Hamas (guest blogger)

Why is Hamas (the Islamic Resistance Movement) targeted for its religious underpinnings in a way that the Jewish state is not? Can either Hamas or the Zionist state truly be a voice for the visions, goals, and daily survival of all of its peoples? Are the majority of members of the Knesset and the majority of Hamas parlimentarians in support of women's self determination and an end to violence of all kinds? Currently, Hamas has gone further with this than the Zionist, holding to a cease fire, while the IDF continues to massacre young Palestinian girls in their streets.

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Sacred text

I love, I mean love, getting my mind blown in seminary. This week is the week I get my mind blown in two different directions by approaches to sacred texts.

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My Datebook

I should be reading for a class, but my favorite procrastination technique, by far, is blogging. Be that as it may, I want you all to know that I am slowly, but surely, moving to luddite status. Gasp! You say "Michelle, a luddite? Never!"

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How I get my news now

As many of you know, I have a complicated relationship with the news. Frankly, I'm a news junkie, and I've tried various methods to cure my addiction. A while ago (2003), I did a cold-turkey – and didn't read the news, listen to the news, watch the news, etc. But that didn't last more than 6 months or so. I soon had my habit back, along with the obsession of obtaining a copy of the Sunday New York Times each week.

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Why flying isn't such a good idea

I'm really enjoying TreeHugger. Just the perfect combination of good new ideas, concrete (sometimes depressing) information, and hopefulness. Today they have a post on how taking an airplane uses an incredible amount of fuel. One transatlantic flight for a family of four results in twice the energy emissions as driving 12,000 miles, and is more than that family will generate in a year.

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The mystic in me, where did it come from, and where is it going?

I had a class today, where we were all going around the room, and the teachers had asked for a one word, or one phrase description of ourselves that would help them remember us. I said "I'm a mystic." Someone asked me once why I called myself a mystic. I had to think a minute or two. In that process, I realized that I came to that label not so much from a head space, but from a heart space, which is why I have a hard time sometimes explaining why I think I am one.

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