Ask the Rabbi - Basic Concepts

Faith or evidence?

You responded to my earlier question thus: “The basis of the veracity of Judaism is the historical fact of Revelation, which left its imprint on the collective identity of the Hebrew people. Any of the articles of faith derive from this point and not from speculative thinking.”

Revelation: Historical fact or a statement of faith? I know of no piece of historical evidence to the existence of the Revelation that would qualify as such in any contemporary scientific community – the “imprint on the collective identity” notwithstanding. Many nations and faith communities in the world believe and have believed many things that many of us would question and doubt. If one chooses to believe that the Revelation actually happened, one is, thankfully, free to do so and thus believe in all that follows onward from there. But proposing a fallacious scientific argument endangers the validity of the whole system. What’s wrong with simply accepting that Jews believe in a Historical Revelation and all that follow thereon? Trying to overstate the case with “fact” that cannot be supported as fact to any contemporary standards does Jewish thought, tradition and yes, belief a severe injustice.

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