Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Ya'akov "Kenny" Menken: Making of a Blowhard

Just take a look at Yakov Menken on his blog, or see Dovbear's blog lately, and you'll see how Menken has botched the intelligent design debate and completely misconstrues what science is and isn't. His father, a noted physician, should cut Menken's trust fund in half until he shapes up.

It goes without saying that Menken won't post my comments anymore, but he won't post anyone unless they're pretty deferential. Or, in DovBear's case, Menken just uses his typical cheap shot technique of misconstruing what the person says, and then claiming some ridiculous assertion of Menken's is "rather obvious." (Be on the lookout for that).

You know, it's kind of funny how Menken writes about science and philosophy so much these days. In his Everything Torah Bunk, he makes numerous questionable statements in that book. One that stood out was the bold graphic. Like in the "For Dummies" books, this book has asides called E-Facts as in ("ESSENTIAL FACT"). I think my favorite from this total waste of money book was the following gem:

"Although Tsfas was a great center for Kabbalistic studies, this does not mean that thee was no mysticism practiced elsewhere. A contemporary of the Ari, Rabbi Yehudah be Betzalel Lowew (called the Maharal) of Prague, was famed for using the hidden Kabbalah to create a golem, a man of clay, to protect the community from harm."
Everything Torah Bunk, pg. 147.

The next time Kenny acts too scholarly, use the Golem to bring him down to earth!


Blogger Ben Avuyah said...

At long last, "Mendy and the Golem", will finally be included in the Cannon of Jewish sifrei kedushah !

12/27/2005 8:54 AM  
Blogger Mississippi Fred MacDowell said...

Ayin 'The adventure of the Maharal of Prague in London; R. Yudl Rosenberg and the Golem of Prague' Tradition 36,1 (2002) 26-58 by Sid. Z. Leiman.

12/27/2005 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out what is going on with Menken lately.


12/27/2005 10:12 AM  
Blogger BTA said...

Miss Fred- are you showing that Menken is not alone in his blind acceptance of obvious myths, or are you showing there's a good source to believe it's true? I know Menken didn't make it up, I just find if laughable that he calls the golem story a "fact."

12/27/2005 2:45 PM  
Blogger Mississippi Fred MacDowell said...

>Miss Fred- are you showing that Menken is not alone in his blind acceptance of obvious myths, or are you showing there's a good source to believe it's true? I know Menken didn't make it up, I just find if laughable that he calls the golem story a "fact."

Google "leiman" and "golem."

Here is a quote:

"the gap between the
death of the Maharal in 1609 and the first printed account in 1837 is
striking. There is certainly no evidence contemporary with the Maharal
that he-the Maharal-created a Golem. Rationalists dismiss the late
accounts out of hand; mystics hold on to them dearly, though they often
seem unaware of just how late and thin these traditions really are."

12/27/2005 5:37 PM  
Blogger David Kelsey said...

Give me a day or two. I have an idea. Let me know what you think.

12/28/2005 8:26 PM  
Blogger BTA said...

Kenny Menken is up to some new tricks. He started "jewishanswers.org"

It's a clearing house for all the stupid posts he doesn't dare put even on the his low-tide blog.

Here's a pretty funny one:


Lillith: Adam's first wife

Q: hello, i am looking for any information i can get on lotta(?)spelling) was she adams first wife? where can i fing information on this any reply is greatly appreciated and is not urgent.

Dear Jason,

The story of Lillith as Adam's first wife first appears in a small collection of epigrams and moral tales known as the "Alphabet of Ben Sira". (This work dates from medieval times; it was not authored by the Ben Sira who lived during the Second Temple period.) A brief passage there tells how, before Eve was created from Adam's rib, G-d first created from the earth a wife for Adam named Lillith. She and Adam immediately started fighting because she demanded full equality; she soon fled and became a demoness who preyed on newborn children. (The demoness Lillith is mentioned in much earlier sources, but her connection to Adam is first found in this story.) I doubt that this text is available on line anywhere, unless some feminist group has unearthed it and posted it.

12/29/2005 3:14 AM  
Blogger Shlomo said...

Odom HaRishon never married Lillis. It was the first recorded 'hump n dump'. He 'hit it and quit it.' That's why she is still mad about it. (Rumor has it that Lillis is the reason men and boys who sleep on their backs have wet dreams. It's also clear that she doesnt date anyone over 40.)

12/29/2005 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Shmarya said...

Rabbi Yudel Rosenberg made up the story of the golem, basing it on one earlier account which was clearly false.

I know members of Rabbi Rosenbergs family and they confirm what I have written.

Menken has been fooled by the same haredi world he shills for.

12/30/2005 3:28 AM  
Blogger BTA said...

Actually, I emailed Kenny several months ago and raised his utter lack of credibility. When I cited his reference to the golem story as an "essential *fact*" he split hairs big time saying: "well, actually all that says is what Maharal was 'famed' for..."(!)

Can you believe this guy? Such a liar. The plain meaning of the book is to portray a legend as a fact. Then, in email, he claims not to mean what the plain meaning says.

Kenny's a joke.

1/05/2006 4:23 AM  

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