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If you’re different in any way from the silly preconceived “normal” that some people have in their heads, you may have been spoken to in a terrible way. I wish I were as quick-witted as J Mase III in those situations.
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Half the family is Catholic; half the family is Jewish. In the midst of the Chrismukkah season, you’re falling somewhere in the middle. It’s that toasty place I like to call being a Cashew.
I’d like to extend the invitation to all half-Christian, half-Jews, as well. They get it.
Your cultural/religious identity falls somewhere in-between. Being raised as both is a tricky endeavor in a mixed-faith household.
You may be required to go to services on Friday night and Sunday morning. It’s a lot of work, but there are perks.
There is some confusion, as well. You’re never quite Jewish enough for the Jewish kids, and never quite Christian enough for the Christian kids. Yet, both are equally jealous that you get twice the amount of presents.
Can you really be half and half? Totally. There are two sides to this gelt, and when something is part of your upbringing, it is part of your identity.
Those traditions stick with you. In this case, there are a lot of traditions to remember. So, whether you pick and choose or embrace it all, think of the things you enjoy.
When Christmas and Chanukah align on the calendar, it’s a Chrismakkah miracle. Popularized by “The OC,” Christmakkah is that glorious time of year when two become one. Naturally, you do a proper job of making sure everyone knows.
Some years, Christmas and Chanukah are further apart in the month December. After all, the Jewish calendar and the Gregorian calendar don’t always align.
Regardless, getting to celebrate both holidays with both sides of the family is double the fun. Spoiled, I know.
What kid doesn’t like loads of presents? Christmas has an undisclosed amount of gifts in one night while Chanukah has one gift each night for eight days.
Some kids pit these experiences against each other, but you get both, so it doesn’t matter.
You’re fully aware of the way Hallmark pits the holidays against each other to sell more things, and you’re totally buying.
Your house probably has a Christmas tree and a menorah! Some lucky kids get a “Chanukah Bush” or rather a compromise between your parents. It’s basically a giant Christmas tree with blue and white lights and the Star of David on every other ornament.
Either way, you look mighty festive and there are so many options to chose from when decorating.
It’s not just Christmas and Chanukah; you also get holidays like Passover, Easter, Purim, Saint Valentine’s Day, the High Holy Days, Good Friday, Lent and Yom Kippur.
I didn’t say all of them were fun. Depending on your family, you don’t have to follow every holiday to a tee. You can probably think of a handful of times you were called upon to explain a particular holiday or religious observance to a classroom, friend or peer.
As the only sort-of Jewish kid in my school for some time, my annual Chanukah presentation became a professional grade seminar. Similarly, the Jewish kids had no clue if Lent was just a different way of saying lint or the past tense of lend.
Jewish guilt is totally a thing. Catholic guilt is totally a thing. Combine those and you’re just an emotionally confused adult, except someone has handed you the power of manipulation to use on other susceptible individuals.
On the other side, you can always tell when someone is trying to make you feel guilty as a means of coercion. It’s a vicious cycle.
I feel guilty just writing this. You probably feel guilty reading it. It’s okay, I understand.
Footage has come to light of presidential hopeful, Ben Carson, saying he believed the Biblical figure Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. He also said that scientists can only explain the pyramids with outlandish theories of super-intelligent aliens, despite the huge amounts of written evidence the Ancient Egyptians left behindto explain why they built the pyramids they were tombs.
Carson gave the speech in 1998 as the keynote speaker for graduates at Andrews University, the flagship university of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Carson, a former neurosurgeon, has enjoyed a recent boost in popularity during the ongoing Republican leadership campaigns. The latest survey, by NBC News, puts his support at 29 percent, six points up on the former front-runner, Donald Trump.
The speech came to light after a recent Buzzfeed News article published a video recording of it. Last Wednesday, CBS News asked Carson whether his views have changed since 1998, to which he replied: Its still my belief, yes.
In the speech he said:
My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I dont think itd just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain.
And when you look at the way that the pyramids are made, with many chambers that are hermetically sealed, theyd have to be that way for various reasons, Carson said. And various of scientists have said, Well, you know there were alien beings that came down and they have special knowledge and thats how you know, it doesnt require an alien being when God is with you.
People may not even be able to explain what it is that youre accomplishing, but they dont have to be able to explain it when God is there.
In the speech, he also said, they [scientists] never have an answer for these kind of things. Thats the wonderful thing about having a relationship with God. God has already told us what happened.
The comments have been met with ridicule and disbelief, such as the Twitter hashtag #bencarsonwikipedia, which satirizes the comments.
Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) November 6, 2015
When mice reach puberty they become rats. #bencarsonwikipedia
Mike Monteiro (@monteiro) November 6, 2015
#BenCarsonWikipedia Stonehenge was put together by amateur Lego enthusiasts
Ryan C (@HayekandHockey) November 6, 2015
You can view the speech in full here.
Sometimes the most enjoyably important things in life come from unexpected places.
Monumental architectonical jewels inspired by human faith can be found all around the world. Some of the worldÂ´s most impressive churches and cathedrals have been adorning their surroundings for hundreds or sometimes even over a thousand of years. Many of them got so popular and well-known that you might identify them with just one picture and maybe a little hint. If you want to give it a try and test your knowledge of some of the worldÂ´s greatest Christian church buildings, please stop reading here and start looking at the first picture because the correct answers follow: 25 – Canterbury Cathedral, England, 24 – La Sagrada Familia, Spain, 23 – St. PaulÂ´s Cathedral, England, 22 – Saint BasilÂ´s Cathedral, Russia 21 – HallgrÃmskirkja, Iceland, 20 – Notre Dame Cathedral, France, 19 – Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, 18 – Liverpool Cathedral, England, 17 – St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery, Ukraine, 16 – Milan Cathedral, Italy, 15 – Washington National Cathedral, Washington D.C. , 14 – St. PeterÂ´s Basilica, Vatican, 13 – Basilica of Our Lady of Lichen, Poland, 12 – Cologne Cathedral, Germany, 11 – Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico, 10 – Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours, Philippines, 9 – Salt Lake Temple, Utah, 8 – Reims Cathedral, France, 7 – Florence Cathedral, Italy, 6 – Cathedral of St. Sophia, Russia, 5 – Ulm Minster, Germany, 4 – St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Australia, 3 – St. MarkÂ´s Basilica, Italy, 2 – Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia, 1 – Lincoln Cathedral, England.
Hey, NASA? Yeah, it’s Carl. Hey, can you do me a quick favor?
Young Mormons are sent out into the world as missionaries at the age of 18. Thought many people may disagree on their religious perspective, few can complain about their manners. They’re just so nice!
Now, this older video from 2010 of a missionary demonstrating his kindness to animals has gone viral. While Dbyankee and his companion were travelling through New Zealand, they stumbled upon a distressed mother duck hovering over a storm grate. They soon realized the baby ducklings had fallen in and were stuck. That’s when they jumped into gear.
So the new Pope seems to have a little problem prioritizing the teachings of Jesus Christ. Maybe he should listen to his boss.