NOTE : Re posting today from Saturday evening 'cause I accidentally missed off 4 questions and answers, doh!
Not at all, my mother was an immigrant from a third world country whose family came to Britain with nothing, they all believed that education was vitally important for people so education was funded by legacies from my grandparents, parents and uncles.I was raised by my paternal uncle, who had a very spartan worldview. I've always worked since I was 16, to pay for things I wanted to buy and to get me through life. I might have gone to private school, but never lost my regional accent. Not that I'm a working class hero or consider myself to be such.
6)Has your Hashkafa changed at all ?
Theologically, from my understanding of my own holy book, the Hebrew Bible-
2. I believe the prophecies fulfilled in Jesus were conveniently troweled through & found in the Hebrew bible to make them "fit" the Christian narrative
3. I don't believe a human blood sacrifice is necessary for G-d to forgive sins and this was shown repeatedly in the Hebrew Bible
4. I don't agree with original sin; we are born with the capacity to do good or evil
5. G-d cannot become human and humans do not become G-d
6.G-d is one and indivisible and not 3 parts
7. There is a difference between the Jewish satan and the christian devil.
8 One person cannot die for the sins of another.
Personally, I feel that the Church has harmed my people too much, I could never become a Christian. It would feel like a betrayal. I got close to it. But the Evangelicals I was connected to, hated gays; it wasn't enough to be single, but that the orientation itself was a sin, so that put me off for life.
To me it is also about how we celebrate our Judaism, the rhythm , the heartbeat of the year . Or to put it another way; with people, in song, in food, with Him.
First. We have our weekly Christmas (well without the pressies!) of our Shabbat celebrations, the centre of which are the 3 meals we have, which fuse together friends, family and worship of G-d as well as fine foods, wine and plenty of singing ! In fact it is a commandment that we enjoy the food and wine and the company of friends and family. This is the G-d I know and worship, not the stereotype deity of the 'Old Testament' that some Christians enjoy portraying her as being (e.g. distant, vengeful, wrathful and generally unpleasant).
Second. We have numerous festivals throughout the year, which the centre of (aside from fast days such as Yom Kippur) is again family, friends and a festive meal, which also combines prayer, liturgy & some form of Bible reading or study. What is even more unique I think is that, except for the times of fasting, we have special food for each festival; such as Cheesecake& Kahee for Shavout, Matzah for Passover, Latke&Sufganiyah for Hanukah, Hammantashen & Fazuelos for Purim etc .