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Philosophical Qs—NO KFIRAH

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  • Started 1 year ago by Wisey
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    Halevi - I wrote ”Our bodies are NOT Hashem - it is our neshamas that are part of Hashem.

    The Torah is not infinite because it is Hashem’s creation.
    Hashem placed His Kedusha –the Jewish neshama into every Jew.”

    And then you, Halevi said ” Are you telling me now that your Neshama is holier than the Torah!?”

    I am saying again that the Jewish neshama IS a part of Hashem and is Holy. The neshamas did and will continue to exist eternally, but the Torah will last only for the “olam” the time the “universe-world” exists, after which Hashem will rule alone.

    And just repeating, in case you didn’t see this above- Hashem made a FINITE world with FINITE space - to say otherwise is kefira-heresy.

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  2. Wisey
    inventor of banana mush

    The torah was never created!!!!!!!! It has always existed. Period.

    The torah is the knowledge of Hashem, just as Hashem has always existed so has his torah. Arguing on this is a great lack of kavod hatorah and a complete misunderstanding of the greatness that the torah and those who learn it have.

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  3. Wisey
    inventor of banana mush

    The gemara discusses whether the torah is for klal yisroel or the reverse. The conclusion is that the purpose of the torah is for Yisroel. (I don't claim to understand this but maybe it means that the reason for it being given to us is for our own benefit not that torah needs people to follow it)

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  4. frumnotyeshivish
    as distinct from topknot yeshivish

    I come to y'all with an urgent question: What is infinity?
    So many here seem to have intimate knowledge of its details, yet I never was able to grasp its definition. Am I just an idiot who doesn't understand anything?

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  5. HaLeiVi
    Plays the aeolian harp by air

    In other words, you are saying that yes, your Neshama is holier than the Torah. Wow! Are you aware that Neshamos are also created?

    Ready, take a look in the Maharal's Tiferes Yisroel, Prakim 49-53.

    Hashkafa, especially in basic and fundamental topics, should be learned and 'Horevved' over. These are deep topics that need Yishuv Hadaas and understanding. Don't twist all Mamarei Chazal around your understanding of one particular Maamar.

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  6. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    "Infinite: Bigger than the biggest thing ever and then some. Much bigger than that in fact, really amazingly immense, a totally stunning size, real “wow, that’s big,” time. Infinity is just so big that, by comparison, bigness itself looks really titchy. Gigantic multiplied by colossal multiplied by staggeringly huge is the sort of concept we’re trying to get across here."

    ^_^

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  7. HaLeiVi
    Plays the aeolian harp by air

    Uh oh. Are quoting from "that" book again!!?

    Posted 1 year ago #
  8. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    ^_^

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  9. frumnotyeshivish
    as distinct from topknot yeshivish

    One ofMany: See, that's the problem. Bigness is a relative term. Infinity is an objective term, which [likely] can't fit into something finite [like myself]. Either that or I'm dumb. I guess you guys are just more in touch with your infinite neshamas, or learn much more infinite torah, or are infinitely familiar with Vogons, respectively.

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  10. Wisey
    inventor of banana mush

    In case my post got lost here it is again

    Rambam (Tshuvah 9,2) -The pleasure of Olam Habah NEVER ends

    Nefesh Hachaim(4,10)The torah is the word of Hashem and it originates in the highest of worlds called 'Ein Sof' -without end

    Nefesh Hachaim-The joint neshamos of Klal Yisroel originate and are more kadosh then the Kisei Hakavod. The neshama of every jew is bound and joined with a letter of the torah

    Rambam- Hashem and his wisdom(torah) are one

    Zoyhar- Yisroel, the Torah and Hashem are one (this isn't literall)

    So obviously ככלות הכל לבדו ימלוך נורא includes Yisroel and the Torah. If anyone wants to debate the eternal and infinite existence of the Torah and Yisroel I can bring all the proofs needed to prove this point which I believe is a fundamental aspect of our emunah.
    (Haleivi-Actually I do horvve on aggadah for quite a bit of time every day)

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  11. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    frumnotyeshivish: Hmmmm...not really. Infinite can also be a relative term. And it can fit into finite spaces. How many numbers are there between zero and one?

    But I don't know who said anything about infinite neshamos and don't really know what it means anyway, so I'm not necessarily trying to support that...

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  12. HaLeiVi
    Plays the aeolian harp by air

    Infinite can also be a relative term. And it can fit into finite spaces.

    And that is part of the paradox.

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  13. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    Indeed. So?

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  14. frumnotyeshivish
    as distinct from topknot yeshivish

    A paradox is something that can't rationally be explained (by mortals).

    You can debate whether the thing you don't understand includes xyz or not, but you can't really be authoritative on it (without immortal sources).

    Additionally, in what way can infinite be relative? Please give an example.

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  15. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    A paradox is something that can't rationally be explained (by mortals).

