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It's Yom Kippur, and this goat wants your sins
The force behind eScapegoat is G-dcast, a San Francisco nonprofit working to making Jewish learning fun.
September 13th, 2013
10:46 AM ET

It's Yom Kippur, and this goat wants your sins

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

(CNN) - Calling all Jews! Your confessional clock is ticking.

With Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement - starting at sunset Friday (and ending the following night), this is your last chance to wipe your slates clean of the wrongs you’ve committed over the past year.

Oh, sure, you’ll be able to participate in a communal confession of sins Saturday in synagogue. But we know as well as you do that your community won’t hear everything you did.

It’s time to fess up.

Blending ancient tradition with modern innovation, there’s a newish Jewish Web app to help you lighten the load of guilt and spill your bad deeds. It’s called eScapegoat, and the whimsical tool lets you type your confessions in a Twitter-friendly format and see others’ also.

Best of all, you can remain utterly anonymous. Rabbis might call this cheating. We’re having too much fun to care.

“I claimed the soup was vegan. It wasn’t,” wrote one sinner.

“I yell at people from my car, even if they aren’t driving poorly,” shared another.

“I am hot with shame that my son only has a brown belt in his Kung Fu training,” said a third.

The force behind this endeavor is G-dcast, a San Francisco nonprofit committed to making Jewish learning fun through animated videos, apps and more.

The organization’s name, if anyone’s confused, is written this way because in the Jewish tradition it’s considered a no-no to write the name of God - hence the hyphen.

Calling the Web app eScapegoat is a play on a practice observed during biblical times when the Temple still stood in Jerusalem and sacrifices were offered for atonement.

Here’s how it worked way back then during what we now know as Yom Kippur, according to the confessional tool:

The High Priest took two goats. He sacrificed one and then he laid his hands on the other, transferring the community’s sins into it. Then, he sent the SCAPEGOAT off into the wilderness.

From the goat’s perspective, neither path ended well.

You, dear friends, can’t rely on some wandering, set-up-to-die goat to do your bidding - which is why you are commanded to make public confessions in synagogue during Yom Kippur.

But that doesn’t mean burdens can’t be laid on a virtual goat, too. Right?

The Web app was launched on August 9 during the first week of Elul, the month on the Jewish calendar that precedes the High Holy Days - which start with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and end 10 days later with Yom Kippur.

Elul is the time when Jews traditionally self-reflect, look back on their year, take stock of how they behaved and think about what they can do better.

And if they can replace “crappy mobile device time with meaningful mobile device time,” all the better, said Sarah Lefton, G-dcast’s executive director and producer.

By Thursday night, nearly 5,000 confessions had been “laid on the goat,” Lefton reported. And nearly 21,000 “goaters,” or Web app visitors, had stopped by.

The app gives users the ability to type their confessions in a Twitter-friendly format. (Image courtesy G-dcast)

A compilation of some of G-dcast’s favorite sins, so far, also were released as the eScapegoat approached his final hours.

Someone at G-dcast set out to categorize the kinds of sins that were coming in earlier this week. The resulting themes, Lefton said, generally focused on lying, Internet use, anger, gossip, lack of time spent with loved ones and cheating.

Some of the confessions have been downright heavy.

“I should have had the baby,” one wrote, according to Lefton.

“I was never in love with my fiancée and should have told her,” said another on the Twitter account set up to list sins, aptly named @Sinfulgoat.

Also spotted was the one who wrote in, “For cutting, starving and disrespecting my body.”

Did Lefton, 40, and the others expect such seriousness?

“No. I didn’t. At all,” she said. “But the generation after me is so into oversharing, so it shouldn’t surprise me. But it still does.”

Another surprise has been the number of confessions directly related to Judaism. Several illustrated the tensions some Jews face this time of year.

“My family is no longer interested in practicing Judaism. I resent them for it. I feel they’ve taken something from me,” wrote one person.

“I’m sorry for all the sins I committed that I didn’t even know were sins because I lost touch with my Judaism,” another said.

And a third: “I am going to Las Vegas on Yom Kippur … That cannot be good …”

Lefton doesn’t want anyone thinking eScapegoat is a substitute for the real deal.

