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Charlie Sheen Implosion

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Visitor Comments: 33

(23) Nancy, August 22, 2016 1:07 PM

Improving ourselves and by extension the world every day

Re: Car accidents. Whenever I am in traffic due to an accident, I always daven that nobody was seriously injured. I started to do this awhile back. Does that improve the world? I wouldn't say that, but I feel as if I have improved myself whenever I daven. Re: Watching ANY celebrity self destruct. Let's call it what it really is: lashan hara. I don't mean to sound like such a big shot. I have A LOT more to learn, believe me!!

(22) Anonymous, March 28, 2011 12:24 AM

Charlie Sheen

I don't wish to watch him self destruct, I feel for him, for him. Did you know he and his twins are JEWISH?

(21) Anonymous, March 26, 2011 5:37 PM

Response to Renee

Thanks, Renee, you at least attempted to use the Tanach to back up Lori's claim, unlike most others who merely say they "think" it's how God judges us (by the way, I don't know why some of my [Grena] replies are listed as Anonymous since I enter my name and info the same each time). However, your argument still fails. There's nothing in the Tanach to support your statement that "Noach was righteous enough for Noach." In the opening verses of Genesis 6, Hashem decides to destroy everyone. All humans were guilty including Noach, but verse 8 records him receiving "grace"--getting lucky and receiving something he didn't merit or deserve (instructions for building the ark and saving his nuclear family). Verse 9 explains that he was without blame among his community. Relative to others, he was the best choice in this never-to-be repeated event (genocide by global flood). Hashem was not under obligation of covenant to save him. If we didn't have the rest of the Torah for a less-ambiguous context, this section would be an argument for God judging us based on others, not based on ourselves or the Torah! Likewise for Avraham, he did nothing to earn Hashem's appearance in 17:1, and he recognized he was receiving "grace" in 18:3. Ditto for the Israelites (an overall wicked bunch as shown in their wilderness journey) in Exodus 3:21 et al. I see nothing in the Tanach to support your claim that Moses was "considered a good man", or that he was held "to a higher standard." In 33:17, he too received grace; he didn't earn it by particular acts or human effort. This message of Grace continues throughout the Christian record for people who fall short of God's Torah. I'm still wondering where this idea of God judging us based on ourselves crept into Judaism.

(20) Rachel, March 24, 2011 11:22 PM

Not me

I don't have any interest in watching anyone implode, and certainly not some marginally-talented celebrity. It's just sad; I change the channel when the news turns to his antics. With bombs falling in Israel, radiation in Japan, 3 wars with U.S. troops, etc, there are many other people more deserving of my concern and prayers than Mr. Sheen.

(19) Michal, March 24, 2011 11:25 AM

people in an accident are not fulfilling mitzvoth

Firstly, I agree with the first writer, Bill Josephs. Why do you say "we".? People are different. Everybody, I think, has its own reason. Most people just want to see what happens, how is the outcome, good or bad? We even can say a prayer for them.

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