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  • Israeli, Palestinian reactions to Popeís ĎState of the Worldí address

    01/10/2012 3:22:31 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 10, 2012 | Diogenes
    Both Israeli and Palestinian diplomats are praising Pope Benedictís January 9 address to the diplomatic corps. During the address, the Pope expressed satisfaction that Israeli and Palestinian officials will resume talks through the efforts of Jordanian mediators. ďI am very much pleased that the Holy Father mentioned these new developments which are indeed encouraging--renewing talks after a stalemate of longer than one year is definitely good news,Ē said Mordechay Lewy, Israelís ambassador to the Holy See. ďWe are not a prophet; we donít know what will come out (of the talks) but it cannot be worse than not talking, so...
  • When 'Anti-Semitism' Is Abused: Disagreeing With Israel Doesn't Make One a Bigot

    01/09/2012 9:10:42 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 78 replies · 3+ views
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | January 05, 2012 | Sarah Wildman
    When 'Anti-Semitism' Is Abused Disagreeing With Israel Doesn't Make One a Bigot getty images Real Anti-Semitism: We should all fight anti-Semitism. But some apparently need a reminder about the difference between real anti-Semitism and honest debate about Israel. By Sarah Wildman Published January 05, 2012, issue of January 13, 2012. We were raised to be vigilant. We were taught to fight oppression, admonished to be New Jews ó strong, muscular, defiant.We were told to look for the signs, the slogans and the double-speak. We learned at the knee of those with tattooed forearms; knelt at the feet of those...
  • Need help expressing some answers for skeptics

    01/09/2012 9:43:30 AM PST · by UnChained · 6 replies
    This is a vanity request instead of a news citation and I don't know if I'm posting amiss but I'm giving it my best guess on how to approach this. I had a stroke about eighteen months ago that left me partially paralyzed and mentally impaired also. I seem to have an OK ability to write though. My writing shortcomings though have led to this request for aid. I've lived a fairly unusual if not bizarre life that has given me an unusual Christian testimony. For years I felt constant prodding to share. I was hesitant to write it though,...
  • "What will happen to Catholics and others . . . ?"

    01/08/2012 12:46:11 PM PST · by bkopto · 103 replies
    Mirror of Justice ^ | Jan 2, 2012 | Robert George
    One of my superstar former students, writing about his experience at one of our nation's premier law schools, sent me a note after reading my MOJ post on marriage, religious liberty, and the "grand bargain." Here is the text, with names removed to protect the innocent: I had a first-hand experience with this reality in law school. One of my constitutional law professors taught the section of our course relating to same-sex marriage under the "inevitability" banner. I met with him in office hours later to talk to him about something else, but I brought up a question that I...
  • The State of Christianity (Why it is good for Jews and Israel to see Christianity thriving)

    01/08/2012 6:09:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Jewish Ideas Daily ^ | 01/08/2012 | By Elliot Jager
    On a sun-drenched day during the week before Christmas, Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre was crowded with pilgrims from Nigeria. They were taking turns kneeling and praying at a marker on the spot where, sacred history has it, Jesus was crucified, entombed, and resurrected. (Other Christians consider the holy place to be the nearby Garden Tomb.) Back in Nigeria on Christmas Day, a wave of murderous bombings by Muslim extremists hit several churches. Plainly, the Christian faith is at once thriving and struggling. Global Christianity, a new report from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, describes and...
  • GOD's COVENANTS!! What we receive from GOD. What we inherit.

    12/30/2011 7:40:08 AM PST · by jesus4life
    Bible and Faith | GOD inspired
    GOD made two covenants. 1 with Ishmael and the other with Isaac. Let's remember what they are and learn from them, and not be surprised as the gospel is being fulfilled. All must come to pass.
  • Two Medieval Jewish Thinkers on the ďImage of GodĒ (Ecumenical)

