Racism as an example
I started from the earliest times, checking to find when things first went awry.
The facts lead me to dismiss the notion of inherent racism at the time of RabꞋi Hi•leilꞋ ha–Za•qeinꞋ, who simply saw Yi•sᵊr•â•eilꞋ as a Ta•na”khꞋ-centric people who have made the decision to learn, and do their best to adhere to, Ta•na”khꞋ as their life practice. Of course, RibꞋi Yᵊho•shuꞋa, critical of Sha•maiꞋ, was, a priori, the prodigy of the school of RabꞋi Hi•leilꞋ ha–Za•qeinꞋ.
So, working chronologically or tracing back, we wind up scrutinizing the same time frame.
At this point, however, there’s a new factor that comes into play: scientific advances that began with Greek mathematicians and astronomers. Man’s understanding and perception of the world begins to advance at an accelerating rate. What had been ignorantly assumed under the best science of the time was rapidly grinding under the wheels of better science.
Myriads of memes that had previously been errors of ignorance, because Yi•sᵊr•â•eilꞋ couldn’t know any better, were coming to Light like Adam and Eve realizing their nakedness, in ever-growing numbers as intentional transgressions of Ta•na”khꞋ; deliberate rebellion against the Enlightened new understandings of our Creator-Singularity and His operation of our universe.
But, from the time of the codification (resulting in ossification) of the Ta•lᵊmudꞋ in the 5th century C.E., the rabbis froze their mindsets in Bronze Age thinking. Things went dark: the Dark Ages.
That’s where the Ultra-Orthodox Kha•reid•imꞋ—and nearly all Orthodox—remain today. While it may appear that they absorb historical documentation, archaeology or science; closer scrutiny reveals that they compartmentalize these as illusions they must implement in order to interact with the rest of the “epikoros goy•imꞋ world”.
Like the law of guilt, there are two ways to approach new information: assume it right until proven wrong or assume it wrong until proven right. These two approaches often produce opposite results. Like the Christians’ and the Muslims’ idolizing reliance on their clerics, Orthodox assume everything at odds with what their rabbis taught as wrong until proven right; and they accept nothing as absolute proof except their rabbis. So, they remain convinced their Bronze Age mindset rabbis are right.
The Nᵊtzâr•imꞋ approach is to continuously revisit, review and, whenever correction is needed re-derive the Original First Principles of Ta•na”khꞋ and derive Ha•lâkh•âhꞋ anew–not with the Bronze Age mindset but, instead, with the most advanced knowledge of historical documentation, archaeology and science—knowing that tomorrow’s perspective will be even better than today’s because we realize that we are always chasing knowledge of the Creator-Singularity, ever drawing closer, while knowing we, as mortals, will never attain His Omni-Science. There will always be more to learn; ergo, corrections to Ha•lâkh•âhꞋ as humankind progresses through time.
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