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  • Top rabbis: Unmistakable signs of Messiah coming

    07/20/2016 6:07:01 PM PDT · by amorphous · 71 replies
    WND ^ | 20 July 2016 | WND Staff
    A conversation between two of the most distinguished rabbis in Israel indicates scholars of the Torah see unmistakable signs of the coming of the Messiah. Whats more, in the Messianic era, Christians will become a source of Torah learning, as believers in Jesus Christ rediscover the source of their beliefs in both Judaism and the Torah. The conversation took place between Rabbi Moshe Sternbuch and Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, both of whom are regarded as leading experts in the Torah. During the conversation, Rabbi Kanievsky reportedly predicted the imminent coming of the Messiah, before the end of the year after the...
  • Ivanka Trumps rabbi backs out of delivering RNC opening prayer

    07/15/2016 1:44:15 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 57 replies
    NY Post ^ | 07/15/2016 | Bob Fredericks
    A prominent New York rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump to Judaism has backed out of delivering the opening prayer at the GOP convention after critics slammed him for appearing to endorse her father. Haskel Lookstein former head of the elite Ramaz School and the former rabbi of Kehilath Jeshurun, a tony Modern Orthodox synagogue on the Upper East Side said he backed out because his planned invocation had become too political.
  • Fooling the Nazis: How a Roman hospital invented K Disease to save dozens of Jewish lives

    06/28/2016 3:56:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aletelial ^ | June 23, 2016 | Jess Colina
    The name was terrible, but the “K Disease” was not a lethal virus. It was actually the clever invention of Professor Giovanni Borromeo and a religious of the Hospital of the Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, to save the lives of dozens of Jews persecuted by the Nazis during World War II.When the SS entered the Fatebenefratelli hospital located on the Tiber Island in Rome, medical personnel and religious explained to the Germans that behind the doors of two special wards, there were patients suffering from this terrible K Disease, some of whom were terminally ill. The...
  • Democratic platform drafters align on Israeli-Palestinian stance

    06/23/2016 8:01:06 PM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | June 23, 2016
    Two delegates to the Democratic Partys platform drafting committee one appointed by Hillary Clinton and the other by Bernie Sanders said the platform must reflect the hardships faced both by Israelis and Palestinians. [Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., appointed by Sanders and Clinton respectively, said] Palestinians struggle under an unjust occupation that deprives them of the rights, opportunities and independence that they deserve. That is the reality of a conflict that has gone on for far too long and at a terrible cost. The statement was released by J Street, the liberal Middle East policy...
  • Never Trump not for any of us ("Trump must not only lose, he must be shamed")

    06/01/2016 8:46:32 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 93 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | 5-27-2016 | Ari Ratner
    Le Pen is, not to mince words, a racist, a bigot, a bully, and a misogynist. In other words, he is a man exactly like Donald Trump. This November, Trump must not only lose. Like Le Pen, he must be shamed. American voters must send a message to him and everyone who would be like him, here and around the world that whatever shortcomings we may have as a country, Trump will not and cannot be our leader.
  • 'Its a synagogue, church, and mosque all in one' [2 Thess 2]

    05/19/2016 8:51:42 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 5/19/2016 | David Rossenberg
    An interfaith group is laying the groundwork for what will likely be the worlds first ever joint house of prayer. The center of worship, which will be called the "House of One," will combine simultaneous Jewish, Muslim, and Christian prayer services. The House of One is planned to be built on the site of Berlins first church, the Petrikirche. One of the organizers of the interfaith group behind the planned church/mosque/synagogue, Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin, said that the House of One is a reminder that despite the dark history of Berlin in the 20th century it is now a center...
  • Arab Countries to Recognize Israel

    04/12/2016 5:37:37 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 20 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | April 12, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Editors note: We at the USA Transnational Report has been covering the thawing of relations between Israel and the Arab countries for some months. The geopolitical map in the Middle East has changed totally. In a true sign of change in the Arab world, Kuwaiti media personality Yousuf Abd Al-Karim Al-Zinkawi called on all Arab and Muslim states to recognize Israel, openly and without delay, and stop calling it the Zionist Entity or the Israeli occupation, terms which undermine Israels legitimacy. In an article published in the Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassa on Saturday, he argued that by sitting alongside Israel at...
  • Cruz anti-Semitic? Not so, Geraldo

