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Yonassan Gershom
Attended Minnesota State University (Mankato)
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Be Kind to Animals Week: a Jewish perspective
I did not
grow up Hasidic.  There are those who
immediately discount me for that reason, arguing that I am “tainted” by the
secular world and therefore not a “real” Hasid.   However, I would quote back to them the adage that “The baal
tshuvah (repentant sin...
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A "Seven Levels of Life" universal Arrow of Light Ceremony
Below is an Arrow of Light Ceremony I wrote for our Cub Scout pack this year.  A lot of the usual ceremonies are based on Indian lore, but we live in an actual Indian area (Minnesota) where it is controversial for non-Natives to dress up as Natives.  One of...
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No Rabbi Heschel in "Selma" movie? Inexcusable!
I was looking forward to seeing the new movie, "Selma."  Emblazoned in my heart is the iconic photo of Dr. Martin Luther King marching with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in the front row.  A photo that for my generation has come to symbolize the unity betwee...
I was looking forward to seeing the new movie, "Selma."  Emblazoned in my heart is the iconic photo of Dr. Martin Luther King marching with Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel in the front row.  A photo that for my generation has co...
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Was Hanukkah celebrated aboard the Enterprise?
Is there any reference to Hanukkah in Star Trek?  Christmas is mentioned a couple times ("Dagger of the Mind" in TOS and the movie  Generations) , but was Hanukkah ever celebrated aboard the Enterprise? For years there was a persistent rumor that Hanukkah w...
Is there any reference to Hanukkah in Star Trek?  Christmas is mentioned a couple times ("Dagger of the Mind" in TOS and the movie Generations), but was Hanukkah ever celebrated aboard the Enterprise? For years there was a p...
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Orion launch: One small step toward Mars, one big nostalgic moment for me
This morning I woke up at 5:50 AM, just in time to tune in and watch the launch of the Orion spacecraft at 6:05 (Central time).  This was both a big moment for NASA and a nostagic one for me.  The newscaster said this was the farthest out in space that the ...
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Karen Davis, anti-kapporos activist, misses the mark on Jewish theology
For the past few years I have been a part of  The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos,  (hereafter referred to as "the Alliance"), a protest group headed by animal activist Karen Davis, campaigning to end the use of live chickens in a pre-Yom Kippur Jewish ...
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A "Seven Levels of Life" universal Arrow of Light Ceremony
Below is an Arrow of Light Ceremony I wrote for our Cub Scout pack this year.  A lot of the usual ceremonies are based on Indian lore, but we live in an actual Indian area (Minnesota) where it is controversial for non-Natives to dress up as Natives.  One of...
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"Selma": Was omission of Heschel on purpose -- or a Hollywood blooper?
As I discussed in my previous article, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was front and center in the iconic photo of the Selma march, but was apparently replaced by a generic rabbi extra in the movie.   I have puzzled over this for several days, read lots of dis...
As I discussed in my previous article, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel was front and center in the iconic photo of the Selma march, but was apparently replaced by a generic rabbi extra in the movie.   I have puzzled over this fo...
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Koko and Appleblossom, my two latest rescue kittens.
A couple weeks ago, some cruel, heartless person dumped a box of kittens outside the laundromat in Sandstone, Minnesota (nearest town to where I live).  My daughter-in-law Leona was there and saw the car pull up, throw out the box, and drive away.  She trie...
A couple weeks ago, some cruel, heartless person dumped a box of kittens outside the laundromat in Sandstone, Minnesota (nearest town to where I live).  My daughter-in-law Leona was there and saw the car pull up, throw out th...
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Orion launch brings back childhood memories of space race and missions
I wrote this post on my other blog, JewishThoreau.com  but thought I'd share it here, too.  (Yonassan Gershom) This morning I woke up at 5:50 AM, just in time to tune in and watch the launch of the Orion spacecraft at 6:05 (Central time).  This was both a b...
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The Jewish view of cats
While checking the traffic sources for this blog today, I noticed that somebody got here by searching  for "Jewish view of cats."  That's interesting, I thought to myself.  Is there a "Jewish view" of cats?  Are cats even "Jewish" at all? Well, as Rabbi Ben...
While checking the traffic sources for this blog today, I noticed that somebody got here by searching  for "Jewish view of cats."  That's interesting, I thought to myself.  Is there a "Jewish view" of cats?  Are cats even "Je...
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John Kleine's attack on Obermueller over "bird breeding book" is misleading
Republican John Kleine recently ran an ad attacking his Democratic opponent, Jeff Obermueller, accusing him of wasteful "pork" votes, including "a book about bird breeding." That caught my attention in the political maelstrom of attack ads, because I care ...
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Writer, vegetarian, peace activist
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  • Writer, vegetarian, peace activist, present
  • self-retired
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Philadelphia - Minneapolis
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Author of "Beyond the Ashes" and "Jewish Themes in Star Trek" plus other books, vegetarian activist, peacemonger.
Introduction
 I am a freelance writer and a follower of Breslov Hasidism, although I am not affiliated with any particular Breslov group, having developed my love of Rebbe Nachman primarily through the study of his stories and writings during the 1970s & 80s, and my love the outdoors.  I currently live with my wife Caryl (pronounced "Carol") on a 15-acre hobby farm in northern Minnesota, where we have 9 cats, 3 dogs, 4 guineas, 2 geese, a flock of chickens and a bunch of wildlife.  (No, there are no other Jews here -- we hate the city and, sadly, most Jews don't live in the country.)  PLEASE NOTE:  "rabbigershom-dot-com" is NOT ME!!!  It's a sleezeball phishing off my name.  My old website from the 1990s NO LONGER EXISTS!   
Bragging rights
I literally "wrote the book" -- Beyond the Ashes -- on Holocaust reincarnation cases -- searching my name on Google Book Search gets hundreds of hits citing this work (as well as my other books and articles, too.)
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  • Minnesota State University (Mankato)
    1975
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