March 26th, 2013
12:31 PM ET

Burning Passover's 'garbage of the soul'

(CNN)– In the ultra-Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Sha'ari, Joe Liebovitz explains why Jews burn bread for Passover.

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  1. Over 40,000 denominations of insanity

    In the U.S. recently we learned of the head of Lutheran CMS chastising a minister of that church for participating in a joint service for the victims of the Newtown school shooting.

    One sect calls homosexuality an abomination while the next one in the same denomination is already performing gay marriage.

    One sect, the Westboro Baptist Church believes Americans are being killed at war because America is too kind to "fags".

    One sect believes that Jesus and Satan were brothers and that Christ will return to Jerusalem AND Jackson County, Missouri.

    One sect believes women to be subservient, while another sect in the same denomination promotes equality between the sexes.

    Some believe the Pope is the Anti-Christ. Some believe Obama is the Anti-Christ.

    Some believe that celibacy is appropriate for certain people, or for certain positions. It's ridiculous. Celibacy is unnatural and will continue to cause problems for the religious institutions that employ it.

    Many of the people from these same institutions advocate against abortion, but don't understand the realistic benefit of the morning after pill or even basic contraception; their unrealistic wishful thinking is causing the death of many at the hands of disease.

    Conflicted right from the very beginning, Christianity continues to splinter and create divisions and more extremism as time goes by.

    March 29, 2013 at 9:24 am |
    • Science

      Free speech helps educate the masses................POLITICIANS too.................time to EVOLVE !!!

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      Hey James Madison................religion has none it looks like.............with the comments on this blog.

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      The Ethics of Resurrecting Extinct Species

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      Dinosaur Egg Study Supports Evolutionary Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs: How Troodon Likely Hatched Its Young


      And NO ANGELS the pope KICKED them OFF the TEAM last year !

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      Mar. 4, 2013 — The discovery and analysis of an extremely rare African American Y chromosome pushes back the time of the most recent common ancestor for the Y chromosome lineage tree to 338,000 years ago. This time predates the age of the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.


      No god(s) needed or required to graduate from public schools in the US

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      For what...................... ? Make sure to read what the pope said !

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      Atheist Prof. Peter Higgs: Stop calling Higgs boson the ‘God particle’

      Professor Peter Higgs said recently that there is no God and so people should stop referring to the theoretical partial that
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  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    March 29, 2013 at 6:16 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      March 29, 2013 at 9:12 am |
    • Saraswati

      Again, misusing the word "liar" and putting it in all caps makes you looks like as much of an idiot as the OP.

      March 29, 2013 at 9:13 am |
    • Really?

      "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things"

      That's why the data, has shown that atheists have happier and healthier lives than conservative Christians. Your post is built on a lie!

      March 29, 2013 at 9:17 am |
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    March 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm |

    Jews, the Children of blessed prophet Israel,
    unless you immediately turn and listen to blessed prophet and king David now, in real and truthful sense,
    you will never get rid of all those "garbage" within your souls now!


    March 28, 2013 at 2:29 pm |
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    March 27, 2013 at 8:27 pm |

    Mohammad was born half man half male goat, the reason you can't draw Mohammad.

    March 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm |


    In Islam ism dark ages, a woman, mother of soon to be known as Mohammad, was laying in bed, naked, while her goat shephard husband was away, she was having her lust pleasing dreams in Satan living next door secular ism, filthy self center ism of enjoying company of her Satan neighbor in bed in a Madinah darkened cave, filthy Satan, secular pet of her, stupid laid a foundation of illegality called Islam, secular, every street thugs believes to be their prophet, Satan saw her moaning and took advantage of her, her poor husband came back and had relationship , but she had already been pregnant by Satan, filthy secular. She never told her husband of the indecent, time of child birth her husband took her to a medicine man for deliver, and Mohammad was delivered in a stable filled with Satans, pretending to be male goats

    March 27, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
  8. Holy week/Passover

    As we remember the greatest sacrifice made to mankind, we rejuvenate our spirits and are thankful for the Passover Lamb.

