• Jesus,  old testament,  prejudice,  prophet

    Who Is Jesus?

    It is 2014, and even with our greater historical consciousness, why do we still have Jesus white (and good looking as Brad Pitt), and Judas always darker skinned and looking Jewish? Jesus was a Jew, through and through. He taught in Aramaic, never set his foot beyond Judea, and dutifully went to Jerusalem for the holy pilgrimages. The only boat he rode was a fisherman’s boat in Galilee. He was circumcised and he died with a Psalm on his tongue. This white-washing (or any re-imagining)of Jesus is more dangerous than we think. This is not just about making a story fit a Hollywood script. If we lose the Jewishness of…

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    Gangnam-Style and Gospel-Style, Psy and Pentecost

    Remember “Oppa Gangnam-Style” the surprising phenomenal hit? It was a Korean dance song that became an international hit and first to get one billion views! And it was all Korean words – except for the “you know what I am saying” hip-hop phrase a side-splitting incongruity of a Korean nerd with no street cred flicking his wrist as if he grew up from the hood. English would have been the way to go if Psy sought international fame. But Turks flash-mobbed the dance and Australians horse-galloped to the song though they did not know a single Korean word! People caught the spirit of the words and they danced without understanding many of the jokes in…