“This Web app is in no way trying to replace public confession,” she said. “We designed it as a lighthearted warm-up for the Day of Atonement. But if people are getting something more profound out of it, that’s great.”

- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Holidays • Judaism • Social media

soundoff (491 Responses)
  1. Lionly Lamb

    Cannabis Rising: The Key In The Lock. Your Health Your Future...

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90fQss8OL9Q&w=640&h=360]

    September 13, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
    •  

      /Stop it! Please! We get it, already!

      September 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • Observer

      Once again Lionly Lamb is TOTALLY CLUELESS about the topic here.

      September 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Topic?

        September 13, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
  2. bostontola

    How does God represent more than G-d. They are both 3 symbols that mean exactly the same thing. Even if you replaced God with "He who can't be named", it would still be the same. You can't say God's name but you can say another term that references god. Religions are amusing (except when they are killing or oppressing that is).

    September 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Just avoid the "Prayer Eaters".

      September 13, 2013 at 12:24 pm |
    • Wheel of Fortune

      Hey don't knock it. It's been a good market for us. They sell the o's to us at a good price and we make a little off of them.

      September 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
    • TXJew

      We send all our spare vowels to Eastern Europe, where there is an excess of consonents.

      September 13, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
  3. Apple Bush

    Don't forget to pick up the kids and drop by the drug store.

    September 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
  4. Sea Otter (Leader of Allied Atheist Allegiance)

    I don't think it was intentional, but this is one of the funniest damn articles posted on here in a while... ~LET

    September 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      So "Leader", what have you done for us lately? Talked to any squirrels lately??

      September 13, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
      • Lucifer's Evil Twin

        @AB – When you reference the 'squirrel'... I have no idea what you're talking about...

        September 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
      • Sea Otter (Leader of Allied Atheist Alliance)

        Now hush you... Or I shall crush your skull like a clam on my tummy!

        September 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Are you sure you want to open that Pandora's Box? The animation community is not immune to ah....intermingling.

        September 13, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      Wasn't it Allied Atheist Alliance?

      September 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
      • Joey

        The otters were in the Allied Atheist Alliance, and then there were two groups of humans known as the United Atheist Alliance and the United Atheist League, and of course the war is to determine which name is the best.

        September 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
        • Lucifer's Evil Twin

          I looked it up further... it should be 'Allied Atheist Alliance' I shouldn't have copy/paste it from a crappy wiki page.

          September 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      See!! It is not even Sea Otter! It is that damn squirrel posing as Sea Otter.

      September 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
  5. Apple Bush

    I am in love to be us in a room where only the best workers are allowed to eat and drink. That is why the religious team lost. They did not have a kicker.

    September 13, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
  6. bostontola

    This is a story about Jewish holidays and traditions, but Christians can't help covering the comments with cut and paste Christian prayer. Christians outnumber Jews hundreds to one, but they still must spray their pheromones on every tree and fire hydrant. They don't have respect for other religions. Christians have every right to be insufferable boors, but that doesn't mean they should be or that the meme Jesus would approve.

    September 13, 2013 at 11:55 am |
    • God

      Gross dude.

      September 13, 2013 at 11:56 am |
    • TXJew

      It would be an awful observation if it weren't so true.

      September 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
  7. CommonSensed

    Moral: The web can absolve you of your sins.

    September 13, 2013 at 11:53 am |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      At least the web exists.

      September 13, 2013 at 11:59 am |
  8. AO

    He noticed the teeth first.
    Long night.

    September 13, 2013 at 11:53 am |
  9. Reality # 2

    And for your "fess-upstations", repeat the following three times:

    There is no god !!!

    Next topic.

    September 13, 2013 at 11:50 am |
  10. Native Americans

    😦

    September 13, 2013 at 11:41 am |
    • Hungry Children

      😦

      September 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • The Clovis People

      😦

      September 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • Kansas

      😦 .

      September 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Restaurants with Roaches

      . 😦

      September 13, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
    • Yaz Birth Control Pills

      😦 .

      September 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
    • Crying Babies

      😦 .

