- R' Gil caps the symposium he's held on his blog about the ethics of brain death and organ donation with Part X and gives a closing statement. Excerpt:
This symposium was not a dialogue. Such a conversation is extremely desirable. Until that happens, the warnings offered by many participants to proceed with respect and caution are worth heeding. ... Until we are able to listen to each other, we will never be able to talk. We did not solve this dilemma here but we can at least leave knowing where the problem lies.
- R' Moshe Grylak in Mishpacha (hat tip: Chana):
We met in a certain shul. And this is what he reported: “What can I tell you? I’m a kollel man, I learn well; I even enjoy my learning, and I stick to a regular schedule. But I’ll be honest with you — I don’t believe in G‑d. Everything I do is just a sham.”
- Chana writes a difficult piece on Why We Cut.
- Via Diana, there are some nice pictures as CrownHeights.info highlights Cleveland's Friendship Circle which held a dinner for 120+ people for the volunteer-based organization, which works with children with special needs.
- Via Ariella, Divrei Chaim rants about ads promoting luxurious trips... to kevarim.
- Really cool: Wires transform objects from inanimate to hilarious pieces of art.
- Doghouse (cartoon) explains how to explain things to teens these days.
- Why patience matters when selling something online (Lifehacker).
- And finally, xkcd does it again in Let Go (wish I could do what he does in the scroll over text):
Friday, February 18, 2011
EZ Reads 2/18/11
Today's links are mostly fun as opposed to serious, so have a good time and a great Shabbos!
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We met in a certain shul. And this is what he reported: “What can I tell you? I’m a kollel man, I learn well; I even enjoy my learning, and I stick to a regular schedule. But I’ll be honest with you — I don’t believe in G‑d. Everything I do is just a sham.”ReplyDelete
Kudos to the author for admitted, unlike many Orthodox people, that even children raised in good, healthy families can become nonbelievers. I think it's absurd that he claims "the answers that could reassure these young people and dispel their doubts aren’t abstruse or esoteric." It's just not true. I've heard just about every "answer" that Orthodoxy has to offer for my questions/challenges/observations of Jewish dogma and not only aren't any of them convincing, they're generally insultingly unconvincing.
The Orthodox world needs to accept two things:
1) Not all Jews are going to believe, no matter how "good" their families or education is. You *must* admit that at some point a large leap of faith must be made, and not everybody is willing (or able?) to make that leap.
2) Jews who are in the Orthodox world but are having serious doubts should be encouraged to go to professional, NON-FRUM psychologists to help them sort out their feelings, beliefs, and choices.