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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review May 26, 2005 / 17 Iyar, 5764

Greek Orthodox Patriarch refuses to resign after synod attacks him for enabling expanded Jewish settlement in Jerusalem


Ex-Greek Patriarch Irineos I
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Irineos I dared to lease to Jews land that "Palestinians" want for the capital of a future state

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's a huge controversy brewing over what is described as "explosive" allegations that the Greek Orthodox Church's patriarch in Jerusalem sold property in that city to Jews.

Clearly a tragedy and an outrage. I mean, property in the Jews' holy city being bought by Jews. Imagine that.

If some group in the United States threw a hissy fit over property being sold to or bought by members of racial or religious group, my guess is that the outcry would be over the hissy fit. But the Arab world is definitely not the United States.

The Arab world, particularly the Palestinians, are reportedly up in arms over what they term "the Judaizing" of Jerusalem.

Specifically, the Church's patriarch, Irineos I, is being pressured to resign because one of his top aids may have made 198-year leases with Jews for some church property, according to the Associated Press. AP also reports that World Orthodox leaders voted Tuesday in Turkey to stop recognizing Irineos I, asserting a rare unified position during a rare "pan-Orthodox" gathering. Irineos refuses to resign.

Let's examine this.

It is apparently grossly unacceptable for the Christian owners of property in Israel, in Jerusalem, the city of David, built by the Jews in antiquity, to sell or lease any of it to Jews.

Doesn't this show a rather intense anti-Semitism, while simultaneously illuminating that fact that there is property in Israel owned by members of other faiths. In fact, there are churches and mosques all over the place there, where adherents are left unmolested to worship as they choose. This is not generally the case in the 40-odd Arab/Muslim countries, where being a non-Muslim is a definite handicap, and being a Jew can be fatal.

These houses of worship of various faiths remain standing in the Holy Land, even since Israel's rebirth. An impartial comparison between Israel and probably any place overtaken by Arabs/Muslims in the past thousand years, would surely reveal a marked lack of tolerance for any other faith on Islam's part. The Muslim tradition, in fact, has been to destroy any vestige of a peoples' past culture or religion when-and-wherever Islam has gained the upper hand.

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In no other arena is the qualitative difference between the Jewish and Muslim cultures more evident than in the fact that there are millions of Arabs living and working in Israel, some even serving in the military and the parliament, working as doctors and nurses in Israeli hospitals and generally enjoying the same freedoms and responsibilities as Jewish Israelis. This seems to strike no one as strange, though it stands in marked contrast to the treatment of Jews in the Muslim world. Somehow, though, the idea of Jews living in "Palestine" or most other Arab countries, strikes many people as an unacceptable and dangerous provocation.

I find that curious and not a little aggravating, especially since, despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Israel, and not the Arab/Muslim world, has been labeled by many as racist.

Irineos I is under siege for leasing to Jews land Palestinians want for the capital of a future state.

Why would Jerusalem and not Ramallah or some other West Bank or Gazan city be the capitol of a future Palestinian state? Jerusalem is holy to Jews as the sight of the ancient temples of David and Solomon. It is Judaism's only holy city, mentioned in the Torah hundreds if not thousands of times. It's holy to Christians as the place Jesus preached and died, and is mentioned many times in the Christian Bible, too.

Jerusalem is said to be holy to Muslims as the place from which Mohammed, who historically never actually set foot there, ascended to heaven riding a winged beast. Jerusalem is mentioned in the Quran exactly zero times.

Jerusalem's famous and admittedly beautiful gold-domed mosque was constructed atop the ancient temple and bigger than the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, as a symbolic raspberry -- it's importance to Islam artificially inflated.

The Israel/Palestinian situation is an impossible quagmire, with the Israelis seemingly unable to win for losing. It should get out of Gaza, it shouldn't get out of Gaza. It should get out immediately, but not too soon. It has the right to defend its citizens against bloodthirsty terrorists, but not to do so effectively.

Where is the Messiah when you need him?

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