Monday, October 3, 2016

Why Smart is no Longer Smart.


Everyday, I am receiving text messages that says it seems like your phone or device is trying to access site not included in your current data package. Yes, my dear friends, everyday. I will include two pictures which shows three consecutive days of receiving the same text message. I am not opening my data because I do not have money to be online every time. So, I say to Smart. Are you serious or you are just have enough time and resources for your unwanted promotional stunts to annoy people within your network? Have we lost our professionalism for the lure of more money for subscriptions? Or it is just a computer glitch that no one in your army of technicians can handle?  Or you are just numb to the customer feedback you are receiving because the other end receiving the calls are outsource call center agents that can be patient enough to hear the ire, grunting and displeasure of customers because it is their bread and butter?

My apologies for reading this blog for such an outburst of feelings that I have express. Some say it is also therapeutic. yes, it is not only for me but also for those who may have the same experience so that they may also feel that they are not alone in their perceptions and experiences. On the same way, I have come into two deep realizations. First, to be more patient with the incapacities and irresponsibilities of people around me. We cannot chose the people whom we may encounter or simply bumped into our lives, even in our phones and gadgets. Second, To try harder to move people's sense of understanding to a more deeper and greater understanding of the issue at hand because sometimes, i let it to pass, simply because i can withstand the inconvenience it may bring to me personally but I might lose the opportunity ti impart knowledge and wisdom.


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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Unfollowing


From time to time my phone will receive notification of new temporary password, An indication that my twitter account is being hacked. I thought before that it has no effect at all because the hacker cannot access my temporary password being sent to my mobile phone. True enough that the hacker have not been able to hijack my account but it was able to insert people to follow. I became follower of more that a thousand individual accounts.
One thousand two hundred sixty one to be exact. I did not remember following that  so big a number of individuals. It took me two and a half hours to unfollow them. I have retain 11 accounts to follow.The Help page have given this instructions:1. Click on Following on your homepage or profile page2. Hover over the blue Following button next to any user following list, it will change to a red unfollow3. Click the button to unfollow the account










My suggestion on how to guard your account is primarily rely on strong primary password. Do not rely on secondary password, though secondary password can help. Get a strong password containing letters, with a capital one and number, with a minimum of eight charaters. 




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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

On Prayers

Not only that today's Gospel speak about prayer on Luke 6: 12-19, but also see today in my email that one of my blogs, Prayer was nominated in one the blog awards here in the Philippines.


I will not expect much on this because it was been since I updated it. 

I failed to update it for the reason that aside from my religious and pastoral busy, I am researching to find out how to upgrade the mobile application of the same site. it can be accessed both in mobile and desktop at http://frjess.blogspot.com

i used the predesigned application maker appgeyser site to make it available as an application. However, I am till looking for solution to make it accessible even without the use of internet. meaning that once accessed online can be written on the phone so that it can be viewed even without the internet. It is possible but what I need is that I would like to learn myself how to do it. I presuppose to learn it immediately but it seems that coding is a meticulous and tedious undertaking. Lord, give me the knowledge for it and the patience to finish it. Simply as part of the Evangelization program especially for the present time and generation.

Maybe, it is more time to read and ask customer service on this subject. I thought that learning android studio will be the answer. I find some difficulty to make this possible. Sometimes, God is telling me there are things that takes time on His terms.



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Friday, April 22, 2016

Jubilee of the Youth


As part of the jubilee celebration of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of San Pablo as it Marks the 50th year of its foundation as a Diocese of San Pablo, the Month of May is scheduled to celebrate it with the youth.

Here are the materials being shared and posted though every parish youth organizations have their own copy already.











Anybody can download it from scribd if needed.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

51st Eucharistic Congress Talks' Download Page


51st Eucharistic Congress talks and press conference can be access through the pages  I jhave mentioned in my blog frjessie.blogspot.com  page 51st Eucharistic Congress 2016 Livestream. However these links corresponds to a very long videos that have been transfired during the whole day. On the other hand, CBCP make it available and divided it according to talks and events. It is available on CBCP Online Radio. 




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Monday, January 25, 2016

Not all Friars are Padre Damaso!

