Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Mitzvahs and other acts of kindness.

I'm back. Some of you may have noticed that I was AWOL for a long stretch of time.

Fortunately fern hill was a trooper and she plowed gaily forward through the dense miasma of Harper's New©™ Government's political spin. And also, the revolting antics of the Repulsicans and their mutant progeny, the teabagging hatriots.

Oy vey. A funny is what we need. A dear friend (a shiksa) emailed to me and to her secular Jewish spouse this "unauthorized" public service announcement.

More info about AJWS. And yes, like you I thought: But what about the Palestinians?

Judaism is a major world religion, with wide-ranging faith communities who do not necessarily share the same spiritual doctrines or political vision with regard to the state of Israel. I've had the privilege to hear some of these discussions and they're honest - and painful.

It's complicated. Take a long look at the ideological conflicts that oppose the Church of England to the Vatican Taliban, or Alevi Muslims to islamist Shi'ites in Iran.

Who was it who said that G-d, Allah or the Great Goddess wanted their believers to slay their enemies?

The priests and the clerics.

A google search for the term 'mitzvah' provided this gem from the resolutely atheist Christopher Hitchens. (Who knew?)


fern hill said...

Trooper fern hill reporting, ma'am!

Good to have you back. Solo blogging is lonely.

Great vid. Who's the woman in the white shirt with black tie-like thing?

deBeauxOs said...

Sarah Silverman, she of the notorious "I'm f**king Matt Damon" video.

Beijing York said...

Welcome back dBO!

The video is really good. It is a shame that AJWS avoids helping the Palestinians. The whole middle eastern area is not covered by their programs.

Orwell's Bastard said...

That's not the real dBO. The fake Groucho glasses and 'stache are a dead giveaway.

That's not even a real Cuban cigar, for Chrissakes. Geez louise.

Nadine Lumley said...

So let me get this straight. They do not do any aid to Palestinians? And they also don't do any aid in Israel?

Does JAWS have an opinion re Israel/Palestine? I can't figure this out and Google is no HELP TODAY.

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