The Stone Chumash makes the following observation regarding offerings to Hashem (God): Throughout the Torah, only this Four Letter Name of God — the Name representing his Attribute of mercy — is used in connection with offerings, never the name Elohim, which represents His Attribute of judgement (Sifra). Ancient idolaters believed that animal offerings were needed to assuage … More Parashat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26)
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get … More 2012 in review
Worldly Vision announced Tuesday the release of their first annual Xmas Gift Catalogue, just in time for Xmas 2o12. “We’re very excited about this new catalogue,” gushes exective director Karma Grey. The catalogue, which features on its cover an enthusiastic tween showing off her new cellphone, allows Canadians to give gifts to needy tweens all over … More Worldly Vision releases their 2012 gift catalogue
Does anyone really believe in Purgatory? I am speaking specifically of the notion the people enter a tormentuous purging prior to entrance into the Divine Presence. It’s further asserted that this torment can be alleviated by the petitions and good works of loved ones on Earth. Now, consider how it would be if you had … More Does anyone really believe in Purgatory?
Dawkins is not an atheist, he is a rabid anti-theist, which is something altogether different. In fact, Dawkins is an embarrassment to atheism. Articles like this are easy to find: http://richarddawkins.net/discussions/504646-richard-dawkins-is-an-embarrassment-to-atheism This article, by Mark Wallace — found on richarddawkins.net — begins: “I’m an atheist, but I increasingly find that Richard is becoming a costly … More Richard Dawkins an embarrassment to atheists
My little boy doesn’t like peas. I explained to him that before he was born he was given a choice. He could choose to come into existence as a potted plant, a cup of decaf, or a little boy. He chose little boy. Then I further explained that he asked for parents who wouldn’t serve … More Does a person choose his parents before he’s born?
We like to think that the universe is consistent, but do we really have any evidence for this assumption? On the contrary, we seem to have evidence for the contrary. Case in point: Where is my coffee substitute? It’s not in the cupboard, and I know we have some — a brand new can of … More Do objects wink in and out of existence?