    March 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      I know some Christians that would argue what the greatest sacrifice to mankind is.

      March 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
    • End Religion

      Your Christian friends would be wrong.

      March 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm |

      What do you mean by WE, hindu Jews criminal secular s, deniers of truth absolute GOD of Abraham have nothing to do with Hebrew Ellah Israelite,ing but every th common with hinds racist of Egypt and Persia.

      March 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      Islam,Jews and Hindus couldn't be more different. Your crazy as Fuk.

      March 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • bobk52

      Judaism is garbage!

      March 26, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
    • Which God?

      Yes. Rack of lamb with mint jelly.

      March 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
  9. Heinrich Himmler

    "Burning Passover's garbage of the soul." I think that was one of our mottos.

    March 26, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • meifumado

      And look where that got you.

      March 27, 2013 at 11:01 am |
  10. Box

    Do not burn the food stuffs. Fish, and plankton. And sea greens, and protein from the sea. It's all here, ready. Fresh as harvest day. Fish and sea greens, plankton and protein from the sea. And then it stopped coming. And they came instead. So I store them here. I'm ready. And you're ready. It's my job. To freeze you. Not to burn you.

    March 26, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      Wy dont you jump into the sea where you belong?

      March 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
    • Box

      Overwhelming, am I not?

      March 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Deeply upon inwardly ways do all things burn. The Earths and suns all do burn. Some overtly while some inverted, even the embodied of cellular designs do tend to the inner-flames of quantum physicality's dominions.


      March 26, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      @ box,crazy as Fuk you are.

      March 26, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
    • Box

      Fish, plankton, sea greens... protein from the sea!

      March 26, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • meifumado

      They don't understand, They are Runners!

      March 27, 2013 at 11:03 am |
  11. lionlylamb


    March 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
  12. Apple Bush

    My wife burns food almost every damn night.

    March 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
    • Akira


      March 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
  13. Reality

    Letting anyone go hungary is wrong but please cite reputable sources that over one billion people go hungary everyday.

    March 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      Amnesty international

      March 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • Spell Check

      What's wrong with people going to Hungary? I hear it's a very nice country.

      March 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Budapest is lovely this time of year.

      March 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      I am so hungry I can't sleep! Even in Hungary people can't sleep!

      March 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • Reality

      Please cite Amnesty International's specific study proving that one billion people go hungary everday.

      March 26, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      @realty,www.world hunger.org,www.bread.org,www.fao.org. now go have a soda and a smile and shut the Fuk up.

      March 26, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
    • Reality

      First, your references are not from Amnesty International as you previously noted.


      How does the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN) collect its data since many "non-profits" rely on FAO's statistics??

      The annual questionaires sent out by the FAO
      "Data Collection

      The Statistics Division sends out four major questionnaires annually to countries to collect statistical data to be included in the FAOSTAT databases. The questionnaires used for data collection in 2006 were:

      "Crop and Livestock Production (xls)

      Prices received by Farmers – Primary Crop and Livestock Products (xls)

      Agricultural Resources – Land and Irrigation (xls)

      Agricultural Resources – Fertilizers (xls"

      But nothing about the number of citizens going hungary??

      So again, how does the FAO go about getting their estimates of those going hungry every day???????

      FAO's world hunger map is posted at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Food_isecurity_map_2010.png/
      It is obvious that the hunger issue, based on the map, is located in equatorial Africa, a region beset by civil wars and Islamic warlords.

      One wonders, however, as to how hunger statistics are gathered in such dangerous, non-governed areas??

      Hmmm, so what do we know about the FAO??

