Monthly Archives: December, 2012

Idolatry

Avodah Zarah (according to Rambam [NB – I’ll post whatever kosher sources I can get my hands on as I’m not a Rambam-only person]): “A gentile who worships/­serves false gods is liable provided he worships them in their customary manner. A gentile is executed for every type of foreign worship which a Jewish court would …

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In response to a dream ..

Had a dream last night. I was on a radio show. An atheist called in, sneering how he couldn’t understand how religious people try to use logic, as if the conviction that there needed to be a First Cause and Intelligence to start, create and design the universe and all that is in it somehow …

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The non-religious view of a Noahide

Does being a Noahide mean that you are part of a religion? Depends how you define the words. I’ll just take one definition and run with it. In one way, being a noahide has nothing to do with a faith system. It is simply what you are if you are not a Jew. It’s the …

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No commander, no command – the need for God in the Noahide commandments

A command without a commander is not really a command. A real command implies that an authority external to yourself has imposed a rule upon you. By recognizing the source of the authority of that rule and committing to following it, a relationship is created between you and the commander, a bond. This is shown …

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The greatest lie

Some would say that there is no Noahide commandment prohibiting lying. They are wrong in two very serious ways. On one level, it should be known that the seven commandments, the core of them, refer to crimes that would make a person liable to the death penalty if a person broken one of them, serious …

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More than a pinch of salt – don’t need a new religion

If a person really took the time to see how many things the scientist has to accept without proof, take for granted, assume and believe, then whenever such a scientist would make a statement or theory about a history that had no intelligent witnesses (no one was there), or a object no human can reach …

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Good enough

This comes from Yaakov Sandler, on Facebook: People often ask me – ‘Isn’t it good enough for me to just be a good person ?’ My reply….. How do you define good ? Hitler thought he was doing the greatest good for mankind. What you or I think is good, or even what 51% of …

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The spirit of Christmas

A parent, a relative or a friend works their hard earned money, takes whatever time to look for a present for a child. They finda way to wrap up that gift to make it look special and put it under a tree or in a sock/stocking. The child finds such a present on whatever part …

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What “friends” say

Sometimes I think you can read a lot of truth in the way people joke. When you see what they are willing to ridicule, you can sense what they really feelabout a subject. A lot of people say they respect each other’s way of thinking. But when they are around like-minded people or on their …

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Found in a situation

The Personal 2012 – In a conversation with Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, a college student mentioned he was not able to be more active with helping others; he could only focus on his personal studies. He tried to explain to the Rebbe, “I find myself in this situation…” The Rebbe told him, …

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