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I finished that article. One thing that I have found is that when someone is extreme in one way, he tends to be extreme in other ways. Here you had someone who was Jewish but knew nothing about it. He went to the extreme of becoming a Jew for Jesus. He got so into it that his Catholic wife was not Christian enough for him. Could you imagine...here we have a Jew telling a Catholic that she has to be more Christian. Then after a while he finds that he needs even more of a connection to God than he is getting in Christianity so he becomes and Orthodox Jew! So he went from being an extreme Christian to being an extreme Jew.
Actually our good friend Rabbi Lederman was not Orthodox as a kid. He turned Orthodox in college. I think by the very end of high school he was getting there. But when I was friends with him, in junior high school, he was a typical Brooklyn joker.
Now, someone like Steve (who often posts here) went to Hebrew school, had a Bar Mitzvah, etc. Yet he grew up to think that all religion was nonsense. He married a Catholic but didn't convert and couldn't care less about Christianity or Judaism. I think that is the norm for people who grew up in Canarsie.
I come from just trying to understand things. I have been religious and non religious. In both cases I have explored ideas and tried various things. I remember one year I purposely didn't celebrate one Jewish holiday. I just wanted to see what it would be like to totally ignore it. Other years I celebrated every Jewish holiday, including Tisha B'Av, and the Fast of Gedaliah! I also wanted to experience that.
Author: Von Cello Eintrag from 16.04.2008
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