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  • don bosch 9:17 am on 08/29/2015 Permalink
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    Unless Adonai builds the house,
    its builders work in vain.
    Unless Adonai guards the city,
    the guard keeps watch in vain.

    In vain do you get up early
    and put off going to bed,
    working hard to earn a living;
    for he provides for his beloved,
    even when they sleep.

    Children too are a gift from Adonai;
    the fruit of the womb is a reward.
    The children born when one is young.
    are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.

    How blessed is the man
    who has filled his quiver with them;
    he will not have to be embarrassed
    when contending with foes at the city gate.

    — Solomon

  • don bosch 9:02 am on 03/04/2015 Permalink
    Tags: , , jewish family, judaism   

    Dreams from Netanyahu’s Father:

    Netanyahu reached deepest when he sketched the logic of Zionsim. “The days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over,” he declared. Congress erupted in applause. “We are no longer scattered among the nations, powerless to defend ourselves. We restored our sovereignty in our ancient home. And the soldiers who defend our home have boundless courage. For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves.”

    “Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand,” he said, before adding that he knows Israel does not stand alone but that “America stands with Israel.” Then he looked across the chamber to the bas-relief of Moses, who brought down the laws of God from Sinai, in whose light the American Founders labored. “Be strong and resolute, neither fear nor dread them,” he quoted Moses as saying.

    No doubt had Benzion Netanyahu been alive this day, he’d have been the first to his feet in the final ovation.

    I’m still amazed by others’ amazement at the infinite depth of Jewish patriarchy. It’s a bug for liberals, but I think God sees it as a feature.

  • don bosch 12:13 pm on 02/02/2015 Permalink
    Tags: , coming of age, judaism, young men   

    Sebastian Junger knows why young men go to war.

    The Oscar-nominated Restrepo is about the job. Korengal is about the men. The Last Patrol is about those men trying to come home. In a long and discursive interview, we talked with Junger about warped perceptions of the troops, why he went to war and modern conceptions of manhood.

    Junger argues that Americans are enamored with war, even when they say they don’t believe in it. He also thinks young men in the west no longer have a sense of what it means to be a man—and some of them go to war to find out.

    We’re in big trouble if war and prison are the only two places a boy learns to become a man.

    Along those lines, I continue to wade through a little book on Fathering by the late/great Myles Munroe, who had a very interesting insight into Biblical Jewish culture and the patriarchy. Biblical, because Jewish culture of late is a different thing

    He covers a lot of ground, but points out the benefits of Jewish tradition surrounding the Bar Mitzvah. Every boy has a defined path for him to manhood. And every man is involved in the approval process. Women have cotillions. I know of no such formal tradition for young men in Evangelicalism or Protestantism.

    Perhaps this upholding of such a masculine tradition is another reason why liberals – both secular and religious – have such a difficult time with Jewish orthodoxy.   

  • don bosch 5:59 pm on 01/12/2015 Permalink
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    Vos poulets sont venus la maison au perchoir.

  • don bosch 12:23 pm on 08/26/2014 Permalink
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    Then the Spirit of the Lord came on Jephthah. He crossed Gilead and Manasseh, passed through Mizpah of Gilead, and from there he advanced against the Ammonites. And Jephthah vowed to the Lord:

    If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord’s, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.

    Then Jephthah went over to fight the Ammonites, and the Lord gave them into his hands. He devastated twenty towns from Aroer to the vicinity of Minnith, as far as Abel Keramim. Thus Israel subdued Ammon.

    When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of timbrels! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter. When he saw her, he tore his clothes and cried,

    Oh no, my daughter! You have brought me down and I am devastated. I have made a vow to the Lord that I cannot break.

    She replied,

    My father, you have given your word to the Lord. Do to me just as you promised, now that the Lord has avenged you of your enemies, the Ammonites. But grant me this one request. Give me two months to roam the hills and weep with my friends, because I will never marry.

    And he let her go for two months. She and her friends went into the hills and wept because she would never marry. After the two months, she returned to her father, and he did to her as he had vowed. And she was a virgin.

    From this comes the Israelite tradition that each year the young women of Israel go out for four days to commemorate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite.

    — From the Old Testament Book of Judges, Chapter 11

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