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Death over a cartoon?

“TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s best-selling newspaper has launched a competition to find the best cartoon about the Holocaust in retaliation for the publication in many European countries of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.”

Anyone want to take bets on when you’ll see Jews rioting in the streets? Personally I think it’d be almost comical if that happened… which it never would. Why would I say it’d never happen? Because Jews go through proper civilized channels rather than burning down buildings. Jews don’t blow up buses or crash planes in to buildings. “Iranian protesters hurled petrol bombs and stones at the Danish Embassy in Tehran for a second successive day on Tuesday and Tehran announced it had cut all trade ties with Denmark.”

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Insanity of religious warfare

I was reading the news today when I saw this…

“At the heart of the protest: 12 caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad first published in Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten in September and reprinted in European media in the past week. One depicted the prophet wearing a turban shaped as a bomb with a burning fuse. The paper said it had asked cartoonists to draw the pictures because the media was practicing self-censorship when it came to Muslim issues.”

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Purim is coming… a time to give

It is Purim time and I can’t help but think of friends that have served in the army in Israel. It is very important work that the IDF soldiers do. No matter if you have issues with the Israeli government or not you hopefully don’t feel anything bad for the individuals serving in the IDF. They do their best to protect everyone. Some of them die trying to just maintain peace. There is a custom during Purim that you will give a gift consisting of at least two ‘portions’ to another person. Even a poor person is required to fulfill this mitzvah. If one is unable to do so directly, he may exchange his own food for that of his friend; both of whom would thus fulfill their obligations. The mitzvah can not be fulfilled with money, clothing, and the like, but only with foods or beverages that are edible without further cooking or preparation. If at all possible, these ‘portions’ should be sent by messengers, rather than to be delivered personally. The mitzvah of Mishloach Manot and the giving of gifts to the poor, during the days of Purim, are prescribed in order to recall the brotherly love which Mordechai and Esther awoke in all Jews. When there is inner unity among Jews, even the wrongdoers among us becomes righteous. This year I’m using PizzaIDF to give soup for 5 soldiers and a Mischloach Manot package to 1 soldier to be fulfilled with my mitzvah with 1 soldier by the soup / manot. Have you fulfilled your mitzvah this year? Consider at least sending food to soldiers in Israel. It’s not expensive at all.

Part of the Old Testament Proven True

A story on Netscape.com wrote…

Read 2 Kings 20:20 and 2 Chronicles 32:30 in the Old Testament and you’ll find a reference to a tunnel that was built in 700 B.C. by order of King Hezekiah to protect Jerusalem’s water supply against an Assyrian siege. Long considered an engineering feat for that day and age, the serpentine tunnel ran 1,750 feet long and moved water from the Gihon spring across the entire city of ancient Jerusalem to the pool of Siloam.

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Gay Weddings

Lately in the news everyone is talking about Gay Weddings. I have been thinking to myself that I’m not sure how the government should say one way or the other about who gets married. I also don’t understand about how unmarried gay couples can get health insurance, but my girlfriend and I can’t because we are not a gay couple. In my opinion gay and straight couples should be able to get domestic partner health insurance, and everyone should be able to get married. Enough already with the bullshit. It’s such a waste of everyones time for the government to involve themselves in marriage. Allowing straight people to have domestic partnerships, and all the benefits of that status, and allowing gay people to be married would put an end to so much drama.

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