Posted on: July 13, 2012
Shabbat Shalom, readers! As I write this, it’s actually only Tuesday-but I’m trying to be good about posting so I’ve been writing some small posts to schedule while I’m stuffing my face with treif in Maine. Yay Lobster!
About a week ago this picture from Shabbat.com came across my Facebook feed. It spoke to me personally so I shared it. The conversation that resulted was really interesting and I’m curious to know what feelings this photo brings up for you.
For me, Judaism is less of a religion and more of a spiritual connection to Gd. Perhaps that makes me a bit of a mystic, or it’s the last lingering wisps of my Baptist upbringing, but it’s how I relate to Judaism. Religion conjures images of holy people in special robes, a large institution full rules-what you can and cannot do and people who claim to be more learned/holy/spiritual than me enforcing the rules. It’s people who get in the way of my personal connection to Gd. One of the reasons I sought out Judaism was that it allowed me to speak directly to Gd, rather than through Jesus or a priest or preacher, even if I don’t have proof that Gd is listening.
So what do you think? What thoughts/feelings does this image evoke?