Judaism doesn't do it for me. To be honest I don't understand what you see in it. I've been there done that, and it's not for me. What do you say to people like me who simply are not inspired by Judaism?
You remind me of the story of the poor man's cheese blintzes.
A poor man was once walking the streets, feeling hungry, when he was struck by a delicious aroma. From out of the kitchen window of a huge mansion wafted the smells of a rich man's breakfast. Looking through the window, he watched carefully as the cook mixed the ingredients and prepared a pile of cheese blintzes. He had never seen or smelled anything so appetizing in his life.
He ran home and told his wife, "We must have some cheese blintzes for breakfast. They are delicious. Can you make me some? All we need is French pancake mix, milk and eggs, some butter to fry them in and cheese for the filling."
"Certainly my dear husband," the kind woman replied. "I will whip up the best cheese blintzes anyone ever tasted."
But when she looked into her pantry for the ingredients, she was greeted by empty shelves. An industrious and resourceful woman, she wasn't phased. "We will have to be a bit creative," she thought to herself. "I haven't got any French pancake mix, but a little potato flour should be just as good. We are a little low on milk. I'll just use water. Eggs.... I don't have any eggs, but I can throw in a few potatoes. We certainly can't afford butter for frying, but I have some old oil that I used last week, I am sure it can be used again. And cheese costs a fortune these days. We will have to settle for some mashed potatoes instead of cheese, that will be close enough."
In no time the delicious breakfast was ready, a pile of home made cheese blintzes. The good wife brought them before her excited and grateful husband, who eagerly bit into the first cheese blintz he had ever tasted in his life. After chewing for a while on the first blintz, his face turned from eager anticipation to bitter disappointment.
"I have to be honest," he said, "I don't really get what those rich people see in cheese blintzes. They really are nothing special...."
The Judaism you have tasted is about as authentic as those cheese blintzes. You may think you have been exposed to the Jewish way of life. After all, you sat through a year of bar mitzvah classes, crept into the back row of a synagogue on Yom Kippur every a year and even spent three months on a kibbutz in Israel when you were 19.
This is all very nice. But these are not the ingredients for a true Jewish experience.
If you have never racked your brain over a page of Talmud; if your soul has never been touched by the deeper meanings of the Torah; if you have never felt the embrace of a warm and spiritually committed community; if you have never experienced the peace and holiness of keeping a Shabbos fully and correctly, then you have never had a taste of real Judaism.
Enough of the cheap imitations. Go eat a genuine cheese blintz.
SHAVUOS ALL-NIGHTER AT NEFESH ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Celebrate the giving of the Torah at our all night learning program. Come for part or come for the whole night, there will be coffee and cake and plenty of inspiration
First night Shavuos, Tuesday June 7 at Nefesh, 54 Roscoe St Bondi Beach
9pm - 9:45pm Tales of Another World with R' Aaron Amzalak
10pm - 10:45pm Hair! - a mystical study of locks, tresses, curls and manes with Rabbi Moss
11pm - 11:45pm Souls that Were Never Lost
the surprise resurgence of Jewish identity in Europe today
with international guest speaker Zev Nagel
Former speechwriter for Ambassador Dan Gillerman at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN, Zev was recently appointed by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee as one of the Ralph I. Goldman Fellows in International Jewish Service. As a Fellow, Zev will serve in multiple locations around the world, and is currently in the midst of his first placement in Budapest, Hungary.
1am - 2:30am Guided Talmudic study - hands on grappling with a text
2:30am - 4am Ask the rabbi - you won't believe what comes up at this time of night
4am - 5am Short speeches from community members (more volunteers needed)
Meet the Artist Saturday June 18
NEFESH SERVICES - 54 Roscoe St Bondi Beach
4:45pm Mincha followed by shiur
6:30pm - 7:15pm Shabbos Service followed by Kiddush sponsored by Sheli Hersch in honour of her brother Des Fleisch's Yorzheitz"l - long life
9am Class on Weekly Parsha 10am -12:15pm Morning Service with kids program followed by Kiddush cosponsored by John Edmonds in honour of his birthday and Jocelyn Lowinger in honour of her starting a new job - Mazel Tov!
Mincha 4:30pm followed by Seudah Shlishis sponsored by Mrs Hilda Meyer in honour of the Yorzheit of her brother Shlomo ben Reuben z"l
Shabbos ends 5:38pm
8am Shachris followed by beginners Talmud and breakfast
Monday and Thursday
7am Shachris followed by Chassidus
Tuesday June 7 (candlelighting 4:35pm)
Mincha 4:45pm followed by drosha, Maariv 5:30pm
Wednesday June 8
Morning Service 10am-12:30pm
DON'T MISS READING OF TEN COMMANDMENTS AT 11AM, ICE CREAM PARTY FOR KIDS
followed by dairy lunch sponsored by Mark van der Vyver and Renee Freedman to welcome the Nagels to Sydney - all welcome
Mincha 4:45pm followed by drosha, Maariv 5:30pm (candlelighting after 5:34pm)
Thursday June 9
Morning Service 10am-12:30pm (Yizkor 11:30am) followed by Kiddushsponsored by Rev Daniel Miller in honour of his father's Yorzheit and Michelle Brenner in honour of her birthday