Looking at the World
ㅁㅇᆘㄴㅡㅏㄴ ㄷㅠㅡㄴㅛㅈㅡᆘㄱ ㅁᆘㅡㄷㅠ ᆘㄱㅡㅁㄹㅜㄷ
ז ה י ר ו ת : מ ח ס ו ם ד ר ק ו נ י ם ל פ נ י ך
When the people of Afriqiya came before Alekhsanderos Moqedon to bring a case against Yisra’eil, they said: "The Land of Kena‘an is ours, as is written, 'the Land of Kena‘an according to its borders'." And Kena‘an was their ancestor.
Geviha ben Pesisa said to the Sages: "Give me permission and I will argue with them before Alekhsanderos Moqedon. If they beat me, you can say 'you have only out-argued a layman' — and if I beat them, you can say 'the Tora of Moshe has beaten you'." They gave him permission, and he went to court against them.
He said to them: "From where are you bringing proof?"
They said to him: "From the Tora!"
He said to them: "Then I will also only bring proof from the Tora — it says, 'and [Noahh] said, "Cursed is Kena‘an! He will be a slave of slaves to his kinsmen!",' and when a slave buys property, who do the slave and the property belong to? And after all, for so many years you haven't been serving us!" [In other words, y'all're our slaves, and everything you own belongs to us — oh, and you owe us back-labor for the past few thousand years or so!]
King Alekhsanderos told them: "Give him an answer."
They said to him: "Give us time!"
He gave them three days, and they checked but couldn't find a response. Immediately, they ran away and abandoned their just-planted fields and vineyards; and that year was a shemita year.
I DO NOT ACTUALLY ADVOCATE RACISM AGAINST WHITE/EUROPEAN PEOPLE OR OTHERS OF EUROPEAN DESCENT. ALL BIGOTRY IS STUPID. THIS WAS JUST A COMPARISON.
Why did God create the human race from only one original individual? ...In order to promote peace among humanity, so that no one could tell anyone else, "My Daddy's bigger than your Daddy!"...
— Mishna, Sanhedrin 4:5
Ribbi Yeshoshua‘ says:
And being a Self-Hating Human
Can cause Early Death."
— Pirqey Avot chapter 2
You can't even successfully court controversy by bringing up Biblical Criticism!!
what's with you???
וַיִּשְׁמַע אַבְרָם כִּי נִשְׁבָּה אָחִיו
וַיָּרֶק אֶת-חֲנִיכָיו יְלִידֵי בֵיתוֹ
שְׁמֹנָה עָשָׂר וּשְׁלֹשׁ מֵאוֹת
וַיֵּחָלֵק עֲלֵיהֶם לַיְלָה
הוּא וַעֲבָדָיו, וַיַּכֵּם
אֲשֶׁר מִשְּׂמֹאל לְדַמָּשֶׂק
And Avram heard that his kinsman was taken captive,
and he led forth his trainees, born in his house —
three hundred and eighteen men —
and he made chase unto Dan.
And he divided his force against [Lot's captors] by night —
he and his servants — and smote them,
and pursued them unto Hhova,
which is north of Damascus.
וַיִּקְרְאוּ שֵׁם-הָעִיר דָּן
בְּשֵׁם דָּן אֲבִיהֶם, אֲשֶׁר יוּלַּד לְיִשְׂרָאֵל
וְאוּלָם לַיִשׁ שֵׁם-הָעִיר לָרִאשֹׁנָה
And they named the city "Dan",
after their ancestor Dan, who was born to Yisra’eil —
although the city was originally named Layish.
Crat noticed the old man's English had improved. Perhaps it was the passion of sudden memory. Or maybe he was letting down a mask.
"Oh, we and our allies were arrogant before the war. Mea culpa, we admit that now. And history shows the arrogant must always fall.
But then, to fall can be a gift, no? What is diaspora, after all, except an opportunity, a second chance for a people to learn, to grow out of shallow self-involvement and become righteous, deep, and strong?"
Schultheiss looked at Crat. "Pain is how a people are tempered, prepared for greatness. Don't you think so, fils? That wisdom comes through suffering?"
-- Earth, by David Brin
"Gatekeeper, ho, open thy gate!
Open thy gate that I may enter!
If thou openest not the gate to let me enter,
I will break the door, I will wrench the lock;
I will smash the door-posts, I will force the doors;
I will bring up the dead to eat the living —
And the dead will outnumber the living."
Sickle sword, 1307–1275 B.C.; Middle Assyrian period, reign of Adad-nirari I
Bronze; L. 21 3/8 in. (54.3 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1911 (11.166.1)
The principle of Concordism as a technique for reconciling Ma‘aseih Bereishit with the findings of contemporary Science consists of the premise that what is described in our Torah is some form of a historical record. Time may be squished (6 days = 15 billion years), and details may be hazy (hataninim hagedolim = dinosaurs), but a core chronological scientific account is hidden there, describing the process of Creation. The only problem with this wonderful, popular, and very innovative theory, though, is the simple fact that the sequence is out of order. So it doesn't hold water, much less premordial soup.
Or ‘oleh min hamizrahh, yom hhadash higia‘;
shneinu nitgabeir ‘al ha’eima...
(light rises from the east, a new day has arrived;
the two of us will overcome fear...)
— "Tutim" by Etnix