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I was brought up Jehovah’s Witness. (That’s a fairly little-known non-Trinitarian branch of Christianity.) As such, I was taught about Christianity’s roots in Judaism, and therefore also taught about Judaism, though perhaps not very accurately.

I am now an atheist, but continue to be curious about religion and how it works and is manifest in people’s lives.


Sep
18
comment Anyone who says these people sinned is mistaken. For real?
Cohabit? I was under the impression that what was described was a quick nookie, or at most a one-night stand, not a living arrangement.
Jul
15
comment A practical guide to Jewish neighborhoods and communities in Israel
Query: how many different meanings does the phrase "pro-Zionist" have, and which one do you intend?
Apr
5
comment What percentage of Chabad still believes the Rebbe is the Messiah?
On the other hand, @DoubleAA, I have trouble believing anyone could believe most of what's written on this site.
Apr
4
comment What percentage of Chabad still believes the Rebbe is the Messiah?
-1 for paranoid conspiracy theories. The idea that everyone who disagrees with you is merely lying to themselves ("You can't handle the truth!") may be comforting to you, but it has no place on this sort of site.
Mar
26
comment In a city with many shuls, how much loyalty do I owe to the shul of which I am a member?
@BruceJames: "They couldn't chat together--they had not been introduced."
Mar
24
comment What are the halachik issues involved in drawing from a nude model?
nudity is not necessarily sexual
Feb
10
comment What's up with this strange new hechsher?
Diet Coke is bad enough to start with. I don't imagine that adding bacon would actually improve matters in any way whatsoever.
Feb
5
comment Is Christianity Avodah Zara?
I think you're a little confused about the Catholic and Orthodox doctrine of prayer to the saints.
Jan
21
comment Is it okay to enjoy Christmas lights?
@Shmuel. That picture may or may not be "mind-blowing", but it's certainly cute.
Jan
5
comment Is being vegan “kosher”?
On your last paragraph: I've heard the same, but it would be better with a citation. Your second-last paragraph also would be better with some citations. You're summarising reported rulings, without referencing the actual rulings.
Dec
29
comment How, if at all, can “frum” Jewish men justify their consorting with prostitutes?
Exactly which "sins" are prevalent will vary from one community to another, so this is not a complete answer. However, the question does become more sociological than theological at this point, inasmuch as it is possible to separate the two.
Dec
21
comment star of david and the cross
@DoubleAA. I would interpret such a gift to mean that the giver was either self-absorbed to the point of being oblivious, or was profoundly arrogant. Neither interpretation would engender pleasant feelings.
Dec
18
comment Why does Judaism require more orthodoxy than other religions?
"Why is Judaism comprised of so many precise stringencies in comparison to other religions?" In comparison to which other religions? Can you actually demonstrate that Judaism is stricter than, for example, Jainism? Or Orthodox Islam? Or many and various other religions?
Dec
4
comment What's wrong with 'Hip Hip Hooray'?
@Ariel. I do not find that proposed etymology even remotely plausible. I suppose it could be asked on Linguistics or EL&U.
Dec
4
comment Why is it considered respectful to capitalize G-d and its derivatives/pronouns?
Capitalising Justice and Evil is a form of personification, and is, I think, distinct from capitalising pronouns referring to God.
Nov
9
comment arab suicide bombers
This answer is morally sick.
Oct
30
comment Is a Jew allowed to be knighted? Problem with kneeling?
Hi moshe. I was trying to edit to improve the grammar and spelling, but gave up because I don't understand your last sentence. Who beat whom in Russia?
Oct
16
comment Do we believe in Heaven and Hell?
Yet another subject on which Christian beliefs are widely divergent and difficult to summarise, but this is certainly the traditional belief of European Christians, both before and after the Reformation.
Oct
13
comment How long is the required suspension of marital intimacy after childbirth?
@msh210. Your title is misleading and incorrect. Marital separation suggests that a marriage has broken down and the couple are now living apart. And I don't understand this idea that it's perfectly fine to talk about sex as long as you don't use the actual word.
Oct
4
comment Do JONAH and similar organizations successfully help those with same-gender attractions?
@tealhill. I'm not aware that anyone here has said that anything is the sole determinant of sexual orientation.