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Post No. 2479
01/21/2009 11:00 PM
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Canarsie, this video is an example of a group of people who believed as you do, that power is the supreme virtue and the strong ones will rule. They, like you, also rejected the God of the Bible and wanted to create a world without Him.

I wonder if you will change your views after seeing where that type of thinking leads.

Von Cello 

Post No. 2478
01/21/2009 01:15 PM
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Great Video!

That was a great video. I wish the acting was a better, but the point it makes is so true. I'll pass it around.

As for Obama's relationships with Rev. Wright and Ayers, those are non-issues that desperate antagonists on the right brought up to try to stop Obama. For once, the American people were smart enough to see though that nonsense!

Post No. 2477
01/21/2009 11:56 AM
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CNN double standards - satire

Btw, who wrote the music to "Put on a happy face"?

Oh, and I've been holding back my thoughts on Obama as pres. for a long time (or did I say s th in passing), I simply don't know enough about the man (despite reading up seriously since October) and the picture I do get is that it is hard to know where he really, really stands. All this brushing under the carpet of his apparent links to rev. Wright and Bill Ayers and Rashid Khalidi - just didn't do it for me. It's gonna be a hell of a job to navigate the US thru this stormy season ahead (economy and Iran, to name just two).
Von Cello 

Post No. 2476
01/21/2009 08:56 AM
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Black - Jewish Allliance

The day before the inauguaration, Obama made a speech saying that it was time to bring back the Black - Jewish alliance. Jews were very involved in the civil rights movement in America back in the 1950's and 60's. Even Martin Luther King acknowledged the Jewish role and expressed support for Israel and Zionism. He saw it as a civil rights movement for Jews.

Then, somehow there was a falling out. It seems to me it came from the black community, but maybe that is just my perception. Suddenly there was all this talk about "Jewish landlords" and "Jewish merchants" taking money out of the black community. Years later you heard the same thing about Koreans and other imigrants. There were also problems over affirmative action. Many Jews, especially from the poorer area (like Canarsie) saw getting into a good college as a way out of a tough neighborhood, yet Jews were being turned away as colleges were allowing in blacks and others with lower grades. This created a lot of frustration.

Then came Jesse Jackson's run for president during which it came to light that he had insulted the Jewish people and called New York, "Hymietown", a derogatory name. I know for myself that I was sadened and outraged that a man of this character could still get something like 95% of the black vote!

Obama has handled himself much differently. He has the skill of reaching out to people of all backgrounds. Right now he seems to be all things to all men. Everyone hears him talking to THEM. Time will tell what this man is really all about, but for now we can at least hope that he can do what no other major politician has been able to do for many years, and that is to bring people together.
G O D 

Post No. 2475
01/21/2009 08:47 AM
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Post No. 2474
01/20/2009 06:55 PM
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Winds of Jihad Humor

What happens when a fly falls into a coffee cup?

The Englishman throws away the cup of coffee and walks away.

The American takes out the fly and drinks the coffee.

The Chinese eats the fly and throws away the coffee.

The Japanese drinks the coffee with the fly, since it was extra.

The Israeli sells the coffee to the American, the fly to the Chinese, and buys himself a new cup of coffee.

The Palestinian blames the Israeli for the violent act of putting the fly in his coffee, asks the UN for aid, takes a loan from the European Union to buy a new cup of coffee, uses the money to purchase explosives and then blows up the coffee house where the Englishman, the American, the Chinese, the Japanese are all trying to explain to the Israeli that he was too aggressive.

Courtesy of
G O D 

Post No. 2473
01/20/2009 03:09 PM
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bso the new pres

here too we all stopped at 5 pm to see it hear it...was great..

bull shit over
Von Cello 

Post No. 2472
01/20/2009 06:50 AM
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God Bless America

Today there is an electicity running through America. I have never seen people so excited about an inaugeration. My parents are among the millions in Washington today standing in the cold. They interviewed a 62 year old woman this morning and she said she didn't even feel the cold.

Obama's theme was "Yes we can". Let's hope that things get better.

G O D 

Post No. 2471
01/20/2009 01:42 AM
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guy on drugs god

im the guy with the big sign holdin it big sign is always stright up very high when i think of israel..its hard.....but ive got to stick it to those anti peace guys..ihold up my big sign and i wave it around so eveybody sees it.
Von Cello 

Post No. 2470
01/19/2009 12:41 PM
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We Shall Overcome!

Holland needs a Martin Luther King. Someone who is not afraid of being beaten, stabbed, or even killed. Someone who will stand up for the right of all people, of all backgrounds, to be able to express their views without fear and intimidation.

Post No. 2469
01/19/2009 12:19 PM
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Happened to check out the same vid and not see Canarsie.

