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  •  An interesting post, aside from the gratuitous (2+ / 0-)

    insult directed at the very people you write about:

    Actually it is not Judaism that fascinates me but the Ashkenazi. To me the whole People of the Book (Jews, Christians and Muslims) thing leaves me cold Their beliefs all descend from the original book (The Old Testement) about an insane sand God who promotes genecide as the ultimate goal of his peculiar brand of piety.
    Given that we are entering a time when the Jewish New Year has just occurred and some serious high holy days are coming up for observant Jews, I find that--especially in the context of this diary--highly offensive and inappropriate.

    I was going to add some insight, but instead, I'm going to go take a shower and wash that paragraph off me.

    You have a right to your opinion, but it's also highly insensitive. Most especially, the reference to genocide, which, by the way, you misspelled.

    There are kinder and more appropriate ways to say the these three monotheistic religions don't appeal to you. You might think about revising that. Quickly. Especially the genocide comment. Really beyond the pale. Reprehensible, even.

    I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

    by commonmass on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 08:48:19 AM PDT

    •  As a Jew, I don't find the information or timing (4+ / 0-)

      offensive. I see a person exploring history, but only part of the way through the study. If you are a religious person, it obviously works for you. But there are many who aren't, but are interested in the history of the interaction of the various religions. Calm down. Maybe take a cold shower. Hug the pootie.

    •  Each to their own but I have noticed that you seem (2+ / 0-)
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      to be offended rather easily in other comments as well.. Maybe you have a more sensitive antenna that catches these ill nuances or maybe you are just more sensitive. Who knows.

      Tea Baggers Unite and follow that lemming.

      by OHdog on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 09:10:33 AM PDT

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    •  Commonmass (3+ / 0-)

      Thank you. My comment may be overly broad but the God that one billion people claim they swear allegiance to not only condoned the eradication of entire populations but insisted on it. I do not see it as an attack on Jews or any other individuals what profess faith in the God of the Bible any more than calling arguments against climate change as nuts. It certainly does not mean I condone physical eradication of climate deniers but only that I find their beliefs unpersuasive.

      •  I think that simply saying that you find their (2+ / 0-)
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        beliefs unpersuasive would be a very classy way of expressing your opinion without the overtone of distaste and derision.

        I really loved this diary, but I can't rec it with that paragraph as it stands, so consider this my expression of how much I enjoyed reading all the other paragraphs. Aside from that, this was a really great diary.

        I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

        by commonmass on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 09:18:53 AM PDT

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      •  you must be one of those (0+ / 0-)


        flying spaghetti monster worshippers.

        "Kossacks are held to a higher standard. Like Hebrew National hot dogs." - blueaardvark

        by louisev on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 09:19:09 AM PDT

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    •  To be fair... (4+ / 0-)

      To be fair the Torah is about a jealous, vengeful tribal god. What is amazing is that Jews were able to turn what is really little better than any other religion based on xenophobia into something much greater and beautiful.

      I am fascinated by and love to explore my Jewish heritage (see for example, here). But I have to admit that the Religions of the Book leave me a bit cold as well.

      Of course even the Torah is a mishmash which means that next to calls for genocide there are also calls to tolerance and a direct recognition that Jews come from mixed origins even from the very start:

      "Your origin and your birth are of the Canaanites; your father was an Amorite...your mother a Hittite."-- (Ezekiel 16:3)

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      by mole333 on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 10:43:09 AM PDT

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