Maybe I'm a Crypto Catholic?

I converted to Judaism. My attitudes are Jewish. By myself, I pray in Hebrew. But I don't feel really accepted by everyone in the Jewish community, because I'm not ethnically Jewish. I tell myself to concentrate on the Jews who accept me. But it bugs me that there's this attitude among some Jews, and others don't tell them off. Meanwhile, all my adult life I've had this secret habit of praying in Catholic churches, and usually lighting candles too. I venerate the Virgin Mary. I've even gone to Mass a few times and taken communion, though not since I converted to Judaism. This is so weird to me that I'm sick of myself and ashamed of being so two-faced.

Apr 20, 2013

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  • I think the Catholic faith is the best when it comes to loving And respecting your neighbor. Culture is what you are having a problem with. It seems like jews abhor idolatry. This being said you will never be accepted by any means. Because if you were “accepted”, they’d be praising you and therefor breaking a law. In Catholicism it’s the same but I think you get more out of it than judism because there is that special spirit of calm and forgiveness that the priests give you especially after confessing and showing yourself to the priest. It’s no wonder why many of us long to be that type of “father”. In fact, that is something which the church priests have said and It’s known that we all have that type of fondness and love for the priest. Not sure if you find that in a synagogue. Love thy neighbor, confess your sins, observe the law any many other great wonderful things can be found in a catholic community.

  • Religion is just one of the many, many ways we play the "we're better than y'all" game. It's not religion or body type or cars or any other metric that's the problem, it's US.

    We simply cannot exist without needing **desperately** to be "better than" someone else, and as long as humanity focuses more on developing the next iPhone instead of ourselves, all the world's bullshit WILL continue unabated.

  • Man, religion is really f****** you up. How stupid. Why not just get rid of it all together. Your life would be so much happier. Or you could wait until God comes to you and asks you to murder your son for him. Maybe then youll learn religion is bullshit. If youre not too far brainwashed and narrow minded like most religious fools, I would recommend you read "the god delusion" by richard dawkins. It might change your life.

  • Maybe you should start focusing on God rather than religion...

  • In Judaism, people know God through observing the mitzvot (commandments or duties). Part of that is belonging to a community. The important prayers, such as Kaddish, must be said in a minyan, a group of at least ten Jews. Judaism isn't a "focus on God and forget the religion" religion. It is communal in a way that Christianity isn't. Although Jesus did say, "Whenever two or three of you are gathered together in my name, there I'll be." Which is to say that Christians are communal too, just not to the extent Jews are. So, if for whatever reason, someone doesn't feel comfortable in a community, it's a problem that I think can't be solved by just "focusing on God."

  • Why the h*** would you want to become one of history's most hated people? Of course Jews won't accept you because you're not truly one of them. Be glad you're not. Convert back to Catholicism immediately disassociate yourself from anything Jewish.

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