      September 13, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
      • Crying Baby (In the seat behind you on an international flight)

        😦 . 😦

        September 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
  11. Mount Moriah

    Al Chet prayer

    “For the sin which we have committed before you under duress or willingly.
    And for the sin which we have committed before you by hard-heartedness.
    For the sin which we have committed before you inadvertently.
    And for the sin which we have committed before you with an utterance of the lips.
    For the sin which we have committed before you with immorality….”
    For all these, God of pardon, pardon us, forgive us, atone for us.

    September 13, 2013 at 11:32 am |
    • Aaron

      🙂

      September 13, 2013 at 11:33 am |
    • Grafted Olive Branch(II)

      Prayer of repentance

      Almighty God,
      Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
      maker of all things, judge of all men:
      We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins
      and wickedness,
      which we from time to time most grievously have committed,
      by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine Majesty,
      provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us.
      We do earnestly repent,
      and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings;
      the remembrance of them is grievous unto us,
      the burden of them is intolerable.
      Have mercy upon us,
      have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;
      for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake,
      forgive us all that is past;
      and grant that we may ever hereafter
      serve and please thee in newness of life,
      to the honor and glory of thy Name;
      through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

      September 13, 2013 at 11:34 am |
      • Aaron

        🙂 .

        September 13, 2013 at 11:34 am |
      • Lawrence of Arabia

        Psalm 51

        September 13, 2013 at 11:36 am |
      • Apple Bush

        On a blog, we work to write short, succinct sentences and then allow for responses.

        September 13, 2013 at 11:39 am |
      • Apple Bush

        He could smell her from his position, directly downwind of the Santa Ana’s, the putrid air-born tendril of urine and body odor makes a formidable weapon. Her socks, slung over the tops of her borrowed Converse flaps. Here teeth only a reminder of public service announcements. The hair was everywhere. Not untidy exactly, just….everywhere. Like a blanket over her. She had a pleasing form though. Hard not to look twice. So hard in fact, many had made her their project. Each had failed. For her the addiction was her destiny and would lead to her death. But not today.

        Joe Skinner rarely looked up when he was walking in L.A. Nobody on these streets needed directions or knew where any stars lived. This was Korea Town, the crossroads where Heaven and Hell conduct their business. It was different now. The riots broke the peace and historians were quick to point out that Korea Town was marginalized during the Rodney King Riots of 1992 and it was happening again. Neighborly “hellos” became tense and less friendly. If you want someone to get your back, stay in your part of town. And don’t bother calling 911.

        Joe called 911. The voice on the other end of his “iMate” spoke in hushed tones. Joe laughed. He knew they would have to follow up on any call. If Ryerson shows up, He’s dead. Joe still had friends everywhere in the eight block neighborhood of K-Town. He walked without being disturbed, but only because he understood protocol. K-Town in 2033 was not only unsafe, it was anarchy and there were untouchables.

        That is when he saw it. A photograph. Hard to see in the wet gutter, but the man in the image was beautiful. Long flowing hair that wasn’t messy but practically covered his whole upper section. Skinner reached for it. It sizzled in his fingers and glowed. This was Jesus and he was come unto the Earth to save humans at long last.

        Joe on the other hand really wanted to get baked before work and needed a paper and Jesus was handy. It was wet but they had one of those electric 2025 hand dryers in the rest room of the filling station he stood next to. He blazed, and soon saw Jesus once again. This time Jesus stood before him saying, “I brought unto you a miracle and this is how you betray your lack of awe to the sight of me?

        Joe thought a moment and finally looked at Jesus and said, “You crazy fuck, here, toke up bro!” The party lasted long into the night. Jesus got tore up and the moral of the story is that Marijuana should be legal in the United States.

        September 13, 2013 at 11:40 am |
      • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

        Let us praise God. O Lord...
        ...ooh, You are so big...
        ...So absolutely huge.
        Gosh, we're all really impressed down here, I can tell You.
        Forgive us, O Lord, for this, our dreadful toadying, and...
        And barefaced flattery.
        But You are so strong and, well, just so super.
        Fantastic.
        Amen.

        September 13, 2013 at 11:51 am |
        • God

          Thank ya kindly.

          September 13, 2013 at 11:55 am |
        • Knights Who Say...

          NEE!

