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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.
  • Jews--What do you live for?

    05/07/2012 6:27:18 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 4 replies
    Torahcafe.com ^ | May 1, 2012 | Rabbi Shmuel Braun
    A Torah shiur on classical Jewish commentary and elucidation of a verse in the King Solomon's Song of Songs. Don't let the Hebrew or Yiddish scare you...he translates everything. Jews--What do you live for?
  • Jesus talk to Samaritan woman has different meaning than modern scholars suggest

    05/05/2012 5:55:53 AM PDT · by se99tp · 24 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 4th, 2012 | Dr Murray D. Gow
    Many writers focus here on what they consider to be the moral failings of the woman making her out to be an immoral loose woman but this reads into the text what is not there. In reality, the focus is on the failure of the men in her life. We are simply not told how she came to lose her husbands; was she divorced or was she widowed? In view of social practices in ancient Samaria, it is not unlikely that the woman was married more than once to men very much her senior in which case she could well...
  • Archaeological Find Supports Biblical Portrait of the Davidic Kingdom

    04/23/2012 6:45:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | April 20, 2012
    In 2008 I first ran a story about a major archaeological discovery at Khirbet Qeiyafa. The Israeli Antiquities Authority is releasing the preliminary report of the finds at Khirbet Qeiyafa. As I explained then, the findings are challenging skeptical scholars' claims. As I explained then, according to skeptical scholars the accounts of the kingdoms of David and Solomon are myths--essentially the Israelite equivalent of Arthurian legends of Camelot and the Roundtable. In short, in their view, it was simply fabricated. After Israel's Babylonian exile, the Jewish leaders invented these stories. The Israelites simply "idealized" their past; the Davidic traditions...
  • The test of the 'Eighth Day' is one of a lifelong struggle to prevail over the pitfalls of life

    04/20/2012 6:36:49 AM PDT · by Former Fetus
    Jewish World Review ^ | 4/20/2012 | Rabbi Berel Wein
    Full title: The test of the 'Eighth Day' is one of a lifelong struggle to prevail over the pitfalls and vicissitudes of life and its constant problems The name of this week's Torah portion, Shemini, is taken from the description of the events that transpired on the eighth day after the dedication and opening of the services of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) in the desert. The term "eighth day" means more than just the count of the number of days that elapsed since the Tabernacle came to life and to service. It signifies the moment that euphoria ends and reality sets...
  • Our Creator and Savior

    04/11/2012 6:17:55 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    Holy Land Moments ^ | 4/11/2012 | Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
    “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” — Exodus 20:2 If little green men suddenly appeared on this planet and it was your job to teach them about the Lord, what might you tell them? My guess is that nine out of ten people would include “creator of the world” in their first sentence. That is, after all, arguably God’s most famous act. However the first time that God introduces Himself to the world at large, by revealing himself at Sinai and handing down the Ten Commandments, this is...
  • $26 million suit against Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein International Fellowship Of Christians & Jews.

    04/05/2012 11:46:14 PM PDT · by Love for Israel · 2 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | March 27, 2012 | Eli Daniel
    A federal court in New Jersey today has scheduled its first hearing for April 16th on a lawsuit against Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein’s International Fellowship of Christians & Jews, the New Israel Fund and several Israeli officials. The lawsuit seeks over $26 million from each Defendant, “for gross violations of human rights and torture arising out of an institutionalized discriminatory policy of disengaging and separating fathers from their minor children”. The three Israeli fathers who filed the lawsuit say Eckstein deceives Evangelical Christians by using their donations to support radical feminists in their anti-father crusade to break up the Israeli family....
  • $26 million suit against Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein International Fellowship Of Christians & Jews.

    04/05/2012 11:14:39 PM PDT · by Love for Israel · 12 replies
    Your Jewish News ^ | March 27, 2012 | Eli Daniel
    A federal court in New Jersey today has scheduled its first hearing for April 16th on a lawsuit against Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein’s International Fellowship of Christians & Jews, the New Israel Fund and several Israeli officials. The lawsuit seeks over $26 million from each Defendant, “for gross violations of human rights and torture arising out of an institutionalized discriminatory policy of disengaging and separating fathers from their minor children”. The three Israeli fathers who filed the lawsuit say Eckstein deceives Evangelical Christians by using their donations to support radical feminists in their anti-father crusade to break up the Israeli family....
  • Vatican, Israel Spar Over Disputed Last Supper Site

