Category Archives: Judaism

The Big Big Whoredom

There often seems to be an undercurrent of fear of female sexuality in religion and mythology. It isn’t always that direct, and sometimes male sexuality isn’t viewed that positively either, but it’s pretty blatant sometimes. The idea of the whore … Continue reading

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Idris Lives

It’s a common theme in many mythologies to have a figure who is regarded as the inventor of writing, and often also a keeper of esoteric knowledge. Greek mythology had Hermes, the Egyptians had Thoth, Babylon had Nabu, and Judaism … Continue reading

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Hell No, We Won’t Go!

Picture by Brandon Geurts I don’t believe in an afterlife, but I can see the appeal of it, because I’m kind of afraid of no longer existing. I think it’s what’s going to happen, and I won’t care afterwards, but … Continue reading

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Dibs on the Dybbuk

I saw some mention of a dybbuk box this past weekend, and it sounded familiar. From what I found when I looked it up, a dybbuk box is actually quite new, but a dybbuk is very old. It’s a spirit … Continue reading

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Is Saul Also Among the Prophets?

It’s pretty obvious that the Bible contains a lot of contradictions, although those who believe the whole thing to be the totally accurate Word of God tend to either ignore them or come up with convoluted workarounds. The way I … Continue reading

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Sunrise, Sunset

Fiddler on the Roof – I’d been meaning to see this for some time, but the length put me off somewhat. I was familiar with some of the songs (and, in some cases, parodies of the songs), but not much … Continue reading

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Ariel View

I’ve looked at quite a bit of fairy lore over the years, but one character I hadn’t really addressed is Ariel from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, largely because I hadn’t read it. I recently did so, and I also found out that … Continue reading

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Iran to the Ends of the Earth

I’m still not entirely sure why Republicans are so anxious for a war with Iran. I mean, I think war should generally be a last resort anyway, but here I’m not even sure what the benefit would be. That’s not to … Continue reading

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Too Pooped to Koop

Mamma mia! It’s a Super Mario Bros. cartoon! Several of them, in fact. The Mark of Zero – Our first parody for the week is of Zorro. I can’t say I know that much about the character, but I did … Continue reading

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Away From Armageddon

I have a movie and a miniseries to review this time. They’re not very similar, but they do both relate to religion. Constantine’s Sword – This documentary film from 2007 was based on an earlier book by former priest James … Continue reading

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