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  •  To answer your questions - (4+ / 0-)

    1. No.  But we do anyways because - bad Jews.  We aren't supposed to be eating at a buffet at all. But since we are, we still follow basic ingrained habits - no meat and dairy together.  We could eat anything we like since we are already across the non-kosher line, we just don't.

    2. In a read aloud and comprehend sort of way - no one speaks Aramaic as a language in our circles, but you need it to study Talmud. It's like learning Latin  you need it for academic purposes, not social. Both classical and modern Hebrew - Torah is written in classic, so you need that, and Modern is handy when speaking to relatives who have shitty English.

    3. None of them.  Nope, not literary groups either.  We would be more likely to use Yiddish, not Aramaic  because of our backgrounds - there might be other Jews who are still hanging onto versions of Aramaic - but not us.

    And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

    by Mortifyd on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 12:10:14 PM PDT

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    •  I just want to thank you for defining (6+ / 0-)

      the Krystyunists so perfectly. I hope by doing so I'm not bringing you down in any way. But honestly, this is just so good:

      this isn't about you.  This is about the people who think it's ok to attack baptise Jews. Who think that the "prosperity gospel" is a valid theology. Who believe Jesus talks to them personally on a daily basis about trivial matters like what shirt to put on. Who are actively seeking to justify their own egotistical belief that they MUST be the Last Generation because surely the "Lor-Dah" can see that things have NEVER been worse in the history of humanity with all this daring to not allow them the sole cultural soapbox to berate people and control them from. None of these angry white men actually had the balls to speak to any of us directly - because they're afraid.  Afraid of what we might say. Afraid of the little seeds of doubt we plant simply by being amused that ethics only come from fear of eternal punishment. Afraid that we might actually know scripture better than they do - because they don't know Hebrew, they only know what they have been told through translation what it says.  They are afraid of three Jews at a table they can't bully.

      G-d bless America.

      It can't be repeated enough.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Thu Aug 15, 2013 at 02:21:49 PM PDT

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