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[Jan. 15th, 2006|01:55 am]
Converts United


I was bored and a virtual vagabond early this morning and stumbled across this petition in another community from an individual doing research:

"In ten words or less, define your religious and/or philosophical belief system.
Then, optionally, add on a brief explanation for any terms used in those ten words that may be vague or not commonly understood."

I would very much like to hear what your ten words are. Mine are inside.
Kol tuv.

[User Picture]From: dehaywardati
2006-01-15 10:01 am (UTC)
Disclaimer: I consider myself a Reconstructionist/Reform Jew to be.

To me,
Judaism is an: evolving civilization, centered on Adonai, Torah, Israel and tikkun olam.

Evolving civilization:
Jews created Jewish culture, religion and tradition; they were not given by G-d to Moses at Mount Sinai. Jewish tradition grew from the ground up, not from the (mountain-)top down; G-d didn't choose the Jews but rather the Jews chose G-d. Thus, Jews should respect tradition while responding to contemporary needs.

G-d is a personal presence in our lives. G-d's existence gives the world purpose and meaning. The G-d of (an on-going) creation revealed Torah and continues to reveal G-d's relevation. G-d intervened to save Israel and can redeem our world through human action, the work of G-d. Each generation has their own interpretation of G-d.

It is an on-going source of revelation to and inspiration from which to draw religious lessons for the Jewish people. It is not a historical record of events; it records our people's ongoing RELATIONSHIP with G-d. The truths found in Jewish scriptures come from G-d but the laws should change, adapt, and absorb aspects of the predominant culture while remaining true to the values of Judaism. Observe halakah (Jewish law, based on the 613 mitzvah in the Torah) not solely because it is binding but also because it is a valuable aspect of Jewish culture inspired by G-d that connects us to the covenant, other Jews, and history.

The covenant represented by the delivery of the commandments at Sinai outlines the relationship between G-d and humans – “to love the Lord your G-d with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.” This relationship serves as the foundation of Judaism--the idea of Israel as a people and a society that connects it to the idea of Israel as a country and political state.

tikkun olam
Translated means "the repair of the world", "the manifestation of shalom (peace)".
Humans bear G-d’s image therefore the role of humanity is uniquely important: they are to serve G-d and assist in bringing justice to the world. Endowed with potential for goodness and greatness, humans manifest this potential in community.

Thus, in 20 words,
Judaism is: moral responsibility to all due to a living faith in G-d that grows and changes as wisdom is continually revealed.

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[User Picture]From: potionmistress5
2006-01-15 04:38 pm (UTC)
I think you've done a very nice job here.
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From: daphneisgood
2006-01-15 10:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah... mine was way too long, so go to my journal if you want to see it.
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