The origin of the Ashkenazi Jews, who come most recently from Europe, has largely been shrouded in mystery. But a new study suggests that at least their maternal lineage may derive largely from Europe.
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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City is Christianity’s most hallowed shrine. It’s believed that the rock-cut tomb at the heart of the church was where the body of Jesus Christ was once laid.
Over the past week, for the first time in centuries, a team of conservationists and researchers removed a marble slab that lay in a rotunda, known as the Edicule, at the center of the complex. It’s the spot, as my colleague William Booth put it earlier this year, when the renovation project first began, “where millions of pilgrims have knelt and prayed, where the salt of tears and the wet of sweat have smoothed and worried the hardest stone.”
So, what did the Muslims do for the Jews?
Islam saved Jewry. This is an unpopular, discomforting claim in the modern world. But it is a historical truth. The argument for it is double. First, in 570 CE, when the Prophet Mohammad was born, the Jews and Judaism were on the way to oblivion. And second, the coming of Islam saved them, providing a new context in which they not only survived, but flourished, laying foundations for subsequent Jewish cultural prosperity – also in Christendom – through the medieval period into the modern world.
[Pew Research Center] The share of Americans who leave Islam is offset by those who become Muslim
Taken from here: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/01/26/the-share-of-americans-who-leave-islam-is-offset-by-those-who-become-muslim/
Like Americans in many other religious groups, a substantial share of adults who were raised Muslim no longer identify as members of the faith. But, unlike some other faiths, Islam gains about as many converts as it loses.
Taken from here: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/black-lives-matter-israel-180329061234932.html
Comments made by Israel’s top political and religious leaders earlier this month are a dismal reminder of how little black lives matter in the country, and how African refugees remain in mortal danger, whether or not the government’s plan to deport them is temporarily suspended.
On March 17, one of Israel’s two chief rabbis, Yitzhak Yosef, called black people “monkeys” and the Hebrew equivalent of the N-word in his weekly sermon.
It is highly unlikely that Yosef will face any real repercussions for his racist comments. He was not demoted after saying in a similar sermon exactly two years ago that all non-Jews – Africans, Arabs, or otherwise – could only live in Israel if they agree to serve the country’s Jewish population.
Taken from here: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/936484/christianity-dying-out-europe-study
CHRISTIANITY is dying out in Europe as more young people shun the religion across the continent, a study has found.
By BELINDA ROBINSON
PUBLISHED: 10:11, Sun, Mar 25, 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59, Sun, Mar 25, 2018
The Czech Republic now ranks as the least religious place in Europe, among 16 to 29-year-olds.
The proportion of young adults (16-29) with no religious affiliation is as high as 91 percent in the Czech Republic, 80 percent in Estonia, and 75 percent in Sweden.
These compare to only one percent in Israel, 17 per cent in Poland, and 25 per cent in Lithuania. In the UK and France, the proportions are 70 per cent and 64 per cent respectively
In Britain, at least two thirds of young people do not identify with religion.
Taken from here: https://www.timesofisrael.com/chief-rabbi-compares-african-americans-to-monkeys/
The Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel called black people “monkeys” during his weekly sermon on Saturday evening.
LIVERPOOL – It seems that a Liverpool fan has announced his decision to convert to Islam following Mohamed Salah four goals against Watford on Saturday, March 17.
“What Salah is doing this season is absolutely sensational, I’m officially joining Islam,” a user called Liverpool Family wrote on Twitter.
Arthur Wagner quits Alternative für Deutschland, which campaigns on anti-Muslim ticket
Kate Connolly in Berlin
A politician for Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland party, which campaigns on an anti-Muslim ticket, has converted to Islam and left the party, a spokesman has confirmed.
Arthur Wagner, a leading member of the party in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, said he would not comment on his reason for leaving the party, but confirmed to a Berlin daily that he had converted to Islam and that he had renounced his party membership on 11 January.