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Old 03-14-2019, 10:39 AM
 
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Ok, not really intending to discuss shark meatís kashrus.

Is it mutually agreed upon by all the regulars I n this forum, no matter our backgrounds or level of observance, that anti Semitism world wide is at an increased enough level that we Jews should be at least somewhat worried?

Are you worried? Are you beginning to feel somewhat cornered with Israel also under attack with both rockets and political rhetoric? Have you at least once thought to yourself itís time to start doing tíshuva? How serious is this, and do you see things calming back down soon enough? If itís just cyclical, then how long will this last and what needs to happen for that to be? Does Hashem send us anti Semitism and if so, why? What are we meant to learn from it?

 
Old 03-14-2019, 03:37 PM
 
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Yes, I'm worried. For the first time ever, my wife has said she would consider making aliyah if it continues to get worse.

Personally, I don't think those people are sent from God; I think we as a people unsettle and seem a mystery to non-Jews, and people hate what they don't understand. And people in power (whether political, religious, or social) have, for millennia, understood the benefit of uniting peoples' hatred towards a common enemy.

That we suffer from this affliction might very well His will.

T'shuva certainly doesn't hurt (and we should be focused on it anyway), but I think the key is for us to remain living our lives by Torah and being always a "light unto the nations". We will continue be a people that, while a small portion to the world, outlasts our persecutors and continues on.
 
Old 03-16-2019, 12:25 AM
 
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Is leviathan meet kosher?
 
Old 03-16-2019, 05:55 PM
 
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It doesn't have scales so no.
 
Old 03-16-2019, 07:26 PM
 
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A possibly relevant reference:
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There is another religious hymn recited on the festival of Shavuot (celebrating the giving of the Torah), known as Akdamut, wherein it says: "...The sport with the Leviathan and the ox (Behemoth)...When they will interlock with one another and engage in combat, with his horns the Behemoth will gore with strength, the fish [Leviathan] will leap to meet him with his fins, with power. Their Creator will approach them with his mighty sword [and slay them both]." Thus, "from the beautiful skin of the Leviathan, God will construct canopies to shelter the righteous, who will eat the meat of the Behemoth [ox] and the Leviathan amid great joy and merriment, at a huge banquet that will be given for them." Some rabbinical commentators say these accounts are allegorical (Artscroll siddur, p. 719), or symbolic of the end of conflict.
In a legend recorded in the Midrash called Pirke de-Rabbi Eliezer it is stated that the whale which swallowed Jonah narrowly avoided being eaten by the Leviathan, which generally eats one whale each day. In a hymn by Kalir, the Leviathan is a serpent that surrounds the earth and has its tail in its mouth, like the Greek Ouroboros and the Nordic Midgard Serpent.
Legend has it that in the banquet after the end of conflict, the carcass of the leviathan will be served as a meal, along with the behemoth and the ziz.
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Old 03-16-2019, 09:56 PM
 
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In Mitzrayim, the Jews were accused of dual loyalty. Achashveirus and Haman in Megillas Esther we same the same accusation of dual loyalty. Now a prominent member of a current US political party, from the great state of Minnesota, again accuses us of dual loyalty. And furthermore, when she does so, she convinces her fellow politicians to pass a resolution against Islamaphobia as well as other forms of hatred - but no specific mention of the uniqueness of anti Semitism.

Folks, if youíre not scared. You should be.

Achashveirus threw a party a year before the drama in our Purim story. He invited all the different nations and people types who lived in Shushan to the party and even had his chefs prepare specific cultural foods for each group. The Jews came too - the wine was fully kosher. (Adapted from an idea I read from Rabbi Benjamin Blech): Do you think Achashveirus could have created a resolution ďdenying all forms of hatred, bigotry and IslamaphobiaĒ and would the people of Shushan have passed it resoundingly? For sure! And exactly one year later, you find a Haman with a writ in his hands with full permission to ethnically cleanse every Jew in the land.

Please G-d one year from today we donít have the colleagues of that Congresswoman from MN and all her peers seeking a writ to destroy us too. Thatís how thin the balance is. 1 year from resolution to annihilation.
 
Old 03-17-2019, 04:19 PM
 
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It doesn't have scales so no.
a shark does have scales.

And its skin has little value.
Look closer and look for the lack of qualities a shark represents. Even if a sharks diet is ignored. There are some who are fearless. The tiger shark for example.
Hmmm shark steak.
 
Old 03-18-2019, 03:16 AM
 
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a shark does have scales.

And its skin has little value.
Look closer and look for the lack of qualities a shark represents. Even if a sharks diet is ignored. There are some who are fearless. The tiger shark for example.
Hmmm shark steak.
No, they really donít have scales...
 
Old 03-18-2019, 08:46 AM
 
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If you ever wanted to see people responding to a thread after reading nothing but title, this one is for you.
 
Old 03-18-2019, 02:18 PM
 
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Well, the whole thread is not for me, but if you think that there is something wrong with responding to the title, you might want to spend some time pondering both your navel and the function of titles.
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