Monday, June 27, 2011

Back in Time

ט מַה-שֶּׁהָיָה, הוּא שֶׁיִּהְיֶה, וּמַה-שֶּׁנַּעֲשָׂה, הוּא שֶׁיֵּעָשֶׂה; וְאֵין כָּל-חָדָשׁ, תַּחַת הַשָּׁמֶשׁ. 9 That which hath been is that which shall be, and that which hath been done is that which shall be done; and there is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

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1. Gay marriage is now legal in New York-

רבי הונא בשם רבי אמר דור המבול לא נימוחו מן העולם עד שכתבו גמומסיות לזכר ולבהמה
Rabbi Huna said in the name of Rebbe that the Generation of the Flood was not wiped out of the world until they wrote marriage contracts between a man and a man and between a man and an animal. (Midrash Rabbah 26:5 in Genesis)

2. Shechita is under attack in Holland (Link)

3. San Francisco plans to vote on banning Brit Milah

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I find it amusing that despite having progressed in so many areas (especially that of technology), our society is still banning or promoting the same old things. One could make the argument that modernization itself will create the same effects as the anti-semitism of old.

7 comments:

Mighty Garnel Ironheart said...

Well it's an old argument. Has society really progressed, has technology made a difference, are we different that folks who lived a century or a millenium ago or, as Dire Straits sang, is it that "We haven't changed since ancient times"?

Noam said...

Amusing?
History informs us that these changes bode darker times.
The core values of the Founding Fathers are being eroded.
Tick Tock Tick Tock a very slow descent into a rerun of the dark ages.

The Cousin said...

For #2--leader of the small Party for the Animals

One wonders where they come up with things like this. Alas, I doubt the Dutch Gov't would actually take such a step knowing the potential backlash that could ensue.

#3--It's SF....usually that says enough. Even if such an ordinance were to pass it would likely be struck down by the courts on 1st amendment grounds.

Anonymous said...

X-FRIENDS: Mutant Rabbis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5E0BcQLuzw&feature=share

Didn't Want to Go to Saudi Arabia Anyway said...

Don't forget #4: Delta Airlines "respects" the requirements of their Saudi Arabian partners and restricts Jews and non-Islamic religious articles from flights leaving America to Saudi Arabia.

I'm sure the public outcry will be forthcoming... any day now...

Cymbaline said...

There WAS a public outcry re'; Delta. All depends on where you get your news. Try Drudgereport.com for a right wing slant and keep away from CNN :)

Baruch Pelta said...

Don't forget #4: Delta Airlines "respects" the requirements of their Saudi Arabian partners and restricts Jews and non-Islamic religious articles from flights leaving America to Saudi Arabia.
Not true. Saudi Arabia denies visas to citizens with Israeli passports, but Jews generally (most Jews don't have Israeli passports) are not restricted from going to Saudi Arabia.