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Messianic Jews say they are persecuted in Israel

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HughBe

Kingston, Jamaica

#53620 May 28, 2013
former res wrote:
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Ok - whatever. I wasn't alive yet.
My favorite thing in that museum is the Rosetta Stone - fascinating!
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All things being equal, is it better to practice correct technique or incorrect technique?
thank you, I accept your apology
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William is not alive but well known, and well read.
He was a playwright, not a god.
What is your silly point?
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Why? Are you planning on investing?
I have lost your point if you ever had one.
HughBe--- I believe that you embraced WW11 as it was all planned, based on a document that was once in a British Museum.

Former--Ok - whatever. I wasn't alive yet.

HughBe--- Did you remember that when you spoke? NO, it was one of those senior moments, I guess.

Former--My favorite thing in that museum is the Rosetta Stone - fascinating!

HughBe--- I accept your words as true and believe that the shape carries the appeal for you.

Former---Justifying mediocrity.

HughBe--- Full IDIOT, we were talking about bad techniques and being an IDIOT your position is that bad techniques are all bad.
On the other hand I am telling you via ONE example alone that bad techniques don't have to be ineffective and I used the case of hurdling. Your problem is your inability to think and to compound matters when things are explained to you the capacity to understand TRUTHFUL and simple things is absent.

Former---All things being equal, is it better to practice correct technique or incorrect technique?

HughBe--- On the face of it I shall say correct. This does not change the fact that people with poor techniques can still be effective and very successful. I have seen it.

What is regarded as good now can at a later date be regarded as not so good . One example the high jump technique.

Former--thank you, I accept your apology

HughBe--- You are welcome.

Former--A man who will speak in homophobic rants only because of some ancient writings written by those UNKNOWN and long dead.

HughBe--- Is Shakespeare alive and KNOWN to YOU? Do people speak and act and learn about him and his works?

Former---William is not alive but well known, and well read.

HughBe--- Jesus is BETTER known and READ.

Former---He was a playwright, not a god.

HughBe--- His shortcomings.

Former---What is your silly point?

HughBe--- It is silly only because you don't know what the hell you are talking about. On what basis were you responding all along?

How long have you been at sea?

HughBe--- Tell me about any car company in the way that I have outlined below and do so WITHOUT researching the information.
1.the ADMINISTRATION
2. FINANCIAL position,
3. HR policies
4. MORALE in the company
5. PAY packages

Former---Why? Are you planning on investing?

HughBe--- Because it will highlight to you that you do not know the maker of the car. YOU know about a car and from that you can make statements about the maker.

I know about the world and from it I can tell about the Maker.

Former---I have lost your point if you ever had one.

HughBe--- Nasty habit of yours.
HughBe

Kingston, Jamaica

#53621 May 28, 2013
Frijoles wrote:
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So funny. If you scroll back to my earliest comments - I said I was humoring you by following your own line of logic
Which you now reject
This entire side point is a straw position anyhow. The bigger question is how a Christian can reject the Christmas story as a literalism but still be a Christian.
And I easily won that discussion a few posts ago.
So with or without any RELIGION a person is a JEW. A JEW is a JEW without JUDAISM. The GENES of the JEWS do NOT change even if their FAITH changes for the better.

The JEWS existed long before JUDAISM and shall exist long AFTER Judaism.

Without a belief in Jesus a person is NEVER a Christian and this is NOT a private interpretation. Note boy, a belief in Jesus is NOT sufficient to make you a Christian and that is a FACT.
former res

Cheshire, CT

#53622 May 28, 2013
HughBe wrote:
HughBe--- YOU were asked about celebrating Christmas and other CHRISTMAS related questions. In answering such questions you inserted BS that suggested that you attended Christian functions to the exclusion of other functions.
Yes and no. I do attend Christian function but still not sure you thought that meant "to the exclusion of other functions."

I can chew gum and still walk straight at the same time.

Guess I'm a multitasker.
HughBe wrote:
Former--My own wedding was civil ceremony, performed by a Justice of the Peace. No church.
HughBe--- So, in a CONTEXT that YOU are being called a SECULAR Christian why did you give your typical UNBALANCED and MISLEADING comments about Christian weddings etc?
Everything I said was true.

What is your question?

