Ancient Jewish scroll now legible


This video says about itself:

How to open an ancient scroll without touching it | Science News

21 September 2016

Researchers describe the digital steps it took to unwrap a charred, roughly 1,700-year-old scroll and read its ancient Biblical text.

Credit: Seth Parker, Univ. of Kentucky.

From Science News:

Digital rehab exposes Biblical roots of ancient Israeli scroll

Virtual unwrapping reveals Hebrew text inside fragile artifact

by Bruce Bower

2:00pm, September 21, 2016

Researchers have digitally unwrapped and read an ancient Hebrew scroll that’s so charred it can’t be touched without falling apart. It turns out the document contains the oldest known Biblical text outside of the roughly 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls, the investigators say.

Archaeologists discovered the scroll’s remnants in a synagogue’s holy ark during a 1970 excavation in Israel of En-Gedi, a Jewish community destroyed by fire around 600.

In a series of digital steps, slices from a 3-D scan of the En-Gedi scroll were analyzed to bring letters and words into relief on a pieced-together, virtual page. Those images revealed passages from the book of Leviticus written in ink on the scroll’s disintegrating sheets. Radiocarbon results date the scroll to approximately 300, making it the earliest copy of an Old Testament book ever found in a holy ark, scientists report September 21 in Science Advances.

This computerized recovery and conservation process can now be used to retrieve other ancient documents “from the brink of oblivion,” the researchers say.

Jews, Christians support Muslims threatened by nazis


Nazi letter to mosques

Translated from Dutch daily Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant, 28 February 2016:

The Dutch Union for Progressive Judaism wishes the Muslim community strength required after threatening letters last week have been delivered to various mosques. ‘We need each other’.

In the letters are depicted a swastika and the eagle of Nazi Germany, accompanied by the text ‘Soon, you will get important visitors!! Pigs. Anti-Islam. Islam is a false and diabolical religion.’

Solidarity

‘The Jewish community knows where this may ultimately lead to. It again shows how Muslims and Jews need each other,’ the progressive Jews write in a letter to Muslim communities and mosques. ‘The threats with swastikas and pigs are offensive, insulting and lead to feelings of solidarity among Jews.’

In the letter the Jews show solidarity with the Muslims. ‘We wish the Muslims in our country strength and resistance against these unacceptable attacks,’ they write.

The Union for Progressive Judaism is a denomination in which ten progressive Jewish communities are united. It was established in 1931.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The Central Jewish Board strongly condemns the recent threats and physical violence against Dutch mosques. ‘This will create a climate in which freedom of ideas of personal belief is becoming increasingly difficult,’ according to a statement.

Translated from daily De Gelderlander in the Netherlands, 27 February 2016:

The Council of Churches of Nijmegen and the Council for Values and Religion Nijmegen are shocked by the threatening letters received by several mosques. ‘We immediately expressed our solidarity to known contacts in the mosques in Nijmegen’ Paul Oosterhoff, diaconal minister in Nijmegen, said.

Muslims, Jews commemorate Paris victims together


This video from the USA says about itself:

‘Why Don’t Moderate Muslims Condemn Terrorism?’ – They Do.

10 January 2015

Every time an extremist who is Muslim commits an act of terrorism, people ask where the moderate Muslim voices condemning violence are.

(Interestingly, as a Jew, I don’t usually get asked to condemn extremism when it is perpetuated by Jewish fundamentalists like Baruch Goldstein, who shot 29 praying Muslims do death, and injured 125, at the Cave of the Patriarchs, or Yigal Amir, who killed Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.) And the same thing is happening following this week’s deplorable, pathetic, and tragic killing of 12 people at the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

Read more here.

NOS TV in the Netherlands reports today that this afternoon, 14:15, a demonstration to commemorate the victims of the Paris violence will start at the Al Kabir mosque in the Pijp neighbourhood in Amsterdam; it will finish at Casa Migrante. Amsterdam synagogues and mosques organise this demonstration together.

In The Hague today, Muslims and Jews will together present flowers at the French embassy.

Analysis of the Paris violence by the Angry Arab blog: here.

Lebanon observed a day of mourning Friday for 43 people killed in a a pair of suicide bombings that rocked the southern Beirut working-class suburb of Bourj el-Barajneh on Thursday evening. The savage bombings, which targeted a busy commercial and residential street at the peak of evening rush hour, also left at least another 239 people wounded, according to the Lebanese Health Ministry, and the death toll is expected to rise. The first bomb was detonated outside the entrance to a school. The street surrounding it was filled with families gathering after the end of the workday. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, which included a third suicide bomber who was killed in the blasts before he could detonate his explosives. It was the bloodiest attack that has been seen in Lebanon since the end of its 15-year civil war in 1990: here.

Women banned from driving, after Saudi Arabia, London


This September 2011 video from the USA is about women in Saudi Arabia.