    04/12/2016 4:32:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    One News Now ^ | April 12, 2016 | Chad Groening
    A pro-Israel activist says Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera revealed his ignorance when he accused Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz of being anti-Semitic. While Rivera calls himself a Republican, it's apparent he doesn't like Senator Cruz. During a recent appearance on the Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor, he made the following prediction about Cruz's chances in the upcoming New York GOP primary and then defended his allegations on Fox & Friends: Rivera: "I think that he [Cruz] is going to get routed in New York and deservedly so, aside from the stinking anti-Semitic implications that I see...
  • Opinion: Ted Cruz - The Satmar Choice

    04/12/2016 2:01:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Jewish Political Updates ^ | April 11, 2016 | Avrumi Weinberger
    Like Republicans across the country, Satmar Republicans are fed up with the failed policies of the Obama administration. The burdens placed on small businesses by overregulation, higher taxes and Obamacare are felt here, too. Parents struggling to make ends meet dream of a president who will be a crusader for school choice. The administrations hostility to religious liberty sends a chill down the spine of every religious Jewish voter, Republican or Democrat. So naturally, many Jewish Republicans are turning towards Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz achieved national renown for his efforts to defund Obamacare before it launched in 2014, leading to...
  • Cruz will have hundreds of influential Republican donors and Jewish leaders to himself this weekend

    04/08/2016 12:48:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Columbus Republic ^ | April 8, 2016 | Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz, The Associated Press
    LAS VEGAS Ted Cruz has hundreds of influential Republican donors and Jewish leaders all to himself this weekend in Las Vegas as he addresses the Republican Jewish Coalition. Cruz's rivals for the GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump and John Kasich, declined invitations to attend a puzzling move in particular for Trump as he tries to project himself as a party unifier who deserves the Republican nomination even if he falls short of winning enough delegates in the primaries to clinch it outright....
  • On Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism And One Girls Experience at Stanford

    04/06/2016 2:16:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Stanford Daily ^ | April 3, 2016 | Michal Leibowitz
    Do you think that Israel has a right to exist as a homeland for the Jewish people, and are you aware of the particular circumstances of Jewish history that might prompt that need and desire? And if your answer is no, if your notion is somehow that that history doesnt matter, then thats a problem, in my mind. President Barack Obama, on drawing the line between criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism Molly Horwitzs proposed student Senate bill calls for support from the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) to condemn anti-Semitism on campus. A portion of the bill also clarifies...
  • 10,000 millionaires abandon France over Islam fears

    03/31/2016 6:28:32 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/31/16 | Robert Laurie
    Progressives, who inexplicably still seek to coddle the worst humanity has to offer As weve argued before; when a country fails to solve its problems, those who are capable of leaving will do so. Theres no reason for a person of reasonable wealth to stay in a nation thats making his or her life miserable. Thats not rocket science; its just simple economics. So, when you look at a nation like France, you might assume that the ugly trifecta of high taxation, high cost of living, and radical Islam is incentivizing the departure of the financially stable. ...And youd be...
  • France: Exodus of 10,000 millionaires amid rising Muslim tensions

    04/01/2016 5:50:47 AM PDT · by xzins · 63 replies
    IB Times ^ | March 31, 2016 | Ananya Roy
    Rising tensions in France, especially in Paris following a series of Islamist terrorist attacks in 2015, have spurred an exodus of its super-wealthy citizens, a new report on migration trends of millionaires and high-net worth individuals across the world reveals. The report warns that other European countries, including the UK, Belgium, Germany and Sweden "where religious tensions are starting to emerge", will also see similar trends. Regarding a Brexit, the report suggests millionaires would want to stay in Britain even if it leaves the single currency bloc. The report was compiled by New World Wealth, an agency that gives information...
  • Many Palestinians, foreign workers trying to convert to Judaism

