Yes, I am back. Hold your applause till after my entire post please.
So recently I have read some postings by a new blogger who calls himself “Mainstream Jew“. This is he has proved in one very quick night to be completely false since he specifically said, there is no creator who is receiving your prayers”. No matter if someone is Orthodox, Haredi, Reform, Conservative or any other sect the majority of Jews believe there is a G-d in heaven. How to observe his laws is in question, but the actual existence of G-d? Mainstream Jews believe in Him. If you don’t believe in Him? Then don’t call yourself Jewish, because while you are to me (assuming you have a Jewish mother), technically to the world you are an atheist.
Second I he is just like DK, SJ, OTD and everyone else like them who hates religious correct Judaism. We must be tolerant of their views, but ours? If they make Jews look crazy we must stop. This is exactly what happened in Germany at the beginning of the Reform movement. “Shut down Orthodoxy! (a term they came up with and as my friend Factual Basis points out should be a racist slur) Close their mikvahs! Close the kosher slaughterhouses! We Jews are just like the rest of you! Don’t pay attention to the freaks!” It’s really crazy the double standards that we are subject to. I’m honestly considering changing the name of the blog to double standards because most of posts point them out between them and us.
What evidence is there that he/she/it would want you to pray to him for three hours on a Saturday (and how do we know its actually Saturday and not Tuesday).
How long has it been since you have been to Shul MSJ? My shabbat davening is 2 hours MAX and that’s on a bad weekend. Next, personally I try and go to shul every single day of the week. It’s not just saturday, the reason most people go then is because they don’t have work because of the shabbat. The shabbaton is the 7th day of the week, hence Saturday. Why not Sunday? Because its not. The Jews for thousands of years had shabbaton on a Saturday because that’s the day G-d told us was the 7th day. If its any other day how would they get the millions of Jews all to change the day? How? Wouldn’t there be sects that had it on the old day, that were left over from the old guard?
Which trasitions very nicely into my next point.
What evidence is there that the Torah is his rule and guidebook?
Because he told us. Yes he told at least 1 million Jews that this is his rule. This wasnt the 1990’s where someone could have pulled off the special effects or dupted everyone into “hearing” G-d’s voice. And how to I know it happened? Because my father who was told by his father by his father by his father and so on and so on back to my relative who was at Mount Sinai. There is someone I know who can literally trace their passing down of the Torah all the way back to Moses (not that he is related, but that he has an accurate line straight from the source of teaching the torah). I’m waiting for the famous “but there is no archeological evidence” actually there is someone that perfectly correlates with some stuff on the book of prophets. What about the Torah itself you ask? Well if you know anything about archeology, you know the famous line “a lack of evidence is not an evidence of lack”. Just because we haven’t found it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. All the stuff that has been found does not contradict (in fact most of it supports) stories in the torah.
Whats amazing is yet another double standard. Everyone agrees there was a Hammurabi code of law. This is based on very limited finds on the code itself. However there is no debate as to its existence and place in history. But the torah? Well it requires us to do something so we must apply a different standard!
The torah was given to our ancestors by G-d himself. They were there. The same way we know there was a Civil War, or a Roman Empire, or anything else we didn’t personally live through. We have history both from first hand accounts and from finds. While the exodus from egypt has yeilded limited finds its not surprising if you actually think about it. No one knows their exact route, plus there haven’t been extensive tries to find results, and it’s the desert so digs are very hard especially when one doesnt know even a general 5 mile area to look.
As for your comment about woman equality? You have no idea how I feel on the matter, but of course all orthodox Jews are the same right? I will address my views on woman in Judaism in a post in the near future.
Yes, I’m back and better than ever. I will keep fighting off these attacks on our people, you do your part and keep reading