Man’s Religions

Movie. The Sunshine Boys, 1975.

Posted by T on April 19, 2008
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A movie made from the [Marvin] Neil Simon stage comedy. A couple old men that worked for decades together in vaudeville are to get Continue reading…

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Reverse Yiddish

Posted by T on April 16, 2008
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Yiddish, according to some, was a language designed so that jews Continue reading…

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Movie. Breach, 2007

Posted by T on March 20, 2008
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This is a modern cloak and dagger based on a true story. Twenty-five year FBI man Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper) is nabbed for spying just before he would have retired. The movie depicts the FBI’s effort to catch him in the act of making a “drop” so that conviction would be certain. Continue reading…

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Movie. The Golem, 1920.

Posted by T on January 03, 2008
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Original German: Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam (“Golem: How He Came Into the World”). This is an early silent masterpiece. It is a telling of the most famous golem-legend, which takes place in Prague during the Elizabethan period. Using astrology, kabala, and invocation of an evil spirit, Rabbi Judah Löw (Albert Steinrück) succeeds in animating a clay model of a man. With this Golem, Löw is able to defend the jews from persecution by the Empire; in addition, the Golem (played by Paul Wegener who also directs) is marshaled to kill the Gentile lover Continue reading…

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(DVD) Sex and the City

Posted by T on November 21, 2007
By Title, Judaica, Movies / 19 Comments

This was an HBO series aimed at modern young women that is now available on DVD. It was a six-year sensation spanning the new millennium. Continue reading…

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When I hear the word “anti-Semitism,” I reach for my revolver

Posted by T on July 21, 2007
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but for a reason opposite to that of the Semite-worshippers that are also seen to be grabbing their pistols.

My thesis is very simple: the term anti-semitism exploits an equivocation between race and religion that sets up the discourse for fallacious inferences. Moreover, the privileged status that this term has over others in its genre is itself an indication of the racism of those that recklessly purvey it. Continue reading…

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Movie. Gentleman’s Agreement, 1947.

Posted by T on March 13, 2007
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Gregory Peck is a newspaper feature-writer assigned to write on “anti-semitism.” He decides to investigate the subject by pretending to be a Jew in his daily life, and observing how others react to that fact. Doing so, he discovers “anti-semitism” bursting Continue reading…

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When I hear the word “Judeo-Christian” I reach for my revolver

Posted by 2 on January 12, 2007
Judaica, When I hear the word... / 61 Comments

It is often thought, to borrow from Shaw, that Christianity and Judaism are two religions separated by a common Continue reading…

Book: Wex. Born to Kvetch.

Posted by T on December 15, 2006
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When I was young, I had a friend Continue reading…

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The Judeo-Islamic handshake

Posted by T on November 08, 2006
Islam, Judaica, Man's Religions / 13 Comments

The Islamic question is on everyone’s heart Continue reading…

PCA repents of all the sins of humanity

Posted by T on August 20, 2006
Churchianity / 12 Comments

The PCA has been beating its breast for several years now on the subject of racial reconciliation.

The 30th GA, which I believe was in 2002, adopted Overture #20 from Nashville, which declared in part:

“We therefore confess our involvement in these sins.  As a people, both we and our fathers, have failed to keep the commandments, the statutes, and the laws God has commanded.”

I hope to some day deconstruct the entire overture and its backwash. Right now, I’m just stuck on the phrase “both we and our fathers.”

By their “fathers” they obviously mean their great-great-grandfathers who may have owned slaves and/or defended the practice.

They are repenting, in other words, for something their “fathers” did not see the need to repent of; or at any rate, did not repent of.

When someone repents of his fathers’ sins, which his fathers did not even believe were sins, is this a sign of being humbled under conviction of sin, or is it more likely a noisy bit of self-righteous posturing?

Moreover, since the statement defines the fathers’ sins very broadly (“failed to keep the commandments, the statutes, and the laws God has commanded”) I presume that everyone could justly follow in the footsteps of the PCA and repent of the sins of his fathers (if the PCA can justly do so).

I’m just wondering why they didn’t, while they were at it, go all the way back to their “father” Adam and repent of original sin.

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