Jewish Atheist

An agnostic atheist perspective
from a once orthodox Jew.

tuttutopensesame-deactivated201 asked: Did you hear about what this Rabbi Rosenblatt said about Sarah Silverman? I'd love to hear what you have to say about it!

Gotta be honest, I hadn’t really looked into it before. But for you… anything.

Reading Rosenblatt’s letter (x), here are my reactions to a few things he said:

…Your name is Silverman. My name is Rosenblatt. We both have Jewish ancestors; I am not sure what else we share. You are good at what you do – comedy – and I try to be good at what I do – being a husband, dad, rabbi, and manufacturer of kosher meat. My wife and I are blessed with six children and my day is spent earning for the brood.

Is it just me, or is that a shitty way to compare two people. “I’m a husband, dad, rabbi… and you, well, you do comedy.” Just bc she’s not married or a mother doesn’t mean she doesn’t have meaningful relationships. I’m sure she’s had (or may have) a boyfriend, and many regular friends, and from my perspective, she offers a bit of happiness to what is often a bleak world, and often makes great points with her satire; the rabbi, otoh, sells superstitious meat.

…You are in show biz. I am in the rabbi biz. You entertain people. I serve people. I believe I have your number. You will soon turn 42 and your destiny, as you stated, will not include children. You blame it on your depression, saying you don’t want to pass it on to another generation. I find that confusing…

Why the fuck is this shmuck discussing her reasons for not having kids? This seems incredibly rude and inappropriate to me. And yet he continues:

You have made a career making public that which is private, making crude that which is intimate, making sensual that which is spiritual. You have experienced what traditional Judaism taught long ago: when you make sex a public thing it loses its potency. When the whisper is replaced with a shout there is no magic to speak about. And, in my opinion, Sarah, that is why you have had trouble forging a permanent relationship – the most basic desire of the feminine soul.

Wow, WTF?!

1) Lots of people joke about sex and have perfectly fine marriages and sex lives. And many people are very prudish about talking about sex and have terrible marriages and sex lives. The rabbi’s trying to draw a connection but I don’t think there’s even a correlation, let alone causation.

2) And yes Rabbi, tell her more about the most basic desires of the feminine soul. *facepalm*

…I think you have latched on to politics because you are searching for something to build. There is only so much pulling down one can do without feeling utterly destructive. You want to fight for a value so you take your belief – secularism – and promote it. As an Orthodox rabbi, I disagree with just about everything you say, but respect your right to say it. All I ask, respectfully, is that you not use traditional Jewish terminology in your efforts. Because doing so is a lie.

wtf? She’s “lying” by using the phrase “let my people vote”? Seriously? And that’s some nice armchair psychology rabbi. Bc fighting for equality is undoubtedly the last resort of an empty, meaningless life.

Nothing you say or stand for, Sarah, from your sickening sexual proposal to a Republican donor to your equally vulgar tweet to Mitt Romney, has the slightest thing to do with the most basic of tenets which Judaism has taught the world – that the monogamous relationship is the most meaningful one and that a happy marriage is the key to wholesomeness…

I don’t have enough face to palm. The rabbi is blaming (?) Sarah for not representing values she doesn’t endorse! Oh, and btw, how many of the heroes of the old testament did NOT have a monogamous relationship?! I seem to recall Solomon - amongst others - having something like 100 wives.

Ugh. What a gross, vile, disrespectful letter. And worse yet, idiotic and narrow-minded. ugh. makes me ashamed that I come from that community. (and glad that I left it!)

And btw, this letter was written, apparently, in response to Sarah’s “let my people vote” video (x). You might have expected that she was writing about gay rights or women’s issues or whatever, that maybe justified some of the rabbis attacks. But no. Her video was about voter-ID laws.

Anyways… let’s see the response from Sarah’s Dad (x):

Hey asshole: Daughter #1 is a rabbi. Not by your standards. She’s reform. How dare she, a lowly woman think god wants her to be a rabbi, created from a mere rib. Her hubby, three times nominated for a nobel peace prize was listed by the Jerusalem Post as the 49th most influential jew in the world built the worlds largest solar field in israel. By the way, Sarah was also on the list. I missed your name. Oldest granddaughter is serving in the Israel Defense Forces. I’m sure you also served.Oh I forgot the orthodox don’t do that. You don’t fuck with my family.

Awesome response - even if it opted to overlook so many things to critique from the rabbi’s letter.

  1. liamisadamnqueer said: I.Hate.Rabbis.>.<
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