| Interfaith Dialogue
I think interfaith dialogue is extremely important. Yes, there are Jews who think Christians are "assholes", and when you look at how many Christians treated Jews over the centuries that is understandable. There are also many Christians who think the Jews are "assholes". And of course there are many Jews and Christians who think the Muslims are "assholes" and vice versa. Ha! I can't believe I'm talking about such a serious subject using the word "asshole". I must really be an "asshole" for doing this. By the way, who came up with that word anyway?
When I was a kid my mother had a little plaque in the house that read, "Indian prayer - Oh great spirit grant that I may not criticize another until I have walked a mile in his shoes." Now I don't know if the Native Americans were truly the ones who first said that, but the point is a good one. A Christian can never know what it is like to grow up Jewish, and vice versa. But by talking and explaining, we can at least try to understand each other.
I'll tell you a true story. When I was in my first year of college in Boston, one day I was doing my laundry in the basement of my dorm, when in walked in a very large guy with blond hair and blue eyes. He was a vocal major, and he came down to do his laundry too. As we were waiting for the clothes to dry he and I got into a conversation about religion. He was a born again Christian and wanted to share his faith with me. I told him that it was nice that he found something to believe in but that I was raised Jewish and we don't believe in Jesus. He apparently had never talked to a Jew before and became quite animated in explaining how Jesus died for me, etc. Finally I said to him, "My mother always taught me that it doesn't really matter what you believe, as long as you are a good person."
Suddenly he grabbed me by the throat and threw me down on a table. I thought he must be joking and I said, "Scott, very funny. Now please let go of my neck." But he didn't let go. He just stared at me with those cold blue eyes. I said, "Scott, enough! Let go!" He just kept staring as if he was in a daze. Then it hit me! He was an anti-Semite and he was going to kill me! All of a sudden a window opened in my mind. I remembered all the stories I heard when I was a kid about Jews getting killed in Poland and Russia where my great grandparents used to live before they fled to come to America. Instantly I realized that it was now happening to me and if don't do something fast I am going to be a statistic. I knew he was too big for me to fight, so I came up with the idea of sticking my fingers into his eyes as hard as I could. And I was about to do it...when, as if he read my mind...he let go, turned around and left the room.
Now, if you don't think I thought that Christian was an "asshole" you have to be nuts! And I felt a lot of anger and even hatred against many Christians after that. But as time passed I realized that most Christians are not like that. And many are really good people. But to this day I know that the stories in the New Testament that make the Jews look bad continually breed new generations of Scott's. And that is why I personally feel it necessary to point out to Christians that there are some very deep problems with that book. It not only led to the Spanish Inquisition, the pogroms, and the Holocaust...it also led to Scott, and me almost getting killed in the basement of my college dorm because I had the gaul to say, "All that matters is that you be a good person". And I have never forgot what it felt like on that table.
| Where to start!
Oh boy, some days off line and - wheeeew ... well, this is how you must have felt when I was writing those long posts.
do jews need antisemitism?
do you need to feel underattack?
I personally know quite a few non-Jews who would instantly answer yes to these 2 Qs. They think Jews have "a chip on their shoulder", because they so often feel attacked. Eh, feel, or are attacked? Or are they just imagining that it's anti-them, but does this or that criticism not have anything to do with them being a Jew? Doesn't it, really?! Aaron, your article The Anti-Semite's Pledge comes to mind. I'd say, often it has (to do with them being a Jew). And, frankly, there's plenty, plenty of reason in past and present to still feel under attack.
Look, I'm a christian, and we're under attack, too. Does that mean that I am personally threatened all the time or made fun of, here, where I live? No. But when it comes down to it, I know our values (which are basically Jewish values, at that) themselves are under attack. Do you know how many christians have been killed just for being christian, back in communist USSR, in communist China, in Indonesia, and in Sudan right now? Steve, I'm sorry, this is coming from me, non-Jew, but don't fall asleep! Enjoy the freedom and acceptance that you say you have right now in Spain, just as I still do mine here in NL (oh yeah, the NL thing), but see the wider picture.
The Christian puts his focus on the "New Testament"
Eh, not the christian. When I went to primary school, in our religious lessons (I was at a protestant school) we read and learned many things from the OT. E.g., we had to know the names of all the prophets and the judges and kings, and in chronological order, plus all the stories; also, each week, we memorised a psalm. We read the whole bible. Also, in our family, at home, we always read a chapter from the Bible after lunch and after dinner. The sermons in church were as often from the OT as from the NT. And when they were about a text in the NT, links were made to the OT. Some of this probably has changed now, but it wasn't at all an exception in those days.
