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  • With jabs at Obama, CUFI lobbies for Iran sanctions, end to P.A. aid (Christians United for Israel)

    07/23/2014 11:10:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jewish Telegraph Agency
    Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, addressing the annual Washington conference of Christians United for Israel, July 21, 2014.With sharp jabs at the Obama administration, Christians United for Israel launched its annual Washington rally with appeals to Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran and cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority. David Brog, the group’s executive director, said CUFI regarded the Iran nuclear talks as a failure and would back legislation proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would impose new sanctions immediately. The Cruz measure is tougher than legislation already under consideration that would trigger sanctions...
  • The Philosophers and the Jews: Black Eggs and White Cheese

    07/22/2014 8:26:25 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 3 replies
    www.TheYeshiva.net ^ | July 2010 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson (Yosef Yitzchak)
    Full title: The Philosophers and the Jews: Black Eggs and White Cheese The Secret of Jewish Resilience. The Inner Story of The Three Weeks Note: only 40 min long and the rabbi translates everything, very little 'yeshivish' (annoying mix of English, Hebrew, and Yiddish) A beautiful explanation on polar opposite sides of the Jewish calendar-- the 3 weeks between the 17th of the Jewsish month of Tammuz (the day the walls of Jerusalem fell to Nebuchadnezzar) and the 9th of Av (the day of the destruction of both Holy Temples) AND the 3 weeks between Rosh Hashana and [the day...
  • ‘We Stand With Israel’: The Overwhelming Message Around the World

    07/21/2014 10:39:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Chabad.org News ^ | July 18, 2014 | Karen Schwartz and Carin M. Smilk
    Rows of candles were set up last week at the home of Rabbi Zalman and Toba Grossbaum, co-directors of Chabad of Livingston, N.J., so community members and family could welcome in Shabbat and pray for the people of Israel.With the Sabbath approaching, Israel Defense Force troops are on the ground in Gaza, with Jews everywhere praying for their safety. Throughout the world came calls for prayer and good deeds on behalf of the Israeli soldiers, and all people threatened by ongoing missile attacks, with special emphasis on Jewish women and girls lighting Shabbat candles, and for families to join with...
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? Revisited

    07/21/2014 10:16:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Fr. John Zuhlsdorf ^ | 7/20/14 | Fr. Z's Blog
    I read at Il Giornale today that the prayer read by the Imam in the Vatican Gardens was indeed from the Sura 2, wherein Allah is asked to crush infidels (that’s us) and let Islam triumph over the whole world (that’s us, too). Vatican Radio, at the time, tried to give this an allegorical spin. It didn’t work very well. At a certain point it seems they also tried to edit out the troubling passage. Suffice to say that an Imam sang: “grant us victory over the heathen/disbelieving/infidel” (Sura 2: 286) in the Vatican Gardens, in front of the Pope,...
  • Undeterred by Hamas Rockets, Hundreds of French Jews Immigrate to Israel

    07/18/2014 8:01:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | July 18, 2014 | Frances Martel
    Jewish communities around the world are not letting terrorist attacks from Hamas deter them from relocating to Israel. This week, hundreds of French Jews arrived in Israel to settle in the towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon, while incidents of anti-Semitism continue to rise in France itself. On Thursday, as the Israeli government announced a ground offensive against Hamas in Gaza, 430 Jewish immigrants from France arrived in Israel with the intention of permanently relocating. Of these, many came as entire families, with 195 children and 18 infants on the flights in. The numbers from France are to be expected-- polls...
  • Some U.S. faith groups unload fossil-fuel investments (barf)

    07/18/2014 7:35:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/18/2014 | Lauren Markoe
    Worried about global warming, a growing number of churches and other faith groups are divesting their holdings in fossil-fuel companies, which release large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. “The warning in Scripture that ‘the wages of sin is death’ could not be more literally true than it is in the case of fossil fuels,” said Serene Jones, president of New York’s Union Theological Seminary, whose board voted in June to divest its $108.4 million endowment of holdings in fossil-fuel companies. “While we realize that our endowment alone will hardly cause the fossil-fuel giants to...
  • Yes, they ate Locust. A Review of Some the Common Foods at the Time of Jesus

