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We pick and choose which people or groups we worry...

2008-05-20T09:59:00.000-04:00

We pick and choose which people or groups we worry about losing. When Russia suddenly opened its doors we had lots of groups forming to to help the Jews who came out from Russia. Years before it was the same with the Jews who got airlifted to Israel from places like Yemen.

I guess we care more about those Jews who we see as oppressed. If they were someplace where they couldn't be Jewish we run to help them once they are free to come here or Israel. It's the ones who are already free to practice being Jewish and who don't that we seem to write off.



MIKE S.:completely off-topic, but in reference to ...

2008-05-19T12:15:00.000-04:00

MIKE S.:

completely off-topic, but in reference to your comment a few posts back: i inquired and there is no boy scout camp this year because of a lack of interest. that actually pretty much describes scouting all together today (in bklyn at least)

(profk: sorry to use the comments as a bulletin board)



It's not mathematics that bothers some Jews but ar...

2008-05-19T11:51:00.000-04:00

It's not mathematics that bothers some Jews but arithmetic. They know how to do division really well,separating everybody and everything into little categories, and they are also really good at multiplication if you judge by the number of children being born. They've even got subtraction down pat, because they keep removing more and more people from the whole. It's addition they have trouble with. They only think of addition as multiplication, but there are lots of numbers out there who need to be added back to the whole.



I think I'd even pay to hear a rav get up in publi...

2008-05-19T11:05:00.000-04:00

I think I'd even pay to hear a rav get up in public and say that the reason we don't have to be inclusive of all members of Klal is due to the Banach-Tarski theorem.

You make a good point that there doesn't seem to be any coherence among all Jews and that some members of Klal don't care about others. With the numbers showing us how many Jews we lose who go off the derech, who intermarry and whose children are not Jewish, how are we just letting them go? There is some kiruv work but hardly what is really needed to counter this awful trend.



This really has nothing to do with your point, but...

2008-05-19T09:53:00.000-04:00

This really has nothing to do with your point, but actually, the mathematics of wholes and parts isn't a simple as commonly thought, at least with infinite sets. For instance, there are the same number of whole numbers, even numbers and odd numbers, despite the fact that the whole numbers are the even ones plus the odd ones. Also, according to the Banach-Tarski theorem, a sphere can be cut up into pieces that can be reassembled into a larger (or smaller) sphere.