Wow, how on Earth do I keep missing these really cool threads? :LOL
|If you look at the actual observance of US Jews who i.d. with different movements, you might find that some folks who affiliate with a Reform Temple have the same observance as Jews who affiliate with an Orthodox schul. There are both aesthetic and ideological reasons to affiliate with a movement, beyond being too lazy to keep kosher, you know? For one thing, some people might be Shabbat observant but think it's immoral not to count women in a minyan. (Or the other way, drive to synagogue on Saturday but feel just too weird about women being rabbis.)
Once upon a time, I thought that Reform Judaism was basically not Jewish. In retrospect, I realize that I got this impression from the Orthodox Jews I gew up around.
: The first time I told someone at the Reform congregation that I'd been raised Orthodox, they said "Oh, so is this like walking into a church for you?" They know that that's how Reform Judaism is represented/discussed in the (local) Orthodox community. (FTR, I totally see the distinction between Orthodox and Torah-observant; that's very clear to me!) Honestly, I was surprised that there was any Hebrew at all in the Friday night service, or the Saturday morning service. At any rate, the reasons I attend/affiliate with a Reform congregation have little to do with my level of observance and much more to do with politics, logistics, etc. My mother is not remotely Torah observant but she still affiliates with an Orthodox shul; my sister isn't really observant either, but she associates with some very frum people.
About Moshiach: I definately believe that Moshiach will come one day, and I believe that it is the job of every Jew to hasten his arrival, but I haven't decided what exactly that means to me yet.
T Someone mentioned that the virgin birth thing is from a mistranslation of the word for "maiden"; as I recall, the word used is either "naarah" or something with the same root. It doesn't even mean "maiden", only "young woman" or something closer to "an unmarried woman of childbearing age".. basically an adolescent.