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How do you become Jewish?

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According to the Orthodox, there are two ways of being Jewish:

1. Convert in Orthodox rituals (which requires circumcision if you’re a male, a requirement that historically kept men from converting into the religion).

2. Be born to a mother who is Jewish. The mother in turn could be Jewish because her mother was Jewish, but it has to ultimately lead back to a matrilineal Orthodox Jewish ancestor.

I think there are two reasons for the matrilineal rule:

1. If a woman was raped, then her kids would still be Jewish.

2. Before modern medicine and widespread circumcision among gentiles, the circumcision requirement would be a show-stopper for most men, so the matrilineal rule ensured the Jewishness of the children of a mixed marriage.

I also think that historically, the reason why it’s hard to convert to Judaism and the Jews don’t seek converts is because during the diaspora, the Jews feared incurring the wrath of Christians and they were afraid of Christian reprisals for trying to convert Christians to Judaism. And the same applied to Jews living in Muslim countries.

Jews during those times didn’t conceive of a married gentile couple wanting to join their religion in the first place, and they feared what would happen if they encouraged such a thing.

So it’s kind of ironic that anti-Semites think there’s something sinister about these Jews laws when in fact the laws were a response to anti-Semitism in the first place.

But now, it’s safe for Jews to convert people, and there’s a large pool of already circumcised gentiles, and for those who aren’t it’s a much safer procedure today with anesthetics and antibiotics, so Orthodox Jews should consider becoming more evangelical. Maybe they could convert the Mexican immigrants. This would certainly improve the quality of kosher food. Imagine kosher burritos and tacos! Yum!

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That only describes Orthodox rules. There are people who consider themselves Jewish whom the Orthodox do not consider Jewish. Why do the Orthodox get to control this when so many of the world’s Jews aren’t Orthodox themselves? Judaism should be a big tent.

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New York Magazine article with awesome photos of black Orthodox Jews.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 24, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in Religion

The Asian Orthodox Jew

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I saw him again this morning, an Asian* Orthodox Jew, wearing yarmulke and with tzitzit hanging down his sides. His girlfriend, or wife, is this big blonde white woman, with pink highlights in her hair (her real hair, not a wig), she looks like she’s taller and weighs more than he does, but she’s cute, many goyish Asian guys would be very jealous. He kissed her in front of an Orthodox Jewish office building, she walks in, along with many Hasidic types wearing black hats, and he heads on to wherever he works (presumably the Hasidic-owned retail store nearby).

A reminder that Judaism is a religion, not a race or an ethnicity.

*Asian means East Asian, maybe he was Chinese.

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January 24, 2018 at EST pm

Posted in New York City, Religion

Shabbos toilet paper

Another way the Amish are superior to the Hasidim, Amish use regular toilet paper seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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December 23, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Religion

Video for Hanukkah

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December 16, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Movies, Religion

One more vinyl record sold

I bought, for my Jewish mother, the Bing Crosby Christmas album. The limited edition (but still not sold out) vinyl LP was reissued three years ago.

I don’t know how she’ll take it. She loves Bing Crosby’s Christmas songs. And she’s too technologically incompetent to even listen to a CD, so vinyl is the way to go. But she also feels that it’s a sacrilege to Judaism to have anything that says “Christmas” in the house. For her, being Jewish doesn’t mean that you believe in the Torah and the Talmud but you don’t believe in the Gospels. Being Jewish means that you don’t celebrate Christmas.

With the most notable exception of Silent Night, most of Bing’s Christmas songs are about celebrating the holiday of Christmas rather than about celebrating the birth Christ. His most famous song ever, White Christmas, was composed and written by Irving Berlin, a Jewish immigrant from Russia. (What’s the chance of any of our recent Muslim immigrants writing a famous Christmas song?)

My favorite song on the album, Silver Bells, was written and composed by two Jewish guys, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. Christmas would be a much less musical holiday without the Jews.

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So as usual, anti-Semites are blaming Jews for something, in this case secularizing Christmas music. Sorry, Jewish composers and lyricists are just writing the songs that GENTILES want to hear.

The most famous religious Christmas song of the 20th century, Do You Hear What I Hear, was co-written by a Jewish woman, Gloria Shayne Baker.

And the other most famous religious Christmas song of the 20th century, Little Drummer Boy, was popularized by Harry Moses Simeone who was Jewish.

Because Jews, on average, have 15 points higher IQ than white gentiles (according to a book I once read by H.J.Eysenck), they are a lot better are songwriting. It’s not a conspiracy folks. It’s talent.

