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  • The Prodigal Son: The Parable of Parables (Fr. George Rutler)

    03/27/2015 3:48:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | March 25, 2015 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    ďAnd he said to him, ĎSon, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.í ĒChartres is the cathedral of cathedrals, and here is the parable of parables. Nothing is wanting in the other parables. All are from the lips of the Lord. As oneís taste in a certain mood might prefer Cologne or Siena to Chartres, so one might prefer to make a point with the parable of the lost sheep or...
  • The Shroud: Not a Painting, Not a Scorch, Not a Photograph

    03/27/2015 2:24:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 27, 2015 | Jim Graves
    ¬ďOne of my favorite testimonials as to the authenticity of the Shroud,¬Ē says Barrie Schwortz, an expert on the Shroud of Turin, ¬ďactually came from my Jewish mother.¬Ē People view the Shroud of Turin on display at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, in this April 26, 2010, file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) This June, Pope Francis will be making a pilgrimage to Turin, Italy, home of the famous Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the 2,000-year-old burial cloth of Jesus Christ. The pope‚Äôs June 21-22 visit will include time venerating the Shroud at the...
  • Why Do So Many Evangelicals So Strongly Support Israel?

    03/23/2015 8:23:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/23/2015 | Dr. Richard D, Land
    Why do so many Evangelicals so strongly support Israel? The answer is that a significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that the Abrahamic Covenant is still in force. The Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-3) says, among other things, that God promised the land of Canaan to the Jews forever. A significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that God is a keeper of His promises and that the "Promised Land" belongs to the Jews in belief and unbelief, in obedience and in disobedience, forever. (It is an unconditional promise, with no time limits or conditions.) The Abrahamic Covenant also promises that "I...
  • Israeli Court Tells Ultra-Orthodox Paper To Publish Ad By Party Running Women Candidates

    03/16/2015 4:55:52 PM PDT · by NRx
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03-15-2015 | Jeremy Sharon
    The Lod District Court has ordered Yated Neíeman, the highest-circulating haredi daily newspaper, to publish an election campaign advertisement from Uíbezchutan, a party seeking the haredi womenís vote. The decision was made on Friday, but the newspaper has appealed, casting into doubt whether or not it will be forced to print the ad before election day on Tuesday. An appeal hearing has yet to be scheduled. Uíbezchutan, led by Ruth Colian, has objected to the lack of any women on any of the electoral lists of the haredi parties Ė Shas, United Torah Judaism and Yahad Ė saying the needs...
  • The top four Jewish worries about Christian Zionism

    03/14/2015 4:26:40 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 12 replies
    jeffreysalkin.religionnews.com ^ | Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin
    Is Christian Zionism good for the Jews? Not every Jew thinks so. In fact, Christian Zionists make many Jews crazy. Why? Worry # 1: Jews believe that Christian Zionists believe that all Jews need to be back in the land of Israel before Jesus can return. Except itís not true. I once asked Ralph Reed, the prominent conservative activist and founder of the Christian Coalition, about this. ďRabbi, Iíve been in church every Sunday of my life and I have never heard such a thing. Itís not the last book of our Bible [Revelation, which speaks of the end of...
  • Minister Louis Farrakhan Blames 9/11 Attacks on 'Zionist Jews'

    03/07/2015 7:05:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | March 7, 2015 | The Jewish Telegraphic Agency
    The Anti-Defamation League condemned Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as the ďleading anti-Semite in AmericaĒ after a speech in which he blamed ďIsraelis and Zionist JewsĒ for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. ďAt a time when anti-Semitic attitudes are at historic lows, Farrakhanís unabashed promotion of anti-Semitism is a throwback to the intolerance of another era,Ē ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said in a statement issued Thursday. Farrakhan, who has a long history of anti-Semitic remarks, delivered his speech Sunday in Chicago as part of his Saviors Day 2015 sermon. ďIt is now becoming apparent that there...
  • Luther's Comments About the Jews vs. The Papal Bull "Decet Romanum"

