Author Topic: Is It Wrong For Jews To Use Terms Like "The Holy Grail", "Wandering Jew", Etc.?  (Read 1137 times)

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Holy Grail, Wandering Jew, Good Samaritan, Holy Cow, and a bunch more. All if those are technically Christian or Buddhist/Hindu religious terms, but these days are simply used in everyday conversation without any religious connection or implication.

Is it wrong for a Jew to use these terms the way they are commonly used today?

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Add fingers crossed to that list

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Add fingers crossed to that list
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Add fingers crossed to that list

Right, and knock on wood as well.

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And Jeez.

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Hate to break it to all you but the forum idea came from a Catholic.  :)
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Hate to break it to all you but the forum idea came from a Catholic.  :)
Problem is not that those expressions come from christians, the problem would be that they are christian.

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Hate to break it to all you but the forum idea came from a Catholic.  :)
That Catholic who came up with the forum idea is probably mad at you for using his tool to conflate stuff .. words and phrases are a function of, and generally reflects, ones views, ideas and beliefs, a forum on the other hand, is just a tool, and does non of that, regardless of what the guy who invented it believes in.

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The way I see it
Holy Grail, Wandering Jew, Good Samaritan, Holy Cow
these days are simply used in everyday conversation without any religious connection or implication.

However,
fingers crossed
and
knock on wood
Still have somewhat of a religious connotation. (or maybe it's just that they have an action associated with them, even if most people don't view them as being religious?)

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What religion is associated with fingers crossed and knock on wood?
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What religion is associated with fingers crossed and knock on wood?
Crossing is a Christian form of prayer

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Crossing is a Christian form of prayer
Never heard of that once. It is for wishing luck where I come from.
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Never heard of that once. It is for wishing luck where I come from.
thats because you hang out on a jewish forum.... gotta spend more time with the christains!!
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thats because you hang out on a jewish forum.... gotta spend more time with the christains!!
You need to get out more and not believe this non-sense. If you want to talk about something real we can start with "blood libel".  :)
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You need to get out more and not believe this non-sense. If you want to talk about something real we can start with "blood libel".  :)
now ur on thin ice.. blood libels are not really joking material
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