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TMe
Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017 10:06:55 AM

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More than a century ago, the famous American humorist Mark Twain, remarked;

“If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.”

Today, with plethora of sad and sensational news, if you read the newspaper you are depression-framed.







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TMe
Posted: Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:50:33 PM

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Abraham on internet? OMG.

Assassinated in 1865.

Internet born in 1981.

DragO sir, mystery behind this?


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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, June 26, 2017 6:36:16 AM

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TMe wrote:
DragO sir, mystery behind this?

Ah-ha! Read the quotation!

PS - what does the sign the ghost is holding say?
The cartoon is so small, I can't read it.




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TheParser
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A few (repeat: few) strict followers of the Jewish religion feel that reading a newspaper is an "unholy act."

Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan (1838 - 1933) lectured on the Jewish prohibition against "lashon hara" (usually translated as "gossip").

He felt that gossip hurts three people: the speaker, the listener, and the one who is the subject of the gossip.

He felt, therefore, that when we read a newspaper (which, of course, is full of gossip that we label "news"), we are sinning.



Source: an article posted on November 11, 2010, on the website Huffington Post.
Romany
Posted: Monday, June 26, 2017 1:18:49 PM
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While I knew that some of the very extreme sects of many religions prohibit the reading of newspapers, I was a little confused by the introduction of 'gossip' as a translation for lashon hara, so I went on a bit of a search.

If, like me, you found this subject intriguing, you might be interested to know why Rabbi Israel Meir Kagan has been mentioned a lot lately in debates and op-eds?

The concept of lashon hara as it is usually interpreted is a little more severe than gossip.The following helps. Once you've read it, and if you hadn't yet come across him yet, you'll see exactly why he's being quoted and referred to a lot.

Over the course of the election campaign to this point, the Jewish community has seen repeated and sometimes flagrant violations of halachic and ethical prohibitions against lashon hara – wicked speech – and some of the 31 transgressions related to it, such as unnecessarily engendering controversy and division.

But although negative politicking has become more common in Canada – though perhaps not to the same debased degree as in the United States – it’s worth asking whether it’s even possible for political speech to conform to Jewish law regarding lashon hara?


Rabbi Kagan's views on the media are not mentioned, however.
Priscilla86
Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 4:27:22 AM

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TMe wrote:
More than a century ago, the famous American humorist Mark Twain, remarked;

“If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.”

Today, with plethora of sad and sensational news, if you read the newspaper you are depression-framed.







But




I like what the second image says. So true.

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TMe
Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 11:14:52 AM

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Thanks Priscilla86 for liking.



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