    07/17/2014 4:58:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 17, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Generally speaking, the Israelites of Christ’s time were frugal eaters. Frankly until about 100 years ago, frugality in eating was more imposed than chosen. The food was more scarce and less convenient than today. It’s availability was seasonable, and all the elements needed to be made from scratch, including hauling in the water from wells etc.Bread was the essential, basic food. So basic was it that in Hebrew “to eat bread” and “to have a meal” in the same thing. Bread was treated with great respect and many rules existed to preserve that reverence. Any crumbs of over the size...
  • The Subterranean Temple

    07/15/2014 4:39:23 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 26 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 1981 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ZT'L
    I am asleep, but my heart is awake Song of Songs 5:2 Our sages tell us that “when King Solomon built the Holy Temple, knowing that it was destined to be destroyed, he built a place in which to hide the Ark, [at the end of] hidden, deep, winding passageways.”1 It was there that King Josiah placed the Ark twenty-two years before the Temple’s destruction, as related in the Book of Chronicles.2
  • EXCLUSIVE: Holocaust denied by students in Rialto school assignment

    07/12/2014 6:15:41 PM PDT · by blueplum · 36 replies
    San Bernadino Sun ^ | July 11, 2014 | Beau Yarbrough
    Dozens of Rialto eighth-graders questioned whether the Holocaust occurred in essays written for an in-class assignment this spring. Rialto Unified School District administrators, besieged by criticism after the assignment became public in May, claimed at the time that none of the students who completed the assignment questioned or denied the Holocaust, but a survey of the students’ work by this news organization found numerous examples of students expressing doubt or flatly denying that the Holocaust occurred. :snip: “Students got high praise and grades for writing that the Holocaust was a hoax. I’m sick about that, I’m sick about that,” said...
  • The Mystery of the Copper Scroll

    07/11/2014 3:37:23 PM PDT · by robowombat · 25 replies
    CBN News Middle East Bureau ^ | Saturday, July 11, 2009 | Chris Mitchell
    The Mystery of the Copper Scroll By Chris Mitchell CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Saturday, July 11, 2009 JERUSALEM, Israel - In 1947, a Bedouin shepherd wandered the hills of Qumran in search of a missing sheep. He threw a stone into a cave, hoping to drive the lost animal outside. Instead, the sound of shattered pottery drew the shepherd inside the cave. There he stumbled on the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century: the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Copper Scroll In the years that followed, archaeologists found eleven caves and more than 900 documents here at Qumran....
  • Islamic Values vs. Judeo-Christian Values

    06/26/2014 5:54:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 06/26/2014 | Islamic Values vs. Judeo-Christian Values
    My dear friend Ali Sina mentioned in his most recent article that a Muslim professor, Hossein Askari, believes that Western nations lead the World in “Islamic values” and that most Muslim nations practice the least Islamic values. I have heard such nonsense before from some Muslims, some of whom were my relatives. I will never forget the strange look on my Christian American husband’s face when an elderly Muslim man visiting from Egypt told him: “You are such a fine young man, you have the character of a true Muslim.” It is not unusual for Muslims to describe non-Muslims whom...
  • World's First Church, Mosque, Synagogue in One? Berlin May Be Home to 'House of One'

    06/23/2014 8:23:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/23/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A project named "The House of One," looking to create the world's first ever church, mosque and synagogue in Berlin, Germany, where people of different faiths can worship under one roof, is currently raising donations. "Under one roof: one synagogue, one mosque, one church. We want to use these rooms for our own traditions and prayers. And together we want to use the room in the middle for dialogue and discussion and also for people without faith," explained Pastor Gregor Hohberg, a Protestant parish priest, according to a BBC News report. "Berlin is a city where people come together from...
  • Evolution--Darwin the Atheist in Bible Code

    06/22/2014 7:42:08 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 22 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/2/'14 | Rabbi Mattityahu Glazerson
    Click on the link to watch the video.
  • Changing Face of New York Jewry(Jews to become NYC GOP votiing block)

    06/22/2014 5:22:47 AM PDT · by amnestynone · 100 replies
    In 2012, the average New York Jew looks a little less like Jerry Seinfeld and a little more like Tevye the Milkman. New York’s Jews are poorer, less educated and more religious than they were 10 years ago, according to a landmark new study of the city’s Jewish population. They’re also less liberal: More than half of the Jews in New York City live in Orthodox or Russian-speaking homes, both of which lean heavily conservative. The study, conducted by UJA-Federation of New York, counted 1.5 million Jews in New York City, Long Island and Westchester, up from 1.4 million just...
  • Pope Francis, Chagall And Asher Lev

