Tag Archives: Judaism
Spiritual Surf: Humanizing computers, cyberdating Muslims and tweeting death

Spiritual Surf: Humanizing computers, cyberdating Muslims and tweeting death

Online dating Islam style; celebrity death hoaxes; Jews versus Snickers; hacktivist threats to intolerant church

Old polygamist seeks hot virgin: What to expect from a Muslim online dating site

Fighting hate with hate: An anti-gay, fundamentalist church is the latest target of hacktivist threats.

Whine and dine: Was the Super Bowl Snickers ad antisemitic?

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Spiritual Surf: Mikhail Gorbachev goes psych; Jay Leno goes hollow; Howard Stern takes down the spiritual leader of America (Oprah)

Jay Leno’s Lenten pilgrimage; Stern on Oprah; Chelsea Clinton’s faith

Russia’s Jesus: Mikhail Gorbachev recommends “shock therapy”

Hollow men: Jay Leno’s Lenten pilgrimmage on Mulholland Drive in a luxury sports car

Howard Stern takes on Oprah and Gabourey Sidibe: “Oprah is another liar, a filthy liar . . .”

Psychic charged with investor fraud: “He should have seen this coming”

Chelsea Clinton marriage: converting to Judaism?

The government runs America? Senator Al Franken begs for infrastructure, courtesy of Google

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Spiritual Surf: Purim, Scientology diet, Panchen Lama, Anthony Hopkins, Jerusalem, Farrakhan

Purim: how a Jewish queen of Persia prevented genocide

The Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated this week, commemorating Queen Esther’s saving her people from certain destruction.  During the festival Jews read from Megilat Esther (the book of Esther from the Bible), which is named after the fifth century BC Jewish heroine who helped protect her people and father Mordecai from the evil schemes of the story’s chief villain, Haman.  During the festival men and women comically cross-dress as characters from Esther, and are commanded by Jewish law to drink until they cannot recognize Haman from Mordecai, i.e., evil from good (which would imply that much drinking is required).


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Spiritual Surf: Sundance takes down Mormons; Kitty Kelley takes down Oprah; Tu Beshevat (the tree of life) and St. Paul

8: The Mormon Proposition, a movie on spiritual politics

Utah not only hosts the annual Sundance Film Festival; in the 2010 edition of the film fest, the state’s (unofficial) church has a starring role in the line-up of movies.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is taken down in a documentary about the 2008 initiative that successfully banned gay marriage in California.

Another irony: the film, 8: The Mormon Proposition, is directed by a former Mormon. It details the counter-revolutionary intervention Mormons poured into passing Proposition 8.

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Making peace with childhood ghosts

Daniel realizes the far reaching effects a 49-year-old fight has had on many lives

BY DANIEL D. WOO, 2nd of two parts — I immediately found Chapter 18 and read it; here’s a paragraph:

“It is a summer evening, down in a green hollow, at the corner of a wall. I meet the butcher by appointment. I am attended by a select body of our boys; the butcher, by two other butchers, a young publican, and a sweep. The preliminaries are adjusted, and the butcher and myself stand face to face.

In a moment the butcher lights ten thousand candles out of my left eyebrow. In another moment, I don’t know where the wall is, or where I am, or where anybody is. I hardly know which is myself and which the butcher, we are always in such a tangle and tussle, knocking about upon the trodden grass.

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Spiritual Surf: Old newspapers, Yemen, Dead Sea Scrolls, Epiphany

Old headlines, new knowledge

People around the world are reviewing the events of last year, particularly reported by the media.  How about reviewing  events reported over 100 years ago?  The British Library has made available, through subscription, millions of digitally scanned pages of British newspapers.  Nostalgic seekers can peruse articles on women’s football, political rallies, the abolition of slavery, and that newfangled utility called electricity.  Contemporary gurus (everybody) can now find lessons learned from many years past.

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