Jewish date: 20 Nisan 5770 (Parashath Shemini).
Today’s holidays: Ḥol hamMo‘edh Pesaḥ (AKA Passover; Judaism), Day 5 of the ‘Omer (Judaism), Easter (Christianity).
Topic 1: “A Brief Passover Message from Rabbi Shmuley”: In this article, Rav Boteach argues that people do not want true freedom and prefer systems in which they do not have to make choices for themselves, i.e., conformity. Being free requires nonconformity and making choices to do the right thing, even if no one else is doing it.
Topic 2: “Raj Patel - Bible Code”. An anonymous commenter on the BloggersBase version of my blogs recommended this page, claiming “Raj Patel is being used as a mouthpiece for maitreya. Don't be fooled by any of these smooth talking liars”. (And, yes, we are discussing the claim that Share International holds Raj Patel is the Maitreya again.) The “mouthpiece” claim is based not on objective, verifiable evidence, but rather on Bible codes. I have already noted that Bible codes do not work. This alone should disqualify any claim based on them. However, this Bible coder clearly has ascended to a new level of Bible code incompetence. “Raj Patel” and “Maitreya” are not Hebrew words. The Bible coder has let software do his transliteration for him, resulting in the sequences ראיפתאל and מתרי. Anyone who knows any
Topic 3: For today’s religious humor, in which I take advantage of other people’s Easter humor: “ How am I”:
“der iz a speshul ring of hell”:
and “How to Make Peepshi = Peeps Sushi”. The last is Barry’s suggestion.
Peace and ḥagh sameaḥ.