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  • Pew finds Orthodox similar to Evangelical Christians - not other Jews

    08/30/2015 4:52:22 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 17 replies
    Forward ^ | 8/26/2015 | Nathan Guttman
    Wearing black hats or donning small yarmulkes, Orthodox Jews represent a distinct subgroup within the Jewish community — more observant, more conservative and more insular
  • Zarif says Iran an historic haven of the Jewish people

    03/05/2015 4:32:24 PM PST · by SJackson · 49 replies
    Iranian FM Zarif says that Netanyahu's position reflects "bigotry" over facts. WASHINGTON – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says that his country has saved the Jewish people three times in history, and does not seek their annihilation. In an interview with NBC News, Zarif rejected characterizations to the contrary put forth by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week in an address to a joint meeting of the US Congress. “Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us,” Netanyahu said on the eve of Purim, commemorating the salvation of Iran’s Jews under threats...
  • Rabbi Harizy's man camp: Transforming the battle of the sexes, one falafel at a time

    08/19/2015 8:23:19 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 9 replies
    Observer ^ | 8/12/2015 | Celia Farber
    “Welcome! Come in,” said a strong, Middle-East accented voice, as I hesitated at the door.
  • New York cellphone executive gives $250k to Ted Cruz super PAC

    08/17/2015 3:50:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | August 17, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Ben Nash, chief executive of PCS Wireless, is the man behind a mystery $250,000 donation to a super PAC supporting Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, according to the New York Times. Nash donated $250,000 to Stand for Principle PAC in January through “V3 231 LLC,” a company registered in New York. Nash donated to Cruz because “he has been a strong supporter of Jewish issues,” company spokesman Robert Barletta told the Times. Nash, a former student of Jewish religious texts at Yeshiva, co-founded PCS Wireless in 2001 as a teenager.The company became a major global distributor of new and used...
  • Haaretz oped calls to attack right-wingers with baseball bats

    08/14/2015 3:41:46 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/13/2015 | Moshe Cohen
    The way to deal with right-wing activists like Bentzi Gopshtain, according to radical leftist Nissan Schorr, is to attack him with a baseball bat. In fact, doing so is “my dream,” he wrote in left-wing paper Haaretz Wednesday.
  • Torah told me to have sex this way

    08/09/2015 2:30:31 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 30 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 8/5/2015 | Emily Blunt
    Audiences watching The Lost Key will not likely be surprised to see a bearded, traditional Orthodox rabbi telling them that missionary-style with a man on top, a woman on the bottom, in near total darkness within the confines of marriage, is the “right” way to have sex.
  • The ultra-orthodox hatred behind the stabbing at Jerusalem gay pride

    08/07/2015 3:55:12 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 16 replies
    The Forward ^ | 7/30/2015 | Jay Michaelson
    If a community’s respected religious leaders preach, over and over again, that gay people deserve to be killed, isn’t it inevitable that someone will try to kill them?
  • PRO-KORAN REFORM RABBI YOFFIE SAYS TORAH CAUSES TERRORISM

    08/04/2015 8:01:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 08/04/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    A few years ago "Rabbi" Eric Yoffie, a Reform clergyman spoke at an Islamic Society of North America convention, an anti-Semitic Muslim Brotherhood organization that supported Hamas, and denounced Dennis Prager for criticizing the Koran. At ISNA, Eric Yoffie sanctimoniously warned that... There exists in this country among all Americans — whether Jews, Christians, or non-believers — a huge and profound ignorance about Islam. It is not that stories about Islam are missing from our media; there is no shortage of voices prepared to tell us that fanaticism and intolerance are fundamental to Islamic religion, and that violence and...
  • THE Overcomer's Crown [Charismatic Caucus]

    07/23/2015 12:01:23 PM PDT · by Jedediah
    Bible. The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 7-23-15 | Jedediah
    I am alabaster in beauty ; the pearl in your crown , The voice of wisdom ; my words never fall to the ground , My majesty surrounds you for my heart you obey , My kingdom goes before you each and every day , There is no other that you serve , Your feet remain steady ; they never swerve , My heart is the path you joyfully anticipate , I AM your inheritance you pant for yet never need to wait , I AM your Shepherd ; your gateway , the pool of mercy you know , My...
  • Meet the Jew who built 5,300 schools for black children in the 1900s Deep South

