Jewish Identity in America

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A highly industrialized place like America where everybody is living a fast-paced lifestyle will likely influence anyone, even the most spiritual people in the world.

It is no wonder why immigrants are expected to adapt than to hold on to their traditions. The best example is that the American Jews.

Sylvia Barack Fishman, the renowned author of Jewish Life and American Culture described the Jews of this generation as the “new hybrid form of Judaism”.

Let’s take a look at the impact of American culture to the Jews living in America.

Identity and Religion

Jews are always associated with Judaism as this is their faith just like Islam to Muslims.

According to a survey done by Pew Research Center, one in five Jews describes themselves as non-religious or does not have any religion at all.

Jew immigrants have brought their traditions and culture together. But, today’s generation now relies on educational institutions to teach history to their children. This is why it’s no surprise when religion and other traditional practices are changed, if not entirely gone. To remedy this, parents frequently go on kosher tours and Jewish themed holidays to at least give their children a glimpse of their habit.

But even so, they are still proud of the Jewish descendants. It’s just that they’re living in a modern world where often than not, certain practices are no longer implemented.

Death and Morality

But one can’t experience real happiness if they cannot experience sadness and mourning.

In Irving Greenberg’s book Jewish Valves And The Changing American Ethic, he discusses how American civilization widely accepts happiness in the sense that they almost deny the existence of death.

“He looks like he’s still alive.” Or”He’s settled okay.” — Those phrases alone manifest the way American culture denies death and mourning. But in Judaism, funerals are ceremonial yet remain very natural. There’s absolutely not any embalming and cremation as they believe that the body should go back to the ground where they belong just the way they are. Moreover, the burial must be carried out as soon as possible.

But American Jews nowadays are gradually adapting to the American method of mourning and even do cremation as well.

Intermarriage

Traditionally, intermarriage between Gentiles and Jews wasn’t allowed. But following the migration to America, intermarriage was slowly accepted.

Now, intermarriage is now widely recognized in Jewish society. Rabbis and other Jewish scholars are afraid that the tolerance of intermarriage may lead to the extinction of their American-Jewish community.

As mentioned previously, most Jews now claim to be non-religious. Most of the atheist Jews are involved an intermarriage and interfaith marriage.

In a survey done by Pew Research Center, 37 percent of intermarried Jews said that they are not exposing their kids to Jewish traditions in any respect.

Nobody can tell if intermarriage has an impact of lessening the religious Jews in America, but the numbers are evidence that it can be the reason after all.

That is why Rabbis and Jewish parents want their kids to be exposed to their Jewish roots. One great way is through celebrating holidays and vacations through kosher touring. With this, Jewish kids will have the chance to take part in interactive Jewish programs and be exposed to their own heritage.

Jesus the man

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As Jesus was approaching the area of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His Apostles an unusual question:”Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” They claimed they’d heard people say he was”John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, as well as one of the prophets.” (Matthew 16:13, 14) Notice that the names were of deceased folks. It was essentially an elevation of reincarnation. Rather than studying the prospect of a uniquely living individual, individuals focused on the past and its potential influence on the present. There had been some speculation that Jesus might be the long awaited Christ, the Messiah, but it was more of a chance than a statement of truth. To whom were the Apostles listening? It was almost like a poll taken by the liberal faction of the Jewish religionist. (Even now, polls often reflect the pollster and his pre-determined political leaning, rather than the actual consensus of the people.) I wonder if Jesus was somewhat surprised by the result of His query. Jesus then hones in on what really matters:”But who do you say I am?” (Matthew 16:15, 16)

I wonder how many of His Apostles had openly declared who Jesus actually was. As Jesus’ ministry gained momentum, He seemed to shield His identity as a result of direction the crowds were taking. People were more concerned with miracles, signs, and miracles. Jesus realized that when the multitudes believed He was the Messiah, they would revert to their preconceived notion that the Christ would deliver them from Roman rule.

When is the last time we just meditated on who Jesus is? When is the last time we concentrated on His personage, rather than the miracles? When is the last time we dwelt on His attributes, instead of on the benefits we received from Him? Let us spend a day just pondering on who Jesus is, and once we do, let us show to others the Jesus we’ve grown to know.

