The High Holy Days are coming up. I always start feeling a little shamefaced that I don't attend Temple or even take part in the rituals or festivities. Am I a bad Jew?
Don't be ridiculous, Dad. Take your own path.
Don't be too hard on yourself, son. I am sure you've thought through why you don't like Temple. Maybe it's because I loved Torah study so much. Is this a "repudiate the father" thing? Aw, how touching.
Rabbi Isaac Noah Mannheimer
I, for one, am not so forgiving. Would it kill you to rock a little God-lovin' in your life?
Okay, fine: people just want God to exist so be can shield them from the pain—kind of like how a child wants mommy to be there at the playground with a band-aid at the ready. Religion just doesn't serve a purpose anymore. It's out of fashion. Let's put on our big boy pants and move on.
You completely fail to spot the occult elements in human consciousness, Sigmund. Get your mystic on.