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Posts by ChicagoHebrew

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  • How a Nazi Planner Shaped Early Israel

    10/20/2013 7:33:15 PM PDT · 57 of 58
    ChicagoHebrew to ShadowAce
    Without Hitler, Israel would not exist today.

    Incorrect. Large Jewish immigration made the State of Israel a forgone conclusion by the early 1930s, roughly a decade before the Holocaust. Partition , in fact, was first proposed by the Peel Commission. What Hitler did was deprive the State of Israel of 6 million potential immigrants.

  • Babies' Herpes Linked To Circumcision Practice

    04/07/2013 8:35:56 PM PDT · 18 of 20
    ChicagoHebrew to the_daug
    Yeah! 13 cases / 20,493 infants is .06 %

    13 cases is 13 cases too many. In my mind, this isn't a religious freedom issue, because no sane Rabbi would say that metzizah sh'baal peh is religiously required. At most, it's a custom based on outdated medical knowledge.

    On the contrary, nearly every Orthodox Rabbi would say that it's prohibited, because it's an unnecessary risk to life.

  • Babies' Herpes Linked To Circumcision Practice

    04/07/2013 8:32:24 PM PDT · 17 of 20
    ChicagoHebrew to Former Fetus
    What is the reasoning behind performing a metzitzah b’peh, as opposed to a “regular” brit milah? Can someone with some knowledge of Hebrew tell me what is exactly that is mentioned in Gen 17?

    Brit Milah is Biblically-mandated circumcision. Metzitzah sh'baal peh is an additional procedure that is performed at the end of some Brit Milot. It involves using the mouth to suck blood from the wound, supposedly to clean it.

    It is not required by the Bible, or by Jewish law. Instead, it emerged more than a thousand years ago as a "hygienic" practice, with the belief that it reduced the risk of infection to the baby. Obviously, our medical knowledge of 1500 years ago was pretty bad. So, as modern medicine discovered that metzizah sh'baal peh wasn't beneficial, but actually harmful, most Jews stopped doing it. Today, nearly all Jews reject the practice - including most Orthodox Jews.

    But there are a few extremists running around, who trust the wisdom written down in books long ago over modern medicine. They keep doing it.

  • New Pope celebrated Hanukkah as well as Christmas

    03/14/2013 8:45:17 PM PDT · 24 of 27
    ChicagoHebrew to dead
    I celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

    As any good American should. Not because it was a victory for Mexico. But because it was a defeat for the French.

  • Who were the Essenes?

    02/11/2013 10:01:03 PM PST · 12 of 13
    ChicagoHebrew to BuffaloJack
    I think the name of group the local Buddhist temple helped out was the Church of Saint Thomas Essene Christians.

    They aren't remotely related to the Essenes of antiquity; they simply borrowed the name. The original Essenes were a schismatic sect of Sadducee Jews. The Sadducees, and the Essenes, both died out shortly after the Great Revolt against Rome. Their spiritual descendants are today's Karite Jews. Christianity, by contrast, grew out of Pharisee Judaism (though it deviated from it far more from Pharisee Judaism's direct descendant -- Rabbinic Judaism).

  • Is Israel hiding the secret source of Christianity?

    01/01/2013 8:03:22 PM PST · 18 of 39
    ChicagoHebrew to Theoria
    "Yehuda Bar Yeshua" would mean "Judah, son of Joshua (Jesus)"

    Suffice it to say, if this was genuine, I don't think Christians would be too happy with the results.


    11/19/2012 9:55:20 PM PST · 21 of 42
    ChicagoHebrew to UriÂ’el-2012

    I’ve seen this story periodically - always from Christian sites, never Jewish ones. None of these sites quote Rabbi Ben Samuel directly, much less in the original.

    I haven’t picked up any of Rabbi Ben Samuel’s books. But if this “prophecy” was real, I think I would have heard of it from Jewish sources. It is, after all, an exclusively Jewish “prophecy” about the reconquest of Jerusalem. Heck, it probably would have been drilled into the head of every young Mafdalnik (Religious Zionist). It isn’t.

    My bet is that this “prophecy” is a crock, pitched to the gullible to separate them from their money.

  • AP: Sen Arlen Specter Has died

    10/14/2012 9:30:20 PM PDT · 202 of 236
    ChicagoHebrew to grey_whiskers
    Anyone know the religious affiliation or dis-inclination of the deceased Senator? He was Jewish and, at least at one time (back in the 1970s), reasonably observant. For many years (though I don't know about recently) he was a member of an Orthodox Sephardic synagogue in Philadelphia, where he had his son bar mitzvahed.
  • AP: Sen Arlen Specter Has died

    10/14/2012 9:25:25 PM PDT · 201 of 236
    ChicagoHebrew to taildragger

    I seriously doubt that Spector would want to lie in state. He wasn’t the most religious Jew. But even reasonably secular Jews keep fast to the tradition of being buried as soon as possible.

  • Israeli filmmaker in hiding as protesters outraged by portrayal of Prophet Muhammad

    09/12/2012 8:04:42 PM PDT · 102 of 106
    ChicagoHebrew to SMARTY
    The overwhelming evidence suggests that the movie was NOT funded by Jewish donors. Bacile himself is not an Israeli - the Israeli government confirmed that they have no citizens by that name. It seems likely that the movie was principally (or entirely) funded by Coptic Christians and Evangelicals. According to the actors who starred in the film, Bacile himself is likely a Coptic Christian. He's identifying himself as Israeli in a disgraceful attempt to shield direct Muslim anger at the film against Israel and Jews, rather than Copts.

