Strange things... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
  • p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap p.TextOutput { R static java.lang.String p.mt = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; R static java.lang.String p.publicInterfaces = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValued'; R static java.lang.String p.beanClass = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.SingleValuePolicy'; RW java.lang.String value = '0'; R transient java.lang.Object _data = 'com.polopoly.cm.app.policy.NumberInputPolicy'; },ModelStore=com.polopoly.model.ModelStoreInMap
    • christoph
    • 18.05.13 | 20:35 (IDT)

    Some time ago, I said to a friend that I am still a member of the Lutheran church of Westphalia, which she had quit long before, and she asked me why. I thought: 'You're funny. Is not you who wants a christmas tree since you've got a little family, while I have never had one'. But I said: "Because otherwise I would only be German." She sounded a little bit scandalized when she asked: "Yes! Why 'only'?" I've come to the result that there's no rational answer to the question why I still feel related to that institution. In the shelves of my living-room there's more stuff about other cultures. The christianity is in my mind, it's my stamp, my bane. I don't carry it with pride. I often believe people who've been raised in other religions are better off and that they are better human beings, freer and more charming. But occasionally, when I am in the mood for going to the church, I still see that I "know" the stuff, it is familiar to me, in the words of a Turkish colleague: "It's your family." It's to some extent my culture, my spiritual home. It's irrational, maybe that's just what religion is all about.

    from the article: Why be Jewish when you can be Israeli?
    First published 05:19 17.05.13 | Last updated 05:19 17.05.13
Haaretz Headlines
Israeli weapons on display at an international exhibition.

Defense Min. didn't know FBI probing arms dealers

Over 20 Israelis doing arms deals around the world, including the new candidate for police commissioner, are being investigated.

Palestinian workers remove the rubble of a building that was destroyed during the war

UN report: Gaza could become 'uninhabitable' by 2020

Eight years of economic blockade and three wars with Israel in six years accelerated de-development of Gaza Strip, UN Conference on Trade and Development report says.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

A crisis of trust in the Palestinian leadership

Poll shows only 16 percent of Palestinians back Abbas - but support for other leaders even lower.

Eni's Bouri Offshore oil terminal is seen off the Libyan coast, in the Mediterranean sea

Egypt struck gas - what does it mean for Israel?

Why we were surprised by Eni’s huge gas find, why the find sent share prices of the Tamar and Leviathan partners tumbling and how the gas monopoly deal has become irrelevant - all your questions, answered.