my mood lately.
by Reb Gutman Locks @ Mystical Paths… Number one; when we light the candles we should be thankful. This is what Chanukah is all about. If Hashem had not miraculously intervened in the war between the Maccabees and the Greeks, there might not be a Jewish people in the world today.
If/maybe + if/maybe = wild speculation. God did not help the war. It was just a war, like all the others. We have no idea if there’d be jews today. I’d guess there would be. But judaism might look a bit different. Certainly december would be more boring.
When Hashem preserved His people, He also preserved monotheism. What would this world have been if G-d had not intervened?…
Perhaps more enlightened.
Now try to look at the light. We cannot see the light itself, but only what it does. This is why light is often used as a Spiritual metaphor. See that although there are many candles, many wicks, and many flames, their light is one. See how the light fills the room (or the area)…
Actually, not only can we see light. Light is the only thing we ever “see”. Science, my friend. Accept no substitutions.
"Their light is one." Wha?
*I will not let it be one of those days! I will not let it be…*
I do not know much about tumblr but want to respond to the comment on my submission on Judaism’s origins. According to academic consensus an Exodus of bible proportions did not occur. However there was frequent contact between Canaan and Egypt as well as other cultures. It is also possible a small population escaped slavery in Egypt.
See Yahweh in wiki - El was the head of the Canaanite pantheon, with Asherah as his consort and Baal and other deities making up the pantheon. With his rise, Yahweh became identified with El to such an extent that El’s name became a generic word meaning simply “god”; Asherah became Yahweh’s consort [according to others only associated with Yahweh], and Yahweh and Baal at first co-existed and later competed within the popular religion.
There are ancient near east parallels to Torah myths, expressions, laws and rituals. Other cultures, for example Greek myths sometimes put their gods in “bad light”. Tanach often reads like propaganda. Torah excised goddess worship but an argument can be made it may have left a telltale signs in Azazel and Chava - the mother of ALL living per Torah.
Anonymous asked: Im really looking forward to Sam Harris's next book, "Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion" I think its going to be about buddhism ideas like meditation, but at the same time not accepting ideas with lack of evidence. What do you think?
I think if it makes sense and works for you, that’s awesome. Let me know what you think about the book. .
We all know about the miracle of the single cruse of oil that miraculously lasted eight days. What most of do not know is that the whole story is a fairy tale made up generations after the Hanukkah story took…
Interesting little read (though I wish it included sources).
Anonymous asked: What do you say to "Theres no athiests in a foxhole"
Anonymous asked: Has Buddhism ever peaked your interest?
Not seriously. I can’t buy into the buddha reaching enlightenment under a bodhi tree. It has some interesting ideas (like karma), but I don’t take them seriously in a literal sense.
Why do you ask? Have a suggestion for a particularly interesting point?
naftalitiger asked: If you are an atheist, then why do you still refer to yourself as a Jew? Is that simply out of respect for your heritage, or a form of advertizing for what it is you believe in? I ask this bc I was taught that if one refers to themsef as a "Jew" then it implies that they in some way believe in the Torah/God of Israel. By that definition, "Jewish Atheist" is an inherit contradiction. I guess the larger question I am trying to ask is: Are there some small aspects of the faith you still hold on to?
You were, sorry to say, misinformed. There are very many Jews - in fact, most - who are don’t believe in Judaism but still call themselves Jewish. It has to do with many things, like one’s historical and cultural background.
Small aspects of my faith that I hold onto? … None that I can think of. Just some nostalgia here and there. (I had latkas tonight! =)
One of the first things that caused me to question my Orthodox views of Judaism and the Torah was Hammurabi’s Code.
More specifically, law #196, which states: “If a man destroy the eye of another man, they shall destroy his eye.”
After reading this, I could not think of any reason why the all-powerful, all knowing God who wrote the Torah would plagiarize (almost word for word) from a man-made set of laws written hundreds of years earlier.
Much of Hammurabi’s Code regulates the same behaviors that the Torah would come to regulate over a thousand years later (sexual behavior, criminal activity, slave ownership, monetary transactions, etc.) and in the same way parts of the Torah do (capital punishments, monetary fines, ordeals, etc.).
It later became clear (for many reasons aside from Hammurabi) that the Torah was just one of many man-made law codes that evolved from previous law codes and beliefs.
yep, definitely getting sick.
ALGwtvr: I guess much like Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D. you haven’t quite understood the concept of sarcasm. Is Chanukah a holiday of a religion or something cultural. That is, can you light the menorah and not believe it has anything to do with an ancient Temple, a miracle or someone thanking God.
Idolatry is not defined. A gentile who practices all 613 mitzvot would certainly be circumcised and would be one of the tribe. These are the 7 laws for Gentiles by definition.
No, I don’t get sarcasm at all. And of course it can’t possibly have anything to do with your ability to convey sarcasm, of course. And your reference to a fictional sitcom character was really witty.
can you light the menorah and not believe it has anything to do with an ancient Temple, a miracle or someone thanking God.
Idolatry is not defined.
I’m pretty sure the rabbis would say otherwise, but even if it isn’t, that only strengthens my point.
A gentile who practices all 613 mitzvot would certainly be circumcised and would be one of the tribe.
As mentioned before, gentiles are prohibited from practicing all 613 laws. Circumcision also does not automatically make one jewish (nor does practicing all 613 mitzvos). Jews are a tribe, descendents of Abraham; there is a conversion process to become part of the tribe, and it’s not just doing mitzvos and getting circumcized. At least according to orthodoxy (though I’m starting to sense that you’re talking about your own version of Judaism).
Anonymous asked: what shir ha shirim seems to be about: LET'S BANG...what gedolim say shir ha shirim is about: keep mitzvos