Sunday, September 5, 2021

The Things We Discussed in 5781

It occurred to me that by expanding the links on the right, I could create an index of all the posts on this blog this past year. The major topic was Coronavirus and the various theological and societal Orthodox Jewish responses, along with the Meron tragedy, both of which had significant connections to the rationalist vs. non-rationalist perspectives. Other significant topics were the Gaza War, different types of UnOrthodox Jews, supporting people in kollel, elections, and trying to understand partisanship and various other biases. Then there were the usual eclectic range of topics, from leviathans to locusts to the Karate Kid to Noah's Ark. I hope that you gained from these discussions, and if you'd like to express your appreciation and help support inspiring and educating people about the relationship between Torah and the natural sciences, please make a donation to the Biblical Museum of Natural History at this link

Wishing you all a sweet, happy, healthy, and successful new year, and may we all be inscribed in the Book of Life!

10 comments:

  1. Here's a difference between the rationalists and "non-rationalists". No "non-rationalist" would put a picture of a snake with a happy new year wish. Can you guess why (other than guessing stupidstition)?

    I happen to think that the Rambam also wouldn't do it. Can you guess why?

    Tzvi

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  2. RNS, In all sincerity, can you shift the focus of this blog? I'm not a fan of the partisan social commentary even though i do agree with most your points.

    Can we focus on other things? Apologetics? Divrei Torah?

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  3. The reality is, the site has deteriorated since it went from a fairly unique forum to explore the views of the Rishonim on rationalism (which is what the "about the site" site essentially said before it was quietly changed), till it became basically just another opinion/venting blog. A rationalist thinker would realize he might provide benefit highlighting classical opinions of the past that are no longer taught in yeshivahs; but he's not going to change anyone's political opinion, especially when its the blog host himself who's not fully aware of the issues.

    With all that, I wish you and your readers a gut gibentched yohr and a year full of hatzlacha, gezunt, parnasa, and nachas.

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    1. I also think that there's a bit of a travesty here: ideally the point of this blog is to make available certain ideas that the yeshivish crowd wouldn't otherwise be exposed to. By associating these ideas alongside partisan social commentary, it makes it harder for the reader to break through the tribalism that has kept those ideas from him.

      As a charedi man who underwent that kind of transformation I can tell you that I resisted many of slifkins ideas because of his attitude and tone. I fear many others won't break that barrier.

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  4. Rav Slifkin, the photo reminds me that I don't think you ever explained what you're planning to do with the 39 Burmese pythons that were born in your place. Considering the possible environmental problems, I think an answer is called for and will be appreciated. Thank you.

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    1. There's no environmental problems. They can't survive in the wild in Israel. It's not Florida.

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    2. This sounds like famous last words ("nothing can go wrong"), and I'm surprised and very sorry to hear them from you.

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  5. RNS, with all due respect I'm getting really bored with the content as of late. This was not supposed to be a political blog it was supposed to be about Maimonidean type rishonim and reconciling Torah with science (or at least reading the Torah in a way that mitigates many of those issues). Now everything is covid this covid that

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  6. It almost seems that the anti-slifkiners won the strategic battle - they distracted him from the work he was accustomed to doing - Challenge, Hare & Hyrax, etc. Instead of sticking with his guns and letting the chips fall where they may, he fell into being a polemicist and accepted the label of opposition.

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