Monday, September 27, 2004

One Unified World Religion

The first temple was destroyed because of idol worship, adultery and murder. The Jewish people were able to rectify this bad decree. They mended their ways and was thus zoche to have the second temple. The second temple was destroyed because of tzinas chinam. Tzinas chinam is the inability for one Jew to respect another human being. The Jewish people still suffer from this bad characteristic and have yet to fix their ways. If we are ever to see a third temple, we must correct this problem.

There are obvious methods to cause love, like, or at the very least, not hate of other people. Open mindedness of other cultures, religions, and degrees of religiousness of our own religion is the first step. All people, no matter what degree of religion, race, sex, color, are all the tzelem Elokim, in the image of Gd. We must respect them as equals. Everyone who is like us or not like us deserves the same consideration that we give ourselves.

Other religions are set up such that either you are a member of the religion, or you are not. There is a finite difference between members and non members. Members of the religion are suppose to act according to the rules of their religion. Those who are not members, should convert or they have no part of the religion.

Judaism differs from this conventional religious way. Those that are not Jews are still members of a greater society still expected to worship the Creator of The World. A global unity is expected. Those that aren’t Jewish must still obey the seven Noachite laws and they must recognize the same Gd the Jews do. The ENTIRE world, whether Jewish or not, must be aware of our One True Gd.

When we pray in the morning we mention how we want our people to be cured from illness, we want prosperity, we want the restoration of judges, we want the rebuilding Jerusalem, etc. We should have in our minds when we ask for these things that they should be so that the world will see the True Gd. If all disease was cured, everyone would recognize the greatest of the Lrd. If everyone had what they needed and there were no poor, surely everyone would see Hashem.

When Hashem wanted to destroy us in exile, Moshe said to Hashem that if He were to annihilate us, the other nations would see that Gd couldn’t save his people and had to destroy them. Moshe was concerned that the world should know the One True Lrd.

A world unity to the worship of Gd. An alliance of all people in glorifying the Lrd. We must eradicate the tzinas chinam within us and come together. By having respect for everyone in the world, and the unity of recognizing Gd, I hope that Mashiach will be here now.

Jewish Weddingaling

"Kabolas Ponim - this means, "How come the ladies get all the good food and booze while we're stuck with four tins of Chinese food, sponge cake, and one bottle of Old Williamsburg?"

"Badeken - This means, "Anybody who's in the way is gonna be trampled."

"The Meal - The wedding meal is very familiar, as it really is just a lavish Shabbos meal composed of the five Jewish food groups: Challah, fish, soup, chicken, and dessert."

"The band then plays "The Final Countdown," which is the only song ever played at this time. Even if the band has something else on the roster, they'll play "Countdown" anyway because they're so used to it."

The rest of Martin Bodek's humorous inside look at the Jewish wedding ceremony can be seen here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Someone's Watching

JPost Article that I like.

A-OK-47

The ten year ban on assault weapons expired on 9/13, with the acquiescence of Congress and the president, and I'm reminded again how the Dems and Repubs are different.

Democrats and Republicans, both, want to fight the terrorists, but both sides have their sacred cows. Fight the terrorists, say the Dems, but don't mess with the first amendment. Fight the terrorists, says the GOP, but don't mess with the second amendment.

At bottom, here's where they disagree: Republicans think people are basicly good. This is why the GOP will give you a gun, and encourage you to trust that Ashcroft and his thugs will enforce the Patriot Act judiciously.

Dems think that people are basicly evil, which is why guns must be banned, and speech must be competely free, because only throught the free exchange of idea can the evil inate to humankind be exposed.

I don't see how Bush can continuing claiming to be resolute, now that he's helped to make it easier for terrorists to purchase Uzis and other submachine guns. But, then, I've never been good at deciphering the Republican mind.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Real Idolatry

On my way to work I pass by a church. The church has a statue of JC on a pedal stool, about 4 feet off the ground; Around it are pretty pink flowers.

While at a stop light across from this church, I witnessed a woman walk across the lawn to the statue. She then touched the feet of the pigeon toilet and kissed her hand. She looked up in awe and started to mumble things.

I have never seen real authentic idol worship until now.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Hurrican Ivan frees criminals

Ivan liberates criminals (AP)

".... confirmed that an unknown number of criminals were on the loose after the country's crumbling and overcrowded 17th century prison, a hilltop fortress in colonial days, was "completely devastated." He said they included some of the 17 people who were jailed for life for killings during a Marxist palace coup in 1983. But he said he didn't know which ones in the group escaped, or if former Deputy Prime Minister Bernard Coard was among them."

Ever see the movie Con Air? The freedome of many criminals reminds me of that movie. Rent it today.