This involves ongoing Orthodox drama with the famous personality Jay Dyer. I haven't read it yet but this is useful to archive and I intend to read it later.

Is Esther True?
Mitchell First, a local Teaneck scholar, carefully addresses the book of Esther in one of the many essays in his Esther Unmasked, a collection of scholarly investigations into Jewish history and texts. (Read the essay here.) Our main sources of information about ancient Persia are Herodotus, a Greek writer, and Ctesias, a Persian doctor. Both refer to a Persian king named Xerxes (Khshayarsha), who seems to be the biblical Achashverosh. Herodotus and Ctesias both mention Xerxes’s wife Amestris, who was very wicked. From the book of Esther, we learn of two of Achashverosh’s wives—the wicked Vashti and the righteous Esther. Is this a contradiction between the historical records and the biblical book? First identifies Esther with Amestris because of the similar consonants within the two names. Herodotus says that Amestris’s father was the military commander Otanes while the Bible says that Esther’s father was Avichayil. This discrepancy can be explained by Esther’s suppression of her family history for her own safety. First also points out that in Hebrew, the name Avichayil means “military commander,” which was Otanes’s profession. However, he adds a more important point, one that should frame this entire discussion. All historical evidence emerges from a context. Herodotus was a Greek writing with an agenda about events he did not witness. Ctesias was Persian with Greek leanings but similarly wrote about events he only heard about, at best. There were no professional historians back then, nor academic standards. Even today, when professionals train to follow academic standards we still see blatant biases and politics affecting objectivity. Readers of a contemporary academic Arab text about Israel would be rightly skeptical. In ancient times, historians did not try to avoid biases and often recorded myths and rumors. Yet today we regard their writings as history. And here is the important point, which First only implies: Why do historians judge the Bible based on Greek and Persian historical records? There is a bias against the Bible, accepting other testimonies as truth with which to criticize the Bible. An objective historian would treat all the texts with equal criticism. A traditional Jew would give the Bible more credibility and use it as the measure of other texts. Faith is belief without proof and faith against flimsy counterclaims is easy. If Herodotus’s story does not match the Bible, then with all due respect to the learned scholar he must have been mistaken for any of a variety of reasons. First points out that many ancient and modern scholars have questioned Herodotus’s accuracy. He even wrote explicitly that “my business [is] to set down that which is told me, to believe it is none at all of my business” (VII, 152; quoted by First, 151). Ctesias’s reliability has also been questioned, as he was known to sensationalize stories to entertain readers. Sadly, our knowledge of the ancient world is limited. The archeological remains give us only a limited glimpse into great civilizations, relative crumbs from thousands of years of history. The few ancient writings that remain offer us insight but with great limitations. When evaluating Greek or Persian history, scholars are hesitant about the reliability of the available information. When approaching the Bible from a historical perspective, we must also exercise caution. The disciplines surrounding ancient history offer us many insights into human nature and history, as well as the biblical context. They are important in many ways and can sometimes inform our understanding of Torah. However, their importance is often exaggerated and their implications given more conclusive power than warranted. We can speculate from the available evidence but not much more. Certainly believing Jews should place more faith in our traditions than in ancient Greek writers. First ably defends the Purim story as a reality, refocusing our view of history and the Bible.

Honestly interesting content here - I like EMJ, and I am not against Michael Voris. I am posting this only because I think it is justifiable for all of us to want to know about these disputes - not because I _want it to worsen._ In fact, I want them to reconcile. I also post it here because I know that there will be no issues with the ex-heads userbase acting foolish.

Gracian on Difficulty of Obtaining Wisdom
"There is more required nowadays to make a single wise man than formerly to make Seven Sages, and more is needed nowadays to deal with a single person than was required with a whole people in former times." -Balthasar Gracian in "The Art of Worldly Wisdom" (writing in 1600s)

Interesting cult - worth learning about so as to prevent temptation.

cross-posted from: > “In December of 2021, right before we publicly supported the LGBTQ community, we raised $333,985. One year later, after we had posted on our website and made a stance, [in] December of 2022 we raised $14,809.

"Pope" Francis Issues New Document Limiting The Powers Of "Bishops" To Allow The "Latin Mass" In Their Diocese I don't believe Francis leads the Catholic Church so I don't follow entirely what's going on with the newest move which looks like manufactured drama to me, but here's the story: The "latin mass" they allow is the 1962 missal which is arguably not the Tridentine rite from many centuries before so they have already banned the "latin mass" I don't agree with all of Traditioninaction's writing but they may have some info on how the '62 missal is different (for example it inserts St. Joseph's name in to the canon of the mass; this missal was seen as being an experiment to bring about the Novus Ordo missal of 1969): > The Missale Romanum of 1962 contains not only changes, but important and substantial ones which violate the injunctions of Quo Primum and the whole of the Church’s liturgical tradition. This is the "latin mass" Francis is trying to allow. Not quite the same as the older missal(s).

Click Bait title, but he makes good points

Archbishop of Canterbury no longer our leader after Synod vote, say GSFA Primates
>A statement, issued on Monday morning on behalf of a dozen Primates connected to the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches (GSFA), says that the Church of England has “chosen to break communion with those provinces who remain faithful to the historic biblical faith” by allowing blessings for same-sex couples (News, 9 February). ... >“As the Church of England has departed from the historic faith passed down from the Apostles by this innovation in the liturgies of the Church and her pastoral practice . . . she has disqualified herself from leading the Communion as the historic ‘Mother’ Church,” the statement says. Well done, GSFA.

Pretty sure that is a major typo but I don't know what word they meant to use.

What do you think of voting for atheist politician?
I would preferably vote for christian nationalist but given the circumstances there are no christian politicians in freedom alliance party but on a positive note I did find atheist politician who is at least against euthanasia. Benefit of voting for christian politician is that you would know you share the same values but that is not always possible. Do you have any thought on this? Edit: to clarify freedom alliance party is the only direct democracy party which is anti lockdowns and against globalism.

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