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    Life after death

    If you don't like the word despair we don't have to use it. It was your interpretation of the text. As I said, he's using it euphemistically to refer to a low point in his life as the surrounding verses indicate. The actual verse doesn't mention despair. It's connected to threats to David's...
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    Another reason why muslims do NOT belong here.

    I don't see the connection at all. As I say, you're not very clear in your posts. And again you're using heavy rhetoric though I hardly see the point. Actually the OP of the thread couldn't make heads or tails of what you were saying and neither could I so I tried to break it down in order to...
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    Another reason why muslims do NOT belong here.

    anathema is actually used more broadly in English. You would do well to consult other dictionaries (e.g. merriam webster) or to perform a simple google search. Ideas can also be anathema to someone. You do seem a bit angry to be making these passive aggressive attempts to argue over whether or...
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    Another reason why muslims do NOT belong here.

    I did in fact cite you in my first post. You didn't respond coherently to contemporary findings about the influence of language on thought but instead ignored them, typed in all caps, told me to stop talking, made claims to authority and asserted that what you believe is obvious. Then in...
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    Life after death

    Sorry for the doublepost. Wanted to make one other comment on the "go up to the sky" question. In the biblical worldview there is a rakeea or firmament surrounding the world that rotates around it. The stars etc are all holes in its surface. YHWH's throne sits atop the firmament. I wrote an...
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    Another reason why muslims do NOT belong here.

    To make what I said clearer: your posts are disjointed, confused, often off-topic. They're filled filled with bold, ungrounded assertions and trite sayings wedded together in a rambling fashion. If you want to engage people in conversation in a meaningful way I advise you to stop trying to sound...
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    Another reason why muslims do NOT belong here.

    bhaktajan, I am with 17th in not quite understanding how what you're saying connects with the OP. Also I think the notion of doublespeak is not quite right. Firstly, all language is going to assert one bias or another. "FLESH-EATING" does exactly that only it's a bias that you support...
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    Life after death

    c0de, You're assuming that the word "shamayim" is equivalent to the contemporary concept of heaven. It's not and Jews don't refer to the afterlife as shamayim. It really would be better to say, "If I go up to the sky" . You'd have to show that shamayim and sheol and identified in the Tanach...
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    Life after death

    Salty, It's very possible. I've suggested before that in context it doesn't seem like there's any reference in the Torah at least to an eternal soul. You do have people communicating with the dead later on though, like Saul.
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    Life after death

    I am sorry to hear that you have been having a difficult time lately and hope that you can make your way through it without doing anything rash. Let me offer you a few resources in case you're looking to read more about reincarnation in Judaism: About Gilgul Neshamot - Transmigration of Souls...
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    Life after death

    Well, no, the afterlife is discussed very little in the Tanach. Most discussions are found elsewhere. It's not all nearly as set in stone as the afterlife beliefs in many other traditions but it also doesn't typically get a lot of emphasis, although during some periods it has received a huge...
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    Kaplan's "Power that makes for salvation"

    There are ways around the great firewall. A guy I knew who was living in Hong Kong used to bypass it. Maybe it's less safe to do so on the mainland.
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    Kaplan's "Power that makes for salvation"

    Oh I agree that it's pretty mild compared to a lot of other people, and there have certainly been occasions where I'd say c0de was correct as well as others where he seemed to be creating straw men and getting in the way of dialogue. Given his facility with theology I think he could add a lot...
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    Kaplan's "Power that makes for salvation"

    I don't know that it is. There are two different theologies that Kaplan presents, one naturalistic and the other not. The movement which has followed him sometimes leans toward one and sometimes the other. Lately due to the influence of Renewal I'd say it has generally distanced itself from...
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    Kaplan's "Power that makes for salvation"

    I just came across this short youtube clip and it made me think of BB's recent comparison of Reconstructionism to Jewish humanism: YouTube - RRC & Kaplan: Rabbi Jacob J. Staub On God as "the Power that makes for salvation" Staub quotes Kaplan as saying that "[it is not a] rational...
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    God the Father in Judaism

    Just read a related article by Jay Michaelson: Commentary: Defining God Upward - Hadassah Magazine | HadassahMagazine.org
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    God the Father in Judaism

    oh I wasn't suggesting as much. It was a parallel that was drawn from one of the two sources. I'm actually somewhat uncomfortable with that sort of essentialism.
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    God the Father in Judaism

    Some of this reminds me a little of Yochanan Muffs' z"l thesis in The Personhood of God summed up here by Moshe Halbertal: Moshe Halbertal on "The Personhood of God" (Subtitled in English) Perhaps it is only because both are attempting to define Judaism against paganism, order against chaos...
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    Acronyms, abbreviations, codes and shorthand used in the forums

    btw = by the way fwiw = for what it's worth
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    When did knowledge exist?

    Sounds similar to the counterexamples raised by Edmund Gettier. See: Gettier problem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Gettier Problems[Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
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