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Keep in mind that price tag attacks are NOT supported by the Israeli State. When they can find the people responsible for them, they are usually punished. On the other hand, terrorists attacking Israel get roads named after them and huge payouts to their families. Big difference. And no one has said that occupation is fun. But again, blame the right people. I am well aware that some Christians in the Occupied Territories make common cause with Muslims. On the other hand, I have also read work by Orthodox clergy in Israel who are firmly supportive of the State.

If the Arabs of the Occupied Territories put down their weapons today, there would be peace. If the Israelis were to put down their weapons first, there would be no more Israel. It's a rather binary thing, really.

And ROKOVSKY, your inability to answer 14 paragraphs of my post simply indicates your overall lack of knowledge. Further, it is well known that Eastern Christians tend to be the most ferociously anti-Semitic out of us all. The word "pogrom" is after all, a Russian word.

There are of course many reasons for that. Eastern Christianity has retained more elements of the Jewish background of Christianity, particularly the Ethiopic Church, which keeps literal Arks in each Church, and claims to have the ACTUAL Ark (whether rightly or wrongly I do not know). This retention of ancient Jewish customs, to some degree at least, puts Judaism in direct conflict with the East, since it presents an obvious choice to make. The West hasn't got that as much (although we have been plenty anti-Semitic ourselves).

But the fact that you cannot respond to my post in any real way just indicates lack of knowledge, pure and simple.
Religious Topics / Re: Iran’s literary sexual revolution
« Last post by Dominika on Yesterday at 12:57:13 PM »
Iran’s literary sexual revolution

 this sexual revolution (enqelab-e-jensi)

I love so long existing and boasting by itself Persian language using Arabic words.
Reviews / Re: Racism, Lovecraft, Abrams, and Family
« Last post by Arachne on Yesterday at 12:33:13 PM »
Or did Mr. Lovecraft save you?

Yes. St. Lovecraft, pray for us.

It's St Howard of Providence, Wonderworker and Equal to the Apostles.
Non-Religious Topics / Re: Comin back for a bit.....
« Last post by Arachne on Yesterday at 12:31:32 PM »
Nah, you're good.
Thanks for sharing.
Non-Religious Topics / Comin back for a bit.....
« Last post by primuspilus on Yesterday at 12:20:30 PM »
Well well well folks. Its been a red hot, have I missed anything?

A book I mentioned the other day also mentions 'synod' used in a different manner than the standard 'council' way:

"But as the liturgy itself was never entirely divorced from conciliarity--it is, I think, quite significant that at a time when the term 'synod' had become a terminus technicus for the formal councils people could use it for the liturgy1--conciliar action was at once the way to exclusion from and the gate to acceptance into the fellowship of the Lord's Table."

1  See e.g. J Chrysostom, De Proph. obsc., 2, 5 (Migne PG 56, 182). Also: Jerome, Epist. ad Heliodorum, 12 (Migne PL 22, 597).

-- John Zizioulas, Councils and the Ecumenical Movement, p. 48
Christian News / Re: Russian faithful flock to St Nicholas relics
« Last post by brlon on Yesterday at 12:06:37 PM »
There were several live broadcasts (Soyuz TV and Ruptly TV) including the departure from Bari, the arrival at Vnukovo (Moscow airport) and the all night vigil from Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow which was interrupted just before the polyelaios as the relic of Saint Nicholas arrived from the airport at the cathedral.   

The videos can be found on Youtube, mostly several hours long, but some with 'edited highlights'.   

This morning's Liturgy was also broadcast live from Moscoew (Soyuz TV).
Religious Topics / Iran’s literary sexual revolution
« Last post by Asteriktos on Yesterday at 12:01:08 PM »
Iran’s literary sexual revolution

...While the Islamic Republic seeks to clamp down on displays of “romance”, demonstrated by the decision last year to ban Valentine’s Day for promoting ideas of “Western decadence”, romance as an industry, and as a literary genre, remains popular in Iran. Although the Ministry of Culture seeks to prohibit books with any mention of words such as “kiss”, “wine”, “lover” or even certain types of food (“pasta”), they are now written, published and traded at a higher rate than ever before...

This hunger for romance is tethered to a larger sexual revolution that has been brewing among young people in Iran over the past two decades. Comprising over 70 per cent of Iran’s population, young people who were born after the Iranian revolution of 1979 are highly educated (with among the highest literacy and university graduate rates in the region), highly unemployed (up to 45 per cent for young women) and highly critical of the Islamist regime. The regime flexes its muscles through the thousands of morality police who roam the streets with a mandate to discipline “immoral bodies”. For young people involved in this sexual revolution (enqelab-e-jensi), their bodies and sexualities are tools of resistance to speak back to the regime and gradually chip away at the prohibitive morality that undergirds the Islamic Republic’s power structures...
Gary Michuta writes about the Council of Jamnia:
Jamnia was not a council, in the sense of the Council of Trent or the Council of Nicaea,
it  was rather  was an on-going rabbinical  school. The  idea of a “council” crept into everyone’s vocabulary via the writings of the famous Jewish historian H. Graetz  who
was the first to call Jamnia a “synode.”

Christians interpreted Graetz’s synode to mean council.  However, the word council
implies quite a few features that Jamnia did not possess. For example, unlike a Christian council, there were no ballots cast, nor did this body promulgate formal decrees. Rather, Jamnia lasted for a number of years, and its significant opinions is persevered in piecemeal fashion in later Jewish writings.

Jamnia never published or promulgated a list the list of books of the canon nor did it discuss the canon as a whole.

The Cairo Geniza (a collection of Jewish writings from 870 AD to 1880) has a weekday Amidah prayer with the following version of the Birkat Ha-Minim:
For the traitors [lit. "informers" or "talebearers"] let there be no hope; may the kingdom of maliciousness be quickly uprooted, and the Christians and sectarians swept away at once: may they be erased from the Book of Life, and not recorded therein with the righteous. Blessed are you, Hashem, who subdues the wicked.
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