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Meshuga Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 04:44 PM
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216. Yes, this thread produced a lot of activity
This forum needs it. It's not like it used to be.

Anyway... First I would like to apologize for my defensiveness.

And I would like to add here that the Jewish community has a lot of great academic work with lots of useful material to debunk biblical stories including this one. So I am surprised that there would be a significant number of observants who would cling to the story given the literature they have available. But I think that external factors are likely to influence what you have seen.

The only group I would see pushing biblical stories as fact from within is the ultra-Orthodox who would likely cling to the story as a real set of events even when their Kabbalistic literature (that they hold so dear) is averse to biblical literalism. But that is my own assumption, of course.

In any case, in my circles, and given the work produced by Jewish religious groups, it does not surprise me that a bar mitzvah speech like this one is not taboo and that it would draw laughs and acceptance from a Jewish congregation.
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