          September 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          Ekke Ekke Ekke Ekke Ptangya Ziiinnggggggg Ni

          September 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
    • Shabbat Shalom

      🙂 🙂

      September 13, 2013 at 11:35 am |
  12. Apple Bush

    I wonder if there is matter in the multi-verse that is so different looking from ours that we don’t have the senses to perceive it even exists.

    Following hat line of reasoning, that matter could be right next to us and we don’t know it.

    I blind worm is not concerned about rainbows.

    September 13, 2013 at 11:30 am |
    • Vic

      The spirit world is like that already. That's called "metaphysical."

      September 13, 2013 at 11:43 am |
    • Apple Bush

      I am not a believer is spirits Vic.

      September 13, 2013 at 11:49 am |
      • Reality # 2

        But apparently you believe in the fuzzy math of quantum mechanics which develops "spirit worlds" to achieve an answer where said steps for achieving said state has no real meaning.

        September 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Well put #2.

          September 13, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
        • Nick

          Nice.

          September 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
  13. Vic

    My slate is wiped clean by the "Precious Blood" of the "Penal Substitution," the "Ultimate Scrifice," the "Lamb of God," our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    September 13, 2013 at 11:22 am |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      This is America, a republic. There are no lords. Move to England if you want lords, they have a whole house of them.

      September 13, 2013 at 11:24 am |
      • UD

        I wipe my computer clean once or twice a day.

        September 13, 2013 at 11:25 am |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          ?

          September 13, 2013 at 11:26 am |
        • Doc Vestibule

          How fast can you type with one hand?

          September 13, 2013 at 11:28 am |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          Oh, I re-read the first post. Naughty boy, once a day is enough for anybody.

          September 13, 2013 at 11:33 am |
      • Vic

        Does "Under God" ring a bell?!

        Plus, I don't believe in monarchies, and I never will!

        September 13, 2013 at 11:47 am |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          No, it doesn't ring a bell, not in this instance. Also, you clealy want America to be a fiefdom, ergo you must want America to be some kind of monarchy.

          September 13, 2013 at 11:49 am |
        • CommonSensed

          Which was added when? Please let our country be secular and keep your religion to yourself.

          September 13, 2013 at 11:49 am |
        • Vic

          I believe in God Almighty, the Father, Son (Lord Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit, and I believe in the "Separation of Church and State."

          September 13, 2013 at 11:56 am |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          Good, so Jesus isn't our lord.

          September 13, 2013 at 11:57 am |
        • ME II

          @Vic,
          hmmm... you believe in supernatural deities, but not monarchies, which are known to exist. Interesting.

          September 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm |
      • Nick

        We have Congress, and the Imperial Presidency.

        September 16, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
    • sam stone

      good for you, vic. now you can beg for eternity.

      September 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
  14. Apple Bush

    God starts killing us the moment we are conceived.

    September 13, 2013 at 11:20 am |
    • CommonSensed

      Which god? Anubis? Hecate? Shiva?

      September 13, 2013 at 11:54 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Shiva or Zues. I forget.

      September 13, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  15. Honey Badger Don't Care

    Wow, more delusional babble.

    September 13, 2013 at 11:16 am |
  16. Apple Bush

    The fan turns slowly, now faster.
    Now faster and faster.
    How fast can the fan turn if it has no limitations?

    September 13, 2013 at 11:15 am |
    • ME II

      Before or after it's hit?

      September 13, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Hit by what? There are no limitations.

      September 13, 2013 at 11:21 am |
    • Vic

      Due to the finiteness of physical matter, it will cease to spin when burns out by wear and tear!

      September 13, 2013 at 11:26 am |
      • Vic

        "..when it burns out.."

        September 13, 2013 at 11:27 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Vic, in my scenario, there are no limitations.

      September 13, 2013 at 11:34 am |
    • Vic

      Due to the finiteness of physical matter, it will cease to spin when it burns out when it exceeds the limited power capacity as well as acceleration tolerance of its material. Almost instant maximum toll of wear and tear!

      September 13, 2013 at 11:36 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Vic, can you prove this?

      September 13, 2013 at 11:44 am |
      • Apple Bush

        What I mean is Vic, we don't know if that is the case. We can't witness infinity.