Is it confusing to you that we chose one type of wedding for ourselves while still accepting the choice of our friends and family?
HughBe wrote:
Former--But I have been to all kinds of weddings, even Jewish.
HughBe--- So why the SILENCE? why the FOCUS on Christians?
That was the issue I was asked to address.

Specifically how I observe Christmas. I chose to expand my response. Was this wrong or deceptive in your view?
HughBe wrote:
Former---In our country, when we say "we" that includes "me."
HughBe--- It must be a Spanish speaking country because English people understood from my words that the WE was inclusive of you. What is still missing in your understanding is that nobody was asking YOU about others, YOU were being asked about YOURSELF, legions.
In our country the observance of Christmas is a family experience.

A rich and rewarding time to catch up and spend time with people we care about.

You should try it.
HughBe wrote:
Former---We are not home for Christmas. We are at the home of my wife's parents
HughBe--- How does that prevent you from erecting a tree at home and decorating your home? The trappings are not there for a DAY.
No but we choose not to.

Frankly, Christmas tress are expensive and a real pain in the ass to buy, bring home, set up, maintain and then get rid of later in January.

My 84 year old father in law keeps saying every year will be his last but he still does it - mostly for the kids I guess.

We do minor decorations around our house - but no tree.
HughBe wrote:
Former-- But we love Christmas and all the traditions and trappings very much - tree, gifts, stockings (I have one with my name on it made by my wife!) and we go to church on Christmas eve.
HughBe--- So do you buy gifts and wish everybody a merry Christmas although you do not believe in it?
Yes and I mean it.

I wish Jews a happy new year and peace and drink "to life."

Why wouldn't I?
HughBe wrote:
Former---Not at all. for the time of contemplation, the sense of community, experiencing appreciation for what we have, to give to the poor, to sing, to light a candle, all good stuff
HughBe--- Do you have any organization that is not RELIGIOUS that you could "give to the poor" ?
Yes and we do.

Again, multitasking. You should try it.
HughBe wrote:
Why do you an ATHEISTS choose a Church to do these good? Recall you did not even get married in a Church.
It's all part of the experience. A family and community event.

It's not even a Catholic church - Prezby/Protestant.

I get the distinct impression you would not welcome me to your church. Or give me a gift at Christmas.

Why do you not give our kids gifts at Christmas?
former res

Cheshire, CT

#53623 May 28, 2013
YOUR kids
HughBe

Kingston, Jamaica

#53624 May 28, 2013
Frijoles wrote:
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Who said anything about rejecting God?
We were talking about rejecting the story of Christmas.
If you call me a Judahite, i call you a n_gg_er. Remember?
Frijoles---Who said anything about rejecting God?

HughBe--- You are not really understanding so let me simplify for you.

Atheists REJECT God and Former is an ATHEIST and so non-RELIGIOUS.

==========

Listen well, DECEIVER. In the SANE world those who REJECT the idea of God or gods are NOT religious.

In the RELIGION called JUDAISM there are SECULAR Judahites but this is a "SPECIAL" case as nowhere else in the world you shall find such MADNESS of a SECULAR subset of a RELIGIOUS group.

Does Former call himself a SECULAR Christian?
former res

Cheshire, CT

#53625 May 28, 2013
HughBe wrote:
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No Son, since I do NOT celebrate Christmas I do NOT give gifts not even to my children.

I thought you were a Christian.

So why no Christmas?
former res

Cheshire, CT

#53626 May 28, 2013
HughBe wrote:
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Next, YOU questioned the existence of Jesus and that is why I spoke about history making mention of Him.
I don't believe I said that.
former res

Cheshire, CT

#53627 May 28, 2013
HughBe wrote:
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Former now---I only recently acknowledged that a man named Jesus likely lived.(Did you forget that already?)
HughBe---Compare that with his Post 53480 written 23 hours ago.
POST--
HughBe --Simplifying, Christians who celebrate Christmas do so because they are celebrating a REAL EVENT and not an imaginary events as in the case of Purim.
Former---a real event? Not so.
(HughBe--My guess is that NOT SO is an acknowledgment)
The "real event" that you refer to is not the birth of a future carpenter but the virgin birth of a deity you moron!

THAT is the event I was questioning.

