Preparing For Rosh Hashanah

30 minutes to get you ready for the Jewish New Year. This was recorded last September. (27min)

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Darfur Trembles

Meanwhile, somewhere on planet Earth, people are suffering. The UN is involved in narcissistic proceedings, meaningless proclamations and worse. Meanwhile, people are going to be killed and the UN is just going to let it happen. Again. Something has to change.

Lydia Plygreen reports:

Death is no stranger here. Malaria and diarrhea course through the camp, picking off children first, then the old. There are no doctors or nurses or medicine. There is no clean water. There are no toilets or latrines. And yet the conflict, unchecked even by the presence of the African peacekeeping force, drives more people from their homes into the camp each day.

 

Signs of God

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Drawn Into Cultural Conflict

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The recent tumult across the Muslim world burning European flags, death threats, burning embassies, and general calls for Jihad were not caused by cartoons. The cartoons are a pretext for a larger agenda of leaders in Islamic Totalitarian regimes to further their control, deflect criticism of their regimes, prepare their minions for global jihad, and use fear to win concessions from the West. The pretext, Dutch depictions of Mohammed in cartoons, is a replay of the Salman Rushdie affair, which so offended these same religious leaders.

That anti-Semitic cartoons fill the Muslim press didn’t seem to be a problem to sensitive leaders. Depictions of Jewish atrocities against the world are the meat and potatoes of many muslim newspapers.

Tim Rutten has another brilliant essay about this in today’s LA Times, and his analysis is well worth reading. He traces the problem back one thousand years, and discusses the Rambam:

But while Maimonides and, later, Aquinas — who also read and admired the philosopher rabbi — held that there exists a single truth and that faith, properly understood, never can conflict with reason, Averroes took the other fork. He held that there were two truths — that of revelation and that of the natural world. There was no need to reconcile them because they were separate and distinct.

And he concludes:

The decent respect for the opinions of others that life in modern, pluralistic societies requires is not a form of relativism. It will not do, as Isaiah Berlin once put it, to say, “I believe in kindness and you believe in concentration camps” and let’s leave it at that.