The Thin Jew Line – The Daily Show

Brilliant Daily Show piece on eruv controversy in the Hamptons. Especially hilarious part about eruv meaning “loophole” and that all laws can be broken in the eruv.

Opponents of the eruv in the Hamptons — and generally the major opponents of the eruv in other metropolitan areas— are fellow Jews who can’t stand Orthodox Jews. The Daily Show does a great job of teasing out the racism of this anti-eruv group.

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Rachel’s Tomb Matters

Alex Joffe’s important essay “Why Rachel’s Tomb Matters” published on JewishIdeasDaily.com places the UNESCO decision to discount the Jewish connection to Rachel’s Tomb in the context of a broader theological struggle. The entire article is an important read.

Through the centuries, Jewish and Christian travelers and pilgrims often visited the site near Bethlehem and remarked on its pillar, made of eleven stones symbolizing the tribes of Israel, named after the sons of Jacob (excluding the twelfth and youngest, Benjamin, the ordeal of whose birth occasioned his mother Rachel’s death).  Of course, we cannot know whether the site is “really” the burial place of Rachel, the “eternal mother,” but it was firmly engraved as such in Jewish and Christian consciousness….

It is true that Muslims are not alone in the impulse to deny Jews their past: consider the regularity with which Jewish cemeteries continue to be vandalized in Christian Europe. But Islam seems especially intent on erasing Jews from history on theological grounds. Flashpoints like Rachel’s tomb (or “Ezekeiel’s tomb” near the site of ancient Babylon) are especially vulnerable because they represent personages specifically claimed by Islam, but they are joined by houses of worship like the Great Synagogue in Oran, Algeria, seized and converted into a mosque in 1960, and communal buildings like the Haim Benchimol hospital in Tangiers, suddenly seized and torn down this year. Admittedly, there are showcase exceptions: the Maimonides synagogue in Cairo, the tiny Jewish communities in Morocco and Tunisia, preserved as if in amber for their considerable value as tourist destinations. But the vast number of sites that formed the living fabric of Jewish life—the cemeteries, synagogues, and schools, not to mention homes and places of work—are forever lost.

 

 

UNESCO Re-Writes History, Calls Tomb of Patriarches, Rachel’s Tomb Mosques

UNESCO’s answer to Israel including Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb as Jewish Heritage Sites? Declare them mosques.

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If you want you can add your name to this petition to UNESCO and the UN – not that it will do any good, but at least you feel like you did something.

Of course – there is no UNESCO in Israel, but a lot in Arab states. There is one to the PA, and nothing to Israel.

You most likely will want to vent your emotions regularly and vociferously to these people at the UNESCO branch in NYC:
MR. PHILIPPE KRIDELKA, Director
UNESCO Liaison Office in New York
Mail: p.kridelka(at)unesco.org
Tel: +1-212 963 5978
Fax: +1-212 963 8014
UNESCO Liaison Office in New York, 2, United Nations Plaza Room 900, NYC 10017

See below the break for the entire petition text and where you can find UNESCO while on tour of Arab states.
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A barn burns in Poland

Remembering the murder of the Jews of Jedwabe in 1941.

Barn burning in memory of burning of Jews of Jedwabne in 1941. FOT. FILIP KLIMASZEWSKI / AGENCJA GAZETA

Polish performance artist Raphael burned a barn on Sunday, July 10th, the 69th anniversary of the burning alive of the Jews of Jedwabne in 1941 by their neighbors. In the video below Raphael explains why he is burning the barn. More than 1000 people witnessed the artistic act, including the Israeli Ambassador.