In fact reaing your page my wife thinks jews have brought up to believe nonjews are assholes
Hm. As a non-Jew, I cannot judge whether she's right. However, I do think there are quite some Jews who have a wrong picture of christians, or I should be more specific, who generalise christians and fail to see that there are different types of christians. Also, there are quite a few Jews who are afraid each and every christian they come across will try to convert them. Which is a shame, for 2 reasons:
1, if a christian really thinks he has experienced the most precious thing in his life: accepting that Jesus died for his sins, and he would keep it to himself and not be ready to share it with Jews (who, of all people are God's OWN people), wouldn't that be selfish (apart from if wh,en and how he does share it, I'm just referring to the bare fact)?
2, Jews and Israel as a state nowadays need all support possible, because there are few people left to take up their cause (let's alone name the fight for true reporting in the media, or for accurate history).
| Bring me up, Scotty
Look...you are a Jew, I am a Jew...and we are pretty different. I don't think it is fair to say "Jews were brought up this way", or to say "Non-Jews were brought up that way". Everybody has a unique situation in their home, their school, their community, etc.
That being said, If you read the New Testament it is full of stories about how the Jews were indeed close-minded. After all, the Christian belief is that God Himself was standing before them in the body of Jesus Christ, and yet they could not open their minds enough to accept him. The whole portrayal of the Jews in Christianity is that the Jews became corrupt (i.e. "the money changers"), unconcerned with others (i.e. "the Good Samaritan"), blind (i.e. not receiving Jesus' message), violent (i.e. yelling "Crucify him"), and generally ignorant and disgusting (i.e. spitting on Jesus, hitting him, etc.). Am I wrong? Is this not the way the Jews (i.e. "the Pharises) are portrayed in Matthew and elsewhere in the New Testament? And who is the big villain in that book? JUDAS! which basically means JEW! (After all the country that Jesus lived in was called JUDAH.)
So when I said that "it is taught by the other religions, and the atheists, that Jews are close-minded", was that not a fair statement of the facts?
Jews don't think all Christians are "assholes". Look at the guys who sign in here. They are very nice people. But look...Jews were not crazy about the Roman massacres, the Spanish Inquisition, the English and French riots and expulsions, the Russian Pogroms, the Holocaust, and even the calls today for divestment in Israel and all the anti-Zionist propaganda that we hear coming from many Christian groups (not to mention Muslims who are killing Jews to this day).
But aside from all that, we have no problem with them.
| hit me do i wont feel alone
i live among the nonjews and i can tell you that youve been taught that they haye us more than theyve been taught to hate us
in murcia i know few people who think we are closeminded or wierd crist killers
we marry each other we do business. we eat together
some jews wish that israel were in its beginin days so they could make an exciting aliya and defend israek. They want antisemitism so they can have fuel
In fact reaing your page my wife thinks jews have brought up to believe nonjews are assholes
do jews need antisemitism?
do you need to feel underattack?
| Made ya look! Made ya Look!
Well, at least I got you to spend a few minutes studying the Torah!
There are many explanations for why the Torah begins with Bereshis (or Bereshit in Sephardic Hebrew). I'll comment more about this later. But for now I just want to point out how even with the first word of the Torah, you are already thinking and questioning. Now you are wondering..."What does this word REALLY mean?", "Have I been reading a mistranslation all these years?" You see, it MAKES you think!
This is my biggest problem with both the Atheist and the Christian and the Muslim. They have all moved away from really studying the Torah! The atheist ignores the Torah. The Christian puts his focus on the "New Testament" and the Muslim on the "Koran". Yet the Torah and the rest of the Jewish Bible are amazing tools for getting one to open his mind.
The most fascinating thing I found when I studied Orthodox Judaism was that it was a path to having an open mind, yet it is taught by the other religions, and the atheists, that Jews are close-minded. It is an incredible turn of events.
The first word in the original Hebrew is בְּרֵאשִׁית, transliterated as Bereishit, B'reishit, or Breishis. In Judaism it begins the Torah portion (parshah) Bereishit, which ends at Genesis 5:31. In Hebrew, בְּרֵאשִׁית translates literally as "At/in [the] head [of]," implying "in [the] beginning."
| Bye Bull
Okay, good one...Buy Bull. You don't buy the bull. But what about Bye Bull? Meaning goodbye to YOUR bull.
