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https://irrationalistmodoxism.substack.com/p/its-all-greek-to-me

I'm linking to an extremely relevant post, written almost a year ago. Natan's autist-like "missing the joke" is part of a larger pattern of how he understands people.

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Nov 26, 2023·edited Nov 26, 2023

Also worth noting the ugliness of the phrase "like a bullet in an Arab’s head". Like a bullet in a Hamas member's head, yes I'm in favor. But many Arabs (the exact proportion is irrelevant as long as it's more than zero) oppose Hamas, or else are children too young to have an opinion. They don't deserve a bullet in the head.

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Because it's magical mystical metaphysical stuff. Hashem decides what to do with each tefillah and directs it in the right direction.

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Nov 26, 2023·edited Nov 26, 2023

Absent everything else wrong with this, the fact the R’ Feldman talks so blithely about Torah being a “bullet in an Arab’s head” (incidentally, not a “terrorist”, not a “Hamas fighter”, not even a “Palestinian”, but rather a generic Arab) and that these folks laugh like leitzim at the idea of a young student asking bloodthirstily “Can I choose which Arab to kill?” reflects a bloodlust and disregard for human life that is frankly horrifying.

We should be distressed by the fact that our soldiers are forced to kill in defense of our people and our land, not excited by it. And the notion that Torah itself (​דרכיה דרכי נעם וכל נתיבותיה שלום) would be valorized as a weapon for killing leaves me shaking my head.

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Tle laughing about the tehillim killing a specific Arab is, as you indicate, quite telling. The Haredi world spends vast amounts of time, energy, and money glorifying what they do and denigrating what everyone else in the world does. I assume they do this because, if one stops to think about it, they do so very little, and everyone else does so much, most of which - modern medicine, the entire economic system, communications, transportation, government, architecture, everything , really - the Haredi community is happy to make use of without contributing anything, so they denigrate it all so as to not see admit how parasitic their day to day lives are. So, the whole "learning is fighting" thing is really a kind of joke - these shgotzim are fighting and dying, we, as with most everything else, don't bother to get involved, and, as justification, we'll pretend that we are "really" doing the job of fighting the war. Not so deep down inside, close to the surface, in fact, they know it's just baloney, part of their self justifying superstructure, so when someone seems to take it seriously, literally, they, quite appropriately, laugh.

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If you don't believe in Tefillah just say so.. Your cheap jokes and mockery of a fundamental to Jewish faith show your true self.

Stop pretending you're observant and religious, you are a textbook atheist.

Just be honest with yourself and admit it publicly - you'll feel much better once you're out the closet.

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According to Slifkin the only Tefilah and Tehilim that works are the ones that have not been said for the IDF.

Otherwise Tefilah and Tehilim don't work because they are a " rational form of self reflection".

Nothing to see here folks...move along.

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Does it scale? If I read ק"כ, is it like a small bullet, but if I read קי"ט, am I dropping MOABs?

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It was funny bc it doesnt really mean that a tehillim equals a bullet. But that with each good deed done for the sake of the soldiers, the soldiers have more merit to win the war.

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If you don't believe in Tefillah just say so.. Your cheap jokes and mockery of a fundamental to Jewish faith show your true self.

Stop pretending you're observant and religious, you are a textbook atheist.

Just be honest with yourself and admit it publicly - you'll feel much better once you're out the closet.

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Nov 26, 2023·edited Nov 26, 2023

You know, I was waiting for the train just now and a young woman got off the elevator to the platform. She clearly has some sort of severe spinal deformity or something similar, and could only walk, haltingly, with the aid of a wheeled walker frame.

She was in uniform.

Not apparently religious, either.

I have no doubt she could have gotten an instant exemption from all service, and no one would have held it against her at all.

And she's hardly the only one. The IDF has entire units of soldiers with disabilities, severe autism, even Down's Syndrome.

And then I thought of Schreiber's line- which anyone who's been paying attention at all the last month already knew was completely untrue- that absent a draft, only "perhaps a few crazy mizrochniks [sic*]" would serve. (This is of course projection, as the main body of refusees would be *his* people.) How ugly.

*Mizrachi ceased to exist in 1956, but that's typical of these types.

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First you attack for not davening...now for davening? If its not hatred that is driving this relentless rant then what is (Serious question)

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I get the feeling that the reason why it's funny to them is because clearly unlike a bullet they all know you cannot choose which Arab to kill. To them, tehilim are more like indiscriminate machine gun fire or carpet bombs that just kill Arabs period. To them all Arabs in gaza are equaly guilty so the concept of picking specific Arabs is funny.

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The reason they were laughing is because they realised how stupid what he said was.

And Rabbi Aharon Feldman laughed because he too realised how stupid what he said was.

Clearly, he is well out of his depths. And that is the best Rabbi that Agudah can put forward as their spokesman.

I learnt the hard way during Covid that these Rabbis are far less impressive than we are led to believe. And that is me being nice about them. My true impressions, from my own personal conversations with some Chareidi Gedolim, are best kept to myself.

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You seem to be mocking the concept of Tefillah, or of reciting Tehillim. Perhaps you could write a clarification?

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Sadly, the idea of tehilim being a bullet is misguided. Physical facts are ignored at one’s peril. Enven the author of Tehilim, דוד המלך would consider such a statement ludicrous, as he states in 18 מְלַמֵּ֣ד יָ֭דַי לַמִּלְחָמָ֑ה וְֽנִחֲתָ֥ה קֶֽשֶׁת־נְ֝חוּשָׁ֗ה זְרוֹעֹתָֽי׃

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