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Showing posts with label Middle East. Show all posts
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Are There Really Seven Continents? Nope...

There are actually 10:


  1. North America
  2. Central and Caribbean America
  3. South America
  4. Europe
  5. Russia and the Caucuses 
  6. Asia
  7. India and Indoasia
  8. Australia and Oceania
  9. The Middle East
  10. Africa
Some example "Say what?" questions and responses to them follow:

  1. Why 10 and not seven? 
  2. What about Antarctica? 
  3. Regarding Russia—really? Isn't Russia a country?



  1. Even culturally, nuances between—for example—Central and South America, with Central America already separated from South America by being a part of North America, exist. On the other hand, clearer-cut distinctions between Central America and North America exists.
  2. The North and South Poles technically are not continents—as goes for the Arctic, so goes for Antarctica.
  3. With 21 republics alone, Russia—unlike with the United States with the 12 states that became more or less provinces or districts—is more or less its own continent that includes the state of Russia, just as Australia and Oceania includes the state of Australia.
Administrative divisions map of Russia
From http://ontheworldmap.com/russia/administrative-divisions-map-of-russia.html.

Notes:



  1. In political science, "state" means a government and the territory acquired thereby. Nation states include states of nations (Greek "ethnos", plural "ethni"): e.g., the classical and modern examples of Israel, Greece, and Italy (Roma, which later expanded as the Imperium Romanum that forcibly co-opted several nation states; and now is much-smaller Italy with Italic states such as Tuscany co-opted in it).
  2. Holdout Rhode Island did not become the 13th state to ratify the Constitution until 1790!
  3. For the Abrahamic religious groups, there has to be a total of 10 continents. See Daniel 7, focusing on Daniel 7:7-24. However one interprets Daniel 7, the fourth beast and the 11th king has to arise from Jerusalem (cf. Deuteronomy 32:8-10 and Ezekiel 5:5) be different from the other beasts and kings. In fact, even a Medieval schema looked like this with three kingdoms—with formal, informal, and hoped-for co-options—and Jerusalem in the middle:


Saturday, November 12, 2016

"Chartreux": So, Why Do Some People—Especially Jewish Ones—Say That Jews Aren't White?

"Chartreux" saw my tweets and others' tweets; he asked, and I answered—and this what I emailed him back—the only changes are editorial, not revisionary, changes:

Jews are considered White only because of a gentile man whom argued that since Jesus was White, he was White. The man in question was set to be deported, and he was George Shishim from Lebanon [correction: Syria]. Unfortunately, many of us joined in, in favor of Shishim ("United States v. Shishim")thus considering ourselves White. Many of us had also been passing as White and/or identifying with any White heritage that we'd had.
This gave the Anti Semites fodder to claim that we who were Ashkenazi Jews were actually Slavic and Khazar converts as opposed to really Middle Eastern Diasporans, and especially those of us in the Reform/Progressive/Liberal tradition had already set ourselves up for eventually being considered White. The Classical Reform position can be summed up in the words of my father: "Judaism is a religion and not a nationality." He was not happy that I found out that we're Jewsdespite that he denies that he even knewand he continues to try to pass as a Polish-Lithuanian-Czechoslovakian and Catholic-turned-Episcopalian-turned-completely-secular American. He would be Modern Reform were he honest with himselfand I actually recommended that to him despite that I am a Jewish Christianhis positions are far from Karaite and Rabbinically-Orthodox Jewish, let alone Christian, and I told him that Reform Judaism would fit him. Quite a few Reform Jews, by the way, still hold the Classical position.

I hope that I gave enough of a clear and thorough explanation. 

PS He is Poylisher, Litvisher, Vaysruslander, Ruslander, Ukrainisher, Slovakisher, and Ungarisher Yiddish with some Sephardish (e.g., Kroatisher) and Mizrachish Yiddish blood. In fact, his paternal grandmother (of blessed memory) is a descendant of the Kroatishe-Ungarishe Legradi mishpoche [one branch of whom were printers and publishers] (One of her matriarchs is Helena Legradi Duday, of blessed), for example. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Worst Of the Tragedies At Charlie Hebdo

Read the articles and do more research, and the worst of the tragedies at "Charlie Hebdo" will become very clear to you: a Holocaust survivor was the direct target of those who murdered 12, injured 11, and affected many others at "Charlie Hebdo". A survivor of the Nazi invasions into French Tunisia, Georges Wolinski (ז''ל והי''ד) moved to mainland France only to live into his 70s and avoid the fate that he could've had in what became a part of Vichy France. He was also the son of a Volyn'ska-rooted Yehudi Ashkenazi  and a Tunis-rooted Yehudit Mizrachit.

Wasn't that his paternal family endured horrors, including pogroms, at the hands of Imperial and Soviet Russia enough? Wasn't that has maternal family endured centuries of Anti-Semitic Arabocentrism enough (and he was a teen during the aliyot from Arab countries in 1948!)? Now he, also a son of survivors of Anti Semitism, became the victim of the Anti Semitism that he and his family were able to elude when Germany and the "Grand" Mufti (more like a "Satan Gadol") invaded one of the countries in which his maternal family had endured enough Anti Semitism, and to which his paternal family fled to escape Anti Semitism.

That, either an irony or a paradox created by G-d, is the worst tragedy at "Charlie Hebdo".

PS Vive le peuple de Yisra'el!

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