Wouldn’t You Like to Be a Prophet, Too?

Here’s a perfect example of an obvious religious con game, a school in Israel that will teach you how to be a true prophet of God for one low, low prices. To be fair, it does seem to have upset many religious authorities. To be accurate, of course, their views are just as absurd as this “blasphemy” they reject.

For just 200 shekels, about $53, and in only 40 short classes, the Cain and Abel School for Prophets says it will certify anyone as a modern-day Jewish soothsayer.

The school, which launched classes this month, has baffled critics, many of whom have dismissed it as a blasphemy or a fraud.

On a religious level, Jewish tradition recognizes a few dozen prophets from the biblical era — from the monumental figures of Abraham, Moses and Elijah to lesser known foretellers of doom and tormented questioners like Micah the Morashtite and Habakkuk. Tradition says no one can be a prophet ever since the Romans destroyed the second temple in Jerusalem in the year 70 and the era of prophecy can only be revived with the arrival of the Messiah and the temple’s rebuilding. As one Talmudic phrase puts it, the only prophets now are children and fools.

I think they should start doing informercials like the ones for Shamwow or the Ron Popeil pocket fisherman. A huckster is a huckster, whether the product they’re selling purports to be a religion or not.

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