    03/06/2015 7:32:41 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 22 replies
    Beggars All: Reformation Apologetics ^ | March 4, 2015 | James Swan
    I don't have anything to gain by an exoneration of Luther's obvious societal stereotype against the Jews. Luther was not infallible. He said a number of things ranging on the scale of brilliant to typical to ridiculous to offensive. From my perspective, Luther's theology neither stands or falls because of statements on the negative side of the scale. It's my opinion that Luther's attitude toward the Jews is part of Church history, and, that really, to point a finger at Luther one needs to consistently point the fingers beyond Luther as well. This would be the consistent thing to do. There...
  • Sherman quits Iran confab over Ďvulgarí ad: Jewish groups slam Boteach ad on Susan Rice

    03/05/2015 7:57:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Jewish Standard ^ | March 5, 2015 | Deb Herman, JTA Wire Service
    Dr. Elie Wiesel, left, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and Senator Ted Cruz at Rabbi Boteachís panel discussion.An array of Jewish groups condemned an ad by a foundation associated with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach that accused National Security Adviser Susan Rice of turning a blind eye to genocide. ďSusan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,Ē said the advertisement, which appeared in Saturdayís New York Times, touting a talk on Iran in Washington hosted by Boteach, the Englewood-based author and pro-Israel advocate. As soon as Shabbat ended, Jewish groups rushed to condemn the ad by This World: The Values Network. The American Jewish Committee...
  • Catholics and Jews pan film defending wartime Pope Pius XII

    03/03/2015 8:41:16 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    Daily Mail / Reuters ^ | March 3, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY, March 3 (Reuters) - A new Italian film that attempts to defend wartime Pope Pius XII against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust has been panned by the Vatican as well as Catholic and Jewish media. "Shades of Truth" is the account of a fictional present-day American journalist who starts off as a critic of Pius and changes his mind after research in Israel, Rome and elsewhere in Europe. [SNIP] After a screening on Monday near the Vatican, the film, which calls Pius "the most misunderstood person of the 20th century", was universally panned. The...
  • March 20 Solar Eclipse and the Four Blood Moons

    03/01/2015 11:53:53 AM PST · by UnwashedPeasant · 139 replies
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    You are probably aware of the Four Blood Moons, but there is some related info that might be new to you. Between the 2nd and 3rd blood moons, there will be a significant total solar eclipse. Here are some of the strange facts for everyone to consider. (By the way, I am not a Bible scholar, by any means. The facts might have prophetic meaning, or they might be just celestial poetry.)
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Secrets in the Scroll of Esther

    02/22/2015 9:25:03 PM PST · by Phinneous · 49 replies
    YouTube ^ | 11/3/2013 | Rabbi Mordechai Kraft
    A video class (in English y'all) about the history of "Amalek" and a seemingly superfluous verse in the Scroll of Esther. In short (if you don't have 48 minutes to listen to a fascinating class) -The nation of Amalek in the Bible is the modern nation of Germany (the Rabbi lists Jewish Rabbinical sources stating it will be such-- even before the Midevil kingdoms of Germany emerged) -Esther asks King Achashverosh to (Es 9:13) Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan to do to morrow also according unto...
  • 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...
  • Shirley MacLaine Says Holocaust Victims Maybe Deserved It for Sins of Past Lives

    02/15/2015 2:35:20 PM PST · by NYer · 82 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | February 13, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    ‚ÄúWhen men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.‚ÄĚ Daily Mail:The veteran Hollywood actress suggests the six million Jews and millions of others systematically murdered in Hitler‚Äôs death camps in the 1940s were ‚Äėbalancing their karma‚Äô for crimes committed in past lives. She also suggests that cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking may have subconsciously given himself his debilitating motor neurone disease. Really, Shirley? Actress Shirley MacLaine has been denounced by Jewish campaigners and other activists after suggesting that the millions of victims of Nazi death camps may...
  • Obama: "No god condones terror."

