I’m usually on the opposite side of Liberman but this time I agree.
Its this degree of sanctimony that drives the majority of Jews into secularism. I remind you that the word “rabbi” does not appear in the Torah nor in the Tanach, but is an invention of the exile. “Orthodoxy” only appeared recently as an anxiety reaction the haskalah (enlightenment). You can stop pretending your version of Judaism takes credit for me existing.
I don’t agree with the principle of "most stringent presumption" of halachah, that’s all. Its living in the state of unreasonable FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt). I just don’t live in that negative space. Religious Judaism is largely unappealing because it seems so neurotic. I don’t feel the need to cheat on my Judaism because I'm not neurotic. But not every Jew can be like me.
The ultimate irony to slavish acceptance of arbitrary dictats is that so many orthodox are now ready to cheat because they are sick and tired of unreasonable laws. In reality, switching on and off electricity is nothing like starting a fire, and electricity has become much more ubiquitous than the early rabbis ever imagined. But to change the law now… would be like admitting we were wrong all along.
Thanks for that idiomatic clarification.
Yikes, we were roving all over the countryside at age 10, dragging the youngest along with us. What is happening to the world?
How’s this for perverse irony? An “Peace" rally is canceled because the peaceniks are too violent.
Look at the positive side of this report. If Israel refused to hire Arabs they would be accused of racism!
Or its paraphrase: Better to ask forgiveness than permission.