrate the New Year, which Jews celebrate too albeit in a different form.
The Jewish Days of Awe which is allotted for repentance and forgiveness of sins is also practiced by Christians through their Holy Week, which also commemorates the tragic events in the Christian faith through Christ’s suffering in the cross. If the Jews have Sabbath, Christians regard Sunday as a holy day of rest and prayer. The religious Christians abstain from work on Sundays, and strive to take time for prayer and reflection as Jews do during the Sabbath. In some parts of the world, the rest day is practiced on Saturdays.
Christians do not really mind the difference, as long as one day is allotted for the Lord during the week. Christians are also similar with the Jews in their stand on important social issues. Abortion, euthanasia, suicide and other practices that overrides respect for life are not acceptable at all causes. Animals are regarded as part of the creation and should also be treated with respect. Many Christian parents around the world also seek the practice of circumcision. However, unlike the Jews, the practice of circumcision is commonly for medical and hygienic purposes and not due to religious grounds.