Dear AngryHobbit, you are angry aren't you? I'm not in the least upset and I wasn't defining Judaism in the way that you were. I'm sorry you didn't understand what I was saying and have jumped on things I have posted. I said nothing about 'paths' for a start, and I have over 60 years more experience than you do at being Jewish. I also have vast experience in how we perceive our documents. I am more than confident that in all our diverse communities the one thing that is common to us all is how the Tanakh is 'used' which is how it has always been for centuries, it is what it is. It is a book of Law not a novel. However I wish you well on your journey and would just say one thing, approaching life with an empty cup is useful for more than martial arts.