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Saturday, November 12, 2005

You Suck'th


Newsweek on Metzitza B'peh(almost)




By "Rabbi"Marc Gellman
Newsweek
Updated: 1:54 p.m. ET Nov. 9, 2005
Nov. 9, 2005 -
Last Sunday afternoon I had a nice chat with sixth-grade children and their parents about oral sex. Let me assure you that when I studied to be a rabbi, oral sex was not an elective in my seminary’s curriculum, but now it seems to me of much greater importance than teaching these kids how to bless a challah bread.
... it is just unbelievably embarrassing to talk about this stuff. I am a fearless public speaker but my palms were sweating all through the lecture last Sunday. In the follow-up to the lecture, the main question the kids had was, “Do you really have sex?”
...The avalanche’s roar carries a single message: love and sex do not have to be connected in any way at all. Sex can be just hooking up, this message says, and to avoid pregnancy (obviously true) and to avoid AIDS and STDS (utterly false) oral sex is seen by our kids as nothing more than an after-school snack. Many kids now consider it as nothing more than a social convention, a mark of popularity, a sign of sexual liberation and a pleasant way to pass the time in the back of the bus on the way to school.
...I asked the girls I teach and love last Sunday, “When you offer oral sex to a boy who does not love you and may not even like you and who will most probably destroy your reputation by telling his friends what you will do, are you proud of yourself? Do you think you are making your parents proud of you? Do you think this is what God wants you to do with your body? You are better than that. You are much better than that.”
I asked the boys I teach and love last Sunday, “When you ask or beg or plead or coerce or manipulate a young girl who likes you and just wants to be popular to go down on you, are you proud of doing that to her? Do you think you are making your parents proud of you? Do you think this is what God wants you to do with your body? You are better than that. You are much better than that.”
Then I surrendered to my need to explain that this was not just me talking, but our faith talking and so I quoted the Talmud to them: “Be very careful if you make a woman cry, because God counts her tears. The woman came out of a man’s rib: Not from his feet to be walked on. Not from his head to be superior, but from the side to be equal. Under the arm to be protected, and next to the heart to be loved.”
And then I took a deep breath and wiped the sweat off my palms and watched their faces as they thought about something deeply important and difficult. Maybe I changed nothing. I think I started some important conversations at home, and all this happened in my synagogue. Last Sunday I know I did my job, and I did it without teaching anybody how to bless a challah.
© 2005 Newsweek, Inc.

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Shabbus Shulum Um'varach

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Our Unknowing Contributor Again

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Reprinted WITHOUT ANY permission from"Project Genesis, Inc. "
http://www.rabbiwein.com/
The Lesson of Avraham
In spite of the detailed description devoted to the life and accomplishments of our father Avraham, he remains an enigmatic figure to us. How did one human being, without an army, a government, a publicity apparatus, change the face of his generation and of all later generations? What was his secret strength that allowed him not only to stand alone against the pagan, violent society of his time but also to actually gain the respect and eventually influence that very society?
I do not pretend to have any particular new insight into this matter, nevertheless I think that the Torah itself casts light on this issue. It describes Avraham as a person whose influence flowed from his personality and his behavior rather than from public pronouncements or ideological statements. By feeding the hungry, befriending the lonely, remaining loyal to those who were no longer really worthy of his loyalty, he "called out the name of the Lord" wherever he was. People saw in him a special person, a unique figure, a hero of spirit and action. Eventually people saw godliness in him. And finally, people saw God Himself, so to speak, through Avarham's eyes and faith. All of this through Avraham's behavior, demeanor and public reputation.
It is interesting that this lesson of Avraham was meant to be an example for all later generations, especially those of his descendants. The view of Judaism regarding the description of the lives of Avraham, Yitzchak, Yakov, Sarah, Rivka, Leah and Rochel, is that this description was meant as a "sign" - an instructive lesson of how to live and behave - to their generations. Jews were to ask themselves: "When will my actions equal those of my forbearers?" The lives, attitudes and behavior of the founders of Judaism were to be the everlasting standard by which all generations of Jews would measure themselves. Thus the Torah really does not describe Avraham to us as much as it sets out a program for our lives and aspirations.
I have mentioned many times before in these columns that Western society, post-modern and essentially rootless, pursuing pleasure and individual gratification at almost all cost, unwilling to sacrifice for the future or for others, suffers from a lack of heroes and role models. Sports stars, movie actors and actresses, princesses and politicians, all have proven to be poor objects of emulation and imitation. Having no standard by which to measure ourselves, we are unhappy in our narcissism and mediocrity. We do not realize the cost to ourselves and our world of remaining ignorant of Torah and Jewish tradition, of not attempting to reach out and touch the hem of our father Avraham, of being smug and self-righteous in our prosperity and selfishness.
Having no memory any longer even of our grandparents, let alone of Avraham, modern American Jews facing self-induced extinction, blissfully whistle past the graveyard and espouse causes and struggles that can only further dim the Jewish spark still remaining within us. We were meant to represent godliness, morality, goodness, tradition, loyalty, and family in the world. These were the prime beliefs of Avraham and through his behavior, the rest of humanity came to recognize and even adopt these values. Does the non-Jewish world see these traits and life-style in the Jewish community today? Are we interested in "calling out to the name of the Lord" in today's world? Are we proud to be the children and people of Avraham, or do we feel the whole matter to be superfluous and irrelevant to us and our families in today's world? These are the crucial questions that face Jews today - not pluralism, peace processes, continuity and other manufactured sloganeering. Let us be the children of Avraham in deed as in name!
Shabat Shalom.
Rabbi Berel Wein

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Blue Suede Yar'mulka?