At least it reminded me I love the Spanish language, and more so, these Spanish ppl for taking a stand! And Spanish police for allowing them to do so openly. Ashamed to say, but eh ... here in Amsterdam, police actually discouraged a pro-Israel rally (10 days ago) - ppl then combined with one that had already been organised in The Hague (I missed it, didnot read about it until a few hours after it had taken place).

You know, I can follow the reasoning of the police, but it is dhimmi attitude and that's not what we need. Dhimmi in inch by inch and you've created your own ghetto in the long run. It is precisely those subtle, fractional, seemingly justifiable steps that do the trick. Aargh!
Von Cello 

Post No. 2468
01/19/2009 11:27 AM
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I can't get no satisfaction!
Von Cello 

Post No. 2467
01/19/2009 09:49 AM
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Where is Waldo?

I checked out this video:

Is that the one you mean? I didn't see you there.

G O D 

Post No. 2466
01/19/2009 05:33 AM
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chk out in google manifestacion madrid pro israel this week
im in the video in madrid talking about israel and ducking
Von Cello 

Post No. 2465
01/18/2009 02:02 PM
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My worst video ever!

Watch it and give it a low rating!

Von Cello 

Post No. 2464
01/18/2009 11:36 AM
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Important questions

While we have been discussing such heavy topics as whether or not God exists, we have overlooked some other important questions such as:

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Since bread is square, why is sandwich meat round?

Why do you have to "put your two cents in"...but it's only a "penny for your thoughts"?

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up crying every two hours?

Why are you IN a movie, but you are ON TV?
Von Cello 

Post No. 2463
01/17/2009 11:42 AM
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I trusted you!
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Post No. 2462
01/16/2009 01:10 PM
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Keep your ups up!

Now, Steve said that mitzvahs, otherwise known as biblical laws are obligations and people had no choice but to follow them. That is a simplistic statement. For instance, there is a commandment to "love your brother as yourself". But how does one do that?

So the Rabbis came up with suggestions. One way is to give charity. But the Torah does not say how much. Some churches talk about a 10% tithe. But what happens if you give 9%? Are you going to go to hell? And what if you give 11%? Do you get a gold star?

Some people give a penny a day and feel that they are fulfilling the requirement. Some spend hours a day collecting money and living in poverty themselves to help others. Is the penny a day guy going to a worse place in the afterlife than the guy who lives in poverty and collects charity all day for others? What if the penny a day guy saved someone's life once. How does that add in?

The more you think about it the more you can see that there is no easy answer to how to follow the commandments. How much is enough? Even if the church says 10%, how do we know for sure that God agrees? Is there a point that is too much?

Judaism teaches that we never really know how much more we should give, and do, and feel. There is no magical point where you are "saved". You have to always wrestle with these issues and always try harder. The Rebbe used to say there are only two ways you can go in regards to mitzvahs, up or down. There is no static ground. You are either in the process of doing more or doing less. And he said the goal is to keep your ups more than your downs.

This is the reality of mitzvahs. It is a lifelong process. And the goal is to be the most moral person you can be. And I think that is a most laudable goal, no matter what you believe about God.
Von Cello 

Post No. 2461
01/16/2009 08:57 AM
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Religious Morality

I have nothing against atheists. Some of my best friends are atheists. But one thing I think is negative about some atheists is a combative and negative attitude toward religion. But one thing that I have noticed is that religion at its best can breed people of higher morals than we find in most atheists. (Of course certian religions can breed people of lower morals than most atheists.) But I think here of people like Mother Teresa, Ghandi, Martin Luther King ... all influenced by a deep religiosity.

I have played at hunderds of Orthodox Jewish weddings and at many of them I would see this very shabbily dressed guy, who actually looked like an Orthodox Jewish bum, standing outside asking people for money. I was offended in a way that this guy would go to weddings where people come to dress up, feel good, and enjoy a special time, and stand outside looking like a bum and making people feel guilty with his hand out.

I brought this up to a religious friend of mine and he said, "You don't know about him?" Then he told me that this guy lives in poverty. He doesn't take any of the money for himself. He just goes from wedding to wedding collecting charity. He is extremely religious and moral and believes that the best thing he can do in thiis world is to spend as much time as possible raising money to help other people. He really is a saint!

I have never seen such behavior from an atheist. Maybe there are some who do act like this, but I have not seen or heard of anyone. So, it seems to me, that religion, mitzvahs, guides to a higher morality, can be very helpful to society. At its best, religion can push us into better behaviors than we would ever do on our own.
Von Cello 

Post No. 2460
01/15/2009 02:11 PM
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Pick a Mitzvah

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Post No. 2459
01/15/2009 10:29 AM
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Beyond Art

Hey, I just found a link about an art exhibition opening that will feature my book Beyond Faith. If anyone is in New York in Februrary you might want to come. There will be food and drink (probably wine and cheese) and a performance by yours truly Von Cello, and the artist/violinist David Tobey.
Von Cello 

Post No. 2458
01/15/2009 07:55 AM
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Milk and meat ... bad. But why?

