squeazasis wrote:Orthodox (i.e. fundamental-believing) Judaism has ways of getting around some of the more unpalatable directives of the Torah (Old Testament)
Yes, but orthodox Judaism is... well, let's call a spade a spade... kind of crazy.
I know, I'm treading dangerous ground here. Before I'm accused otherwise, I have absolutely no bone to pick with people of Jewish ancestry. Their people have had a shocking run throughout history and have suffered incredible injustices that can't be undone.
But the more extreme end of the Jewish faith
has some pretty bizarre rules and interpretations.
Case in point - the Eruv
Jewish doctrine prohibits them from carrying objects outdoors on the Sabbath. Any object at all. Carrying an object constitutes work, and work on the Sabbath is forbidden.
That was found to be a bit impractical, so the rule about "outdoors" was relaxed to include the yard, so long as it was enclosed by a wall. A wall can have doors in it, so inside the wall is kind of
Then it was relaxed so that you were allowed to carry objects from your property to your neighbour's property, as long as there was a wall enclosing both
properties so they are kind of
like the same place. Stay inside the wall and you're arguably "indoors", so you can carry objects.
Now the definitions have been eroded to the extent that the "wall" is a ceremonial piece of wire that is strung around an entire suburb or locality. Like... the entire Elsternwick / Caulfield / Balaclava region of Melbourne. Orthodox Jews can go where they like, do what they like, carry whatever they like on the Sabbath... as long as they don't go outside the magic wire.
Because inside the wire is "indoors". So carrying objects in that
"indoors" isn't technically doing work
on the Sabbath, so it doesn't make God sad.
So every week, you can check http://www.cosv.org.au/eruvstatus.php
before the Sabbath to confirm that the magic Eruv wire is intact, so you can go out of the house with a key in your pocket.
Sorry guys, but if your God can be tricked, and his rules can be manipulated with bizarre technicalities like that, then he's not much of a deity. I'm not about to believe that that
particular God created the universe. I'd want to see a bit more omniscience and omnipotence there.
Build your magic wires if it makes you feel happy, but spare me the mythology.
obligatory cycling reference: I found out about Eruvin after Bike Snob NYC made a joke about them them in his blog