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Love to read about Why's but it is real life HOW that counts
on October 2, 2014
Every religion and culture has its traditions. They are followed by habit and their original reasons fade to the mists of time.
Latter day groups in modern countries are often themselves perplexed when outsiders or their own growing children ask, "Why?"
For Gentiles in USA and Canada and Europe, this book will shed light on the concept of the sabbath, why male Jews wear the yamulke, why orthodox jewish men grow their side locks, why jewish women covered their hair or wore wigs after marriage, what a bar mitzvah and/or a bat mitzvah is, what the holy days and how they are celebrated, etc.
We who live in the BAy Area know and work and interact with Jews. Most are secular or have taken up Eastern and mystical religious practices, ESP Buddhism.
I would say that the big question for Jews of the USA is simply, "why not?" Drink, take drugs, be promiscuous, marry a gentile, work in the sabbath, wear ine's hair as one pleases, eat what one wants, etc etc...
There appears to be no reason except ones own conscience. If that guilt has not been inculcated, then why bother even knowing the "why" of a tradition seen as superfluous or counterproductive or just plain medieval?
I would wager that more Gentiles than Jews read this book. Jews have often asked me about catholic traditions and the reasons behind them. Their interest is greater than many of those Catholics and ex-Catholics I have ever known.
If we can get to the WHY of such religious as radical Islam, I feel it will still not stop some followers from abusing the "traditions".
Discussion and knowledge as such books provide are great. But in the end, it wasn't the religion that gave permission for women to wear their hair without covering it. It was the women themselves who made the change and did not worry about the WHY so much as HOW to live.
Is men's hair seductive to some women? Of course. Well then, cover it. there you have it. A WHY produced for anything.