    07/20/2015 8:52:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | July 21, 2015 | Lisa Hostein
    New film, ‘Rosenwald,’ tells story of philanthropist Julius Rosenwald who transformed black lives, including those of writer Langston Hughes and opera singer Marion Anderson.PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Alex Bethea, the son of cotton and tobacco farm workers, was in sixth grade in 1965 when his family moved from Dillon, South Carolina, to the tiny town of Fairmont, North Carolina, where he attended a school called Rosenwald. But it wasn’t until this week, 50 years later, that Bethea learned that his school was named for Julius Rosenwald, the Jewish philanthropist who is the subject of a new documentary by Aviva Kempner. The...
  • Candidates and Israel (Republicans)

    07/12/2015 7:13:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | July 12, 2015 | Steve Kramer
    My readers know that I, as an expatriate American, am primarily concerned with how any prospective president views the Jewish state. There are many candidates running for the US presidency from both parties, all of whom have opinions about Israel and its relationship with America. In my last column I reviewed the Democratic contenders. Now it’s the Republicans’ turn. The strong support of every American president is vital for Israel, but the relationship is not one-sided. Israel is America’s most stalwart ally in the region, sharing its democratic ethos; it is the only country in the region that allows freedom...
  • Why Does Torah Law Allow Polygamy?

    07/04/2015 2:11:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 120 replies
    Chabad ^ | June 27, 2015 | Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, senior editor
    Just to magnify your question somewhat, you’ll note that Torah presents the original paradigm of marriage—that of Adam and Eve—as monogamous. Furthermore, virtually every instance of polygamy recounted in the Torah is related directly by the narrative to some sort of calamity—whether strife between competing wives, as was the case with Hannah and Peninah,1 or between rivaling half-siblings, e.g. Jacob’s2 and King David’s sons.3 Even the very verse4 in which the Torah provides a green light for polygamy frames it within an undesirable circumstance: “If a man will have two wives, one beloved and the other hated . . .”...
  • Jerusalem family finds 2,000-year old mikveh underneath living room

    07/01/2015 4:11:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    Ha'aretz ^ | Tammuz 14, 5775 (July 1, 2015) | Nir Hasson
    A Jerusalem family ripping up its living room floor found a staircase lost for 2,000 years, leading to a large ritual bath carved out of bedrock. It took the family some years to call in the authorities and show them the discovery beneath their house, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ein Kerem. Throughout the interim, the family blocked off the entrance to the mikveh with wooden doors, and simply continued to live over it. When they did call in the Israel Antiquities Authority, beneath the doors, the archaeologists found the carved stone staircase leaving to a big mikveh, 3.5 meters...
  • US Jews among biggest supporters of same-sex marriage, data shows

    06/29/2015 3:04:59 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 72 replies
    JTA.org ^ | 6/28/2015 | None given
    (JTA) — American Jews are among the most supportive religious groups of same-sex marriage. Some 77 percent of American Jews expressed support for same-sex marriage, according to data gathered in 2014 by the Public Religion Research Institute. Some 47 percent of American Jews polled said they “strongly favor” allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, and 30 percent said they “favor” it.
  • American Orthodox Jews fearful of 'gay marriage' decision

    06/28/2015 5:00:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 6/28/15 | Carl in Jerusalem
    Maybe this will be an impetus for American Orthodox Jews to make aliya. There's some real fear going around about the future implications of last week's US Supreme Court decision forcing the states to allow 'gay marriage' and how that might impact Orthodox Jewish institutions. [T]he Orthodox Jewish community has a different view. This was voiced by, among others, the Orthodox Union and the Agudath Israel of America. The latter, in a statement Friday, warned that its members faced “moral opprobrium” and were in danger of “tangible negative consequences” if “they refuse to transgress their beliefs.” To judge by...
  • The One Number That Shows Why Jews Really Vote Liberal

    06/25/2015 6:04:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 25, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The debate over why Jews vote the way that they do is an old one, but it’s rarely backed by much data except the estimates of the Jewish vote from the last election. There is, however, one piece of data that currently predicts the Jewish vote. It’s religious attendance. 60 percent of Jews that attend weekly religious services disapprove of Obama. Only 34 percent approve. Among those who don’t attend religious services, approval of Obama stood at 58 percent to 38 percent. There are really two Jewish votes; the religious Jewish vote and the secular Jewish vote. ... When we...
  • ‘Jews for Cruz’ PAC ordered to change name

