"Don't tell God how big your storm is; tell your storm how big your God is."

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Two Big DIfferences Between Judaism and Christianity

First of all, in Judaism there is no original sin.  Plain and simple.  People are born pure, and one can never be classified as "a sinner."  One who sins is simply one who sins.  We always have the chance for repentance and return; God yearns for us to repent and return.  Every year, on Yom Kippur, our prayers and fasting earn us a clean slate for the year to come; God forgives and we may live.

Secondly: in Christianity, to the best of my understanding (and please correct me if I'm wrong!), people function as servants to a LORD or Master.  In Judaism, the metaphor (and I believe that our relationship to God is always and only a metaphor) is closer to partners continuing God's work in creation.  We arre God's hands in the world; we help God to do God's work.

Also, I took the GRE yesterday.  It went fabulously; thank you for asking.

And finally a picture of my "Jacob":


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I am a bipolar, Jewish young adult (had my Hebrew birthday, the one I count, and turned 23 this past January) who also suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. I love life and I live for my best friends: they are my purpose and my reason for trying so hard. I remain passionately devoted to those I love; I will not let my disorders make me totally self-centered. I like to read, write, and sew. My Rabbinical school plans did not work out, and I am now hoping to go into the field of Early Childhood Education. Please note: I am currently maintaining only Carried in His Hands. Enjoy!