Audio Roundup 2022:19

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by Joel Rich

From the Ami Museum (formerly beit hatfutzot)

The Jews of Babylonia did not regard themselves as exiles and made attempts to locate sites of Jewish historical importance in their vicinity that would actually testify to their local roots. That explains how they “discovered” the furnace in which Abraham burned the idols, the gravesite of Daniel the Prophet and other places. Babylonia received a renewed geographical legal definition.

Against that backdrop various traditions also evolved in Babylonia such as the claim that the synagogue in Nehardea was built out of stones taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. There was even a widespread belief that in the future after the coming of Messiach, all the Jews of the world would suffer the birth pangs of the Messiah and only the Jews of Babylon would be exempt from them.

(Me-Interesting assertion, I wonder the source. Any parallel with current diaspora?)

Defining MO! (Me- I guess Lehrhaus could’ve saved a lot of pixels 😊)
This group whose members live in the Diaspora primarily in the United States attaches the greatest important to studying the Babylonian Talmud but also the Torah and its commentaries as well as many books in the field of Jewish philosophy and treatises produced in institutes of Jewish Studies. As a rule, their approach seeks to synthesize Torah and science. Modern Orthodoxy around the world consists of many growing varieties and its followers include academics and professionals.

Segulot thoughts?

The authors analyze the 2020–2021 Chapman University Survey of American Fears (n = 1,035), the most recent nationally representative survey to examine fears of and beliefs about supernatural and paranormal phenomena, including ghosts, hauntings, zombies, psychics, telekinesis, Bigfoot or Sasquatch, Atlantis, and extraterrestrial visitation. This research examines how supernatural beliefs vary by race/ethnicity, gender, and education after adjustment for other demographic characteristics and religiosity. There were five gender differences, such that women were more likely than men to believe in or fear all nonmaterial or spiritual supernatural phenomena, as well as Atlantis. People with a bachelor’s degree or higher were less likely to believe in extraterrestrial visitation, hauntings, Bigfoot or Sasquatch, and Atlantis. There were also six beliefs and fears for which racial/ethnic differences emerged. The results highlight how gender, education, and race/ethnicity are strongly related to complex belief systems, including supernatural phenomena.

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About Joel Rich

Joel Rich is a frequent wannabee cyberspace lecturer on various Torah topics. A Yerushalmi formerly temporarily living in West Orange, NJ, his former employer and the Social Security administration support his Torah listening habits. He is a recovering consulting actuary.

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