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Friday, May 20th, 2016
11:36 pm - Star of David in Judasm

thestarofdavid

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012
7:20 pm

ex_faunes
ramadan graphics!

13 icons & 5 banners: HERE @ treesofthewood
post will be public for a while.

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Thursday, March 1st, 2012
11:37 am - The Conference of European Rabbis is deeply concerned by recent attacks on Christian sites in Israel

ceuropeanrabbis

CER President, Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt described the recent daubing and spate of vandalism against Christian sites as “something that is un-Jewish and pains us all.” 

“These actions contradict both the spirit and the letter of the Torah,” Rabbi Goldschmidt said.

The CER has called on Israeli government authorities to thoroughly investigate these criminal acts and to use the full force of the law against the perpetrators.

Offensive slogans against Christians were spray-painted at the Jerusalem Baptist Church and at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of the Holy Cross last week.

“Throughout the history of the State of Israel, the Jewish State has protected the religious rights of those of all faiths. We must ensure that citizens of all faiths as well as those visiting the country are treated with respect for their religious traditions,” Rabbi Goldschmidt said.

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11:34 am - КЕР осудила оскорбления на стенах христианских церквей в Израиле

ceuropeanrabbis

Конференция европейских раввинов глубоко обеспокоена актами вандализма по отношению к христианским церквям в Израиле.

Президент КЕР главный раввин Москвы Пинхас Гольдшмидт заявил, что написание оскорблений на стенах христианских церквей «противоречит духу еврейского народа и причиняет боль всем нам».

«Эти действия противоречат духу и букве Торы», – сказал раввин Гольдшмидт.

Оскорбительные лозунги, направленные против христиан, были написаны с помощью баллона-распылителя с краской на стенах церкви баптистской общины на прошлой неделе. Подобные граффити появились на стенах святыни греческой православной церкви, монастыря Святого Креста в Иерусалиме, ранее в феврале.

«На протяжении всей истории государства Израиль, еврейское государство защищает религиозные права представителей всех вероисповеданий. Мы должны гарантировать уважительное отношение к религиозным традициям всех граждан и гостей Израиля», – заявил раввин Пинхас Гольдшмидт.

Конференция европейских раввинов призвала израильские власти провести тщательное расследование этих преступлений и использовать всю силу закона в отношении виновных.

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Конференция европейских раввинов объединяет еврейских религиозных лидеров более чем 40 европейских стран, а также главных раввинов и раввинских судей всех континентов. КЕР имеет статус консультанта как международная неправительственная организация при Совете Европы и институтах Европейского Союза.

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Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
11:23 pm - infanticide . . . .

my_innersanctum
yesterday, i happened to have the volume up when the news was on.  the news station aired an interview with a man who had killed his two very young children.  he was blaming the mother of the children and didn't seem to be particularly remorseful.  i'm troubled by this trend of infanticide that seems to be popping up more and more in the news.  a person has to have something missing to be able to deliberately take the life of a child.

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Friday, June 17th, 2011
12:36 pm - Ramadan Is Around The Corner

my_innersanctum
I thought I'd bring this topic up to spark conversation and questions about this oft misunderstood Islamic observance. 

It's amazing how quickly time flies.  This has been one of my busiest years and most spiritually neglectful.  I hope to be able to participate in the fasting this year, but health issues may make that not possible. 

Wasalam

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Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
3:50 pm

pauamma
Today's XKCD is admirably on-topic.

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Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
2:08 pm - ...uhm...eep?

evilgrins
10:32 AM 5/17/2011 · While I understand some nutjob in Oakland has been latching onto this recently for popularity's sake, I initially heard about this about 3 years ago. As I've a hobby of tracking end of the world scenarios, I marked the date and kicked back to see what would happen.

I refer to Judegement Day, which is supposedly this coming Saturday.

Nice thing, as religious events go... Saturdays are usually casual!

What is it with '21' anyway? Even the Mayan thing is on a 21st. People can leglally imbibe alcohol, in the United States, when they turn 21...

So May 21st 2011 is Judegement Day. It's based on something or other, I've got a pamphlet on this somewhere (3 separate versions of which were handed to me at Chinese New Years' a couple years ago) or other but I'm not sure where it is now. It quotes a section of the Bible that speaks of Judgement Day (you can probably Google it) and a mathmatical calculation that includes the correctness of the Roman calendar system to get an accurate calculation of...

...well, this coming Saturday.

Here's the thing, a day is all well and good but it doesn't say when. I'm talking what hour. We've got the day but not a time and what with timezones I don't know if it's May the 21st where I live or in the section of the world the Bible was written.

If that confusing, trip this: in 1986 I took a plane from Boston to India and arrived the day before I left. Yeah, plane took off Wednesday and landed Tuesday the previous day.

As if the 21·hour plane ride wasn't traumatic enough!

