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"Never Again"

How Do You Imagine God?
God in America and USA WEEKEND Magazine are partnering to explore Americans' images of God.

How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator My image of God is similar to Michelangelo's which is portrayed in the Sistine Chapel. A knowledgeable Person whom you know commands respect just by seeing His presence. But also an understanding and compassionate Man who is like the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court,but of Humanity.

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator in the history and tradition of the Jewish Religion and hope someday there will be a lasting peace between Israel and it neighbors
My most powerful moment of belief was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator When I was in combat in Vietnam and survived being wounded.
My greatest moment of doubt was ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Holocaust
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator believing in one God,justice and equality for all civilized humanity.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Is that the Jews were responsible for Christ's death.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Two people of different times. Moses and Lincoln. Both showed great leadership under extraordinary circumstances and met the challenge.
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator There is nothing mystifying about Judaism. It is based on history and tradition.

My Faith History

As a child I believed ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Deeply in the Jewish Religion and the presence of God along with the power of prayer.
My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Honestly, I have strayed from some of the traditions of Judaism. But I still strongly believe in the Jewish Religion.
I was raised as ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a Conservative Jew, which is between Orthodox and Reformed.We observed the Sabbath,attended the Temple and followed Jewish Laws.
Are your beliefs or practices different from your parents? If so, how and why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The only difference between my beliefs and my parents is marrying outside of the religion.
If you have children, did becoming a parent change your relationship to faith? If so, how? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Being a parent did not change my relationship to faith, but it brought another religion into the home.

How I Practice My Faith

Where and when do you practice your faith? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I try to attend Temple, observe dietary laws, remember my deceased parents and pray for the health and success of my children.
Does your family practice more than one religion or faith? If so, how do you blend the traditions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator There are two different religions present in this home. We just honor each as they stand.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator It is really easy to live my faith. However, I have been negligent in that area and there is really no excuse.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The way my children have turned out. I am very proud of my two boys.They represent all that is right with the world.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The Old Testament is the epitomy of Jewish representation.

Religion & the Public Square

What should be the role of religion in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The only role I see is that a politician believe in God. Other than that they should be separate as written by the framers of the Constitution.
Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I look at religion as history. I don't think teaching the historical aspects of a religion is a threat.
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. That's just what they are - works of literature which can knock-down the erroneous barriers which people may harbor.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Yes. Understanding other religions and their beliefs takes some of the mystery out of their traditions.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator No. I just think religion is a very personal matter.
Do you feel that you have a duty, because of your faith, to put your beliefs into action? What are some of those actions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I think people should engrave in their minds, "never again," the cry of the Holocaust. Also 9/11, Oklahoma City & the Phelps family should have actions where we know justice has been served. But I can't be more specific.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I have a very, very negative view of politics and politicians. That's the only comment I will make.
Has 9/11 had any impact on your thoughts about religion? Are you more/less interested in learning about other religions? Do you feel more/less comfortable expressing your religious beliefs? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator I want to believe that 9/11 resulted from a radical few. But when I see people killing people of their own kind I find it hard to be sympathetic. I still hold interest in other religions, but do not feel comfortable discussing my religion.

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Published October 11, 2010

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