    04/05/2012 10:55:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    NPR ^ | 4/5/12 | Daniel Estrin
    This room, known as the Cenacle on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, is venerated as the site of Jesus' Last Supper. Jews and Muslims also consider the building to be a holy site, and it has been a source of contention for years. Israel and the Vatican may be nearing an agreement.This room, known as the Cenacle on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, is venerated as the site of Jesus' Last Supper. Jews and Muslims also consider the building to be a holy site, and it has been a source of contention for years. Israel and the Vatican may be nearing an...
  • Passover Video

    04/03/2012 6:18:06 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 3/23/2012 | Chief Rabbi of SA
    This is one video you want to watch sometime BEFORE Friday (Passover). It tells, with beautiful music, in just over 6 min, the story of the Jewish people, from their deliverance from Egypt to today's threat from Iran! Video at this link
  • Dangerous Exit from Comfort Zone: Passover Offering on Temple Mount

    03/30/2012 11:58:23 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 14 replies
    Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them: 'Draw out, and take lambs according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb. And you shall observe this matter for an ordinance for you and your sons for ever. (Exodus 12) Soon, with G-d's help, we will establish Jewish leadership for Israel. Please be forewarned that when that happens, our familiar, comfortable Pesach holiday will be radically changed. We will have to forget about the Pesach seder with the extended family at the home of the family balabusta. Instead, we will be face to face with...
  • Commuting and Commenting: Life in Motion

    03/30/2012 6:49:00 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 1 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 3/30/2012 | Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
    For several years now, I have been taking a train to work every day. Not a subway train, mind you, but an old-fashioned inter-city railroad train, complete with a conductor who collects the passengers' tickets and even shouts, "All aboard!" I enjoy my daily train ride because it gives me an opportunity to sit by myself and think, read, or study undisturbed. Occasionally, my peaceful solitude is interrupted by someone who sits down next to me and starts a conversation. Generally, the conversation consists of the usual niceties and endures no more than a few moments. But Paul was an...
  • Comes the Comer: Review of New American Haggadah

    03/23/2012 2:38:24 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    Jewish Review of Books ^ | Spring 2012 | Leon Wieseltier
    A history of Jewish literacy remains to be written. It will be a colorful and complicated work, as befits the variegated linguistic history of the Jews, and for American Jewish readers of our day, I mean the honest ones, it will be a disturbing work. Whereas the Jews have always used many languages, Jewish and non-Jewish ones, and whereas complaints about the faltering level of competence in Hebrew appear in many medieval and modern sources, the awful fact is that Jewry of the United States has decided—it was a decision, even if it was never formally made—that the Jewish tradition...
  • Was St. Joseph a tzadik?

    03/23/2012 9:02:55 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 20 replies
    Brethren, may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Earlier this week we celebrated the feast of St. Joseph of Nazareth, chaste husband of Mary, and foster father of our Lord Jesus. The Scripture reading for the feast, from Matthew 1:19, read in part: Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately.I remembered that in Jewish tradition, the term for a "just man" is tzadik, and that this term carries a specialized meaning in classical Judaism. The title is given to personalities...
  • Jewish Shroud Expert Teaches at Pontifical University

    03/23/2012 6:42:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 3/22/12 | Andrew Dalton
    Photographer From '78 Scientific Examination Speaks of Proofs of AuthenticityROME, MARCH 22, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Barrie Schwortz was the Official Documenting Photographer for the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP), the team that conducted the first in-depth scientific examination of the Shroud in 1978. In this interview, Schwortz tells ZENIT how Shroud science has influenced his own faith. ZENIT: You just finished teaching a week-long course as part of the Diploma in Shroud Studies from the Science and Faith Institute of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, in collaboration with Othonia and the International Center of Sindonology in Turin. What has that...
  • Your Peace comes from the fruit of your Obedience !

    03/20/2012 4:32:56 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 3-20-12 | Jedediah
    My solace in you is derived from obedience that even in this small act you receive a great blessing ((( ("ME" ) )))"Jesus" So as you listen , follow and obey, We truly are one for you walk in my steps and I light the pathway before you ! Now come and remain well within my voice for I AM ALL of your provision in just this simple thing ! Joshua 5:6-12 New International Version (NIV) 6 The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt...
  • On the Islamophobia Train: The Rabbi and the Imam

