• Serious question for Muslims: Is interfaith dialogue realistic?

    I am reading a book by an American Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf "What's Right with Islam". So far I understand his point in showing what Christians, Jews and Muslims share in common. What concerns me is the way that he skirts around the issue of the acceptance of religions that are not "of the book". More specifically he says that... show more
    I am reading a book by an American Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf "What's Right with Islam". So far I understand his point in showing what Christians, Jews and Muslims share in common. What concerns me is the way that he skirts around the issue of the acceptance of religions that are not "of the book". More specifically he says that "authentic" world religions recognize God as a singular entity, God is relevant to creation, this is knowable to all humans, humans are capable of fulfilling divine imperatives, and that people should be held responsible for their actions. What I take the strongest issue with is that a religion some how is not "authentic" if they do not see God as singular or relevant to the human experience.
    6 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 years ago
  • Question About Jews/Judaism?

    Why does a Person need a Jewish Mother to be Considered "Jewish"?
    Why does a Person need a Jewish Mother to be Considered "Jewish"?
    6 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 years ago
  • Which Forms of Judaism Can I Practice?

    Which Forms of Judaism can I Practice? If any. I have a Jewish Father but a Gentile Mother, I have never Practiced Judaism before. And Yes, I am Asking this Question Again because I did not get any Good Answers.
    Which Forms of Judaism can I Practice? If any. I have a Jewish Father but a Gentile Mother, I have never Practiced Judaism before. And Yes, I am Asking this Question Again because I did not get any Good Answers.
    4 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 years ago
  • Theistic pagans, how do you perceive your deities?

    Personally, I draw a lot of my beliefs from a blend of Shinto, Buddhism, and Tao, blended into a Feri Tradition architecture, and when I am in ritual, or am simply just meditating upon the nature of a deity, instead of getting a mental impression of a humanoid or some other such being, I always perceive of the deities I interact with as dragons.... show more
    Personally, I draw a lot of my beliefs from a blend of Shinto, Buddhism, and Tao, blended into a Feri Tradition architecture, and when I am in ritual, or am simply just meditating upon the nature of a deity, instead of getting a mental impression of a humanoid or some other such being, I always perceive of the deities I interact with as dragons. This is probably because of the titanic powers that deities possess, and I've always viewed dragons with a sense of awe and wonder. There is a basis for dragons as deities in Shinto, as Inari (the kami I am most drawn to) sometimes took the form of a dragon in myth, and several others also did so, including a sea kami who *was* a dragon. However, it's not just the Shinto kami I perceive as dragons. I also perceive Apollo, Thor, etc. as draconic in my minds eye (which I know is not accurate to the cultures they are from lol I'm just saying that's how it goes down). How do you perceive your deities?
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 years ago
  • I'd like to convert to Judaism, but I'd also like tattoos?

    I'd like to get some tattoos some day, maybe in Hebrew too, they would be on my ribs and be covered by clothes about 90% of the time. They have extreme personal meaning, and are not merely "decoration" I am 100% serious about converting to Judaism, I am mikvah bound all the way. I know that a tattooed person can not be buried in a... show more
    I'd like to get some tattoos some day, maybe in Hebrew too, they would be on my ribs and be covered by clothes about 90% of the time. They have extreme personal meaning, and are not merely "decoration" I am 100% serious about converting to Judaism, I am mikvah bound all the way. I know that a tattooed person can not be buried in a Jewish cemetery, but I'd like to be converted anyway. Am I being completely unreasonable or are there Jews and Rabbis who will accept my position? oh, and the tattoos would come AFTER the mikvah and official conversion
    1 answer · Religion & Spirituality · 6 years ago
  • Is tea "kosher"? and.....?

    My sister is religious and i want to send her kids this holiday tea by Harney and Sons. Its the hot cinnamon spice kind. i THINK they claim its 'kosher' from what ive read briefly online.. but my sister is like the super kosher kinda person.. like... does tea need to be any more kosher than it just saying kosher? does it have to be glatt... show more
    My sister is religious and i want to send her kids this holiday tea by Harney and Sons. Its the hot cinnamon spice kind. i THINK they claim its 'kosher' from what ive read briefly online.. but my sister is like the super kosher kinda person.. like... does tea need to be any more kosher than it just saying kosher? does it have to be glatt or something like that. Because -- i heard that there are different levels of kosher... just a few of them.. i wanna just make sure before i send it out.? harney and sons, this kind of tea.. anyone know??
    3 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 years ago
  • What goes on at a typical jewish temple service?

    Im doing research on religious services. Can someone tell me a detailed explanation of how a typical Jewish Synagogue service works and what the significant things that happen are? Thanks!!!
    Im doing research on religious services. Can someone tell me a detailed explanation of how a typical Jewish Synagogue service works and what the significant things that happen are? Thanks!!!
    6 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 years ago
  • Pagans, what exactly do you believe?

    I've seen people on here all the time saying their pagan. I'm not quite sure what is meant. I know a pagan religion is something like the ancient gods of Greece, right? So, what exactly do pagans believe, and is there another name for their beliefs? Why do you believe in it?
    I've seen people on here all the time saying their pagan. I'm not quite sure what is meant. I know a pagan religion is something like the ancient gods of Greece, right? So, what exactly do pagans believe, and is there another name for their beliefs? Why do you believe in it?
    5 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 years ago
  • Converts to Judaism - please tell me your story.?

    Why did you choose Judaim over other religions? Why do you believe this is the "true religion"? I am just curious. Guys, don't waste your time. If you're not going to answer seriously, do not answer at all.
    Why did you choose Judaim over other religions? Why do you believe this is the "true religion"? I am just curious. Guys, don't waste your time. If you're not going to answer seriously, do not answer at all.
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 6 years ago