    06/24/2015 11:36:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Jewish Telegraph Agency's Telegraph Blog ^ | June 24, 2015 | Ron Kampeas, Washington bureau chief
    Ted Cruz would have to authorize the PAC for it to use its name, the FEC ruled. “Jews for Cruz” can be for just about anything but Cruz, the Federal Election Commission said, according to Time Magazine. The Jews for Cruz PAC backs Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his presidential bid, but Cruz has not authorized them to do so. Thus they must change their name, the FEC informed the PAC in a letter Monday. FEC rules (see page four, here) say a political action committee must have a formal affiliation with a candidate in order to include the candidate’s...
  • Jenna Jameson Is Converting to Judaism

    06/12/2015 3:26:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Jenna Jameson says she has found love … and God. The former adult film star has revealed that she is converting from Catholicism to Judaism. Why? The 41-year-old is embracing her Israeli fiancé Lior Bitton’s religious traditions. Jameson has been cooking up a storm, literally. She shared a picture of her latest attempt at making challah, a type of bread typically used by Jews during festival meals.
  • Cooking up a religious storm

    06/02/2015 7:27:44 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 2 replies
    Jewish Chronicle Online ^ | 5/28/2015 | Geoffrey Alderman
    Asher was the eighth son of Jacob and the progenitor of one of the 12 tribes of Israel. Some 22 years ago Colin McArthur and his wife, Karen, in setting up a bakery in Newtownabbey, outside Belfast, decided to name it after this biblical personage. As heads of a devout Presbyterian family they knew their Bible, and it seemed to them fitting that the shop should carry Asher's name, because in the sedra "Vayyechi" of Bereshit [49: 20] we read that Asher's father, Jacob, blessed him in the following terms: "Asher's food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fit...
  • The Most Important Republican Donor That You Don’t Know Is Married To One You Do

    05/27/2015 12:52:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rosie Gray
    Republican presidential candidates travel far and wide to meet with casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, seeking out his generous support. Not as many people talk about the other person in the room — his wife. In the late 1980s, Miriam Ochshorn was living in New York. Already a successful Israeli doctor, she had come to the United States for a fellowship in addiction medicine in 1986. She was divorced, and the mother of two daughters. One day, she got a call from a childhood friend, who was also now living in the United States. The friend, Sara Aronson, had just run...
  • The Great War Novelist America Forgot (Herman Wouk turns 100 today)

    05/27/2015 10:26:24 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 17, 2015 | David Frum
    On May 27, the American novelist Herman Wouk will attain the prodigious age of 100. Over his long career, Wouk has achieved all the wealth and fame a writer could desire, or even imagine. His first great success, The Caine Mutiny (1951), occupied bestseller lists for two consecutive years, sold millions of copies, and inspired a film adaptation that became the second highest-grossing movie of 1954. Wouk’s grand pair of novels, The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, likewise found a global audience, both in print, and then as two television miniseries in the 1980s. Wouk won a Pulitzer...
  • American Jews: The Last Leftist Jews in the World

    05/18/2015 4:26:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 63 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 5-18-2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.Clip on a nametag, pick up a paper cup of lukewarm water and you can sit down in the audience at a thousand liberal Jewish establishment panels where the likes of Peter Beinart or Jeffrey Goldberg will sanctimoniously lecture their bored audience on the growing gap between American Jews and Israel.Yawn through the usual references to “settlements”, “democratic character” and “one state solution.” Wake up just in time for the sales pitch for J Street and tough love BDS for...
  • Jewish Groups Deplore Greek Demand to Remove Star of David From Holocaust Memorial

    05/17/2015 1:26:18 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    The Algermeiner ^ | May 15, 2015
    Jewish groups expressed “shock” on Friday over news that the unveiling of a Holocaust monument in Kavala, Greece was delayed because locals reportedly sought the removal of a Jewish star. -snip- The monument in question memorializes the 1,484 Jews of Kavala who were exterminated during the Nazi occupation of Greece in World War II. The monument was set to be unveiled when, just two days before, the mayor and a majority at the city council insisted on the removal of the image of a Star of David from the memorial. Meanwhile, Greek Secretary General of the Ministry of Culture, Education,...
  • Contemporary society has forgotten 'Thou shalt not be needlessly distracted'

