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They don't care what damage they do to the international reputation of British academics as long as they can make their own political statements. I doubt that this will do any serious harm to Israeli academics, but it will make those in Britain the object of much ridicule, and I have to say they have it coming. The membership of NAFTHE should be ashamed of their leadership.
“I don't think Jesus would be mad at me and the message I'm trying to send”
— Madonna On the controversy surrounding her new 'Confessions' tour, in which she hangs from a 'disco-fied' crucifix. "
Not exactly clear what message Madonna is trying to send here.
AP - Bergen Record:
In the Baghdad incident, gunmen stopped a car carrying the Sunni Arab coach and two Shiite players, asked them to step out and then shot them, said Manham Kubba secretary-general of the Iraqi Tennis Union.
Extremists had distributed leaflets in the mostly Sunni neighborhoods of Saidiyah and Ghazaliyah warning people not to wear shorts, police said.
'Wearing shorts by youth are prohibited because it violates the principles of Islamic religion when showing forbidden parts of the body. Also, women should wear the veil,' the leaflets said.
Celebrity Gossip Blog: The Daily Blabber from iVillage Entertainment:"It's religious association is Biblical (see Jos 18:1). It has religious backgrounds in Biblical."
Baby Brangelina: It's a Girl! It's a genetically-blessed girl!
As expected, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's bundle of joy arrived today. Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt was born on May 27, at night, in Namibia.
According to iVillage's baby name finder, Shiloh is a boy's name and its religious association is Biblical. Another baby name source says it's of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is 'His gift.' Also possibly 'he who was sent.'
BBC NEWS England West Yorkshire Podcast lectures for uni students: Podcast lectures for uni students
A lecturer at a West Yorkshire university has abolished traditional lectures in favour of podcasts.
BBC NEWS World Europe Pope urges John Paul canonisation:
Pope Benedict XVI has said during a visit to Poland that he hopes to see his predecessor, John Paul II, shortly elevated to sainthood.
The Pope's comments came during a visit to John Paul II's home town of Wadowice on the latest stage of his Polish trip.
He later told hundreds of thousands of young people who had gathered to see him in the town of Krakow to remain true to the teachings of Jesus.
Benedict XVI is to visit the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz on Sunday.
The dim first floor of Manfred Anson's Bergenfield home looks something like a cluttered antique shop that is about to ship off half its stock.
The retired opal dealer's menorahs, Judaica, and other collectibles fill shelves and countertops and hang on walls, as if emerging from the landscape of boxes upon boxes overflowing with artifacts wrapped in old newspapers.
Anatomy of a hoax: False story alleging special yellow insignia for Iranian Jews spurred by Wiesenthal Center's flawed confirmation. "
Naturally, the Iranian government says that their seven million neighbors have no right to exist. But they would never ask people to wear a yellow star. How could we be so foolish as to think that?
למפקדי הישיר, על ההר, עניתי: אלפיים שנה הסתיימו 26/05/2006
הלכתי בטור החיילים בעקבות הזחל"ם של מוטה, בשביל המזרחי של הר-הבית, וכשראיתי את המדרגות העולות אל כיפת הסלע ממזרח ידעתי מיד, בהבזק בהיר ופשוט, שרגלי דורכות בעזרת הנשים של בית המקדש. פרקים מסיפורו האישי של הרב יואל בן נון על כיבוש הר הבית ומלחמת ששת הימים
Roth has six books on the recent NY Times list, What Is the Best Work of American Fiction of the Last 25 Years? He's always been one of my favorites. Some quotes from the Karp story/review:
Roth has opened the trapdoor to the inner reaches of the experience in store for those of us blessed to live a long life: the fight against failing health and diminution of vitality, the campaign waged against death...
It’s clearly no coincidence that Roth has chosen heart disease for his everyman rather than a more ferociously debilitating and painful ordeal like, for example, cancer. For this protagonist, reinvigoration remains a tantalizing possibility, a hope pinned to each medical procedure, almost until the very end. The possibility of vigor retained through one’s 70s and beyond is tantalizingly dangled before him in the guise of his brother Howie, several years his elder but fit and robust right through to the novel’s climactic opening scene.
I continue to maintain that this is neither a particularly Jewish or Judaic issue. Where there are men and women, there will eventually be sex scandals.
How to avoid such unpleasantness, you ask? I've always thought the Rev. Billy Graham (as quoted in an interview published in Christianity Today, Vol. 32, No. 17, Nov. 18, 1988, pp.21-23) distilled the formula down to its essence.
