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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 At most, it's a custom based on outdated medical knowledge.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.

  • Thoughts on Thanksgiving (an Orthodox Rabbi discusses Thanksgiving)

    11/23/2011 8:05:50 PM PST · 14 of 16
    ChicagoHebrew to HiTech RedNeck

    I’m not disagreeing with you. Today, I think they still use the terms mostly because it’s tradition. As a friend of mine who’s a member of Mikveh in Philadelphia once told me “Since 1740, we’ve made only two changes to our services. We removed the prayer for George III and added a prayer for the State of Israel.”

  • Thoughts on Thanksgiving (an Orthodox Rabbi discusses Thanksgiving)

    11/23/2011 7:45:33 PM PST · 12 of 16
    ChicagoHebrew to HiTech RedNeck

    I don’t doubt that’s the case today, but Shearith was founded with 23 Jews in 1645. Mikveh was founded in 1740 with no more than a few dozen members, I think. In total, there weren’t more than a few thousand Jews in colonial America. And most of the gentiles who were 99%+ of the population weren’t learned or even literate.

  • Thoughts on Thanksgiving (an Orthodox Rabbi discusses Thanksgiving)

    11/23/2011 7:27:34 PM PST · 7 of 16
    ChicagoHebrew to HiTech RedNeck
    Yes they do; mine is one. The observation currently is the previous Sunday, so that the contemporary Thursday one can be with family and friends. There is a Thanksgiving themed pot-luck (pot-planning?) that evening and anyone is welcomed, whether they brought a dish or not. Charitable church or quasi-church organizations like the Salvation Army sometimes have Thursday Thanksgiving dinners for the poor, sponsored by donors. This past Sunday, there was a sharing time after dinner for how God had blessed various people during the preceding year, in which various Christian hymns of thanks were sung on request (I was the pianist for that) and one lady brought up how the American observation is an echo of an element of the Jewish Shavuot, in which the conclusion of the harvest was celebrated for an entire week, and wished we could be even more thankful. (Everyone said Amen.)

    Nice to hear. FYI, I think you're thinking about Sukkot, which is a harvest festival that lasts a week. Shavuot is only one day in Israel, or two in the diaspora.

  • Thoughts on Thanksgiving (an Orthodox Rabbi discusses Thanksgiving)

    11/23/2011 7:16:07 PM PST · 5 of 16
    ChicagoHebrew to ChicagoHebrew
    Incidentally, for those who are curious, the Spanish & Portuguese Jewish congregations historically referred to their hazzanim (cantors) as "Reverend," and their congregation's highest religious authority as "Minister." Shearith Israel in NY and Mikveh Israel in Philadelphia still do. Additionally, until about a hundred years ago, they did not have access to ordained Rabbis. That's why Rabbi Angel identifies Gershom Mendes Seixas as "Rev. Seixas."

    It is my understanding that they used the terms "Reverend" and "Minister" in an effort to "fit in" without compromising Jewish law. A Hazzan is, certainly, "revered" and does, in fact, "minister" to his congregation.

  • Thoughts on Thanksgiving (an Orthodox Rabbi discusses Thanksgiving)

    11/23/2011 6:59:00 PM PST · 1 of 16
    It's nice that, at the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue, Thanksgiving is afforded religious significance. Do any Churches have special Thanksgiving services?
  • Report: Ultra-Orthodox [Jews] Spitting at Christian Clergy in Jerusalem

    11/06/2011 10:25:02 PM PST · 117 of 132
    ChicagoHebrew to ArrogantBustard
    The true religion is Christianity. If you have a problem with that, I suggest you keep it to yourself.

    I'd suggest you look up the phrases "free country" and "First Amendment." You don't like what ZC says, don't listen to him or read his posts. Personally, I find pretty much all missionizing annoying, whether its Christian, Jewish, Muslim or Bahai. But "suggesting" that people should "keep" religious views you don't agree to themselves is anti-American.

