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athiest here. i've had plenty of time to study all religions and science has always won, infinity-0. i've applied many realms of science to aspects of human life and have recently (year ago) come to an enlightenment of sorts. i figured out the meaning of life and all questions about it. and i've concluded that it's so simplistic, that it's beyond comprehension for the average human raised in our modern society. all my time to ponder deep subjects without religious influence has been the most wonderful thing ever.
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Originally Posted by deathrattle
Well, if it keeps them out of mischief, like developing cluster bombs or shelling their neighbours, I suppose it's worthwhile.

From The Times 18/11/06

The lab that helps Jews to observe rules dating back 3,500 years
From Ian MacKinnon in Jerusalem

ame. The 40-year-old institute, in a scruffy block on the fringes of Jerusalem, conjures up solutions that allow observant Jews to meet the challenges of modern life without violating the Sabbath laws.

Jewish law — or Halacha — handed down in the Torah 3,500 years ago, dictates the actions of the religious between sunset on Friday and sunset on Saturday, the day of rest and prayer. But Rabbi Levi Yitzhak Halperin has spent half a lifetime finding ways to enable Orthodox Jews to contend with the demands of urban living.

“We give advice on what a Torah life is in our technology-rich society,” said Rabbi Halperin, 73, director of the Institute for Science and Halacha. “This highlights that the Torah is a living Torah that is for ever applicable.”

Much of the work focuses on the Sabbath prohibition against lighting a fire or doing work. Orthodox Jews translate this as a ban on switching on an electric bulb or completing a circuit, so preventing telephones being answered, cookers being switched on, cars being driven or lifts in flat blocks being summoned or instructed to stop at the appropriate floor.

Some solutions are simple. Lifts that stop at every floor on the Sabbath are commonplace. The Sabbath light is a metal box over a fluorescent light, switched on before sunset on Friday. The box is removed and replaced as required. A Sabbath telephone was developed that allows the numbers to be keyed without completing the electrical circuit. How could doctors who must attend their duties on the Sabbath keep records, classed as working by the Torah? The institute’s answer was an ink that disappeared after 72 hours, enabling photocopying the following day, but not proscribed by the Torah because it is not permanent.

Rabbi Halperin declared that the astronaut should observe the Sabbath at the time it would happen on the Florida launching pad.
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