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  • From Death to Eternity: The Red Heifer Connection

    06/28/2012 7:45:31 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 15 replies
    The commandment of the Red Heifer is one of those Divine directives that is beyond the scope of our understanding. Nevertheless, there are facets of this mitzvah that we can understand: The ashes of the red heifer were a tool used to purify the highest degree of ritual impurity: death. Why would anyone have to purify himself after coming into contact with death? One simple reason: So that he may enter the Holy Temple. The Creator is the source of life. He chose the Holy Temple on the Temple Mount as His dwelling place in this world. The source of...
  • Rabbi Ariel Under Criminal Probe, ‘Banned Indefinitely’ from Temple Mount

    06/28/2012 6:08:43 AM PDT · by jjotto · 4 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | June 27th, 2012 | Yori Yanover
    Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the 78 year old founder of the Temple Institute and a former Israeli paratrooper who took part in Israel’s liberation of Temple Mount in 1967, has been banned from entering the holiest Jewish site by Israeli Police. Ariel was informed of the ban last week after attempting to visit the site. Although an official reason was not given at the time, the Rabbi was told by police officers that he was banned indefinitely. A spokesman for the Jerusalem Police told the Jewish Press that the rabbi conducted himself in a manner which is not in compliance with...
  • German court bans male circumcision, sparks outrage among Jews, Muslims

    06/27/2012 7:22:25 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 31 replies
    MSNBC ^ | June 27, 2012 | lde Raftery, Reuters
    <p>BERLIN - Jewish and Muslim groups protested on Wednesday after a German court banned the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons, Reuters reported. The ban applies to the Cologne region of Germany.</p> <p>The court in the western city of Cologne handed down the decision on Tuesday in the case of a doctor who was prosecuted for circumcising a four-year-old Muslim boy.</p>
  • German court rules religious circumcision on boys an assault

    06/27/2012 6:46:25 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 20 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/27/2012 | AFP Writer
    Circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm, a German court ruled Tuesday in a landmark decision that the Jewish community said trampled on parents' religious rights. The regional court in Cologne, western Germany, ruled that the "fundamental right of the child to bodily integrity outweighed the fundamental rights of the parents", a judgement that is expected to set a legal precedent. "The religious freedom of the parents and their right to educate their child would not be unacceptably compromised, if they were obliged to wait until the child could himself decide to be circumcised," the court...
  • Judaism--the Most Modern Ancient Religion

    06/18/2012 6:28:10 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 7 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 6/176/2012 | Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
    Whenever someone asks me a question, I first have to think, “What kind of a box has this guy trapped me in?” Then I can deconstruct the box. If the box dissolves, there goes the question. If it doesn’t dissolve, I better listen up. The guy’s got a point.
  • Connecting Heaven and Earth

    06/14/2012 8:49:15 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 11 replies
    Our Sages consider the Sin of the Spies even worse than the Sin of the Golden Calf. What is the root cause of the sin of rejection of the Land of Israel? What is so terrible about "We will make a new leader and return to Egypt?" At the time of the sin, as Rashi explains, the spies were righteous Jews who had just experienced the myriad miracles of the Exodus from Egypt and the journey through the desert. Did they really believe that G-d could not humble the lowly Canaanites as He had the mighty Egyptian empire? How could...
  • SSPX Priest Announces Agreement with Rome this Week!

    06/12/2012 5:39:24 PM PDT · by jcpryor · 3 replies
    Fr. Miche Koller of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) has proclaimed that an agreement between Rome and the SSPX will be announced this week. He then went on to rally against union with Rome. It is impossible to know whether or not Bisop Williamson's followers will prevent the SSPX from joining with the Catholic Church. But if the above prediction turns out to be true, see the entire video below for some of what will be coming to a parish near you. The cultic video is ironically entitled, "Bishop Williamson: The Unchanging Catholic Unifier"
  • Chariots in Red Sea: 'Irrefutable evidence'

    06/07/2012 6:56:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 80 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | June 7th, 2012 | Joe Kovacs
    A news report that stunned the world nine years ago about the discovery of possible ancient chariot wheels at the bottom of the Red Sea is suddenly gaining fresh attention with new video claiming “irrefutable evidence” that corroborates the find. In June 2003, WND interviewed Bible enthusiasts who dove the waters of the Red Sea, alleging they found and photographed parts of chariots that may be the actual remains of the catastrophe brought upon the Egyptian army which pursued the Israelites, according to the Book of Exodus in the Bible. “I am 99.9 percent sure I picked up a chariot...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SEMITES, 06-07-12

    06/07/2012 9:39:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 06-07-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SEMITES A race of people whose ancestral home was in Asia and Africa, and reputed descendants of Shem, son of Noah. In historic times all of Western Asia except Asia Minor was Semitic, and philologists divide the race into four main groups: Babylonian-Assyrian, Chanaanite, Aramaic, and Arabian. Their original home was probably Arabia. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Conservatives [Rabbis] Give Gay Wedding Guidance

    06/01/2012 8:07:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 5/31/12 | Naomi Zeveloff
    Rabbis Adopt Two New Frameworks for Same-Sex MarriagesWhen Gerald Skolnik, the president of a group of 1,600 Conservative rabbis, was asked to officiate at a gay wedding last year, he didn’t know where to start. “I was flying by the seat of my pants,” he said. Should the wedding look like a heterosexual ceremony, or something else entirely? Now he has guidelines to turn to. After years of deliberation, the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly has provided guidance to rabbis for performing same-sex marriages. On May 31, the assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards approved templates, culminating a six-year-long process that...
  • Can You Prove That Judaism is True?