    02/10/2015 3:46:50 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 62 replies
    2/10/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    President Obama, during his National Prayer Breakfast speech, Thursday: "No god condones terror. No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives or the oppression of those who are weaker of fewer in number." All people at all times and locations have the right to defend themselves from terror. Despite Obama's words that have clearly angered people, we can see the following as an example: Christians within the confines of the Byzantine Empire had a right to defend themselves from Muslims who terrorized them, but we all know that Pope Urban II could in no way possible know that anyone who...
  • Valentines Day A Kabbalistic Analysis

    02/09/2015 4:34:06 PM PST · by Jeremiah Jr · 2 replies
    Free Republic (update) ^ | 20th of Sh'vat, 5775 | Mordechi ben Avram
    Valentines Day A Kabbalistic Analysis There is a very real link between Soul Mates and Valentines Day. First, some foundation. Every week in the synagogues a section of the Torah and Prophets are read. There are special readings for festivals and special Sabbaths. Shabbat Shekalim (from Wikipedia) Shabbat Shekalim ("Sabbath [of] shekels" ◊©◊Ď◊™ ◊©◊ß◊ú◊ô◊Ě) read in preparation for Purim, requests each adult male Jew contribute half of a Biblical shekel for the upkeep of the Tabernacle, or mishkan (◊ě◊©◊õ◊ü). The Torah portion Exodus 30:11-16 (the beginning of Parasha Ki Tisa) is read. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Shabbat Notice Half! Torah Portion for Shabbat Shekalim...
  • Nostra Aetate, the Historic Condemnation of Anti-Semitism by the Catholic Church

    02/09/2015 6:42:49 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | February 9, 2015 | Laurie Cardoza Moore
    The mainstream media lie of lone wolves and workplace violence is increasingly being exposed as a multi-state, multi-regional movement by Islamic terrorists to destroy the Judeo-Christian values of Western civilization. The terrorist attacks in France last month on a magazine office and a Jewish market, once again woke the world to the ever-growing threat of radical Islam and global, genocidal anti-Semitism. The time for the Christian faith to stand against such insidious hatred is long overdue.
  • 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.Britainís 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. Britainís 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 ďshechitaĒ and the Muslim tradition of ďhalal.ĒBoth forbid stunning the...
  • Is the Angel of the Lord the Pre-Incarnate Christ?

    01/25/2015 1:52:55 PM PST · by NYer · 87 replies
    Taylormarshall.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Dr Taylor Marshall
    The Church Fathers held an unwavering belief that the Second Person of the Trinity appeared frequently in the Old Testament in a variety of forms: the Angel of the Lord, the Burning Bush, the Son of Man, and the one like a Son of God in Daniel.Today we‚Äôll look at¬†a debate regarding¬†the Angel of the Lord. Is he are isn‚Äôt the Pre-Incarnate Son of God? There are various positions in early Christianity.The Greek¬†Church Fathers (for example,¬†Saint Athanasius) are convinced that¬†‚Äúthe Angel of the Lord‚ÄĚ is the pre-incarnate¬†Christ. They posit that the¬†Angel of the Lord is categorically different from lower...
  • Florida Boy's Circumcision Spurs Lengthy Legal Battle, Protests [Four-Year Old]

    01/19/2015 8:19:22 PM PST · by Steelfish · 44 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 18, 2015
    Florida Boy's Circumcision Spurs Lengthy Legal Battle, Protests BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. ó An estranged Florida couple's fight over whether to circumcise their son has become a rallying cry for those who denounce the procedure as barbaric. The dispute between Heather Hironimus, the mother opposing circumcision, and Dennis Nebus, the father favoring it, has sparked a prolonged court battle, protests and the rapt attention of a movement of self-proclaimed "intactivists."
  • Why Orthodox Jewish Women are Happy

    01/18/2015 10:12:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 19, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    Orthodox Jewish women and conservative Muslim women both follow modesty rules, but Orthodox Jewish women are devout without abandoning their individuality and civil liberties. 26-year-old Hayat Boumedienneis the suspected accomplice in last weekís 3-day terror attack in Paris, France. Her common law husband, Amedy Coulibaly, murdered four Jews and a policewoman in a kosher Paris market. Boumedienne is now the poster girl for young, insecure Western women who abandon Western mores for radical Islam. Boumedienneís close friend described her to France24 News as an emotional basket case ďwho often cries and has little confidence in herself.Ē After discarding her string...
  • The U.S. should open its doors to imperiled European Jews

