I am a practicing Jew and I enjoy being Jewish but I love Buddhist teachings and concepts. They make me feel good. Would it be sacrilegious to wear the symbols of both religions on a necklace?
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You can be both from a Buddhist point of view, but not from a Jewish point of view.
Buddhism can piggy-back on most religions, because most sects of Buddhism make no claims to knowledge of Gods, or the origin of the universe. It is all about the enlightenment of self. So, from that point of view, you can seek such enlightenment, and you can look for it in Judaism.
From the Jewish point of view, all you need to know about morality, God, eternity, and the fate of your soul, is with them, and looking elsewhere is against God.
I would suggest that, as a Jew, there is NOTHING WRONG with respecting Buddhists, Buddhism, and aspects of it's teachings. But if you were to consider yourself a Jew, in faith, it would not be proper to also consider yourself Buddhist.
That said, I see no problem with Buddhist symbols if you choose to wear them. They are aesthetically pleasing, carrying them is something you want to do to symbolize respect you hold for the faith, and they are not things you worship, so they do not violate idolatry commands.
God says "Hold no other God before me."
Buddhism holds no gods, so respecting Buddhism is not, in and of itself, anti-Jewish, or anti-God.3
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