Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Do Atheists Admit To The Entire Torah?

That would be the implication of this statement on Nedarim 25a:
לישבעו דליקיימו כל התורה כולה משמע עבודת כוכבים
דאמר מר חמורה עבודת כוכבים שכל הכופר בה כאילו מודה בכל התורה כולה
Let him {=Moshe} adjure them to fulfill all of the Torah in its entirety? This has the implication of {avoiding the sin of} idolatry. For Master said: {The sin of} idolatry is so grave a violation that anyone who rejects it {idolatry} is as if he admits to entire Torah.
For atheists do not believe in God, but by extension not in any other deity. And this seems to have {on some level} the same status as fulfillment.

1 comment:

Rabbi Joshua Maroof said...

I disagree with this assessment. Atheists believe that the physical world is the ultimate reality; the universe itself is their "god". So they are essentially nothing more than sophisticated idolaters.


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