    01/13/2015 5:32:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Everything Blog ^ | January 13, 2015 | Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld
    As the world rightly focuses on the recent terror attacks in Paris on Charlie Hedbo and a kosher grocery store, it should be noted that the second attack is part of a larger problem: the ongoing vitriol toward the French Jewish community. On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders invited French Jews to move to Israel. Thatís a nice gesture, but itís not enough. The United States should join Israel and offer to also open up its shores as a refuge to the endangered Jews of France. This past summer, I traveled to Paris with a...
  • Pope Pius XII - Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. with Sr. Margherita Marchione

    01/12/2015 11:56:11 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 3 replies
    EWTN ^ | 6 October 2010 | Sr. Marcherita Marchione
    EWTN Global Catholic Television Network: EWTN Live - Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. - Sr. Margherita Marchione - Pope Pius XII
  • A fair reparation

    01/09/2015 5:15:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Jew School ^ | December 26, 2014
    NPRís bold headline reads that after 522 years, Spain is inviting me home. It feels good; it feels like something is being done to right a historic wrong. About 15 years ago, we discovered that my maternal grandfatherís family fled Spain during the Inquisition to Meppen, a small town in northern Germany, a few miles across of the boarder with The Netherlands. He chose to buy a Sephardic burial plot and his family heirlooms include allusions of a Spanish heritage. Beyond this loose collection of genealogical evidence, I have no claim to the Sephardic tradition but in this news I...
  • The 11th Plague Ė Spending Passover With Sen. Ted Cruz

    12/30/2014 3:45:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    HEEB Magazine ^ | December 30, 2014 | Zayin B'Ayin
    I know, I know, Hanukkah just ended, and itís not even new years. So why am I bringing up Passover a full three months early? Maybe it has something to do with the news that you (yes, you!) could be spending your holiday of unleavened bread with none other than Tea Party golden-boy/crazy person, Senator Ted Cruz. Reports Politico: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a likely Republican presidential candidate and a vocal pro-Israel hawk, is being advertised as a featured attraction at a string of ritzy resort vacation getaways catering to religious Jews. Cruz, along with several rabbis, is listed as...
  • Six Reasons Why Keeping the Sabbath Matters

    12/30/2014 6:02:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/30/2014 | Dennis Prager
    In my fifth and final column on the greatest guide ever devised for a good world ó the Ten Commandments ó I offer my readers what may well be the best single thing you can do (that you are probably not doing now) to improve the quality of your life, your familyís life, and ultimately the life of our society. Many people, even among those who revere the Ten Commandments, do not think that the Fourth Commandment, the Sabbath Day, is particularly important, let alone binding. Once you understand it, however, you will recognize how both life-changing and world-changing it...
  • Ted Cruz is billed as a Passover vacation attraction

    12/30/2014 1:25:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 29, 2014 | Maggie Haberman
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a likely Republican presidential candidate and a vocal pro-Israel hawk, is being advertised as a featured attraction at a string of ritzy resort vacation getaways catering to religious Jews. Cruz, along with several rabbis, is listed as a speaker at four different vacation spots, including Aspen, over Passover, the spring holiday that honors the freeing of enslaved Jews in Egypt. The Prime Hospitality Group is the company behind the offers, according to an email solicitation shared with POLITICO. ď4 Questions. 4 Cups of Wine. 4 Sons. And 4 Luxurious Prime Passover Programs,Ē the invitation reads. ďAll...
  • Archaeologists Are Excavating A Synagogue Where Jesus Likely Preached

    12/26/2014 1:49:47 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    io9 ^ | December 25, 2014 | Mark Strauss
    Since 2009, archaeologists have been slowly excavating the ancient town of Magdalaóthought to be the home of Mary Magdaleneónear the Sea of Galilee. Among their finds has been a first-century synagogue where, experts say, Jesus likely preached. Image: Israel Antiquities Authority Although Jerusalem and Bethlehem are the sites most commonly associated with Jesus, Father Eamon Kellyóvice president of Israel's Magdala Center and vice chargť of the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Centerópoints out that Jesus spent almost his entire life in what is now northern Israel. "Eighty percent of Jesus' public life was here," he tells the Israeli...
  • Where Are the Jewish Liberals Marching For Decency?

