Saturday, 8 November 2008

TEE Module History and Theology of the Exile : Over

finally finished teaching the 4 days TEE Module of History and Theology of the Exile!. and the reb is pooffed! but still have to preach tommorrow in Canaan Baptist Church Bukit Jalil. thankfully, it is an old sermon (recycled for tommorrow) as the reb won't have the time to write a new sermon after the TEE stretch.

not sure how the students took it all. but reading the students' evaluation, they were very positive. the only one negative comment was that we didn't get to finish the whole syllabus! but as the reb explained, there is even one more module not even included in the original syllabus - diaspora literature e.g. daniel, esther, apocryphal books etc. if only the TEE module was 1 more full day, we can then cover everything. but the reb thinks it was more than enough to 'sock it' to the students. they go back all heady with the extra knowledge of the Jews' creative responses to the Babylonian Exile but the reb hopes that this will be the beginning. they will begin to apply what they have learnt to their workplace, to their churches etc. they will dream dreams and see visions. they will paint imaginative pictures in the minds of their hearers. they will uplift those who are bowed down and in despair. they will help those around to see the 'what if' rather than just the 'what really happened'.

update:
to hear what some students have to say about the course and its contents, read below:

http://pearliegates.blogspot.com/2008/11/history-and-theology-of-exile-day-1.html

http://pearliegates.blogspot.com/2008/11/history-and-theology-of-exile-day-2.html

http://pearliegates.blogspot.com/2008/11/history-and-theology-of-exile-day-3.html

http://pearliegates.blogspot.com/2008/11/history-and-theology-of-exile-day-4.html

http://titthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/11/repay-them-sevenfold-o-lord.html


since then, the 4 days have seen so much happening that the reb has no time to blog about - Obama's sensational victory in the US presidential elections and our very own Malaysian news - RPK freed from ISA detention winning his habeus corpus case! below is amnesty international's press statement which the reb received and quoted in full:

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Amnesty International welcomed the release today of Malaysia blogger Raja Petra but called on the government to stop using the Internal Security Act (ISA) to control dissent. A Malaysian high court ordered the release of blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin on the grounds that his arrest, under the ISA was unconstitutional.

A social commentator and the editor of news blog Malaysia Today, Raja Petra was arrested on 12 September for threatening national security and potentially "causing tension among the country's multi-racial and multi-religious society".

Articles published online by Raja Petra were deemed insulting to Muslims and to the Prophet Muhammad and were thought defamatory of Malaysia's leaders. The articles in question were 'Malays, the Enemy of Islam', 'Let's send the Altantuya murderers to hell', 'I promise to be a good, non-hypocritical Muslim' and 'Not all Arabs are descendents of the Prophet'.

Judge Syed Ahmad Helmy, of the High Court in the state of Selangor, ruled that the Malaysian Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar had acted beyond his powers in having Raja Petra arrested.

The Malaysian government continues to use or threatens to use the ISA against people whom they accuse of being threats to national security, including government critics and those allegedly involved in "terrorist-linked" activities. The ISA allows the police to arrest individuals they believe have acted, or are "about to" or "likely to" act in a way that would threaten Malaysian security, "essential services" or "economic life" (Article 73 (1)b).

After an initial 60-day detention for "investigation", the ISA allows for detention without trial for up to two years renewable indefinitely, without the detainee being charged with a crime or tried in a court of law. The Malaysian government has used this law as a repressive measure to control dissent.

Amnesty International calls for the government to revoke the ISA immediately, and to charge with an offence and bring to fair trial, or release immediately, more than 60 people still detained under the ISA.

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and the reb fully agres with AI's call for the government to revoke the ISA as it is obsolete and outdated.

3 comments:

sp lim said...

Thanks Reb for taking us through 3.5 days of a fascinating journey into a traumatic yet creative period in the history of the Jewish people. You have led us to reflect on issues from a different perspective.

Tonight is another sad night in the history of our nation. FRU and police armed with batons, shileds and tear gas canisters charged into and arrested citizens who were only armed with their candles and their sense of justice in their hearts.

Time to pray those imprecatory prayers again

anthony said...

tq too, i learnt a lot preparing for the lectures and from all of you from the ground level.

we all must continue the fight to see the end of the ISA.

sp lim said...

Even Muslims also have their imprecatory prayers. The following is taken from the blog of the wife of an ISA detainee

Tanpa disangka, sejam kemudian, saya mendapat tahu, seramai 20 orang ditahan di Dewan Civic. Saya tak sangka, begitu jahat Menteri Dalam Negeri menggunakan polis untuk menafikan hak mereka untuk berkumpul....Geram sangat rasanya....Ya Allah, segeralah hancurkan makhluk yang zalim itu....

http://lailagmi.blogspot.com/2008/11/vigil-in-amcorpmall-malaysiakini.html