After this morning, I stumble upon on one of the section in one of the newspaper broadsheet entitled Padre Damaso and the Friars: Myth Versus Reality.Written by Pio Andrade.

This is a good information and should open up more information on the good contributions of the friars that shaped the country during the  Spanish Colonization. I am not saying that there is no Padre Damaso. What I am saying is that not all are.The said section can be accessed through this site. Please allow me to repost it here:


‘Padre Damaso’ and the friars: Myth versus reality

If the Augustinians, Franciscans, Dominicans and Recollects were mostly evil like Damaso, how was Spain able to hold PH for 350 years with a ridiculously low occupying army?




EXACTLY a year ago when Pope Francis visited the Philippines, Carlos Celdran, who claims to be a culture and history guide for tourists and heritage buffs, made a public appeal for the Pope to intervene in his civil case for “offending religious feelings.”

The case was filed against him when he disrupted a service in 2010 at the Manila Cathedral by donning the gentleman’s suit à la Jose Rizal and crying “Padre Damaso!” (a reference to the villain in Rizal’s fiction) at Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales and priests and policemen (who were attending the service).
Celdran, who did the stunt to protest alleged Church violation of the separation of Church and state by its political activism, had called for forgiveness, but he was nonetheless convicted by the Manila court. He had vowed to appeal his conviction at the Supreme Court.
Now that the Philippines is observing the first anniversary of the Pope’s visit and hosting for the second time the International Eucharistic Congress since 1937, it would be worthwhile to look closely at the issue.

Is the fictional Padre Damaso an accurate representation of the friars who dominated Philippine life during the Spanish era?

If the friars—the Augustinians, Franciscans, Dominicans and Recollects—were mostly evil like Damaso, how was Spain able to hold the Philippines for 350 years with a ridiculously low army of occupation?

If the friars were evil Damasos, would Catholicism, which for the past 100 years has been painted black by public education, be deeply implanted in Filipino hearts?
If most of the friars were evil, there would have been many records of lynching of priests by the natives. But how come no such accounts can be found in history books, even those written by historians critical of Spain and the friars?

Let us look at the accomplishments of the friars during the Spanish era which are not adequately described—if they are mentioned at all—in history textbooks.

The friars propagated many useful plants from Mexico during the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade.

In history textbooks and press articles, the Galleon Trade has been simplified as the commercial exchange of Mexican silver with Chinese silk and spices. But many Filipinos do not know of the Mexican plants that came with the galleons, such as corn (maiz), camote (camotl), peanuts, tomato, sunflower, ipil-ipil, cacao, indigo, kalachuchi, marigold, kamatchili (quamochitl), kakawati, maguey, tobacco, acacia, caballero, papaya, chico, coffee, pineapple, guava.

These plants have increased the Philippines’ food supply, providing us new medicines, giving rise to rural industries, and beautifying backyards and plazas.

Some of the better-known friars responsible for the introduction of such flora were: Fr. Jose Davila (cacao and chocolate making); Fr. Diego Garcia (tobacco and cigar making); Fr. Tomas Moncada (wheat); Fr. Octavio (indigo and processing of indigo dyestuff); and Fr. Antonio Sedeno (mulberry; he was a Jesuit, not a friar, but just the same a Catholic missionary like the friars).

Philippine history textbooks are silent about Mexican plants being introduced locally and the big role the friars played in propagating them all over the country. Some of the plants led to the establishment of extensive rural industries such as cigar, indigo dye, tanning leather, chocolate and coffee.

But the friars also propagated useful plants from neighboring Asian countries. They popularized the use of moras or vetiver for erosion control of irrigation canals and small streams; citrus plant species from China for eating and cooking; rosemary and thyme for home remedies; and sugarcane from China for the manufacture of sweets.

The Dominicans brought Tonkin seeds (from Vietnam, of course) and showed the plant’s medicinal potentials.

The friars built roads and bridges for transportation.
Dominican Fr. Juan Villaverde built over 100 kilometers of roads in Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya and Kiangan. He also pointed out the Dalton Pass as the gateway to Cagayan Valley.
Recollect Fr. Pedro Cuenca built the Bacolod-Minulan Road in Negros; Franciscan Fr. Victorino del Moral built the famous Puente del Caprichio in Majayjay, Laguna; and Fr. Andres Patino built the Tinajeros Bridge in Malabon.

