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Sunday, November 30, 2014

New Kofer on the Block

A new, highly interesting blog, has appeared on the scene of the ex-orthodox blogosphere. It is called Kefirah of the Week.

The author introduces himself as follows:
I am a former Orthodox Jew who "went off the derech" in my early twenties, in the early 2000s. Recently over the past 2-3 years I've developed an interest in the Torah and the development of Judaism from an academic perspective. 
The purpose of this blog, in his words:
This blog serves as a reason for me to explore various topical areas and gives me an excuse to research them. I will be attempting to post once a week near the middle of the week, on topics somewhat related to the parsha of the week for the upcoming Shabbat (Sabbath). This page will give some information on various decisions I've made in topic choice as well as some more technical details.
Some of his latest posts include:
Check it out, it is very worthwhile reading.

PS I have added it to my Kofer Blogroll now.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shabbos Project Parshah Questions to Ask

Some of you may have been invited for the Shabbos Project where hosts will try to "to offer those who may (or may not) be new to Shabbos a chance to experience the warmth of a Shabbat home", i.e., try to convince them of Orthodox Judaism.

So I compiled 15 inconvenient questions on the weekly parshah, parshas Noach (I feel so sorry for the Shabbos Project they chose the worst Shabbos for kiruv!). Just in case they may indeed try to be mekarev you (try to win you over to OJ).

Feel free to add your own, here they are:

  1. Start with this excellent video for some flood absurdities:


  2. How did the earth repopulate after the flood?
  3. Nobody in documented history ever lived a 950 years.
  4. How many climates were there on the boat? Some animals can't survive in cold places, some not in warm ones.
  5. Why did ALL life on earth deserve to be destroyed? And why the babies, too?
  6. Why is there a contradiction between Genesis 6 where 2 animals of each species were required and in Genesis 7 seven pairs of clean and 1 pair of unclean animals?
  7. Some animals are carnivorous. Were these animals (food) part of the 2 or the 7 and 1 animals? Or were they extra?
  8. How did the kangaroos from Australia, the pandas from China and the penguins from Antarctica?
  9. Were there any dinosaurs on the boat?
  10. How did Noah know all the animals had entered the Ark? Did he know all millions of species by heart?
  11. There is no geological evidence of a global or even larger local flood (a uniform layer of sediment in the earth). No archeological evidence of whole societies and buildings destroyed.
  12. Did the flood extend to the sea? In that case, salty water mixed with fresh water and many animals would not have had drink water after the flood.
  13. How did light refract when it was raining an the sun shone before the rainbow?
  14. Points of similarity between the Babylonian and Noachian flood stories.
  15. All. The. Shit.

Recommended bonus reading: Why the Shabbos Project is Dividing Us, by Suzanne Oshinsky and Shloimie Ehrenfeld.