“Theirs is the Highest and Purest Democracy…” The Sermon of Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn at Iwo Jima

17 Mar

The Sermon of Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn at Iwo Jima

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Rabbi Roland Gittelson, Chaplain Corps U.S. Navy

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I have been serving in the military for almost 36 years between the Army and the Navy, and I have been a chaplain for almost 25 of those years. Over six of those years as a Navy Chaplain were spent serving with the Marine Corps. Rabbi Roland Gittelson volunteered to serve as a Navy Chaplain in the Second World War and like many Navy Chaplains he was assigned to serve with the Marines. He was the first Rabbi to serve with the Marines.

He went ashore with the 5th Marine Division at Iwo Jima. The battle was one of the most brutal ever fought by the Marines. In the month long battle for the 8.1 square mile island the Marines and Navy suffered nearly 7,000 men killed and 19,000 wounded. Over 18,000 of the island’s Japanese defenders died…

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”… And He is the Forgiving, the Loving . . . Ve O, Gafur’dur (mağfiret edendir), Vedûd’dur (çok sevendir) . . . (Surah al-Buruj, 14)

13 Mar

God’s Mercy Endures forever and is for All People Everywhere.

YA BAKİ ENTEL BAKİ

A person’s most useful asset is not the head full of knowledge, but a heart full of love, an ear ready to listen and a hand willing to help.

PROMISES OF ALLAH TO THE BELIEVERS:

1. But, We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars. [Quran, 29: 3]

2. “And if only the people of the cities had believed and feared Allah, We would have opened upon them blessings from the heaven and the earth; but they denied [the messengers], so We seized them for what they were earning.” [Quran, 7: 96]

3. “And from wherever you go out [for prayer], turn your face toward al-Masjid al-Haram. And wherever you [believers] may be, turn your faces toward it in order that the people will not have any argument against you, except for those…

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Trump and the Evangelical “Outburst of Folly”

13 Mar

Evangelicals are the modern day Pharisees and Saducees.

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As I watch those who bend over backwards to defend the indefensible actions and words of President Trump, especially those who are very prominent “Christian” leaders I shake my head.

The naked aggression and reveling in their new found political power seems to have made many Evangelical Christians fools who will sacrifice all to bow in obeisance to a man who while delivering what they want, mocks the very Savior that they say they serve.

Observing this I am reminded of the words of the German Pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer who died at the hands of the Nazis in Flossenburg Concentration Camp on April 9th 1944 on the express order of Adolf Hitler. From prison…

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Thank You

11 Mar

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Cheche Winnie Kenyan Environmental Activist and Advocate

Fighting for the preservation and protection of Kenyan flora and fauna

There is a moon inside every human being. Learn to be companions with it . . . Her insanın içinde bir ay var , onunla dost olmayı öğren. RUMI

5 Mar

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Adjusting to the Worship of Power: Evangelicalism in 2018

4 Mar

Worship of power will lead to destruction

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

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One of the most frightening things to me as a historian who happens of claim to be a Christian is the propensity for the Church and its leaders to be attracted to the worship of power and all of its folly. This has been the case since Constantine made Christianity the State religion of the Roman Empire. Leaders of the church in every place and clime as well as almost every denomination have cozied up to rulers in the pursuit of power almost always to the detriment the Church and sometimes their nation. The hierarchies of different churches were in the forefront of the extermination of supposed “heretics,” the persecution of non-state favored religions, the slave trade, the conquest, subjugation, and extermination of indigenous peoples in the Americas, Africa, parts of Asia; they were often the supporters of disastrous wars, and at home…

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Suiseki: The Japanese Art of Stone Appreciation, by Richard Whittaker

3 Mar

http://m.dailygood.org/story/1796/suiseki-the-japanese-art-of-stone-appreciation-richard-whittaker/

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