Interviewer: What safeguards have you taken over the years to protect yourself and maintain personal spiritual purity?Yes, I'd say the precautions themselves are how a man of the cloth will avoid the chance of any misunderstanding. This attitude sets the standard pretty high. But that's what morality is all about.
Billy Graham: I decided there were three areas that Satan could attack in--pride, morals, and finances. Over the years I tried to set up safeguards against the dangers of each...
Concerning morals: I'm sure I've been tempted, especially in my younger years. But there has never been anything close to an incident. I took precautions. From the earliest days I've never had a meal alone with a woman other than Ruth, not even in a restaurant. I've never ridden in an automobile alone with a woman. Those kinds of precautions can lead to some misunderstandings. There was a time when Ruth thought I was too cold to women. But I always had this in the back of my mind. There is always the chance of misunderstanding.
Mr. Plotz, Slate's deputy editor, recently stumbled upon a Bible and opened to Genesis 34 where he found the truly bizarre tale of the rape of Dinah.
Boy is this guy screwed up.
IDF Troops on the Temple Mount
The question is who celebrates the festival? Not the secular Zionists. Millions of Israelis have never even visited Jerusalem. For secular Zionists there is no difference in sanctity between Afula and Jerusalem.
The Ultra-frum don't celebrate it. They reject the legitimacy of the State and of the IDF and would never recognize or celebrate the sovereignty of either.
That leaves the religious Zionists who do celebrate the day. They allegedly care. I say this with some hesitation because, for instance, the OU web site for this holiday is sorely out-of-date. It's got items from 2003 and 1998. One of those items, an essay by HaRav Eliezer Waldman, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivat Kiryat Arba, to me sounds like a mild political harangue - not a spiritual statement by any means.
Now it seems, as of May 4, 2006, that the State has prepared a new plan to redivide the city. So that further fogs this matter of celebrating a unified Jerusalem.
I guess then let's say it's a holiday for some Jews. But not for all Jews. Hag Sameach.
Sharansky does not cite a single Zionist writer. He does not cite a single Jewish theologian or philosopher.
Hillel Halkin Defended Yehoshua - Sorta - see Cat Among The Pigeons - May 9, 2006 - The New York Sun - NY News: "'In light of all the dangers to Israel that we have been talking about, don't you think it's a good idea that the Jews of the world, too, are divided into two camps, one of which is in the Diaspora?' To which I replied without thinking: 'You know, if, God forbid, Israel should some day be destroyed or go under, I couldn't care less about the Jews of the Diaspora or what happened to them.'"
Among the many intellectuals who serve as the underpinnings for Yehoshua is Professor Menahem Brinker: "Brinker's View of Jewishness draws upon common assumptions that were shared by late 19th-century Hebrew authors in Eastern Europe. He approaches the question of Jewish education in our time by exploring the application of these shared assumptions to present-day realities."
See here for a summary of Brinker's commentaries which are based on Ahad Ha-Am, Berdyczewski and Brenner.
You tell 'em A. B.!
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The frum Jews of Brooklyn are outraged. The Hir-hurim of Brooklyn blog mocks this valiant woman with a post entitled, "So-Called-Orthodox Woman Rabbi". And I thought that was one of the few blogs professing to, "promoting enlightened public policy and/or the refinement of character." I guess polity in blogging has its limits.
'America is a nation of prayer. It's impossible to tell the story of our nation without telling the story of people who pray,' Bush said during a White House celebration of the National Day of Prayer.What more can we add to this trenchant analysis? Oh, I guess we could say that America is a nation of eaters, sleepers, belchers.
'At decisive moments in our history and in quiet times around family tables, we are a people humbled and strengthened and blessed by prayer.'
Apparently there is plenty more to say about prayer. The "Presidential Prayer Team" site has a fancy Pray Now box with these suggestions, "Pray for President Bush as he continues to work with congressional leaders toward immigration reform...Pray also as he speaks to graduates of Oklahoma State University on Saturday, May 6...Pray for President Bush's new press secretary, Tony Snow, as he prepares to step up to the podium later this month..."
But wait. I am worried. Is this a precursor? Does the president intend to start a prayer war with our enemies in the Islamic world?
Mr. Bush, remember -- the one billion moslems of the world pray five-times-a-day.
I'll be writing more next week about the Nation of Prayer.