Jewish Atheist

An agnostic atheist perspective
from a once orthodox Jew.

I think I’m gonna quit my job… I just don’t want to do this anymore.. and quitting the other one a few weeks ago felt very empowering.

#freedom

#never_too_late_to_reinvent_yourself

hungover… ugh… probably the first time in a year or so… damn…

green>drink

ok, so I love weed… but a getting drunk on a good wine (starting in a park on a sunny day)… yeah, just fucking fantastic… gotta do this more often than never, lol

infamousblueraincoat asked: i appreciate ur graphics

Thanks, I really liked that one from the other day as well. (Actually had it in waiting for a monthssssssssss to find the right time for it. nailed it, hahaha.)

wow, that compelling argument on the sign hanging from that dude’s nipples really convinced me, lol

wow, that compelling argument on the sign hanging from that dude’s nipples really convinced me, lol

(Source: fuckyeahreligionpigeon)

Anonymous asked: What are thoughts on the shabbos app?

So, for those who don’t know, the “shabbos app” is designed to make use of smart-phones technically ok for shabbos (some info on that here). The basic idea is that electricity in and of itself should not, necessarily, be a sin to use on shabbos. In fact, the conservative movement recognized this early on (from what I recall), while the orthodox rabbis played it… conservatively! {excuse the pun} and prohibited it, with different rabbis offering different reasons why it shouldn’t be ok, but often disagreeing with each-other, and often displaying an ignorance as to what electricity actually is, with some simply saying that it ‘wasn’t in the spirit of shabbos’ and so should be forbidden.

To me, the app suggests a few things:

1) we are all becoming addicted to our technology. That might be good or bad or a mix, I don’t know, but I think humanity itself is changing. And in some very real ways, I think our technology is becoming a prosthetic limb for us all, where we feel somewhat naked or severely lacking without it. As technology continues to get further and further integrated with our lives - and our very bodies! - this effect will only increase.

2) Orthodox people are reaching a major cross-roads. I think it was easy to dismiss electricity for shabbos when it was seen as a luxury, but as it becomes more and more part of our daily lives - and perhaps part of ourselves - it may be time for them consider if they really want to go down the stringent road or if it may be time to ease up. Sadly, the orthodox world doesn’t usually ease up; it tends to do just the opposite, getting more and more restrictive over time. And so just as the amish weren’t considered quaint when they began, but became so as society evolved and they didn’t, I think the same thing will happen to orthodoxy as the rest of the world whizzes into the fantastical future.

3) I suspect that even if the community at large wants to go the amish route, that there will be individuals who do not and cannot. Particularly in the “modern orthodox” world, so I guess a major schism may be at hand, esp since to some parts of the ultra-orthodox world, smart-phones and internet are themselves already “unkosher”.

hmm… that’s what I’ve got off the cuff… but it’s definitely a fascinating development. I got to chew it over more and probably wait a few years to watch how things develop.

Thanks for the ask.Cheers!

Why a young Christian preacher rejected the Bible and faith

bluejewofzsouchmuhn:

atheistatheism:

Why a young Christian preacher rejected the Bible and faith
submitted by
storigen

The linked article is very well-written and a good read, though the above title is a bit misleading.

agreed. and fascinating how much I could relate to the story (though there were obviously some differences).

A friend of mine was giving me some crap the other day about identifying as an atheist. “Why do you need a label to say what you’re not?” he asked. I gave a few reasons, but I think perhaps one of the best answers is to explain a shared experience - at least by ex-religionists - of the difficult process of “waking up” , of reevaluating one’s beliefs and often reconstructing one’s world-view.

We are survivors.

bluejewofzsouchmuhn:

cumaeansibyl:

nehirose:

post-and-out:

opalborn:

intrepidcrow:

queerlittlemermaid:

carpeumbra:

klay-ra:

I’m just gonna start preaching this shit.

By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today

Published: April 30, 2012
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A mysterious and troubling phenomenon called “visual snow” is a distinct syndrome that does not appear to stem from illicit drug use, a researcher said here. People with visual snow report seeing a mix of swimming dots, flying objects, and trailing shadow images that fill the visual field all the time.

"…It is probably nothing more than an exaggerated type of normal visual function."

Those with the disturbance “tend to be people who are very observant … people who are really hyperobservant of their world. There’s a real controversy as to how much of this is a heightened awareness of normal phenomena,” Friedman said.

