Sam Harris according to Orthodox Judaism

 
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04 October 2009 15:26
 

A Jew is defined by Orthodox Judaism as a person born to a jewish mother only(according to other jews it includes the family too), and since his mother was jewish he is considered a jewish even according to the most strict religious sects of judaism.

Sam Harris is therefore defined by jewish religious law as “Apiqoros” (the religious term for “Atheist” or basically anyone who holds a philosophical viewpoint which contradicts the jewish religion specifically). An “Apiqoros” is a name taken from the name of Epicurus who first raied the question of the problem of evil, and in our days many jews have in fact raised that question after the holocaust.

And according to Maimonides an “Apiqoros” must be killed. and why orthodox rabbi’s arn’t ordering to kill all jewish atheists? (except for neturei karta and other very extreme fundamentalists)
the answer is quite obvious, they can’t, because reality will smite them. smile

[ Edited: 16 December 2011 03:25 by Nhoj Morley]
 
 
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09 April 2010 01:07
 

Not quite. The consensus among halachic authorities is that an apikoros must have “learned”, that is have substantive knowledge of Talmud and still reject it. I doubt Sam has read a single page of Gemara in his life.

 
 
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21 December 2011 22:35
 

So Harris is a shape shifting jew ?

 
 
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21 December 2011 22:45
 

Jews in essence reject God anyways. They reject the 10 commandments for the laws of men. In a way Harris is doing their dirty work, just for the drivel he writes about Christians and even his essay on self defense, which was absurd. He is doing these socialist’s dirty work for them.

 
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14 February 2012 17:32
 

sam harris is a zionist or at the very least, a zionist flatterer.

 
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Lucifer99 - 21 December 2011 10:45 PM

Jews in essence reject God anyways. They reject the 10 commandments for the laws of men. In a way Harris is doing their dirty work, just for the drivel he writes about Christians and even his essay on self defense, which was absurd. He is doing these socialist’s dirty work for them.

Which book contains said “drivel”?  I missed it.

Also couldn’t find a factual sentence in your post.

[ Edited: 21 August 2012 16:12 by Ice Monkey]
 
 
 
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17 December 2013 02:21
 

A few decades ago Sam Harris would have been jewish simply because he was born in a jewish family.
Today it’s not that obvious. Jewish nation is being erased from the face of the earth and all that’s left is this stupid list of how to live “like our ancestors”.
Judaism as a religion is drifting further and further away from faith in god as a significant figure in a believer’s life, towards pure preservation of the religious community.
Look at the newest mizvas: not only the food has to be kosher, but also the dishes, the sink and the fridge, no shower on sabbath, no smartphones etc… all of them have an obvious goal- to prevent religious people from spending time, sharing meals and befriending secular people. There is no other reason.
So seculars and atheists who were born in jewish families are not jews anymore.