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  •  Also, we don't just rely on the Tanakh (the "old (8+ / 0-)

    testament.")  There's an enormous volume of writings to be found in the Talmud, plus we give heavier weight to the writings of prominent Rabbinical scholars such as Rabbi Moses Maimonides (Musa ibn Maymun, a Rabbi and scientist born in Muslim Spain who ended up in Egypt).  Notable, of course, that some of the prominent rabbinical scholars were scientists on the side.  Anyhow, the "Old Testament" is of course prominent but it's heavily interpreted by subsequent scholars, so the meaning we take from it is at times vastly different than the Christian interpretation.

    I always find it particularly cynical when Christians read their Old Testament for laws that they claim that Jesus absolved them from having to abide by, selectively pick laws that they like and then seek to apply them in ways abhorrent to most Jewish communities.  Wasn't that the big idea of Jesus?  That he released them from the laws of the Temple?  I have never understood why, if Jesus is supposed to have released Christians from the Temple laws, then why didn't the early Christian Bible drop most of those books as outdated and irrelevant?  I mean, I never received that kind of education, I literally don't understand, maybe there's a perfectly theologically sensible answer to these questions.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:54:01 AM PST

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    •  I have witnessed debates (6+ / 0-)

      Religious conservatives seem to have some theological loop hole why Leviticus condemning gays is still applicable but its condemnations of shellfish and tatooes and shaving don't count anymore. It smells like bullshit to me.

      It really only matters what people said about these things thousands of years ago if you believe they were sprinkled with magic dust before they said them.

      Otherwise they are just the equivalent of ancient blog posts and only retain value if their is relevant wisdom to be gleaned. I think the help the sick and the poor parts are pretty timeless.

      Supporter: "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!" Adlai Stevenson: "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!"

      by Scott Wooledge on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 11:39:19 AM PST

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    •  I too am absolutely baffled. (6+ / 0-)

      Though not true of all of Christianity, the idea that your only responsibility is to "have faith" or "believe," "accept Jesus as your personal savior" is really a serious problem to me. In fact, I don't like the idea of "salvation" in general. You just can't be a Jew without taking significant personal responsibility for your actions, and there is no shortcut. That is why I consider Judaism more akin to Buddhism than I do to Christianity.

      "You can die for Freedom, you just can't exercise it"

      by shmuelman on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 12:33:43 PM PST

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