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(9) Anonymous, January 18, 2019 10:22 PM

I believe that being just straight in a sexual identity is next to impossible. Thank you.

(8) Linda, January 18, 2019 3:58 AM

That I’m worthy of being truly loved by a decent honourable man

(7) Chaviva, January 17, 2019 6:24 PM

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Gershom, January 17, 2019 8:23 PM

The Torah account of Sodom and Gemorrah ....

Chaviva - Yes - The Torah account of Sodom and Gemorrah - were destroyed - for that - among other things.

(6) Anonymous, January 17, 2019 4:58 PM

Studying other religions

It is possible to study someone else's religions thoughtfully and respectfully without being tempted to become an apostate.

Gershom, January 17, 2019 9:29 PM

As Jews - We - cannot learn someone else's religion.

Anonymous - Although there are people who do study someone else's religion.

G-D - in His Torah Commanded us - and it's a sin - if we do.
We - as the Jewish Nation People - CANNOT - study and learn their ways.

(5) David E Kamins, January 17, 2019 4:14 PM

Increasinfg the number of G-d loving & G-d people

Who says G-d doesn't want to hear from flawed people who are trying to become more G-d loving. If G-d only wanted to hear prayers from perfect people there would be slow or no progress toward more G-d fearing and G-d loving people.

(4) Simon, January 17, 2019 3:15 PM

Women are wealth makers

The Proverb 31 virtuous woman generates wealth and the man supplies the priestly wisdom as well as the money to invest.
I do believe that the woman is equipped with what it takes to manage wealth. After all when the man leaves she will continue managing the home. If she is not sufficiently supported in this area, its likely siblings may not pick.

(3) Raymond, January 17, 2019 2:36 PM

Greater Israel

I believe that Israel has the right to be, and should be, far larger than it is today. It was a huge mistake to hand the Sinai back to Egypt, a huge mistake to give our sworn islamoNazi enemies any sovereignty whatsoever in the so-called West Bank, and a huge mistake to hand Gaza over to those same savage barbarians. Connected to this belief is my belief that Great Britain was wrong to take back most of the land that they had promised to the Jews in the 1917 Balfour Declaration, and that the place we now call Jordan, also belongs to Israel, as do parts or all of both Lebanon and Syria.

I also think that Israel is far too lenient on its enemies, that it should immediately execute every one of the islamoNazi terrorists sitting in Israeli jails, and should wipe all of the Ayatollahs in Iran out of existence. Same goes for Abu Abbas and other terrorist leaders. I am just so sick and tired of my fellow Jews being murdered right in our Jewish land, for the crime of being Jewish.

Simon, January 17, 2019 3:33 PM

Is God Just.

If we have to make our needs known to Him then we have to yield to Him and trust that He is in charge somewhere beyond our understanding. Those who forgive and give back and respect sanctity of life look to God for trust that somehow He will recompense. God is patient and forgiving and much wiser than us. I am blessed by Isaiah 44:3-5.

Chaviva, January 17, 2019 6:18 PM

Amin!!!

I could not agree with you more.

(2) Gershom, January 17, 2019 2:36 PM

Praying - in the Bet Kinesset (Synagogue).

Others disagree with me - as I often admonish my fellow prayer partners - at Tefillah. Those - who come to the Bet Kinesset (Synagogue)to pray? - to our G-D. We've just asked OUR G-D - to come to our gathering - as we wish to Praise Him - Thank Him - as well as - make our needs requests - known to Him. And almost immediately - from the time they enter - and often throughout the rest of Tefillah. They - are insulting our G-D - whom we've asked to come - and give honor to. **By interrupting - talking - disrupting - distracting - and destroying - the the intimate - personal relationship - that the other congregation members - are trying to attain - between themselves - and G-D**.
It's as though - they have come to a community meeting place - where people come to shoot the breeze - play games - etc..
Meanwhile - they are telling G-D - SIT - quietly somewhere - and we'll call you over - if and when we need you.
In disgust - I often leave.
When I do - I feel justified - by a story in the Talmud. Where a leading rabbi - took his disciples - to a local Bet Kinesset to pray. When the rabbi arrives - he enters - then quickly exits - saying the place if full of prayer. He goes to another Bet Kinesset - and the scene - is repeated. As he enters the 3rd Bet Kinesset - he stays to pray.
Later - his disciples ask - WHY? did he say - the first two Bet Kinesset were - full of prayer. Yet he left them. And the 3rd one - was not full of prayer - and he stayed.
He then responds that - in the first two Synagogues - there was such talking - interruption - disruption -etc., - that the prayers - could not leave - and arise to G-D in Heaven. In the 3rd Bet Kinesset - there were no - disruptions - and the prayers were rising to G-D in Heaven.
Some - think I'm not forgiving enough - boorish - and overreacting.
When it comes to - my - OUR G-D. I don't think I should compromise giving Him - His full honor.

