Before killing seven CIA agents in a suicide attack in Pakistan in 2009, the terrorist Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi took a video of himself, in which – among other things – he expressed satisfaction with the fact of soon meeting his victims, when he is in paradise and they are suffering in hell.
The planned suicide [...]
“Religious media” is much like “religious university” – sort of oxymoron. The purpose of media in general and newspapers in particular is to convey information and opinions about the world around us. Religiously-oriented media and newspapers often convey information and opinions, but about another world.
Want some examples? Sure you do. Here are some references to [...]
The Wailing Wall is considered as one of the most sacred Jewish places. Historically it is said to be the western wall of the ancient Jewish temple, known also as the Western Wall
“It is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple’s courtyard, and is arguably the most sacred site recognized by [...]
Once upon a time there were priests. They served the public in “holy” places, mediating between the audience and the divine gods. This is how they actually made their money. This was their “job”. And the legal and educational systems made sure that this should be a steady job.
Priests were to stay “pure”. At least [...]
So the Israeli elections are behind us, or so it seems. The media is super-busy with coverage, providing occupation for tens of local analysts and commentators, not to mention hundreds of comedians and other jokers making fun of our elected representatives, often rightfully.
Most of the statistics we hear about refer to allegedly “important” things: The [...]
Whad’ya know, it’s election time again in Israel. And in election time, the rules of nature change.
While nearly everyone tends to look at things from the traditional “political left and right” point of view, it seems that almost every major political party tends to place at least one religious figure in its list of candidates. [...]
How do you teach “History”? Israeli Ministry of Education apparently solved this puzzle. The solution: It’s not the contents, but rather the title, that matters.
I’ve been volunteering for several months, helping small children in the age of 10 years or so with their homework from school. Many of them attend what is known as the [...]
From the chapter ‘All Is Foreseen Yet Freedom of Choice Is Given’, from the book ‘Games of Awareness‘.
… A slightly different topic, yet related to our current conversation, is the old debate about ‘What if…’. In many cases, this phrase is used innocently, replacing future tense by past tense: Instead of asking: ‘What will you [...]
Today is the Jewish “Yom Kippur”.
It’s a day full of contradictions, some of which are rather odd.
According to the Jewish “Halacha” (religious laws and tradition), it used to be a happy day, in which men chose women for the purpose of establishing a family. According to the same “Halacha” it is now a sacred day, [...]
“Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about”
‘Strawberry Fields Forever‘, The Beatles, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, 1966
Given God’s religious definition, it is impossible to prove the existence of God.
Part 1 – Some definitions and basic conclusions
Rene Descartes‘ idea of our entire world being no more than something found in our mind, is well [...]