Anyway, Bible is only the English name of a Hebrew book. In Hebrew it is called the Tanach.
"Hey Heinrich, do you want to get a Tan?"
(Get it? Tan? Ach!)
Nevertheless, do you know what the first word of the Torah actually means? Do you care to know? Or do you just want to stick your tongue out in the back of the shul and make jokes?
| bye bull
I dont buy your bull
I dont buy bull
I dont bible
Bible is 2 books BI
of alot of bull
| Now hold on there cowboy...
You see...this is exactly the problem that I deal with in my book. The Bible does NOT begin, "In the beginning". Yes, I know it says that in the English versions that were translated by non-Jews, but in the original Hebrew it does not begin with the word that means "in the beginning". That word would be "barashona". But it begins with "bereshis". This word, "bereshis" is not even a real word. It is not used anywhere else. So right away "Houston we have a problem."
Now, it's not really a problem, but what it points out is that the Jewish Bible is not a book like other books. It is not just a story. It is also a very intense compilation of philosophy, science, literature, spiritual insight, prophecy, etc. Indeed, there are pages and pages written about just what the first word actually means.
So this is my problem with most atheists. Sure, you can argue that there is no God, but that does not give you license to misinterpret the Torah. You still can learn a tremendous amount from learning with an Orthodox rabbi, studying the Talmud, going to Jewish classes, etc. Just to understand the Torah is an amazing thing in and of itself, even if there really is no God.
(I just love this stuff!)
| begin began begun only a saying
the other day a guy asked me where did it all begin? everything has a beginning and so must the universe. I countered that nothing has a begining. he said he came from his mom and she from hers so the universe originally came from a point. I countered that his gramma came from hers and so on but it goes back FOREVER
people feel the need to see a point from which ALL CAME and this point couldnt be self conceived thus thus GOD a self conceived guy.
I believe theres no beginning to anything but that scares folks.
If you accept no beginning to anything that all has always been that always is a long time then theres no need for a self conceived guy to explain the unexplainable point that cane from nowhere.
all rests on 1 assumption. a beginning...
without this ..theres no need for god . the universe is and we are and we are narrowminded to think of beginnings..
and no beginin means no ending..
a book that goes back but theres no page one..unthinkable cause books do have page 1 but thats a part of an even bigger book..
the book starts with a falsehood
IN THE BEGINNING....
| Please don't shoot the cello player!
Wasn't there a movie years ago called, "Please Don't Shoot the Piano Player?" I hope people are not offended when I question their faith. I don't mean to hurt anyone. I have taken it upon myself to be a questioner of all things. The very fact that I came up with the idea of Von Cello came out of questioning why the cello had to be a "classical instrument", why it had to be played with a bow, why it couldn't be electrified and rock out like a guitar.
This is how I think. My mother always said, "You don't have to be the best at anything. Just find what you like and be the best that you can be." When I decided I wanted to be a musician I said, "How can I be the best that I can be?" I realized that I had the abilty to play more than one kind of music. I realized that I had the ability to blaze a new path. I felt that by doing that I would be doing the best that I could do...not the best that someone else could do, but what "I" could do. So I broke all the rules and did "my" best.
Now I apply that same logic to everything. Do I have to believe what some older man who is called a rabbi or a priest says? Do I have to believe what a man called Senator or President says?
As I wrote in my song, "You Say So"...
"You tell me your truth but I don't know. Should I buy it just 'cause you say so. You sound positive but I don't know. I'm the type who likes to take it slow."
Think for yourself. That I suppose is a three word summary of Von Cello.
| Shul is the Rule
Shul means synagogue in Yiddish. A lot of Jews say shul rather than synagogue because synagogue is a Greek word. Why use a word from a rival culture to describe your place of worship? It would be like a Christian calling a church a mosque, or whatever the Arabic word is for church.
I guess Canarsie is making the point that whoever wrote the Bible could have been a man, perhaps a great philosopher. This is possible, but I find that there are too many prophetic statements that have come true, for it to have been written by an ordinary man. But it takes a lot of time to become familiar with all of the prophecies. But again...this is not the point I am looking at. Let's even say that it was written by a very smart man, still it does give us a lot of insight into the attitudes that we see around the world that are anti-Jewish. Even just as an explanation of that it is still a valuable book.