  • Report: Ultra-Orthodox [Jews] Spitting at Christian Clergy in Jerusalem

    11/06/2011 9:17:43 PM PST · 114 of 132
    ChicagoHebrew to Petrosius
    So many Sephardi Jews thought they were being threatened - and all of this time, the torture, murder, and seizure of property… While the Jews in Spain were indeed faced with many injustices, this it is a vast and libelous exaggeration; it is the creation of a myth...

    I can't tell if you're just supremely ignorant, or something much worse. Denying the massacres, torture, and property seizures that Sephardi Jews encountered en masse between 1391 and 1492 is denying history (not to mention the expulsion in 1492, which directly caused thousands of deaths in transit, and the Inquisition thereafter of conversos who secretly practiced Judaism). It is on par with denying the Holocaust. Learn your history.

  • Report: Ultra-Orthodox [Jews] Spitting at Christian Clergy in Jerusalem

    11/06/2011 8:02:03 PM PST · 111 of 132
    ChicagoHebrew to Petrosius
    Its attacks against the Conversos were a product of the state to eliminate those who were feared to be politically subversive; its purpose was not to target Jews to force their conversion. Failure to understand this distinction is a failure to understand history.

    Sigh. Its purpose was pretty clearly to target Jews and Muslims who, the Church believed, had insincerely converted to Catholicism. Why did they insincerely convert? Because they were threatened with death, exile, or loss of property. Study up on the massacres committed in 1391, which were incited by the Archdeacon of Ecija, or the conditions imposed on Jews in 1492. If Spain hadn't forced or coerced Jews to convert, often on pain of death, it wouldn't have had the problem of "insincere" converts to go after through an Inquisition. Do you deny the century of massacres, oppression and hatred that preceded the expulsion? Do you excuse it? Do you really think it matters that much if some people who aren't super history scholars attribute those atrocities to the Inquisition, instead of local priests, angry Christian mobs, and the Spanish crown?

  • Report: Ultra-Orthodox [Jews] Spitting at Christian Clergy in Jerusalem

    11/06/2011 6:07:01 PM PST · 109 of 132
    ChicagoHebrew to Petrosius
    You missed the point that the charge was not that they were Jewish but that they were in a treasonous conspiracy to subvert the Catholic state. The Spanish Inquisition was an instrument of the Spanish state, not the Catholic Church. I am not saying that this was a just action but this is quite different from the false charged that Jews were targeted for execution because they were Jews.

    You are incorrect. The Inquisition was an instrument of the Church itself. In fact, its direct descendant, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, survives today as an office office within the Church, and was until 2005 headed by the future Pope Benedict XVI. The Inquisition's tribunals were entirely ecclesiastical, were conducted by priests, and under canon law.

    It would be more accurate to say "the Inquisition targeted Jews who had been forced or coerced to have insincere conversions to Christianity on pain of death, exile, and/or abject poverty; it employed torture, and often handed over those Jews to secular authorities for execution."

  • Report: Ultra-Orthodox [Jews] Spitting at Christian Clergy in Jerusalem

    11/06/2011 6:00:24 PM PST · 108 of 132
    ChicagoHebrew to Zionist Conspirator
    Charedi Jews are traditional Orthodox Jews. "Modern Orthodox" Jews are the left wing of Orthodoxy, and growing lefter by the minute.

    I would strongly disagree with this. Haredi Judaism is more akin to Reform Judaism, except on the right. Whereas Reform Judaism abolished Torah commandments to fit in, the Haredim have added stringency upon stringency for the point of walling themselves apart in a mock 18th century Poland. Its ideology is no more than two hundred years old. Traditional Judaism was not Haredi, stressed leniencies, and interacted with the modern world. The greatest Hakhamim of all time, such as Rambam and Yehudah HaNassi, would feel much more at home in a Modern Orthodox congregation than a Haredi backwater.

  • Report: Ultra-Orthodox [Jews] Spitting at Christian Clergy in Jerusalem

    11/06/2011 5:54:20 PM PST · 107 of 132
    ChicagoHebrew to Religion Moderator
    Do not accuse another Freeper of lying. It attributes motive, the intent to decieve. It is "making it personal." Words such as "wrong" "false" "error" do not attribute motive.

