Jewish Atheist

An agnostic atheist perspective
from a once orthodox Jew.

Going to the poconos for the weekend with some friends… then going straight to CT to work on a 3-day field trip with the museum I’m hoping will hire me.

So yeah, won’t be very active the next few days. Good luck with passover everyone.

jewishatheist:

50 Cent joins Shabot6000 for the passover seder.

Honestly, I really love the feel of this video. It’s slightly surreal, creepy, and funny. Check it out yo!

P.s. Those frogs look high as hell, lol

eretzyisrael:

Passover can be nice, or it can be transformative. It’ll be here in less than three weeks. To make it count, I work now.

The search for chametz, or crumbs of leavened foods, is a spiritual practice. As I inspect each room of my home, I ask, “What were my misdeeds here?” 
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What I find interesting about things like this is that they can be really terrific ways to introspect (though this one seems a bit too glum for me), and really good ways to live and grow - but they really have absolutely nothing to do with the original commandment. 

To me, it’s really a good demonstration of how people take rote rituals whose origin may be unknown or boring or shockingly primitive - and revamps it with modern ideas. Or hell, if it was with old ideas. Still: It’s trying to infuse personal meaning and helpful ideas into a practice which, frankly, lacks it on its own.
So when people ask what I have as an atheist by ways to grow as a person, I’m often thinking, “what am I actually missing?” Cause most of the feel-good stuff I hear really isn’t from the torah, and the stuff the torah does offer really isn’t very appealing. (aside from all the other reasons I would object a mythical divine code.) But more important than that: It demonstrates that will infuse our actions with meaning. We don’t need meaning to be handed to us from on high. We can create our own meanings, rituals, and meditations to achieve whatever goals we want - and the religious people do too!

p.s. this cartoon is awesome.

eretzyisrael:

Passover can be nice, or it can be transformative. It’ll be here in less than three weeks. To make it count, I work now.

The search for chametz, or crumbs of leavened foods, is a spiritual practice. As I inspect each room of my home, I ask, “What were my misdeeds here?” 

What I find interesting about things like this is that they can be really terrific ways to introspect (though this one seems a bit too glum for me), and really good ways to live and grow - but they really have absolutely nothing to do with the original commandment.

To me, it’s really a good demonstration of how people take rote rituals whose origin may be unknown or boring or shockingly primitive - and revamps it with modern ideas. Or hell, if it was with old ideas. Still: It’s trying to infuse personal meaning and helpful ideas into a practice which, frankly, lacks it on its own.

So when people ask what I have as an atheist by ways to grow as a person, I’m often thinking, “what am I actually missing?” Cause most of the feel-good stuff I hear really isn’t from the torah, and the stuff the torah does offer really isn’t very appealing. (aside from all the other reasons I would object a mythical divine code.) But more important than that: It demonstrates that will infuse our actions with meaning. We don’t need meaning to be handed to us from on high. We can create our own meanings, rituals, and meditations to achieve whatever goals we want - and the religious people do too!

p.s. this cartoon is awesome.

(Source: facebook.com)

emilyofhousetargaryen asked: It's quite funny that they clear out the wall because people claim they find old letters by their parents or something and weird things about the answer to their questions Which can't be real if they empty it at pesach

I think they empty them more than once a year! But yeah, I’m skeptical of those super nifty super coincidence stories.

cheers =]


American soldier and his English girlfriend on lawn in Hyde Park, one of the favorite haunts of US troops stationed in England, photo by Ralph Morse, London, May 1944

American soldier and his English girlfriend on lawn in Hyde Park, one of the favorite haunts of US troops stationed in England, photo by Ralph Morse, London, May 1944

(Source: venula, via underinsanity)

I get bored during services

every jew ever (via jewfessions)

I took prayer pretty seriously back in the day, but if you don’t ever get bored I just won’t believe you - or you’re way too easily amused.

So this is a bumper sticker I’ve seen around my neighborhood for awhile.. honestly, it sounds positively creepy and threatening.
"Because the way you think, becomes the way you feel… becomes who you are. Forever!"
Yikes, could be the tagline for a scary movie.

So this is a bumper sticker I’ve seen around my neighborhood for awhile.. honestly, it sounds positively creepy and threatening.

"Because the way you think, becomes the way you feel… becomes who you are. Forever!"

Yikes, could be the tagline for a scary movie.

Gutman Locks Nightmarish and Idiotic Views on Suffering and the Purpose of Life

More stupid shit from Gutman Locks.

eretzyisrael:

by Reb Gutman Locks

The conversation went something like this:

 Abe: Why did Hashem create the Universe?

     Gutman: He had a problem. Hashem is extremely loving, but before the creation, He did not have anyone to love, so He had to create us to have someone to love.

Except that god has no emotions nor needs, since those are the result of mortal nature. (Allegedly, of course, bc no one actually knows jack shit about a being that doesn’t exist.) But please, go on…

     Abe: Okay, that’s fine for Him, but what about us when we are miserable?

     Gutman: If you are miserable, you are going to have to come back to this world again and again, until you figure out that Hashem has placed us (you and me) in the Garden of Eden so we can have a good time.   

This sounds so fucking twisted. It’s kinda like, “I’m gonna keep hurting you till you recognize it’s out of love and that you should like it.”

"Thank you, Sir. May I have another?!"

     Abe: But your answer does not answer the question, that when one is growing [sic] through a very “tough” time, where does such a person, feel the love? Or what’s in it for that person?

    Just answering, you are going to come back again and again, doesn’t cut it or answer the question.

     Gutman: Knowing that you are supposed to be enjoying yourself is half the solution. If you are not enjoying yourself, you are doing something wrong. Nothing comes without a good reason. It most likely is that the misery has come to you because you caused someone else misery. When you act that way you need that misery to come to you to show you what you have to change. It would be cruel for us to do something wrong and not be told about it.

Are you in pain? Miserable? Depressed? Suicidal? Getting Chemo? Grieving? - You probably brought it on yourself! So “enjoy yourself” but suffer, and learn from that suffering bc it’s a message for you to stop hurting others.

Yeah, solid advice from a nutjob. (I can’t believe how many people are hearing this kind of crazy bullshit - let alone when they may be suffering. Just adds insult to injury.)

     …     This is the point of our having to come back. If we were justified in being miserable, then our reaction would simply be a proper result of the cause of our misery, and there would be no need to come back. But if we are either reaping the misery that we caused, or only looking for the miserable things in the world, then we have to learn to change our ways.

Since we are obviously reincarnations (of course), then it must be bc we’re supposed to suffer for past misdeeds, or to be happier with whatever lot we have this time around, no matter how shitty it may be.

gawd, what a fucking idiot. and what a fucking nightmare his ‘perfect’ divine system is.

(Source: mpaths.com)

raselas replied to your photo
On a scale of 1 to ‘I think I can see thru my ears’, how high are you?
“This music tastes better than usual.” haha =D

foxtrotsky asked: yes, i imagine you as being a frisky old dude lol.

hahah totally, I think I’ll make for an awesome old dude. I’m already working on my old dude skills: grumpy, prankster, not giving a fuck, love jello, totally happy to sit in a rocking chair for hours, a depraved sense of sexuality knowing that I could die at any moment! And already working to prevent any glaucoma - years ahead of time! =D

I’m gonna get me some hot sweet pie from all the sexy senioritas .. y’know, bc old lady’s make great food.. of course…. yeah…. hahaha