Monday, October 26, 2009

A Miracle for a Rationalist

Baruch Shehechiyanu Vekiymanu Vehigiyanu Lazman Hazeh!

(Baruch Hashem, mother and baby girl are both doing well.)


  1. Mazal Tov! What wonderful news!

    May you and your family have much nachas from the new baby girl!

    The Wolf

  2. What a beautiful bundle of evolved protoplasm (with a neshama, of course) you've got there! (jk, but not jk on the "beautiful" part) Wishing you and the family the best,

  3. Mazal tov. May you and your wife have many many nachas.

    By "miracle" I don't take you to mean supernatural.

  4. Bill Hicks, RationalistOctober 27, 2009 at 1:44 AM

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  5. Mazal Tov ! May you have much nachas from her and from your other children.

  6. Mazel tov! May you have much nachas from her.

  7. What wonderful news! Best of health to Baby Girl and Mom.
    Gary Goldwater

  8. Thank you, everyone, for your good wishes.

    Bill, do you have children?

  9. Natan please remove the comment by bill hicks its absolutely repulsive

  10. Miracle? Was it a virgin birth?

  11. Mazal tov! She'tizku le'gadla le'Torah le'Chupa u'le'maasim tovim!

  12. thank you very much for that.

    mazeltov mazeltov on the birth of your child!

  13. Anonymous said...
    Miracle? Was it a virgin birth?

    Anonymous, surely you don't think that I meant that it broke the laws of nature!!!

    If I thought that, I wouldn't have called this "a miracle for a rationalist" - it would have been a miracle for everyone!

  14. By the way, I find it interesting that the two skeptics who showed up to dispute my theology, didn't even bother with any good wishes!

  15. How do you know the skeptic wasn't one of the well-wishers?

  16. As I think about it at least regarding myself, just because someone has a rational side doesn't mean that they don't have any other aspects to themselves, whether emotions, or neshmah(deeeper than emotions). One can be awed by nifloas haborei and still be a rationalist !

  17. How do you know the skeptic wasn't one of the well-wishers?

    Were they?

  18. "Anonymous said...
    Miracle? Was it a virgin birth?

    That's actually kinda funny :-)

    Mazal Tov Natan! I look forward to hearing the name you've decided on.

  19. Mazel Tov! Zults zein a sach nachas!

  20. Rationalista would be a funky name-can we have a vote on this?

    Mazal Tov!

  21. Rabbi Slifkin,

    Mazal Tov on the recent birth of your daughter! I hope that mother and daughter are doing well. May you have the zekhus together to bring up your daughter, and all of your children, to Torah, Chuppah, and Ma'asim Tovim!

  22. Rabbi Slifkin,

    1) Have you seen this review of Dr. Schroder's book by Yoram Bogacz ?

    2) Towards the end of the review (footnote 117)he brings a quote from R. Hutner which I assume you would agree with since it can also include evolution in a purely secular-sense :

    שלשה מהפכנים הכרנו: דארווין הכניס חומרנות לטבע. מרקס החדיר
    חומרנות להיסטוריה, ופרויד החדיר חומרנות אל תוך נשמת האדם

    "We have known three revolutionaries: Darwin introduced
    materialism into nature; Marx injected materialism into
    history; and Freud brought materialism into the very soul
    of man..."

  23. Mazal Tov!
    And keep up the good work!

  24. Mazal Tov! May you and your wife and the grandparents have much nachas from the new addition and from all your children!

  25. Thank you everyone for your good wishes!

    Have you seen this review of Dr. Schroder's book by Yoram Bogacz?

    1. His critique of Schroeder's theological assertions/ interpretations of Torah sources are, for the most part, spot-on.
    2. His attacks on evolution lack any credibility.
    3. This statement: "Even a rudimentary acquaintance with traditional Torah sources reveals the breathtaking superiority of those individuals over our impoverished abilities" shows that he has a very selective acquaintance with traditional Torah sources. Rambam, Rabbeinu Bachya, etc., did not hold of any such thing.
    4. His ideas about the laws of nature having been different in the
    past are hopelessly naive.

    (I could write a much more detailed critique, but I don't have the time.)

  26. I know rationalists believe in the miraculous in terms of fortuitously-timed natural events, but is it appropriate to wish "Mazel Tov" to a rationalist? Is it not insulting? I thought the Rambam declared the the influence of good or bad "mazalos" to be imaginary?

    Anyway, best wishes on your new arrival, Rabbi Slifkin!

  27. "4. His ideas about the laws of nature having been different in the
    past are hopelessly naive."

    All his ideas, or just some of them? I have a pet fondness for the theory that the speed of light was not always what it is now, as this NASA video discusses:

    I do not know how a new theory of variable light speed would help religious folks reconcile modern science and the Bible; I'm just bringing up the topic, that's all.

  28. Mazal Tov!!! She's almost 2 months younger than my daughter. Good luck with (hopefully just) the first 6-7 weeks!

  29. I wish you luck throughout her teenage years! (smirk)

  30. mazel tov to you and your family and much nachas

  31. Mazal Tov!

    May she grow up with all of your fine qualities.

    Naturally, I assume the rumors that she has been thrown out her bais yaakov are false and in fact in truth she was never even accepted ;-)

    Keep up your good work.

    PS you might appreciate my comment on David Morris' Tzedek-Tzedek blog re Spinoza getting more of a chance to defend himself than the other banned Nosson.


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