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  • The "Halachic" Pre-Nup is Not Halachic and Destroys Marriage

    03/31/2015 10:09:56 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 4 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waiting period before divorce (a concept that originates with MFaimonides), such as Canada, have seen 60% of petitions withdrawn....
  • Thoughts on the 7th of Adar (Moses' birthday) and the Miracles of Today

    02/26/2015 4:21:12 PM PST · by Yomin Postelnik · 4 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 02/26/2015 | Yomin Postelnik
    Today is the 7th of the month of Adar on the Jewish (Torah) calendar. It is the birthday of Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses) and also the anniversary of his passing. On this exact day four years ago, Hosni Mubarak, then President of Egypt, was forced to resign. What made the already incredible timing extra significant, is that every few years there are 2 months of Adar (a Biblical "leap year") and Moshe/Moses was actually born on the 7th of the first month of Adar. Four years ago, that was the case, it was the 7th of Adar I. The reverberations of...
  • Right-Wing UK Independence Party Backs Shechita Ban

    02/04/2015 3:57:02 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 86 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 2/4/'15 | Hana Levi Julian
    Britain's right-wing Independence Party has outraged Jews by announcing it is backing a ban on shechita, a reversal of its prior policy.Britain’s right-wing UK Independence Party (UKIP) has voted to support a plan to outlaw the ritual slaughter of animals for meat without prior stunning. UKIP is the fourth largest British party in the European Parliament. Britain’s RSPCA and the British Veterinary Association have called on the government to ban ritual slaughter. Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to allow exemptions for religious purposes such as the Jewish practice of “shechita” and the Muslim tradition of “halal.”Both forbid stunning the...
  • Lots and Lots of Rabbis Who Change the World

    11/23/2014 4:12:53 PM PST · by Phinneous · 5 replies
    Chabad Online Live, Weblog ^ | 11/23/14 | COLLive
    Link to the (ongoing) "Kinut haShluchim" Conference of the Emissaries, the rabbis of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement throughout the US (all stated but SD!) and abroad.
  • Marrying His Wife's Sister [Jewish/Noachide Caucus]

    11/19/2014 8:47:45 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 13 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 11/13/'14 | Raphael Grunfeld
    Being married to two wives is biblically permitted but rabinically prohibited in Ashkenazi circles since the prohibition of Rabbeinu Gershom in the tenth century. Even under biblical law however, a man may not be married to two wives who are sisters. Neither may a man divorce his wife and marry her sister. Such a marriage belongs to the category of arayot, carries the punishment of karet, and is ineffective. The only situation in which a man may marry his wife’s sister is after his wife is no longer alive. Yibum, levirate marriage, cannot be entered into with a woman whose...
  • The Philosophers and the Jews: Black Eggs and White Cheese

    07/22/2014 8:26:25 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 3 replies
    www.TheYeshiva.net ^ | July 2010 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson (Yosef Yitzchak)
    Full title: The Philosophers and the Jews: Black Eggs and White Cheese The Secret of Jewish Resilience. The Inner Story of The Three Weeks Note: only 40 min long and the rabbi translates everything, very little 'yeshivish' (annoying mix of English, Hebrew, and Yiddish) A beautiful explanation on polar opposite sides of the Jewish calendar-- the 3 weeks between the 17th of the Jewsish month of Tammuz (the day the walls of Jerusalem fell to Nebuchadnezzar) and the 9th of Av (the day of the destruction of both Holy Temples) AND the 3 weeks between Rosh Hashana and [the day...
  • The Subterranean Temple

    07/15/2014 4:39:23 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 26 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 1981 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ZT'L
    I am asleep, but my heart is awake Song of Songs 5:2 Our sages tell us that “when King Solomon built the Holy Temple, knowing that it was destined to be destroyed, he built a place in which to hide the Ark, [at the end of] hidden, deep, winding passageways.”1 It was there that King Josiah placed the Ark twenty-two years before the Temple’s destruction, as related in the Book of Chronicles.2
  • A Rabbi Cross-Examines Christianity (Jews For Jesus, Messianic Jewish Christians, Michael Brown)