    06/17/2014 4:23:28 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    The Jewish Week ^ | 06/17/14 | Noam E. Marans
    Chaim Potok captured the strain of transition from religious traditionalism to artistic expression in his fictional character Asher Lev. As a young boy, Asher, a painter prodigy and the son of a chasidic luminary, is drawn to a Brooklyn museum where he surreptitiously views crucifixions and nudes. He subsequently paints such scenes. Asher’s mother tries to understand her son’s artistic longings, yet says in exasperation, “Your painting. It’s taken us to Jesus. And to the way they paint women. Painting is for goyim, Asher. Jews don’t draw and paint.” Asher responds, “Chagall is a Jew,” but his mother cuts him...
  • Working Around God: Technology, the Pace of Life, and the Shabbos Elevator

    06/16/2014 8:25:40 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jun 14 2014 | Dominic Pettman
    I live in a historically Jewish building in New York City. On most days, its two elevators service each section of this rather monolithic structure—just enough to keep up with the flow of residents going up and down. But come Friday evening, one of the cars is switched into Shabbos mode, meaning that it stops at every single floor automatically, backing the tenants up like resentful clogs in beige-yellow arteries. It does so for religious reasons, since many observant Jews avoid pressing electric buttons on Shabbat. [SNIP] Shabbos (or Shabbat) Elevators are common in Israel and in other dense centers...
  • What is your opinion of Charisma Magazine?

    06/14/2014 3:00:02 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 22 replies
    Charisma Magazine | 6/14/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Have you ever been to this website? If so, what is your opinion of it? All opinions are welcome. Does this website like Benny Hinn, TD Jakes, Charismatics, Billy Graham, Pope Francis, and others all at the same time? I am not absolutely sure of this, but it seems to. Link to Charisma Magazine below. My opinion of Charisma Magazine? Babylon.
  • The GOP just lost its only non-Christian in Congress

    06/11/2014 5:22:37 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 115 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 11, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss means Congress will soon say goodbye to its only Jewish Republican. And not only that; it also means there will likely be no Republicans in Congress who profess to be anything other than a Christian. According to data collected by the Pew Forum at the start of the 113th Congress last year, the GOP conference was 69 percent Protestant, 25 percent Catholic, 4 percent Mormon and 1 percent Orthodox Christian. Cantor (Va.) was the only member of any other faith on the Republican side in either the House or the Senate -- out...
  • Orthodox Jewish Website Condemns Judge’s Forcing Circumcision on Gentile

    05/19/2014 4:02:19 AM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 55 replies
    The Jewish Independent ^ | May 19, 2014 | Yori Yanover
    Don’t get me wrong, as a Jewish person, I support with every fiber in my body the requirement, even the need for Jewish parents to circumcise their sons. But over the years, I’ve read tons of evidence proving both sides of the circumcision debate, and I have had no use for them. The only valid reason I see for the brutal attack with a sharp knife on a defenseless infant is if God said so.
  • [June 7, 2012] Gay Danish couples win right to marry in church

    06/10/2014 3:40:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    telegraph.co.uk on marymagdalen.blogspot.com ^ | 7 June 2012 | By Richard Orange in Denmark 5:06PM BST 07 Jun 2012
    Frightening article in the Telegraph: Gay Danish couples win right to marry in church. The country's parliament voted through the new law on same-sex marriage by a large majority, making it mandatory for all churches to conduct gay marriages. .... Under the law, individual priests can refuse to carry out the ceremony, but the local bishop must arrange a replacement for their church. I am sure at first most Catholic clergy will refuse and bishops will not comply but down the line, in two or three years, what will happen, and if this law were introduced into England, or the...
  • Christians expelled from site of the Last Supper

    06/10/2014 3:24:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 10, 2014
    Orthodox Jewish activists drove Christian pilgrims out of the Cenacle, the “upper room” revered as the site of the Last Supper, on June 9. About 30 militants, including one member of the Israeli parliament, disrupted a prayer service being held by Christians. The building, which is also revered by Jews as the site of King David’s tomb, is owned by the Israeli government, and Christian services are ordinarily not permitted there. Ownership of the building in Jerusalem has become a contentious issue in Israeli politics. Pope Francis was granted permission to celebrate Mass in the Cenacle, despite protests from some...
  • Pope Francis leads Catholic Church in pro-Jewish direction