    05/10/2015 4:52:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | May 8, 2015 | Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald
    This week's Torah portion, Emor, opens with an extensive series of laws regarding the conduct of the Kohanim, the priests of the Jewish nation, who minister and serve in the Tabernacle and the Temple. Because of the elevated status of the Kohanim and the sanctity of the Tabernacle and Temple, priests are required to follow a strict physical and spiritual regimen. Because of the serious responsibility conferred upon them, the Kohanim are expected to live up to a sacred ideal, and be adequately prepared to properly perform their Temple and Tabernacle duties. Members of the priestly class are not, for...
  • Letter from the Lubavitcher Rebbe about SSA

    05/06/2015 7:49:57 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 33 replies
    guardyoureyes.com ^ | 2/4/'86 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
    By the Grace of G-d 25th of Shevat, 5746 Brooklyn, N.Y. Greeting and Blessing: This is to acknowledge receipt of your letter of Jan. 26th, in which you write about a serious problem. As requested, I will remember you in prayer for the fulfillment of your heart's desires for good. While all blessings come from HaShem [G‑d], a Jew is expected to do what is necessary in the natural order. In the matter of the said problem, you surely know that there are doctors and psychiatrists who treat it, and have been successful in many cases. I know of a...
  • “Rights” or Ills

    05/06/2015 7:30:39 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 7 replies
    Sichos in English ^ | 5/30/'86 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
    The persistent problem of the so called Amendment to “Local Law 2” has been plaguing some people for several years. Although this problem has much wider national and international ramifications, the New York version of this problem has taken on a strange political hue. During the Purim Farbrengen (gathering) of 5746, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Shlita, addressed this issue. He touched upon the fundamental problem, its social, emotional and health risks, its psychological manifestations and its actual threat to society and individuals.1 At the same time, the Rebbe suggested clear-cut remedies and proposed a humane therapeutical approach, which takes account of...
  • Orthodox rabbis tell it like it is on "gay marriage" issue outside Supreme Court hearing

    05/03/2015 5:58:54 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 26 replies
    MassResistance ^ | 5/1/2015 | None given
    A contingent of Orthodox rabbis from New York and New Jersey came and “told it like it is” outside of the US Supreme Court on the day of the “gay marriage” hearing. A larger group of 850 Orthodox rabbis publicly demanded the recusal of Justices Ginsburg and Kagan from the case.
  • 3 Things We Have In Common With Pagan Rome

    04/30/2015 1:45:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 30, 2015 | RUSSELL E. SALTZMAN
    Christianity killed paganism in antiquity; what will kill the new paganism? Western civilization may be swiftly defaulting to functional paganism, and by default paganism I do not mean we shall see the gods and goddesses again dressed out in temples, hungry for sacrifice. Pan, Zeus, or Athena may find niche markets in contemporary neo-paganism, but I don’t think even they will fit into the unfocused spirituality trending today. No, what I mean by default paganism are habits of thought and living that commonly governed life for ordinary Romans, the people. Until roughly the mid-twentieth century, there were three widespread...
  • In Nepal aftermath, Feiglin has questions on (homosexuals), surrogacy

    04/29/2015 5:44:50 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 9 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 4/28/2015 | Gil Ronen
    Moshe Feiglin – who was a Likud MK in 2013-2015 – is out of the Knesset, for now at least, but his nonconformist thinking continues to arouse interest and spark fiery debate. Feiglin took issue with the uniformly uncritical and adoring way Israel's media has been covering the plight of gay parents who were stranded with their newborn babies in harsh conditions, following the Nepal earthquake. These men hired poor Indian women to serve as surrogate mothers for their babies and then brought them to Nepal in order to give birth, because Indian law no longer allows gays to enter...
  • Open Letter to David Brooks: Before You Consider Converting to Christianity, Try Judaism

    04/23/2015 7:44:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/22/2015 | Spengler
    David Brooks shares a stage with pundits during a panel discussion, “2012: The Path to the Presidency”, at the University of Chicago on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Dear David Brooks:We have never met, and I do not regularly follow your work. Because you are a public intellectual of Jewish origin, though, your spiritual peregrinations are of broader interest. It may be chutzpah for me to offer you advice, but I could not help thinking of the case of Franz Rosenzweig while reading a post at Aletaia claiming that you may convert to Christianity. Rosenzweig, one of the...
  • More Than Jewish Votes, GOP Presidential Candidates Need Jewish Donors

