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Is the Bible Relevant Today?
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Is the Bible Relevant Today?

The surprising survey numbers are in.

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Published: May 6, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 31

(21) willy, June 8, 2012 4:45 AM

I am 59 years old and I have read the bible since I was 10. to me reading the bible is like saying hello to an old friend. whether the bible has all the answers I can't say. I haven't figured out all the questions yet. but the ones I have it has had the answer. on an serious note if you want G=D to answer your question you need to study it so you can receive your answers how can G-D answer your questions if you don't know what he teaches

(20) Anonymous, May 22, 2012 4:35 AM

all can make time if it's a priority but when one see those who do learn bible it's not so encouraging or like they have the answers

while the sages say all is in the bible when i observe those who do make bible study a serious priority it doesn't seem to me that most of them have the answers on how to deal with lives problems.not giving up either

(19) emuna, May 11, 2012 7:25 PM

It's not so accessible for everyone

I didn't know hebrew, didn't have a very extensive Jewish education, thought torah observance meant keeping kosher and shabbat as the rabbis say we should, that's it. then i started reading more, and my thoughts changed, because now i know how important torah study is and how much i was missing in my knowledge of true, torah judaism. i used to think i knew it all, and that there wasn't much to know. boy, was i wrong. my suggestion to people to start torah study in an easy way, a few minutes a day: purchase a Chumash (5 books of Moses) that comes with both a good english translation and a good, english commentary, for example, artscroll's Stone edition Chumash, and read a few minutes a day, maybe from the portion of the week. you'll find a lot of riches there. or maybe read Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers)--which is part of the Talmud--from a good version like the Pirkei Avos Treasury: The Sages Guide to Living with an Anthologized Commentary & Anecdotes, which is one i highly recommend. Or start with reading books with Jewish content that have Torah ideas within it, for example, Strive for the Truth, Doesn't Anyone Blush Anymore, or Mirrors of our lives: Reflections of women in Tanach. These are all great, easy reads, thought provoking, and full of Jewish wisdom. You might want to read from the primary source (The Torah) when you read other books with Jewish thought.

(18) Max Weinstein, May 9, 2012 11:21 AM

It's not that relevant to me

To be perfectly honest with myself and others, it isn't that relevant to me, without being politically correct. From seeing how my community is, I would say that the only people who have time to study Torah are the ones who grew up religious and with that belief and the wealthy, religious Jews. Coming from a secular home, the culture has made me who I am, not the Torah. I don't know if it's right or wrong, but that's the case. As far as I'm concerned, Torah is something you have to have time for, and being brought up in a middle class home, I can't afford the luxury of studying Torah, nor was I brought up believing that Torah is functional in my life. To be even more frank, I see that there's a financial aspect to studying Torah as well. I've seen a good amount of Rabbis from all organizations and their parents just happen to be wealthy. Well they are lucky since mommy and daddy can afford to pay for them to study at Yeshivas around the world. I want to study and learn more, but not more than I need to work so I can provide for myself and my family because I don't have anyone to live off of. I may sound bitter, but I can urge you that many Jews feel this way and that religious groups such as Chabad and Aish try to skirt the issue of finances way too much. I know of several Rabbis who wouldn't be anywhere in life if it wasn't for his fathers being rich and being able to buy their homes and finance their families, both for Rabbis in my community and in Jerusalem. If I have to give up Torah so I can live day to day, then I am more than willing to do that since I have to survive and G-d hasn't blessed me with wealth. If you have the finances to keep being Jewish (and please don't give me the spiritual point that being Jewish is only about faith and regardless of finances), then go for it and take advantage of your good fortunes. If you don't, then you don't and no one has the right to judge you unless they have walked in your shoes and faced your circumstances.

patrick, May 10, 2012 5:35 PM

well said

i can identify....

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