Basically the same way you can follow the tenets of the Church of England
without being a Subject of the Queen. Judaism is a national religion, not a universal one.
That is a very fundamental mistake. Religion is a matter of affiliation
. It's even in the word, which means re-linking. It involves at least cheering and professing and public endorsement of certain tenets, and at most it completely informs the way your society works. Actual belief
is strictly a private matter, since no-one can get into your head to police your thoughts, but people used to make damn sure
you faked it
somewhat convincingly if you didn't want to be ostracized.
edited 21st Feb '12 6:27:08 AM by TheHandle
"Pretend you're trapped in a cave made of jell-o, and that your only escape is to eat your way out!" Zeppeli, R.I.P.