“My Father is Jewish. My Mother is Jewish. I Am Jewish.”

I recently thought about Daniel Pearl- the Wall Street Journal reporter who was beheaded by Jihadists in Pakistan in 2002- when former NYC Mayor Ed Koch said days before he died: “On my tombstone, which awaits me at the Trinity Church nondenominational cemetery at 155th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, I had inscribed the last words of Daniel Pearl — uttered at his publicly viewed murder — which were, “My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish.”

The latest news on the Daniel Pearl murder is that a suspect was just arrested in Pakistan.

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  • Chaya

    I don't completely understand nor can I share the feeling for why Koch wanted this on his tombstone (and my parents and I are, in fact, Jewish). I'll write my own message for mine or use a traditional one, thank you. Neither Perl (who may have remained a deluded leftist until death) nor his murderers defines my life.

    But I do love your drawings……

    • jake

      Since he's a Jew also, perhaps Mr. Koch just wants to repeat what Mr. Pearl said.

  • Bobby Pataki

    I am very thankfully NOT Jewish because I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

    True peace for the Jews will only come through Christ.

    • PhillipGaley

      I am Jewish because, my father came out of atheism, accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior (and thankfully, growing up without TV), again, as the Scripture makes plain, those are not the children of Abraham who are seed after the flesh, rather, they are the children of Abraham who walk in the faith of Abraham; nor could the law—which came hundreds of years after Abraham—annul the covenant with Abraham that, in his seed should should all the nations of the earth be bless because the promise was of that higher order; and this following that which is written: "And this have I raised set above My Name, even My Word.", and according to the Scripture was fulfilled and made possible for all mankind, in the death and resurrection of Jesus.

      Jesus lived and died and rose again from the dead, in the faith of Abraham, continuing the same religion (of Abraham) — the fact that, religious leaders of Jesus' day chose to remain bound to the Mosaic law (and, which is without power to effect change in the individual), not withstanding.

      You may one day have to face the fact that, Jesus is the consummate Jew.

      Buddy, I would say, y'need some book-larnin', . . .

    • PAthena

      Jesus was a Jew, not a Christian. He was not the Messiah, who was supposed to have reestablished the Kingdom of Judea, since he did not do so. Far from saving Jews, many of his supposed followers persecuted and murdered them.
      See Geza Vermes, Jesus the Jew.

      • Guest

        Who started the persecution? The Jews did. Remember even one of the greatest Christians persecuted Christians while he was a practicing Jew.

        Everyone is reducing this to simple religious persecution. It is a "will to power." (Nietzsche) Whoever has the power uses it at the time for their agenda religious or not just as the liberals are doing today.

    • defcon 4

      Wow, your evident antisemitism might not go over big w/Yeshua or his disciples, who as far as I can tell, never renounced Judaism.

    • jake

      Bobby, there are many believing Jews around. Go to a Messianic synagogue and learn about our Jewish roots… Makes the Bible so much more clear.

      • Robin

        There is no such thing as a Messianic synagogue, it's a church. No real synagogue mentions Jesus unless it's a messianic church.

    • Aterg

      Are forgetting that Jesus was a Jew, as his parents? You are so closed minded that you and frankly stupid.

    • Atikva

      So you are sorry that Jesus, the Apostles, Paul, and the first Christians were Jewish. It's a rather curious reasoning for a Christian!

      As a Christian, I don't forget that the first believers WERE Jews. They spread the Good News, organized the first Christian communities and often died for their faith. If it were not for those Jews, you wouldn't be able to call yourself a Christian.

      True, they were only part of the Jewish community, but that shouldn't prevent you from showing proper respect toward Jesus chosen family on earth.

  • Doug Mayfield

    As an atheist by choice who was raised religiously by parents who were religious, it seems to me that the key issue is freedom of religion. I personally have no quarrel with anyone who is religious as long as they don't try to force their religion on me at gun point.

    Despite a history of persecution of heretics, witness the religious wars and atrocities of the Middle Ages, most religions world wide have evolved to be tolerant of the views of those who choose a different value system.

    The exception is the evil that is Islam which sends out its followers to murder or enslave anyone who disagrees with them.

    Mr. Pearl's murder was committed by vicious thugs who because of their evil beliefs were incapable of respecting the rights of others. Each individual's thoughts, and the expression of them, should be sacrosanct. In a moral society, you should respect the rights of others or lose your own.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    RE: “My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish.”

    My Father was a regenerate Biblical Follower of Jesus.

    My Mother was a regenerate Biblical Follower of Jesus.

    For centuries mankind has wrestled with three major questions:
    Where have we come from?
    Why are we here?
    Where are we going?

    Numerous attempts have been made to answer these questions, often with unsatisfactory results.

    MY concern is for the defense of the character of the true God, the God of mercy and love whose “tender mercies are over all his works” (Psalm:145:9).

    The Bible declares that He is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter:3:9);

    ~ “who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy:2:4).

    ~ Such is the God of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.

    Open examination and discussion of important issues—especially the gospel and the very nature and character of God—can only be healthy for the body of Christ.

  • Aterg

    I would be honored to be called a Jew! So much talent in science , music, arts and philantrophy.Compare to others !

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Geting back to Daniel and his murder, his life was emensley valuable as is all life, it was
    stolen and destroyed by murderers. The price for this attrocious act should be if found
    guilty, a death sentence with time for the evil doers to repent and if so let the parents of
    Daniel Pearl decide the outcome…………………..William

  • evy

    If the murderer has not been found, he will be. "be sure your sin will find you out." Numbers 32:23
    "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things [are] naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." Hebrews 4:13
    "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2Peter 3:9