Wilton saidI am not Jewish, but I sometimes attend Jewish services with my friends. I find those services to be far more loving, humane, and civilized than the Christian counterparts. No drinking of blood or eating of flesh, or worshiping someone who was tortured to death. I have considered converting, but I'm not sure I believe in any God at all.
But certainly Judaism is a far more loving religion than Christianity. And I don't hear of them being actively opposed to gays, except a few ultra-orthodox in Israel. The issue of the Israeli government and the Palestinians is a separate matter, with which I have problems. But as a religion alone, I find the Jewish among the most admirable in the world, and absolutely preferable to Christianity or Islam.
That is because we are mindful of our status as the ger, the stranger in most societies we live in and therefore are very tolerant of ways of life not our own, with the exception being when we are tried to be forced to abandon the faith (Story of Hannukah is a great example of this). We are told to embrace the stranger and that is why when I lead services at Hillel, I always explain what is going on because more often than not, I am leading a service with gentile guests that are there with an open mind and heart. If they can be open enough to join us on Shabbat, I owe them to explain our services and the meaning behind the prayers, practices and tradition. It is just what we do.
Since I wear kippah (Yarmulke, skull cap w/e), I often get the "Jewish questions" and it is my duty to answer them in a respectful and intelligent way because of the belief of being a light unto the nations. That last statement is the reason Jews are tolerant, we attempt to live by example.
BTW Please no political commentary on my post. Thx.
And when I go to Jewish services, I wear a kippah, why would I not? And I touch the Torah as it is passed around. I find the Jewish ceremony much more beautiful than the Christian one, and I was raised Catholic, when we still spoke Latin, which I knew. Not unlike the Jews, some of who know Hebrew.
No, if I chose a religion today, I would choose Jewish. I still sometimes attend an MCC, because of my partner, and because they are a gay Christian church. But otherwise, if I had to choose, it would be Jewish. They are the more humane, loving and intelligent of any religion of which I know.