This question has bothered me for a long time. It still does. I watch TV and see some local religious preacher talks about, say, evolution. He (it’s almost always a “he”) enthusiastically explains how humans differ from all animals and not associated with them. Some other time he explains about the “history” of the great […]
The Israeli ‘Games of Chef’ TV series has a history of picking “interesting” candidates for the competition. The last program (May 22, 2018) presented, among others, two men: Tamir, a person who recently became ultra-Orthodox, and, Leizer, who has left the “Haredi” (ultra-Orthodox) world and became secular. The two were preparing their dishes at the […]
Can you “formally” determine one’s religion and beliefs? You can certainly establish some criteria; perhaps even phrase a nice questionnaire. In modern times, you can also carefully monitor brain activity. Still, you can never really tell what’s on a person’s mind. Furthermore, people have a nasty tendency to change their minds. Many times concerning small […]
Thursday, October 27, 2016 — The chairman of the Knesset’s financial committee, Mr. Moshe Gafni, rejected the request of a local Christian organization for certain tax benefits. Its members were said to be observed performing “missionary” activities. Rightfully so. You can easily guess I have nothing to do with hallucinatory Christian groups, but look what […]
It doesn’t matter if you make my country more “Jewish” or more “democratic”, even if you promote lots of “heritage” lessons in your schools or you don’t, even if your judges base their verdicts on ancient Biblical ruling or ignore it completely, even so you “mark” some organizations but not others, no matter how much […]
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 […]
“The Messiah brought us here so we can fish kids out of the club.” This is the sad truth, as heard from a Chabad missionary activist in Jerusalem. The source (in Hebrew) can be found here. An older cartoon, taken from the book “The Souls’ Hunters” (Sophia and Dan Mahler, 1998) can be found here.