When Peter made his proclamation, Jesus told him that the only way he could know that was by a revelation from God Himself. (Matthew 16:17) The Apostle Paul stated that the Gospel he proclaimed was not a result of someone teaching him or of hearing from some individual, but through revelation from God Himself. It is not horizontal, but vertical revelation that solidifies the Believer. When we reverse the procedure, we open the door to potentially misinterpreting God’s Word. When we start in the head, our feelings and emotions will have a strong influence. When Paul received revelation, he didn’t”confer with flesh and blood,” but obediently acted without hesitation. (Galatians 1:16) How many of us have questioned our own actions? 1 moment we’re convinced of the validity of our activities, and within a short time we question if we are doing the right thing. When we act as a consequence of head knowledge, we will most likely question some of our actions. May the Holy Spirit reveal God’s Word and, when He does, let’s pursue life with no rear view mirror!

Islamic Misconceptions

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Now, freedom of religion remains a fundamental right in the United States. But, religious persecution and discrimination are increasing at an alarming rate with Islamophobia taking a substantial toll on the Muslim community.

Islam, Judaism, and Christianity are commonly referred to as the Abrahamic religions given that these religions all worship the god of Abraham. Given language differences, God is called by various names, yet they’re the same. Followers of the three faiths believe that there are prophets that God has sent to teach the people. It might surprise some people to learn that Muslims believe Jesus will return. Islamic texts state that Jesus will come back on the Day of Judgment when he will destroy the anti-Christ.

Muslims Projected to be Second-Largest U.S. Religion

In 2016, there were 3.3 million Muslims residing in the United States, or approximately 1 percent of the U.S. population. Moreover, Muslims are projected to become the second-largest religious group in the U.S. by 2040. What’s more, by 2050, Muslims are estimated to comprise 2.1 percent of the total U.S. population – about 8.1 million people.

10 Myths About Muslims

Myth #1: Muslims Do Not Believe in Jesus

Myth #2: Most Muslims Are Arabs

Hint #5: Islam Oppresses Women

Myth #6: Muslims Are Violent, Terrorist Extremists

Myth #7: Islam Is Intolerant of Other Faiths

Myth #8: Islam Promotes”Jihad” to Spread Islam by the Sword and Kill All Unbelievers

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Myth #10: Islamic Prayer Is Just a Ritualized Performance With No Meaning

What a lot of folks don’t know is that Jesus has a central and an inimitable role to play in the Muslim faith. Muslims faithfully believe that Jesus was a prophet who had been given an outstanding message – the gospel (injil) to share with all people. This message both supported what was instructed in the Torah and foreseen at the coming of Prophet Muhammad. However, while Muslims embrace the belief that Jesus was a servant, teacher, and devotee of God’s Word, they do not accept as true that he was divine or the son of God.

The Quran references Jesus, or Isa, twenty five times. The Quran says that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary and is”high honored in this and the next world.” Islamic ideas concerning Jesus contrasts from Christian lessons, notwithstanding, however, we also share numerous basic convictions: the virgin birth of Jesus to Mary, profound regard for the secret of God, love for Jesus, and an ability to gain from his lifetime since we look for joy with God.

Muslims do revere Jesus as an important prophet, although Muslims don’t believe that Jesus is the son of God. This represents a significant difference between Christian and Muslim views of Jesus, yet Jesus remains an important figure in the Muslim faith.

There have been lots of issues and conflicts that have unfortunately existed between Christians and Muslims over the centuries and will continue to exist, as the close relationship and theological bonds were forgotten under the pressures and priorities of modern politics. However, these political conflicts do not negate this rich history and theology.

In response to this dramatic rise in religious intolerance and, religious discrimination, associations such as the National Alliance for Religious Tolerance have been established to attract people from different faith communities together to combat this alarming trend.

ONLive Streams’ mission is to help debunk the myths and misconceptions surrounding the various interfaith traditions practiced by the major world religions in our regional communities. ONLive Streams’ religious tolerance initiative removes the need to attend an interfaith house of worship. ONLive Streams overcomes this barrier by providing a live-streaming solution so people from various faith communities can find an insider’s view into the world’s greatest religious institutions, practices, and customs.

Top Ramen Noodles

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Top Ramen Noodles can be made in such a way to contain lots of the vitamins and essentials we need. They create a perfect food for space colonists, says at least one research for NASA. It does make sense and so long as you have heat and water you can take these packs without cost of gas to get this out of the air.

Now then, if we use these kinds of foods as part of the plan for space colonists on Mars, we maybe able to sustain life using this concept. When building a colony on Mars, which has water in the form of ice, it maybe helpful to have such foods which do not weigh very much but can be added with water once we eat them. A colony on Mars, which is set near or in the ice cap makes sense. By burning a piece of ice, boiling it for security and then adding it, may be the reply to food supply and nutrition.

Even though some work will have to be performed on this concept, it certainly makes a lot of sense to take a small Top Ramen Noodles with you if you are going to be stuck without food on another planet or in route during long-term distance flights. Think on this.