    06/08/2014 8:26:19 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 137 replies
    Jews for Judaism You Tube Video ^ | April 9, 2012 | Rabbi Michael Skobac
    Jews defending Judaism with the best defense...
  • My Invisible Emotions (An Article about Lag BaOmer)

    05/16/2014 10:15:15 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 5 replies
    theyeshiva.net ^ | 5/16/2014 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    This coming Sunday, May 18, known in Hebrew as Lag B'Omer, the thirty-third day of the omer (1), is the anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest sages and spiritual giants in Jewish history, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Rabbi Shimon, who lived in Israel under Roman occupation around 165 CE (approximately one hundred years after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 C.E.), was an extraordinary scholar (2) and author of the Zohar, the most basic Kabbalistic work. He was responsible for revealing to the world the wisdom of the Kabbalah, initiating a new era in the...
  • Report: Netanyahu Promises Talmud Will Be Israeli Law

    05/09/2014 8:34:13 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 18 replies
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly revealed at a Likud conference on Wednesday some remarkable facets of the Basic Law he submitted last Thursday, which would enshrine Israel's status as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Netanyahu told the head of Likud's hareidi division Yaakov Vider at the conference that he intends to make the Hebrew calendar, which is based on Jewish law, the official calendar of Israel, reports Kikar Hashabat. The new law also would establish the Talmud, the core work of Jewish law, as an official basis for Israeli state law. "I'm going to personally be involved in the...
  • New Book by Rabbi Moshe Meiselman on Torah, Chazal, and Science

    04/09/2014 11:04:21 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 5 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 11/27/'13 | Rabbi Raphael Fuchs
    “Toras Hashem temimah” – The Torah, in all aspects, is perfect and complete. It need not bend or comply with any other system. In fact, since the Torah is the blueprint according to which the universe was created, other systems should be judged by their agreement with the Torah. In recent years, however, Rabbi Moshe Meiselman notes that many unqualified authors have taken the liberty of challenging the classic mesorah of the Torah to accommodate the views of modern science. The authors are accused of relegating Chazal to a back seat in relation to modern-day scientific theories. Many of these...
  • Talking back to Dennis the Menace

    03/27/2014 9:24:36 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/27/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    t is surely indicative of our secular era that the error-filled bloviations of media figure and self-styled moralist Dennis Prager have such wide acceptance. I think I’ve finally figured out why, but more on that later. At this point, let’s take a look at his recent column entitled “Noah: One of the Most Moral Stories Ever Told,” sparked by the upcoming release of Darren Aronofsky’s film. Prager begins by reminding us that he has taught the Torah for more than 40 years, and that most of his teachings are available for download—for a small fee. He doesn’t go into much...
  • SPIRIT LED

    01/16/2014 5:43:07 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 1-16-14 | Jedediah
    My augmentation is "purely" spirit led and guided every step of the way FOR MY WORD IS IN YOU , nothing lacking or missing FOR I AM THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT so do not be anxious that something is missing FOR I AM WITH YOU and will "never" forsake you and this is why I AM your Yes and Amen to all you do in and through Me! Acts 17:27-29 Amplified Bible (AMP) 27 So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each...
  • New Book By Rabbi Meiselman On Torah, Chazal, and Science

    12/31/2013 5:40:08 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 10 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 11/27/'13 | Rabbi Raphael Fuchs
    “Toras Hashem temimah” – The Torah, in all aspects, is perfect and complete. It need not bend or comply with any other system. In fact, since the Torah is the blueprint according to which the universe was created, other systems should be judged by their agreement with the Torah. In recent years, however, Rabbi Moshe Meiselman notes that many unqualified authors have taken the liberty of challenging the classic mesorah of the Torah to accommodate the views of modern science. The authors are accused of relegating Chazal to a back seat in relation to modern-day scientific theories. Many of these...
  • How Do You Know The Torah is True?