As to what will supposedly happen... not a clue. There's the Left Behind theory, which that series was based on, that the 'faithful' will be taken to Heaven and leave the rest of us. Realistically they wouldn't just rise to Heaven, paradise will take your souls but not your bodies. So, to recap, just a bunch of people falling over dead all over the planet...

...although, from my understanding, the original interpretation wasn't so much the faithful as just God's Chosen. Basically, not the Christians. The Jews, religious or not, will all be taken to Heaven and the rest of us are left behind.

There's also those that believe Jesus will return, though that's not a great idea given the circumstances. Supposedly Jesus, who left as The Lamb, returns as The Lion and wages war on the Devil; the souls gone to Heaven in all the time prior battling all the evil of Hell as their armies. The fallout of which will annihilate the entire Earth, kill pretty much every living thing on the planet, and then whatever survives (even souls could be killed before that kinda onslaught) goes to Heaven and the Earth is left a burnt out cinder.

If you watch Supernatural you probably have heard the big showdown is actually Michael and Lucifer. I'm not sure if that's just a convenient story the series latched onto or if there's some actual old testament truth to that or not.

Ultimately it probably doesn't matter. I don't know that this is gonna happen, Judgement Day specifically, don't even know that I believe it. I mean there's still the Mayan thing and that equation Sir Isaac Newton came up with...

...if you don't know the latter, apparently other than 'discovering' gravity ol' Isaac shared my fascination with end of the world scenarios. In an intense study of the Bible he divined what he determined to be a Biblical code that led him to believe the world would indeed come to ane end.

Sometimes in the year 2060.

If I manage a semi·health life maybe I'll be around to see it.

If the Mayan thing or Saturday doesn't do me in first.

current mood: pensive

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Sunday, January 2nd, 2011
11:54 am - Conversion (or Reversion)

secretshadowss
I was just curious to speak to those that have converted (or reverted) to their chosen religion.

Do you find yourself having to be more observant than those that were born into the faith?
Are you fully accepted by the community?
Did you leave another prior faith behind?

Just something, if you feel prepared to divulge your story to me I would be most interested to hear it.

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Saturday, October 30th, 2010
5:06 pm - The Faith Club

my_innersanctum
I've picked up a book I'm truly enjoying.  It's called, "The Faith Club" by Idliby, Oliver, and Warner.  I thought I'd mention it here as it's very inspiring with regard to interfaith discourses.  I'm sure some of you have read it already and I'd love your feedback on it.  :D

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Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
10:30 am - ...uhm...

evilgrins
Among some of the more questionable things Christine ODonnell (O'Donnell?) has said is her more recent statement that "God is praying for me".

Normally when people are well wishing towards others they pray to God for them. Does this seem to imply that God has a God or Gods? Otherwise it means God prays to Itself, which seems redundant to an extreme...as God wanting to wish good will to someone could be simply It just easily could do rather than try to convince Itself it should.

Thoughts?

current mood: confused

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Saturday, August 28th, 2010
9:53 am - Take a stand against hatred

dehaywardati
A rabbi has started an online "collection's plate/tzedakah box" to cover the costs of cleaning/replacing the prayer rugs a drunk bigot ruined with his urine earlier this week in a New York mosque. Please consider donating to this most worthy cause; stand with our Muslim Americans in saying that it is never appropriate to defile the sacred space of another.

http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com/blog/2010/08/passing-the-virtual-hat-for-prayer-rug-cleaning.html


To my fellow Jews: "On the Jewish calendar we're in the middle of the month of Elul, a time for taking an accounting of our souls and repairing our broken relationships in the world. I'd love it if we could make a gift to the Al-Iman mosque to show that the guy who desecrated their sanctuary doesn't represent the rest of us."

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Friday, August 20th, 2010
1:27 pm - "Ground Zero Mosque" Imam says "I am a Jew, I have always been one."

al_khidr
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2010/08/ground-zero-imam-i-am-a-jew-i-have-always-been-one/61761/

An really sound interfaith perspective... it's too bad there's all these people hating on him because his project in Manhattan would do a lot of good.

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Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
3:34 pm - Imams visit Holocaust sites... Issue declaration...

al_khidr
http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/american_muslim_leaders_visit_concentration_camps_20100817/

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Sunday, August 15th, 2010
11:37 am - Ramadan Kareem

my_innersanctum
I can't believe there are no posts for the whole month of july!  :D

Me and RamadanCollapse )

Regards

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Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
2:14 pm - Interfaith Prayer Vigil

al_khidr
I know at face value this looks like a piece on Israeli-Palestinian politics, but the deeper currents of ecumenical thinking, drawing on Jewish teaching, make it far more profound than that...




Pardon the audio/video quality... it was shot on a cel phone! It's the message that counts.

