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Lying

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 24.06.2014 08:52

Lying

One Shabbat, the rabbi told his congregation: “Next week, my sermon will be all about the sin of lying. To help you understand it better, I would like you all to read Leviticus chapter 28 before next week.”

The following Shabbat, at the start of his sermon, the rabbi asked the congregation: “How many of you have read Leviticus 28?” Almost every hand in the room went up.

The rabbi smiled and said, “Leviticus has only 27 chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the subject of lying.”
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Strangers on a Train in Germany

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 24.06.2014 20:34

Strangers on a Train in Germany

Who was this kippah-clad, non-Jewish looking German sitting across from me?
by Burton Caine

Frankfurt, Germany is closed down on Christmas, and I took the opportunity to visit Heidelberg, an hour away by rail. I walked through the train looking for a window seat where, guidebooks in hand, I could follow all the storied towns along the way. My eyes fell upon a young man wearing a black skullcap. An Orthodox Jew, I thought. Despite the pallid face of a yeshiva bocher, and the yarmulke clasped to his hair in traditional style, there was something troubling about the identification.

“Funny, you don't look Jewish.” The punch line from a joke about Chinese Hebrews tickled my mind. The face looked German and the hair in careful, casual wisps gently falling over the forehead suggested mod or punk rock.

But it was worth a try. I sat down facing the lad, who now looked as if he were in his early 20s. I don't know what made me so bold, but I started up immediately, and in Hebrew, “Ata Yehudi?'' (“Are you a Jew?'')

“Kehn, ve-ata?'' (“Yes, and you?'')

We established contact immediately. And a good thing, too, because he was getting off at Darmstadt, the first stop. I felt an urgent need to extract information. After visits to Bergen-Belsen and Buchenwald, I had to know what another Jew was doing in this land drenched with the blood of 6 million Jews.

“That's a serious question,'' the young man sighed deeply. “When I finish at the university in two years, I will have to decide whether I can continue to live in this country.''

He was born in Germany and had lived there all his life except for two years of study in Israel. He was living in West Berlin and working for a degree in sociology.

Yes, he acknowledged, opportunities for intense study in Bible, Talmud, and Hebrew are meager in West Berlin - none at the university. But he manages, he smiled, pointing to a sacred text he was carrying.

I needed to know more, and time was almost up. I felt inept and frustrated, unable to ask the right question.

“Isn't Darmstadt where the famous 15th-century manuscript of the Haggadah comes from?'' I asked, hoping that the question would somehow find the mark.

“Yes,'' he said, “and I believe that they keep it under glass in the rare book section of the Landesbibliothek. But, of course, the museum is closed today on account of Christmas.''

I took that as confirmation that nothing remained of the illustrious Jewish community that lived in the town for 500 years. Why ask particulars as to how the Nazis methodically hunted down and exterminated Jews even in the smallest of hamlets under their control?

We spoke intensely; we had a lot to cover in a short time. His parents, too, were born in Germany and spent the war years in Berlin.

I was preparing to hear another tale of how they were not recognized as Jews because they didn't look Jewish. That had been the story of the man in Warsaw who showed me around the ghetto on my recent trip to Poland.

Looking at the boy facing me on the train, I could believe that of his parents. Or were they hidden by some righteous gentile who was subsequently honored for bravery by Yad Vashem, the institution in Jerusalem devoted to the Holocaust? But he volunteered nothing, letting me dangle with the empty excitement of an overheated imagination.

The train was slowing down now and time was running out. Had I missed every clue? Calm down, I whispered to myself; not every Jew in Germany has a saga. He bent down to put his books into his bag, and the black skullcap now confronted me as a blatant proclamation of his orthodoxy. Why that suggested to me the key question, I cannot imagine, but I blurted it out.

“How do your parents react to your piety?''

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“Badly,'' he said with a wan smile as he buttoned his coat. “They are very hostile.'' He spared me the final question. The train stopped; we had reached Darmstadt. He turned to go and paused only to add, “They were Nazis and are bitter anti-Semites. I converted to Judaism,'' which he repeated in English as if he was not sure of the Hebrew word.

“They never forgave me. I am going home to visit them on Christmas.''

This article originally appeared in 1987 in the Christian Science Monitor.
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Dry Bones

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Grains from antiquity

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Homosexuals Destroy Israeli Messianic Business

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Dry Bones

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Dry Bones

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 03.07.2014 08:39

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Arab Youth: Am Israel Chai!

ViestiKirjoittaja Annukka » 04.07.2014 12:38

Arab Youth: Am Israel Chai!

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Outspoken Nazareth teen Mohammad Zoabi was once again speaking to the Israeli press Thursday morning, telling Channel 2 News that the current tension between Arabs and Jews needs to cease, and both sides need to work together against the real terrorists.

Across the nation, and in Jerusalem in particular, tensions between Arabs and Jews have reached boiling point in the aftermath of the discovery of the bodies of three abducted Jewish teens and the subsequent murder of an Arab youth in the capital, possibly an act of revenge.

The 16-year-old Zoabi said he could fully understand the anger of the Jews. “I myself was outraged when I heard that the three abducted [Jewish] youths were dead,” he told his interviewers. “But we need to come together and work together against the terrorists.”

Last month, the young Zoabi stopped making press appearances or speaking out on social media after members of his own family threatened to kidnap him to the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas to be “punished” for his views. But the current situation was apparently too much for Zoabi to keep silent any longer.

Mohammad went on to skewer his more famous relative, Member of Knesset Hanin Zoabi, who is a vociferous opponent of the state that pays her salary. When news first broke that Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel had been nabbed, MK Zoabi insisted that the Hamas perpetrators were not terrorists, and that the abduction was perfectly legitimate.

“MK Zoabi should be ashamed of herself,” said the younger Zoabi. “I am ashamed of her. …We are not Palestinians. We are Israeli Arabs.”

Mohammad Zoabi said there are many more Arab teens who feel like him, “some are even more Zionist than me,” but that most are afraid to speak out publicly because people like Hanin Zoabi have made it taboo for Arabs to freely speak their minds.

The young man’s Israeli interviewers were clearly impressed by his bravery in speaking out as he does. Zoabi concluded his interview: “Am Israel Chai! (The People of Israel Live!)”
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Dry Bones

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