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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JEWISH AND CATHOLIC GUILT
05-14-2019, 01:41 PM
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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JEWISH AND CATHOLIC GUILT
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JEWISH AND CATHOLIC GUILT

Which is scarier: an all-powerful deity or your mom?

That prospect of outer-marriage—that is, marrying someone who's not a member of the Jewish faith—is a big component of Jewish Guilt. “The pressure to intermarry is both overt and subtle,” Jared Goodman says. “In my experience there tends to be reasons for said pressure. The Holocaust and the destruction of World Jewry, thus guilting descendants into minting their Jewish faith and identity.” Once again: community building. As a Jew, participating in community is way more important than religious worship.

“A Jew doesn't go to synagogue because God wants him to,” Finley says. “They go to be with their people and go to the synagogue to hear a good sermon. If you said that [it was] because God wants them to, they would raise their eyebrows.”

And that is, perhaps, the crucial divide between the two. The Catholic version of guilt is coming from a more ethereal “on-high” place: a judgmental and all-seeing Higher Power. The penalty for not following the instructions of this being? Only eternal damnation. That's high-pressure stuff, but also shouldn't imply that Jewish Guilt is somehow weaker. That comes from a more tangible place, from your friends and family, from your community. The penalty for not following those instructions? Being ostracized.

The weight of both are tremendous. The unanswerable question—unanswerable, seeing as Jews can't pretend to be Catholics, and vice versa—is which is more threatening: an all-powerful deity or your mom? How about if you happen to be one of those lucky few who get to experience that sweet, sweet Guilt from both?

“The Jewish side is, 'You could do better,' and the Catholic side is, 'You're a lost cause,'” says Katherine Spiers, who is ethnically Jewish but was raised Catholic. “I just always feel like I'm fucking up absolutely everything.”

https://psmag.com/social-justice/no-god-will-help-you

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05-14-2019, 02:01 PM
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Judaism sounds like a cult.
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05-14-2019, 02:46 PM
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Guilt is a horrible reason to do anything. It's an effective manipulator though, that's for sure.
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