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Jewish Perspectives on the Iraq War

Friday, March 14th, 2008

On Wednesday, April 9, at 7pm, the Social Action Committees of Temple Society of Concord and Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas will present a panel discussion on the Iraq War titled “Multiple Perspectives on the Iraq War.” This will be the second program in a series looking at Jewish views on warfare in general and the Iraq War in particular.

For this event, the organizers have sought to assemble a panel that can offer both varied and balanced informed opinions on the war and engage members of the audience in discussion. The participants will include Capt. Michael Milliron, Rabbi Daniel Jezer, Professor John Burdick, and Lt.Col. Bruce Fein. Efforts are still underway to possibly include one additional Iraq War veteran.

The moderator for the panel program will be Jim Brulé, Rabbinic Aide at TSOC, who, when asked to explain the program, said, “This will be an opportunity to take the laws we learned about in the first program (Rabbi David Levy’s thought-provoking March 12 presentation), and apply them to the current conflict in Iraq. We will seek out what is relevant to Halacha (religious law) from a sufficiently diverse set of informed sources so as to be able to have a measured application of Halacha to the conflict.”

Brulé also anticipates “that the audience will be drawn into a dialogue with our guest panelists that will be explicitly Jewish in nature as we try to understand what ‘facts’ about the conflict there are that will shed light on its Halachic status.”


A.C.T.S. Public Meeting a Success!

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

On Sunday, November 18, over 800 people gathered at the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse’s (ACTS) 2007 Public Meeting. At that meeting, ACTS members – most of those present – and our allies shared our mutual commitment to improvements in the areas of healthcare, economic development / jobs, youth, and justice. Notable among those present were leaders of more than 20 member congregations at the core of ACTS, executives and other leaders of community organizations, as well as a number of local, state and federal politicians who took the laudable step of publicly committing themselves to the improvement of the Central New York region.

In particular, ACTS would like to express our appreciation for the partnerships established with the following elected representatives who were present: Congressman James Walsh, County Executive-Elect Joanie Mahoney, Assemblywoman Joan Christensen, Assemblyman Al Stirpe, Common Councilors Van Robinson and Bill Ryan, and President of the Common Council, Bea Gonzalez. Other officials were notable in their absence, although Senator Dave Valesky and Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli did send written commitments of support. Representing Governor Spitzer’s office, Dan Young sent a verbal pledge of support. A complete list of those officials attending can be found at our website.

We believe that in the years to come November 18 will be recognized as a significant turning point in the history of our region. To have gathered so many citizens representing over 10,000 members of faith-based communities under a single banner for specific, measurable changes in Syracuse is an event unique not only for Central New York, but for New York State and the Northeast as well.

We invite faith-based and community-based organizations to join us at this exciting time!

Read the great article in the Syracuse New Times here. And yes, I’m in the picture!

Sweet Crude: A film about the Niger Delta

Monday, October 1st, 2007

There will be a benefit screening of Sweet Crude in Syracuse on October 19th. This will be the same work-in-progress that showed at the Seattle International Film Festival – so, not the finished film, but well worth seeing. Plus, filmmaker Sandy Cioffi will be there to speak, which I have been assured is more than worth the price of admission.

Here are the details:

  • Friday, October 19th
  • 7:30 pm
  • The Palace Theatre, 2384 James Street, Syracuse

From the film’s website:

Peace Rally in Syracuse

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Peace RallyIt had been, in fact, too long since our last attendance at a peace rally. So we joined about 3,000 other patriots (the count according to the Syracuse Post Standard) on a perfect day and marched from the Everson Museum to Syracuse University – a little over a mile of great spirits.

The humorous side (for me) was seeing the Anarchists march in line to a steady drumbeat. Anarchists? In line? Marching? big grin…

A Real Groaner

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Originally posted: 2005-07-20 18:00:31

John the farmer was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers (hens) called pullets, and eight or ten roosters, whose job was to fertilize the eggs.

The farmer kept records and any rooster that didn’t perform went into the soup pot and was replaced.

That took an awful lot of his time so he bought a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a different tone so John could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing.

Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells.

The farmer’s favorite rooster was old Butch, a very fine specimen he was, too. But on this particular morning John noticed old Butch’s bell hadn’t rung at all!

John went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing. The pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.

But to Farmer John’s amazement, Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn’t ring. He’d sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.

John was so proud of Butch, he entered him in the county fair and Butch became an overnight sensation among the judges.

The result… (more…)

In Defense of Biblical Marriage

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Originally posted: 2005-02-17 12:30:09

The Presidential Prayer Team is currently urging us to “Pray for the President as he seeks wisdom on how to legally codify the definition of marriage. Pray that it will be according to Biblical principles. With many forces insisting on variant definitions of marriage, pray that God’s Word and His standards will be honored by our government.”

So here — in support of the Prayer Team’s admirable goals — is a proposed Constitutional Amendment codifying marriage, entirely on Biblical principles:

  1. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women. (Gen 29:17-28 and II Sam 3:2-5)
  2. Marriage shall not impede a man’s right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives. (II Sam 5:13 and I Kings 11:3 and II Chron 11:21)
  3. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed. (Deut 22: 13-21)
  4. Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden. (Gen. 24:3 and Num 25:1-9 and Ezra 9:12 and Neh 10:30)
  5. Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any State shall be construed to permit divorce. (Deut 22:19 and Mark 10:9)
  6. If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his sister-in-law, or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law. (Gen 38:6-10 and Deut 25:5-10) [see also Gen 19:31-36]

“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

H.L. Mencken (1880 – 1956)

Gay Agenda Explained

Monday, September 3rd, 2007

Originally posted: 2004-07-16 10:26:58

It’s funny, G-rated and to the point…

Attack of the Gay Agenda