    06/09/2014 5:07:40 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 82 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/08/2014 | PADDY MONAGHAN
    I strongly disagree with Caroline Glick’s conclusion in her May 27 article that Pope Francis “is leading the Catholic Church in a distressingly anti-Jewish direction.” I can understand Caroline’s distress at some of the pope’s actions and words but it is important to have balance and not draw wrong conclusions. Pope Francis is totally committed to reconciliation between the Church and Israel. I would like to demonstrate this under five headings: 1. State of Israel Pope Francis in his first Encyclical in November 2013 affirmed God’s everlasting covenant with the Jews: “We hold the Jewish people in special regard because...
  • A Rabbi Cross-Examines Christianity (Jews For Jesus, Messianic Jewish Christians, Michael Brown)

    06/08/2014 8:26:19 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 137 replies
    Jews for Judaism You Tube Video ^ | April 9, 2012 | Rabbi Michael Skobac
    Jews defending Judaism with the best defense...
  • Islamic prayers to be held at the Vatican

    06/06/2014 5:24:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 259 replies
    Al Arabyia News ^ | June 6, 2004 | Staff writer
    For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Francis issued the invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority. Abbas, Peres, and Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders, a statement released by Peres’s spokesperson said, according to the Times of Israel. Holy See officials on Friday said the evening prayers would be...
  • Pope’s prayer meeting with Peres and Abu Mazen will take place on 8 June

    05/29/2014 1:21:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | May 29, 2014 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    The Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, has confirmed that both sides have decided on Pentecost Sunday as the meeting date. The meeting will take place in the afternoon in the Vatican. "We will soon decide on a date and then we’l discuss the content," the Custodian of the Holy Land, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, had told SIR, the Italian Episcopate’s religious information service. Francis asked Pizzaballa to organise the prayer meeting in the Vatican, which he announced at the end of the mass he celebrated in bethlehem last Sunday. The official date has now been set and was announced by the Vatican spokesman,...
  • Cardinal Parolin Links Israeli-Palestinian ‘Prayer Summit’ to Syrian Prayer Initiative

    05/27/2014 6:23:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    In an interview with the Milanese newspaper Il Giornale, the Vatican’s Secretary of State discussed Pope Francis’s decision to invite the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican to pray for peace. “We have experienced the power of prayer in the initiative of the Pope for Syria,” said Cardinal Pietro Parolin. “Prayer is capable of transforming hearts and then transforming history.” The Pope designated September 7 a day of prayer for peace in Syria, a week after President Barack Obama had sought congressional approval for military intervention there. On September 9, President Obama decided to delay pursuing military action. Cardinal...
  • Pope Francis embraces rabbi and Muslim leader at Western Wall

    05/26/2014 3:45:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | May 26, 2014
    Pope Francis left a note at the Wall in accordance with Jewish tradition. Below, he embraces his two friends (Photo: PA) On his last day in the Holy Land, Pope Francis prayed at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, before an emotional hug with two old friends – a Muslim leader and a rabbi.Francis stood at the Wall for more than a minute and a half, most of the time in silent prayer, before reciting the Our Father. Then he followed custom by leaving a written message inside a crack between two blocks. He was accompanied by his...
  • Pope prays at Holocaust memorial, Western Wall

    05/26/2014 2:45:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | May 26, 2014
    A chandelier of candles hangs in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel. Credit: Lauren Cater / CNA. Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 2014 / 02:35 am (CNA).- On the last day of his Holy Land pilgrimage Pope Francis stopped to pray at two sacred sites in Jerusalem. The Pontiff visited the the Western Wall in Jerusalem on the morning of May 26, pausing to pray at the site and leaving the Our Father in Spanish tucked into one of the cracks. The Wall is a sacred place for Jews, the only remains of second temple. Deviating from his...
  • Pope Francis most open pope to Jews in history, Rabbi says

