Monday, December 23, 2013

Does frumkeit poison everything?

I just finished arguing with a young man who beleives that all contardictory midrashim can be reconciled with one another, even when the facts are mutually exclusive and said to be simultaniously true. (Example: Puah can't be both Miriam and Elisheva.) 

My friend doesn't believe that Puah was simultaniously two people at once because it makes sense (it doesn't) or because the halachic authorities demand it (they don't), but because some idea of "being frum" requires him to take this position.

Critical thinking just isn't kosher. (And there's your one sentence answer to what's wrong with Orthodox Judaism today.)

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