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Circumcision is not simply an incision of the male sex organ; it is an inscription, a notation, a marking. This marking, in turn, is the semiological seal, as it were, that represents the divine imprint on the human body. The physical opening, therefore, is the seal that, in its symbolic valence, corresponds to an ontological opening within God. . . The opening of circumcision, in the final analysis, is transformed in the Zohar into a symbol for the task of exegesis. . . The uncovering of...
Why is this world out of control? Have you ever wondered what could be the reason for all the problems we’re experiencing? Pollution, health, the economy, the weather, …. just to name a few.
You may say that humans are to blame. To a degree, I agree. Do you believe that someone could, or is promoting chaos, from behind the scenes? I believe so!
Who controls this world? Many may say that it is God. Which God are we talking about? Is it the God who created everything,...
I believe Mat 22 has a parable relating to the Rapture.
Mat 22:9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests 11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was...
Most of my religious beliefs come from experiences and personal evidence. The sort of thing where you have an experience and then extrapolate from that to get to something else. I started worshiping Kali cause I had a pretty profound experience. I had some faith in certain practices or the idea that those practices would benefit me and they ended up working etc.
Reincarnation is a pill I have a hard time swallowing. It's not even that it couldn't be true but every time I hear someone...
Asking a question based on a subject which seems to have come up in another thread, my question is....
Does reincarnation necessarily imply an improvement across the person's various different lives?
If yes, when you speak of "improvement", could you define what it is in this particular context?
This OP is all about how new ideas always derives from individuals who are able to sense and think independently outside the squared boxes and come up with new ideas and logical solutions.
Here Michael Faraday as an excellent example - Michael Faraday - Wikipedia
Michael Faraday: 22 September 1791 – 25 August 1867) was an English scientist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include the principles underlying electromagnetic...
My past life was obviously in Asia or something because ever since young I thought something was extremely fishy about America. I was probably Chinese or Vietnamese, maybe even Japanese. The spirits of those countries seem so much more welcoming to me than the ones here in Florida now. It is distressing to feel like a foreigner in America now despite having been here my entire life, but mindfulness and other things help. I tried to leave and go back before but it's not in the cards for me. I...
Perhaps in no other passage of scripture is the transcendent brilliance of the Jewish sages so much on display as in the case of the Babylonian Talmud Taanit 5b. In a manner transcending even the great Plato, the Chazal explicate in a Socratic form of dialogue that uncovers the deepest streams of biblical truth without transgressing the law that requires one not undress the naked glory of the Shekinah in front of the children.
Rabbi Yitzḥak said: Anyone who says: Rahab Rahab, immediately...
I'm hoping to understand peoples' perspectives better, as the non-physical soul is a concept I struggle to grasp. This post is a kind of brain dump with all sorts of semi-related things I've always wondered about the soul.
For those who believe in a non-physical soul, especially anyone who views it as separate from the body, what do you believe its purpose is? What does it accomplish that the physical body does not, and how?
I have met a lot of people that believe the soul is responsible...
Probably everyone has seen or heard of the standard six-sided die. When fair (not loaded), each number from one to six has a probability of 1/6 of being the outcome in a throw.
Now imagine a die with a billion faces, or a lottery with billions of participants. The probability of each individual face or ticket becomes extremely small, but in each of these situations, throwing the billion-sided die or drawing a ticket out of the billions in the lottery is guaranteed to yield one of these...
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