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  1. Dictionary definition of ethnicity: The fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition. Nowhere is race mentioned. You can have different races within the same culture or nationality. I am always suspect of people who insist that Judaism is a race. Some of the reasons why should be obvious, but I am not going to discuss this further in this thread. Non-Jews who insist that Judaism is a race are rarely willing to change their thinking. This thread should be about honoring those who were murdered - in their place of worship, some participating in a bris! - simply because they were Jewish. That this still happens is mind boggling, while at the same time not at all surprising. I suspect the synagogues will be more crowded than ever this Shabbos, and that when the Kaddish is being said, every single congregant will have these 11 neshamahs specifically in mind. May their memories be for a blessing
  2. Yes, when you convert to Judaism, halachally there is no difference between you and someone who is born Jewish. You are both simply Jews. This still does not make Judaism a race. And certain groups insisting it does, does not change that. Again, you can convert to a religion but you cannot convert to a race. Becoming a Jew does not magically change your race. If you’re Caucasian before you convert, you’re still Caucasian after you convert. You don’t suddenly become African-American, for example. I was Caucasian before I joined the Church, and I’m still Caucasian. I know a person who converted from Catholicism to Judaism, and then back to Christianity via The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Guess what? She remained African-American throughout!
  3. I’d be happy to share what I can. It might be more appropriate to send a PM?
  4. Judaism is not a race. Jews come in all races. You can convert to a religion, but you cannot convert to a race. Ethnic or cultural identity would probably be a more apt description. Halacha (Jewish law) is clear on who is a Jew. But when it comes to the question of whether or not a Jew who converts to Christianity is still a Jew, Halacha is less clear and you will get differing opinions depending on which rabbi you consult. Rather than take up so much time on this thread with my (inarticulate) explanations, I can steer you towards resources on the internet. At koltorah.org, there is a tree-part discussion on the relevant Halacha. Chabad.org is also a good resource. Mall that said, for me going to Sacrament meeting next week as opposed to contributing to a strength-in-numbers showing by helping to fill the synagogues next Saturday just feels......lacking? It’s just one of those feelings you cannot articulate without having experienced it.
  5. As someone who converted from Orthodox Judaism, I can tell you that there were always people who carried at shul (synagogue). Always. And during the High Holidays (and other large gatherings, especially those open to the public) there would be visible, armed police presence outside the shul. It was necessary. I remember one Yom Kippur in particular attending services in a very large shul, thinking how incredibly easy it would be to kill an awful lot of Jews very easily. Now, if you are talking about Reform or “progressive” Judaism, they would have toed the line of political correctness and prohibited any and all weapons. I also used to work at a Jewish day school. We got regular visits from local police and the FBI on the latest specific threats to various locations within the Jewish community. Including our school. A place full of children. The attack this weekend left me broken-hearted. And - I guess oddly - feeling guilty for having converted.
  6. Raingirl

    No more MoTab

    I don’t understand why the guys get to wear ‘real’ clothes - suits - and women have to wear something they would never actually wear anywhere else. Awful pattern and colors. Why not black skirts with a blouse in a design and colors that exist in the real world?
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    It's Official- 2 Hour Block

    Your first paragraph speaks volumes to me. I think you are really onto something here and articulated it beautifully. It’s especially magnified for me having no family in the church (really no family at all in the practical sense) and living in an area where I won’t encounter another member of the church unless I’m at church or the temple. A couple of years ago I was in a medical building that had a balcony type design. I was waiting for my appointment when I heard a gentleman on the floor below whistling “I Am A Child of God”. I was astonished, thrilled, and terribly curious.
  8. Raingirl

    It's Official- 2 Hour Block

    There’s so much I want to say to your first paragraph but I’m going to play nice and bite my tongue instead. But I’d bet there’s at least one woman here who could read my mind. Guys? Not so much.
  9. Raingirl

    It's Official- 2 Hour Block

    “Normally”? The vast majority of single adult sisters in my age group that I know (not part of the YSA/fertile child-bearing age) have NO family in the church (or family at all). There’s a lot of invisibility that happens for single sisters, whether or not any of you want to believe it My introduction to Relief Society was the wife of my just-assigned Home Teacher standing up and having a temper tantrum because her husband had been assigned to - horror of horrors - a SINGLE sister! Mind you this was the same guy who was assigned to accompany the missionaries on my lessons, only to be a no-call, no-show appointment after appointment. Thankfully, I had great missionaries who were responsible (and creative), else I would never have received all the missionary lessons. New member lessons never happened. And I can count one hand the number of times I’ve had home teaching visits in the seven years I’ve been a member. Same for visiting teaching. And I was doing visiting teaching myself (alone, companion couldn’t be bothered) before I had ever been on the receiving end. I still feel sorry for that first sister I was assigned to visit. She deserved someone who had a clue. Okay, rant over. This what happens when us old ladies are trying to function on two hours sleep. We get cranky and forget to sit on our hands!
  10. Raingirl

    President Nelson Comes to Seattle and Vancouver

    I'm in Oregon and we were instructed not to try to attend. That all tickets had been disbursed, and there would be very little chance of getting tickets in a standby line, but more importantly, to give Washington residents a chance to attend.
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    A Fourth Watch God

    Someone loaned me this talk on CD several years ago. I listened to it so many times (usually on my commute) , that I went out and bought two copies: one for myself and one to loan. I haven't listened to it in a while. I really need to put it back in my regular rotation.
  12. And what about what McKenna (June, before she changed her name) did to male missionionaries in the MTC and while on her mission? Does she just get a pass?
  13. Tried to PM you regarding additional information about Denson that is available publicly, but you don't accept PMs. 

  14. Raingirl

    Denson's Lawsuit Dismissed by Federal Judge

    Please share with us your professional credentials in the field that qualify you to make the declaration contained in your last sentence.
  15. Raingirl

    Woman Denied Temple Recommend for ...

    I wouldn't go public. For the reasons you mentioned, and also for the inevitable attacks, as is evidenced by some of the posts in this thread.