The friars quarried stone and introduced new building technologies.
Dominican Fray Domingo de Salazar, the first bishop of Manila, quarried at the mouth of the Pasig to come up with solid materials to replace the combustible nipa-and-wood house of the native Filipinos. Jesuit Fr. Sedeno introduced the technology of brickmaking and burning limestone to make lime as mortar for brick and stones to build stone structures. These translated into the building of durable, long-lasting stone bridges, churches, schools, fortifications and bahay-na-bato.

The friars introduced modern irrigation.

The Philippines was a rice exporter in the 1860s until 1880s because of the irrigation systems built by the friars in many provinces. In Cavite province, the Recollects built 18 irrigation systems that watered 21,000 hectares of rice lands.

In Calamba, Laguna, under the Dominicans, eight irrigation systems watered 4,250 hectares of ricelands. In Bataan, an irrigation dam of the Dominicans supplied water to 521 hectares of rice lands. Bulacan had two friar-built irrigation systems watering 1,850 hectares.

In Umingan, Pangasinan, a Dominican priest taught the farmers how to build portable bamboo waterwheels to draw water from brooks or streams below the level of farmlands.

We became a rice importer because it was more profitable to raise sugarcane, abaca and tobacco than rice by the 1880s.

The friars made the abaca industry
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Abaca was a Philippine monopoly and a major export crop starting in the 1830s. Credit is due Franciscan Fray Pedro Espallargas in Albay for inventing the abaca stripper, which made abaca fiber extraction faster and easier while increasing the yield and quality of the abaca fiber, the best marine fiber in the world.

The abaca stripper was so successful that, from 1830 to 1920, abaca became known internationally as “Manila hemp,” and it accounted for 20-40 percent of the foreign exchange earnings of the Philippines.

Fr. Espallargas is unmentioned in history textbooks.

The friars established the hospital, banking and water systems in the Philippines.

Fr. Felix Huertas, a Franciscan, is unknown except for a street in Manila’s Santa Cruz district, which does not identify him as a priest. He was the head of San Lazaro Hospital for lepers and he founded Monte de Piedad, a combination of savings bank and pawnshop, which was the first agricultural bank of the Philippines.

But his greatest achievement was completing the forgotten Carriedo to supply Manila with safe, potable running water beginning in 1882.

I do not remember reading about Fr. Huertas in the many articles on Manila’s past published in the Philippine press.

The friars established the modern printing press.

Dominican Fr. Francisco Blancas de San Jose introduced modern printing in the Philippines. This replaced the wooden block press, also introduced by him and the Dominicans, which published the first books in the country such as “Doctrina Cristiana.”

The press was a big help in education. It helped disseminate the Gospel in the native languages, which meant the friars did not destroy local languages and cultures, as most history books virulently declare, but, rather, they studied and conserved them. The press that Father Blancas established is still running today—the University of Santo Tomas Press, which is the second oldest in the world after Cambridge.

The friars cultivated the Filipino’s talent in music and the performing arts.

Filipinos are the minstrels of Asia. One writer noted that nightclubs in Asia would always boast of their Filipino musicians. Indeed, the Philippines may be the most musical of Asians and the friars cultivated the musicality of Filipinos.

Franciscan Fr. Jeronimo Aguilar was the first to teach Filipinos and deepen their musical talents. The friars taught the natives music for Mass and other religious rituals. I have seen in the National Archives a few Cuentas, the record of income and expenses of each province during the Spanish era; they showed that choir members were paid for their services.

The friars defended the Filipinos from abusive Moro attackers and slave traders and built fortifications that have withstood the test of time.

While busy building communities, the friars were also defenders of the natives from corrupt local leaders and pirates who periodically raided coastal villages to plunder and acquire slaves.

The friars built a hospital and welfare system in the Philippines that was ahead of North America’s.

The friars built the first hospitals in the Philippines; they built them in the first century of Spanish rule, antedating the system in the United States by 100 years.