    05/26/2014 12:44:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | May 26, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis meets with seminarians from the Pontifical Roman universities on May 12, 2014 Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA Jerusalem, Israel, May 26, 2014 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Jewish Rabbi and historian has lauded Pope Francis’ visit to the tomb of an important Jewish personality, stating that he is the most accommodating Pope history has seen. Pope Francis has taken “certainly the most friendly, proactive, accommodating position of any Pope probably in history” toward the Jewish people, Rabbi Ken Spiro explained to CNA May 26. The fact that the Roman Pontiff has “gone somewhere such as Herzl’s tomb is kind...
  • Pope Francis Entrusts Holy Land Pilgrimage to Mary

    05/23/2014 7:05:24 PM PDT · by delchiante · 186 replies
    NC Register ^ | 5/23/2014 | BY CNA/EWTN NEWS
    Pope Francis privately visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome this morning to pray and entrust to the Virgin Mary his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. After 15 minutes of meditation and prayer before the image of Mary known as Salus Populi Romani, Pope Francis offered a bouquet of white and yellow roses at the feet of the Virgin. Since the beginning of his papal ministry in March 2013, this is the eighth visit Pope Francis has made to the Virgin Mary, under whose protection he has placed his pontificate. Speaking to Vatican Radio, the archpriest of the basilica,...
  • (Israeli) Ambassador: diversity of papal delegation speaks of dialogue

    05/21/2014 3:43:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | May 21, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See Dr. Zion Evrony speaks with CNA on May 20, 2014 Credit: Andreas Dueren/CNA Vatican City, May 21, 2014 / 10:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In comments made to CNA, the Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See noted that the presence of both a rabbi and a Muslim in the Pope’s delegation to the Holy Land is a milestone in interreligious relations. “For the first time in history Rabbi Skorka from Argentina, who is a friend of Pope Francis, will accompany him but also a Muslim religious leader, Imam Abbud, also from Argentina,” Dr. Zion...
  • Christian Refugees Detained in Israeli Desert

    05/20/2014 5:48:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Some 2,300 Sudanese and Eritrean refugees seeking asylum in Israel, most of them Christian, are being detained at an asylum camp in the Israeli desert, according to Saint James Vicariate for Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel. “The grim surroundings, the heat and the overcrowded rooms created the impression of a prison,” according to the vicariate, which stated that most refugees arrived over two years ago. Pastoral visit to Holot (Saint James Vicariate For Hebrew Speaking Catholics in Israel)
  • Rabbi relates roots of Pope’s Holy Land visit in their friendship

    05/20/2014 5:31:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | May 20, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Logo for Pope Francis' pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Credit: Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Rome, Italy, May 20, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Abraham Skorka, an Argentine rabbi who has long been a friend of Pope Francis, has told a Jesuit magazine of the background of their upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land, which will occur May 24-26. “We dreamt of being together in front of the Western Wall of the Temple of Jerusalem and to embrace … and that I would accompany him to Bethlehem, to be on his side in such a meaningful moment for him,” Skorka...
  • Bill for Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount Sets up War of Allah vs. God

    05/19/2014 9:34:19 PM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 5 replies
    The Jewish Independent ^ | May 20, 2014 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Muslim world’s biggest lie is about to unravel because of a populist Knesset bill to allow Jews to pray on the Temple Mount but which has little of chance of becoming law – yet.
  • Pope’s ‘Last Supper’ Mass Raises Jewish Hackles

    05/19/2014 6:18:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    The Financial Times (UK) ^ | 5/18/14 | John Reed
    A plan by Pope Francis to celebrate mass in a Jerusalem room believed by Christians to have hosted the Last Supper has brought criticism, controversy and conspiracy theories worthy of a Dan Brown novel. The pope’s first official visit to the Holy Land this month was meant to showcase interfaith tolerance and the improved ties between Israel and the Holy See. But the plan to hold mass in the room, known as the Cenacle, has sparked an ugly disagreement that is threatening to undermine the visit. The Cenacle is on the upper floor of a Crusader-era building that is holy...
  • Israeli parliament lauds (Pope Saint) John XXIII as example of unity