    05/30/2012 8:28:16 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 9 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 2/1/1971 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ZT'L
    By the Grace of G‑d 6th of Shevat 5731 [February 1, 1971] Brooklyn, N.Y. Miss ——— London, England. Blessing and Greeting: I received your letter with some delay. In it you write about the uncertainty you feel regarding commitment to Yiddishkeit [Judaism,] inasmuch as you think that life in accordance with the Torah and Mitzvos is restrictive, and limits the individual in personal creativeness, particularly in the area of thinking and choosing for himself, etc., so that it is hard to reconcile such commitment with the idea of personal freedom.
  • Cardinal- progressive Catholics can be just as anti-semitic as traditionalists

    05/25/2012 11:22:59 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 25 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Cardinal Koch's speech in Jerusalem
  • From Yad Vashem Zionism to Temple Zionism

    05/24/2012 11:08:29 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 6 replies
    28 Iyar, 5772 May 20, '12 Translated from the Makor Rishon newspaperSome people still think that the reason that our national train continues to speed down the Oslo track is because of the people at the helm. Begin surrendered the Sinai Peninsula because he was tricked. Netanyahu hugged Arafat because he is pliable. Sharon destroyed Gush Katif because he is corrupt. And the list goes on. But the truth is just the opposite. The Right continues to slide down the slippery slope of the "peace process" not because of the weakness of its leaders but despite the fact that its...
  • We Get a Torah, But What's In It for G-d?

    05/20/2012 4:39:13 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 4 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 5/20/12 | Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
    (Audio lecture)
  • 30 New York Rabbis Hear Neocatechumenal Way Choir

    05/15/2012 6:07:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 5/14/12 | y Alvaro de Juana
    Symphonic-Catechetical Initiative Part of Way's Efforts to Foster Dialogue With JewsNEW YORK, MAY 14, 2012 (Zenit.org).- On May 8, the Orchestra and Choir of the Neocatechumenal Way performed in New York’s prestigious Avery Fisher Hall "A Symphonic Homage Prayer to the Victims of the Shoa, the Jewish Holocaust."The symphony interlaces the Word of God with music, through the reading of the prophet Ezekiel, the Gospel of Luke and the background of the Symphony, “The Suffering of the Innocent."There were some 3,000 people in the audience, the majority Jews, among whom were more than 30 rabbis, and some 12 bishops and...
  • Israeli Conservative Movement approves ordination of gay rabbis

    05/15/2012 5:49:17 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 4/20/2012 | Revital Blumenfeld and Yair Ettinger
    Israel's Masorti (Conservative) Movement decided to approve the ordination of homosexual rabbis, in a dramatic vote on Thursday. The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, affiliated with the movement, will admit gay and lesbian students for training as spiritual leaders as of the upcoming school year. In doing so the Israeli Conservative Movement is joining the American branch of the movement, whose rabbinical seminaries have been admitting gay students for some years. The question whether or not to ordain gay and lesbian rabbis has been rattling the Conservative Movement in Israel and the U.S. for the past decade. Unlike the Reform movement that...
  • SSPX News

    05/14/2012 4:38:33 PM PDT · by jcpryor
    Multiple sources ^ | 5/13/12 | J. Christopher Pryor
    There is much speculation that the proposed accord with Rome and the SSPX will result in two radical factions leaving the SSPX. The two groups are the French faction of the SSPX, noted by their devotion to the ideology of Charles Maurras and represented by Bishop Tissier de Mallerais, and the fascist faction of the SSPX, represented by Bishop Richard Williamson. While this event would have the good result of removing the extremists from the SSPX before its reunification with Rome, I am not certain this will occur. It is very possible that these radicals will come into the established...
  • Hybrid Economics, Torah Style

    05/10/2012 8:08:36 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 5 replies
    And if your brother becomes poor, and his means fail with you, and you shall uphold him: as a stranger and a settler shall he live with you. Take no interest from him or increase; but fear your G-d; so that your brother may live with you. You shall not give him your money with interest, or give your food for increase. I am Hashem your G-d, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan, to be your G-d. (From this week's Torah portion, Behar, Leviticus 25:35-38) The Torah portion of...
  • 3,000-year-old artifacts fuel Biblical archaeology debate

    05/08/2012 1:00:23 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 37 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | May 8, 2012 | MATTI FRIEDMAN
    New finds presented Tuesday from an intriguing site in the Judean Hills are part of a scholarly argument about the accuracy of the Bible The excavation at Hirbet Qeiyafa is currently one of the most important in the world of Biblical archaeology (Courtesy of Hebrew University of Jerusalem)Two rare 3,000-year-old models of ancient shrines were among artifacts presented by an Israeli archaeologist on Tuesday as finds he said offered new support for the historical veracity of the Bible. The archaeologist, Yosef Garfinkel of Hebrew University, is excavating a site known as Hirbet Qeiyafa, located in the Judean hills not far...
  • Jews--What do you Really Live for?

    05/07/2012 6:34:22 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 12 replies
    Torahcafe.com ^ | May 1, 2012 | Rabbi Shmuel Braun
    torah shiur about the deeper meaning of self-sacrifice.