Sarah, January 17, 2019 6:14 PM

You're right, of course. But did you try to admonish them in a pleasant manner? And to do so out of love for your fellow Jew (brother)? If you did thus repeatedly, and it didn't help, then it would be wise to look for another synagogue.

Gershom, January 17, 2019 7:21 PM

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for the agreement.

And yes - I tried with a pleasant manner. Many of them - would respond - yah - your right Gershom. And - immediately - go back to the same behavior. Many - just snickering among themselves - off to the side.
It's especially annoying - on Shabbat.

As this aberrant behavior continued. I spoke out more aggressively - as time continued.
Then I quit attending that Synagogue.

I've asked G-D - to bless them with a change of heart. Or - bless them - as they bless Him.

I went through several Synagogues - looking for one - that shows respect to G-D.

I am currently attending one - that most of the time - with the regulars - they agreed with me - and have pretty well - conducted themselves - with Kavod toward G-D.
Except - when there is some sort of life event - or a Holy Day.
Then - lots of their friends and relatives show up. Most of whom - don't adhere to any proper decorum.
So - I leave.

I have a place at home - which is set up - so that I can have the place - and - peace to honor G-D.

(1) MESA, January 17, 2019 2:30 PM

Unfortunately, as a Torah-Observant Jew, there are a lot of values by which I hold and which get a lot of disagreement. If I hear about a Jew marrying a non-Jew, I won't wish them Mazal Tov. If I hear about a same-sex couple getting married, I won't wish them Mazal Tov. No, I won't reject the people involved, but if I dare to say that such things are unacceptable according to Torah law and that some lines must not be crossed, I run the risk of a firestorm.

Raymond, January 17, 2019 2:52 PM

I Agree with You

Well, I for one agree with you. I refused to attend the wedding of my own brother, because he married a non-Jew. and as for same sex weddings, the whole idea is absurd and frankly, crazy to me. Society even contemplating such a thing is a society that has lost its collective mind.

Anonymous, January 17, 2019 3:48 PM

Its good there is God.

God looks at us and wishes to put His Wings around us in understanding, He understands better and is able to help us get under His wings of understanding, faith and practice is key that He is able. its good to share with God what we think and let Him sort us. David told the prophet Nathan he desired to build God a house and the prophet agreed with him but God was of a different opinion. God spoke to Nathan the prophet His Will, God is able to sort us.
2 Samuel 7

British Exile. Philippines, January 18, 2019 5:53 AM

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Raymond, January 18, 2019 6:24 AM

You Are Right

British Exile, just know that you are in the right on this issue. Your three sisters are wrong to disagree with you, and your daughter is certainly wrong to disown you. It is they who need to change their ways and their views, not you.

Nancy, January 18, 2019 12:03 PM

To commenter Mesa

Re: Inter faith marriages. They will be occurring in my family and I feel like I am navigating a landmine. Sigh.

Shoshanna USA, January 18, 2019 6:42 PM

Feelings

Yes, I understand the land mine feeling. Will the fiancee convert to Judaism profile to the Wedding. We Have a famous case in the USA. Maybe, you've heard of it. Also, I don't not what country you live in. If the person converts, it's okay to embrace. If the person does not convert, then there future spouse will eventually have a spiritual nightmare on their hands. I personally know of a situation where a Rabbi's son married a non-jew. The Rabbi sat shivah. The couple moved away. The marriage did not last. How could it? The son repented. The Rabbi is relieved and happy. All is well.

 

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