Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Why Judaism is Important – Part Three (I Think)
by: Schvach Yid

So what’s with the blood and violence already? Is this the stuff of which Islam is made? And it’s arrived in the USA, in my beloved (but abandoned) home of New York no less. Schrecklich!

It’s call Ashura, and it’s supposed to be a Moslem commemoration of the Battle of Kerbala. Have a read at: http://www.ashura.com/. Did you know that ‘every day is Ashura and every land is Kerbala’? Lovely!

The historical event took place in Iraq, not on the Arabian Peninsula, so what gives? Well, the hero of the day was a grandson of Islam’s prophet, so…

If you want to see some photos of the faithful celebrants, just go to the Atlas Shrugs blog site at: http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2008/01/ashoura-in-ny-n.html.

Alright, call me a bigot, but in actual fact I’m just an aesthete. There’s nothing esthetically (or spiritually) appealing about this display of rabble. The New York contingent appears less self abusive than does its peers in the Middle East, but His Honor’s office and the NYPD may be behind that. By the way, what ever happened to modesty?

And talk about rabble, isn’t there a Chassidic saying that if one comes upon a gathering of people running together in frenzied mode, make certain you run in the opposite direction? It sounds like good advice to me.

And I thought my beloved home of New York was all about museums, music, the university scene, and a jumpin’ Jewish community - you know, kosher delis. I’ve been gone a long time, it seems.

For some more Moslem blood and guts, tune into an interview with one of the men who makes it happen; one of Islam’s official executioners. No syringe with death juice here folks. No sirree Bob! It’s the whirling edge of a finely honed (they hope and pray) sword. Catch it here at:
http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=27038&d=5&m=6&y=2003; The article includes a photo of the gent seated with a nice glassala tea.

Here it is again: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/2966790.stm.

“It doesn’t matter to me: Two, four, 10 — As long as I’m doing God’s will, it doesn’t matter how many people I execute,” he told Okaz newspaper in an interview.

'Mr Beshi said his sword was a gift from the government.'

This isn’t the stuff of ‘extremists’ jadies and jents. This is normative Islam.

And what of Judaism? The Talmud states that a rabbinical court that imposes the death penalty more than once every fifty years is a cruel court and should be disbanded.

Thank Gd I’m Jewish and living in a free society. With the Aybischter's help, our society will remain free.


Soccer Dad said...

Actually the number is 1 in 7 or 1 in 70 years.

And the response to those views is: You have just made things easier for the murderers.

Still the sentiment does show an inclination to avoid even justifiable bloodshed.

Schvach said...

Soccer Dad:
According to a recent A7 article,
murder is not a capital offense in Israel, while treason is.

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