Archive for December, 2009

Readers’ Feedback – Tables Turned on Integrity

December 22, 2009

NOTE: Two previous posts are relevant to this comment by Tables Turned. They are the post “Steven”, available HERE, and the post Tables Turned on “Steven”, available HERE.


Tables Turned wrote:

Concerning R’ Kaplan’s statement, I’ll need to get a copy of “Handbook of Jewish Thought.” In the meantime, I’m sure the meforshim have things to say on Rabbi Akiva’s statement in Pesachim 112a:

See footnote 4.  (I’m sharing the essay because it’s good, not because I’m trying to prove a point).

My comment about Schroeder and the misuse of Torah sources was this: Schroeder was not PURPOSEFULLY misusing Torah sources. Your statement implies he was.

My Response:

As pointed out in the article by Rabbi Doniel Neustadt (in the link provided by Tables Turned), Talmudic authorities sometimes attributed halachos to their mentors, even though they did not actually hear their mentors state these positions. But the most important paragraph in Rabbi Neustadt’s article (in our context) is this: (more…)


Readers’ Feedback – Tables Turned on T.

December 13, 2009

NOTE: Tables Turned is commenting on my exchange with T., which is available here.


Tables Turned wrote:

Just because Resuscitation of the Dead violates the natural order in a dramatic fashion does not mean that the Dor Deah couldn’t have grasped it.  If they can grasp the splitting of the Sea, and the creation of the universe ex nihilo, to some extent at least, then they could grasp RotD, too, to perhaps the same degree. Now, did I just critique the Rambam? Not really. I think that his definition of “grasp” is different from yours. Using his definition, I think he would also say that the Dor Deah wouldn’t have been able to grasp bacteria, or millions of years, either. (more…)

Readers’ Feedback – Tables Turned on “Steven”

December 11, 2009

NOTE: Tables Turned posted the notice below. He is referring to the exchange between me and “Steven” in the Readers’ Feedback forum. That exchange is available here: 


Tables Turned wrote: 

Steven wrote: “I think it’s a big risk when people’s foundations of emuna rest on evidence such as this.” 

Does Schroeder make any effort to say, “listen to what I have to say, but don’t hang your emuna on it.” (more…)

Readers’ Feedback – “Steven”

December 8, 2009

“Steven” wrote: 

I initially got interested in Judaism through exposure to the [Torah] codes, the first cause argument and the works of Dr. Schroeder etc. At some point, I started finding reasonable critiques of these different approaches which I found disheartening (I showed Dr. Schroeder’s book to a physicist friend of mine [PhD from Rutgers and is doing a post-doc at SLAC] who was very sceptical and somewhat critical of it). (more…)