    12/30/2011 6:35:55 AM PST · by rzman21 · 22 replies
    Rabbi Leo Samuel's blog ^ | Rabbi Leo Samuel
    The concept of the Imago Dei ( ¬ďImage of God¬Ē) has fascinated Jewish thinkers since the time of Philo and Ben Sira. For now, we will focus only on two famous medieval thinkers: Saadia Gaon and Maimonides. Saadia points out in his philosophic classic that ◊Ď÷ľ÷į◊¶÷∂◊ú÷∂◊Ě ◊ź÷Ī◊ú÷Ļ◊Ē÷ī◊ô◊Ě (B¬ítse¬ílem ¬ī√©l√∂h√ģm= ¬ďin the likeness of the Divine image¬Ē) is figurative language for God bestowing special honor unto humankind, which He did not confer unto the rest of Creation. This distinctiveness is visible in humanity¬ís ability to exert dominion over the earth (Gen. 1:26). Among modern scholars, biblical theologian D. Clines clarifies the...
  • Jewish voters and the Ron Paul effect )(And how the "Sarah Palin effect" was a myth)

    12/23/2011 3:27:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Jewish Journal of Los Angeles ^ | December 23, 2011 | Shmuel Rosner
    What can they say about Paul? What happens to Jewish Republicans, or to Jews who might consider voting Republican if Ron Paul takes Iowa - not an impossible scenario according to current polling. What happens to the Obama-bad-for-Israel Republican theme if Paul becomes the leading voice of their party - even for a week (until the New Hampshire vote). What chances do GOP Jews have to finally break the unending chain of broken Jewish-shift promises. How can Jewish GOPers withstand the ensuing Democratic attack on the ďisolationistĒ, ďanti foreign aidĒ, ďanti-IsraelĒ party Ė how can they defend a party that...
  • Angels and inquisitors

    12/23/2011 8:32:44 AM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 16 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | David Goldman
    One popular comedian argues that it must be dreadful to spend eternity in heaven. No matter how wonderful it might be at first, eventually you're bound to get used to it and end up bored to death. By the same reasoning, one would shrug off the torments of hell over time, and the experience would be the same as heaven. Truth told, Dante's account of the saints contemplating the Godhead in the "Paradiso" section of Dante's Divine Comedy always bored me, without having to wait for too much of eternity to tick by.
  • Spinning nothing into gold

    12/22/2011 6:46:24 PM PST · by ancientart
    Aberdeen American News ^ | December 21, 2011 | Art Marmorstein
    This week, Jewish children all over the world will gamble for nuts or coins using a specially marked four-sided top, a dreidel. In Yiddish, the four dreidel letters stand for words nearly identical to those used in a similar game once played by German-speaking children. Nun: nichts. Nothing happens. Pass the top to the next player. Shin: shtel. Put one extra token into the pot. Hey: halb. Take half the pot. Gimmel: ganz. All! Win the whole pot. In Hebrew, though, the four dreidel letters aren't just game instructions but an abbreviation particularly appropriate to the Hanukkah celebration. Nes gadol...
  • Have Yourself a Merry Muslim-Jewish Sabbath Christmas Eve

    12/22/2011 11:06:12 AM PST · by trumandogz · 3 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12.22.11 | Jill Carroll
    A Jew, a Muslim and a Christian walk into a synagogue on Christmas Eve . . . Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, right? But, thatís exactly what will happen on Christmas Eve this year here in Houston, which happens to fall on Friday Ė the same day of the Jewish Shabbat and of Muslim community prayers.
  • Happy Hanukkah from Sarah Palin

    12/19/2011 3:47:14 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 26 replies
    SarahPAC ^ | December 19, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    As Jewish families gather this week to celebrate the Festival of Lights, Todd and I would like to wish them a very Happy Hanukkah. This beautiful holiday commemorates the story of the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, following years of struggle by the Maccabees, when one-dayís worth of consecrated oil miraculously lasted for eight. This story never ceases to inspire because it reminds us of the power of faith, hope, and perseverance. The modern State of Israel is the living embodiment of the Hanukkah miracle Ė a country that was not expected to survive the onslaught of its enemies,...
  • Esther Fast

    12/16/2011 8:49:37 AM PST · by Uriíel-2012 · 11 replies
    Wilbur Ministries ^ | Dec 14, 2011 | Wilbur Ministries
    A video by Paul Wilber about the metaphor of Esther saving the nation of Israel through prayer and fasting
  • Jewish Week and Rabbi Hammerman Issue Apology (On opinion column about Tim Tebow)