        September 13, 2013 at 11:45 am |
        • Vic

          I said finiteness (non-eternity) of physical matter, that's a scientific fact!

          September 13, 2013 at 11:52 am |
      • Apple Bush

        Vic, I don't have the slightest idea what we are arguing about. A fan spins so it will just spin really fast until something else happens. I will never see a fan spin forever, but I will see a fan get drunk and fall out of the stands and kill him self. Several times I will see this.

        September 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      There is no fan.

      There is only Zool.

      September 13, 2013 at 11:55 am |
      • Dr. Peter Venkman

        Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown... THROW IT!

        September 13, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
    • ME II

      Silly question.
      If there are "no limitations", then there is no limit to how fast it will spin, nor how long. A rhetorical tautology.

      September 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
      • Bill Deacon

        In which case, relative to all finite matter, the fan would be not spinning.

        September 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
  17. Apple Bush

    Lawrence, YOU are childish. You are a complete mockery of what a high functioning human should be. You miss the entire point of what it means to be intelligent. People can't tell the future, that is what we call a "nonsense". Shameful.

    September 13, 2013 at 11:12 am |
  18. I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

    I yell at mice with my shirt off.

    September 13, 2013 at 11:06 am |
    • CommonSensed

      The mice forgive you. But we don't. Please put your shirt back on.

      September 13, 2013 at 11:55 am |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      "I yell at mice with my shirt off." Seems reasonable... doesn't everybody?

      September 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
  19. Lionly Lamb

    War on Weed Documentary...

    This is a must see Doc…. New York has become a police state especially in New York City….

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dal2KqbNI0M&w=640&h=360]

    September 13, 2013 at 11:05 am |
  20. Lawrence of Arabia

    WHAT A COMPLETE MOCKERY!!! This is digusting... Not only does it miss the entire point of the sacrificial system – that it was an object lesson to the Jewish people, and a foreshadowing of the ultimate sacrifice to come that the Messiah would make for all sins once and for all, but it is a childish, disrespectful, and SHAMEFUL view of scripture.

    September 13, 2013 at 10:55 am |
    • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

      Have a day off.

      September 13, 2013 at 11:09 am |
      • Lawrence of Arabia

        I'm going to have to or I'm going to lose what little hair I have left...

        September 13, 2013 at 11:10 am |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          I fear the day when mine begins to recede. My dad is completely bald, so I imagine it's inevitable. My brother, now in his mid-thirties, has been badly hit by baldness the last year. Baldness = No god or evil god.

          September 13, 2013 at 11:15 am |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          Baldness = No god or evil god.
          WHAT? I don't think even Evil Knievel could make THAT leap...
          Hey, even Elisha was bald! 2 Kings 2

          September 13, 2013 at 11:24 am |
        • Doc Vestibule

          You should take comfort in knowing that if any kids make fun of you for being bald, God will send down an angry bear to maul them.

          September 13, 2013 at 11:25 am |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          That is comforting.

          September 13, 2013 at 11:27 am |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          Doc, oh brother, I knew this would come up. They were "young lads" the words in Hebrew meant they were "young men" not children. And their intent was in preventing Elisha from taking Elijah's place as prophet. Take the story in context, and you'll see that.

          September 13, 2013 at 11:28 am |
        • Doc Vestibule

          @Lawrence
          My comment is what is called "jocularity", or a "joke" in the vernacular.
          However – since it has been brought up, let's take a peek at the passage from the King James Bible.
          "And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.
          And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them."

          In Hebrew:
          וַיַּעַל מִשָּׁם, בֵּית-אֵל; וְהוּא עֹלֶה בַדֶּרֶךְ, וּנְעָרִים
          קְטַנִּים יָצְאוּ מִן-הָעִיר, וַיִּתְקַלְּסוּ-בוֹ וַיֹּאמְרוּ לוֹ, עֲלֵה
          קֵרֵחַ עֲלֵה קֵרֵחַ.

          ּנְעָרִים קְטַנִּי" means "Small Boys"

          September 13, 2013 at 11:39 am |
        • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

          Little boys, teenaged boys, young adult boys, does it matter?

