Why Follow Judaism
I was an agnostic for most of my life, and researched many of the major religious systems by way of finding those who believed in that system and having friendly conversations (At length) over many days, weeks or months, as they allowed. It wasn't until I met my wife, however, that I encountered a Jew. After we were married, I researched this religion with the aid of a Rabbi who was also a PhD in physics, and ended up converting a few years later. While I don't proselytize, I am an avid supporter of Judaism and Israel, and try to intelligently, factually and dispassionately discuss all the aspects I've learned of all religions, over the years. The root thing that Judaism emphasizes over ALL the rules and commandments is your personal health. When it comes to anything in the Torah - be it eating pork, working on Shabbat, not fasting, etc. - all of them take second place to keeping yourself healthy and taking whatever medicine you require to live. As an evolving religion, it also changes the commandments and rules as our society progresses, taking into account new technologies and discoveries and incorporating them - usually with hundreds of rabbis spending many hours - into the Jewish religion. The other take-away I've found with Judaism is this - judge people by what they do, not what they say they do. Deeds count for far more in Judaism than thoughts.
Something else to hopefully enlighten - Jews are called God's Chosen People not because they are smarter, nobler or superior to others in any way - they are Chosen to set the right example, much like any leader is supposed to do. They don't expect the whole world to be Jewish, but they are chosen to show that being a good person is a good thing for everyone. Being human, some do fail.
Edited: Gknightbc on 13th Oct, 2017 - 4:08am