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I am currently employed in the nuclear industry and have university degrees in nuclear engineering and theoretical physics. I am primarily interested in science and philosophy but I also dabble in programing, information visualization, and fine typography.


Aug
1
comment What is a Gentile to do? Ie. What would you do if you were not born Jewish?
Thanks for the advice; done.
Aug
1
revised What is a Gentile to do? Ie. What would you do if you were not born Jewish?
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Aug
1
asked How long does one say Kaddish for a sibling?
Aug
1
answered What is a Gentile to do? Ie. What would you do if you were not born Jewish?
Jul
17
awarded  Caucus
Apr
4
comment Should a Jew who doesn't believe in G-d observe the commandments?
From a Talmudic/Midrashic point of view.
Apr
3
comment Should a Jew who doesn't believe in G-d observe the commandments?
Excellent answer; thanks!
Apr
2
asked Should a Jew who doesn't believe in G-d observe the commandments?
Feb
12
comment Is belief in a G-d a commandment?
I appreciate the sentiment avi, but I agree with LazerA; whether or not it is insulting to anyone, if it is an established approach, it is worth noting. I might add that I am an atheist and do not believe in any gods. If the statement is insulting to anyone, it would be to me, and I find it curious, but not offensive.
Feb
3
comment Is belief in a G-d a commandment?
@SethJ: Again, I disagree. It may well be that you would see little meaning left in your Judaism without recognizing this, but not everyone is the same. There are many (I personally know quite a few) Jews who do not have any metaphysical beliefs whatsoever and who nonetheless take a great deal of meaning out of their Judaism.
Feb
3
comment Is belief in a G-d a commandment?
Fantastic answer and very helpful. Thank you so much.
Feb
3
comment Is belief in a G-d a commandment?
@msh210: That does quite well I think. I'm not saying there's a right or wrong answer, I just think they are interesting and worthwhile questions to ask.
Feb
3
comment Is belief in a G-d a commandment?
@msh210: Do they define him? Perhaps not, but they are certainly a valiant attempt. I used qualitative language because, to me, the definitions are not clear. If you believe G-d is a well defined "object," would you please provide your definition?
Feb
3
comment Is belief in a G-d a commandment?
I disagree, but thank you very much for your thoughtful answer.
Feb
3
comment Is belief in a G-d a commandment?
I agree that the fact that many people believe something does not necessitate it's truth. Nonetheless, your statement indicated that recognizing particular things (i.e. necessity of a source/ fine tuning) are ways to work at recognizing G-d. I am telling you that I have studied the necessity of a source and found that it is not needed and that I have studied the claims for "fine-tuning" and found them to fall short. These arguments may support a belief in G-d in your mind, but they do not do so for everyone.
Feb
3
comment Is belief in a G-d a commandment?
I find your reasoning appealing. It does, to my mind, beg the question "How do you define G-d?" A parent is a well defined (more or less) object. Even amongst ardent believers, I find that G-d is less well defined.
Feb
3
comment Is belief in a G-d a commandment?
And yet for many people who have deeply studied the nature of the world it appears that there does not need "to be a source of the world's existence, or that the universe is too fine-tuned to have happened by chance." Why do you claim that "Judaism is meaningless" without a belief in G-d? I do not believe that claim is justified.
Feb
3
comment Is belief in a G-d a commandment?
@avi: A little bit of both I guess. I am most interested in the broader question of "Is it a commandment to believe in G-d?" but it seems like the Ten Commandments played into that broader conversation. I am also interested in Spinoza's excommunication for heresy but that seems like a question for another day.
Feb
3
asked Is belief in a G-d a commandment?
Nov
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awarded  Nice Question