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Judaism (Religion)

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  • Keepers of the Lost Ark

    01/25/2012 9:26:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/24/12 | Robert Spencer
    There are many worthy pilgrimage sites all over the world, but none can boast of anything approaching the Church of Ethiopias singular claim to fame: the Ark of the Covenant. Ethiopian Christians maintain that the Ark, the portable shrine holding the stone tablets of the original Ten Commandments that were written atop Mount Sinai by the Finger of God, and bearing (according to numerous Old Testament accounts) the Presence and Power of God, was brought to Ethiopia in 950 B.C. Menelik, son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, is said to have taken it there, and it is...
  • Authentic Torah Lecture

    01/22/2012 6:05:44 PM PST · by Phinneous · 12 replies ^ | Jan 3, 2012 | Rabbi Shmuel Braun
    This is an online class given by a dynamic rabbi in Israel. Probably mostly of interest to Jews, especially if you've never attended an authentic Jewish Torah (Bible) class. Enjoy
  • Israel Seeks to End Ancient African Jewish Custom

    01/18/2012 9:35:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    AP via Biloxi-Gulfport Sun Herald ^ | 1/18/12 | Daniel Estrin
    ASHKELON, Israel -- Israel is closing the books on a rare millennia-old Jewish tradition. Nearly three decades after Israel began airlifting Ethiopia's ancient Jewish community out of the Horn of Africa, Israel's rabbis are now working to phase out the community's white-turbaned clergy, the kessoch, whose unusual religious practices are at odds with the rabbinate's Orthodox Judaism. The effort has added to the sense of discrimination felt by Israel's 120,000 Ethiopian citizens. These sentiments boiled over this month after a group of landlords in the southern town of Kiryat Malachi refused to accept Ethiopians as tenants.The move has prompted large...
  • Unsung hero saved 10,000 from the Holocaust {portuguese catholic diplomat}

    01/16/2012 10:46:19 PM PST · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Montreal Gazette ^ | 16 Jan 2012 | Randy Boswell
    A global search has been launched for Holocaust refugees saved by a little-known Portuguese diplomat stationed in France during the Second World War a man described as one of the great unsung heroes of the era by renowned Canadian writer Peter C. Newman, who credits the maverick consul Aristides de Sousa Mendes with helping his own family escape the Nazi death chambers.Sousa Mendes has never received the kind of attention given to Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist credited with saving more than 1,000 Jews from the Holocaust by employing them in his factories.Sousa Mendess courageous actions to help at...
  • Why Don't Famous Jews Thank God Like Tim Tebow?

    01/15/2012 10:18:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Highland Park Patch ^ | 01/15/2012 | By Jacob Nelson
    I learned how to "Tebow" long before I learned who Tim Tebow was.This is partially because I'm clueless when it comes to professional sports, but mostly because, at this point, the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback is as famous for his Christian faith as he is for his football skills.Don't get me wrong Tebow's game is fascinating on its own. A big portion of the Tim Tebow myth comes from the exciting, often bizarre way the quarterback manages to stage comebacks and lead his team to last-minute wins, as he did last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Many Bears...
  • Holy Cow!

    01/12/2012 8:27:23 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 8 replies
    Holy Land Moments ^ | 1/12/2012 | Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
    The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: This is a requirement of the law that the Lord has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without defect or blemish and that has never been under a yoke.Numbers 19:2 Much debate has gone on, both in Jewish and Christian camps, regarding the red heifer and its significance to the rebuilding of the Third Temple, and therefore, to ushering in the messianic period. Both Jews and Christians in recent years have attempted to locate and bring to Jerusalem a genetically pure red heifer. Sacrificing a red heifer as part...
  • Israeli, Palestinian reactions to Popes State of the World 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 Benedicts 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. I 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, said Mordechay Lewy, Israels ambassador to the Holy See. We are not a prophet; we dont 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 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 Image of God (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 ( “Image of God”) 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 בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים (B’tse’lem ´élöhîm= “in the likeness of the Divine image”) 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’s 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 isolationist, anti foreign aid, anti-Israel party 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, thats exactly what will happen on Christmas Eve this year here in Houston, which happens to fall on Friday 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-days 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 a country that was not expected to survive the onslaught of its enemies,...
  • Esther Fast

    12/16/2011 8:49:37 AM PST · by Uriel-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 My Problem With Tim Tebow, 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 name calling in any form will not be tolerated, and comments that denigrate any religion or Jewish religious stream will always be rejected. The column was removed from our website later that day. Rabbi Hammerman is a respected spiritual leader...