NM, I have only respect for you. You should know that, I hope ... and said what I said because I don't take offense at your wanting to ... expand my horizons. I think another poster was taking offense. And it's just too complicated for back & forthing, right?
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... About the sin thing....If I read the Torah right there is much talk on sin and disfellowship from God because of it. Do you not believe in sin as a Jew? Just curious, really....and how you come to that conclusion if my assumption is right.
Yes, there is. Depends on how you look at it.
What are mitzvot (good deeds)? Things that bring me close to G-d and enhance my relationship with G-d.
What are aveirot ("sins")? Things that detract from my relationship with G-d, and that are not helpful in my relationship with G-d.
That's how I see it. I see the word "sin" as being one that implies direct evil, or some such thing, and that is not how I unerstand it.
So that fits with fear/awe, too, because I'm not "afraid" of "sin" in that something bad may happen to punish me, but I'm concerned about enhancing my relationship with the divine, and am fearful of doing anything to detract from it.
Standing on the edge of the canyon ... right there with you, NM ...