Rabbi Brad Hirschfield has a list of “12 Things You Didn’t Know About Judaism” up at Beliefnet.
I’m waiting for the rebuttal: “10 Things I Hate About Jews.” (Cue rim shot.)
Anyway, here’s the non-detailed version of Hirschfield’s article:
- Judaism isn’t about being Jewish
- You don’t need to be Jewish to get into Heaven
- Being part of the Chosen People is not about being better than anyone else
- Once a Jew, always a Jew
- Conversion to Judaism is more a leap of belonging than a leap of faith
- There is no “Jewish Pope”
- Kabala is not a different religion
- Kosher does not mean “blessed by a rabbi”
- The hole in the sheet for sex is a myth
- The idea that Jews have horns is based on a simple misreading of a Biblical verse
- Chanukah both is, and is not, the Jewish Christmas
- Rosh Hashanah is not the beginning of the Jewish year, not exactly anyway
I wonder how many people here were born Jewish and still consider themselves Secular Jews?
And how many of you rid yourselves of the whole Jewish identity (if that’s at all possible) when you became an atheist?
(Thanks to Matt for the link!)