What the Bleep?! This week's hot Jewish news
Palestinian women are making our kippot. Can you handle that?
In case you want to be more like Amy Winehouse (and does anybody really?), the first step is changing your clothes to dress “like an old Jewish black man.” Huh?
New questions now that Israel requires Jews becoming citizens to pledge “allegiance.” Really? This is an issue? If American Jews can pledge to the U.S.A., they better be able to pledge to their new homeland. Sounds like a lot of hype over nothing to me. Thoughts?
Wow. The first Torah created by female only scribes was read from for the first time today. History in the making folks. Read about it.
Can’t wait until the new Heidi’s restaurant opens in Minneapolis? Use MOT Stewart Woodman’s new cookbook to help you cook like Heidi’s at home. Or try, at least. And probably fail.
And a fun, steamy little read about an often under-appreciated part of Jewish life – the Mikvah – by @Ninbadzin from Minneapolis. Don’t miss it.
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re: “New questions now that Israel requires Jews becoming citizens to pledge “allegiance.”
Please note the proposed oath refers to naturalized citizens and not Jews making aliyah under the Law of Return.
Religion and State in Israel
Let’s not forget that *all* who become naturalized citizens of the United States must swear an oath of allegiance to become citizens.
By law (Immigration and Nationality Act of 1953), naturalized US citizens must swear allegiance not only to the U.S. in general, but also swear allegiance to the Constitution, renounce allegiance to any foreign country or ruler, and swear to serve in the US Armed Forces, or perform any similar civilian duties, if so required. They even swear to defend the Constitution both at home and abroad (and you tell me what that means!)
The full text of the oath is below.
So this isn’t particularly unusual on the face of it…
The full text of the current oath taken by all naturalized US citizens during the naturalization ceremony:
I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.