They introduced medicinal plants from Mexico and Spain and recorded for posterity the herbal cures used by the natives, so that Philippine herbal medicinal knowledge and skills were conserved.

The friars built the sugar industry.

The giant sugar industry was also due to the work of the friars, particularly the Recollects missions in Negros. Sugarcane then was first crushed between two wood or stone cylinders called trapiche to yield its sweet juice.

Fr. Fernando Cuenca introduced the first hydraulic sugarcane crusher in 1850, which began the sugar boom and made Negros a very wealthy province.

The friars built the looming industry.

The Dominicans, who founded University of Santo Tomas, the oldest university and the only Pontifical university in Asia, introduced the first modern loom system, supplanting the native loom and making weaving faster and easier. Thus, the weaving industry became a big home industry in many places in the country.

The friars, not the North Americans, introduced public instruction.

Most Filipinos have been led to believe that Spain did not educate the Filipinos to make them submissive to Spanish officials and that the United States introduced public education in the Philippines. This is a big lie.

Formal public education in the Philippines officially began in 1863 with the Educational Reform Act. But even before that the friars had been active in teaching elementary reading and writing.

Gunnar Myrdal, in his monumental classic “Asian Drama,” wrote that the Philippines was ahead of other colonized Asian countries in education in the second half of the 19th century. The Philippines had higher literacy than other Asian countries, even higher than Spain, according to data submitted by Taft to the US Congress.

This was, in fact, the prime reason for the Katipunan revolution—our relatively advanced state of education and the economic progress under Spain that had been largely fostered by the friars. Revolutions are not started by uneducated masses.

It is important to point out that the Philippines was economically prosperous during the last four decades of Spanish rule, thanks to the agriculture-based industries—abaca, sugar, tobacco, indigo, and coffee—the propagation and cultivation of which were pushed by the friars.

Prejudice

Many of the information about the big role the friars played in Philippine cultural and economic advancement are not being taught in our schools; thus, generations of Filipinos do not know of the good friars. Thus, Filipinos are culturally Catholics but are superficial about Catholicism, especially its moral teachings and the work of the missionaries.

With the visit of good Pope Francis last year and the hosting of the International Eucharistic Congress this week by the Archdiocese of Cebu—the cradle of Christianity in the Philippines and the largest diocese in Asia, and whose Visayan people are known for their very intense devotion to the Santo Niño introduced by the Augustinians, the first missionary order in the country—it is imperative to re-examine the prejudice against the friars fostered by our ignorance and the lies spread by anti-Catholic or pseudo-nationalist historians and writers.

Filipino Catholics should banish the negative and largely false image of the friars fostered by dishonest historians, politicians, writers, media men and culture tour guides like Carlos Celdran.

Pio Andrade Jr. is a history buff and freelance journalist. He obtained degrees from Mapua Institute of Technology and University of Florida, and is a science researcher who has written several studies on ethnobotany, radiation chemistry, textile chemistry, food technology, pesticides and biomass energy.


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Saturday, January 23, 2016

International Eucharistic Congress Livestream Application


My previous post speaks of the site of the livestream of the event of the Eucharistic Congress to be held here in Cebu. I have given you the link so that you can watch it in your browser but to make it available in every smart phone, I decided to make an application of it in android gadgets. I do not have an apple computer to make it to apple store. I hope that the CBCP or Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines and the Diocese of Cebu will allow this even I do not have a Written permission from them. Since the link is already available to the public, I am just making it available to all android users so that they can watch it through their cell phones and tablet. The Link they have provided is only for those who can access the web through their desktops,

You can download it through any of these manners:



3. Scan the QR Code.






I have also registered it to google play with the title 51st IEC Livestream. Do not hesitate to download it and access the talks and the events of the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu 2016.. I have tried to finish this application today even though I am experiencing excruciating pain due to my arthritis.



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Diocese of San Pablo dot com


Last Monday, Jan 18, 2016, I have noticed that the website of the Diocese is now online again. It was poster here also when it was down before sometime last year. As we celebrate the Year of Mercy, the Year of Family and Eucharist and the Golden Jubilee of the Diocese of San Pablo it is but fitting to use the present technology to the building of the Kingdom of God.

To inform necessary plan of action and the activities that has been part of the graces that God continually showers us with. 

