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    Re: Ask a Jew...

    [quote author=Raphaeline link=topic=701.msg20022#msg20022 date=1291565757]
    Well, yeah. I know that "Jew" is a noun and "Jewish" is an adjective. But the word "Jew," regardless of the fact it's grammatically correct, has gained some negative connotations due to how it's been used in the past. "Jewish" is technically wrong to use in a sentence in that way, but it sounds less aggressive.

    As an example of what I mean, when you type "Jew" into the search field at Google, this pops up: http://www.google.com/explanation.html
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    Absolutely. Using the word 'Jew' can definitely be uncomfortable for some people (though, as your article says, it's making a more positive comeback), so, for those that are uncomfortable, you can still use the word Jewish in the proper context without losing meaning.

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    As a Jew ... I find myself angered that the PC crowd would allow those who spread hate and bigotry to take a word that is perfectly legitimate, a word we use to describe ourselves, and twist it so completely it becomes anathema.

    My thoughts are, keep using it. Don't let the bigots win, and force them to use the words they used before.



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    Re: Ask a Jew...

    This isn't a question, but (since its your thread and all, feel free to comment on it LGR, lol...) I found this interesting article online @ Patheos about modesty (for men and women) in Orthodox Judaism.
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

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    Re: Ask a Jew...

    My BFF in r/l is a Jewish guy I've known since 1982. We've learned a lot from each other, and I have a huge amount of respect for the faith, for those who observe. (Not for those who despise non-Jews, and I've had the sad experience of encountering quite a few of those. They're just like the phoney right-wing Christians who do not follow Christianity.)The greatest love of my life, so far, was also Jewish, and you could not hope to meet a nicer family than his.

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    Sorry if this has been asked already, I did search but did not find.

    Is it true there is no Hell in Judaism? Just a place you go to that is separate from God until you have been paid for your sin, been purified and then go to be with God?
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    Re: Ask a Jew...

    Quote Originally Posted by Azvanna View Post
    Sorry if this has been asked already, I did search but did not find.

    Is it true there is no Hell in Judaism? Just a place you go to that is separate from God until you have been paid for your sin, been purified and then go to be with God?
    This post is quite old, but since nobody has answered it, I figure it's okay for me to give it a go, right?

    It is true that there is no concept of Hell in Judaism -- nor is there a concept of Heaven, really. Judaism is heavily focused on the present and the things that are happening in this life, and specifies very little about the afterlife. In fact, some Jews, particularly Chasidim, believe in reincarnation. Though I would say, typically, mainstream Jews believe in a place where people will be reunited after death, and some take it a step further to say that only the righteous get to partake in this reunion. Orthodox and Conservative Jews also typically believe in the eventual resurrection of the dead at the coming of the messiah, though Reform Jews have largely rejected this belief.

    However, long story short, I don't think that there is any form of mainstream Judaism that believes explicitly in a Hell, although there certainly are Jews who believe in one. Jewish beliefs in the afterlife are very varied, since so little is said about it in the Torah.

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    Re: Ask a Jew...

    Quote Originally Posted by Azvanna View Post
    Sorry if this has been asked already, I did search but did not find.

    Is it true there is no Hell in Judaism? Just a place you go to that is separate from God until you have been paid for your sin, been purified and then go to be with God?
    I'm not very drawn to Judaism, but as far as I know there is hell in Judaism. They just don't like to talk about it much.

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    Re: Ask a Jew...

    Came here to ask a question, but I guess LGR isn't around anymore?

    I'll go ahead and tell y'all that hell in Judaism is basically not recognizably hell. Like there is essentially no hell. There's like a spiritual dumping ground for very special cases of terrible souls and a place of torment for the .0001% of the evilest people as I understand it. Anyway, it's like a non-issue for Jews.

    Similarly, but to a lesser extent, the Jewish satan is practically unrecognizable from the Christian one. As I understand it, Lucifer for the Jews is like a partner to God who argues against our souls, because God is so all-loving that he needs someone to argue why we suck.

    Which is strange, because the Old Testament God is kinda messed up much of the time...

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    As I understand it, Lucifer for the Jews is like a partner to God who argues against our souls, because God is so all-loving that he needs someone to argue why we suck.
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    Re: Ask a Jew...

    Quote Originally Posted by Siloh View Post
    Which is strange, because the Old Testament God is kinda messed up much of the time...
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