It’s fascinating to look at Jewish practice and see which practices a large majority of Jews generally don’t mess with. I know it’s far from written in stone (unlike the tablets?) but it’s a feeling of, if you’re going to do it, do it right. Or maybe it’s the idea of, I’m Jewish, I’m going to keep doing this. Here are some examples. What other examples can you think of?
The other day I was talking to a woman whose mother passed away over a year ago. We were saying how our experience always has been that for yizkor (the remembrance prayer said during some of the holidays) everything else is dropped. No one wants to miss going to synagogue on those holidays at that specific time in order to say yizkor for their parent who passed away. I’d go so far as to say that most/all things connected to death are observed quite religiously by many/most Jews.
Mezuza might be another. In the book “The year of living Bibilically,” the author, A.J. Jacobs, writes that he comes from an extremely secular background. But then when he writes about the mitzva of having the parchment with the shema written on it, stuck to the doorpost, he writes as if it’s obvious that Jews have this. Totally “secular” yet doesn’t think twice about a mezuza?
I have heard that all Torah scrolls in every synagogue or temple are identical to each other. Including the way they are written?
It’s a little iffy. So many Jews don’t eat pork but so many do!
Now this is an amazing one. Almost everyone, all Jews worldwide, keep Yom Kippur in one way or another.
What other mitzvot/commandments/traditions can you not imagine giving up even if you’re not very religious in the conventional sense?