He said the visual-snow phenomenon centers on a disturbance described as similar to watching a grainy TV picture. Patients can still see real objects but with tiny black and white dots throughout the visual field.

Another common aspect of the syndrome is that, when patients look at a clear blue sky, they see small white objects zooming around randomly.

A third feature is that moving objects appear to leave trails behind them.

Most but not all respondents saw the zooming white objects in the sky and the trails behind moving objects. More than half, but not necessarily the same half, reported a variety of other effects. These included halos and starbursts surrounding objects, floaters, poor night vision, photosensitivity, and colored swirls and waves when their eyes were closed.

Those with the disturbance “tend to be people who are very observant … people who are really hyperobservant of their world. There’s a real controversy as to how much of this is a heightened awareness of normal phenomena,” Friedman said.

She noted the prevalence of so-called entopic phenomena in Schankin’s sample — the floaters, zooming white objects, and images seen even with closed eyes. Such perceptions usually stem from retinal activation.

"When we have entopic firing from our retina … if you look at the white wall and really focus on it with the right lighting, you can see it," she said. "It’s the same thing with afterimages. It’s normal to see afterimages."

"Most of us pay no attention to it," Friedman continued. "But if you’re a really observant person, you start noticing it, and then you notice it all the time.”

Schankin said that many of the patients were indeed “extremely high functioning.”

I’m so glad this was finally validated.

The doctors said visual snow was only when you saw snow/dots falling. That isn’t what I see. I have this. My weird-eye thing has a name now. I have no words.

Oh. I totally thought this was just a normal eye thing. Apparently I have visual snow.

I’ve spent a significant portion of my life trying to explain this phenomenon to my optometrists in an attempt to get rid of it.

Wait everybody doesn’t see this all the time? OMG I thought this came standard.

…yeah i didn’t realize that not everyone did that, either. huh. neat!

I dunno about the “hyperobservant” part though because I have all of those symptoms and a lot of it has to do with how I’m so near-sighted that my retinas, being so misshapen, do all kinds of weird things with light processing (and also they have weak points so I have more bits of eye matter floating around in there)

also if you start seeing more snow than usual it could be a sign of an impending retinal detachment so don’t just write it off as, like, extra specialness

Holy shit, I also thought this was normal. I see little tiny white comets zooming around against light-colored skies. Also a zillion floaters. and have pretty much all the other symptoms. I’m special!

I suspect that the white sparks seen flying around in a chicken-wire pattern - at least when looking at the sky - may be the corpuscles (or blood vessels) in the eye. I saw an exhibit about it at a science center a while back and since then have been able to train my eyes to notice them but only against blue sky backgrounds - apparently they have the ideal wavelength to make them more noticeable. (link)

p.s. I think most people don’t see them bc our brains tend to ignore certain features that are like “static” or “background noise” (actually, pretty much exactly like how our brains ignore background noise)… perhaps those who see these regularly are experiencing the lack of that filter~

Atheists..

—“There are Atheists in foxholes
Atheists in hurricanes
There are Atheists in all the roles
Denied by your refrains

Atheists are your fellow citizens
People who love and laugh and cry
Atheists are your relatives and friends
Don’t insult them with a lie

Atheists in many foxholes served
And some have had to die
Give Atheists the thanks deserved
Don’t dismiss them with a lie

Atheists are all around you
They work, they help, they care
And no matter what you think is true
Atheists are everywhere
And no matter what you think is true
They do not want your prayer”
Edwin Kagin (via even-the-sun-sets-in-paradise186)

(Source: its-dark-inside186)

Tattoos and Religion

dlgn13:

Jewish cultural appropriation isn’t my specialty, but
@goynif
knows more about it than I do. As for zaatarwitholives, they were the first person to reblog your post.

I looked at Zaatar’s post and she didn’t explain at all why it’s wrong.

So, again, if you point me to a specific post by either Zaatar or “goynif” (whose name I find rather offensive, btw), then I’ll be happy to read it.

Tattoos and Religion

dlgn13:

jewishatheist:

dlgn13:

jewishatheist:

basically, don’t worry about cultural appropriation; worry about interpersonal sensitivity.

shalom!

"Don’t worry about cultural appropriation" what gives you the right to say that?

