Jewish Atheist

An agnostic atheist perspective
from a once orthodox Jew.

Don’t Expect Frum People to be Angels Either. You won’t stop reading poetry just because half of your favorite poets were alcoholics. You wouldn’t drop out of med school if you found out too many doctors are egoists. So don’t abandon Yiddishkeit when you meet frum(orthodox) creeps. Yes I regretfully inform you they exist. You’ll discover every variety of horrendous human behavior somewhere in the frum world, and you’ll find a few ordinary flaws in everyone. You won’t get perfection or utopia anywhere. You won’t even get spirituality and common decency every single place you find a mezuzah. Torah is only a guideline. It’s not an all-powerful fully guaranteed bleach.

Friedman the Tutor, “How to Get Deeper into Torah, Without Going off the Deep End” (via girloverhere)

I want to point out that poetry isn’t supposed to effect alcohol consumption, and practicing medicine isn’t supposed to effect one’s egotism - but being orthodox is supposed to make someone not be a dick.

And it’s one thing to talk about a joe-shmoe (or ploni almoni) jew who is a jerk, but it’s a whole nother thing to talk about the rabbis - the leaders of this ‘moral’ system - who sometimes display horrific behavior.

Cause I could totally overlook a poet whose a drunk, and I’d probably still use a doctor even if he was egotistical - but I wouldn’t read a poet who was just not a good artist, nor would I use a doctor that’s just not very good at medicine, and I wouldn’t follow the moral instructions of a leader (or book) which quite obviously does not exhibit a proper moral behavior.

And if you don’t know what I mean by ‘rabbis without ethics’, just check out FailedMessiah.com

(via bennistar)

tonight, having bbq dinner at my friend’s parents’ house, who I hardly know (btw, amazingly delicious pork ribs)….:

mom: what part of the cow is the “loin”?

friend: I think it’s like… the crotch part….

mom: the crotch? that can’t be right… it doesn’t have enough meat on it…

me: ***casually propping up my collar*** well maybe yours doesn’t….

I’m an awesome guest, lol

Jewish Atheism, a brief look at some of the prominent jewish atheists in western culture.

(also, this is the most of fiddler on the roof I’ve ever seen.)

Anonymous asked: Following up on the lying thing. What if we consider it in terms of the categorical imperative: lying is only okay if it would be okay for everyone to do all the time. Seems to me like that would create a lot of difficulties. Or does the morality of the lie depend on the context in which it's being told? Shabbat shalom.

I don’t think there is a categorical imperative for lying, and perhaps not for anything. (I think good arguments could be made for situations when even murder would be justifiable, if not moral.)

Not only that, I think using categorical thinking is kind of immature. It ignores the complexity of life, the grey area.

Cheers

Anonymous asked: So I remember a while ago you posed a thing about how an immoral act is one that increases suffering or something to that effect. But what about lying? If one tells a lie that doesn't directly cause anyone harm, isn't it still immoral?

great example to choose. I don’t think lying is inherently immoral. it depends on the situation. sometimes lying is the moral thing to do. so it doesn’t really have to do with “lying” as much as the consequences and motivations for the lie.

(but please write back with specific examples if you’d like.)

cheers

I had one of those when I was a kid. I thought it was the coolest toy ever. I’d hide around corners and try pathetically to catch my siblings plotting or cursing, lol

I had one of those when I was a kid. I thought it was the coolest toy ever. I’d hide around corners and try pathetically to catch my siblings plotting or cursing, lol

(Source: clickholeofficial, via theonion)

Circumcision is Very Very Old

omgwtfbible:

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On the other hand, this could just be an ancient dick-measuring contest.

According to Open Culture, the above is a lovely color illustration of the oldest known depiction of dick decapitation, a bas relief discovered in Egypt (shown below). Apparently, the image dates back to 2400 B.C.E, which would predate the story of Abraham by only a few centuries.

Since Open Culture already did the research…

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I need a fucking great day. Been working so much lately, between my two jobs I’m working 6 days a week and only sleep in my own bed for 4 days a week. Really damn tough.

So I need a fucking great day. A trip to a park or the woods with a cute girl, hike around a bit, make out under a tree, get a bit high (at least I am; I love green. chills me out and makes me ‘thirsty’), have a picnic, fuck in the bushes… just a great fucking day =]

eretzyisrael:

Praying for the Kidnapped Students

by Reb Gutman Locks
 

     What does G-d want from us? Why does He bring these horrible disasters to us? The three Jewish boys who have been kidnapped by terrorists are righteous young yeshiva students. Certainly, they did not do anything so evil to deserve this kind of punishment. Why, then did G-d bring this horrible thing to Israel?
     When such a shocking thing happens, look to see what comes next, and then you will begin to see why Hashem brought it. What has been the across-the-board Jewish reaction to this disaster? Jews have come together, to pray, to console, and to express dismay over the plight of these boys.
     It seems obvious that this is what Hashem wanted from us, and maybe if we all come together now wherever we are, He will be overwhelmed by our love for one another, and He will immediately release the boys unharmed.
     If we give G-d what He wants, He will not have to give us such horrible reasons to react.
     It won’t cost anything to try, and it certainly will strengthen us wherever we are. 


Orthodoxy is an abusive relationship with a madman:
Abuser (god): Kidnaps three children, but ‘it’s for your best’ and to ‘teach you a lesson’, once everyone is grieving and in sorrow, then, maybe, just maybe, you’ll get your three children back.. and maybe they’ll be physically unharmed (bc you know they’re going to be psychologically messed up). And hey, god doesn’t want to do this to us. He wants to be a nice guy, but we’re just never doing enough to be perfect, obedient slaves to it in every minute detail of our lives, so what choice do he have, god has to hurt us so we’ll learn…

eretzyisrael:

Praying for the Kidnapped Students

by Reb Gutman Locks

 

     What does G-d want from us? Why does He bring these horrible disasters to us? The three Jewish boys who have been kidnapped by terrorists are righteous young yeshiva students. Certainly, they did not do anything so evil to deserve this kind of punishment. Why, then did G-d bring this horrible thing to Israel?

     When such a shocking thing happens, look to see what comes next, and then you will begin to see why Hashem brought it. What has been the across-the-board Jewish reaction to this disaster? Jews have come together, to pray, to console, and to express dismay over the plight of these boys.

     It seems obvious that this is what Hashem wanted from us, and maybe if we all come together now wherever we are, He will be overwhelmed by our love for one another, and He will immediately release the boys unharmed.

     If we give G-d what He wants, He will not have to give us such horrible reasons to react.

     It won’t cost anything to try, and it certainly will strengthen us wherever we are.

Orthodoxy is an abusive relationship with a madman:

Abuser (god): Kidnaps three children, but ‘it’s for your best’ and to ‘teach you a lesson’, once everyone is grieving and in sorrow, then, maybe, just maybe, you’ll get your three children back.. and maybe they’ll be physically unharmed (bc you know they’re going to be psychologically messed up). And hey, god doesn’t want to do this to us. He wants to be a nice guy, but we’re just never doing enough to be perfect, obedient slaves to it in every minute detail of our lives, so what choice do he have, god has to hurt us so we’ll learn…

(Source: mpaths.com)

my bad, wrong blog for that last one.