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Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Pope and Muslims

treppenwitz: "Needless to say, peace-loving Muslims around the world entered the debate by immediately losing their collective minds and rioting, burning churches and threatening to launch suicide bombings against Christian targets... including the Pope.

So to review... when Muslims call practitioners (or leaders) of other religions, 'dogs', 'monkeys', 'pigs', etc... or compare non-Muslim religious leaders to mass murderers such as Hitler (his name should be obliterated), that is considered protected free speech. But let anyone say or write anything remotely critical of Islam... and out come the swords! Apparently, the sword of Islam cuts only one way."

Sunday, September 03, 2006


Same Tune, New Words

Top News Article | Reuters.com: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ihsan Saadeddin is proud to be an American. But he's tired of having to prove it just because he's a Muslim too."

Sounds just like my childhood. Just change Muslim to Jewish.


Sunday, August 27, 2006


Maniacs mean business

Maniacs Mean Business by Mike Rosen: "To paraphrase Art Linkletter, that Paul Campos sure says the darndest things. In a recent News column attacking Sen. Joe Lieberman, Campos pooh- poohed the threat of Islamofascism, even scoffing at the very term. He branded as 'transparently hysterical nonsense' a perfectly reasonable statement by Lieberman comparing this threat and the evil underlying it to Nazi Germany and the former Soviet Union. That puts Campos in the same bed of irrational denial with the likes of Michael Moore, who in October 2003 declared 'There is no terrorist threat in this country. This is a lie. This is the biggest lie we've been told.' Good company, Paul."

You can read the Paul Campos Article here.

Let the game begin. I personally think that the threat of Terrorism is real and I agree with Rosen.


Saturday, August 26, 2006


The Idiot's Song: The Arrogance of Youth?

The Idiot's Song: The Arrogance of Youth?: "
The progressive/social justice movement automatically endows its members with a sense of superiority, as though they are part of a select group of people who have the hearts and minds to notice that sometimes things suck. Sometimes life is not fair. And they have the brilliant idea that everywhere and at all times, life should be fair. And so, they commit to working with their comrades to realize this wonderful ideal: the perfection of human institutions. Lenin was hesitant to incarcerate criminals (petty thieves, etc.) because he believed that petty crimes were carried out as a result of class distinctions. The abolishment of class and a levelling of the playing field would, according to him, remove the impetus to commit crimes and result in peace and prosperity. The only real enemies were those who opposed his ideas."

This fits my concern that Liberals have a hard time calling anyone an enemy. This is a great article about how Reform Jewish Rabbinical Students criticized the IDF by reason of the war in Lebanon.


Wednesday, August 23, 2006


"A Word Liberals Dare Not Speak - Forward.com"

"A Word Liberals Dare Not Speak - Forward.com": "But there’s the rub. Left-liberals are loath to deal with the scourge of terrorism. By and large, they see the people others label “terrorists” as merely malcontents. Enemies? People are, after all, intrinsically good, even if they have, through no fault of their own, turned bad somewhere along the way. Everyone — well, nearly everyone — can be redeemed, no? Call them “militants,” call them “insurgents,” “guerrillas,” go all the way and call them “freedom fighters,” but no, do not call them “enemies.”"

I agree with this statement. We have to recognize the enemy when we see them.


Monday, August 21, 2006


Never Again

Lucinda Marshall writes this following article:

“The time is long overdue for Jews to return to their role as the world's conscience, who come to the aid of the dispossessed, the wretched of the earth. Once again, we must join those who demand the end to unjust wars - in Iraq as well as Lebanon - and an unjust occupation in Gaza. We must honor the example of American civil rights workers Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, not that of the mass murderer Baruch Goldstein or Yigal Amir, killer of Yitzhak Rabin.”
As Jews we must rethink the meaning of Never Again and realize that it applies not only to our own religion but to all people, even those we see as enemies. We must finally accept that An Eye for an Eye has truly made us blind. Only then can we begin the long road to real peace and security in the Middle East.

You can read the entire aricle here. Http://mparent7777.livejournal.com/11480563.html

The question is "Can we separate our Jewish Religion from our support of the State of Israel?" And, should we? At the very least we should recognize the conflict of interest we may have as a Jew versus being a supporter of Israel. At different times, we may go different ways, but we should at least be aware of each separate dimension.


