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
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
Alan Perlman has not received any gifts yet
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…Continue
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…Continue
We now face a new menace in the Mideast: a body of fanatics (armed with weapons we left) who will kill anybody who gets in the way of their turning the clock back to 1500. They're openly threatening the US.
Once again politicians dance around the real problem. It's not terrorism. It's not even Dubya's "evildoers."
No public figure has the guts to call the enemy by its real name: RELIGION. A vicious, ineradicable set of shared beliefs that is responsible for 90% of the…Continue
There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great seriousness.
– Arthur Schopenhauer
Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will know that the narrative is not a Gothic horror tale…but something that is just as disturbing: resisting the religious programming of a child.