…but if he did, we’re pretty sure he’d be driving his car to synagogue on the sabbath.
OK, to be fair, that’s not exactly what the new edition of Encyclopedia Judaica says. In an article on Moses, Rabbi S. David Sperling, Adjunct Professor of Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary makes some interesting assertions about Moses. According to YNet the Rabbi:
…isn’t certain that Moses even existed or, if he did, whether the Bible provides much reliable information about him… Sperling contends that if traditional accounts of the origins of Judaism had not recorded a founder, “analogy would have required postulating him; and that is probably what happened” when ancients wrote the Bible…The introduction to Moses’ life says “we cannot really reconstruct a biography of Moses. We cannot even be sure that Moses was a historical character.”
This opinion is not unique to Reform Judaism either:
Conservative Judaism’s official Torah commentary (2001) says that what should concern Jews is “not when, or even if, Moses lived, but what his life conveys in Israel’s saga.” It calls Moses a “folkloristic, national hero.”
Folkloristic? Yikes. Do most run of the mill reform Jews know that according to Reform/Conservative Judaism Moses is now a mythological character akin to Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy? How odd is it that the Koran, which mentions Moses 136 times (more than any other prophet!) and calls him the “Speaker with God” is thus more reverential towards Moses than official Reform and Conservative Judaism?
If you don’t believe in Moses then why-oh-why do you even bother with Judaism? And what the hell is up with that most goyishe of affectations – beginning your name with an initial: Rabbi S. David Sperling – ever hear of Rabbi F. Moishe Pippick? No? There’s a reason for that.
Judaism is a faith. Deal with it. I personally don’t need some crappy piece of Egyptian clay to bolster or assist my faith.