Thursday, July 16, 2009

EZ Reads 7/16/09: Religious Security

Some really good posts today...
  • Erachet tackles Honestly Frum's rant (mentioned yesterday) on Modern Orthodoxy by discussing Religious Security. Excerpt:
    It is a call for you to start wondering where you fall. And not to look at other people so much. Just because someone seems to be of a different camp does not mean that person is any more or less frum than you, and therefore you have no business judging anyone but yourself. If you work on your own religious observance, you will feel more religiously secure. And the more religiously secure you feel, the less you'll care about anyone "looking down" on you or "trying to change you." You'll just laugh at that because you'll have a feeling of shleimus that cannot be breached. Not by something so silly as someone else being too judgmental of you.
  • Great analogy by Treppenwitz in weighing the question of who is responsible when someone gets hurt in a "dangerous area".
  • Interesting post by R' Gil on papal infallibility and Da'as Torah.
    When did papal infallibility become a binding dogma? While it had been discussed and invoked for centuries, it became official Catholic dogma in 1870. Similarly, while ideas similar to Da'as Torah had been discussed prior, the main establishment of Da'as Torah as a binding dogma -- at least in those groups that accept it -- was in the mid- to late nineteenth century.
  • RafiG points out the homepage of the 18th Maccabiah Games.
  • Mark Frankel with a very good introduction to learning Gemara at BeyondBT.
  • Seen in a few places, links to this piece about a Madoff victim who is giving $5 million to cover the employees' 401(k)s. What a kiddush Hashem.
  • Cool ad for HP (and it didn't even win!).
  • Mayam Bialik (Blossom) asks Jew in the City about how Orthodox women are regarded. Interesting.
  • Trailer for No Impact Man on A Negative Benefit, about a guy who has his family have absolutely no carbon footprint for a year. Strange but cute and funny, sort of. Definitely thought-provoking.
  • On a similar note (via Freakonomics), you can sell (or give) your old cells to CycledCells, which either reuses parts or gives away phones to people in third world countries.