    With appropriate respect, "lying" is the proper word. The poster spread vicious lies and slander about Orthodox Judaism, which almost certainly came from his/her own sick imagination and/or prejudices. It is absurdly inconceivable that a convert to Orthodox Judaism would describe a "conversion" ceremony that involved standing naked and having water poured over her in front of men, or spitting on a Bible. No such ceremony exists, and such a ceremony would violate at least a half a dozen Torah commands. It is nearly akin to someone saying "a Jewish friend of mine told me that they add a ceremonial drop of Christian virgin blood to Passover matzah" or "a Jewish friend of mine told me that Jews like to stab the consecrated host." It is far, far more probable that the poster himself/herself invented this lie to spread vicious falsehoods about Jews and Judaism. I have no tolerance for that crap, and neither should FR.

  • Report: Ultra-Orthodox [Jews] Spitting at Christian Clergy in Jerusalem

    11/06/2011 9:46:27 AM PST · 74 of 132
    ChicagoHebrew to Mandingo Conservative
    A lady here in NYC who was Catholic and converted to Orthodox Judaism told me the day of her conversion she had to stand naked in front on 3 rabbis and they poured water over her naked body and did not allow her to dry. Then she had to spit on the Bible and blaspheme Jesus in a disgusting ceremony. Then she was accepted into the Jewish faith. This is someone I know for years and would not lie.

    Then you are lying. I know a lot about conversion to Orthodox Judaism, and personally know many converts, both male and female. Nothing you said remotely resembles the truth.

  • Report: Ultra-Orthodox [Jews] Spitting at Christian Clergy in Jerusalem

    11/06/2011 9:43:32 AM PST · 73 of 132
    ChicagoHebrew to Petrosius
    Read some history. The Inquisition, if that is what you are referring to, was not used to force conversion upon the Jews. Indeed, Jews, as Jews, did not fall under the jurisdiction of the Inquisition. The only Jews that would fall under its jurisdiction were those professed Christians charged by the Spanish Inquisition with false conversion. And here the concern was more with Jews pretending to be Christians in order to undermine the Christian state, not as a means to convert them. Not that they enjoy equal rights under Catholic Spain but until their expulsion by Queen Isabella professed Jews were exempt from the Inquisition and were not threatened with "convert or die."

    Yes, but you are being deliberately misleading by omission. The forced conversions (convert or die) happened before the Inquisition, beginning in the late-14th century. And in 1492, the remaining Jewish population was given the "choice" of conversion or having their property seized and being exiled from their country. Many "chose" to convert rather than being forced to flee the land of their birth in abject poverty. These weren't believing Christians who converted voluntarily. They were Jews who wanted to stay Jews but didn't want to be killed or exiled. Then the Inquisition came after them when, surprise, their forced conversions weren't genuine.

  • Cold Fusion Experiment: Major Success or Complex Hoax?

  • Cold Fusion Experiment: Major Success or Complex Hoax?

  • Cold Fusion Experiment: Major Success or Complex Hoax?

    11/02/2011 9:46:06 PM PDT · 113 of 155
    ChicagoHebrew to isaiah55version11_0
    The only hitch: Scientists say the method -- cold fusion -- is patently impossible. They say it defies the laws of physics.

    This is dumb-ass journalism. No one thinks that cold fusion violates the laws of physics. Quite the contrary: high school kids have built working cold fusion reactors on their tabletops. The problem, to date, has always been that these reactors required more energy to sustain the fusion reaction than they captured from the reaction itself.

  • All New South Park! Episode 1509 "The Last of the Meheecans"

    10/17/2011 8:31:03 PM PDT · 22 of 23
    ChicagoHebrew to nutmeg
    “When we asked Obama to stop illegal immigration, we didn’t mean he should make America so shitty nobody wants to come here anymore!”

    That's one of their single best lines in years. I'm still laughing.