    04/22/2015 4:39:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | April 22, 2015 | Ronn Torossian
    Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby has written that “liberalism has superseded Judaism as the religion of most American Jews.” While President Barack Obama has consistently been hostile towards Israel, one wonders if this election cycle may finally see Jews swing to the Republican Party. Jacoby rightfully previously noted, “This liberalism isn’t rational. It isn’t sensible. It certainly isn’t good for the Jews.” While the Jewish community overwhelmingly votes Democrat, what Republicans need more than Jewish votes is the support of Jewish donors. The New York Times recently noted in a front-page feature story, “G.O.P.’s Israel Support Deepens as Political Contributions...
  • George Soros’ son builds a PAC for Jewish voters

    04/20/2015 9:44:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 20, 2015 | Tarini Parti
    The son of Democratic mega-donor George Soros is gearing up to play a more active role in the 2016 election with the launch of new political action committee focused on representing the views of Jewish Americans — beyond foreign policy. Alex Soros, 29, who has steadily increased his political and philanthropic giving in recent years, has helped establish Bend the Arc PAC, the first ever national Jewish political action committee in America focused entirely on domestic issues. Bend the Arc, a non-profit, has an advocacy arm chaired by the younger Soros but has not previously had a political action committee....
  • Reports from Israel reveal startling rerun of history ('Kaduri revival is exploding...)

    04/20/2015 10:22:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | April 18, 2015 | Unattributed
    They call it the “Kaduri Revival,” and reports over recent months have confirmed the teachings of one of Israel’s most venerated rabbi are leading Jews time and again to accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah. And face persecution. Baptist preacher and radio host Carl Gallups says the threats facing Messianic Jews now in Israel is “reminiscent of what we read about in the New Testament – in the early days of the church.” There, he said, Jews who followed Jesus Christ were persecuted. And today, they “are facing the same hardships and persecution the early church faced,” he said. “Gallups...
  • Presidential candidate Ted Cruz winning American Orthodox hearts

    04/16/2015 3:26:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Haaretz ^ | April 16, 2015 | Staff
    Cruz's strong Zionism combined with traditional views on social issues is a 'natural fit' for Orthodox Jews in the U.S.Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a hardline conservative and practicing Southern Baptist, is carving out a niche with Orthodox Jews — a "potentially winnable slice of an otherwise deeply Democratic demographic," Politico website reports. “I share a great many values with the Jewish community and the Orthodox community,” Cruz told Politico in a phone interview. “Chief among them is a passionate dedication to strengthening our friendship and alliance with the nation of Israel.” Combing a strong Zionist approach with traditional views...
  • Some Passover reflections (RE: The Jews, the Democrats and Ted Cruz)

    04/08/2015 9:29:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Jewish Journal ^ | April 7, 2015 | Arnold Haiman
    I love Passover. It's one of my very favorite Jewish holidays. For more than 3 score years I have enjoyed the richness of the rituals, the exotic and tasty food, and the story about a struggle for freedom, some would say a never-ending struggle, and I won't argue the point. The ceremonial Haggadah, the book that is the guide through each step of the Seder, is spiritually uplifting, and I have learned something new every year. This year my attention was caught by the dictate to "lean to the left" while dining. While there are both religious and medical reasons...
  • On Being a Jewish Conservative

    04/06/2015 1:17:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | April 6, 2015 | Karol Markowicz
    When I was young, and passionate about all things, I’d take great joy in arguing loudly at parties or poker games, often and about everything. Living in New York City, I was the token conservative for so many people that it was easy to find disagreement. People would save up what they’d been planning to say to me. They’d spot me at parties and hustle across the room to debate me. As recently as a month ago a friend told me he had been waiting to get my opinion of something stupid Sarah Palin said in Iowa. Sarah Palin! The...
  • Temple Mount Faithful sacrifices lamb in pre-Passover ritual [Isaiah 66:6]

