From All of Us at REBEL REPORT: ¡Feliz Navidad and Gracias! (VIDEO)

So when our friends at Flama asked us to become executive producers of Rebel Report, we were really excited, but at the same time really nervous since it is extremely difficult to not only 1) create original content on a weekly basis with strong production value but also 2) have people actually watch the show. Fortunately for us, we have an amazing host in R.J. Aguiar plus one very talented writing team: Gabe Pacheco, Julia Grob and Kahlil Almustafa. As a result, Rebel Report’s first six episodes have gotten more than 90,000 total Facebook views. To all the 90,000 who watched, ¡GRACIAS!

And oh yeah, ¡FELIZ NAVIDAD! R.J. has more to say in Episode 6:

In case you didn’t catch Episode 5, here it is.

You can catch Episodes 1–4 here. And if you missed R.J.’s Remezcla profile, take a chance to read it now.

We will be back in early January with new episodes. In the meantime, rock it out with this classic song (and the dance moves, the dance moves!).

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The Talmud must not be regarded as an ordinary work, composed of twelve volumes; it posies absolutely no similarity to any other literary production, but forms, without any figure of speech, a world of its own, which must be judged by its peculiar laws.
The Talmud contains much that is frivolous of which it treats with great gravity and seriousness; it further reflects the various superstitious practices and views of its Persian (Babylonian) birthplace which presume the efficacy of demonical medicines, or magic, incantations, miraculous cures, and interpretations of dreams. It also contains isolated instances of uncharitable “ judgments and decrees against the members of other nations and religions, and finally it favors an incorrect exposition of the scriptures, accepting, as it does, tasteless misrepresentations.

The Babylonian” Talmud is especially distinguished from the Jerusalem or Palestine Talmud by the flights of thought, the penetration of mind, the flashes of genius, which rise and vanish again. It was for this reason that the Babylonian rather than the Jerusalem Talmud became the fundamental possession of the Jewish Race, its life breath, its very soul, nature and mankind, powers and events, were for the Jewish nation insignificant, non- essential, a mere phantom; the only true reality was the Talmud.” (Professor H. Graetz, History of the Jews).
And finally it came Spain’s turn. Persecution had occurred there on “ and off for over a century, and, after 1391, became almost incessant. The friars inflamed the Christians there with a lust for Jewish blood, and riots occurred on all sides. For the Jews it was simply a choice between baptism and death, and many of them submitted to baptism.
But almost always conversion on thee terms was only outward and false. Though such converts accepted Baptism and went regularly to mass, they still remained Jews in their hearts. They were called Marrano, ‘ Accursed Ones,’ and there were perhaps a hundred thousand of them. Often they possessed enormous wealth. Their daughters married into the noblest families, even into the blood royal, and their sons sometimes entered the Church and rose to the highest offices. It is said that even one of the popes was of this Marrano stock.