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Mendelssohn X is a project of a young and sympathetic jounalist living in Vienna and Berlin. Now on http://schubertmartin.wordpress.com/ and http://earthright.wordpress.com/
Viele Menschen haben den Eindruck, dass das Judentum eine Religion ist, die die Vergangenheit auf Kosten der Gegenwart und Zukunft überbewertet. Das Vorurteil sieht überall Tradition und Gesetzestreue. Da ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass viele spirituell-interessierte Juden auf der Suche die entscheidende Erfahrung – also die Erkenntnis der immerwährenden Gegenwart – eher in fernöstlichen Meditationen finden als in einem Gefilten Fisch.
Da ich immer versuche ehrlich und authentisch zu sein, werde ich jetzt nicht apologetisch erklären, dass man Erleuchtungen dieser Art in den heutigen jüdischen Gemeinden in Deutschland findet. Geht lieber zum Yoga als in eine Synagoge in Buxtehude! Trotzdem will ich heute mal kurz erläutern, warum gerade das Judentum es versteht den Moment zu heiligen oder zumindest es aktiv zu versuchen, und nicht nur ein zart-resignierendes „Oh Augenblick, verweile doch“ in die Atmosphäre flüstert. Vor ein paar Tagen endete Pessach, der achttägige Feiertag der Befreiung aus der Sklaverei. Aber dieses Freiheitsmotiv, die Essenz von Pessach, gilt nicht nur acht sondern 365 Tage 24/7. Das gesamte Judentum ist eine Künstlergruppe, die den Auszug aus Ägypten immerwährend nachstellt. Täglich ist das Gedenken an den Auszug Teil der Pflichtgebete und auch der Shabbat hat zwei Wurzeln – die Erschaffung der Welt UND den Auszug aus Ägypten. Wie ist dies zu verstehen? READ MORE
As we are approaching the last day of Pessach this year, I hope everyone is full and tired of Mazzah and cannot wait to produce tons of Chametz in the upcoming year.
I wish you neither a black friday nor a black Sabbath, but for sure an amazing continued journey towards your very own land of milk and honey, your very own freedom and I hope our Planet Caravan will find peace one day. By this I can just say to the ancient Egyptians: Let´s forget about the Pharao, we, the Israelites LOVE YOU! ZION LOVES THE EGYPTIANS!! :-)
In Toulouse, French Jews & Muslims
link arms in protest of Al Qaeda inspired terror.
Martin Luther King and Rabbi Abraham Heschel
on a Civil Rights March.
Macht schon Spaß, so im Sonnenschein in Neukölln ne Falafel mit nem frischen Ayran zu spülen, und dabei DAS im Ohr zu haben…
Let there be no doubt: The remarks of the official representative of the EU, Mrs.Ashton, comparing the Toulouse terror victims to Israeli operations in Gaza, were more than just ignorant, they also showed a terrible attitude towards the comlexity of the Jewish state. We all, European and Israeli Jews should stand united against such an obvious lack of information among Europe´s Elite. But this morning I have more wrath against a journalist of YNET News than against Ashton. How irrational. But unfortunately it is just as necessary.
The article called „The day Europe died“ basically reproduces the dogma that most Israelis seem to believe as it is deeply connected to the essence of Zionism. Europe is a museum, a vacation spot, but not a place for Jews to live anymore. And let me guess where the Jews should move to. So this journalist and those who support him expect the „diaspora Jew“ to behave just accoding to the Zionist prejudice against THE diaspora JEW. He should be fearful (because of the terror), grab his stuff and run away to Israel instead of staying and fighting. While in Israel even known leftwingers such as Hadag Nahash make tracks like „Rak Po“ (Only here) about how terror attacks can be scary but are never allowed to break one´s spirit, the lives and existences of European Jews is seen as a mere step towards packing the suitcase. Maybe the first step to be accepted in your own existence, is to accept other people´s right to exist? And here there is indeed a problem. A problem at the very core of modern Jewish identity. For me it is very important to have a good, no, AMAZING relationship with Israel. Not just because of relatives and friends, but also because I deeply believe that the creation of a Jewish state has been among my Top 3 events of the 20th century besides my parents meeting and the evolution of Germany as a tolerant and open society. READ MORE
Sorry to my religious friends, but Boteach had no chance. He seems like a little bird next to Hitchens…
This weekend two Tel Aviv web-designers started a campaign to promote Iranian-Israeli friendship via social networks. This is definitely a nice idea. I´m not sure whether it will have an effect on the course of history, but we are definitely witnessing the first steps of a global public, whether it is a KONY movie or the possibilty to promote intercultural understanding and respect with just a click. Apparently Jason Russell, the producer of the KONY movie went insane and got arrested. Let´s hope that soon media hypes will have the power to make the Konys go mad, and not the initiators. If this Iranian-Israeli friendship campaign will be able to give some smiles on the faces of Persians and Jews around the globe, it will be definitely be something to build upon in the future, as long as the non-idealistic governments aren´t quicker building up their non-ideal world of fanatism, money and blood.
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According to Jewish mystical belief and transmitted by Kabbalistic sages is the notion of the existence of Five Levels of the Soul. These five souls are in between the poles of Yesh, which is the world that we know, in which we exist as individuals being separate from the whole, and on the other end the world of Ayn, which is the cosmic soul of everything, or more in more biblical words, it is what we mean when we say G-d is everywhere. The individual being is like a sunbeam. It is unique and it exist as a „self“, but it is much more itself when it is in its source, which is the common sun where the individuality of the sunbeam dissolves in a higher „self“. The five levels in between this „I am a sunbeam“-process are Nefesh, Ruach, Neshamah, Chayyah and Yechidah. Nefesh can be seen as the life force, which keeps the heart beating and the lungs breathing. Ruach is the instinct that makes you for example look for shelter when caught by a rainstorm. Neshamah is the closest to our Ego. It is saying „I, me, mine“ and is a conscious and separate self. Chayyah is the beginning of cosmic consciousness. Chayyah understands that everything is connected, yet it also feels itself as a separate entity, but in unity with the whole. READ MORE