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Judgement Regarding Water
Water. It is as precious as it is ordinary. Water is essential for life, as we know it, to exist. At the same time, water can be extremely dangerous. More than 70% of the earth is covered by water.

The Midrash indicates that the water of the deep "wants" to cover the earth, and it is only G-d's continual mercy that prevents that from happening. In Israel, as in some other places in the world, the summer is dry and the winter is the rainy season, when, in a good year, enough rain falls to fill the aquafiers and replenish the other water storage for the year. The second Mishna in Rosh HaShana ends U'VaChag, nidonim al haMayim - "on Sukkot, we are judged regarding water". It is logical, since the season of Sukkot is the begining of the rainy season. Many of the symbols mentioned in my previous post have to do with water. Aravot are described in the verse as Arvei Nachal, brook willow; the Etrog needs a tremendous amount of water to grow - indeed, there is an opinion in the Talmud (R"H 35a) that Pri Etz Hadar ("Fruit of a beautiful tree") evokes the greek word "Hydra", for water.

When the Beit HaMikdash existed, there was a special water libation, in addition to the normal wine libation. A special ceremony was held when the water was drawn, called the Simchat Beit HaSho'eiva- literally "The joy of the place of drawing water". Today, this is evoked in Jerusalem by live bands and people dancing in the streets nightly. Over the course of Sukkot, the Torah mandated a total of 70 bulls that were offered as Mussafim (extra offerings). The Talmud (Sukkah 55b) teaches that these were brought "for the (merit of the) 70 nations of the world." Rashi comments: "To bring forgiveness for them, so that rain shall fall all over the earth." When the Temple stood, willow branches were brought and leaned against the Mizbayach (altar) during Sukkot. The Shofar was blown and the Kohanim (priests) would walk around the altar and recite the prayer Hosha Na - "Please, bring salvation." Then the people would come in and wave the aravot. On the seventh day of Sukkot (the last day of Chol HaMoed), the altar was encircled seven times. As a "Zecher L'Mikdash" - to remember this mitzvah, we walk around the Bima in the synagogue, once each day and seven times on the seventh day of Sukkot - Hoshana Rabba - "The Great Hoshana". After the seventh Hakafa (encirclement), the Lulav and Etrog are laid aside, 5 new Aravot (called "Hoshanot") are taken, and beaten against the floor or the Bima. Certain insertions are made in the morning prayers that are only recited on Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, and the Chazan (leader of the services) dons a Kittel (the white shroud-like garment that is worn on Yom Kippur).

Many people have the practice of staying up late and studying Torah in the Sukka on the night of Hoshana Rabba. On Shmini Atzeret, during the Chazan's repetition of the Mussaf prayer, he again dons a Kittel and leads the congregation in Tefilat haGeshem, a special prayer for rain. Near the climax, we chant, LiVracha V'Lo L'Klala - "for a blessing, and not for a curse". Certainly, this year, we have seen clearly what rains of curse can really mean. May this year be one of rains that are for a blessing.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Indonesia, home of the 'tolerant' Islam
Indonesian Christians attacked at prayer
A group of Christian worshipers praying on a street was attacked on Sunday, October 16, in Jatimulya, East Bekasi, in West Java. The outdoor worship was the only option for these Christians since their church building had recently been forced to close.

In an e-mail message, one of the Christians said: “Christians came from three churches that were ordered closed by Jatimulya Mayor five weeks ago on the instigation of a radical Muslim group calling itself the Alliance against Apostasy."

“The constitution of Indonesia guarantees freedom of religion, but with their buildings closed and forbidden to meet for worship in private homes, Christians have had to gather in the streets each Sunday in order to worship together," the e-mail message lamented.

Last Sunday, Christians gathered at their usual spot on one street, but found that 300 Muslims had taken over the section. They moved elsewhere and began praying. However, they had been followed by a group of Muslim extremists who then started to insult and mock them, demanding they immediately stop their meeting. A female church leader was pushed and shoved until she fell. The Christians then decided to disperse and meet for prayer on the following day.

This incident of violence and intimidation is but the latest in a series of attacks against Indonesian Christians. Just on October 11 extremists broke into a house in western Jakarta to stop people from reciting the Rosary. Similarly, Muslim extremists have forced some 30 Protestant home churches to close.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Guess who's adopting orphans in Pakistan
The Muttehida Majlis-e-Amal, an alliance of six pro-Taliban religious parties, has given a countrywide call through mosque loudspeakers, banners and pamphlets, to adopt children orphaned in the October 8 earthquake.

'We have come to know that the [Pervez] Musharraf regime has decided to hand over the orphans and unaccompanied children to Christian missionaries and the Aga Khan Development Network,' said Naimatullah Khan, the former mayor of Karachi.

AKDN, which plays a key role in primary/secondary level education in Pakistan, has been given the task of revamping the curriculum, and the jihadis are venomous about it. They accuse it of promoting secularism and eliminating jihad through the new curriculum expected to be implemented soon.

'We will not tolerate this. It is an international conspiracy to bring Muslim children into the fold of Christianity and secularism. We urge you to leave your children with us if you are unable to raise them. We will provide them a good future,' said Khan.
A good future in jihad. How lovely. Read the whole thing here: Jihadis to adopt quake orphans
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia
In North Korea, where a famine killed over two million people and where rice, corn, and wheat are being rationed again, orchids and begonias were cross-bred to make two special flowers in honour of the Dear Leaders: Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia: North Korea's Flowers of Evil. I hope they're edible.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
A Country Of Spammers
This is kinda sad: Nigeria to jail spammers. Some of the Nigerian spam is priceless, and really, who in this day and age would fall for this?
This money is Ten Millon Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars which was deposited some years ago by my father he made me the sole beneficiary/next of kin to the money. I am now asking you to stand on my behalf to make this claim for the bank,am a girl and too young in age cann't handle this can of transaction,i want you to stand as my foregin partner oversea and also to help me investment the money as well send me your telephone number and pictures ok....
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
'Kinky for governor! Why the hell not?'
Some people run for high political office because it appeals to their vanity. Some run because they believe they can really win. When Kinky Friedman, hitherto known as an eccentric Jewish cowboy singer turned mystery novelist, is asked why he is campaigning as an independent in next year's Texas governor's race, he likes to respond with a question: "How hard can it be?"
I can't resist politicians with a sense of humour, they're a rare phenomenon: Kinky, a good ol' cigar-chomping, Jewish cowboy, might soon be running Texas
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