All Blog Posts Tagged 'ritual' (9)

More nuttiness from why Jews obey rules

I have often observed that Judaism is a high-input, low output religion.  There are countless commandments (over 600) and obeying them is a full-time job...yet there is no well-defined promise of punishments or rewards in the after life.

So why do it?  Why bother with dietary laws, 3x/day prayer, a zillion Sabbath regs, and much more?

Occasionally my wife or I will take a walk on the wild side and visit,, a nexus for Modern Orthodox Jews and a platform on which they…


Added by Alan Perlman on January 1, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Law dances the fine line between religion and insanity

“There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it

with an air of great seriousness.”

– Arthur Schopenhauer

“Since it is obviously inconceivable that all religions can be right, the most obvious conclusion is that they are all wrong.”

-- Christopher Hitchens

“Society attacks early, when the child…


Added by Alan Perlman on December 22, 2012 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments

PS. on Football: Sanctity of the Game Desecrated but (Happily) Restored.

For weeks, the NFL was involved in a controversy as contentious as the Protestant Reformation: a salary dispute with and concomitant lockout of referees...and their replacement by lower-level officials who have already made countless blunders, failed to understand football's elaborate rules, and even counted an interception as a touchdown by the player who never caught the ball.

Their ineptitude has enraged the fans. In Baltimore, they united into a "fuck you" chant that the…


Added by Alan Perlman on September 27, 2012 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Desperately Seeking Approval: Overt and Covert Reasons for the Adult Bar Mitzvah

"As a beautiful flower that is full of hue but lacks fragrance, even so fruitless is the well-spoken word of one who does not practice it."

The Dhammapada


Informed of a former colleague’s decision to have a bar mitzvah in middle age, I can’t help but look for reasons, since the ceremony is completely optional at this point in life.

For a complex variety of reasons, many of them personal, some Jewish adults genuinely want to reconnect with their…


Added by Alan Perlman on July 18, 2012 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Religion As Entertainment

Religion As Entertainment

For those, who are still struggling with getting emotionally free from religion, enjoying other people's religious behavior as a spectacle may be difficult.   But when being completely void of religious feelings, other people's religious expressions and rituals can be very entertaining.    Some religious behaviors are really hilarious.  

I experience churches, mosques and…

Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 5, 2011 at 6:46pm — 10 Comments

Dichotomy, Atheism And The Transition Point

Dichotomy, Atheism And The Transition Point

The following analogy is independent from the subjective human preference for light over darkness. 

Complete darkness is the absence of light.    Light is not the absence of darkness.  

Real atheism is the absence of any faith.  Faith is not the absence of atheism.    

Day and night, light and darkness are dichotomies.   

Faith or…

Added by Maruli Marulaki on October 31, 2011 at 8:03am — 7 Comments

El ritual del bautismo en las aguas no es original del cristianismo

Es increíble la cantidad de personas que siguen alguna religión y nunca se han preguntado el origen de sus creencias o prácticas religiosas. Cuando estaba en el cristianismo, era muy rara la vez que cuestionara las creencias, costumbres o rituales que la iglesia enseñaba como mandato de su dios a los feligreses. Si en alguna clase bíblica alguien preguntaba por qué se creía en ciertos dogmas, la respuesta siempre era la misma, “porque así lo dice la biblia”.

En una ocasión, una amiga… Continue

Added by Maria Rodriguez on October 17, 2010 at 7:36am — No Comments

Origen del ritual de la santa cena/comunión

Cuando era católica e iba a misa participaba de la santa comunión (eucaristía), sacramento que mediante la "transustanciación" la hostia y el vino se convierten en el cuerpo y la sangre de Jesús. Cuando me convertí a la religión…


Added by Maria Rodriguez on October 15, 2010 at 5:22pm — 5 Comments

OCD & Religious Belief

I have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. The short description of this condition is having obsessive thoughts that get looped in my brain and won't go away, unless I perform a compulsive act, called a ritual. One well-known form of OCD is germophobia. The affected person has obsessive thoughts about germs, about being sick, about contaminating others, etc. and has to wash hands in a ritualistic way. For me this means using lotion soap, followed by foaming soap (gets under the nails better) and if… Continue

Added by Angie Jackson on April 25, 2009 at 9:41am — 2 Comments

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