"Jews planting trees. An abomination! How are we ever going to find them?" or a similar thought must have gone through this forum contributor's head when he posted this:
"I would like to show you the trees of the Jews (al-Gharqad) and now they have increased their cultivation in the occupied areas (...)"He then refers to the following Hadith:
“The Last Hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews. The Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: ‘Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him;’ but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.”And then he says:
(Sahih Muslim, Kitab al-Fitan wa Ashrat as-Sa'ah, Book 41, 6985)
"But few of us know the form of this tree."
Now you also know how the "Tree of the Jews" looks like. Go sit behind it. No need to worry.
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and chief economic adviser Lawrence Summers were complaining to them that they had almost no say in policy decisionsLabels: Lawrence Summers» Paul Krugman
“Obama,” these two were said to have lamented, “is acting as if he has a blank check to do what he wants, while ignoring the longterm costs of his policies.”
In that post, I predicted that Geithner, a young man whose time had come, would suffer, at least for a while, in silence, and I suggested that self-respect would cause Summers to bolt. “Within the world of economics,” I wrote, “his is a name to be conjured with; and, unlike Paul Krugman, he has not in public prostituted himself for partisan advantage. It must be excruciating to watch while Obama’s wrecking crew destroys the foundations for American prosperity.”
Summers never had any power to begin with. strange that the Obama administration had that Summers in there when they obviously had so much contempt for Larry.
I am proud that Israel has clarified this issue.
JERUSALEM POST EDITORIAL: Is Jewishness a religion, culture or nationality? (Jews of Salonika repent for following Sabbatai Zevi) (docs Talk/(noahdavidsimon's posterous) via tabletmag.com) Is Jewishness a function of religion, culture or nationality? According to the High Court, it is all of them at once.
In a fascinating legal decision that touches on the very core of Jewish/Israeli identity, the country’s supreme legal authority ruled last week that a woman who converted to Christianity and immigrated to Germany could not regain her Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, even though two Orthodox rabbinical courts – in London and in Tel Aviv – had determined that she was Jewish.
However, in their precedent-making decision, the three justices – Neal Hendel, Elyakim Rubinstein and Hanan Meltzer – gave the woman the option of regaining citizenship if she could prove to the Interior Ministry her renewed commitment to the Jewish people.
Precisely how she would accomplish this “return” was left unclear, but it suggests a radically new conception of repatriation through personal transformation akin to the Jewish concept of tshuva – “repentance” and/or “return.”
H.Z., born in Israel in 1950 to parents who survived the Holocaust, married a Catholic in a ceremony that took place in Jaffa in 1975. H.Z. had to declare that she had been baptized into the Catholic faith to marry. She was registered accordingly in the Religious Affairs Ministry’s records. In 1977, H.Z. and her husband moved to Germany, and in 1985, due to tax issues, H.Z. asked that her Israeli citizenship be revoked, noting in official documentation, “I am living as a Christian now anyway.”
In 1992, however, H.Z. asked German authorities to have her name removed from the registrar of the Christian community. And after sustaining severe injuries in a car accident, being abandoned by her husband and losing her mother, H.Z. asked the Interior Ministry to reinstate her Israeli citizenship, claiming her conversion to Christianity was faked. Her request was rejected despite her kosher stamp of approval from two rabbinical courts.
In their carefully argued unanimous decision, the High Court justices established from a diverse array of sources that Israeli citizenship is tied to a highly complex and exclusionary construction made up of religious, national and cultural considerations.
Prime minister David Ben-Gurion, noted the justices, in a 1950 speech to the Knesset during the passage of the Law of Return, which granted automatic Israeli citizenship to any “Jew,” declared that “no other law better expresses the uniqueness of the State of Israel. This law fuses history, culture and religion; past, present and future; aspirations dreams and realities.”
The justices also cited historical studies which showed that Jewish communities throughout the ages sanctioned those members who voluntarily left the fold. These converts to other religions were still considered Jews in the strictly religious sense for the purpose, say, of marriage and divorce – just as H.Z. was still considered Jewish by London’s and Tel Aviv’s rabbinical courts. Nevertheless, communities throughout the ages regularly ostracized these people, the justices noted, suggesting that in modern Israel the refusal to reinstate citizenship was a legitimate response to H.Z.’s behavior.
Legal precedents were mentioned as well. There was the 1962 High Court ruling on Oswald Rufeisan, a Jew who became a Carmelite monk, whose request for Israeli citizenship was rejected despite his self-professed connection to the Jewish people.
In addition, the justices showed how the Knesset’s 1970 amendment to the Law of Return – which stipulated that a Jew was someone who was either “born to a Jewish mother” or “who converted” and had “no other religion” – was obviously inspired by Jewish tradition.
And they noted that Aharon Barak, former president of the Supreme Court, basing himself on solely secular criteria, acknowledged in 1987 that a Jew who believed Jesus was a savior had removed himself from the Jewish collective and was, therefore, to be denied Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return.
But the truly earth-breaking innovation presented by the justices in H.Z.’s case was the application of the Jewish concept of tshuva to the Law of Return.
H.Z. might have cut herself off from the Jewish people when she embraced Christianity. But the way back is not blocked, the justices made clear. H.Z., rightly, still has a chance to regain her lost Israeli citizenship through the Jewish process of repentance.
Blood is not enough. Israel must be morally loyal to it's faith
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