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Mar.15.2012
History puts a date on the first Diaspora from the Land of Israel, also known as the Babylonian exile, as 586 B.C.E. The Second Diaspora from the Land of Israel came after Christianity took hold. Jews that were not banished from the land of Israel packed up and left on their own accord. This...
suellen-ocean's picture
Mar.11.2012
Diaspora is the Greek word for “a scattering.” An old dictionary I have, defines Diaspora in two ways. One definition is, “Jews scattered through the Old World after the Exile” and the other is “Jewish Christians of the apostolic age living among the heathen”.   Suellen Ocean is the author of...
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Mar.09.2012
The occasion was an unusual one because Son Guy and I stayed up so late last night that we slept into the afternoon, missing our coffee date with Son Jason.   Fortunately, Guy saved the day by completing his cooking of a huge, beautiful Boeuf Bourguignon, which we ate in the early evening....
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Mar.06.2012
This evening, I watched an extraordinary political event.  After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nentanyahu's address to  American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Republican Minority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) delivered a pledge to the group that he would...
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Feb.24.2012
Solomon was the king of the two kingdoms, Israel and Judah, during the 10th century B.C. Solomon's Seal is a six-pointed star that is a mystic symbol used to protect its bearer. Used as an ornament or charm to ward off evil and to protect one from ill health, Solomon's Seal is also seen cut or...
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Feb.22.2012
In Hebrew it is "Shelomoh" and in French it is "shalom" which means "peace". Known for his great wisdom, Solomon was the king of the two kingdoms, Israel and Judah, during the 10th century B.C. He was a prolific writer including the book of the bible, Proverbs. Solomon's father was King David, the...
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Feb.12.2012
When did the mantra “never again” become “here we go again?”  Here is one nation (Iran) vowing to wipe another nation (Israel) off the map. This intended destruction is based solely on religious hatred towards Jews. Iran and Israel share no borders, and Israel is not intent on stealing Iran’s...
suellen-ocean's picture
Feb.06.2012
As I read about the ancient kingdoms of Sumer, Ur, Babylon, Akkad, etc, it's amazing how world politics don't seem to have changed. Kingdoms that grew strong enough to overpower a larger kingdom did so. Babylon, which was once a glorious kingdom was eventually laid to waste as a "backwater of...
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Feb.03.2012
An ark is a chest. The Ark of the Covenant is a wooden chest the ancient Israelites made to hold the Tablets of the words of "the law". The story goes that the chest was made because of a command the Lord gave to Moses. It is also called The Ark of God, Ark of God of Israel, Ark of the Testimony,...
alex-fraser's picture
Feb.03.2012
Groundhog's Day cast a sinister shadow upon our future today.  No, not that large rodent -- but Leon Panetta, our sad looking Minister of Defense.  He speculated in private, and then in public, that Israel, in its refusal to allow Iran an atomic program,  intends to attack Iran in...