    12/30/2013 8:39:57 PM PST · by Phinneous · 121 replies
    TorahCafe.com ^ | Dec 2012 | Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen
    If you've never heard of mass-revelation (it's not a realization of having gained weight nor an encounter with a creep in the old Combat Zone in Boston...) Rabbi Kelemen's concise class on why Jews not only believe in G-d's revelation at Sinai, but why we KNOW this to be fact.
  • The Bible is Wrong!!! (Grammatically)

    12/28/2013 7:17:56 PM PST · by Phinneous · 85 replies
    SimpleToRemember.com Judaism Online ^ | Circa 2011 | Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen
    How can this thing be divine?!? The Pentateuch, if divine, is full of mistakes from the very first word (we're talking Hebrew here...the basis of the Greek/Latin/English translations everyone in the world uses.) How could that be? Example: In the beginning G-d created, in the Hebrew version, is actually literally "In the beginning OF... G-d created" There are thousands of examples of the Pentateuch making no sense in its grammar or syntax. So how do we know how to interpret it even on a literal level? Well... behold, the Oral Torah... The link is to an hour-long class (in English...
  • A Rational Approach to the Divinity of the Jewish Torah Oral Tradition

    12/25/2013 9:27:27 PM PST · by Phinneous · 13 replies
    SimpleToRemember.com Judaism Online ^ | Circa 2011 | Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen
    An hour-long (don't be discouraged) class with rational explanations about the unbroken chain of Judaism's Oral Law from Mt Sinai. Fear not-- no Yiddish or unexplained Hebrew terms (like a lot of my audio class posts...) Enjoy!
  • The Vatican and Oxford University team up to digitize 1.5 million pages of medieval manuscripts

    12/07/2013 6:43:11 AM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    Medievalists.net ^ | December 3, 2013
     The University of Oxford and the Vatican have jointly created a digital project that will put online over 1.5 million pages of medieval and biblical texts. The four-year project will digitize the collections of the Bodleian Libraries and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) related to their Hebrew manuscripts, Greek manuscripts and fifteenth-century printed books. They include a Gutenberg Bible from 1455, an autographed and annotated manuscript of Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah, and the oldest surviving Hebrew codex.The project is funded by a $3.2 million grant from the Polonsky Foundation. Dr Leonard Polonsky said, “In today’s fast-paced, digital-driven world of scholarship, easy...
  • New Hamas textbooks: Torah and Talmud are 'fabricated'

    11/04/2013 12:24:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Israel HaYom ^ | 11/4/13 | staff
    New York Times reports that Hamas has introduced its own textbooks into Gaza schools, as part of effort to spread its ideology • Books do not recognize Israel and describe Palestine as encompassing all land between Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea. Hamas has introduced its own textbooks into schools in the Gaza Strip this fall, as part of an effort to spread its militant ideology among Palestinian youth, The New York Times reported on Sunday. According to the report, the books do not recognize modern Israel, or mention the Oslo Accords that Israel signed with the Palestine Liberation Organization in...
  • The Sun Never Sets on Chabad's Empire

    10/31/2013 7:25:05 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 40 replies
    The Jewish Week ^ | 10/30/13 | Jonathan Mark
    Thirty-three miles into the Arctic Circle, in the village of Kotzebue, Alaska, where more than 70 percent of the people are Eskimo, the local elementary school had guests one day: two Chabad shluchim (emissaries) from Anchorage, some 550 miles away. The children showed them Eskimo dances from the Inupiat tribe. The shluchim danced chasidic dances. Rabbi Avraham Berkowitz asked, “Did any of you ever meet a Jew?” One girl raised her hand, yes, and she pointed to her mother, the fifth grade teacher. The mother had intermarried with a native man. The mother asked if the visitors could tell something...
  • Was the shape of the menorah in the Holy Temple...round or straight branched?

    07/16/2013 7:09:03 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 21 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 7/14/13 | Rabbi Mendel Kaplan
    A video class regarding the shape of the Menorah (candelabra) used in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
  • Man Drives Car into Torah Procession in London

    06/20/2013 4:09:46 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 26 replies
    London man broke into a Hachnasas Sefer Torah procession this Sunday, driving his car into the Jewish gathering. The Hachnasas Sefer Torah was held on Sunday in Stamford Hill, London into the Beis Midrash of Vizhnitz, the Behadrey-Haredim news portal reported. When the procession arrived in the area of Stamford Avenue, loud sirens were heard and a car drove quickly into the crowd. "We were in the middle of the dancing, the joy was great. There were hundreds of people, men, women and many children. I suddenly heard a car honking behind me followed by screaming," said bystander Moshe Birenbaum....
  • Rare Jewish artifacts remain in soggy limbo

