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~Open Thread: Friday, “To Zion” Edition~

by WrathofG-d ( 109 Comments › )
Filed under Abortion, Judaism, Open thread, Religion at April 9th, 2010 - 2:15 pm

Lauryn Hill Featuring Carlos Santana – “To Zion”

Here are the complete lyrics, but here are a chosen few.

Unsure of what the balance held – I touched my belly overwhelmed – By what I had been chosen to perform – But then an angel came one day – Told me to kneel down and pray – For unto me a man child would be born – Woe this crazy circumstance – I knew his life deserved a chance – But everybody told me to be smart – Look at your career they said, Lauryn, baby use your head – But instead I chose to use my heart

Despite what some might say, you are never “stuck” with a child; children are this world’s greatest blessing.   So, don’t forget to love them.

Have a meaningful Shabbat, and a wonderful weekend.


~Open Thread: “Image of G-d” & “End of Days” Edition~

by WrathofG-d ( 124 Comments › )
Filed under Judaism, Open thread, Religion at January 1st, 2010 - 4:00 pm

As we are enjoying our long weekend, it is once again that wonderful time and I have found a discussion that couldn’t be more appropriate for a blog by Rabbi Kalman Packouz of Aish Ha’Torah. Enjoy!

One of the distinguishing features of human beings from other species is that we can talk, and one of the distinguishing features amongst human beings is how we use the gift of speech. Do we speak in an elevated manner or in a crass manner? They way we speak says a lot about us – who we are, how we perceive ourselves, who we identify with.

The Torah teaches that human beings were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Since God has no corporeal image, the Torah is telling us that we were created in a spiritual image of the Almighty – that we can emulate the Almighty in doing kindness and that we can use speech to perfect this world.

Many times people are not aware of how they speak. Use of curse words demeans the speaker who, after all, should look upon him/herself as a holy individual created in the image of the Almighty!

Also, people need to be aware of how they use speech when talking with someone or about someone.  Loshon hora (literally, “evil speech”) is derogatory speech and is forbidden by Jewish law even when it’s true – unless there is a compelling requirement to share the information. Loshon hora is the fuel for hatred, jealousy and contention.  It can break an engagement, end a marriage, destroy a partnership, ruin a life. However, proper speech can bring harmony and build relationships. Words can hurt, words can heal.

King David’s wrote in Psalms 34:12-14, “Who is the one who desires life …? Guard your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.”

[What are some of the major reasons] people speak derogatory speech? A Jewish Sage and expert on the subject enumerated 7 basic reasons: (1) Anger – losing control. (2) Joking – seeking a laugh no matter who the joke hurts.  (3) Arrogance – to aggrandize oneself at the expense of others.  (4) Giving up hope – thinking that it is impossible not to speak loshon hora.  (5) Seeing that others aren’t careful – following the bad example of others.  (6) Judging others unfavorably – we tend to see the negativity in others that we have in ourselves.  (7) Ignorance – not knowing the laws governing proper speech.

If we understand what motivates us to speak poorly of others, we can correct our ways in order to speak properly.


  1. 1. Do not express damaging or derogatory information about someone that might cause him physical, psychological or financial harm, even if it is true and deserved.
  2. 2. Promote people’s well being. When in doubt, don’t speak out.
  3. 3..Humor is great, but make sure jokes aren’t at someone else’s expense.
  4. 4. Be kind to yourself. Speaking badly even about yourself is unethical.
  5. 5. Don’t listen to gossip. If you can’t change the direction of the conversation, it is advisable to leave.
  6. 6. If you inadvertently hear damaging information, you should believe that it is NOT true.
  7. 7. Always give others the benefit of the doubt and focus on the positive.
  8. 8. Words once spoken can’t be erased. Think before you speak, especially if you are angry, hurt or jealous.
  9. 9. Use kind and supportive words with your children and spouse whenever possible. Harsh words can cause irreparable harm as can speaking derogatorily to others about the ones you love most.
  10. 10. It is not only permitted, but required, to warn a person about potential harm – for example, that a potential business partner has a repeated record of embezzlement.

For more on this subject.

What we say, (and don’t say) has a major impact on our relationships and our words are the ambassadors of our souls.  We are often told in the real world that “we are what we eat” but in the blog world is more appropriate to realize that – you are what you say!

Everyone have a meaningful weekend, a blessed “new year” and for those Jews who take the opportunity to keep the life-multiplyer of Shabbat – Shabbat Shalom!

As an added bonus, a discussion of End of Days – The Jewish Perspective. See below the fold for this discussion.


~Open Thread: Friday “Klezmer” Edition~

by WrathofG-d ( 183 Comments › )
Filed under Judaism, Open thread, Religion at December 18th, 2009 - 2:04 pm

Because of work, and the early Shabbat, I didn’t have enough time to produce a full Friday Night Shabbat Open Thread. Not wanting to leave you all wanting however, I provide the following blueprint to what usually becomes the aforementioned.

To those who keep the Shabbat, have a wonderfully meaningful one, and to those who do not, enjoy your Friday night and weekend.

*UPDATE – Place a note in the Kotel (“Western Wall” of the Temple Mount)

~Open Thread: Friday “Bungle In The Jungle” Shabbat Edition~

by WrathofG-d ( 286 Comments › )
Filed under Judaism, Music, Open thread, Religion at December 11th, 2009 - 1:00 pm

In the mindset of attempting to provide something for everyone this Friday evening,  I present the following.  Hopefully, it is both spiritual, and jovial for all your Friday evening needs… (it is sort of like those “choose your own adventure” books)

For the frivolous you can stop reading here, and enjoy this as your Friday Night drinking thread.  If however you wish to delve deeper in to the song (and potentially your soul/existence) continue reading.