    Note: I have no problems with "Bacile," or whatever his name is, making this film. But I do have an issue with him trying to protect his own community by wrongly claiming that the film was a Jewish/Israeli project.

  • Aided by Ultra-Orthodox, City’s Jewish Population Is Growing Again

    06/11/2012 8:19:27 PM PDT · 1 of 4
    Prediction: follow the demographics. In 30 years, Jews will be a GOP voting block in NYC. Bob Turner was not an accident. Traditional, Torah-observant Jews are the future of American Judaism.
  • New Poll: Obama’s Jewish Support Stands at 64%

    06/11/2012 8:09:03 PM PDT · 84 of 89
    ChicagoHebrew to boop
    Jews are terrified of Christians. Even though evangelicals are the best friend Israel ever had. They fear that Christians will take away the holy sacraments of abortion and gay marriage. Even worse,they fear that their daughters will gasp...MARRY a Gentile. Alan Dershowitz has made this clear. A Jew marrying a Gentile is an incredible offense

    I will put aside your paranoia to simply comment that there is nothing wrong with Jews following God's command to maintain the faith of our ancestors by marrying within our own people. See Deuteronomy 7:3. Presumably you are a Christian. Would you like it if your child married a Muslim? Particularly if they lived in a society that was 97% Muslim? Same principle.

  • The Elephant of Jew Hatred

    04/21/2012 10:03:53 PM PDT · 22 of 37
    ChicagoHebrew to gogogodzilla
    And there still is the history that shows, in the past, that Jews were better treated in Islamic Spain and in the Ottoman Empire. Some of the most famous Jewish sages came from those areas. Most famously, being the Rambam (Maimonides).

    Point taken, but Rambam is a bad example. He fled Spain as a boy to escape fundamentalist Muslims who had taken power and were persecuting/forcibly converting Jews. However, on your point, he did not go to Christian Europe. Instead, he went to Morocco and eventually Egypt - where more tolerant Muslims afforded him freedoms that would have been unheard of in Europe at the time.

  • Israeli stocks the best investment of past decade

    02/20/2012 8:50:53 PM PST · 1 of 8
    Good news.
  • Israel teams with terror group to kill Iran's nuclear scientists, U.S. officials tell NBC News

    02/09/2012 10:48:05 PM PST · 90 of 100
    ChicagoHebrew to EnglishCon
    (b) this is because the admin fears it will mean the start of a much larger war If Israel is the aggressor, most of the Middle East will say “Skip our differences for now, we'll sort them out later.”

    Not quite. Iran's proxies in the region (Hezbollah & Hamas) would use the Israeli strike as an excuse to attack Israel. But the Arab states themselves wouldn't get involved. The Saudis and many of the Gulf States have not-so-secretly been hoping for an Israeli strike for some time, because they are terrified of a Shia bomb. Last year, the Saudis even let it leak that they'd give Israel flyover rights on the way to an Iranian strike.

    The other Arab states would stay on the sidelines. Egypt's and Jordan's military won't risk American aid, and the Syrians are no threat to anyone.

  • Who Wants to be a Kingdom of Priests?

    02/09/2012 10:29:11 PM PST · 10 of 14
    ChicagoHebrew to Ecliptic
    This thread has nothing to do with Israel. It is all about the Jewish responsibility to tell the World about God and His Son the Savior.

    You evidently don't know who Moshe Feiglin is. Google and Wikipedia are your friends. Suffice it to say, Moshe Feiglin takes more interest in a bowl of tasteless soup than he does your alleged savior.

  • Samsung’s products could be banned in Iran, over an ad it didn’t produce

    02/05/2012 9:31:19 AM PST · 16 of 16
    ChicagoHebrew to Excellence

    Here's a link with subtitles and some context for the Israeli in-jokes.

  • Celebrity Englewood Rabbi Enters 9th District Congressional Race (Shmuley Boteach)

    02/04/2012 3:38:40 PM PST · 1 of 8
    On the plus side, if elected, it'd be pretty much guaranteed that he wouldn't break his campaign pledge to always oppose pork.
  • In liberal New York City, fervently-Orthodox Jews may soon be getting a district to call their own

    01/29/2012 10:53:05 AM PST · 10 of 29
    ChicagoHebrew to sinanju
    Dunno how consistently conservative it would be. Weren’t these same people bought for a mess of pottage by Hillary in her senatorial campaign?

    You're thinking of a very tight nit community of Skver Chassidim in New Square (literally "New Skver"), New York. Not the broader Orthodox community in Brooklyn, which includes Chassidim, Syrian Jews, Egyptian Jews, Lebanese Jews, black hat Litvaks, and Modern Orthodox. I suspect the district will probably also include parts of Brighton which are heavily populated by Russian Jews (who mostly not Orthodox, but very Republican).

  • Coins from 17AD found under Jerusalem's Western Wall hints sacred site NOT built by Herod

    11/28/2011 11:52:59 PM PST · 16 of 18
    ChicagoHebrew to Constitutionalist Conservative
    BZZZZZT! We're sorry, but Herod was an Edomite (descendent of Esau), not a Jew (descendent of Jacob).

    Not quite. Herod's father was an Edomite. But the Hasmoneans forcibly converted the Edomites to Judaism in about 125 BCE, roughly a generation before Herod's father was born. From the writings of Josephus, it seems like the forcible conversion stuck, and the Edomites became believing Jews. So, on his father's side, I think it would be fair to say Herod was Jewish.

    Herod's mother, on the other hand, was a Nabatean, not an Israelite or an Edomite.