Clean the crap out of your little brain.
former res

Cheshire, CT

#53628 May 28, 2013
HughBe wrote:
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HughBe--- I believe that you embraced WW11 as it was all planned, based on a document that was once in a British Museum.
Former--Ok - whatever. I wasn't alive yet.
HughBe--- Did you remember that when you spoke? NO, it was one of those senior moments, I guess.
It was one the better wars. Certainly the biggest.
HughBe wrote:
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Former--My favorite thing in that museum is the Rosetta Stone - fascinating!
HughBe--- I accept your words as true and believe that the shape carries the appeal for you.
Do you not know what it is?

I encourage you to google it.
HughBe wrote:
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Former---All things being equal, is it better to practice correct technique or incorrect technique?
HughBe--- On the face of it I shall say correct. This does not change the fact that people with poor techniques can still be effective and very successful. I have seen it.
Ok - we agree. Big kiss.

Did you enjoy the movie "Cool Runnings"?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cool_Runnings

Good movie.
HughBe wrote:
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Former---William is not alive but well known, and well read.
HughBe--- Jesus is BETTER known and READ.
Former---He was a playwright, not a god.
HughBe--- His shortcomings.
Former---What is your silly point?
HughBe--- It is silly only because you don't know what the hell you are talking about. On what basis were you responding all along?
How long have you been at sea?
We enjoy one as a writer, the other as a mystic who preached love and peace much like MLK. Good men both. Not gods though. Keep it reasonable.
HughBe wrote:
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Former---Why? Are you planning on investing?
HughBe--- Because it will highlight to you that you do not know the maker of the car. YOU know about a car and from that you can make statements about the maker.
I know about the world and from it I can tell about the Maker.
A better example would be seeing a painting or sculpture and wondering about the artist. Or a novel.

Most writing they say is autobiographical.

But I have no idea that a sentient being created all of this.

I am ok with not knowing and not speculating.

That is the difference between you and me.

Or me and any believer.
HughBe

Kingston, Jamaica

#53629 May 28, 2013
HughBe--- YOU were asked about celebrating Christmas and other CHRISTMAS related questions.

Former---Yes.....

HughBe--- Accepted.

Former--My own wedding was civil ceremony, performed by a Justice of the Peace. No church.

HughBe--- So, in a CONTEXT that YOU are being called a SECULAR Christian why did you give your typical UNBALANCED and MISLEADING comments about Christian weddings etc?

Former---Everything I said was true.

HughBe--- ditto and your words were unbalanced and so misleading.

Former---What is your question?

HughBe--- pathetic

Former--But I have been to all kinds of weddings, even Jewish.

HughBe--- So why the SILENCE? why the FOCUS on Christians?

Former---That was the issue I was asked to address.

HughBe--- No son, you were not asked about Christian weddings etc. you were being asked about CHRISTMAS. You misled the simple Frijoles.

Former---Specifically how I observe Christmas. I chose to expand my response. Was this wrong or deceptive in your view?

HughBe--- YOU FAILED to answer the simple questions and the things said would mislead.

Former---In our country, when we say "we" that includes "me."

HughBe--- It must be a Spanish speaking country because English people understood from my words that the WE was inclusive of you. What is still missing in your understanding is that nobody was asking YOU about others, YOU were being asked about YOURSELF, legions.

HughBe---In our country the observance of Christmas is a family experience.
A rich and rewarding time to catch up and spend time with people we care about.
You should try it.

HughBe--- None of what you have said means that YOU celebrate it. What it means is that it is used as an occasion to SOCIALIZE with family and not that the birth of Jesus means anything to you.

Former---We are not home for Christmas. We are at the home of my wife's parents

HughBe--- How does that prevent you from erecting a tree at home and decorating your home? The trappings are not there for a DAY.

Former--No but we choose not to.
Frankly, Christmas tress are expensive and a real pain in the ass to buy, bring home, set up, maintain and then get rid of later in January.

HughBe--- Let us suppose that cost was not an issue and there was no pain in your favourite place would you set up the tree etc?

If not, why not?

Former--My 84 year old father in law keeps saying every year will be his last but he still does it - mostly for the kids I guess.

HughBe--- Surely you must appreciate it as his son-in-law.

Former---We do minor decorations around our house - but no tree.

