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Comment on Open Flatbush Reunions – End Censorship and Alumni Profiling by smoking habitbest

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 10:43:13 +0000

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Comment on Ashkenazi Privilege Checklist by Michele Bass

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 16:15:30 +0000

My Mother is from Casablanca, Morocco; when she tried to enroll me in a Hillel Jewish Day School, she was told she couldn't be Jewish, since she didn't look, speak or act like them. Her father was a Rabbi, yet She was still obliged to explain her Jewish customs to try to convince them of her Jewishness. This was many many decades ago, hopefully they've "Come up for air" as my Mom always said.



Comment on Freund’s Business of Farming Jews by “Am I my brother’s keeper?”: When it comes to the conversos, where have the Sephardim been? | David Ramírez

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:02:21 +0000

[…] 2009, I published an article in JVoices[13] relating the saga of modern-day Portuguese conversos trying to recover their Jewish identity. […]



Comment on Freund’s Business of Farming Jews by “¿Soy yo acaso guarda de mi hermano?”: Cuando se trata de los conversos, donde han estado los sefardíes? | David Ramírez

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:59:40 +0000

[…] 2009, publiqué un artículo en JVoices[13] con relación a la saga reciente de conversos portugueses que intentaron recuperar su identidad […]



Comment on Black Jews from Across the Globe Gather to Discuss our Heritage by Barajas

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 04:44:09 +0000

Black Jews love Judaism, but for african-americans Jews they connect being Jewish to Africa, and that is not true. Most orthodox Jews won't accept black Jews because they still bring in some pagan practices not allowed in the synagogue service. Jews do have a physical appearance, they have the middle eastern appearance, like africans have the african appearance, europeans have the european look. So in some sense as a Gentile, I don't feel that black Jews are converting for the right reasons. First of all, they want to convert, because some of them have Jewish blood, or because they just want to be saved and show off the world that they can speak Hebrew and be better than other people. There only interest is to get recognized, and not truly be spiritual like the great Rabbis, like the Vilna Goan, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, or like the Alter Rebbe these are true Jews who have reached great spiritual heights.



Comment on On Dr. King’s Legacy and American Jewish Segregation: A Moment of Honesty by Debrosha McCants

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:56:15 +0000

WHERE ARE THESE AFRICAN AMERICAN SYNAGOGUES YOU ARE REFERRING TO?



Comment on Memory in Song by John Starr

Sun, 15 Sep 2013 00:54:55 +0000

today, Yom Kippur, wanted to check out after thinking about cantor y'Shaya Grama, and was saddened to find help that he had died in 2007. My wife Donna and I will miss him sadly and will not only remember his voice. He and his wife would go well with us for dinner as well and she was truly a FUN GUY. John Starr, md



Comment on Freund’s Business of Farming Jews by David Ramirez

Mon, 19 Aug 2013 01:21:18 +0000

Ms. Castelar, Freund and I wrote a response after this missive was written. On my response I provide the proof (see link below), which are embedded in the text with hyperlinks. Best regards. http://jvoices.com/2009/04/24/freund-and-ramirez-respond/



Comment on Memory in Song by Cantor Steven Hevenstone

Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:26:49 +0000

Life is a circle, and after all of these years I can see it is so. I am sitting in my new office at my new Synagogue as Cantor here at Dix Hills Jewish Center in Dix Hills, NY. Once again this morning I was thinking of Y'Shaya. This past weekend I had my first Shabbat here at DHJC and I could hear Y'Shaya's voice in my head. His whimsical smile on his face and the joy he had whenever he davened. It is a joy that I myself express when I daven. We came to Adon Olam and my oldest son (who is on break from College in Florida where he attends) sang Adon Olam with me - the Sol Zim version which I sang with Y'Shaya and even (at times) David Srebnick (as I listed above in 2007). There are moments in life when those who have inspired us throughout our lives feel closer - and I felt him there with me. I still miss you my brother, my mentor, my friend - though know that every note I sing, every song I compose or arrange, every Congregant and person that I can touch through my music is touched by you - thank you for making me the Cantor I am today....



Comment on Freund’s Business of Farming Jews by Clara Castelar

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 19:27:15 +0000

Mr. Ramirez fails to provide hard evidence for his claims. I find his tone arch, supercilious and irritating . He speaks condescendingly of the Belmonte B'nei Anoussim. Where does he get off calling them beggars? Many organisations solicit funds without earning such a despicable label. I would like to see a similar article by a true authority on B'nei Anousssim--Anita Novinsky, Shulamith HaLevy, Paulo Valadares, Inacio Steinhardt, for example--who believes in fact checking, stats and such. We B'nei Anoussim are a diverse group. We can speak for ourselves, we can think independently. We are neither sheep nor mendicants.We do not need Mr. Ramirez and his patronise ilk "advocate" for us.There are, believe it or not writers and scholars among us. All in all, this article seems designed to call more attention to its author than to the very serious question of how to reconcile B'nei Anoussim to normative Judaism. BTW, do I detect a nasty whiff of anti-Zionism here? If so, I take exception to an American presuming to dictating to Israelis and Portuguese Jews. Mr. Ramirez ought to keep in mind that having survived we survived the Inquisition, we will most probably survive his tensdder mercies and that of his cohorts. Jvoices indeed.