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Ultimate Fist
12-02-2006, 09:29 PM
I thought I would take advantage of the 1 week no fighting rule that APSU created to teach y'all about Judaism. Black/ Jewish relations been fucked up for decades now and I hear niggas saying all sorts of ridiculous shit about Jews and Judaism. Wierd talk of Synagogues of Satan, Blood Libel etc etc. But how many of y'all have actually taken time to study it?

I started studying Judaism cuz its the religion Jesus came out of. I'd also cite the fact that half the world's population, between Christians and Muslims, are practicing a form of some sort of essentially Jewish ethics. I believe studying Judaism should be required of all Christian, muslims and Bahai, perhaps all Westerners- its the oldest surviving form of our current morality. Judaism could also offer keys to black survival. Indeed, though I'm not a jew, I have incorporated several aspects of their religious practice, including shabbat, into my life and it has improved it greatly.

I have decided to take my info from Chabad Lubavitch as their headquaters is in an area that has had much Jewish/ Black racial tension (its where the Crown Heights riot was). This way I can cover both Jew-Black racial relations (look what they actually practice before you demonize them) and the religion of Judaism. I will warn you that Chabad is ultra-conservative so many of their practices are extreme. They are by no means a reflection of jews in general

Enjoy, with an open mind (I am not sure of copyrights so I'm putting links instead of dragging info into my post):

UNIVERSAL MORALITY- WHAT THE JEWS WANT YOU TO DO

Noahide Laws (Universal Morality) and the human family

http://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article.asp?AID=62221

http://www.chabad.org/library/article.asp?AID=1313


JUDAISM 101- WHAT THE JEWS DO

Shabbat (sabbath)

What and why- http://www.chabad.org/library/article.asp?AID=258916

How- http://www.chabad.org/library/article.asp?AID=257569

Dont let the intensity of Chabad shabbat scare you away. As I said, I've borrowed this practice from the jews. What I do is I unplug for a day- unhook the phone dont use the net dont watch the news. I listen to some Al Green, sit back, have a nice lunch- just completely relax.

Kosher
Main page-
http://www.chabad.org/generic.asp?AID=113424

REBBE-LEADER OF CHABAD

Essays

Life Of A Teenager-
http://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article.asp?AID=60699
Prisons-
http://www.chabad.org/therebbe/article.asp?AID=60873

There's a start. Discuss if something particularly touches you. Let me know if the links dont work.

Imperial1
12-03-2006, 06:22 PM
What are the basic beliefs of Judaism? (And please refrain from telling me to look up the basics.)

Imperial1

Ultimate Fist
12-04-2006, 09:08 PM
In short-

*One God- There is only One God. He is One. His name in Hebrew is forbidden to say out of respect.
*Abraham- Seen as the patriarch of Judaism and father of Jews and Arabs.
*Israel's Covenant- There is a special covenant between God and the Jewish people; it was set up by Abraham and reconfirmed by Israel (Jacob). This covenant promises the Jews Gods grace as long as they keep the 613 commandments. If they do not keep these commandments, horrible punishment inevitably occur and often do in their Bible. CONTRARY TO POPULAR UNDERSTANDING THE JEWS DO NOT SEE THEMSELVES AS HOLY! God chose them to carry His message not because they were good (Which is disproven simply by reading the Bible) but because Abraham chose to follow Him over his ancestor's pagan gods. In Jewish phrasing "God didnt choose Israel Israel chose God"
*Belief in the Tanakh (Old Testament) and an oral tradition on it called Mishnah.
*Several of the ten commandments of Exodus are interpreted differently by jews than christians. For example, while Christians go to church on sunday jews go to synagogue on saturday and are not allowed to use electrical devices, work or drive for the rest of the day.
*THEY DO NOT WORSHIP EZRA! They are strictly monotheistic. How this claim ended up in the Koran I'm not sure. Perhaps there was a cult in Muhammad pbuh 's area that was claiming to be jewish and worshipped Ezra.

Imperial1
12-05-2006, 06:27 PM
In short-

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*THEY DO NOT WORSHIP EZRA! They are strictly monotheistic. How this claim ended up in the Koran I'm not sure. Perhaps there was a cult in Muhammad pbuh 's area that was claiming to be jewish and worshipped Ezra.


I don't recall the Qu'ran stating anything about Jews worshipping Ezra.

Imperial1