HughBe--- Your words are unclear given what you have said above. Explain OUR.

HughBe--- So do you buy gifts and wish everybody a merry Christmas although you do not believe in it?

Former--Yes and I mean it.

HughBe--- In my mind you celebrate Christmas. You buy gifts, go to church, set up decorations, wish people a merry Christmas, go to family gatherings.

What else is necessary for you to call it OBSERVING Christmas?

I(HughBe) do NONE of what you do.

Former---I wish Jews a happy new year and peace and drink "to life."

HughBe--- Do the same to the Muslims and the Hindus and everybody.

HughBe--- Do you have any organization that is not RELIGIOUS that you could "give to the poor" ?

Former--Yes and we do.

HughBe--Why do you an ATHEISTS choose a Church to do these good? Recall you did not even get married in a Church.

Former--It's all part of the experience. A family and community event.

It's not even a Catholic church -

HughBe--- Why make it a religious one? You should have done the same for your wedding as you say,"It's all part of the experience"

Former--I get the distinct impression you would not welcome me to your church. Or give me a gift at Christmas.

Why do you not give our kids gifts at Christmas?

HughBe--- I DO NOT believe in and CELEBRATE Christmas and that is why.

Are YOU a secular Christian?
HughBe

Kingston, Jamaica

#53630 May 28, 2013
former res wrote:
<quoted text>
I thought you were a Christian.
So why no Christmas?
1.Lesson---Not all Christians celebrate Christmas.

2.Are you one of the fellows who has repeatedly asks me for the name of my religion?

If yes and I KNOW that it is YES, from where did your thought originate?
HughBe

Kingston, Jamaica

#53631 May 28, 2013
former res wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't believe I said that.
As an ATHEIST you are into too much FAITH and BELIEF.
HughBe

Kingston, Jamaica

#53632 May 28, 2013
former res wrote:
<quoted text>
The "real event" that you refer to is not the birth of a future carpenter but the virgin birth of a deity you moron!
THAT is the event I was questioning.
Clean the crap out of your little brain.
Former now---I only recently acknowledged that a man named Jesus likely lived.(Did you forget that already?)

HughBe---Compare that with his Post 53480 written 23 hours ago.

POST--
HughBe --Simplifying, Christians who celebrate Christmas do so because they are celebrating a REAL EVENT and not an imaginary events as in the case of Purim.

Former---a real event? Not so.
(HughBe--My guess is that NOT SO is an acknowledgment)

Former, the simple---The "real event" that you refer to is not the birth of a future carpenter but the virgin birth of a deity you moron!

HughBe--- Boy,I made no mention of "a deity". Now, Christmas is celebrated by Christians as the BIRTH of Jesus and every JACKASS knows this. Therefore, your words are typical GARBAGE.

Former---THAT is the event I was questioning.

HughBe---Really? Prove it by citing the words that confused your little brain. To ALL, you being the exception, my reponse above was clear. Get off the DRUGS, your little brain will function marginally better.

Former---Clean the crap out of your little brain.

HughBe--- Your problem is that both your brain and mind are tiny. Much love.
HughBe

Kingston, Jamaica

#53633 May 28, 2013
Former--My favorite thing in that museum is the Rosetta Stone - fascinating!

HughBe--- I accept your words as true and believe that the shape carries the appeal for you.

Former---Do you not know what it is?

HughBe--- No I don't I just commented based on how I felt.

Former---All things being equal, is it better to practice correct technique or incorrect technique?

HughBe--- On the face of it I shall say correct. This does not change the fact that people with poor techniques can still be effective and very successful. I have seen it.

Former---Ok - we agree. Big kiss.

HughBe--- Big step. XOXO.

Former--Did you enjoy the movie "Cool Runnings"?

HughBe--- yes.

Former--We enjoy one as a writer, the other as a mystic who preached love and peace much like MLK. Good men both. Not gods though. Keep it reasonable.

HughBe--- noted

Former---Why? Are you planning on investing?

HughBe--- Because it will highlight to you that you do not know the maker of the car. YOU know about a car and from that you can make statements about the maker.

I know about the world and from it I can tell about the Maker.

Former--A better example would be seeing a painting or sculpture and wondering about the artist. Or a novel.

