Jewish Atheist

An agnostic atheist perspective
from a once orthodox Jew.
I spent one shabbos in NY with my folks. It wasn’t as bad as I feared it would be. They didn’t bother me about not going to shul {synagogue}, praying, and even “benching" {reciting grace after meals}. It did give me an opportunity to re-expose myself to shabbos, since I hadn’t experienced one in over a year, possibly longer.
Anyways, during benching, as I sat respectfully quiet, I listened to the first blessing about god’s goodness in providing food for everyone and remembered how it came to bother me, maybe two or three years ago, when I was still praying and reciting blessings. How could I praise god for providing for everyone when he clearly does not? {Is it lying for me to say he does?!} And if god is supposed to get credit for ample food, then surely he deserves blame for a shortage of food, like in places like Haiti where people are so hungry they regularly bake cookies out of dirt. Literally, dirt cookies.
So, let’s be honest. God knows people are starving. He ain’t doing shit about it. 
Actually, let’s be more honest… there probably isn’t a god at all.
{And if you have the means, consider donating some food or money for starving children - cause if god ain’t looking out for us, we better be looking out for each-other.}
P.s. Follow-up.

I spent one shabbos in NY with my folks. It wasn’t as bad as I feared it would be. They didn’t bother me about not going to shul {synagogue}, praying, and even “benching" {reciting grace after meals}. It did give me an opportunity to re-expose myself to shabbos, since I hadn’t experienced one in over a year, possibly longer.

Anyways, during benching, as I sat respectfully quiet, I listened to the first blessing about god’s goodness in providing food for everyone and remembered how it came to bother me, maybe two or three years ago, when I was still praying and reciting blessings. How could I praise god for providing for everyone when he clearly does not? {Is it lying for me to say he does?!} And if god is supposed to get credit for ample food, then surely he deserves blame for a shortage of food, like in places like Haiti where people are so hungry they regularly bake cookies out of dirt. Literally, dirt cookies.

So, let’s be honest. God knows people are starving. He ain’t doing shit about it.

Actually, let’s be more honest… there probably isn’t a god at all.

{And if you have the means, consider donating some food or money for starving children - cause if god ain’t looking out for us, we better be looking out for each-other.}

P.s. Follow-up.

  1. jewishatheist reblogged this from mikhalsarah and added:
    Continuing this discussion about the blessing in grace after meals thanking god for “providing for all.” Religion may...
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    I have done Shakespearian theatre and have taught text work to actors. It involvles “close reading”, that is, paying...
  4. warlockdes said: Reform Jews leave out the last part of benching bc it says no one will lack for anything, and ppl clearly lack. But why isn’t the blame placed on Jews who say that last phrase and then do nothing to make things better?