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Why I Believe…

Moses Receiving the Ten Commandments by Marc Chagall.

Moses Receiving the Ten Commandments by Marc Chagall.

I’m not even sure what will be accomplished by this post. Skeptics will continue to be skeptics and believers will continue to be believers – I suppose. I guess that I just wanted to explain my own personal perspective on my beliefs. For whatever that is worth.

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About the Author: Harry Maryles runs the blog "Emes Ve-Emunah" which focuses on current events and issues that effect the Jewish world in general and Orthodoxy in particular. It discuses Hashkafa and news events of the day - from a Centrist perspctive and a philosphy of Torah U'Mada. He can be reached at hmaryles@yahoo.com.


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One Response to “Why I Believe…”

  1. adamgreenfield says:

    I believe that the biggest problem that causes the skepticism is that the Torah, given to us by God, from God’s words is being read by simple mortal people. Attempting to describe the awesomeness of the Truth and interpret it in a less evolved language would be impossible. There are no words even to this day with in any known language that aptly grasp what our minds still are not capable of comprehending.

    I’m not sure where I had once heard this, but it always pops up in mind during these types of discussions. If God were to come down to Earth tomorrow, and remove all doubt, we would cease to believe. Because with the overwhelming evidence presented, we wouldn’t need to ‘believe’, we would just know. Faith is based upon the lack of concrete evidence. If all the evidence presented there would be no faith. You don’t have ‘faith’ in the computer on your desk, because it is right in front of you. You can touch and see it. You don’t need to ‘believe’ in it because it is physically there.

    The faith and belief is what makes it so powerful. It gets the mind going. And the action of taking the Word’s of God All Mighty and making it either fit or not into your own personal existence is the message. If you look through all the texts based on Scholarly interpretation of the Tanach, it becomes clear. It is a one size fits all. It won’t be the same for me or you or anyone. And it isn’t supposed to be.

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