Judaism prides itself on having a so called intellectual tradition but the problem is the actual rationals for making life a pain in the ass is based on mush.
1) I just can't accept that electricity = fire.
2) I just can't accept that don't cook a calf in its mother's milk = total separation of meat and dairy.
Only in the most peripheral of manners can one make such a stretch as orthodox judaism does on these 2 points. For people born into OJ, it seems to be enough of a logical connection in order to let it make life miserable but for me and I suspect for lots of people who are more skeptical, it is just way too much of a stretch.