Jewish Xenophobia

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BoogieMonster (December 07, 2010, 15:06:58 PM):
Since we're having a slow news-month so far...

Fifty Israeli rabbis have signed an open letter warning Jews not to rent or sell property to non-Jews, saying those who do should be "ostracised", a copy of the letter showed on Tuesday.

"In answer to the many questions, we say that it is forbidden in the Torah to sell a house or a field in the land of Israel to a foreigner," says the letter, referring to the Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Bible.

I guess it could be in the "religion" section, however this also smacks of good old racism (IMHO the true word for "xenophobia").
Watookal (December 07, 2010, 15:38:48 PM):
I know what circumcised is, but ostracised is a big word; and an ostrich is ‘n groot voël. Oh, the also say later in the article "Anyone who sells (property to a non-Jew) must be cut off!!"

OK, not relevant, but the whole matter seems laughable to me. I mean, who wrote this “Pentateuch, or the first five books of the Bible.”

BoogieMonster (December 07, 2010, 15:43:52 PM):
I find your humour truly cuts to the core of the issue. It removes any unnecessary fat from the equation and just leaves you with the meat.

Who wrote it? Dead towelheads?
Brian (December 07, 2010, 15:58:51 PM):
it is unknown who wrote the Pentateuch although it's credited to Moses...strange though as the Pentateuch speaks of his death! Certainly was not him but the result of thousands of years of oral history...there were for example different gods (northern tradition and southern tradition) no evidence of the destruction on Canaan under Joshua etc etc. Most of the legends were written in Homerian and Herodotic narrative style, legends, myths, demons, angels and gods galore...mostly folklore and not intended as a historic document.
Griet (December 27, 2010, 18:13:22 PM):
All history has been influenced by folklore, angels, beasts, gods, legends, demons and so forth. Likewise narratives contain some sort of history. The Pentateuch (as other parts of the Scriptures) share narratives that can be found in other (like Egyptian) writtings. This supports the fact that they were influenced by fabels and folklore.
No man is an island, and this goes for writing too.


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