There are some lines that we hear over and over throughout our lives.
- “Don’t worry, be happy.”
- “Live life to the fullest.”
We are also told our whole lives, especially in the Orthodox Jewish community, do everything according to the letter of the law, and keep religion at the forefront.
Well, what happens when these two things don’t meet?
Do you give up happiness? Or do you slowly let religion slip away?
My personal opinion = Live life to the fullest, don’t worry about anything else, be happy, and if you have to bend the laws of religion a little, then so be it.
I know, I know, I’m going to have a lot of you up in arms over that statement, saying that religion has to mean the most, and you need to sacrifice for it…and I agree.
Most of us sacrifice a lot for religion, such as having to go out of our way to get kosher food, which also costs more. Not working on Shabbos (the Sabbath). At the same time, not hanging out/talking with secular friends on that day (since you can’t text/email/call them).
But at the same time, some things that you are/aren’t allowed to do, make you miserable, and prevent you from enjoying life.
So I wonder: Does religion want you to follow it and be miserable? Or do they want you to follow it, as long as you are somewhat happy?
No one is perfect; we all make mistakes, religiously. And most of the time, some of us regret those mistakes.
Overall, I’m sure most of my readers are religious, and keep most, if not all, of the laws that they possibly could.
But I’m curious how many of them bend the laws once in a while, and which laws those are; and if your anonymity isn’t enough for you to say it, then post anonymously, and not under a pseudonym.
Even the slightest of things, so that we can begin to see what the issues are amongst us, especially since after my last post, people doubted what actions people do/don’t do.
Hopefully I’ll hear enough back, to talk more on these subjects.
And remember, I'm a nobody, and nobody is perfect. Therefore I am perfect.