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So classic (& kudos to Mr. Rodigan for highlighting it!)

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breakingshabbos:

"I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking of me… all I ask is that you respect me as a human being."- Jackie Robinson

breakingshabbos:

"I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking of me… all I ask is that you respect me as a human being."- Jackie Robinson

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West Virginia Is Home To “Man Eating Hillbillies”?

Some yahoo posted the following comment to a Facebook post (seen below)….

"What would happen if the over 350 million Americans [were] pulled into the middle east? Including those man eating hill billies from mountains of West Virginia. Palestinians should be happy they only got israel on thier border to deal with."

WTF dude. (?????)

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I find it as difficult to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence of a superior rationality behind the existence of the universe as it is to comprehend a theologian who would deny the advances of science.
Wernher Von BraunWernher Von Braun

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Pennsylvania Home Finance Agency

Important links for first-time PA home buyers

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eretzyisrael:

How was your ride home from work? #IsraelUnderFire

For hundreds of Israelis, this is how their drive home from work went, courtesy of Hamas rockets. This has to stop.


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Oh this makes me smile :-)

Oh this makes me smile :-)

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Research on Media Bias

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A Potential Convert to Judaism’s Guide to Jewish Denominations - II

Orthodox

For many reasons, conversion to Judaism in the Orthodox community is the most difficult. This is because of the steep learning curve from living as a non-Jew to living as an Orthodox Jew, and also because of the social structure that a successful convert-to-be must assimilate to and hopefully become accepted in.

Synagogue & Ritual: Services in Orthodox Jewish congregations all are in Hebrew, However many Modern Orthodox congregations, or other congregations who have a lot of baalei teshuva (non-Orthodox born Jews who became Orthodox later in life) may offer instructions during the service in English. All holidays and services (including weekday) are conducted. To convert, you will be expected to attend synagogue regularly (even if many others in the congregation do not), become familiar with Hebrew, conduct Jewish rituals at home, adhere to the proper mode of dress, keep kosher at all times, and live within walking distance to the synagogue (preferably within the eruv if your community has one).

The People: It can vary greatly; however the majority of Orthodox Jewish communities consist of traditional family units (a husband, wife and children) who are knowledgeable and observant of Jewish ritual. Because conversion within Orthodox Judaism is not common, it may take some time to feel welcomed by the congregation. If the majority of the children in the congregation attend Jewish day school full-time, then they may have very limited contact with non-Jews; setting the stage for some awkwardness. Also there is always some degree of separation between the sexes. If you are single, casual friendships with the opposite sex are discouraged. Dating (even if you are dating another Orthodox Jew) is also a big ‘no-no’.

Pros: Orthodox conversions are just about universally accepted by non-Orthodox Jews. On the rare occasion, you may have an Orthodox conversion called into question by another Orthodox community. This is especially the case in Israel for Orthodox conversions performed abroad. Due to the all-encompassing nature of Orthodox Jewish lifestyle, a convert to Orthodox Judaism ends up being very knowledgeable and very committed to Judaism. Orthodox Judaism suits those who are looking for a very deep, transformative conversion experience.

Cons: Many factors, some out of the potential convert’s control, can make you ineligible for an Orthodox Jewish conversion. For example, there is no leniency to allow you to convert if you are intermarried, have a job that prevents you from fully observing the Sabbath and holidays, unable to relocate to live within the Jewish community, or if you have any issues with accepting any one of the mitzvot (commandments) required of Jews. Additionally a potential convert must, for the most part, change their entire lifestyle, which can alienate family, friends, and professional colleagues. The conversion process can take years to complete as well. And finally it can be difficult to connect with an Orthodox rabbi for conversion. Not all will sponsor them or assist with them.

website: http://www.rabbis.org/conversion.cfm

Reconstructionist / Humanistic / Renewal

These Jewish congregations only make up a small fraction of the Jewish community, and usually are only found in urban areas with sizable Jewish populations. The exact rules and theology of these movements can be hard to define and can vary greatly. However they are also tolerant of each Jew’s/individual’s desire to deviate from their tenets. 

Synagogue & Ritual: Reconstructionist Jewish services can contain a good amount of Hebrew (perhaps just as much as Conservative) and communal ritual. However they often are creative with its execution. Sometimes you’ll see the incorporation of non-Jewish sources and material…which can be comforting to non-Jews.

The People: While these congregations openly embrace Jewish ritual and Hebrew, they officially see them as just folkways that unify the Jewish nation. Theologically and spiritually, they are very liberal…even to the point of being agnostic for some members. Alternative lifestyles are welcomed, so many LGBT, interfaith, secular Jews are drawn to these movement.

Pros: Tolerance for alternative viewpoints and lifestyles within these movements are high. If you wish to convert to Judaism, yet incorporate other aspects of non-Jewish and secular Jewish life, you can.

Cons: Conversions performed by these Rabbis may not be widely accepted. Since the “rules” of Judaism are so varied, some converts may grew frustrated with the lack of depth and commitment to classical Judaism.

website: http://www.therra.org/RRA%202009%20Guidelines%20on%20Giyyur.pdf

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