I know a lot of Christians just have "faith" that Jesus is the Lord and that the New Testament is the "word of God". For many Jews this is an unbelievable situation. Jews wonder how people can possibly believe such things based solely on faith. I guess for a Christian to understand this, imagine if you met a group of people who actually believed the Greek myths. Imagine if today in 2008 there were churches all over the world where people prayed to Zeus. A Christian would probably be amazed that people could believe in that. And that is how many Jews feel about Christians, as well as Muslims.
Then again, many atheists or non religious Jews wonder the same even about religious Jews. They think Judaism, like Christianity, is essentially a myth. I think this is where Canarsie is coming from. I take the position that Judaism does have proof...not proof beyond a shadow of a doubt, but enough evidence to come to belief through logic and reason. That is why my book is called, "Beyond Faith". It argues that humanity must move beyond faith and use reason in all things, including religion. I even argue that atheists rely a lot on faith too for their "beliefs". The agnostic, the one who says, "I don't know" is the one with whom I have no argument. To him I say, "Fine. Now go learn!"
if the shul fits
shoe or shul?
or maybe by a simple filosofer
no god no alien no futurama
remember its not the yearr 2008 but maybe 5 0r 6 thousand years and more with man thinkin about life
the problem is if you believe in god it gives you excuses to hurt others and no real guide in life.
an aethiest has reason and ethics of goodwill.a guide in life..
if the shul fits
| No News is Bad News
I was just watching a news show about Iraq...well...actually about how Iraq is not in the news anymore. The reporter was saying that one of the jobs of the soldiers now is to go around and pay death benefits to former enemies who are getting killed manning check points for the US. The soldiers are getting frustrated and confused. One minute someone is your enemy, the next minute your ally.
In a way, it serves them right. Isn't it great to go to battle and kill people feeling totally justified that you are the good guy and they are the bad guy? But how does it feel when your government now sends you in to make nice to those who were your enemy just a few months ago? Maybe they never were your enemy. Maybe they still are, but your government is playing politics. Maybe, just maybe, the whole war is just a way for very rich people to get richer and you, the soldier, are realizing that you have been a pawn in a game you don't understand.
Your job was to kill people...but you thought you were doing it for a good cause. But what is the cause now? Now you are all confused, and yet tomorrow you may be instructed to kill some more people. Maybe the truly brave people are the ones who don't kill other people. Maybe the truly brave ones are the ones who are not afraid to live their lives without following orders.
I say that no news is bad news because the fact that we don't even hear about the war any more means that those who are profiteering off of it are basically free to delay and delay and keep the money flowing for as long as they can get away with it. And what better way than to kill people one day, pay them off the next, and the kill them the third day. It doesn't matter either way...as long as the war never ends!
| You're full of spit!
You see, this is the crux of the matter. (Pun intended.) You have churches all over the world telling non-Jews stories that make the Jews look really bad. In fact, the stories make the Jews look like evil people that you could feel justified in hating. This is a really big problem, and has led to a lot of the anti-Semitism we see in the world. The same thing happens in the Muslim world. They also spread stories that make the Jews look bad with the same results: hatred of Jews. Of course, most Jews (and more and more Gentiles) reject these stories as propaganda from enemies, but unfortunately, many religious people accept this all as "the word of the Lord", even though there is no proof at all (and in fact, there is much proof to show that the Jews were not the way they are depicted in these stories).
It's really weird that we live in a world where the people who brought us the Ten Commandments and sayings like, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you", are demonized by two of the largest religions in the world. I deal with this subject in my book and show how the Bible actually predicts this situation. For instance, in the very early days of Judaism, Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac. They were fighting over their inheritance which included the land of Israel. Then Isaac has two sons, twins, who were fighting even in the womb (Esau and Jacob). They also fight over their fathers inheritance.
Jewish teachings tell us that Ishmael was the ancestor of the Arabs (who became the Muslims) and Esau was the ancestor of the Romans (who became the European Christians). Then the Rabbis look deeply into the story line to show how a lot of what goes on between these groups even today was predicted by the stories. (In other words, when you see two of these characters interacting, it is all symbolic of how their descendants will interact.) This explains how you have a world where this tiny tribe of Israel is the focus of hatred by a large percentage of the billions of people on the earth.
Here is where I think many atheists miss the point. We can discuss whether or not God exists for ever, but there is a lot more in Bible that relates to the world as it is, that deserves discussion. It could very well be that whoever wrote the Bible was not God, but a person who came back from the future, or some type of alien or advanced being, or group of beings. In any case, I think it is narrow minded to assume that their are no hidden meanings behind what is written in this prominent book.
