Thursday, May 26, 2005

I've Been Tagged! (Part 2)

Read Part 1 first!

Here are my answers:

If I could be a musician…I would set up a stage outside the White House, with amplifiers turned up full blast, and sing into GWB Jr.'s ears,"Free Pollard Now!!!"

If I could be a doctor…I would like to be like Doctor S. who participates in my daf yomi shiur. In spite of being a very busy and important doctor he sets aside time for learning Torah. He also receives patients free at his home as a g'mach. What a mensch!

If I could be a lawyer…I'd join Honenu.

If I could be an inn-keeper…
I'd like to open a frum seaside resort in Israel: Glatt Kosher, seperate beaches for men and women, and two pools open all day(one for men and one for women). Most importantly, I would want to keep the prices low enough so that the average religious family could vacation there for a week without getting deep into debt.

If I could be a justice on any one court in the world…It would be the Israeli Supreme Court. I would be a right-wing-religious version of Aharon Barak. My goal would be to invalidate any laws that contradict the Torah. I'd start with the "Disengagement Law" and the defintion of who is a Jew in the "Law of Return."

And now for the fun part. I hereby tag:



Menachem said...

how could you say disengagement contradicts the Torah? half the Rabbis in Israel have said it's muttar. It may or not be the right thing to do, but you can't say it contradicts the Torah just because there's disagreement on the matter.

I don't eat kitniyot on Pesach, but I don't accuse those that do of contradicting the Torah.

You're a little extreme.

Cosmic X said...


I go by the rabbis that say disengagement is against the Torah. I am aware that there are rabbis that feel otherwise but that doesn't change the truth as I see it one iota.

Kitniyot is a matter of minhag. Nobody says that the Torah prohibits kitniyot during Pesach.

I'm insulted that you say that I'm a little extreme. I'm very extreme! :-)

Menachem said...

there's room for respectful disagreement in the world of halacha without completely discrediting the other side. understand that halachik god-fearing jews may nonetheless support this disengagement, albiet with a heavy heart.

and the law of return, while not in accordance with the halachik definition of who is jewish, was enacted with the holocaust in mind. would you deny refuge in israel to a man persecuted for being a jew, even though he may only be a jew by right of his father being jewish? there's what to be said about the current definition, even if it's admittedly a bad idea demographicly.

don't dismiss things out of hand because they're against halacha as you understand it.

Cosmic X said...

Menachem Shalom!

I don't remember that I discredited anybody. Did I say Rabbi Ploni is not a rabbi or whoever follows him is a Kofer? Not at all. Just stating my opinion, which is what this blog is for after all.

Automatic citizenship only to Jews according to halacha. Refugee status can be given to others under certain conditions.

yaak said...

>I'm insulted that you say that I'm a little extreme. I'm very extreme! :-)

Extremely devoted to Eretz Yisrael.
Extremely devoted to Torah.
There's nothing wrong with extremities. :)

Menachem said...

alright, i hear that...

as a religious disengagement supporter i just took a bit of offense at being called a supporter of a "law that contradicts the Torah."

rockofgalilee said...

Two points
1) I would have to assert here that menachem would disagree with the lubavitcher rebbe.

2) I don't believe the lubavitcher rebbe wrote the shulchan aruch.

You may believe he is not dead now, but I haven't heard the opinion that he was alive then.

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