    05/02/2005 4:37:37 PM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies · 424+ views
    WASHINGTON - A damaged Torah, a centuries-old Bible and other rare documents important to Iraq's few remaining Jews were rescued from a flooded cellar in Baghdad, only to remain in limbo here. Their restoration, like so much else these days, awaits the emergence of a new Iraq. Historians at the National Archives, which preserves such priceless artifacts as the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, are examining the treasure trove of materials found in the basement of the headquarters for Saddam Hussein's secret police. The materials are in moderate to poor condition - they remained wet for several weeks after being...
  • Carbon Dating Confirms World's Oldest Torah Scroll

    06/01/2013 2:50:07 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    National Geographic ^ | May 30, 2013 | By Diane Cole
    In 1889, an Italian librarian's faulty identification sentenced to archival obscurity an antique Torah scroll that has turned out to be the oldest complete such scroll in existence. This week, University of Bologna Professor Mauro Perani announced the results of carbon-14 tests authenticating the scroll's age as roughly 800 years old. The scroll dates to between 1155 and 1225, making it the oldest complete Torah scroll on record. Like all Torah scrolls, this one contains the full text of the five Books of Moses in Hebrew and is prepared according to strict standards for use during religious services. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------snip------------------ At...
  • Rabbi Abraham B. Hecht, ZT"L

    01/09/2013 3:28:10 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 6 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 1/9/'13 | Editorial Board
    We join with Klal Yisrael in mourning the passing of Rabbi Abraham B. Hecht. Rabbi Hecht, the longtime president of the Igud Harabbonim/Rabbinical Alliance of America, with a membership of more than 800 rabbis from the United States, Canada and Israel, was a man of many accomplishments. Rabbi Gershon Tannenbaum details some of them in his My Machberes feature on page 26. Rabbi Hecht was known for his devotion to shleimut ha’aretz – that belief that all parts of our ancestral home – promised by God to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – must remain eternally in Jewish hands. As such...
  • Does Bible code predict President Romney?

    11/02/2012 7:51:15 AM PDT · by tflabo · 46 replies
    WND ^ | Oct 2012 | Joe Kovacs
    A well-known Bible-code researcher has bad news for Barack Obama, as he claims hidden texts in the Holy Bible indicate Mitt Romney will be America’s next president. Moshe Aharon Shak, an orthodox Jew and author of “Bible Codes Breakthrough,” has produced a series of videos on YouTube with his modern analysis of Scripture. For those not familiar with Bible codes, they are said to be secret messages embedded in the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament.
  • Jews-- Get Ready to Dance!

    10/06/2012 8:21:36 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 3 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 10/6/12 | Rabbi Tzvi Freeman
    For seven days of Sukkot, Jews walk around in circles, carrying an assortment of green and yellow flora. Then, on Simchat Torah, they dance in circles carrying Hebrew scrolls, working up to a frenzy. Did I say dance? Well, it’s more like marching, your hands over the next guy’s shoulders, singing and stomping as you march to . . . the same place you started from. Repeat until you plotz.
  • Kabbalah on the Bible - Shoftim [Walking in Perfect Trust with G-d]

    08/22/2012 6:53:38 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 3 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | Sept 2009 | Rabbi Mendel Kaplan
    Walk Simply/Perfectly/Wholly with the L-rd your G-d. A nice class on the meaning of one verse in this week's parsha. A slight connection to the Judaism on Angels post from last week, at 16:55 in this class, the rabbi tells a story about a spooky occurrence in Toronto... Yup, we believe in other powers (not other G-ds, G-d forbid) but he makes the point that modern-day idol worship removes free choice from a person. I love listening to it every year when Parshas Shoftim rolls around...
  • A Jewish Perspective on...Capitalism!

