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Chomsky and the end-times

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Perlman Apr 6. 12 Replies

I have a longer familiarity than most people with Chomsky, since I too was trained in linguistics. I haven't always agreed with him, but this assessment seems right on.  …Continue

Tags: nuclear, war, change, climate, end-times

Snake-worship and death: what to make of it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Feb 25. 2 Replies

Another snake worshiper dies of snake-bite.  Hew refuses medical treatment.  It's against his religion.See …Continue

Tags: religious, freedom, psychiatry, atheist, worship

Basic Torah facts

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alan Perlman Jul 6, 2012. 21 Replies

Unlike 99% of all non-clerical Jews, I read the Torah (first 5 books of the Bibole, sacred to Jews) in its most authoritative translation. The first thing to note, once you get past the notions that…Continue

Tags: Exodus, Bible, Torah

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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)
"Michael, thanks for thoughtful reply.  Judaism has been problematic for you and your family. Mine prefers to sweep things under the rug. Joan, Your letter made my day.  Every year, religion seems to me to be dumber and more pointless,…"
Oct 30
Freethinker31 commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)
"WOW ....  very interesting  Joan.......One just assumes  it is a religious  holiday by the name..CHRISTmas........Shame on christians  for stealing it.....With that said..it is now  so commercialized, that it…"
Oct 30
Joan Denoo commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)
"Actually, christmas isn't a religious holiday at all. I began more than 5,000 years ago in Ireland, and in many other places around the Earth in the northern hemisphere. The celebrations commemorate the shortest day of the year and…"
Oct 30
Michael Pianko commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)
"Modify your letter so it makes sense for giving after the bar mitzvah. Send the invitation but say that you are an atheist and you do not want to participate in religion but you are willing to come to the party as long as you don't have to lead…"
Oct 29
Freethinker31 commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)
"The funny thing  about Bar/Bat Mitzvahs today, is that they  have become mini wedding ceremonies as far as expense  is concerned...........They are so extravagant today that it is not so much a religious  acknowledgement of…"
Oct 29
Joan Denoo commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)
"This is a wonderful letter! You got it all out into the open, you addressed all the issues that could be factors. I hope you save the letter and give it to him when he is a grown man. Or leave it in your papers to be delivered after your death.…"
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"My aunt who is orthodox is able to join my family at their conservative shul but she has to stand in the back for a few seconds and count to make sure there are at least 10 guys there who look over 13 years old, so she will feel like she is not…"
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"Mormons in a sea of Jews!  What a religiography (a word I made up).  Your bar mitzvah was rough, sorry to hear.  I hate the way religion divides families. Re circumcision, as my nine-year-old stepson Zach (star of the…"
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Michael Pianko commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)
"I had a bar mitzvah ceremony. I did not want to do a bar mitzvah due to my social phobia. My mom said I did not have to do it, in the car on the was back from a doctor's appointment when I turned 12 (I thought my routine doctor's…"
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Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)
"Pat, Right on - I went along with the program to the hilt (REALLY itchy wool pants - this was before microfibers), and if I had received such an RSVP from an older, atheistic relative, I would have been one confused little boy."
Oct 28
Pat commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)
"You state you're probably not going to send this out. I would tend to agree with that sentiment. If for no other reason than it strikes me as a pretty harsh statement against a 13 year old you've never met.  As to the adults…"
Oct 28
Alan Perlman commented on Alan Perlman's blog post Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)
"Religious people could never see it the other way around! Jewish Humanists reconstructed the bar mitzvah very cleverly: instead of reading the Torah, the boy/girl gives a talk on a role model he/she has chosen, thereby giving some thought as to the…"
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Reply to Ian’s bar mitzva invitation (not sent)

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 3:42pm 15 Comments

I recently received an invitation to the bar mitzvah of the son of my first cousin; this ceremony is, as you may know, the induction of the youngster into Jewish adulthood.

Bar/bat mitzvah invitations have been getting cuter, trendier, and ever more adolescent in form and content, as if we needed to be reminded that it’s all in honor of a child whom we pretend has reached some sort of milestone.

I just got a chance to see my own invitation (1956), in a photo album I salvaged…

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Belle's funeral: epilogue

Posted on October 25, 2014 at 4:22pm 5 Comments

Thanks to all those who commented on my pre-funeral anxieties and other issues.  Things went quite smoothly in PA,  because the funeral was held in the social hall, where we also ate after the burial. So no religious problems.  I saw another funeral being held in the holy sanctuary but was told that they usually hold funerals in the social room, and the event in the sanctuary followed a sudden death.  So Belle is off to that Great Kosher(-Style) Deli in the sky, where every meal is brunch…

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Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 3:00pm 16 Comments

Thanks to all who read my previous post.  I found out today that Mom is in hospice and sinking fast, so I launched the letter (previous blog entry) to the Rabbi, slightly edited.  Done and done, right?  Not so fast.  Here's the auto-reply:

Thank [sic] for your email.

I will not be reading my emails during the Jewish Holiday of Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah or the Sabbath following them.

I will look forward to reading and responding to my emails…

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Letter to Rabbi Rosin

Posted on October 5, 2014 at 8:30pm 17 Comments

FELLOW HERETICS: I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO SEND THIS LETTER (OR SOME VARIATION OF IT) TO THE RABBI IN MY MOTHER’S (AND MY FORMER) HOME TOWN. COMMENTS WELCOME.

Oct. 5, 2014

Dear Rabbi Rosin,

Thanks so much for visiting my Mother today. I know you’re really busy with the High Holidays. As in my youth, it’s still the only time everybody shows up, as if God doesn’t notice their non-observance the rest of the year, so you have to make the most of it. I do appreciate the time you…

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At 6:30am on July 14, 2013, Randall Smith said…

Thanks for you comment. "Disrespect" is a pretty strong word, and, although I'd like to think I respect other opinions (religion, in this case), deep down I think "believers" are foolish and illogical.

At 9:18pm on December 10, 2012, Wyatt said…
Thanks Alan, I agree that the education system could do with a major overhaul. Speaking of education, if you haven't seen it already, check this out: "Texas is the large hadron collider of denying science - All God, no particle"
Stephen Colbert with the Word:
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/416535/july-17-2012/the-word---on-the-straight---narrow-minded
At 8:04pm on June 22, 2012, Loren Miller said…

Well, you and I both know there are plenty of BOOBS out there ... enough to form a class, for sure!

At 12:48pm on June 22, 2012, Loren Miller said…

Ummm, the "booboisie"?!?  That be a NEW one on me.  Care to elucidate?

At 7:38pm on May 30, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, Alan! Glad you could join us. :D Did you hide your groups? Perhaps I'll suggest groups to which you already belong. It's great to see the way you jumped right in with a blog.

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like Jewish Atheists

and LINGUAPHILES & SESQUIPEDALIANS. After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

At 5:05pm on May 30, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 3:01pm on May 30, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…
Hello Alan
Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you well know as a life long atheist and freethinker. 
  
We invite you to make good friends by joining the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and over 3400 members.
 
 
 

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