    12/25/2014 10:16:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | December 25, 2014 | Ronn Torossian
    A few weeks ago, I wrote an op-ed in The New York Observer entitled ďBínai Jeshurun: Do Jewish Lives Also Matter?Ē I noted that ďhigh-profile Upper West Side Jewish temple Bínai Jeshurun led a protest after the tragic death of Eric Garner at the hands of the New York Police Department. Then, there was a pre-scheduled event at BJ honoring Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, and the attendees included such luminaries as Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Congressman Jerry Nadler and others.Ē Multiple rabbis and liberal Jewish communal leaders were arrested in acts of civil disobedience during...
  • Is Catholicism the "Babylon Mystery Religion"? (Story of the Magi in Matthew's Gospel)

    12/21/2014 10:40:32 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 20, 2014 | Mark P. Shea
    How the story of the Magi sheds plenty of light on the historical soundness of the Gospel of Matthew and how early Christians viewed paganism. center;">"The Adoration of the Magi" by Matthias Stom (c.1600-c.1652) [http://commons.wikimedia.org/] As we saw last time in this space, the notion that Christianity is "really" warmed-over paganism is contradicted by the fact¬óabundantly in evidence not only in the New Testament but in the writings of the Fathers and the liturgy of the Church¬óthat, well, early Christians just don't care much about pagan things, while both the New Testament and the Fathers are positively drowning in the...
  • How the Catholic Church Saved Hanukkah

    12/20/2014 11:25:30 AM PST · by millegan · 184 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Joe Heschmeyer
    "And so we encounter another oddity of Hanukkah: Jews know the fuller history of the holiday because Christians preserved the books that the Jews themselves lost. In a further twist, Jews in the Middle Ages encountered the story of the martyred mother and her seven sons anew in Christian literature and once again placed it in the time of the Maccabees."
  • The delusion that never dies: Ted Cruzís doomed plan to woo Jewish voters to the GOP

    12/16/2014 2:42:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Salon ^ | December 16, 2014 | Luke Brinker
    Sorry, senator -- it's not happening. To the surprise of approximately nobody, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is proceeding full steam ahead with plans to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The Tea Party icon has already settled on a location for his campaign headquarters (Houston), made the requisite appeals to GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson, and decided on a campaign strategy. That strategy, National Reviewís Eliana Johnson reports, centers on energizing the GOP base, not wooing moderates and independents to the Republican fold. Of course, the hard demographic truth is that a Republican canít win the presidency by relying on...
  • How December 25 Became Christmas

    12/15/2014 9:22:24 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Society ^ | 8/12/2104 | Andrew McGowan
    On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus' birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods - these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 become associated with Jesus' birthday? The Bible offers few clues: Celebrations of Jesus' nativity are not mentioned in the Gospels or Acts; the date is not given, not even the time of year. The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when the hear the news of Jesus' birth (Luke 2:8)...
  • Message at Temple Mount: Time for 'slaughter of Jews'

    12/12/2014 7:31:48 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    WND.com ^ | 12/12/14
    In the middle of the cavernous and ornate Al Aqsa Mosque on top of Judaismís holiest site Ė the Temple Mount Ė an Islamic cleric began drawing a crowd as he delivered an impromptu sermon warning the Jewish people that they are about to be ďslaughtered without mercy.Ē
  • Exodus Movie: Promised Land or Golden Bull?