    08/19/2012 11:35:32 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 8 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 8/17/2012 | Rabbi Nochum Mangel
    An interesting class about the Jewish perspective on capitalism and charity (first of a few upcoming classes on current political issues.) Definitely scratches the surface only, but a nice summary (or paradigm shift) of why 'everything comes from G-d.' If you cannot hang through the 55 minutes, the bottom line is that G-d creates rich and poor, expects everyone to make a 'vessel' for his beneficence (through mental and physical action,) and expects us to act in the right way no matter what income we currently earn.
  • What Are Angels

    08/14/2012 7:14:46 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 79 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 6/24/08 | Baruch Davidson
    The Jewish belief in angels goes as far back as the Book of Genesis, where we read about angels calling out to Abraham at the binding of Isaac, angels appearing in Jacob's dream, Jacob fighting with an angel, and many more accounts of angelic activity.
  • Why Did the Jews Reject Christianity?

    08/12/2012 9:20:00 PM PDT · by Phinneous · 304 replies
    The Yeshiva.net ^ | 8/1/2010 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    A Jewish class on why Jews do not accept Christianity. I post for Jews to self-educate and for Christians to understand the Jewish point of view--not that it matters (that they do.)
  • The Real Crisis Facing Jewry

    07/18/2012 3:42:46 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 18 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 7/18/'12 | Brandon Marlon
    The recently highlighted “crisis of Zionism” is in fact a quandary afflicting Jewry and no new phenomenon. Rather, it has two sources, each centuries old. One source is the exile and dispersion of a majority of the Jewish people from their native land of Israel by Emperor Hadrian in the year 135 CE, and the deep-seated and long-lasting consequences on the Jewish psyche over the course of the ensuing 1,813 years; the other source is about 200 years old, a gradual religious erosion which begins with the radical Reform movement of Samuel Holdheim in Germany and David Einhorn in the...
  • The Real Peace Plan

    07/12/2012 12:14:20 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 3 replies
    Pinchas the son of Elazar the son of Aharon the Kohen has turned My wrath away from the children of Israel, in that he was very zealous for My sake among them, so that I consumed not the children of Israel in My jealousy. And so I say, behold I give him my covenant of peace. (From this week's Torah portion, Pinchas, Exodus 25:11-12) Surprisingly, Pinchas' zealotry and his uncompromising battle to preserve Israel's separatism and national identity advance peace. Sometimes, it may seem that a blurred identity and essence will foster peace. The entire "peace process" and the "New...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Republican Presidential Candidates 2012

    02/08/2012 4:36:57 PM PST · by this is my country · 4 replies
    Bible Code Digest ^ | February 2012 | Bible Code Digest
    Moshe Aharon Shak has researched the Republican primary candidates in the Bible code and has presented them in a YouTube video. We present this information to our readers with the following caveat. Because of his belief that the Bible code carries the same validity as the Word of G-d, he presents the codes as G-d's divine revelation regarding who will be elected. Although he claims that the search is done by established methodology guided by scientific principles, there are two critical caveats that must be understood. Interpretation of the codes can be faulty. Undiscovered codes can shed more light on...
  • Authentic Torah Lecture

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

    11/10/2011 8:03:54 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 7 replies
    "And the two angels came to Sodom in the evening and Lot was sitting at the gate of Sodom." (From this week's Torah portion, Vayerah, Genesis 19:1) Hold on a minute! Didn't Lot learn anything from his previous misadventure? Just in last week's Torah portion, Abraham endangered himself and his entire family in a World War to save Lot from captivity after he made his bad decision to move to Sodom. After Abraham redeems him, Lot disregards everything that transpired and goes right back to Sin City as if nothing had happened, at all. In order to understand this psychosis,...
  • Look who's behind Occupy Jew-hating Latest astonishing claim: Protests represent Torah

    11/07/2011 11:05:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    wnd ^ | 11/1/11 | Aaron Klein
    NEW YORK – In the face of mounting charges of anti-Semitism at Occupy sites nationwide, several so-called Jewish groups have been attempting to spin the protest movement as Jew-friendly and even representative of Jewish ideals. Most prominent among the groups is Jewish Funds for Justice, or JFFJ, which is funded by billionaire George Soros. A number of other Soros-funded progressive groups are also behind the drive to deny that Occupy contains significant anti-Semitic elements. WND found JFFJ is led by individuals associated with communist and socialist groups, the children of Soviet spies and a U.S. socialist organization that seeks to...
  • Shabbat Shalom---Noach---2011 [a peaceful Sabbath, Noah, Gen 6:9-11:32]