HughBe--- opinion noted. Think about what I have written. If YOU went to an interview and was asked about the company and YOU could not tell them about the things that I have mentioned and more YOU would not get the job. Why? You don't know about the company.


Former--But I have no idea that a sentient being created all of this.

HughBe--- accepted. What makes sense to you is that INSENTIENCE vibrated and produced the beauty, the brains e.g. me and the brainless e.g. YOU.

Former--I am ok with not knowing and not speculating.

HughBe--- Accepted that you are comfortable being IGNORANT.

Former--That is the difference between you and me.

HughBe--- accepted. I like to know and to THINK and you don't.
HughBe

Kingston, Jamaica

#53634 May 28, 2013
Your complete post 53480 p2404. Note Christmas celebrates the BIRTH of Jesus and that is the REAL EVENT that I spoke of and that YOU responded to.

HughBe ---Simplifying, Christians who celebrate Christmas do so because they are celebrating a REAL EVENT and not an imaginary events as in the case of Purim.

Former---a real event?

Not so.

Was Noah's Ark real as well?

Did Moses part the Red Sea?

Great stories though.

I thought you said you had a good education?

JOEL THUMBS UP

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#53635 May 29, 2013
Frijoles wrote:
<quoted text>

Explain to us humble folk how much fertility of his soils would be due to quaternary events that fostered soil development (glaciation) and how much is a remnant of their tropical development 200 Million years ago.

Look at the changes in minerology composition (2:1 vs 1:1 clays) and relative weathering rates of these clays, and the impact of that on CEC
Fertility of soil would depend on several factors like soil type (loamy, regur, alluvial, etc), mineral content, friability, enthalpy, humification capacity, aeration, cation formation/retention/exchange capacity, erosion, microbial activity, vegetation type, latitude/climatic zone, pH/pOH, electrical potential, electrical potential gradient (surface and subsoil), electrochemical gradient, redox reactions, ionization potential, conductivity/dielectric capacity of solution, etc.

The close interaction between biotic and abiotic factors would play a key role in soil formation and soil fertility.

Obviously, the region under consideration would have been ice-free pre as well as post-glaciation eras.

Where glacier formation is concerned, the load factor would have to be taken note of, the formation of permafrost would also play a key role in reducing water flow so that biota with well-developed vascular system would not flourish and so humification rate would reduce, cec arrested, drop in dissolution and other dynamics would lead to lowered fertility, lack of aeration due to the piling on of the sheaths of ice on the top soil would also affect its fertility and reduce oxidation capacity/electro-chemical reactions, tectonic activity and peak ground acceleration would also make their contribution felt.....later, with rise in temperature, the glaciers would retreat and as they melted and withdrew a scooping out/grinding effect would affect the land contour, increase friability and churn the soil contents or result in much soil being swept away.

I think glaciation is a soil-damaging activity and so the other option (remnant of their tropical development 200 Million years ago) is more valid in determining soil fertility in situ and from the perspective of intrusive and extrusive mechanisms. Rather, if the soil in that region is lacking fertility then glaciation could be the paramount culprit.

JOEL THUMBS UP

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#53636 May 29, 2013
Oh, well, I've studied chem only upto the first year in IIT and thereafter I switched over to my math-dominated major. Even at the qualifying exam - the IIT JEE - to get into the IITs, I didn't perform too well in chem but did excellently in physics and brilliantly in math and on account of a relatively poor score in chem my AIR (All India Rank) slipped and I ranked in the early 200s. 400,000 students or so took the IIT JEE that year. Had I done better in chem at the IIT JEE, I would have ranked in the top 50 to 75 ranks in India. Anyway.

JOEL THUMBS UP

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#53637 May 29, 2013
HUGH,

How many kids have you fathered with that plump brownie (wife)?

How many are still around on earth and how many were miscarried/aborted?

