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GUEST,Grose BS: Monsey's (non) Kosher Chicken Crisis (319* d) RE: BS: Monsey's (non) Kosher Chicken Crisis 14 Sep 06

Grab - that too is dealt with in Judaism, where our choice ends. Maimonides says that "all is in the hands of G-d, except for matters of reverence of G-d" What that means is that G-d can decide to put me in Monsey, to put me in Auschwitz, etc., but what I will do in those places, whether or not I will heed His commandments in those places is in my realm of choice. I did not choose my hair color, my eye color, the family I was born to, etc. I decide what to do with these gifts that G-d gave me - whether to serve Him with those tools He gave me or not.
I don't know why folks think religion is based on belief and faith and not on reality. Reality is that in the fifth book of the Bible, G-d prophesized to our nation that we would be punished in the manner of the Holocaust. This prediction was cast way before, thousands of years before, the event ever happened. Coincidence that the punishment promised to our nation if we strayed came true? Spectacular made up stories by rabbis that somehow came about anyway? You can call that faith, but it is acually reality - a punishment was promised for thousands of year and guess what, it happened! I could go on and on for years on all the realities that make G-d a reality and not a faith or belief. However, most folks don't want to face that reality, because attached to that reality is a realization that if there is a Creator that demands of us proper behavior, we might have to deliver that behavior. You know the old joke about this? A man was trying to teach his son about Divine Supervision of indiviual lives. So he tells the kid, "son, a man goes to the top of the Eiffel tower and jumps down...and isn't hurt - what do you call that." and the kid answers, "chance." The father doesn't give up, he wants his kid to understand the concept of miracles, so he tries again, "son, the same man goes again to the top of the tower and jumps down and walks away unscathed - what do you call that." The son prompty replies, "coincidence." The father sighs and tries again, "son, same guy, same tower, same scenario, jump and nothing happens, what would you call that?!" The son shrugs and asks, "habit?" Everything can be shoved under the carpet in life just so we don't face our Maker. "nature" "coincidence" etc. Two places where you see the Hand of G-d obviously orchestrating this world is science and history. In both the reality of G-d is undeniable. Darwin once wrote to a friend that when he thinks of the eye he breaks out in sweat cuz that alone debunks his whole theory of evolution -the hundreds of minute connections that must line up exactly for someone to see. Incidentally, the numerical value of the Hebrew word for eye is identical to the amount of connections there are in the eye. The world G-d created is so precise, if we took time to study the precision, we would finally see reality of G-d.

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