      "UN agency whose purpose is to improve nutrition and eliminate hunger by coordinating the efforts of governments in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. It also assists countries through research, training, development, and field missions, and it has helped with disaster and emergency relief. The FAO was established in 1945. Beginning in the 1960s, it concentrated on developing high-yield grain, eliminating protein deficiencies, supporting rural development, and encouraging agricultural exports. In the 1980s and '90s, the FAO emphasized strategies for sustainable agriculture and rural development that were economically feasible, environmentally sound, and technologically appropriate to the skill level of the host country. The organization, which has more than 180 members, is governed by the biennial FAO conference, in which each member country, as well as the European Union, is represented. Its headquarters are in Rome."

      Hmmm, looks like we need new management at the FAO as they are failing in their mission if indeed their data are correct.

      March 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      I also used 2 other sources. The point is I was right and your wrong. If you where a real man you would admit that instead of ranting about the fao. All you care about is trying to prove me wrong when the facts speck for them selfs.

      March 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm |
    • ..

      Reality's reality is whatever he says. Truth is not a requirement.
      Get over yourself, Reality. You're a bore.

      March 26, 2013 at 7:15 pm |
    • Reality

      I have been looking for years for reliable data regarding the number of those hungary on a global basis. The references provided did not end the search as neither reference showed proper data gathering techniques. Bottom line: One should not be quoting statistics unless they have the studies to back up their statements.

      And we can all remember the starving children in Somalia and how the media basically forced Clinton to send aide along with the Marines to ensure proper distribution of the food and protection for the workers. And we remember what happened as shown vividly in Blackhawk Down.

      March 26, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
    • meifumado

      Goulash is yummy!

      March 27, 2013 at 11:05 am |
  14. Big Shiz

    I respect Hebrew culture,but burning food in a world where over a billion people go hungry everyday is just wrong.

    March 26, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • SAAB

      have you thought about amount of food goes into landfill every day every month every year? you can feed the whole African continent.

      March 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      The point is its wrong to waste food.

      March 26, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
    • Saraswati

      I agree it's wrong to waste food, but only in the same way it's wrong to have a car, live outside a city or have children. We do a lot of crap that's bad for the environment, and doing this is minor compared to the damage caused by people who have children, large houses or travel large distances to work.

      March 26, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
    • .

      [b]whatever bigshiz...im sure you never threw away any food[/b]

      March 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      Once again your missing my point saraswati,a whole country burning food is fuked up.

      March 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
    • SAAB

      Yes BS food should never be wasted, while many people around the world go to bed hungry, but have you not heard of US/Canadian govts dumping over produced wheat into ocean to maintain the market?

      March 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      I agree SAAB,thats a criminal act.

      March 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      . Don't talk to me,unless you want to catch the wrath.

      March 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
    • sam

      The wrath, huh? Is that what the kids are calling the clap these days?

      March 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      @sam,if I got the clap than you do too,since I fuked your lady.

      March 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
    • sam

      Wow, I sure hope you checked her ID – since I'm a straight chick. Get ye to the clinic.

      March 26, 2013 at 4:42 pm |
    • ..

      Sam, LMAO!

      March 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      Ok,ill go to the clinic,right after I stop by the corner and have you give me some head.

      March 26, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
    • ..

      Damn, you're an asshole, Big Jizz.

      March 26, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
    • Big Shiz

      It shiz,jiizz is what I do on your moms face.

      March 26, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • End Religion

      This is Shiz's shtick. He comes on, makes an incredibly moronic observation and then begins telling everyone he slept with their mom, just that kid you knew in 4th grade. Meanwhile it's never had séx in it's life because it can't find another hermaphrodite to mate with. It's lonely and has the mental capacity of a carp so give it a break.

      March 26, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
    • meifumado

      Do you know what an insignificant amount of food this is when you compare to all the food that is wasted with inadequate storage?

      March 27, 2013 at 11:12 am |
    • Alias

      Just for the record –
      there is enough food produced in the world every year to feed all 7 Billion people living here. It is the distribution that fails. The USA pays farmers every year to NOT use all of their fields. Most hungry people live under governments that don't even try to take care of the masses.

      March 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
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