    03/29/2016 5:54:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 3/29/2016, 3:21 PM | Hezki Ezra
    About half of the annual Exceptions Committee requests to officially convert to Judaism, about 200 cases in total, come from foreign workers, illegal Arab infiltrators, Palestinians or illegal immigrants. This fact was announced during a Knesset State Control Committee meeting on conversions. According to the law, anyone who is not an Israeli citizen and is not eligible for the Right of Return can only begin the conversion process after receiving permission from the Exceptions Committee. The head of the State Control Committee, MK Karin Elharar (Yesh Atid), said, Many of those interested in converting encounter a very lengthy process, sometimes...
  • Belgian police ask Jewish community to avoid Purim masks, cancel festivities

    03/24/2016 10:02:37 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 31 replies
    The Jewish Crisis Management Team of Antwerp urged the community to comply with these rules and declared the next three days to be days of mourning with celebrations and public feasting forbidden. A clear set of rules for Purim celebrations were released on Wednesday in a press release from the office of the High Commissioner of the Antwerp Police in light of the terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels on Tuesday, according to reports by local media. According to the report, due to heightened security concerns, police have requested that the Jewish community avoid wearing masks that cover the...
  • Trump Yarmulkes Are Biggest Seller at AIPAC Conference

    03/22/2016 3:11:00 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 41 replies
    free beacon ^ | 3/21/16 | Alana Goodman
    If yarmulke sales are any indication of voter attitudes, Donald Trump was the clear winner at AIPAC on Monday night. Marc Daniels, a vendor selling campaign logo kippas outside the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday evening, said the Donald Trump 2016 cap was his most popular item by far. Daniels said he was inundated with requests for the Trump yarmulkes from conference-goers and sold out almost immediately. I totally underestimated the degree of support that Jewish people who are attending this event have for Trump, said Daniels, who runs an online yarmulke shop called...
  • With an Orthodox focus, Ted Cruz reaches out to Jewish donors and voters

    03/21/2016 11:40:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 21, 2016 | Katie Zezima
    When Ted Cruz headlined a recent fundraising luncheon in New York, the Baptist senator was presented with a gift: a menorah. "It was very heartfelt," Mica Mosbacher, a Cruz supporter who was there, said of the feelings on both sides. "He strikes a chord with the Jewish community." Cruz, the son of a pastor, has spent several years aggressively courting the support of Jewish voters, particularly those who are Orthodox. Touting his conservative views on Israel, his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and his adherence to traditional values, Cruz has found a conservative niche in the Orthodox community in...
  • In Whose God Do We Trust?

    03/17/2016 1:25:28 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies ^ | March 10, 2016 | Karen Shade
    According to Dr. Joel Mathews, the phrase "In God We Trust" was first printed on our coins in 1864 and on paper bills in 1957. It had been proposed that "Our Country, Our God, Our Trust" be used, but that was shortened to be able to stamp the motto onto coins. Kansas State University Polytechnic's March Civic Luncheon began with Kansas Weslyan University's Dr. Philip Meckley asking: o How can we look at comparative religious traditions? o How can we live with differences for the sake of our human community? Matthews, a K-State Polytechnic instructor, began the lecture by saying...
  • FReepers, post your favorite Passover recipes

    03/14/2016 1:18:33 AM PDT · by Read Write Repeat · 26 replies
    Preparing early this year because last year, I lost all creativity and repeated recipes to many "didn't we have this two days ago?" complaints after traditional seder. I need your help.
  • Haredi: The Ultra orthodox society in Israel

    03/08/2016 9:21:54 AM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 4 replies
    This is a documentary that follows a variety of people in the Ultra orthodox community in Israel, and tells different stories. First of is the Israeli election, in a feud between the sides in the community whether they should vote or not vote, second issue is the issue regarding education and poverty, where two women try to change the enviroment regarding haredi education and family planning, and the third part is about the controversy surrounding the internet in the Haredi world. Should internet be allowed or not? Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part...
  • Jewish leaders back Cruz, say he's the best hope for survival of Israel, West...

