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In ) — the highly anticipated sequel to the excellent first installment — Twain’s grievances with “God” come fully ablaze.
In April of 1906, Twain — who famously believed that any claim of originality was merely misguided narcissism — offers this humorous lament on religion as a manifestation of human egotism: The human race … I thought it was very good, and smart, but the other person didn’t.‘If your mother tells you to do a thing, it is wrong to reply that you won’t.
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Using the essay “Innovation and Redemption: What Literature Means,” Ruth Wisse joins Eric Cohen to discuss the insights of famed literary critic, Cynthia Ozick.Chapter 1: Sholem Aleichem and Tevye’s Origins Chapter 2: Tevye and His World Chapter 3: Tevye Meets Menachem Mendel Chapter 4: “Cheer Up and Have a Shot of Brandy!” Through its countless runs on the Broadway stage and in an award-winning film, […] Read More Does Hebrew literature have a character of its own?And is modern Israeli prose the worthy successor to a more ancient tradition?In “Towards a Hebrew Literature,” published in Azure in 2000, Assaf Inbari analyzes the history of the ancient world in order to bring the Hebrew Bible’s unique form into stark relief.We have nothing approaching it among human savages, nor among the wild beasts of the jungle.There is no evidence that there is to be a Heaven hereafter. Heaven exists solely upon hearsay evidence — evidence furnished by unknown persons; persons who did not prove that they had ever been there.to inform Haaretz-IHT of their desire to cancel their subscription by leaving a clear telephone message on 03-5121750 , or by sending written notification (hereinafter: the cancellation notice) by fax (to 03-5121703), by registered mail (to Subscription Department, 18 Salman Schocken Street, PO Box 35029, Tel Aviv, Israel 61350), by opening a customer service request or by email (to [email protected]). The cancellation notice must include the subscriber's full name and I. […] According to the hearsay evidence the character of every conspicuous god is made up of love, justice, compassion, forgiveness, sorrow for all suffering and desire to extinguish it.Opposed to this beautiful character — built wholly upon valueless hearsay evidence – it is the absolute authentic evidence furnished us every day in the year, and verifiable by our eyes and our other senses, that the real character of these gods is destitute of love, mercy, compassion, justice and other gentle and excellent qualities, and is made up of all imaginable cruelties, persecutions and injustices. History shows that in the matter of religions we progress backward and not the other way.