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  •  I love this statement. (0+ / 0-)

    "Whether viewed as a romantic love affair, a kind master, a stern ruler, or a future hope, there is a two way street here."

    And I agree. A relationship with any god can be anything the person contemplating it is comfortable with. That is essentially it, the relationship is imaginary, especially the side of the two way street where no one lives.

    •  Love is love (3+ / 0-)
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      and enriches the lover no matter how or by whom it is received. A love of the divine can enrich one whether or not others believe in the divine, however it is defined.

      For me, I'm not sure what is or isn't, but I have a relationship to Judaism and to this holiday that is profound for me. Freedom is always worth celebrating and working for.

      Republicans want to make government small enough to fit in your vagina..

      by ramara on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 03:33:09 PM PDT

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      •  Of course freedom is worth celebrating (0+ / 0-)

        and working for. I don't see how that is related to Passover unless everyone at the table realizes and agrees that the basic story is symbolic and not real. The "Exodus" is totally unevidenced, which is probably a good thing because Yahweh behaved in terrible and silly ways through the whole drama.

        Also, if you don't believe in the "divine" (a very poorly defined term) or that something like it even exists, you can't exactly have a "relationship" with it.  

        •  Over the past few decades (1+ / 0-)
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          many alternative Haggadahs have been published and used - feminist, inclusive, Buddhist, socialist, labor among others - that have taken modern society into account and taken this ceremony to celebrate freedom in ways we find more meaningful.

          Judaism is a religion of questioning, and believing in God, any god, is not required before building a relationship to the religion or culture itself, or to its rituals. Except for a small fraction of Jews, we do not take the Bible as literal, but look for the symbolic and human meanings it has for us.

          Republicans want to make government small enough to fit in your vagina..

          by ramara on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 01:32:35 PM PDT

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      •  I like all of your comments very much... (1+ / 0-)
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        I am glad that you posted them!

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