    03/01/2016 3:07:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Christian Today ^ | March 1, 2016 | Hazel Torres
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz secured the support not only of evangelical Christians but also of Jewish leaders ahead of Super Tuesday, the electoral event in various states across America that could make or break the fortunes of the five remaining candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. Last week, Dr. Ben Chouake, national president of NORPAC, America's largest pro-Israel political action committee, endorsed Cruz for president, Charisma News reported. More Jewish leaders endorsed Cruz over the weekend, raising his number of influential Jewish political supporters to more than three dozen, according to the senator's campaign. "Since the day we announced our...
  • Punk Jews

    02/28/2016 12:05:56 AM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 22 replies
    Like most religious cultures, Judaism is struggling to bridge the gap between tradition and the modern world. There seem to be many different contradictory interpretations of Jewish traditions and many wrestle to find the answers to common questions regarding the stereotypes, rules, and regulations. YouTube
  • Islam's Uniquely intense Jew Hatred...miracle nation pt 53

    If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say; If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us: Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul: Then the proud waters had gone over our soul. Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the...
  • The Pro-Israel Choice (for President)

    02/16/2016 8:30:23 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies ^ | February 16, 2016 | David Shor
    Conventional wisdom among many of my peers in the "pro-Israel" community is that Rubio & Cruz are indistinguishable as it relates to support for Israel, and on Foreign Policy as a whole. Is that indeed true?...
  • President of Nation's Largest Pro-Israel PAC Backs Ted Cruz

    02/16/2016 8:17:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 16, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    According to reports, Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was slated to receive Tuesday afternoon the endorsement of the head of the nation's largest pro-Israel PAC. Jewish Insider broke the news Tuesday morning that the Texas senator, who is campaigning in South Carolina ahead of that state's Republican presidential primary on Saturday, will receive Dr. Ben Chouake's backing. Chouake is president of NORPAC, a nonpartisan political action committee whose primary purpose is to support candidates and sitting members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who demonstrate a genuine commitment to the strength, security and survival of Israel....
  • The Person in the parsha: Simple belief, genuine belief

    01/21/2016 6:14:55 AM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 3 replies
    INN ^ | January 21, 2016 | Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
    Nowadays, we consider ourselves too sophisticated to relinquish the God of the philosophers in favor of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But thereby we miss a wonderful spiritual opportunity. One does not need academic training to achieve spiritual experience, nor does one need to be a theologian to serve the Almighty. All one needs is emuna peshuta, the kind of faith that the simple maidservant of the Midrash on this week's Torah portion modeled for us.
  • The Secret Of The Fifteenth Day

    01/20/2016 1:18:54 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 3 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 1/20/'16 | Roy S. Neuberger
    Six months ago I wrote about Tu B'Av, a Yom Tov that brings hope after the terrible events of Tisha B'Av. There is something about the fifteenth day of the Jewish month that relates to redemption. The first day of Pesach and the first day of Sukkos, as well as Tu B'Shevat and Shushan Purim, all occur on the fifteenth of the month. As we approach Tu B'Shevat, an appropriate question would be: Why is the fifteenth so special that momentous days of redemption consistently fall upon that day? What sets it apart from all the other days of the...
  • Foundation aims to convert gentiles, save Judaism

    01/08/2016 3:20:35 AM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 18 replies
    JTA ^ | January 3, 2016 | Suzanne Pollak
    Maybe it's the centuries of living under Christian and Muslim rule. Maybe it's the history of forced conversion. Maybe it's that there's no religion requirement for the Jewish afterlife. Whatever the reasons, Jews have traditionally been uncomfortable proselytizing. But a Maryland foundation is flouting the taboo by funding outreach programs to non-Jews in an effort to bring them into the fold. "Our primary purpose is to support programs that publicize Judaism to non-Jews," Ellen Gerecht, executive director of the National Center to Encourage Judaism, says from her second-floor office in Silver Spring, Maryland. "We think Judaism has a lot to...
  • Who should keep Iraqi Jewry’s archives, saved from Saddam, now on tour in US?