To warn of the pitfalls that the faithful may encounter as we travel toward to the new promised Land. This is also to strengthen each and everyone to carry the cross how heavy it may be as Our Lord Jesus Christ did.

May information concerning our faith activities and programs help us to a deeper relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ who have bother to let himself be known by becoming one of us and to penetrate our very being to be united with Him.


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Saturday, January 16, 2016

51st Eucharistic Congress 2016 Livestream


As the Celebration of the long awaited International Eucharistic Congress to be held here in Cebu, Philippines is near, the convenors have decided to have it open on live streaming so that it could make it available to the most faithful even for those who could not attain there physically for various reason. Personally, I would like to attain but it is 8 day event that will cover two Sundays. I could not find priest to substitute me if I will go. Some people suggested that anybody could just spent three days for the event. It will be an opportunity lost also and a divided attention if you will not be present for the whole event. it will also be a half baked bread. So it is of great news that the event though we might not really know which event or events will be aired is indeed a blessing. 

I will put it also to the sidebars of this blog, and if possible make an application for this sole purpose will also be an added great endeavor.



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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christianity and Judaism must be on the Forefront of Teaching Basic Moral Values


Fr. Ben Beltran, SVD, through his post has taken my attention on the issue of the groundbreaking statement on Christianity by a group of Orthodox Rabbis. The statement acknowledges the positive theological status of Christianity. A call for fraternal partnership of Jewish and Christian leaders. 

Here is the full text of the said statement.



December 3, 2015

To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven:

Toward a Partnership between Jews and Christians

After nearly two millennia of mutual hostility and alienation, we Orthodox Rabbis who lead communities, institutions and seminaries in Israel, the United States and Europe recognize the historic opportunity now before us. We seek to do the will of our Father in Heaven by accepting the hand offered to us by our Christian brothers and sisters. Jews and Christians must work together as partners to address the moral challenges of our era.

1. The Shoah ended 70 years ago. It was the warped climax to centuries of disrespect, oppression and rejection of Jews and the consequent enmity that developed between Jews and Christians. In retrospect it is clear that the failure to break through this contempt and engage in constructive dialogue for the good of humankind weakened resistance to evil forces of anti-Semitism that engulfed the world in murder and genocide.

2. We recognize that since the Second Vatican Council the official teachings of the Catholic Church about Judaism have changed fundamentally and irrevocably. The promulgation of Nostra Aetate fifty years ago started the process of reconciliation between our two communities. Nostra Aetate and the later official Church documents it inspired unequivocally reject any form of anti-Semitism, affirm the eternal Covenant between G-d and the Jewish people, reject deicide and stress the unique relationship between Christians and Jews, who were called “our elder brothers” by Pope John Paul II and “our fathers in faith” by Pope Benedict XVI. On this basis, Catholics and other Christian officials started an honest dialogue with Jews that has grown during the last five decades. We appreciate the Church’s affirmation of Israel’s unique place in sacred history and the ultimate world redemption. Today Jews have experienced sincere love and respect from many Christians that have been expressed in many dialogue initiatives, meetings and conferences around the world.

3. As did Maimonides and Yehudah Halevi,[1] we acknowledge that Christianity is neither an accident nor an error, but the willed divine outcome and gift to the nations. In separating Judaism and Christianity, G-d willed a separation between partners with significant theological differences, not a separation between enemies. Rabbi Jacob Emden wrote that “Jesus brought a double goodness to the world. On the one hand he strengthened the Torah of Moses majestically… and not one of our Sages spoke out more emphatically concerning the immutability of the Torah. On the other hand he removed idols from the nations and obligated them in the seven commandments of Noah so that they would not behave like animals of the field, and instilled them firmly with moral traits…..Christians are congregations that work for the sake of heaven who are destined to endure, whose intent is for the sake of heaven and whose reward will not denied.”[2] Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch taught us that Christians “have accepted the Jewish Bible of the Old Testament as a book of Divine revelation. They profess their belief in the G-d of Heaven and Earth as proclaimed in the Bible and they acknowledge the sovereignty of Divine Providence.”[3] Now that the Catholic Church has acknowledged the eternal Covenant between G-d and Israel, we Jews can acknowledge the ongoing constructive validity of Christianity as our partner in world redemption, without any fear that this will be exploited for missionary purposes. As stated by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel’s Bilateral Commission with the Holy See under the leadership of Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen, “We are no longer enemies, but unequivocal partners in articulating the essential moral values for the survival and welfare of humanity”.[4] Neither of us can achieve G-d’s mission in this world alone.