Canarsie: dont forget that mitsvah is obligation not recommendation..

Really? And what happens if I don't do this "obligation"? I think you have a very rigid view of Jewish law.

i prefer to follow my heart my ethics.

And should that be true of everyone? Everyone should just make up whatever "ethics" they want? In the end, most people do follow their own path to some extent or other, but some people's "ethics" are very selfish and uncaring towards others.

id never let you die under a car even if a mitsva said its gods will..

There is no such mitzvah. But you can learn a lot about just how good a person could be by studying Jewish ethics. The sages get into incredible detail. For instance, do you know why it is unkosher to mix milk and meat? If you don't then you are missing a very important lesson in ethics.

in DR HOUSE theeres jus such an episode with a jewish orthocouple refusing a the end they find a way to wiggle out of the obligation and take the treatment..the husband says..god wont mind or ill pay later when im up there..

I didn't see the show but they don't sound very educated in Judaism. Almost any law can be voided if it will save a life.

i dont see your point..u r defending 1 religion using that 1 religions rules ideas..

I don't believe I am "defending" a religion. I think I am trying to explain it.
G O D 

Post No. 2457
01/15/2009 12:43 AM
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dont forget that mitsvah is obligation not recommendation..i prefer to follow my heart my never let you die under a car even if a mitsva said its gods DR HOUSE theeres jus such an episode with a jewish orthocouple refusing a the end they find a way to wiggle out of the obligation and take the treatment..the husband says..god wont mind or ill pay later when im up there..

i dont see your point..u r defending 1 religion using that 1 religions rules we love you anyway
Von Cello 

Post No. 2456
01/14/2009 05:14 PM
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Rigid Atheists, Flexible Orthodox Jews

Where did you get your ideas about Judaism from? Some temple in Canarsie when you were a teenager? When I became friendly with Orthodox Jews in my twenties and thirties I learned that they were much less rigid than most people.

There was a great quote I heard from the 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe. A young secular Jew approached him at an audience and said, "Rabbi you tell me there are 613 mitzvahs. How can I possibly be expected to do so many things everyday?" The Rebbe smiled with a wise twinkle in his eye and said, "Let me tell you a secret. Even I do not do every mitzvah every day ... but I try."

It also says in the Talmud, "You are not required to finish the job, but neither are you released from it."

So the point is, if you think that it will benefit your life to do some mitzvahs, then do what you can. In fact the 7th Lubavitcher Rebbe used to say, "Pick a Mitzvah". I liked that idea so much I made it one of the chapter titles in my book. He used to say that if you pick just ONE mitzvah, and really do it, and be consistent, that one act may have a profound affect on your life.

Years ago I decided to light a Shabbos candle every Friday night. But I didn't just light it. I got into it. I would calm my mind ... meditate. Then I would light the candle, cover my eyes, say the prayer, and slowly open my eyes. When I saw the light dancing on its wick I would feel a sense of joy and release. That one act started to show me that there was a beauty and peacefulness in Judaism that I never knew existed. Whether or not God existed, or whether or not the Bible was true, didn't matter at that moment. What mattered was what doing this act did to my life. It helped me end the week with peace and helped me prepare for a day of rest without guilt and many of my worldly pressures. I would walk away from that candle renewed and feeling a type of high, a spiritual high.

Judaism, unlike most forms of Christianity and Islam, does not require a belief in God. What it requires is good deeds and an attempt to incorporate mitzvahs into your life. But no one is standing there with a scoreboard. It is not like a franchise. You don't get kicked out, you don't get fired. Rather than have a negative approach, the Lubavitchers taught me that what was important was the benefits of what mitzvahs did for ME. Many people, including disaffected Jews, don't realize that Judaism can add meaning, connection, peaceful feelings, and joy to your life. It can reduce stress and improve your mental health. It can be a rock amid the storms of life.

So the bottom line is this: You physically grew up, but it's time to let your ideas about religion grow up.
G O D 

Post No. 2455
01/14/2009 03:00 PM
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you can invent your own religion by taking ala carte from another religion.
you can even give it a name like lutheran after it broke from catholic..But if you want to call yourself using the name of any established religion youve got to follow its rules.if you only like somke of them then you are not really in that religion..its like mcdonald is burgers and kfc is chicken and pizzahut is pizza,,you cannot calle yourself pizzahut but decide to sell burgers,,pizzahut will take away your franchise,,as the church has done many times to its nonfollowers..religion is not flexible its not democratic its a dictatorship of rules ,,im not a jew religiously but tribally wife one day had the guts to declare herself not catholic cause its the religion she never really fully practiced.she was ala carte,abd one she said either i form a new religion that comes from cathlic or ijust stop calling myself caatholic..

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