As for me, I always loved the way the Beatles hid all kinds of clues in their albums. You could play songs backwards and hear things. You could look at the pictures and see Paul wearing a black rose, or walking barefoot in the street, and these would be clues that he was actually dead. (Of course, this was the Beatles goofing on the world.) But what I love about the Bible is that it is like the ultimate Beatle album. It is just chock full of clues about everything from politics to space aliens. For instance, I have recently heard an interpretation that the snake in the garden (Satan) was symbolic of an advanced civilization that basically gave ancient man the knowledge that we see in ancient Egypt and Greece. Therefore, "God" would be either the concept of preserving the pure genetic lines of the humans, as opposed to those who were impregnated by the aliens represented by the snake...or He could represent another group of aliens. Of course, when you get into this stuff it gets hard to prove, but I did hear one presentation that made a good case using all kinds of ancient mythology to show that all of it is about a time thousands of years ago when aliens came to this planet and began what we call history.
| spit happens
i think those stories make jews look good.a jew saw that jc was starving and dehidrated and gave him some spit.thats chutspa!! to go right up there and wen the guard was lookin away to break the law of not hekping jc and give him a lil liquid.
i do however think stories about jews taking advantage when others are down are made up and are so to make jews look bad.
Now I remember, it was Yeshua. (Some Jews call him Yashka as a nickname.) But anyway...it seems that you don't feel that there is any proof that anything written about Jesus is true. Therefore, you seem to be saying that you don't buy the portrait of the Jews from Matthew's book. Do you agree that the stories about the Jews spitting on Jesus, etc. were written by people who made them up to make the Jews look bad?
| That Crazy Jesus Show
There is a show on American TV called, "That Crazy 70's Show". It sounds like you want to see a show called, "That Crazy Jesus Show". Of course, if you pronounce it the Spanish we it could be a show about a Puerto Rican.
For whatever it's worth, did you ever notice that the Spanish pronounciation of Jesus sounds like "Hey Zeus!" I wonder how Jesus is pronounced in Greek. In Hebrew his name was...hmmm...I think it was Yashka.
That Crazy Yashka Show?
Sounds like something from the Yiddish Theatre circa 1940.
| jesus show
i think a show about his life would be great. a kid with no dad whose mom gets pregnant mysteriously.
hed grow up with her and have friends and goof around like all kids. Viewers would expect filosofical ideas from his mouth but be surprised that he was a a teen a real scandal.
maybe hed look at asses tits try smoking.lie curse .Hed go to shul as he was a heb
then 1 day hed start thinking about life existance and get jesuslike
hed lose friends cause hed get wierd. Girls would admire him
his pals might think he went religious like barry letterman did
finally hed have a following like a seinfeld.
then the guards would come from the rulers ,and take him.
the show would show no miracles or genius thinking..just a kid a tenn a youngman a realguy who sees a new idea..like bill gates he sees a window a better way and talks it up. the google boys or the romans go after him and the jew would be there too..maybe jesuss cousin or kid friend from childhood.
that 0 show
what a concept
what a soapopera
moses hangin at the wall!!
| jesus was je.rry sus.sman abbreviated
the world might never know cause theres no proof even of who killed lou grants wife. She died in an accident and mary noe lou never knew who did it. Of course you say im talkin about fiction and your talkin about reality.???
Id love a tv show called .THat 10 show.
about young jesus hangin with his friends as a teen.....
| The Mind of an Atheist
Okay, let's say for argument's sake that God does not exist. There are still many other issues to discuss. For instance, what is YOUR take on the portrayal of the Jews in Matthew...i.e. spitting on Jesus, yellling "Crucify him", etc. Also, do you believe the Roman governor would be the one trying to protect him? And what about the Jews asking that the blood of Jesus be on them and their children? What do you, as an atheist, make of this?
Inquiring minds want to know.
| like flies
the count is 4
4 canarsie friends are now dead
just got the call that a pal from canarsie 3 yrs older than me died of a heart attk
that makes 4
aids cancer and 2 hrt attks
what are you doing to be fit?
for a coffin?
or a suit to attend your grankids graduation from kindergarten?
i kno u don have kids but do u think about this ever?
jus yesterday i attended my bubbies funeral. i was 13 and my mom 48
Now im 51..and my kids 11..
weve just blinked and ended up in the twilight years.
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