    You can debate whether the thing you don't understand includes xyz or not, but you can't really be authoritative on it (without immortal sources).

    What exactly are you trying to be authoritative about? I don't really get what you or HaLeiVi are trying to address.

    Also, your definition of the term paradox is not accurate (or at least irrelevant as it applies to this particular case).

    Additionally, in what way can infinite be relative? Please give an example.

    In its different applications. You are right the the absolute concept is absolute, but so is the absolute concept of bigness. Relativity can only exist in specific applications, of which there are plenty relating to infinity - that is what set theory is pretty much all about. One example - the cardinality of the set of integers (...-2, -1, 0, 1...) is infinite. However, the cardinality of the counting numbers (1, 2, 3...) is also infinite, although the set of counting numbers ostensibly contains fewer elements. (Yes, this is a paradox, but I don't see how this makes a difference to any of the arguments that are being made here.)

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  16. frumnotyeshivish
    as distinct from topknot yeshivish

    OneOfMany: So the amount of numbers possible between 0 and 2 is infiter than the amount between 0 and 1? The paradox itself is why your argument makes no sense. Additionally, I wasn't defining paradox, I was stating a fact about this one.

    My issue generally (nothing to do with the bechira issue before), is that there was so much debate over what is infinite here, and how, and if, and what couldn't possibly be, and it seems almost silly to me, because my human brain is incapable of getting past stage 1 of the conversation.

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  17. HaLeiVi
    Plays the aeolian harp by air

    Counting numbers is not infinite because no one can get to infinity through counting numbers. In fact, no one can get to infinity from any finite point. That is what the Chovos Halevavos was getting at.

    Using infinity in math is a toy, since there is no relationship between it and the finite, while there is no mathematical reason for such a concept not to exist. This is why we will find paradoxes in many levels.

    This doesn't mean we can't understand what is meant by infinity. It simply means that there is no bridge to get there, and any attempt to define the infinite by applying finite terms will have paradoxes.

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  18. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    So the amount of numbers possible between 0 and 2 is infiter than the amount between 0 and 1?

    Exactly so.

    The paradox itself is why your argument makes no sense.

    It's not my argument. And I don't see how you can say it makes no sense when you don't even know that. Why don't you do a search for "set theory," and see for yourself.

    Additionally, I wasn't defining paradox, I was stating a fact about this one.

    Your associations with the concept show that you misunderstand its full meaning, which is affecting your perception of this particular case.

    My issue generally (nothing to do with the bechira issue before), is that there was so much debate over what is infinite here, and how, and if, and what couldn't possibly be, and it seems almost silly to me, because my human brain is incapable of getting past stage 1 of the conversation.

    lol I really think you should read Notes from Underground.

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  19. OneOfMany
    Today, the Impressively Arbitrary Nymphadora the Purple is sporting One Of her Many eyebrow colors, as well as her Morgul-blade ^_^

    So you know that question about unstoppable forces and immovable objects?

    "Immovable Object vs. Unstoppable Force - Which Wins?" on YouTube. Epic win. ^_^

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  20. HaLeiVi
    Plays the aeolian harp by air

    Settled.
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    Next Question:
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    If I have a time machine and go a different time, then I come back to a minute before I left, putting me in an endless loop, and someone asks me how many times this happened already, will I be able to answer? If yes, then you didn't really travel time, since you have time in the form of how many times you looped.

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  21. I don't believe in time travel...

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  22. yekke2
    Member

    Haleivi - That is gonna be a big problem with time travel - If you ever go BACK in time, there is no way you will be able to proceed past that point, because you will reach the time you want back and travel back.

    Oh, hold on, that's not a problem. If you have a time machine, then just move to a minute after you go back in time, and you should miss it.

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  23. yekke2
    Member

    If you would go back in time and kill your grandfather (before your parent was born), would you cease to exist? If you would, then there would be no way for you to kill your grandfather, because you don't exist. If you don't exist, then your granfather is still alive, and so you will exist. So if you do exist, then you can kill your grandfather.

    A גלגל החוזר. I believe ר שמעון שקאפ speaks about this in numerous places, about "A חלות which if it will be חל will be מבטל itself" - For example, by an עבד כנעני who gets money from somebody על מנת שאין רבו רשות בו, the עבד can keep the money, even though generally we say יד עבד כיד רבו. R Shimon explains how this works: The money was given with a תנאי that the אדון shouldn't get it. So if the אדון gets it, then ממילא the עבד never got it in the first place; therefore the אדון can't get it either. So if the אדון recieves the money, a direct cause of that will be that the אדון loses the money. So it is a חלות which if it would be חל would cancel itself out, rather than it being חל and then being מבטל itself, we say it isn't חל in the first place.

    Same sort of יסוד

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  24. yitayningwut
    I have no idea wut this screen name means. Do YOU know what this screen name means?

    Just count how many of you are lined up at the time machine and subtract one.

    Posted 1 year ago #

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