    12/15/2011 2:54:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Lid ^ | 12/15/2011 | Jeff Dunetz
    UPDATE-- I just received this from the Jewish Week: We apologize for posting an Opinion column on Dec. 14 by Rabbi Joshua Hammerman entitled ďMy Problem With Tim Tebow,Ē the Denver Broncos quarterback who is an Evangelical Christian. The column, in fact, violated our own standards calling for civility in posting comments on our website. The policy statement notes that ďname calling in any form will not be tolerated, and comments that denigrate any religion or Jewish religious stream will always be rejected.Ē The column was removed from our website later that day. Rabbi Hammerman is a respected spiritual leader...
  • Expose: The Vatican Wants to Lay its Hands on Jerusalem

    12/15/2011 8:41:53 AM PST · by Just4Him · 154 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/15/2011 | Giulio Meotti
    The Vatican is now reiterating demands for control of religious sites in Jerusalem. Jordan's occupation 1948-1967 didn't bother them. ďPeace negotiations in the Middle East must tackle the issue of the status of the holy sites of JerusalemĒ, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Vaticanís Council for Interreligious Dialogue, declared several days ago in Rome. The Vaticanís former foreign minister asked to place some Israeli holy places under Vatican authority, alluding to the Cenacle on Mount Zion and the garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The first site also houses what is referred...
  • THE OFFICE OF PROPHET is about to return to the church body WORLDWIDE !

    12/13/2011 11:51:34 AM PST · by Jedediah · 190 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 12-11-11 | Jedediah
    THE OFFICE OF PROPHET IS ABOUT TO RETURN TO THE CHURCH BODY WORLDWIDE ! The Office of Prophet is about to return , This is not from a person but from a yearn , From the calling of many for my voice to speak out , True guidance directly into My House , For many confusion has been the stage , But now I will speak both in grace and in rage , For judgement is here in My house , Holiness received and strange fire cast out , The true and faithful shall remain and be renewed , But...
  • David and Bathsheba

    12/13/2011 7:10:57 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 19 replies
    Torah Ideals ^ | Rabbi Yonason Goldson
    It is a convention of biblical scholarship that scripture sometimes presents seemingly contradictory information that forces us to evaluate the misdeeds of extraordinary people in the context of their times and circumstances. To warn us against superficially interpreting Davidís episode with Bathsheba, the Talmud records the oral tradition that, ďAnyone who says that David sinned is in error.Ē1 Even without the Talmudís admonition, it is impossible to reconcile the simple reading of the text with Torah law. According to Jewish law, an adulteress is forbidden to marry a man with whom she committed adultery, even after divorce or the death...
  • Will This Be The First Time The World Sees The Ark of Covenant?

    12/05/2011 9:23:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 80 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/5/11 | Rick Dewsbury
    *Leaking roof in Ethiopian chapel 'will lead to relic being revealed' *Ark contains Ten Commandments God 'gave' to Moses on Mount Sinai *One holy monk is the only person allowed to see the holy box... * ...but he'll need a hand carrying metre long wooden structure to new homeA very British problem of a leaky church roof could be about to give the world the chance to glimpse the legendary Ark of the Covenant. That's because the claimed home of the iconic relic - a small chapel in Ethiopia - has sprung a leak and so the Ark could now...
  • You "ARE" MY House of Prayer

    12/03/2011 6:30:00 PM PST · by Jedediah · 15 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 12-3-11 | Jedediah
    Situations may be precarious at times but truly this is merely a lack of prayer as preparation for you are my houses of preparation of my will. So know my will by the preparation of your hearts before me for I AM The LIGHT of your path and way in Me ! John 1:4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. John 8:12 New International Version (NIV) Dispute Over Jesusí Testimony 12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ďI am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk...
  • Will Mel Gibson Baptize Chanukhah?

    12/02/2011 6:57:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 12/1/11 | Peter Freeman
    In a recent blog post for Andrew Breitbartís Big Hollywood, Jeff Dunetz laments that ďMel Gibsonís Catholic Faith Completely Contradicts Story of Judah Maccabee.Ē The blogger feels that this highly-troubled entertainer is the wrong choice to direct a film about an ancient Jewish hero. True, Mel Gibsonís Catholic faith contradicts many things, including Catholicism. Dunetz acknowledges that ďGibson is a passionate member of the Catholic Traditionalist movement, a minority Catholic sect that rejects the reforms of the Second Vatican Council in 1964-65,Ē so his concern isnít about Catholicism per se, just Gibsonís particular approach to it: The real question is:...