Sunday, August 20, 2006



This looks like a great new Biography of Spinoza -

A breathtaking biography of the renegade Jewish philosopher who gave us the modern world.

On July 27, 1656, Amsterdam's Jewish community declared Baruch Spinoza excommunicated, and, at the age of twenty-three, he became the most famous heretic in Judaism. His "abominable heresies"? He denied the immortality of the soul and challenged the accepted belief that the Torah was literally given by God. His work remains as resonant and provocative today as it was when it first appeared.In Betraying Spinoza, Rebecca Goldstein sets out to rediscover the flesh-and-blood man often buried beneath the veneer of rigorous rationality and to provide a comprehensive cultural and religious context for the formation of his ideas. Here is a Spinoza both hauntingly emblematic and deeply human, both heretic and hero—a surprisingly contemporary figure ripe for our own uncertain age. InterviewExcerptReader's GuideBuy this book:AmazonBarnes and NobleBook Sense Group sales
REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN is the author of Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel and of five novels and a book of short stories. She is a professor of philosophy and a Fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute. She lives in Cambridge and Truro, Massachusetts.


"Elegant...splendid... Goldstein (whose book belongs to a series of short volumes on Jewish thought) wants to reclaim Spinoza's famously dismissive attitude toward notions like ethnic identity as a paradoxically Jewish position."
—Laura Miller, SalonIn Betraying Spinoza, "Rebecca Goldstein aims to show how much his heritage nonetheless pervades his later thought. To do this, she offers both a precis of Spinoza's life and work and a history of her fascination with both."
—Michael Dirda, The Washington PostRebecca Goldstein has written "both a popular biography that explains Spinoza's thought with considerable seriousness and a philosophic biography that is a remarkably good read. That her account becomes partly autobiographical is ultimately a strength of the book, since her experience with Spinoza stands in for that of many of her readers."
—Fred Baumann, The New York Sun"If, like me, you have ever felt daunted by Spinoza's thought, Rebecca Goldstein's captivating new book provides the key. By engaging with not only Spinoza's Jewish origins but her own Jewish upbringing, Goldstein brilliantly—and movingly—illuminates this self-effacing champion of rationalism and secularism. Excommunicated for heresy by the Jewish community of Amsterdam, Spinoza was thereby excommunicated from his own (and Europe's past) and freed to leap forward to a future of unbounded individual inquiry. Enlightening in every sense.
—Niall Ferguson, author of Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire and Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at HarvardWe are all children of Spinoza. But even now we are in danger of betraying him. Rebecca Goldstein reminds us of what is urgently at stake in a clear-eyed appreciation of this prophet of tolerance, democratic value, and authentic faith. This book is as timely as it is beautifully crafted.
—James Carroll, author of Constantine's Sword and House of WarThis is a splendid book. Goldstein provides a richly illuminating history of the Amsterdam Jewish community in which Spinoza was born and raised, and by which his distinctive outlook on human life was formed; she develops perspicuous accounts of some of Spinoza's most central metaphysical and ethical doctrines; and she sketches insightful portraits of his intellectual and personal identities. In all of her approaches to Spinoza—historical, philosophical, and personal—her work is both satisfying as scholarship and a pleasure to read.
—Harry Frankfurt, bestselling author of On Bullshit and professor emeritus of philosophy at Princeton University"Rebecca Goldstein has written a brilliant, engaging and personal reflection on Spinoza's thinking, life, and historical context. I read this intellectual page-turner in one sitting. I recommend it to anyone curious to know how Spinoza was doubly betrayed, first by those who failed to acknowledge his monumental contribution to modernity and then by those who are now intent on dismantling it".
—Antonio Damasio, author of Looking for Spinoza and Descartes' Error"With a novelist's imagination and a philosopher's clarity, Rebecca Goldstein gives us a richly personal and accessible account of Spinoza's life and thought. This is a rare and paradoxical feat, since Spinoza urged us to look beyond our passions and particularity, to see the world from the standpoint of eternity. Goldstein illuminates Spinoza by "betraying" him—by showing how Spinoza's universalist philosophy arose from his predicament as a renegade Jewish thinker, excommunicated by the Jewish community in seventeenth century Amsterdam."
—Michael J. Sandel, author of Public Philosophy and professor of government at Harvard University
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