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  •  My father, who I suppose is technically a Jew (1+ / 0-)
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    because his mother was technically one though her mother converted to Russian Orthodoxy before her birth in order to marry her husband, taught his kids this:

    "If you leave them alone, they are likely to leave you alone".

    He also taught us to be kind and gentle to every creature, and every person.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 02:11:25 PM PDT

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    •  Do unto others as you'd have them (0+ / 0-)

      do unto you, said the Nazarene. It's common sense.

      I never liked you and I always will.

      by Ray Blake on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 05:52:04 PM PDT

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      •  Actually his father taught (1+ / 0-)
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        What Rabbi Hillel, who preceded the Nazarene (110 BCE-7CE), taught: That which is hateful to you, do not do unto others. That is the whole of the Torah. All the rest is commentary. Go forth and study.

        If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? When I am only for myself, then what am "I"? And if not now, when?

        by betorah on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 09:36:43 PM PDT

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        •  There's a significant difference between (1+ / 0-)
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          the two, however. Yeshu's command contains a positive, pro-active implication: to treat others well, with compassion and kindness, just as you'd have them do unto you. It goes far beyond just not doing what is hateful.

          I never liked you and I always will.

          by Ray Blake on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 01:43:49 AM PDT

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    •  That has never worked for Jews (1+ / 0-)
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      Nor for anybody else that I can remember. Most cultures seem to have operated on the other set of Golden Rules.

      Whoever has the Gold makes the Rules.

      Do unto others before they can do unto you.

      It's certainly true of Republicans.

      Buddhists traditionally say to leave other people alone, but don't expect anything.

      Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

      by Mokurai on Sun Apr 20, 2014 at 10:34:49 PM PDT

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