    04/04/2015 1:22:39 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 47 replies
    YNet News ^ | 4/1/15 | Dr. Ruchama Weiss, Rabbi Levi Brackman
    It looked like a scene from year 200 BCE, or the end of days – yet it all played out just two days ago, on Monday, not far from the Temple Mount. Kohanim in authentic attire blessed the excited crowd, Levites sang hymns, and a young lamb was offered up as a Passover sacrifice in keeping with all the dictates of the ancient ritual. This "dress rehearsal," staged every year by members of the Temple Mount Faithful movement, is designed to present the public with an accurate rendition of the ritual that was in practice during the time of the...
  • RUSH LIMBAUGH: DEMOCRATS HATE CHRISTIANITY [2 Thes 2]

    04/03/2015 7:51:57 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 46 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/3/2015 | CHERYL CHUMLEY
    Rush Limbaugh answered a caller’s concern about the “anti-Christians that are taking over” by saying those in that particular activist camp are being fueled by Democrats who simply hate Christianity. First, the caller, a self-described U.S. Coast Guard veteran, speaking of the recent furor generated by Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act: “What am I supposed to do? These anti-Christians that are taking over, it seems like, don’t realize this country was founded on Christian values and morals. Have they lost their mind?” And then, Limbaugh’s response: “No. They just have always opposed the founding of the country. This is...
  • The Next Exodus? New Mexico's Crypto-Jews Seek Liberation

    04/02/2015 4:58:11 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4-2-15 | Gedalyah Reback
    Communities in New Mexico and southern Colorado have found irrefutable evidence to say they are descended from Jews. What next? The crypto-Jews of Spain have fascinated Jews for decades. But it was not always fascination – it was once more about the frustration, even resignation, that hundreds of thousands of Jews had been stolen in martyrdom or in forced conversions to Catholicism. In 1492, consolidating their gains following the conquest of Granada, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella enforced the Spanish Inquisition to offer Jews under their rule three infamous options: leave, convert or die. For those who converted, it was...
  • The "Halachic" Pre-Nup is Not Halachic and Destroys Marriage

    03/31/2015 10:09:56 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 5 replies
    Torah and Halacha | 03/31/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    The "Halachic" Pre-Nup is Not Halachic and Destroys Marriage By Yomin Postelnik The sum total of all of the recent discussions about gittin from a halachic and moral standpoint is that while everyone should strive to alleviate suffering and seek to resolve marriage disputes so that both can move on peacefully, we must first do everything possible to save the marriage. Gittin are a hard process halachically, largely in order to minimize their number.  Civil jurisdictions that have a one year waiting period before divorce (a concept that originates with MFaimonides), such as Canada, have seen 60% of petitions withdrawn....
  • The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

    03/30/2015 8:19:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Japan Today / Thomson Reuters ^ | March 30, 2015 | Keith Koffler
    As Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex) announced last week that he was running for president, his Virginia audience cheered. He dropped applause line after applause line on some 10,000 students at Liberty University, which bills itself as the largest Christian university in the world. Cruz riffed, unimaginatively, on an “imagine” theme, asking the young audience to “imagine a president” who would repeal Obamacare and perform other feats. There was applause throughout. But one line prompted the students to erupt into a roaring, 30-second, standing ovation: “Instead of a president who boycotts Prime Minister Netanyahu, imagine a president who stands unapologetically with...
  • Seders in Uniform: How American Troops Celebrated Passover During WWII

    03/29/2015 3:40:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Tablet Magazine ^ | March 27, 2015 | Marjorie Ingall
    Whether in the mess hall or on a battleship, Jewish soldiers stationed all over the world still sang the Four Questions and ate matzo.Seder on the U.S.S. Astoria in the Pacific, 1945. “Lettuce au charoses.” “Kneidlach or borscht a la Sgt. Weinstein.” “Consommč [sic—the accent points the wrong way!] avec Knadlach.” “Palestine wine.” “Roast Beef Ala Yomtov.” “Iced Coca-Cola.” These were some of the dishes enjoyed by Jewish members of the military at their Seders in both European and Pacific theaters of war 70 years ago. The American Jewish Historical Society at the Center for Jewish History has a file...
  • Sex-Selection Infanticide Dates Back to the Greeks: Girl Babies Were Killed, Thrown Into Sewers