4. Both Jews and Christians have a common covenantal mission to perfect the world under the sovereignty of the Almighty, so that all humanity will call on His name and abominations will be removed from the earth. We understand the hesitation of both sides to affirm this truth and we call on our communities to overcome these fears in order to establish a relationship of trust and respect. Rabbi Hirsch also taught that the Talmud puts Christians “with regard to the duties between man and man on exactly the same level as Jews. They have a claim to the benefit of all the duties not only of justice but also of active human brotherly love.” In the past relations between Christians and Jews were often seen through the adversarial relationship of Esau and Jacob, yet Rabbi Naftali Zvi Berliner (Netziv) already understood at the end of the 19th century that Jews and Christians are destined by G-d to be loving partners: “In the future when the children of Esau are moved by pure spirit to recognize the people of Israel and their virtues, then we will also be moved to recognize that Esau is our brother.”[5]

5. We Jews and Christians have more in common than what divides us: the ethical monotheism of Abraham; the relationship with the One Creator of Heaven and Earth, Who loves and cares for all of us; Jewish Sacred Scriptures; a belief in a binding tradition; and the values of life, family, compassionate righteousness, justice, inalienable freedom, universal love and ultimate world peace. Rabbi Moses Rivkis (Be’er Hagoleh) confirms this and wrote that “the Sages made reference only to the idolator of their day who did not believe in the creation of the world, the Exodus, G-d’s miraculous deeds and the divinely given law. In contrast, the people among whom we are scattered believe in all these essentials of religion.”[6]

6. Our partnership in no way minimizes the ongoing differences between the two communities and two religions. We believe that G-d employs many messengers to reveal His truth, while we affirm the fundamental ethical obligations that all people have before G-d that Judaism has always taught through the universal Noahide covenant.

7. In imitating G-d, Jews and Christians must offer models of service, unconditional love and holiness. We are all created in G-d’s Holy Image, and Jews and Christians will remain dedicated to the Covenant by playing an active role together in redeeming the world.

Initial signatories (in alphabetical order):

Rabbi Jehoshua Ahrens (Germany)

Rabbi Marc Angel (United States)

Rabbi Isak Asiel (Chief Rabbi of Serbia)

Rabbi David Bigman (Israel)

Rabbi David Bollag (Switzerland)

Rabbi David Brodman (Israel)

Rabbi Natan Lopez Cardozo (Israel)

Rav Yehudah Gilad (Israel)

Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein (Israel)

Rabbi Irving Greenberg (United States)

Rabbi Marc Raphael Guedj (Switzerland)

Rabbi Eugene Korn (Israel)

Rabbi Daniel Landes (Israel)

Rabbi Steven Langnas (Germany)

Rabbi Benjamin Lau (Israel)

Rabbi Simon Livson (Chief Rabbi of Finland)

Rabbi Asher Lopatin (United States)

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin (Israel)

Rabbi David Rosen (Israel)

Rabbi Naftali Rothenberg (Israel)

Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger (Israel)

Rabbi Shmuel Sirat (France)

Rabbi Daniel Sperber (Israel)

Rabbi Jeremiah Wohlberg (United States)

Rabbi Alan Yuter (Israel)

STATEMENT SOURCES

[1] Mishneh Torah, Laws of Kings 11:4 (uncensored edition); Kuzari, section 4:22

[2] Seder Olam Rabbah 35-37; Sefer ha-Shimush 15-17.

[3] Principles of Education, “Talmudic Judaism and Society,” 225-227.

[4] Fourth meeting of the Bilateral Commission of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with Jewry, Grottaferrata, Italy (19 October 2004).

[5] Commentary on Genesis 33:4.

[6] Gloss on Shulhan Arukh, Hoshen Mishpat, Section 425:5.


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