(smiles)

“Legumes of the World Unite ”

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#53638 May 29, 2013
JOEL THUMBS UP wrote:
<quoted text>
Fertility of soil would depend on several factors like soil type (loamy, regur, alluvial, etc), mineral content, friability, enthalpy, humification capacity, aeration, cation formation/retention/exchange capacity, erosion, microbial activity, vegetation type, latitude/climatic zone, pH/pOH, electrical potential, electrical potential gradient (surface and subsoil), electrochemical gradient, redox reactions, ionization potential, conductivity/dielectric capacity of solution, etc.
The close interaction between biotic and abiotic factors would play a key role in soil formation and soil fertility.
Obviously, the region under consideration would have been ice-free pre as well as post-glaciation eras.
Where glacier formation is concerned, the load factor would have to be taken note of, the formation of permafrost would also play a key role in reducing water flow so that biota with well-developed vascular system would not flourish and so humification rate would reduce, cec arrested, drop in dissolution and other dynamics would lead to lowered fertility, lack of aeration due to the piling on of the sheaths of ice on the top soil would also affect its fertility and reduce oxidation capacity/electro-chemical reactions, tectonic activity and peak ground acceleration would also make their contribution felt.....later, with rise in temperature, the glaciers would retreat and as they melted and withdrew a scooping out/grinding effect would affect the land contour, increase friability and churn the soil contents or result in much soil being swept away.
I think glaciation is a soil-damaging activity and so the other option (remnant of their tropical development 200 Million years ago) is more valid in determining soil fertility in situ and from the perspective of intrusive and extrusive mechanisms. Rather, if the soil in that region is lacking fertility then glaciation could be the paramount culprit.
Both soils were glaciated. Glaciation occurred in the late Quaternary to the whole region.

The difference between the soils is that during the break up of Pangaea, a partial rift valley formed in the area of FR, and the parent material subsided. Then the gap in the valley was filled with sediment eroded off the sides of the valley (from where I now live), and compressed into sedimentary rock (Brownstone), filling the valley. Then a tropical climate occurred, resulting in heavy weathering of the soils to 1:1 clays. The result are red soils, just like you see in the tropics.

Meanwhile, in my area, up on the hillsides of that valley, the parent material is the original metamorphic rock from the original collision of Pangaea, not the brownstone (a product of my hillsides), which weather to 2:1 clays.

HUndreds of millions years later, glaciation occurred through the whole region. The impact of that is that I have boulders in my soil since my parent material is resistent, while FR lacks the boulders because the parent material was not as resistant.

So question remains whether FRs soils, high in 1:1 clays, retain a higher fertility. Tropic soils are not necessarily more fertile, and in fact they have Phosphorus deficiencies. But I dont think FR's soils are any LESS fertile than mine, I just wonder if they may be more.

Glacial soils are chemically very fertile.

Re hydological impact of glaciation - glaciation compacts the soil, causing perched water tables. But remember there is now a layer of weathered soil above that soil, allowing for adequate planting in many areas.

Also, the 20,000 years post-glaciation is plenty of time for the barren soil to re-biologicalize and recreate structure.

“Legumes of the World Unite ”

Since: Sep 11

Location hidden

#53639 May 29, 2013
HughBe wrote:
<quoted text>
So with or without any RELIGION a person is a JEW. A JEW is a JEW without JUDAISM. The GENES of the JEWS do NOT change even if their FAITH changes for the better.
The JEWS existed long before JUDAISM and shall exist long AFTER Judaism.
Without a belief in Jesus a person is NEVER a Christian and this is NOT a private interpretation. Note boy, a belief in Jesus is NOT sufficient to make you a Christian and that is a FACT.
Again, there are Christians who believe in Jesus but do not believe in the Christmas story to the actual letter.

Why is this so hard for you to understand? I bet you could find some of your friends and neighbors in this category.

In the same vein, it is certainly logical and evident that there are Jews who believe in God but dont accept the Purim story as literal. There are many meanings to be derived from stories like that.

The interesting thing about the Ester story is that God ISNT EVEN A CHARACTER IN THE STORY. But I digress.

Esther story is a story about the value of traditions and cultural survival verses assimilation. Esther started out on the path of assimilation then learned the hard way that this was not the responsible path.

The Esther story is also about the archtypical battle between bad behavior and good behavior. Surely, anyone could understand and appreciate that theme?

Purim is also about letting our hair down. Its the Jewish Mardi-gras.

Its also about caring for the poor and eachother(we do shalach manos - gifts to the poor and to friends)

These are all meanings and themes that are expressed in our holiday.

NOT A SINGLE ONE requires accepting the story as historically literal. Not that there is anything wrong with that if one does, of course.

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