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Commenter Yakov writes: “Jews aren’t allowed to write or sing Christmas songs and should’ve never written any. That is a very disgusting transgression on the part of the Jews. Very, very disgusting. Bach wrote beautiful church music, but any Christian music written by Jews is an abomination.”

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November 22, 2017 at EST am


Hard to believe I’ve never head of “Ladino” before, but apparently it’s a language of Sephardic Jews, just as Yiddish is a language of Ashkenazi Jews.

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September 8, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Religion

What people used to think about Islam

Before 1979, Islam was completely off the radar, no one thought that much about it at all. Israel’s conflict was seen as a conflict between Israel and Arabs and not as a conflict between Jews and Muslims. Terrorism was confined to the PLO and the IRA, and PLO terrorism was seen as being related to IRA terrorism and not to Islam.

In the West, it was a time of increasing secularization and it was assumed that religion was not as important as it used to be. Leftists in the West admired the atheist Soviet Union.

What happened in 1979? The Iranian revolution and the beginning of the Iranian Hostage Crisis.

People who considered themselves as having a more sophisticated understanding of Islam than the masses probably assumed that Iran had nothing to do with the rest of Islam, because Iran was Shia and the rest of Muslims (then called Moslems) were Sunni. But that would clearly be wrong. It seems to me that the Iranian revolution inspired a lot of fervor on the part of Sunni, even though Sunni and Shia would fight each other with just as much hatred as they would fight against Jews or Christians.

Of course, the event that really put Islam on the map and made everyone obsessed about it was 9/11. Before 9/11, no one really spent much time worrying about the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Taliban was seen more as a human rights problem than a threat to anyone outside of Afghanistan. I think the first time the Taliban ever got a lot of attention in the American news media was when they destroyed those ancient Buddha statues. (And now, in the United States, SJWs are going after Confederate statues with the same fervor that the Taliban went after Buddhist statues.)

Even though we tend to focus on big events that effect the United States, like the Iranian Hostage Crisis and 9/11, there has been secular trend (secular as in long-term non-cyclical and not secular as in non-religious) dating back to before I was born over which time the Islamic world has been becoming more religious and more extreme. Comparing pictures in Islamic countries from earlier in the 20th century vs. today, you will see a lot more women wearing Hijab, Niqab, and Burka. I never even heard of a Burka before 9/11, but these days I see women wearing them in Manhattan (which is always freaky, it feels like you just walked past a terrorist).

I see no evidence that the secular trend has reached its peak or is about to reverse. Unless a reversal happens, expect worse stuff to happen in the future. Expect more majority-Islamic countries to be taken over by Islamist governments with philosophies similar to ISIS and the Taliban. Expect more Islamic terrorism.

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August 25, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Religion

The hierarchy of victimhood

A former Christian who is now an atheist and speaks out against Christianity would surely be considered one of the good guys.

A former Muslim who is now an atheist and speaks out against Islam is considered an “anti-Muslim extremist” spreading “hate.”

However, I would not say that such person is a “liberal.” She is letting her (quite justified) dislike of her former religion get in the way of proper liberal thinking. Victimized groups should never be criticized, not ever.

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I believe that Islam is in the process of being reformed, but not in the direction that Ayaan Hirsi Ali wants. The reformation that’s happening is that Muslims are discovering the literal words of the Koran, and the Hadiths which tell the story of Mohammed’s life, and that’s leading many Muslims to change their beliefs to be more like those of ISIS and the Taliban.

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August 24, 2017 at EST pm

Posted in Religion

Huge statue of Chinese deity covered in sheet

It is a pretty ugly and tacky statute.

It probably isn’t wise to build such huge religious statutes when you’re a minority religion.

If it were a huge statue of Jesus built by American evangelists, the tone of the New York Times article would have been a lot less neutral and a lot more “stupid xtians keep your religion to yourselves.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 10, 2017 at EST am

Posted in International, Religion

The Hasidim are moving to New Jersey

And thanks to this article, we now know that they vote for Donald Trump!

Lakewood Township, near the Jersey Shore [which is two-thirds Jewish], voted for Donald J. Trump last year by the largest margin — 50 percentage points over Hillary Clinton — of any New Jersey community.

So the most pro-Trump township in New Jersey is also the most Jewish township in New Jersey.

It’s understandable, however, that not all of their secular neighbors are happy with a sudden influx of Yiddish-speaking weirdly-clothed Trump-voting religious nuts.

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August 2, 2017 at EST am

Posted in Religion

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