    12/12/2014 5:39:21 AM PST · by NYer · 52 replies
    Crisis Magazinei ^ | December 12, 2014 | K. V. TURLEY
    Hollywood, still wet from the soaking it took from Noah, has headed for the desert with Moses in the new movie Exodus: Gods and Kings. Surely this time we have a foolproof crowd pleaser filled only with milk and honey? Or, instead, is it going to be a lot of grumbling at bitter herbs?The movie, which opens today, stars Christian Bale, best known for his Batman portrayal, and is directed by Ridley Scott, no stranger to big screen extravaganzas like his film Gladiator. In 3D, and costing an estimated $140, 000,000, this must have appeared a formidable proposition. I mean,...
  • 'It's hard to build peace; but living without peace is an absolute nightmare' (Pope)

    12/08/2014 1:47:12 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Ynet ^ | November 28, 2014 | Henrique Cymerman
    In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview, his first to the Israeli media, Pope Francis expresses his sadness at the Jerusalem synagogue attack and the lack of peace between Israelis and Palestinians, voices his hatred for anti-Semitism and talks of his fears for the Christian communities persecuted by the Islamic State. The spiritual father of 1.2 billion people lives in a two-room apartment in Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican City's guesthouse. With its outdated furniture, a 1970s-style sofa, papers scattered on the floor in a work corner, and piles of books that no one dares to tidy, the small and modest abode...
  • Hereís Why You Hate Round (Catholic) Churches

    12/07/2014 5:36:40 AM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | December 5, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Have you noticed that nobody loves modern churches? Nobody. I mean NOBODY.Seriously. Have you ever met anyone who sees a church like this and and heard them whisper, ‚ÄúI just love that church! It is so inspiring!‚ÄĚ.No. Never.Have you ever gone into a ‚Äúworship space‚ÄĚ like this and heard someone say how awed they were to be in the presence of God? I doubt it. ¬†That‚Äôs because these buildings were not designed to inspire awe or to remind you about the presence of God. They are people centered, not God centered. They are auditoria not temples.There is a gut level...
  • Jewish Impact on the World

    12/06/2014 7:49:48 PM PST · by Phinneous · 36 replies
    Simple to Remember / Aish haTorah ^ | circa 2000 | Rabbi Ken Spiro
    A light unto nations. In the spirit of the recent Dennis Prager posts on the Ten Commandments, an audio class on Jewish impact on the World. A fascinating anthropological-like contrasting of world history against Jewish History. It's long-ish but highly informative on how the good old (ancient) days weren't so good without the Ten Commandments. Hate the civil society? Blame the Joooooooooossssss!
  • You Can Kill, but Donít Murder: Clarifying the Sixth Commandment

    12/02/2014 7:40:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/02/2014 | Dennis Prager
    Pacifists use a mistranslation of the Sixth Commandment in the King James Bible to justify their cause. Ask almost anyone to recite the commandment in the Ten Commandments that prohibits taking a life, and you will be told, ďThou shalt not kill.Ē That is the King James translation of the Sixth Commandment. Overall, it is a magnificent translation. But this one has led to much moral confusion. Yesterday, PragerUniversity.com, which has had more than 20 million views this year, released eleven courses (each five minutes long) ó the Ten Commandments and an introduction. The reason we made these video courses...
  • Halachos (Religious Law) of Christmas

    11/30/2014 12:31:05 PM PST · by Phinneous · 25 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 12/24/98 | Jewish World Review
    A humorous (if you understand Jewish ritual law--halacha) take on "the halacha" of Christmas trees-- Know that Jews have myriad laws governing daily life... For example, Chanukah candles must be kindles at a certain time, and last a certain duration...and oy vey what happens in a million after-the-fact cases where one did NOT meet the requirements, etc. All the funny quirky things you positively love about us Jews. What if they were transposed onto Christmas... the results might be something like this: (key: "Mitzvah" means commandment:) 1. PREPARATIONS FOR XMAS MUST NOT BEGIN(1) BEFORE THANKSGIVING.(2) THIS APPLIES TO PREPARATIONS WHICH...
  • Thanksgiving and Chanukah