    05/16/2014 11:58:59 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | May 16, 2014 | Elise Harris
    In an unprecedented session held earlier this week, members of the Israeli parliament praised St John XXIII for his efforts in improving Jewish-Christian relations, both before and during his pontificate. “John XXIII should serve as an example for all men of the need to bring together peoples of different races, faiths and beliefs,” former immigration and absorption minister Yair Tzeven voiced during the May 13 event, according to the Jerusalem Post. The paper reports in a May 13 article that during the encounter members of the parliament, known as the Knesset, gave special attention to the saint’s efforts in saving...
  • My Invisible Emotions (An Article about Lag BaOmer)

    05/16/2014 10:15:15 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 5 replies
    theyeshiva.net ^ | 5/16/2014 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    This coming Sunday, May 18, known in Hebrew as Lag B'Omer, the thirty-third day of the omer (1), is the anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest sages and spiritual giants in Jewish history, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Rabbi Shimon, who lived in Israel under Roman occupation around 165 CE (approximately one hundred years after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E.), was an extraordinary scholar (2) and author of the Zohar, the most basic Kabbalistic work. He was responsible for revealing to the world the wisdom of the Kabbalah, initiating a new era in the...
  • Pushing, Shoving and Blows Ahead of Mt. Meron Lag Ba’omer Festivities

    05/15/2014 10:59:17 PM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 2 replies
    The Jewish Independent ^ | May 16, 2014 | Yori Yanover
    Thousands who were planning to go up to Mt. Meron Thursday night, in preparation for the Saturday night Lag Ba’omer celebration, were stuck at the bus stop in Har Chotzvim, Jerusalem, where every empty bus that showed up to pick up passengers was pursued by a wild, desperate Haredi mob.
  • The Rosary & Mary’s Jewish Prayer Life

    05/15/2014 3:24:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | May 15, 2014 | SHANE KAPLER
    When I ponder what it means for Mary to be the mother of God incarnate, one of the most astounding aspects is the role she played in shaping Jesus’s human prayer. Yes, in the heights of His soul Jesus beheld the Father as clearly as the angels in heaven; but as a child, “He learns the formulas of prayer from his mother. . .He learns to pray in the words and rhythms of the prayer of his people” (CCC 2599). When Jesus entrusted the Church to Mary at the Cross (Jn. 19:26-27; Rev. 12:17), He extended her motherhood to...
  • Catholic Mom and Haredi Convert Son Reunited by IDF

    05/15/2014 12:36:09 PM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 4 replies
    The Jewish Independent ^ | May 15, 2014 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Diego Tafiah, a convert from Colombia who now is a Haredi soldier, in the IDF, met his Catholic mother and sister for the first time in six years Wednesday night after they were flown in to Israel for a ceremony marking the end of his combat unit’s basic training course.
  • When Pope Francis Visits Israel, This Rabbi Will Be His Guide

    05/12/2014 3:58:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 2 replies
    Tablet ("A New Read on Jewish Life") ^ | May 12, 2014 | Meredith Hoffman
    The day before her wedding, Florence Ofer, a blonde 27-year-old accountant, strolled out of the Shabbat service at Benei Tikva, a synagogue in Buenos Aires, praising the shul’s rabbi, Abraham Skorka, who was going to conduct her wedding. Though she isn’t a member of the congregation, Ofer is among Jews from across the Argentine capital drawn to celebrate weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other special occasions at Benei Tikva. “We chose to get married here because of him,” she told me. “He speaks from the heart.” Her father Leti, a local doctor, piped up to add that the...
  • Chief rabbi helps sick boy fulfill dream to meet the pope

    05/11/2014 4:41:21 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 31 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Sunday, May 11, 2014 | Unsigned (staff)
    Mark Rouk, a 16-year-old Christian Arab boy from east Jerusalem who suffers from a chronic illness, believes the only way for him to heal is with a blessing from the pope Chief Rabbi David Lau says he will invite Rouk to pope's reception ceremony. Photo credit: Courtesy of the Rouk family For one 16-year-old boy from east Jerusalem, Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Israel will be a dream come true. Mark Rouk, a Christian Arab youth who suffers from a chronic illness, approached Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau and asked him to help him meet the pope. In addition to...
  • How Pius XII helped Jews before the Nazi regime occupied Rome

    05/11/2014 4:27:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | May 10, 2014
    October 16, 1943, is engrained in Italy's history as a day of clear and direct anti-semitism. It's the day when Nazi soldiers evacuated Jews from the Roman Ghetto. Now, new details show Pius XII helped Jews in Rome, before the events of the so-called "Black Saturday.” Even before the arrival of the Nazis to the Eternal City. DOMINIEK OVERSTEYNS  L'Opera della Chiesa "By July 9th, a monastery was already taking in Jews, and on July 20, a letter from the Diocese arrived. It read: 'This is Papal territory, please do not enter.' And this happened seven weeks before the German...
  • Rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem?

