The Nuremberg Defense
Problem:I cannot tell you how much I am troubled by this. It is funny because there is a lot of rhetoric from the "defenders of the faith" about skeptics being pleasure seeking atheists, scoffers, ignorant of the "true meaning of the Torah(s)". And many are.
The Torah states the laws of inheritance as (Bamidbar 27:8-11):
- Sons inherit and daughters and wives don't inherit.
- If there are no sons, daughters inherit.
- A husband fully inherits his wife.
Many Rishonim and Acharonim rule emphatically that this Torah law supercedes any issue of Dinah D'Malchusah Dinah.
Solution (direct quote):
"Fortunately, there are halachically valid approaches to enable one to conform his/her estate plan to Halacha."
But I tell you, I can believe in God. I can believe that many of the things described in the Tanach happened, even if not literally as described, even if the Torah was not composed by Moshe straight from God's lips. I can accept the idea of an Oral tradition, regardless of whether it was received directly from God at Sinai, and regardless of whether it was transmitted perfectly through the ages, but when I see things like this pamphlet, I really have to wonder - did we drop the ball?
What we are saying is that against the explicit words of the Torah, against the explicit rulings of the great Rabbis, who we are supposed to accept as Divinely sanctioned to interpret the Torah, we will find a way to do what we want to do anyway and then somehow justify it as consistent with the will of God.
This is just one example. Yet nobody in the frum community loses sleep over this. It is indeed a dsiplay of great emunah. I guess when it is time to stand before the Aibishter we can all use the Nuremberg defense.