    11/27/2014 9:08:19 PM PST · by Phinneous · 2 replies
    Chabad.org / YouTube ^ | 2010 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ZT'L
    A brief (8 minute) talk about the connection between Thanksgiving, its acknowledgement of G-d, America's religious freedom/founding, and Chanukah (spreading light.) Note: This is subtitled (the Rebbe, Rabbi Schneerson speaks in Yiddish) but it's worth listening, reading, and watching. He highlights our REAL American values so poignantly and perfectly-- and blesses Reagan to boot... a great end of the Holiday!
  • 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 wifeís sister is after his wife is no longer alive. Yibum, levirate marriage, cannot be entered into with a woman whose...
  • Protest Against Anti-Semitism in Turkey

    11/17/2014 6:53:04 AM PST · by Adam Taxin · 17 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 11/17/14 | Michael Rubin
    Turkey was once one of the most religiously tolerant majority Muslim societies in its attitude toward Jews. The reason wasnít so much tolerant political culture, but rather a belief that the Jews were a tranquil, loyal minority. After all, Turkish school books taught that while Greeks, Armenians, and Arabs all rose up against the Ottomans, the Jews did not. Hence, Turkey boasted along with Iran either the second or third largest Jewish community in the Middle East after Israel itself. In recent years, of course, this has changed. Just as...
  • Shia LaBeouf Converts from Judaism to Christianity

    11/07/2014 2:08:07 PM PST · by Cecily · 51 replies
    Israel National News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Ashley Baylen
    American actor Shia LaBeouf has been making headlines over the past year for several stunts unrelated to his previously blossoming career. Between announcing his retirement from the public eye, claiming "I am not famous anymore," to hosting an art exhibit a la Marina Abramovitch to hiring a skywriter to apologize for plagiarizing Daniel Clowes, LaBeouf has been called everything from eccentric to insane.
  • Converting for Love (Like Natalie Portmanís Husband)? The Talmud Forbids It.

    11/07/2014 10:38:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Tablet ^ | 11/7/2014 | Adam Kirsch
    The most common reason why people convert to Judaism today, I would guess, is because they want to marry a Jewish spouse. Such conversions are a sign of the amazing acceptance that Judaism enjoys in America, compared to the stigma it labored under for most of Western history. For a Christian to marry a Jew in medieval Europe meant stigmatization, isolation, perhaps even violence, as it does in many parts of the Muslim world today. For us, it is simply a personal choice, even a laudable demonstration of spousal loyalty. It was surprising to learn in this weekís Daf Yomi...
  • The Rabbi and the Friar (an unlikely friend remembers Father Benedict Groeschel)

    10/28/2014 9:14:00 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | 10 . 24 . 14 | Rabbi David R. Blumenthal
    F r. Benedict Groeschel, whose death we all mourn, lived at Trinity House in Larchmont, a hundred yards from my late mother-in-law. Coming from Cologne, Germany, where Jews had good relationships with the Catholic Church, my late mother-in-law chose to continue that tradition. Whenever she cooked for the Jewish holidays, a portion was sent down the block to Fr. Benedict. Whenever objects had to be disposed of, they went to Fr. Benedict. In this way, everything, from used clothing to used cars, was recycled to the poor through Fr. Benedict. We always visited him on the days before Christmas with...
  • Police Investigation Into Rabbi And Recordings of Women Is Expanding

    10/16/2014 9:02:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 16, 2014 | Peter Hermann and Michelle Boorstein
    Police Investigation Into Rabbi And Recordings of Women Is Expanding By Peter Hermann October 16 The prominent Georgetown rabbi accused of recording women at his synagogueís ritual bath had numerous computers and storage devices in his home along with files of women undressing, according to a search warrant filed in D.C. Superior Court. Police arrested Barry Freundel, rabbi of Kesher Israel Congregation, on Tuesday and searched both the synagogue on N Street NW and Freundelís home, a few blocks away on O Street. In two affidavits unsealed Thursday, police said the investigation is expanding beyond the six women mentioned in...