What is a tree? by Rabbi David Kasher (re-posted)

by faithgibson on September 16, 2016

BUBER’S TREE – Parshat Shoftim by Rabbi David Kasher  Podcast  |  PDF Version What is a tree? That almost-too-simple question has the Biblical commentators all in a tizzy this week. Their problem is not botanical, however – it is linguistic. It is the strange phrasing of a verse in Parshat Shoftim {i.e. weekly Torah reading} that has prompted […]

                The following quote is taken from the book: “Everyday Holiness” by Alan Morinis on the soul-trait of “loving-kindness” “It isn’t enough to hold warm thoughts in our hearts, or just to wish each other well. We are meant to offer real substance to one another, and the ways in which […]

Today’s post is devoted to my good friend Karen Damian, who I have known since the early 1970s, and mostly lived within 5 or 10 miles ever since. We often introduce ourselves as as “chosen” sisters. I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to showcase her one of her wonderful “process”paintings and it’s matching “elfchen” poetry. […]

  Note: While this is a copyrighted talk, I welcome you sharing it with anyone, as long as you give me credit for it. Opening Blessing: From the American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “Every man is a doorway through which the Infinite passes into the finite…through which the Universal becomes individual…There is something within […]

Excerpt from “G*D, Jews, and History”

by faithgibson on February 16, 2015

Jews, God, and History (50th Anniversary Edition). Dimont, Max I. (2004-06-01). Penguin Group US. Kindle Edition, location # beginning on 7016 (hard copy -page# 416). I’ve always found Max Dimont (the author) ‘s concluding words on the last 4 pages (416 to 419) of the 1962 hard-copy publication to be exciting, encouraging and very revenant […]

Re-posted from The Onion http://www.theonion.com/articles/god-angrily-clarifies-dont-kill-rule,222/ God Angrily Clarifies ‘Don’t Kill’ Rule NEWS • God • ISSUE 37•34 • Sep 26, 2001 NEW YORK—Responding to recent events on Earth, G*D, the omniscient creator-deity worshipped by billions of followers of various faiths for more than 6,000 years, angrily clarified His longtime stance against humans killing each other […]

Hitler: Part 4 ~ Act 3: WWII at home — Euthanasia & Eugenics as State Policy

September 14, 2014

Return to Part 3 Euthanasia & Eugenics ~ strange bedfellows of profit, purification, and political appeasement My thoughts and conclusion (draft version) on the original question of responsibility by German citizens to have stopped him and victims of Hitler to have more successfully resisted his systematic and industrialized criminality  Continue from Part 4: Another of Hitler’s […]

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Hitler: Part 3 ~ Act Two — 1918-1939; Act Three — the beginning of WWII

September 13, 2014

Act Two: The Great War Ends in Victory and Humiliation Having been fought on the megalithic scale of an industrialized, mechanized and technologically-enhanced , the Great War permanently ended the traditional codes of chivalry and honor that the nobility and its armies had lived and fought under for centuries. Even more important, the military and […]

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Hitler: part 2 ~ A Slow Motion Disaster in Three Acts ~ Overview & Act One

September 12, 2014

This is the second of a (4-part) series, and won’t make sense without first reading the original post.    A Slow-motions Disaster in Three Acts WWII and the brutal and systematized extra-judicial incarceration, torture and killing of a large number of Germany’s own citizen of all religious and political backgrounds, and Jews all across Europe […]

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Hitler et al: Part 1 ~ Should Individual Citizens Be Held Responsible for Crimes Perpetrated by their Country’s Political Leaders?

September 11, 2014

~ word count 1836 ~     I started this post on WWII as a short introduction for the Letters of the Scattered Brotherhood, which is an anthology by clergy and other leaders of the Church of England. It contains 104 ‘letters of the scattered brotherhood’ written during the pre-war period and WWII (1933 to 1945). […]

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