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Now hold on there cowboy...
  You see...this is exactly the problem that I deal with in my book. The Bible does NOT begin, "In the beginning". Yes, I know it says that in the English versions that were translated by non-Jews, but in the original Hebrew it does not begin with the word that means "in the beginning". That word would be "barashona". But it begins with "bereshis". This word, "bereshis" is not even a real word. It is not used anywhere else. So right away "Houston we have a problem."

Now, it's not really a problem, but what it points out is that the Jewish Bible is not a book like other books. It is not just a story. It is also a very intense compilation of philosophy, science, literature, spiritual insight, prophecy, etc. Indeed, there are pages and pages written about just what the first word actually means.

So this is my problem with most atheists. Sure, you can argue that there is no God, but that does not give you license to misinterpret the Torah. You still can learn a tremendous amount from learning with an Orthodox rabbi, studying the Talmud, going to Jewish classes, etc. Just to understand the Torah is an amazing thing in and of itself, even if there really is no God.

(I just love this stuff!)
  Author: Von Cello
Eintrag from 26.03.2008
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