  • More Than 7,200 Indian Jews to Immigrate to Israel

    09/28/2011 12:11:57 AM PDT · 25 of 43
    ChicagoHebrew to Pontiac
    The DNA tests that have been done reflect what common sense would tell you: these people don't descend from Israel, much less Menashe. They are recent converts who began identifying as Jews after Christian missionaries started telling them they were a "lost tribe." The missionaries had noticed a few minor similarities between local customs and traditional Jewish practices, and thought that spinning a lost tribe tale would make it easier for these people to accept their "messiah." Their missionizing backfired when some people they taught decided they liked the first half of the Bible, but thought the second half didn't make a lick of sense.

    My childhood rabbi, who was from Calcutta, was very familiar with this whole situation.

    They are righteous converts and thus full Jews. But they aren't physically descended from ancient Israel.

  • More Than 7,200 Indian Jews to Immigrate to Israel

    09/28/2011 12:05:29 AM PDT · 24 of 43
    ChicagoHebrew to Bellflower
    The Southern Kingdom consisted only of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin with their Livites. These are the people call today "Jews".

    Shimon was in the southern kingdom too. It's just that Shimon so completely assimilated into Judean culture that its people lost their tribal identity earlier than elsewhere. Also, during the reign of King Josiah, Judah reconquered most of the old northern kingdom and assimilated the common people of the northern tribes who the Assyrians left behind (the Assyrians exiled only about 27,000 people). It's a mistake, albeit a common one, to think that today's Jews descend only from Judah, Binyamin, and Levi.

    By analogy: we call the Roman Empire "Roman," and its citizens "Romans," even though few of its citizens lived in Rome even at the height of the empire. Most lived elsewhere in what is today central Italy, and descended primarily from Italic or Etruscan tribes that weren't quite "Roman." But, because of Rome's dominion over its neighbors, all eventually identified as "Roman."

  • Ron Paul is For Amnesty and Has a Terrible Record on Illegal Immigration

    08/29/2011 8:46:07 PM PDT · 84 of 87
    ChicagoHebrew to Tempest; SoConPubbie
    HPV can cause genital warts and various cancers, including cervical cancer. But it usually presents with no symptoms. And there is no currently no reliable test on the market that can tell if a man has HPV.

    I don't support any government mandates. But it is insane for religious, Bible-believing parents to discourage their daughters from getting the HPV vaccine. If you've raised your daughter properly, she won't turn into a whore because she got one vaccine. If you didn't raise her properly, then the least of her worries is one day getting cervical cancer. But if she doesn't get the vaccine, she'll run a very serious risk in the event that her husband isn't as virginal or faithful as she is.

  • Ron Paul is For Amnesty and Has a Terrible Record on Illegal Immigration

    08/28/2011 9:31:23 PM PDT · 68 of 87
    ChicagoHebrew to SoConPubbie
    HPV is a communicable disease. Your daughter (if you have one) can marry a man who unknowingly carries HPV, and she would never have had done anything wrong, but still ended up infected. Another Perry Apologist heard from. That's what blood tests are for.

    You are an ignorant fool. There is no reliable test for HPV.

  • Rothschild campsite observes silence for Tisha Be’av

    08/08/2011 8:53:22 PM PDT · 1 of 8
    This is a nice gesture by the protesters, and something we wouldn't see here in the United States. Don't get me wrong: the protesters are leftists who want to take Israel back to the days of socialism and stagnation. But it's touching that they showed respect for this sad day.
  • Are Jews Too Elitist To Accept Gwyneth Paltrow’s Jew-ish Kids?

    07/28/2011 9:39:22 PM PDT · 104 of 113
    ChicagoHebrew to TaraP

    Judaism believes that God established certain laws for Jews (613 commandments) and certain laws for all mankind (7 commandments). God also established laws to define who is within the Jewish people, and thus obligated to keep the full set of 613 commandments. Under God’s law, yes, you receive the status of a Jew by being born of a Jewish mother (much like, under American law, you are usually an American at birth if one of your parents is). Non-Jews can freely choose to undertake the obligation of the 613 commandments, and thus convert to become Jews. But Jews cannot abscond and reject their obligation to keep the commandments.

  • Are Jews Too Elitist To Accept Gwyneth Paltrow’s Jew-ish Kids?

