Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

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Feldheim Publishers, 2005 - Religion - 289 pages
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This edition is recommended for readers with a strong Torah background, seeking an informed, yet less secular, approach. It has been revised and expanded, containing 40 additional pages. A penetrating, engagingly written book with compelling evidence of the truths of Judaism. With wisdom, wit, and a wide range of sources, the author presents a ground-up approach to Judaism, bringing a fresh perspective that will challenge and educate readers from every background and skill level. From yeshivah students to university professors, this book is an easily readable, eminently eye-opening look at subjects like the divine origin of Torah, understanding the Holocaust and human suffering, G-d's foreknowledge vs. our free will, amongst others. Reading this well-researched book is a surefire way to eminently strengthen one's belief, and lay to rest many gnawing questions about G-d, Torah, and Judaism. This edition contains additional information and appendixes that were not included in previous editions.
 

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Very good book. Highly recommend. I really gained a lot of insight from the chapter dealing with uniqueness of Jewish people. He explains that the prophets in the Bible prophesied that the Jewish people will be scattered throughout the world and exiled (Deuteronomy 28:63,64 and 4:26,27 and Yechezkiel 22:15), that the Jewish people will be few in number, be confronted with antisemitism (Leviticus 26:36-39 and Deuteronomy 28:65-67), yet will never be allowed to disappear and will eventually be redeemed. He explains that it's not a likely prophecy because the likely result from being few in number and exiled is disappearing, which is exactly what did not happen. History attests to the truth of the prophecies. Also he explains that the Jewish nation are inextricably linked to the land of Israel. It only brings forth fruit as promised in the Bible for the Jewish people and will not accommodate any other nation. He goes through history and shows that the Land of Israel never accommodated any foreign occupier in all the Jews exile. He goes much more in depth about many other issues which I think others will find very compelling. 

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The 'facts' in this book are incomplete at the very best. His arguments are weak, old, and at times seems like he's grasping at straws. His cited resources are as reliable as his understanding of science (slim to nothing). His only worthy argument is in the area of god's divine foreknowledge and free will. Aside from that the only redeeming factor of this book is that it's well written. I can see how someone who isn't knowledgable enough in the areas he discusses can be easily swayed by his points being that even though they are pathetic, he writes so well that they seems plausible and potent.
One point which is repeated throughout the book is the logical fallacy called 'the god of the gaps' which basically states that if we cannot answer something completely it must be god. For example we know that gravity, but we don't know what causes it to occur, therefore that is proof of God since what else but god would be responsible for it? it is flawed logic
overall I was severely disappointed...
 

Contents

Compelling Evidence of a Creator
1
The Divine Origin of the Torah
35
The World to Come Eternal Existence
99
The Seven Wonders of Jewish History
140
Divine Guidance throughout Jewish History
168
Some More Understanding of
197
Understanding Gods Foreknowledge
221
The Oral Law
229
Can God Give Himself
237
Techiyas HaMeisim
240
The Amazing Traditions of Our Sages
246
Mashiach
277
Glossary
287
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