    10/28/2011 12:27:42 PM PDT · by patlin · 18 replies
    Noach 2011 While we normally consider Noach and his generation to be a prime example of how a society can so easily lose it all, there are additional and highly significant lessons and applications very relevant to our times. We are now still feeling the effects of the 'chamas', ‘the ‘me first’ philosophy, which led to the unscrupulous practices by so many, all too long, especially in the financial world. The ongoing grassroots ‘social protests’ for no special reason, which have spread across North America, are reason enough for concern. The decay from the top has had a ripple effect...
  • Israel: Heart of the World

    09/22/2011 3:38:53 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 24 replies
    "See I have given before you today life and good and death and bad." (From this week's Torah portion, Netzvim, Deuteronomy 30:15) Don't we know that life is good and death is bad? Not really. Our natural will is to stop living and to merely exist. In other words, to stop working and to just be passive; to shed responsibility. To live, we must preserve a state of separation or differentiation. The world was created in a process that separated light from darkness, heaven from earth and land from water. A living organism lives in the same way: it is...
  • Not Madonna's Kabbalah

    09/04/2011 9:41:44 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 37 replies
    Chabad.org ^ | 9/4/2011 | Tzvi Frieeman
    Inside your body breathes a person—a soul. Inside the body of Jewish practice breathes an inner wisdom—the soul of Judaism. We often call it “Kabbalah”, meaning “receiving.” Just as Jewish practice is received through an unbroken, ancient tradition from the revelation at Sinai, so is its soul. Kabbalah, then, is the received wisdom, the native theology and cosmology of Judaism.
  • Scholars seek to correct 'mistakes' in Bible (seems above-board & sincere)

    08/12/2011 9:04:39 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 55 replies
    msnbc ^ | 12 Aug | Friedman
    A dull-looking chart projected on the wall of a university office in Jerusalem displayed a revelation that would startle many readers of the Old Testament: The sacred text that people revered in the past was not the same one we study today. An ancient version of one book has an extra phrase. Another appears to have been revised to retroactively insert a prophecy after the events happened. Scholars in this out-of-the-way corner of the Hebrew University campus have been quietly at work for 53 years on one of the most ambitious projects attempted in biblical studies — publishing the authoritative...
  • Churches to Read Torah as Others Read Koran

    08/07/2011 5:42:30 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 77 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/8/11 | Gil Ronen
    Churches in the U.S. are preparing to read sections of the Torah on Sunday, August 13, in a show of solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people. The move is a response to an initiative by a group of churches that read from the Muslim Koran during their services on Sunday, June 26. According to the Faith Shared project, which initiated the Koran reading, 66 churches from 32 states joined that effort. In an effort to counter the move, a grassroots movement of churches across America is preparing to read from sections of the Torah during their services. According to...
  • Torah as Jewish Culture

    06/07/2011 7:52:35 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 7 replies
    If you ever go to the Jaffa flea market in the afternoon, you will be treated to a unique experience. At a designated moment, the peddlers stop hawking their wares, the shoppers stop inspecting the merchandise heaped in piles on the sidewalks and all gather for an open-air mincha (afternoon prayers) session. I love this marketplace prayer. It has a special grace. I always prefer to pray with working-people who stop in the middle of their toil to praise G-d than to recite the prayers in the synagogue. When the Torah becomes our national way of life, a culture that...
  • [Torah reading] Parshat Naso

    06/03/2011 2:14:30 PM PDT · by jjotto · 3 replies
    Ohr Tmimim ^ | Rabbi Tuvia Bolton
    Torah Online - Rabbi Tuvia Bolton Although this week’s Torah portion is the longest in the book, it contains only 18 commandments and one of them is the commandment of confessing sins to G-d. According to Judaism almost any sin can be fixed by genuine repentance and confession. But interestingly there is no commandment to repent - only to confess!!! This, of course is very misleading. Confession without regret is not only worthless it is exactly what brought a person to sin in the first place!!... ...one of the main accomplishments of Moshiach: to bring all the Jewish people back...