Thursday, February 25, 2010
Are you an empiricist or a rationalist? How does science prove something to be true? Can we use such a tool to ascertain whether there is a God?
Join Rabbi Fingerer in this 8 minute Godcast for a fascinating perspective on whether science can offers evidence for God's existence.
What is the most consequential question of all time? Does God actually exist? Why doesn't Judaism speak about the word "God"? What would the world be like without God? What is wrong with spontaneous generation? What is the anthropic principle?
Join Rabbi Fingerer on this fascinating Godcast. In less then 8 minutes you will learn a great deal about Judaism's different take on God.
What does "Change" mean? Why is it so hard to let go of things? How does one undergo a transformation? How are human beings different than animals? Why was the first human being called "Adam", which means earth? Why was Abraham not religious? What type of change is the hardest: Changing a career? A spouse? Or changing one's ideology and behavior? Discover the answer and discover yourself.
Join Rabbi Fingerer on this fascinating Godcast. In less than six minutes you may discover a component of yourself that you never new existed.
Who was the most influential person in world history? Why is Judaism not necessarily a Religion? Who was Abraham the first proponent of Monotheism? Why is his identity so obscured?
Join Rabbi Fingerer on this fascinating "Godcast." It's less then six minutes but you may receive an eternity of information.
Monday, February 22, 2010
A New Denial Of Traditional Judaism
Op-ED in The Jewish Press (February 17, 2010)By: Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer
For thousands of years of Jewish history there wasn't a unique nomenclature classifying Torah-deviant Jews. Denominations like Conservative, Reform and Orthodox were non-existent. One was either more observant, less observant, or, in highly atypical cases, nonobservant.
The reason for this is that history is immutable. Sinai was a historical fact that was irrefutable and unassailable.
Perhaps no other nation has such an explicit and unequivocal historical chain. Rambam (in his introduction to Mishneh Torah) delineates a clear, incontestable chain of teachers from Moshe Rabbeinu until Rav Ashi, redactor of the Talmud. Conclusive studies have traced contemporary Torah leaders back to Rav Ashi, bringing the chain of tradition full circle.
Obscuring the divinely endowed roles of man and woman is tantamount to denying God's Omniscience. As we stand at the precipice of a new threat to tradition, it is incumbent on us to reaffirm our fealty to the Omniscient Knowledge of our Creator.
OP-ED in The Jewish Press (February, 3, 2010)
by Rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer
I was apprised of the fact that a renowned rav and posek in Flatbush dedicated his Shabbos morning drasha to the plight of a young lady who was recently dismissed from her Brooklyn Bais Yaakov. It seems she vexed the administration because she asked her teacher incisive questions about the nature of Gan Eden. Thankfully, due to the intervention of this prominent rav, she was reinstated to her school.
The value of shakla vetarya, the dynamicof the exchange of questions and answers, is paramount in Judaism. Every Jewish toddler is educated with the four questions of Pesach. Upon death every Jew is asked four crucial, fateful questions. The only way to ensure that these last questions are answered appropriately is to espouse an open-communication "questions welcome" environment throughout a person's life.
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