    01/06/2016 6:57:35 PM PST · by OddLane · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | January 6 2016 | Rich Tenorio
    American special forces stormed the basement of the notorious Mukhabarat, the headquarters of Saddam Hussein’s secret police, shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003. And while they didn’t find the alleged weapons of mass destruction, nor the Iraqi dictator himself, what they did find was a rare collection of artifacts from the Iraqi Jewish community dating back hundreds of years, including a Hebrew Bible and Babylonian Talmud. The collection was waterlogged and damaged, and the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq placed an urgent call to the United States National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland. With permission from local...
  • Islam as a 'second faith' in Jewish schools & vice~versa

    01/04/2016 1:38:10 PM PST · by wtd · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva 7 Israel National news ^ | 1/3/2016 | Hillel Fendel
    Islam as a 'second faith' in Jewish schools~and vice-versaMuslim and Jewish schools in Britain are planning to teach their students the other's religion. Britain's Association of Muslim Schools said it will ask its member schools to teach Judaism as a second religion. The surprising announcement came just days after Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis – Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the [British] Commonwealth of Nation – recommended that Jewish schools provide lessons on Islam. Several Jewish schools have already committed to take up the Rabbi's recommendation. Both recommendations - that of Rabbi Mirvis and that of the Association...
  • Debating the Nature of God

    01/03/2016 11:35:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 3, 2016 | Gene Van Son
    The recent flap at Wheaton College, an Evangelical college near Chicago, caused by Dr. Larcyia Hawkins donning a Muslim hijab to stand in religious solidarity with Muslims 'because Christians and Muslims believe in the same God,' touched off a spate of opinion pieces on whether or not Hawkins is correct. Some supported her contention and some did not. Reader comments after most of these essays were split as well, but the majority clearly supported the 'no we don't worship the same God' position. The opinions offered in the 'no we don't' essays, are based on the theology that Christians worship...
  • AP-NORC Poll: Christian-Muslim split on religious freedom

    12/31/2015 1:03:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 30, 2015 11:58 AM EST | Rachel Zoll and Emily Swanson
    Americans place a higher priority on preserving the religious freedom of Christians than for other faith groups, ranking Muslims as the least deserving of the protections, according to a new survey. Solid majorities said it was extremely or very important for the U.S. to uphold religious freedom in general. However, the percentages varied dramatically when respondents were asked about specific faith traditions, according to a poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Eighty-two percent said religious liberty protections were important for Christians, compared with 61 percent who said the same for Muslims. About seven...
  • Politico Performs Deep 'Schlong' Analysis

    12/23/2015 8:20:15 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 23, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Just how much did Ben Zimmer chuckle while writing this "schlong" analysis for Politico? Well, no matter how much he was laughing, he did manage to write in a serious tone on the subject...which made it come off even funnier than was probably intended. At first Zimmer slams Donald Trump for his use of the term "schlonged" but ends up exonerating him when other examples of the slang word being used as a synonym for "defeat" were found.
  • Orthodox Rabbis Issue Groundbreaking Declaration Affirming ‘Partnership’ With Christianity

    12/20/2015 11:45:00 AM PST · by amorphous · 110 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 17 Dec 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    A group of prominent Orthodox rabbis in Israel, the United States and Europe have issued a historic public statement affirming that Christianity is "the willed divine outcome and gift to the nations" and urging Jews and Christians to "work together as partners to address the moral challenges of our era." "Jesus brought a double goodness to the world," the statement reads. "On the one hand he strengthened the Torah of Moses majestically" and on the other hand "he removed idols from the nations," instilling them "firmly with moral traits."
  • Yes, Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God (But Here’s What That Means & Doesn’t)

    12/17/2015 6:45:49 PM PST · by delacoert · 167 replies
    The Official Blog of Benjamin L. Corey ^ | December 17, 2015 | Benjamin L. Corey
    Wheaton College is stirring up an old debate this week that's worth revisiting. Professor Larycia Hawkins, in an effort to show solidarity with Muslims, decided to wear a hijab during advent. While wearing a hijab may have been tolerated by the school, what she said about the relationship between Islam and Christianity, was not. She wrote: "I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God." For the crime of saying, "we worship the same God" Hawkins was suspended from...