    07/27/2011 9:58:24 PM PDT · 86 of 113
    ChicagoHebrew to lentulusgracchus

    I should also add that the Ethiopian community identifies itself as the Tribe of Dan, and that some prominent Rabbis, such as Ovadia Yosef, fervently back that claim. I’m more skeptical. I think the Ethiopians have their origin almost entirely from converts, as the genetic evidence supports, albeit converts from a very, very long time ago.

  • Are Jews Too Elitist To Accept Gwyneth Paltrow’s Jew-ish Kids?

    07/27/2011 9:55:32 PM PDT · 85 of 113
    ChicagoHebrew to lentulusgracchus
    I once asked a Jewish acquaintance if there were any identifiable remnants left today of the Tribe of Dan.

    The answer is "yes," but very few. It is a myth that 10 tribes disappeared completely. The Bible is pretty clear that four tribes survived largely intact (Judah, Benjamin, Levi and Shimon), and that refugees from the other tribes flooded the Kingdom of Judah after Israel got overrun. And Assyrian records make clear that they deported only about 27,000 people -- mostly the nobility and young strong men.

    Over time, however, tribal identifications almost entirely got lost, and nearly everyone started identifying themselves as Jewish, thanks to Judah's size and wealth. You see a similar phenomenon today in various Jewish communities. In Brooklyn, for example, the big Sephardic Jewish community largely self-identifies as "Syrian," even though many of the people who call themselves "Syrians" actually have their roots in Egypt, Lebanon, and Iraq.

    A small handful of families, however, diligently preserved oral traditions of tribal affiliations. I once knew an Iraqi Jew, for instance, who's mother's maiden name was "Dani." Her family had a tradition of being from the Tribe of Dan.

  • Are Jews Too Elitist To Accept Gwyneth Paltrow’s Jew-ish Kids?

    07/27/2011 9:34:40 PM PDT · 83 of 113
    ChicagoHebrew to TaraP
    What would you consider a child born to a Jewish mother and father, but when the child was born the parents had converted to the Christian faith?

    Under Jewish law, a Jew can never forsake his or her obligations to keep the Law of Moses. So a Jew who becomes an apostate is just a bad Jew, not a non-Jew. The child of a bad female Jew is a Jew.

  • Are Jews Too Elitist To Accept Gwyneth Paltrow’s Jew-ish Kids?

    07/27/2011 9:29:19 PM PDT · 82 of 113
    ChicagoHebrew to Blood of Tyrants
    But to be a Jew, you must be from the line of Judah. Others are followers of the Jewish faith.

    You are wrong. The term "Jew" has been universally applied to all Israel since the days of Ezra. Ask any Cohen or Levi today (both are from the Tribe of Levi, not Judah). They'll identify as Jews, and every Jew on the planet would recognize them as such. Heck, consult your Christian Bible. Paul was from the Tribe of Benjamin. But he clearly identifies as a Jew.

  • Are Jews Too Elitist To Accept Gwyneth Paltrow’s Jew-ish Kids?

    07/27/2011 9:24:32 PM PDT · 80 of 113
    ChicagoHebrew to Ann Archy
    So, why would Jews NOT accept her children as Jews??

    A Jew is someone born of a Jewish mother, or who converted. Paltrow's mother wasn't Jewish, and Paltrow never converted. Ergo, Paltrow's not a Jew. Paltrow has, to my knowledge, not indicated that she will convert, or that she will convert her children. So her children aren't Jews either.

    The equivalent would be someone born in Mexico, to Mexican parents, whose parents raise him with American culture and give him civics lessons in American history. Such a person might know a lot about America. But, without naturalizing, he wouldn't be an American.

  • In Israel, rich and famous flock to wonder rabbi

    07/27/2011 7:39:28 PM PDT · 16 of 19
    ChicagoHebrew to Jewbacca

    Think back a couple thousand years.

  • In Israel, rich and famous flock to wonder rabbi

    07/26/2011 8:30:48 PM PDT · 14 of 19
    ChicagoHebrew to Jewbacca
    But I bet he’s a con man who talks like a fortune cookie and people figure out what they want to hear.

    Nothing good ever came from miracle working rabbis in their 30s.