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Gad Elbaz, the very frum singer whose sound, swagger and looks have won him many young fans. With giggling teens pressed up against the backstage gate at concerts hoping to glimpse at the 23-year-old "pop idol" and tons of e-mails calling him a "world-class hunk," the frequent phone calls pledging love and the adoration visible at his shows have put him in trouble with the ultra-very frum.

Elbaz is a compact, energetic presence his olive skin and dark eyes reflect his family's North African roots. Of his three solo albums, "Meanings" has had the most success, selling 80,000 copies since last spring.

Moran Elbaz, 19, was once a fan. Now his wife, mother of his son, Benjamin. The two met after Moran organized an Elbaz concert . Now Moran finds herself fielding a steady stream of phone calls from young females, who often hang up once she asks the reason for the call.

"He is so handsome," gushes Etti, 17, whose ankle-length skirt and turtleneck sweater fit the modesty requirements of the ultra-Orthodox dress code. "He's also good and sweet.""Tell Gadi we're lovesick over him," Etti says over her shoulder as she is escorted back to the women's section.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

choose wisely

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The book "The Rebbe, the Messiah, and the Scandal of Orthodox Indifference" by David Berger is an attempt at history, an indictment, a lament, and overall a very childish appeal, focusing on the messianic trend in Lubavitch . It tries to tell of "the shattering" of one of Judaism's core beliefs codified by the Rambam. The book is the winner of the 2004 Samuel Belkin Literary Award from Yeshiva University.
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The book "The Limits of Orthodox Theology: Maimonides' Thirteen Principles Reappraised" (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (Series) by Marc Shapiro takes issue with the widespread assumption that Maimonides' famous Thirteen Principles are the last word in Orthodox Jewish theology. The author shows that numerous traditional theologians in the last 900 years have in fact taken issue with Maimonides' principles, both in their details as well as with regard to certain fundamental points in Maimonides formulation.
It is commonly asserted that Maimonides' famous Thirteen Principles are the last word in Orthodox Jewish theology. This is a very popular notion, and is often repeated by scholars from all camps in Judaism. Yet such a position ignores the long history of Jewish theology in which Maimonides' principles have been subject to great dispute.
The book begins with a discussion of the significance of the principles and illustrates how they assumed such a central place in traditional Judaism. Each of the principles is then considered in turn; the reasons underlying Maimonides' formulation are expounded and the disputes that have arisen concerning them are discussed in detail. Marc B. Shapiro's authoritative analysis makes it quite clear that the notion that Maimonides principles are the last word in traditional Jewish theology is a misconception, and that even Maimonides himself was not fully convinced of every aspect of his formulation.At the Yeshiva University's Seforim Sale, run by the Student Organization of Yeshiva (SOY) a featured lecture was given by Marc B. Shapiro who wrote the above book.

So my MO friends at YU make up your mind is the Rambam insignificant or not?

SEE http://www.littman.co.uk/ who prints both items.

Also See THIS FROM KRUM NOT UNLIKEآیت الله روح الله خمینی BAGELS

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

NO WORDS

HOLY SHIT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS
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HEY THATS NOT FUNNY, MAN!

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BUSH BRAINZ GAME TAP HERE TO PLAY

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burnt cuisses de grenouilles

The latest from England, where Barbara Amiel, wife of Conrad Black, went on a rampage in the Telegraph,she is pissed because, the French ambassador referred to Israel as "that shitty little country," and he wondered aloud why the world had to be dragged to the edge of World War III on account of it..
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PARIS (AP) - 1200 cars were torched last night, the 12th straight night of violence across the country. Public buildings were attacked and there were direct clashes between rioters and police.
French officials aren't calling in the army yet. They are sending in police reinforcements and considering curfews. The violence started after the deaths of teenagers in Paris October 27th.

Also over heard was the Amshinover ambassador who referred to France as
"that shitty frog leg eating country" and wondered aloud why the world had to be dragged into World War II on account of it.
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Monday, November 07, 2005

Who Is This Nut?

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And What Does He Want With The Likes Of Orthomum?

Sort Of HATTIP Groovy


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boo hoo

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"Such is the richness of European culture, even its decadence is creative. Since 1945 it has produced the truly remarkable phenomenon of anti-Semitism without Jews. How does Europe do that?" - George F. Will
Yesterday I took me wife and kids to the park.A good time was had by all; about an hour into our fun, a young inappropriatly dressed for a 6 year old- russian girl(spawn of Lucifer) started to feel her heritage calling.
This young future gold toothed, vodka (among other things) sucking, pregnant teen to be started throwing garbage and debris at all the jewish kids and adults.When asked what the hell she was doing this, she replied that her father told her that she could do this to jews.Then she threw some of this crap at me and so I replied as you all knew I would with "Yebany v rot Sooka Choy Blett".She ran away crying.boo hoo.
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Pass It Along

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I thought I should pass it along. Check your drivers license. Now you can see anyone's Driver's License on the Internet, including your own! I just searched for mine and there it was...picture and all!! Thanks Homeland Security! Where are our rights? Go to the web site and check it out. Just enter your name, city and state to see if yours is on file. After your license comes on the screen, click the box marked "Please Remove". This will remove it from public viewing, but not from law enforcement.
http://www.license.shorturl.com
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