Alan Perlman's Blog Posts Tagged 'Jews' (10)

Who is a Jew?

A non-Jewish friend writes in an email:

"The Harry Potter film series star is Jewish. Radcliffe’s mother is Jewish, which makes Radcliffe a Jew in the eyes of the Halacha [Jewish law]. Plus, Radcliffe considers himself a ‘Jewish atheist.’  Willard is convinced I have Jewish ancestry. He's scheduled a DNA blood test to prove it.”

My response:

The question of "who is a Jew?" is right up there with "What do women want?".  Womb doctrine is the most enshrined and…

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Added by Alan Perlman on June 7, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Cheese Sandwich Jesus and Gift Wrap Swastika

Carlos Mencia complained that Mexicans were the only ethnicity that saw religious figures in its food.  He sang something to the effect of  (I'm paraphrasing) "Hindus don't look at their curry and see a swami...Jews don't see Moses in their salami." 

Well, Carlos, it seems that other ethnic groups -- I'm going to assume that the complainer was Jewish -- are prone to pattern-creation, driven by touchiness and political correctness, often around the Holocaust. The discipline of…

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Added by Alan Perlman on December 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Happy Easter, Bloody Easter

“In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,

You’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade…

On the Avenue, Fifth Avenue, photographers will snap us

And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure…”

Irving Berlin

“They tried to nail him down, but he got away.”

Marquee outside church in Massachusetts

Well, it’s that day again, and our Greek Orthodox friends, as well as our Roman…

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Added by Alan Perlman on April 19, 2014 at 7:00pm — 8 Comments

Reply to Matthew's Bar Mitzvah Invitation (not sent)

I recently received an invitation to the bar mitzvah of the grandson of my first cousin; this ceremony is, as you may know, the induction of the youngster into Jewish adulthood. 

The invitation itself was colorful and cheery, produced, no doubt, with invitation-creation software and thus exhibiting neither coherence nor originality but just an electronic mad mix of fonts, patterns, and such, chosen from among an infinity of alternatives.

Strangely, the trifold invitation had a…

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Added by Alan Perlman on March 17, 2013 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Remembering Bill Perlman

February 1 is the anniversary of the death of my father, Hyman William Perlman (1910-80). 

He was indirectly responsible for this blog – and in fact for all the secularism, skepticism, atheism, and humanism that have been the foundation of my intellectual life.  He was the first skeptic I ever met, and the effect was lasting.  Every time Mom would babble on about “God’s will,” he would snap back, “What’s God got to do with it?”

What indeed.  Things may happen for some reason or…

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Added by Alan Perlman on January 31, 2013 at 4:05pm — 1 Comment

Will America ever be able to shut up about race?

“C’mon people now, smile on your brother

Everybody get together try to love one another – right now.”

Lyrics, “Get Together,” The Youngbloods

“[Thomas Sowell’s book Migrations and Cultures] is a strong indictment of both affirmative action and multiculturalism. The former because it tends to be self-defeating, the latter because it discourages minorities from shedding old habits and adopting new and more functional…

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Added by Alan Perlman on January 26, 2013 at 9:30pm — 29 Comments

Religion and Death: How Will I Behave at Mom’s Funeral?

“Heaven, as conventionally conceived, is a place so inane, so dull, so useless, so miserable that nobody has ever ventured to describe a whole day in heaven, though plenty of people have described a day at the seaside.”

--George Bernard Shaw

 

“It’s an incredible con job, when you think of it, to believe something now in exchange for life after death.  Even corporations, with all their reward systems, don’t try to make it…

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Added by Alan Perlman on January 8, 2013 at 11:46am — 9 Comments

When Should Atheists Keep Their Mouths Shut? (And When Not?)

“God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, the helpless, the miserable.  They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos: He will set them above their betters.”

H.L. Mencken

 

“I find it necessary to wash my hands after I have come   into contact with religious people.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

Recent A/N threads have generated much thoughtful…

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Added by Alan Perlman on August 25, 2012 at 5:02pm — 10 Comments

Tisha B'Av and the Jewish History of Tragedy

“CLERGYMAN.,  n. A man who undertakes the management of our spiritual affairs  as a method of bettering his temporal ones.”

Ambrose Bierce



We're just on the verge of a little known but very sad Jewish holiday, Tisha B'Av [the ninth day of the month of Av; July 27-8 this year], which commemorates the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people, including, but not limited to, the destruction of the First and Second…

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Added by Alan Perlman on July 25, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Religious Conversion: Who Goes Where? And Why?

Infidel, n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does.”

Ambrose Bierce

It would be great to have reliable numbers on religious migration: how many people change religions each year, how many become new adherents, how many drift away, never to return?

Increasing the ranks

Different religions have different ways of increasing their ranks: birth rate (e.g., all…

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Added by Alan Perlman on July 5, 2012 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

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