What gives you the right to say otherwise?

cheers

Because it’s my culture, and I don’t want it to be made into a meaningless parody of itself by goyim? Have you read what zaatarwitholives said about it? You should.

If you refer me to a specific post, I’d be happy to read it.

That said, I don’t think anyone “owns” a culture (let alone a word, and esp not as well-known and commonly used a word as “shalom”). Throughout history cultures have borrowed from each-other. It’s normal and a natural part of cultural evolution. (e.g. the “jewish” months are actually babylonian; the story of noah’s flood is borrowed from earlier legends from other cultures; etc etc).  I also don’t think it’s practically feasible to try and stop that tide and so a pointless fight.

Furthermore, the OP was clearly not trying to turn anything into a “meaningless parody”; just the opposite. The OP explained that the word “shalom” is very meaningful to the person. If merely seeing someone from your “out-group” finding meaning in something that relates to your culture is offensive to you, or somehow demeans your culture, I really have to wonder what the values of your culture are. (Seriously, what does one person’s “shalom” tattoo have to do with you at all?! How on earth does it effect you if someone finds meaning in a biblical word for “peace”?!)

I don’t think that anyone should be able to control what others find meaningful or use to express themselves. I don’t think that people “own” cultures. I do believe in consideration and sensitivity for others (so I’d think twice before donning a, say, ‘jewish themed’ halloween costume), but claiming “ownership” of a culture or a tiny fragment of a culture seems bizarre to me. So, like I said, I favor cultural sensitivity, but the whole “cultural appropriation” policing seems ridiculous to me.

Tattoos and Religion

dlgn13:

jewishatheist:

basically, don’t worry about cultural appropriation; worry about interpersonal sensitivity.

shalom!

"Don’t worry about cultural appropriation" what gives you the right to say that?

What gives you the right to say otherwise?

cheers

Anonymous asked: Yo, I'm religiously observant, but I still love your blog and your style - think it provides some much-needed criticism. Thank you so much for sharing your perspective :)

Thanks so much! I’m genuinely flattered! Cheers!

false-pride-is-suicide:

jewishatheist:

And yet somehow people wonder why we atheists have doubts about religion.
Seriously, have orthodox jews taken an objective glance at their beliefs?
In fact, how are we even debating the truth of this when the torah is filled with obviously wrong information, such as noah’s flood? How is there even a question about the veracity of this allegedly divine argument?

Fuck off. Like seriously just keep your opinions to yourself if you don’t like something we’re doing.

Maybe I’ll “fuck off” one day when religion doesn’t play a huge role in public policy, such as limiting the basic human rights of lgbts.
Maybe I’ll “fuck off” one day when religion isn’t provoking wars which are literally destroying lives, such as those in the middle-east.
Maybe I’ll “fuck off” one day when people are no longer disowned by their families and friends for doubting religion or god.
Maybe I’ll “fuck off” one day when religious people stop spreading lies and hate about those who don’t believe.
Maybe I’ll “fuck off” one day when atheists aren’t distrusted as much as rapists! (x)
Maybe I’ll “fuck off” one day when religious people stop indoctrinating their kids with obviously false information.
Or maybe I won’t because I I value free speech, skepticism, and open debate, and I can write whatever the hell I want on my blog.

false-pride-is-suicide:

jewishatheist:

And yet somehow people wonder why we atheists have doubts about religion.

Seriously, have orthodox jews taken an objective glance at their beliefs?

In fact, how are we even debating the truth of this when the torah is filled with obviously wrong information, such as noah’s flood? How is there even a question about the veracity of this allegedly divine argument?

Fuck off. Like seriously just keep your opinions to yourself if you don’t like something we’re doing.

Maybe I’ll “fuck off” one day when religion doesn’t play a huge role in public policy, such as limiting the basic human rights of lgbts.

Maybe I’ll “fuck off” one day when religion isn’t provoking wars which are literally destroying lives, such as those in the middle-east.

Maybe I’ll “fuck off” one day when people are no longer disowned by their families and friends for doubting religion or god.

Maybe I’ll “fuck off” one day when religious people stop spreading lies and hate about those who don’t believe.

Maybe I’ll “fuck off” one day when atheists aren’t distrusted as much as rapists! (x)

Maybe I’ll “fuck off” one day when religious people stop indoctrinating their kids with obviously false information.

Or maybe I won’t because I I value free speech, skepticism, and open debate, and I can write whatever the hell I want on my blog.