Monday, July 23, 2007


Once in my life I saw a full on halo around someone's head.

There was an Arab man, an older man, very kind, gentle and loving, who worked as a street cleaner when I lived in the desert.

When I would learn Torah, I would sometimes look out my window pondering something and I'd see him going about his work. I was always amazed how he did his work year in year out faithfully, without the least resentment in his demeanor.

Sometimes Ramadan would fall out during the summer. He would continue to work apace, without food or water, in the 40-50 degree heat.

The children loved him and he would always have a big smile on this face when the children came around.

So it went for five years.

Then, one day, I saw him crying. He told me that he had received a letter from the town council saying there would be cuts in staff and that he would be laid off. I cried with him. Furious, I wrote to the Mayor, with whom I had a good relationship and tried to plead for the man's job, but to no avail. I told him that I tried to help him, but was unsuccessful.

Just before he was to end his work there was a hail storm. Marble-sized hail fell. When it stopped the children wanted to go outside and play with the hail stones. We ran down and they were scooping up handfuls of hail and eating them, when suddenly this man appeared, seemingly out of nowhere.

He began to explain to me how the Angel Gabriel is commissioned to create the natural phenomena. I did not understand most of what he explained to me, but I listened respectfully as something inside me told me he knew of what he spoke.

I asked him: "How do you know so much about the Angel Gabriel?"

He smiled in response to my inquiry. Then a gentle gust of wind came along and his kaf'i'eh billowed in the breeze.

The halo around his head was enormous. I can still see it. It was a turquoise color and gold, at once. It was rarified, yet looked almost solid. There appeared to be some sort of beings moving within it, but I could not see them clearly.

I was shocked by what I saw. Then he was gone, just as he came, he left. He simply vanished.

I turned to the children. They were both standing there agape.

I asked them: "Did you see what I saw?"

They both nodded yes, obviously stunned.

As we went into the house my daughter said: "I didn't know you speak Arabic."

I answered that I didn't.

She said: "Mom, you spoke to him in Arabic."

I said: "I spoke to him in Hebrew, not Arabic."

My daughter answered: "Mom, Hebrew is my language. If you would have spoken in Hebrew I would have understood you. You were speaking to him in Arabic."

Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sex With a Girl Under Three in Jewish Law: "It is Nothing"

This is a quote that anti-Semites often "dig up" and present to those unfamiliar with Jewish Law as "proof" that Jewish Law condones pedophilia:

Kethuboth 11b : "When a grown-up man has intercourse with a little girl it is nothing."

The subject of discussion is the marital property rights of virgins vs. non-virgins. Virgins have greater entitlements. The rabbis discussed the hypothetical case of a girl raped at an age less than three years old - for the purposes of her rights at marriage, is she considered a virgin or a non-virgin? The answer is that she is considered a virgin. The quotation is out of context - _for the purposes of determining her rights, if a girl less than three has sex with a man, it is nothing. The phrase "it is nothing" is a common Talmudic idiom meaning "it has no bearing on the matter under discussion" (in this case, her property rights at marriage). It does NOT mean "it is perfectly acceptable."


Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel

Friday, July 20, 2007

NIHILISM: Gloomy Agnostication

Monday, July 16, 2007


We were discussing the Anarcho-Primitivists on a group for Anarchists. Some of the Anarcho-Primitivists are neo-Malthusians and a very few of them have resorted to murderous measures. As a result, there are Anarchists who call for disavowing them from the Movement, for expunging the Anarcho- prefix from their chosen self-description.

While most certainly not justifying them in any way, the quote below from Einstein's famous essay "Why Socialism?", which was first published in 1949 in the premier edition of the Marxist journal MONTHLY REVIEW as is republished in the book ALBERT EINSTEIN from the Rebel Lives series published by Ocean Books, lends some insight into their thinking:

"Innumerable voices have been asserting for some time now that human society is passing through a crisis, that its stability has been gravely shattered. It is characteristic of such a situation that individuals feel indifferent or even hostile toward the group, small or large, to which they belong. In order to illustrate my meaning, let me record here a personal experience. I recently discussed with an intelligent and well-disposed man the threat of another war, which in my opinion would seriously endanger the existence of mankind, and I remarked that only a supranational organization would offer protection from that danger. Thereupon my visitor, very calmly and coolly said to me: "Why are you so deeply opposed to the disappearance of the human race?"
I am sure that as little as a century ago no one would have so lightly made a statement of this kind. It is the statement of a man who has striven in vain to attain an equilibrium within himself and has more or less lost hope of succeeding. It is the expression of a painful solitude and isolation from which so many people are suffering these days. "

While I am wholly against violent methods unless attacked, I do understand the neo-Maluthusian sentiments of some Anarcho-Primitivists and think that a compassionate hand should be extended to them instead of them being pushed away from the fold. It is only being shown compassion that hold out the hope that their will to live will be restored to them.


Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

My call to capitulation below is based on the following article:

FROM WND'S JERUSALEM BUREAUMore London bombings on way, warns MuslimUK Islamist leader claims Brits ready to carry out 'many attacks'
Posted: July 2, 20071:00 a.m. Eastern
By Aaron Klein© 2007

Capitulate! Capitulate, I tell you!

Listen to me. I know of what I speak.

Their demands are so rational, so modest and so few.

What do they ask of you, oh you stiff-necked infidels, you heathens you?

They ask only that your women wear burqas in public, be the illiterate, barefoot maidservants Allah created them in His DivineWisdom to be, allow themselves to be beaten, submit to their husbands' every sexual whim whenever the urge strikes him (and he strikes her) and to not go out unescorted.

They ask only that you give up the booze and the bacon butties. Isn't there enough spam on the net? Must you have it in little cans too? I mean really.

Must you, I mean *must* you, put alcohol in shoe polish and floor varnish? That's crass.

They ask only that the blind not walk around the streets with their unclean dogs. I mean, they've got a point. They are terribly unsightly.

Wouldn't it be nice to wake to the sound of the pitter-patter of 40 little feet in your two-room apartment every morning?

And what have you to do that is more important, or more entertainingfor that matter, than praying five times per day?

Do not be so hard-hearted, brothers and sisters, but let the light and love of Allah Akbar in.

Those of you who reserve doubts as to whether this is the life you want to live and want for your children and their children after them can comfort yourselves in the thought that giving in to radical Islam will hasten a Malthusian crisis and usher in the end of days.

Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel

Sunday, July 01, 2007

The piece below was inspired by an article entitled:
"Rise of man theory ‘out by 400,000 years’", published June 25, 2007 in the TIMES ONLINE


Anachronistic Agriculture

The recent discovery of microscopic-sized agricultural tools in a container of Spirulina amazed even the most skeptical of scientists and opened anew the discussion as to how early in our development agriculture in fact began.

The results of the research are astounding and have caused a revolution of thinking among evolutionists. Agriculture, it has been conclusively proven, dates to the mid-Hadean aeon, that is, 4 billion years ago!

Storehouses containing traces of spelt, einkorn, emmer and kamut, cultured by a people called the Pro-Karyotes, have been found in the Nile Delta region.

These little guys were busy as beavers. Their granaries were enormous relative to their size. Some measure as much as 20 X 20 mm.

Caches of flintlock firearms were found as well. It is believed that these were used by the Pro-Karyotes to defend themselves against marauding bands, whom they refer to as the Anti-Karyotes in their records, which are written in cuneiform.

The Anti-Karyotes, for their part, retained records in which they described themselves as "rewilded ferals" who returned to being hunter-gatherers. They subsisted mainly on Wooly Mammoth and cherimoya, but they did sometimes give in to their old ways and indulged their taste for processed foods and Hershey's Kisses. They seemed to have been partial to Velveeta Cheesefood. They typically wore nothing but red bandanas and their ideogram, with which they were all tattooed on their forearms, looks amazingly like the phrase "Guns and Roses". The Anti-Karyotes were the progenitors of the two branches of modern day Bushmen, those who inhabit the Kalahari Desert and those who inhabit Texas Desert.

Exacting inventories of stock were scrupulously kept by the Pro-Karyotes. Their mathematical abilities were impressively advanced for their time. Teensy weensy abaci were found in their managerial and accounting offices, which were on the top floor of some of the granaries.

The Pro-Karyotes worshipped a god they called Hugh (or Huge) Karyote. They described him as being unfathomably great in wisdom and magnitude. He was believed to look something like a "gargantuan abbey" that contained vast, labyrinthine corridors, which they referred to as "mite-o-chondria" or "might-o-chondria, within the holy of holies, which was named Nucleus, a name so sacred as to be forbidden to be pronounced on pain of death.

Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan, Tzfat, Israel

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