South America’s Wisdom Lacking In North America: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

Emperor Meiji [about Katsumoto]:Tell me how he died. Nathan Algren:I will tell you how he lived. last samurai if you want to teach people to “get along”, you teach people to “get along”. teaching tolerance through educating about division and depraved conduct is a futile endeavor. precious resources in the united states are being wastedContinue reading “South America’s Wisdom Lacking In North America: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

Museums of (In)Tolerance: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

martin luther, who lived in the 15th and 16th centuries, took issue with the catholic church’s practice of indulgences. an indulgence was essentially a monetary penalty intended to absolve one of past sins: payoffs for bad conduct. this same martin luther, centuries before the ww ii holocaust, made history as a virulent anti-semite. this soContinue reading “Museums of (In)Tolerance: A Ten Commandments’ Tale”

The State of California’s Unofficial Jewish Ethnic Studies Program: Session III: A Ten Commandments’ Project

many ethnic groups have rites of passage into adulthood. the jewish people’s rite of passage is called a “bnei mitzvah.” a rough translation is child of the commandment or law. it is a called “bat mitzvah” for girls and “bar mitzvah” for boys. jewish children, at approximately 12-13 years of age, will undergo this riteContinue reading “The State of California’s Unofficial Jewish Ethnic Studies Program: Session III: A Ten Commandments’ Project”

The State of California’s Unofficial Jewish Ethnic Studies Program: Session II: A Ten Commandments’ Project

rituals can define an ethnic group. this session with discuss the notion of ritual, the origins of rituals, and how a ritual can shape an ethnic community. per merriam webster, a ritual is defined by “the established form for a ceremony or an act.” the jewish people were founded upon ritual. the first central ritualContinue reading “The State of California’s Unofficial Jewish Ethnic Studies Program: Session II: A Ten Commandments’ Project”

The State of California’s Unofficial Jewish Ethnic Studies Program: Session I: A Ten Commandments’ Project

ethnic groups may have origin stories. the jewish people’ origin story is written in an ancient text called the torah. the torah is also known as the five books of moses. the torah tells of a man, abraham or abram, who is consider judaism’s patriarch judaism. his wife, sarah or sara, is the matriarch. abrahamContinue reading “The State of California’s Unofficial Jewish Ethnic Studies Program: Session I: A Ten Commandments’ Project”