    12/14/2015 3:14:30 PM PST · by GreyFriar · 24 replies ^ | Dec 13, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Every Obama event somehow has to offend Christians and Jews. Could Obama pull it off for Chanukah? Yes, he could. I already wrote about Susan Talve's bizarre pre-Menorah lighting rant at the White House Chanukah party. Then, not satisfied with having made a disgrace of the Chanukah ceremony, Susan Talve declared, "I stand here to light these lights to say no the darkness of Islamophobia and Homophobia and Transphobia." Talve babbled about insuring "justice for Palestinians" and began gleefully chanting, "Ins'Allah, Ins'Allah". Or "Allah Willing".
  • The Vatican Is Wrong, Jews Need Jesus for Salvation, Says Messianic Group

    12/14/2015 7:44:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/14/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A leading Jewish Messianic group in America has responded to the Vatican's recent claim that Jews do not need to be believers in Jesus Christ to be saved, by saying that the Apostle Paul would have been "horrified" at the suggestion. David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, said in a statement late last week that the suggestions of the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with Jews are : ... egregious, especially coming from an institution which seeks to represent a significant number of Christians in the world." He further pointed out that the document's title, "The Gifts and...
  • Vatican says Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should fight anti-Semitism

    12/11/2015 2:01:07 PM PST · by onyx · 76 replies
    REUTERS ^ | December 11, 2015 | Reuters Staff
    CARDINAL KOCH & RABBI ROSEN Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism, the Vatican said on Thursday in a major document drawing the Church further away from the strained relations of the past. It was the latest move on a host of issues, such as gay rights and re-marriage, that the Vatican or Pope Francis have made showing a desire to be more compassionate and open and to move further away from entrenched traditions. In the past, for example, Catholic prayers have denounced Jews for not believing in Jesus. Jews have also...
  • Even Muslim Scholars Agree: Jerusalem Is Jewish

    12/11/2015 11:08:08 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 6 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | Hillel Fendel & Chaim Silberstein
    A fine thread running through many of our columns is that the legitimacy of Islam’s religious claims to Jerusalem is in inverse proportion to the volume and frequency with which they are made. Now comes along a renowned Muslim Egyptian scholar, of all people, to corroborate our point. Prof. Youssef Ziedan, a specialist in Arabic and Islamic studies and a prolific author, has given a series of interviews to Egyptian television stations in recent days, in all of which he emphasizes one issue: There is actually no connection between Jerusalem and ancient Islam. When Islam was founded during the 7th...
  • A Carved Stone Block Upends Assumptions About Ancient Judaism

    12/08/2015 7:32:46 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 47 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 12/8/15 | Isabel Kershner
    BEIT SHEMESH, Israel — The carved stone block is about the size of an occasional table. It has held its secrets for two millenniums. Whoever engraved its enigmatic symbols was apparently depicting the ancient Jewish temples. But what makes the stone such a rare find in biblical archaeology, according to scholars, is that when it was carved, the Second Temple still stood in Jerusalem for the carver to see. The stone is a kind of ancient snapshot. And it is upending some long-held scholarly assumptions about ancient synagogues and their relationship with the Temple, a center of Jewish pilgrimage and...
  • National Coalition of Rabbis Endorse Ted Cruz for President

    12/07/2015 12:37:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | December 7, 2015 | Binyamin L. Jolkovsky
    A coalition of rabbis representing Jews throughout America -- cutting a wide swath of Orthodox Judaism, from the Modern Orthodox left to the ultra-Orthodox right -- have united to back the candidacy of Republican Texas senator Ted Cruz for president, can exclusively report. For church-state reasons, the rabbis are signing their "open letter" independent of their congregational, educational and social organizations. Collectively, however, they represent a significant constituency from coast to coast; up to 10,000 people. "Rabbis generally avoid political affiliation or endorsement," said Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt of Dallas, who helped organize the group. "The pursuit of power is...
  • SB killers were radical, ISIS-loving monsters — but one of their victims was just as bigoted

    12/05/2015 9:54:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 131 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | December 5, 2015 | Linda Stasi
    They were two hate-filled, bigoted municipal employees interacting in one department. Now 13 innocent people are dead in unspeakable carnage. One man spent his free time writing frightening, NRA-loving, hate-filled screeds on Facebook about the other’s religion. The other man quietly stewed and brewed his bigotry, collecting the kind of arsenal that the Facebook poster would have envied....
  • Halal vs Kosher (differences and similarities between Islamic and Jewish dietary laws)

