This week's features:


Why the "Palestinians" keep killing

Make a Muslim apologist's head explode?


Something to think about and smile about

A man and his dog were walking along a road.
The man was enjoying the scenery, when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. 
He remembered dying, and that the dog walking beside him had been dead for years.
He wondered where the road was leading them.
After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of the road.
It looked like fine marble. At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch that glowed in the sunlight.
When he was standing before it he saw a magnificent gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl, and the street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.
He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.
When he was close enough, he called out, 'Excuse me, where are we?'

'This is Heaven, sir,' the man answered.
'Wow! Would you happen to have some water?' the man asked.
'Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up.'
The man gestured, and the gate began to open.
'Can my friend,' gesturing toward his dog, 'come in, too?' the traveller asked.
'I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.'
The man thought a moment and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been going with his dog.
After another long walk, and at the top of another long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed.
There was no fence.
As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a book.
'Excuse me!' he called to the man. 'Do you have any water?'
Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there, come on in.'
'How about my friend here?' the traveler gestured to the dog.
'There should be a bowl by the pump.'
They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.
The traveller filled the water bowl and took a long drink himself,then he gave some to the dog.
When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward the man who was standing by the tree.

'What do you call this place?' the traveller asked.
'This is Heaven,' he answered.
'Well, that's confusing,' the traveller said. 'The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.'
'Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? ? Nope. That's hell.'
'Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?'
'No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would leave their best friends behind.'
Soooooooooooooooooo ..
Sometimes, we wonder why friends keep forwarding jokes to us without writing a word.
Maybe this will explain.
When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch, guess what you do?
You forward jokes.
When you have nothing to say, but still want to keep contact, you forward jokes.
When you have something to say, but don't know what, and don't know how, you forward jokes.
Also to let you know that you are still remembered, you are still important, you are still cared for, guess what you get? …………. A forwarded joke.

So, next time if you get a joke, don't think that you've been sent just another forwarded joke, but that you've been thought of today and your friend on the other end of your computer wanted to send you a smile.
You are all welcome @ my water bowl anytime....

Jewish educational sites abound. This is not that sort of site. I am interested in Biblical historiography and Torah, p'shat. I do not mean simply the history of the Biblical documents, so called Higher (or Source) Criticism (though that is quite interesting too), but the degree to which the oral and written traditions of the Bible reflect verifiable historical events and/or social memories.

And, make no mistake, the Bible contains very substantial oral traditions, even if it was dictated whole at Sinai. The entire contents of Bereishit  and a substantial portion of Shmot occur before the Sinatic Revelation and, therefore, predate the earliest conceivable date for the Torah. Ezekiel Kaufman (The Religion of Israel) argues persuasively that many life-style mitzvot in the Torah actually go back as far as Abraham, Archaeology verifies this (see Diver's Who Were They Ancient Israelites and Where Did They Come From?). On the Documentary Hypothesis, of course, the entire Bible was passed on orally for centuries after the Sinatic Revelation.

Werner Keller’s The Bible as History (first edition) also impressed me. This book, as I recall, had a contemporary photo of commercial manna still being offered for sale in Egypt. It also showed how Israel’s route out of Egypt neatly skirted many known Egyptian fortification. With this in mind, the phrase “least they see war” becomes simple to understand.

I've also found DVDs and streaming videos on subjects of interest to me or to chaverim (like how to tie tzitzit when a friend had one corner of his tallit come undone). I began recommending them to friends and acquaintances. You know how it goes, one thing just leads to another ....

So, this site collects and, at least in small measure, organizes this information. I think these links worth a "look-see."

Try it. You'll understand why the internet is rightly know as "the black hole of time."

What you'll find here:

As I find new, interesting items, I'll be adding them here. So, check back now and again to see what's new.

© shParker 2016