Do I really have to point out to those ultra-orthodox rabbis in London, that, just like the ban on women driving cars is not in the Quran (not even in the Saudi royal family‘s copies of the Quran … well, it is not Saudi law either … but still, Saudi women get flogged and jailed for driving), it is not in the Torah, or in the Talmud, either …

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Leaders of Jewish Hasidic sect in Stamford Hill ‘ban’ women from driving

Letter signed by Belz rabbis also reportedly said children driven to school by women would be banned from classes

Heather Saul

Thursday 28 May 2015

The leaders of an Orthodox Jewish sect in north London have reportedly declared that women should not be allowed to drive in a letter sent out to the community.

Rabbis from the Belz Hasidic sect in Stamford Hill have said women driving cars contravenes “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp” and goes against the conventions of hasidic institutions, according to a report by the Jewish Chronicle (JC)

The letter, which was signed by Belz educational leaders, also said women would be banned from their schools if their mothers drove them there from August.

It cited increasing numbers of “mothers of pupils who have started to drive” which it said had led to “great resentment among parents of pupils of our institutions”.

Stamford Hill’s residents are predominately Hasidic Jewish and only New York is believed to have a larger community of Hasidic Jews outside of Israel.

Dina Brawer, UK Ambassador of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, confirmed she had seen a copy of the letter to The Independent.

“The instinct behind such a draconian ban is one of power and control, of men over women,” she told JC. “In this sense it is no different from the driving ban on women in Saudi Arabia. That it masquerades as a halachic imperative is shameful and disturbing.”

Pupils at illegal ultra-Orthodox Jewish faith school almost drowned after being taken on hiking trip in Dover. Exclusive: Documents from local authority Hackney council, seen by ‘The Independent’, show they have known about the illegal school since 2011 but have not acted to successfully shut it down: here.

Jews, Muslims together against violence


This 25 March 2014 video is about Jews and Muslims demonstrating together against Geert Wilders‘ xenophobic PVV party in Amsterdam.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Jews and Muslims marching together against aggression

Today, 15:50

About 200 people this afternoon are walking from the synagogue on the Jonas Daniel Meijer Square in Amsterdam to the Weesperzijde mosque. The organizers of the solidarity walk oppose aggression against places of worship and are against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

Other religious and non-religious parties also have rallied behind the initiative.

In the rally Jews, Muslims and other Amsterdam people participate. Both at the mosque and at the synagogue speeches will be held and flowers will be laid.

Hundreds of Norwegian Muslims form human shield to protect Jewish Synagogue in Oslo: here.

Auto-incorrect: Google changes ‘Muslims report terrorism’ to ‘support terrorism’: here.

United States rabbi on Michael Brown’s death


This video from the USA says about itself:

New York Jewish Community Sings and Protests for Eric Garner

5 December 2014

A coalition of the Upper West Side Jewish community blocked traffic at the intersection of 96 and Broadway and sang Oseh Shalom in support of Eric Garner as NYPD and SWAT arrived.

From the Jewish Journal in the USA:

Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis: Why Ferguson matters to Jews, and what makes a rabbi’s life well-lived

by Janice Kaminer-Reznik

8 hours ago

Rabbi Schulweis was not just our rabbi and teacher and not just a social philosopher and idea generator; and, he was not just the man who called on our community to start an organization to fight genocide. For Jewish World Watch he has been so much more. He has been was an active leader in realizing the organization’s vision, day-in day-out for the past decade. …

He loved speaking with the priests, headmasters and students in Catholic and Christian schools; he forged our relationship with the Armenian community, making sure that JWW would become the first Jewish organization to support long overdue legislation (which sadly, still has not been enacted), recognizing the Armenian genocide. …

Of all of the visits and conversations I have had with Rabbi Schulweis, it is our very last conversation less than two weeks ago that was perhaps the most profound. It will stay with me forever. Already in quite a weakened state, Rabbi Schulweis was notably agitated about the events that lead to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri, and the chokehold that killed Eric Garner in New York. He said that these police practices are intolerable and racially biased. He asked why he was not hearing a louder voice of protest from the American Jewish community.

Rabbi Schulweis was a man who simply could not tolerate injustice…even as his heart was fading — even as he knew his end was near…he would not give up his pursuit of and for justice. And his expectation of us was clear as well— to continue this sacred work:

“The fringes of the tallit placed on my body are torn, for the dead cannot praise You, O Lord.
The dead have no mitzvot.
But your tallit is whole and you are alive and alive you are called to mitzvot.
You can choose, you can act, you can transform the world.”

Eric Garner & Michael Brown News: More than 200 Children Stage Die-In in Busy Philadelphia Street to Protest Legal Injustices: here.

A MASS of demonstrators chanting: “Black lives matter” converged in the Mall of America rotunda in Minnesota on Saturday as part of the continuing nationwide protest against police brutality: here.

ACLU sues Kansas City Public Schools for punishing the Ferguson-related silent protest at Lincoln Prep: here.

How women are leading the #BlackLivesMatter movement: here.

The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in the Ferguson County in the U.S state of Missouri four months ago and ensuing widespread protests drew mixed, particularly critical, reactions from the international community: here.