    11/18/2015 1:38:29 PM PST · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    Halal and Kosher are terms often heard in the context of meat and dairy, and although it's common knowledge that the terms refer to guidelines on what can be consumed and what cannot, few know what either really means, let alone how they differ. "Is this kosher?" has become a common expression that has transcended the context of religion and food to the point that it simply means "Is this acceptable?" in a colloquial sense. Halal and Kosher refer to what's permitted by Islamic and Jewish religious laws respectively. Halal is an Islamic term that means lawful or permitted. Although...
  • Union of Reform Judaism Approves Resolution for Transgender Rights

    11/05/2015 9:55:35 AM PST · by Read Write Repeat · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Nov 05, 2015 | Mike Schneider
    AP - The largest movement of Judaism in the U.S. passed the most far-reaching resolution in support of transgender rights of any major religious organization, saying Thursday that it's a continuation of a tradition of inclusion in the Reform Jewish movement.
  • Rabbi pins Henkin killings on divine retribution for gay parades

    11/02/2015 6:25:28 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 11/2/2015 | Raoul Wutliff
    popular rabbi at the head of Tunisian Jewry in Israel suggested to a memorial gathering Sunday that the murders of Eitam and Naama Henkin and other recent violence were a direct result of “sinful behavior,” including gay pride events.
  • Atheist: Okay to Disparage Christians, But Islam Off-Limits Because of ‘Fear’

    11/01/2015 7:25:47 PM PST · by lowbridge · 59 replies
    cns ^ | october 30, 2015 | penny starr
    An atheist professor said Tuesday that it's acceptable to criticize Christians but not Muslims, because he does not "fear" retaliation from Christians. "I know what keeps me from critiquing Islam on my blog is just fear," Phil Zuckerman said at a discussion on religious liberty at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. "I've got three kids. "So I know I can say anything about Christianity or Mormonism, and I'm not living in fear, which is a testament to Christianity and Mormonism, and that's wonderful. Thank you," said Zuckerman, who is a self-described atheist and professor of secular studies at Pitzer College...
  • Study: Ultra-Orthodox will make up half UK's Jews by 2031

    10/18/2015 5:47:32 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 24 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 10/16/2015 | JTA
    Haredi Orthodox Jews will soon account for half of the British Jewish population, according to a study of the kingdoms Jewis
  • Orthodox woman says gym threatened to arrest her for working out in a skirt

    10/17/2015 4:38:57 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 124 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/2/2015 | Frank Rosario and Bruce Golding
    An Orthodox Jewish woman is suing the Lucille Roberts health-club chain for allegedly pitching a holy fit when she insisted on wearing a skirt during her workouts in Brooklyn. Yosefa Jalal, of Crown Heights, claims in court papers to be filed Friday that she was repeatedly harassed, threatened with arrest and ultimately had her membership revoked for following religious dictates regarding female modesty.
  • How Rabbi-Led LGBT Clergy Are Supporting Black Lives Matter

    10/13/2015 7:02:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Forward ^ | October 12, 2015 | John A. Oswald
    Rabbi Debra Kolodny believes that Black Lives Matter is one of the most critical movements of our day. And she wants to transfer that belief into action. So Kolodny next weekend will lead a nationwide conference of LGBTQ clergy from all faiths to explore ways to actively support the activist group that exploded onto the national scene after several high-profile deaths of black men and women in confrontations with cops. Ive been active in the national LGBTQ religious movement for almost 20 years, explained Kolodny. For all that time our leadership has spoken of the need to embrace complexity and...
  • Chief Rabbi claims Jerusalem 'disgusted' by gays

    10/01/2015 5:56:07 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 8 replies
    Forward ^ | 9/30/2015 | Haaretz
    Only months after an Israeli teen was murdered by an ultra-Orthodox man during the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, the citys chief rabbi Shlomo Amar has lashed out at the LGBT community, saying I believe that this phenomenon will wane and disappear, because most of the public is disgusted by it and detest it.