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Israel Blocks Access to Contested Holy Site in Jerusalem

Israel Blocks Access to Contested Holy Site in Jerusalem | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Authorities closed off all access to a holy site in the Old City on Thursday, a step that a Palestinian spokesman called “a declaration of war.”
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Perhaps this could be the beginning of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation instead of enmity. Have the Palestinian Authority provide some of the troops enforcing peace on the mount, enforcing it for both Arabs and Jews alike. As for those who would ultra-nationalist Jews who would deliberately provoke by trying to access the top of the mount, which is supposed to be reserved for Muslim worship, they should face serious criminal penalties. On the other hand, it might also help if the Palestinian authorities would also allow occasional (and only occasional) visits by Jews (and others) to the mosque where they might also pray. While this is going on, perhaps the Muslim community could also be given access to the Western Wall for shot periods, although I don't know that it has particular meaning to them.

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Celebrating Religion through Music & Conversation

Celebrating Religion through Music & Conversation | Upsetment | Scoop.it

The Aug 29 show takes a serious look at religion with a Christian singer and a Jewish author. This will be a great show.

 

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What is the name of God and does it matter? That's a question worth discussing this Thursday evening. And how can we sing His praise? Another good question. Join us.

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Voyeur Case Spurs Rabbis to Add Post for Women

Voyeur Case Spurs Rabbis to Add Post for Women | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After a prominent modern Orthodox rabbi was charged with videotaping women as they disrobed for ritual baths, the council said it would add ombudswomen.
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That a commentator, the rabbinical council, and now the chief rabbinate even considered the question if these conversions were valid clearly raises  another question: Can Judaism ever get over its misogynism? Even more importantly, can these "leaders," men all, ever understand that a woman's faith is every bit as important as a man's. If a faith has any meaning it comes not from its rituals but from its congregants' belief.

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