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Thursday, June 24th, 2010
8:24 pm - Pope Benedict XVI: Remarks on the "Shoah"

al_khidr
http://www.conferenceofpresidents.org/media/user/documents/Remarks%20by%20Pope%20Benedict%20XVI.pdf

The above link is older news... Pope Benedict XVI's remarks to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations... but I find it curious that Pope uses the word "Shoah" (senseless destruction) instead of Holocaust (which as a "burnt offering" infers that what happened in the 1930's and 40's was in atonement for some action on the part of the Jews). Does anyone out there know when the Papacy started using the term? Or is it only when speaking to Jews?

It would be nice if more people outside the Jewish faith started intentionally using the term.

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Sunday, May 16th, 2010
5:46 pm - just a bit outside

evilgrins
1:34 AM 5/16/10 · This is a religious post but it's just as much a historic deal as that. I'm watching a 2 hour special on the History Channel, contrasting the current Robin Hood movie with the actual historical accounting and it's touched on a relative sore point of mine. I've seen just about all of the Robin Hood movies but most notably in recent years it's the ones where Robin has been portrayed by Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, & Sean Connery. Yeah, there's been others but these 3 feature that ever present sore point I'm referring to...

...the Holy Crusade.

I tend to frown on the praise that Christianity tends to insist it deserves due to a number of points in history, as well as some of their rather annoying behavior into the present day, and The Crusades is a biggie. Wherein the Church at the time basically gave English knights carte blanche to slaughter as many people as they possibly could so that they could be assured a place in Heaven. Not an unusual tact, lots of religions have used the promise of paradise the incite violence...but let's stay on point.

There's also the whole bit in regards of reclaiming the Holy Land for Christianity.

By the by, mildly amused by the accounting that back then the Christians referred to the Muslims as 'the infidel' and in modern times that's been reversed.

What I've never gotten is this. Realistically it means that the Christians were going to a place they never had been to take it from the Muslims that were in power there at the time in order to not give it back to the people who actually were from there; the Jews. Now it's possible my perspective on this is a bit off, I've not pursued the actual history of this since high school...

...it's just that my recall is that the Holy Land orginally belonged to the Jews. The Muslims came to power sometime after that but Christianity never has a footing there until after the Holy Crusade. It's not so much that the Holy Crusade was based on an outright lie but even if Christianity ever held any real influence in the goings on of the Holy Land it most certainly wasn't the Christians that came from England.

Of course, that little detail in the 10 Commandments regarding not murdering people adds to the soreness of all this.

Okay, Jesus was from the Holy Land (more or less) but he wasn't a Christian. He was Jewish, a rabbi. Even his disciples weren't really Christians, just a Hebrew cult if you'll allow for the phrasing. From my understanding there were any official Christians, referred to as such, until a very long time after the crucifixion.

Maybe a hundred years or so.

Am I wrong about this? Did Christianity ever have an actual sphere of power in the Holy Land before the Muslims took over? I'm thinking maybe Charlamagne but without looking it up I don't recall where he figured into all this historically. Not to mention he was ordained by the Pope and as brutal a Christian as there ever was.

current mood: pensive

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Friday, April 9th, 2010
2:27 pm - don't think it was originally in the rule book

evilgrins
10:28 PM 4/3/10 · In the past year I've lost a few friends, one of which was suicide. Now I know insofar as Christianity goes this is a direct line to Hell, for those of them that believe in it, or at the very least a roadblock from Heaven...

...and I just don't think that is right.

I'm wondering on the origin of this little stipulation. It's like the whole celibacy thing for priests. It's a big rule in Chrisiandom but it's not actually in the Bible. Priests didn't used to be celibate but, roundabout the Dark Ages, it was made a rule because the Church did not want a priest's property to goto their heirs.

Yes, the Church is a greedy institution. Most noticeable in how nice and pretty Churches are even in neighborhoods that are falling apart.

*ahem*

Granted, my knowledge of the bible and its contents is a vague thing at best. I read portions of it when I was younger but as the years grew on me, the more I learned that it's not a complete work. That whole bit with a council deciding what 'Books of *insert name here*' were worthy of the final book or not. From my understanding only the Gnostic & Ethiopian Bibles are complete comilations and I've never been able to lay my hands on one of those to contrast them with the local most common variety...

...but I digress.

So, is the ban on suicides in the Bible or not? Or is it more likely something that the Church instituted in truly depserate times to keep their congregations from trying to get to Paradise via the express route?

That may sound horribly cynical but remember this. During the early Colonial period of the United States, the local Churches told people that if they didn't 'contribute' exorbitant funds to their parishes then they would goto Hell. Not the members of the Church, mind you. They told them that they had to literally buy their way into Heaven.

It's little stuff like this that gives me pause on certain supposed tenats of the faith.

current mood: pensive

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Friday, February 12th, 2010
9:11 pm - loss of faith and recovery . . .

my_innersanctum
how does judaism and christianity address issues with a person who loses faith or is experiencing a detachment from faith?

i'm not really sure how we approach it in islam.  i would suppose one has to determine the root cause first.  then, one can go on to resolution.  i'll look into this further and edit this.

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