    03/19/2012 10:12:12 AM PDT · by OddLane · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Phylisschesler.com ^ | March 19, 2012 | by Phyllis Chesler and Fern Sidman
    As Islamist terrorists are being arrested in Baku for a plot to attack both the American and Israeli Embassies; as Muslims torture, murder, and exile Christians from their native Arab lands; as Hamas constantly bombards Israeli civilians with rockets launched from Gaza; even as Iran is threatening to send many "caravans of tens of thousands" of hostile Iranians to march on Jerusalem—guess what subject drew 225 eager audience members and the media to an upper west side Jewish Community Center? The subject du jour was:"Combating Islamophobia," which featured panelists Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali. The moderator: None other...
  • Shabbat and the Holy Temple

    03/15/2012 7:54:12 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 11 replies
    And Moses gathered all the congregation of the Children of Israel and he said to them: These are the things that G-d commanded to do them. For six days you shall work and on the seventh day, it will be holy for you, a Shabbat of Shabbats for G-d, whoever does work on it will be put to death. You shall not burn fire in your dwellings on the day of Shabbat. (From this week's Torah portion, Vayakhel, Exodus 35: 1-3) The commandment to observe the Shabbat is often woven together with the commandments of the Temple. What is the...
  • A Jewish Take on the New Testament

    03/12/2012 7:21:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 3/4/12 | Carl E. Olson
    Jewish scholars provide insights that could advance knowledge, dialogue between the Church and JudaismOver the years I have used many different commentaries, study Bibles and related reference works. The majority of these helpful texts have been written by Catholic scholars, with numerous others produced by Protestant publishers, along with a few from Eastern Orthodox writers. And in my studies of the Old Testament, I have used several works by Jewish scholars. But until now, there hasn’t been a volume quite like “The Jewish Annotated New Testament” (Oxford University Press, $35), a work, as the co-editors note in their preface, that...
  • Mormon proxy baptism of Daniel Pearl draws family's ire

    03/11/2012 11:15:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    CNN's Belief Blog ^ | March 1, 2012 | Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
    A muckraking ex-Mormon researcher struck again this week, revealing that some Mormons conducted a proxy baptism for slain Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl last year. The disclosure comes after recent revelations that Jewish victims of the Holocaust, including Anne Frank and a parent of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, had been baptized by proxy by Mormons. Helen Radkey, who has been combing through Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints records for years, told CNN the Pearl incident was one of "the most egregious," because of the circumstances of Pearl's death. Pearl, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped in...
  • Purim for Catholics

    03/07/2012 12:45:30 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 6 replies
    Seraphic Secret ^ | 3/7/'12 | Robert J. Avrech
    Governments will always seek to consolidate ever greater chunks of power. That is the nature of government as it is the nature of man. Jews and non-Jews must always be on guard against those who seek to curtail freedom in the name of allegedly free stuff—higher and ever higher taxes is the price for government entitelements. Seraphic Secret strongly urges our friends in the Catholic community—actually, all our non-Jewish friends—to read The Book of Esther. Because at this very moment President Obama is asserting that Catholics are different. And you are. You believe in a power higher than Obama.
  • A short Purim vanity

    03/06/2012 4:44:05 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 40 replies
    Self | 3/6/'12 | Zionist Conspirator
    It's been a while since I've posted a vanity (in fact there's been so much infighting here that I don't post as much as I used to), but I hope this one will be worth reading. As many of you know, tomorrow night and next day (3/7-8) is Purim, the holiday that commemorates G-d's ever-governing providence, however well hidden, behind the scenes. It also celebrates irony, since the day that set aside for the annihilation of the Jews was instead the day they destroyed their enemies. Right now I can't think of anything we need to remind ourselves of more...
  • Christian Scriptures, Jewish Commentary

    03/06/2012 3:23:10 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 6, 2012 | Carl Olson
    The recently published Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford University Press, 2011), marks the first time, as the volume’s Preface states, “that Jewish scholars have annotated and written essays on the complete New Testament.” It is co-edited by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and Dr. Marc Zvi Brettler, who is Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University. I recently interviewed the two by e-mail about the volume: how it came about, what is unique about it, and how it might contribute to Catholic-Jewish dialogue. (My review of the Jewish...
  • Palestinians to present conditions for return to peace talks with Israel

    03/03/2012 8:09:08 PM PST · by Dogbert41 · 7 replies
    HAARETZ.COM ^ | 03/03/2012 | Haaretz
    The Palestinian Authority has set a number of conditions for the resumption of peace talks with Israel, Al Arabiya reported. The conditions reportedly include the acceptance by Israel of a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, with the possibility of a limited land swap, and a complete halt of settlement construction, including in East Jerusalem. The conditions are also said to include the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails.
  • 'Hitler's Pope' praised for preventing their deportations to death camps