    12/23/2014 8:20:55 AM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/23/14 | Murray Vasser
    (LiveActionNews) — A common narrative in our society is that, by opposing abortion and infanticide, Christians are conducting a “war on women.” However, in a fascinating study entitled “The Rise of Christianity,” published by Princeton University Press, sociologist Rodney Stark argues that the phenomenal growth of “the obscure, marginal Jesus movement” was due in large part to women. Stark argues that early Christianity was “especially attractive to women” because “within the Christian subculture women enjoyed far higher status than did women in the Greco-Roman world at large.”Furthermore, Stark argues that the Christian opposition to abortion and infanticide was one of...
  • In U.C.L.A. Debate Over Jewish Student, Echoes on Campus of Old Biases

    03/07/2015 12:06:44 PM PST · by grundle · 25 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 5, 2015 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    It seemed like routine business for the student council at the University of California, Los Angeles: confirming the nomination of Rachel Beyda, a second-year economics major who wants to be a lawyer someday, to the council’s Judicial Board. Until it came time for questions. “Given that you are a Jewish student and very active in the Jewish community,” Fabienne Roth, a member of the Undergraduate Students Association Council, began, looking at Ms. Beyda at the other end of the room, “how do you see yourself being able to maintain an unbiased view?” For the next 40 minutes, after Ms. Beyda...
  • Why Jesus is not the Jewish messiah

    02/28/2015 12:25:36 PM PST · by umpqua · 168 replies
    Youtube ^ | Aug. 24, 2012 | Jews For Judaism
    A brief talk on the reasons for Jewish non belief in Jesus.
  • The Worldwide Effect of the Rebbe on Judaism Cannot Be Attributed to Any One Reason

    03/01/2015 2:11:25 AM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/01/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    During the darkest times, Hashem sent Mordechai to shine a light and renew people's faith. His battle wasn't limited to the physical and the natural. As a first step, he strengthened the Torah education of Jewish children and gathered the people to return to Hashem. The darkest part of the Egyptian exile caused Hashem to send Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses) into the world. Were one to pin their success to some characteristic of theirs, no matter how lofty a trait, one would miss the mark. No one set of attributes allowed Moshe to bring the 10 plagues upon the enemies of...
  • Leonard Nimoy Explains The Origins of the Vulcan Salute

    02/28/2015 3:36:06 PM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 24 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 27, 2013 | tvnewsthemes1
    How did the famous Vulcan hand salute come to be? Leonard Nimoy "Spock" gives us the answer.
  • Prayers to God in wrong spot? (Temple Mount location 'misplaced'?)

    02/23/2015 9:20:32 PM PST · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    WND ^ | February 23, 2015 | Leo Hohman
    It has been called the most contested plot of land in the world — the fissure at which three major faiths come together, and break apart. There have been holy wars fought over it and holy writ foretelling of battles yet to come. It’s Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. But what if history got it wrong? What if the spot where Solomon built the first Jewish Temple, and Herod built the second, was actually about 600 feet to the south, in a place known as the ancient City of David? Enter Robert Cornuke. He travels the world solving Bible mysteries: Noah’s Ark,...
  • Livni Makes Campaign Promise of Gay Marriage (Israel)

    02/21/2015 2:35:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    INN ^ | 2/21/2015, 8:44 PM | Nir Har-Zahav, Ari Yashar
    Tzipi Livni, head of Hatnua and possible prime minister of Israel if her “Zionist camp” union with Labor wins in elections, after which there would be a rotation between her and Labor head Yitzhak Herzog, made a campaign promise on Saturday of same-sex marriage. Livni was at a “Dreck” party at the Oman 17 club in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, where she was dancing with gay couples before taking the stage and the microphone. “Good evening, Dreck. There’s a chance that on March 20 (after elections—ed.) we’ll come to celebrate the end of the period of darkness, racism and...
  • Why Benjamin Netanyahu Stands for All Jews

    02/17/2015 4:36:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    RealClearWorld ^ | February 17, 2015 | Yariv Levin
    Earlier last week, in an address before French immigrants to Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proudly stated that his appearance in the rally last month in Paris and his planned address to the US Congress were in his capacity "not just as the prime minister of Israel but as a representative of the entire Jewish people." Rather than rally behind the prime minister of the Jewish State, Jews driven by a liberal agenda which is often counter to the interests of the Jewish people and the State of Israel chose to immediately go into attack mode. Social media platforms featured...