    05/07/2014 8:26:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | May 3, 2014 | William Hamblin and Daniel Peterson
    The dramatic recent collapse of the Arab-Israeli peace talks and the ongoing political turmoil involving the Temple Mount have again focused world attention on the centuries-old struggle for that sacred site. Since antiquity, the roughly 37 acres of the Temple Mount and its immediate surroundings have frequently been the focus of interreligious strife. The destruction of the Jewish temple by the Romans in A.D. 70 was a devastating event in the history of Judaism. It served as a transforming catalyst in both the origins of Christianity and the transition of Israelite religion from a priestly sacrifice-centered system to the legalistic...
  • Are you a Kisser or a Cleaver? (An advanced Class on the Scroll of Ruth)

    05/06/2014 8:33:10 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 22 replies
    TheYeshiva.net ^ | 2012 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    UNBELIEVABLE Class on the Scroll of Ruth and its Jewish commentaries-- from the simple meaning to the poetic, to the mystical/esoteric. Did you know that Arpah (Ruth's sister) was the mother of Goliath? That Ruth was a reincarnation of the daughter of Lot (of Sodom fame or infamy) Learn about the incredible tapestry of this scroll. Don't fear, non-Hebrew speakers, the rabbi translates everything and only the actual verse is read in Hebrew. The class is given in English...
  • Dachau Martyr Beatified

    05/06/2014 5:36:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Father Giuseppe Girotti (1905-45), a Dominican exegete who was killed at the Dachau concentration camp because of his efforts to assist Jews, was beatified in Alba, Italy, according to the new English edition of L’Osservatore Romano. The April 26 beatification, conducted by Cardinal Severino Poletto, the retired archbishop of Turin, was overshadowed by the canonization of Saints John XXIII and John Paul II the following morning.
  • Israel to Grant Vatican Control of Site of Last Supper?

    05/02/2014 6:08:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    An Israeli lawmaker claims that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken with Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef about the possibility of ceding the Tomb of David— located in an old church building that is also revered by Christians as the site of the Last Supper—to the Vatican. The report—which has not been confirmed by the Israeli government—comes after earlier rumors that the government was engaged in secret negotiations with the Vatican about future control of the site.
  • Catholic Migrant Center Opens in Heart of Israeli-Jewish Society

    05/01/2014 6:53:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Priest Seeks to Minister to Children of Migrant WorkersWith a formal Pontifical Mass the Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem inaugurated the first Catholic pastoral center for migrant workers in Israel on April 26 in Tel Aviv. Those present included the Apostolic Nuncio in Israel, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, and the Ambassador of the Philippines in Israel. Jesuit Father David Neuhaus, co-ordinator of the Patriarchate for migrants' pastoral care and initiator of the project, thanked charities including Aid to the Church in Need for support. "It would have been impossible to found the 'Our Lady of Valor' Pastoral Center without the...
  • Draw Me After You

    04/29/2014 8:19:28 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 5 replies
    "Torah Studies" (Kehot Publishing House) ^ | 1986 | Rabbi, Dr. Jonathan Sacks
    "Draw Me; We Will Run After You" In the Song of Songs (1:4), there is a verse, "Draw me, we will run after you; the king has brought me into his chambers." The Kabbalists see these three phrases as references to the three stages of the departure from Egypt. "Draw me" is the Exodus. "We will run after you" is the counting of the omer. "The king has brought me into his chambers" is the giving of the Torah. "Draw me" is passive -- it refers to the Israelites being taken out by G-d. Also it is singular. Whereas "We...
  • Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

    04/20/2014 11:21:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | April 20, 2014
    Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians at one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive holy sites on Sunday as they dispersed protesters opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there. A police spokesman said officers used stun grenades to disperse dozens of rioters, who threw rocks and firecrackers at them at the site revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Two officers were slightly injured and treated at the scene in the brief clash, the spokesman added. Five Palestinians were also slightly hurt, a Muslim clergyman said. Police...