    03/02/2012 8:35:33 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 2, 2012 | Nick Squires
    Pius XII, who was elected in 1939, has been accused of turning a blind eye to the Nazis’ extermination of the Jews in Europe, including a round-up by the Gestapo of 2,000 Italian Jews in Rome’s Ghetto area in 1943. They were sent to concentration camps, including Auschwitz, and only a handful survived the war. The Vatican has until now refused to release any documents from Pius’s papacy, despite calls for them to be made available by Jewish groups and historians, who in the past have dubbed the Italian pontiff “Hitler’s Pope” and accused him of being anti-Semitic. But...
  • Mormon ritual is no threat to Jews (Jewish writer lets Mormons Baptize his dead family)

    03/02/2012 6:55:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 03/02/2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    IN A COLUMN many years ago, I described how I once attempted to chart a family tree. Most of my father’s family had been killed in Auschwitz, and my efforts to trace their genealogy left me, I wrote, with a family tree that “has stumps where branches ought to be’’ and “gets narrower, not wider, as it grows.’’ A woman phoned me the morning that column appeared. She said she was a Mormon, and wanted to add the names of my father’s massacred relatives — the column had mentioned about 18 of them by name — to the Mormon Church’s...
  • Outraged by Mormon proxy baptism? Not this Jew

    03/01/2012 7:19:27 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 38 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 3/1/2012 | Jeff Jacoby
    In a column many years ago, I described how I once attempted to chart a family tree. Most of my father's family had been killed in Auschwitz, and my efforts to trace their genealogy left me, I wrote, with a family tree that "has stumps where branches ought to be'' and "gets narrower, not wider, as it grows.'' A woman phoned me the morning that column appeared. She said she was a Mormon, and wanted to add the names of my father's massacred relatives — the column had mentioned about 18 of them by name — to the Mormon Church's...
  • The Mystery of the Cherubs

    02/26/2012 5:19:27 PM PST · by Phinneous · 23 replies · 2+ views
    Torahcafe.com ^ | 2/1/2011 | Rabbi Shmuel Braun
    Unbelievable class on the inner meanind of the Cherubs, the angelic statues above the Holy Ark. It's an intermediate level...he translates most of the Hebrew he quotes so don't be scared. JEWS--Learn your heritage!
  • Sean Stone, Oliver Stone’s son, embraces Islam in Iran (Supports Ahmadinejad)

    02/17/2012 12:39:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Global Post ^ | February 15, 2012 | Kristin Deasy
    Sean Stone, the son of award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone, converted to Islam on Tuesday during a ceremony in the Iranian city of Isfahan. Taking the name “Ali,” Iranian news agencies report that the 27-year-old has converted to Shia Islam, which is practiced by the majority of Iranians. The son of a half-Jewish father and Christian mother, Stone told AFP today that his conversion “is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with,” but shows “I have accepted Mohammad and other prophets.” He has not, however, explained his reason for converting. Reuters reports that Stone is in Iran working...
  • Oliver Stone's director son turns to Islam (but says he's holding onto Judaism and Christianity)

    02/16/2012 1:57:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 02/16/2012 | Mark Duell
    A U.S. filmmaker who has a Jewish father and Christian mother today decided to convert to Islam in Iran, where he is making a documentary. But Sean Stone, 27, son of Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, insisted the switch did not signal him abandoning the faiths of his parents. He became a Shiite Muslim on Tuesday and has reportedly chosen to be known by the first name of 'Ali', but will not reveal why he converted. ‘The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with,’ Mr Stone told news agency Agence France-Presse. ‘It means I...
  • Elie Wiesel calls for Romney’s help to end Mormons’ proxy baptisms of Jews

    02/15/2012 6:11:13 AM PST · by Colofornian · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 14, 2012 | Peter Wallsten and Jason Horowitz
    Nobel-laureate Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and a top official from the Simon Wiesenthal Center said Tuesday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney should use his stature in the Mormon church to block its members from posthumously baptizing Jewish Holocaust victims. Their comments followed reports that Mormons had baptized the deceased parents of Wiesenthal, the late Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter. A spokeswoman for Romney said his campaign would not comment, directing all inquiries to church officials. Posthumous baptisms of non-Mormons are a regular practice of the Mormon religion. Church members believe the ritual creates the possibility for the deceased to...