          The problem with the story is the disproportional response. Being mauled by a bear as punishment for immature foolishness?

          It's typical of the spiteful vindictiveness with which Yahweh is portrayed in the Old Testament and a monster like this is something people *should* worship?

          It's right up there with all the genocides* more or less because 'they displease Him'.

          * the flood, Sod. & Gor. the plagues, Passover, etc

          Insanity.

          September 13, 2013 at 11:49 am |
        • I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

          All those non-Jewish desert tribes. They were massacred for simply existing.

          September 13, 2013 at 11:50 am |
        • Joey

          Lawrence there is no context in which it is o.k. for god to send bears to kill anybody ever. Especially if god is all loving.

          September 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
        • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

          42 gang bangers?? Nip that commmmie socie mob in the butt. They coulda messed up the whole program and multiplied!!

          September 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
      • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

        So God likes to have bears maul teenaged boys then?

        September 13, 2013 at 11:37 am |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          No, these young men were taunting "God's man" and insulting him by telling him to "go up" in a similar manner in which his predecessor Elijah had been taken up into heaven. Because these men so despised the prophet, Elisha called upon the Lord to deal with the rebels as He saw fit. The penalty was justified for, to ridicule Elisha was to ridicule God Himself, since Elisha was God's spokesman as a prophet. The gravity of the penalty mirrored the gravity of the crime.

          September 13, 2013 at 11:45 am |
        • Doc Vestibule

          Of course taunting a prophet should be a capital offense.
          Does that mean Thomas S. Monson has a license to kill?

          September 13, 2013 at 11:50 am |
        • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

          "the gravity of the crime"

          So death in response for foolishness then?

          Nonsense.

          See my response above.

          September 13, 2013 at 11:50 am |
        • Joey

          Lawrence, the above post is why people think you are crazy.

          September 13, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
        • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

          Killer kommie mommies are so short sighted.

          Isa 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

          September 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      -reply up above, sorry__

      September 13, 2013 at 11:13 am |
    • ME II

      The whole idea of appeasing gods through sacrifice or scapegoating ones sins, even in the case of Jesus, is pretty ridiculous isn't it?

      1) Why would a supreme being enjoy your burnt flesh offerings, when s/he could get the same thing by themselves at any time?
      2) One cannot transfer to another acts that you committed. You either committed them or you didn't.

      September 13, 2013 at 11:16 am |
      • Lawrence of Arabia

        The idea wasn't that the blood of bulls and goats somehow "appeased God," the sacrificial system was foreshadowing the time when God Himself would make the ultimate atonement for sins. (Isaiah 1:11-17) The sacrificial system was an object lesson.

        September 13, 2013 at 11:31 am |
        • CommonSensed

          So are animal sacrifices OK since the bible says it's cool?

          September 13, 2013 at 11:52 am |
        • ME II

          That's your Christian interpretation.
          My understanding is that Jewish sacrifices are tied to the Temple and may actually return when/if it is restored, i.e. with the return of the "mashiach", or messiah.

          September 13, 2013 at 11:54 am |
      • lol?? Pithiest, YES!!

        Don't worry, you'll learn all about it. The whole wurld knows about gravity and will know the gravity of their situation, too.

        September 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Lawrence, YOU are childish. You are a complete mockery of what a high functioning human should be. You miss the entire point of what it means to be intelligent. People can't tell the future, that is what we call a "nonsense".

      September 13, 2013 at 11:17 am |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Lighten up – it's hilarious.

      September 13, 2013 at 11:19 am |
    • Even the demon quoted scriptures

      Please STOP quoting the scriptures, you are a shame!

      September 13, 2013 at 11:40 am |
      • Observer

        Nonbelievers need to quote scriptures to show believers how little they know about the Bible or else choose to ignore.

        September 13, 2013 at 11:43 am |
        • Bill Deacon

          We already know that you can't tell the difference between wisdom and knowledge

          September 13, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
        • Observer

          Bill Deacon,

          Wisdom is knowing, for instance, how wrong slavery and discrimination is.

          Knowledge is knowing, for instance, that there isn't much chance that unicorns, talking serpents and dragons existed.

          September 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
        • David

          Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put one in a fruit salad.

          September 13, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
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