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“We told them (the British statesmen): ‘The Jews will go to Palestine anyhow, whether you want it or not. There is no power on earth that can stop the Jews from getting to Palestine. You gentlemen can make it easy for them; you can make it difficult. In making it easy you will derive considerable advantages for yourself. Help us and it will help you.’” Chaim Weizmann, 1919
The Jewish obsession for Palestine has led to the corruption of numerous U.S. presidents, from Woodrow Wilson up to and including President Obama — as well as Congress. Today Syria is suffering because of that obsession and corruption.
“Lloyd George, the wartime Prime Minister of Great Britain (WWI), testified many years later, in 1936, before one of the Royal commissions appointed to ‘inquire into the Palestine problem’ that the publication of the Balfour Declaration at that particular time was dictated by ‘propagandistic reasons.’ Lloyd George stated that the ‘Zionist leaders gave a definite promise that, if the Allies committed themselves to giving facilities for the establishment of a National Home for the Jews in Palestine, they would do their best to rally Jewish sentiment and support throughout the world to the Allies’ cause. They kept their word.’” Pictorial History of Israel (Thomas Yoseloff, 1958)
In return for getting Wilson and the U.S. into World War I, the Zionists received a commitment from Great Britain for Palestine.
Had the U.S. stayed out of the Great War, it most likely would have ended sooner (Germany sought peace in 1916 but England resisted knowing the U.S. was getting in). Hitler wouldn’t have emerged. WWII, the Holocaust, and the Cold War could have been avoided.
Photograph: Edward Jacobson leaving the White House on June 26, 1946, after urging President Truman to support a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
“We want to further a kind of Judaism that respects and learns from other religions, values the insights of the arts and social sciences, insists that Jewish wisdom be brought to bear on every aspect of contemporary society—and that it be enriched and corrected by other sources of knowledge and truth.” from: “Educating for Human Wholeness,” by Arnold Eisen, Chancellor, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Mr. Eisen’s insistence “that Jewish wisdom be brought to bear on every aspect of contemporary society” is curious and even alarming — given that wisdom comes from one’s relationship with God, and Jews are essentially revolting from, and in rebellion against, their Creator. Zionism is a project of self-adoration, not Divine worship/gift.
If Mr. Eisen is serious about being enriched and corrected by other sources of knowledge and truth, may we suggest that he and all Jews embrace Jesus Christ as the way of true freedom, redemption and identity (renewal based on the New Covenant).
“In the dens where dragons dwelt before, shall rise up the verdure of the reed and the bulrush. And a path and a way shall be there, and it shall be called the holy way; the unclean shall not pass over it, and this shall be unto you a straight way, so that fools shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor shall any mischievous beast go up by it, nor be found there; but they shall walk there that shall be delivered.
And the redeemed of the Lord shall re-turn, and shall come into Zion with praise, and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” Isaiah 35: 7-10
Artwork: Marc Chagall
Did Christianity, Modernity and Zionism make Judaism obsolete? Does God still dialogue with Jews — even though they rejected His Son as their Savior? Are Jews seeking the living God? What would they say if God asked them: “Who are you?”
Last evening at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), in New York, Rabbi Shai Held presented his book, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence (Indiana University Press, 2013).
Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1971) was a prominent Jewish theologian, activist, and poet who, according Rabbi Held, focused on “the idea of transcendence—or the movement from self-centeredness to God-centeredness.” In his book, Rabbi Held critiques Heschel in relationship with contemporary Jewish thinkers, Christian theologians, devotional writers, and philosophers of religion.
“‘To pray,’ Heschel writes, ‘means to bring God back into the world, to establish his kingship, to let His glory prevail,’ Once again, the Creator is not only transcendent, but also vulnerable and dependent. The majestic God depends for His very majesty on an act of man.
Like countless modern theologians, Heschel begins with the subject and proceeds to emphasize the human capacity to know God, intuitively and immediately…One of Heschel’s most consistent laments is that revelation is an answer to a question that human beings have stopped asking.
Rabbis Heschel and Held provide a wake-up call for self-centered Jews, Christians and secularists.
Photograph: Stephen Wise
“You have developed among you a dangerous Messianic spirit…I have learnt from my own experience that the sword alone offers no solution…Israel will not survive as a democratic state if she continues being a society that occupies another nation.” Ariel Sharon, Knesset 23 October 2004
The question now is “what are the goals of the ‘new’ (badass) Jews?” And “how will that affect the trajectory of the U.S., Israel, and the world?”
“Jewish history consists of a unique series of events—accidental or purposeful—which have had the practical effect of preserving the Jews as Jews in an “exile” to fulfill their avowed mission of ushering in the brotherhood of man…What the Jews themselves have thought of their destiny has shaped their history more profoundly than did events.” Max Dimont, The Indestructible Jews (The New American Library, 1973)
The FDNY is fine, but to be led out of exile, and to get home, we need to be with the Savior of the world.
Sometimes it’s the ‘believers’ who are in the greatest need of being saved.
Photograph: Stephen Wise
“O Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining; It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!”
“The wrestling of Jacob (with the angel) was the wrestling of the soul with the ego. The awakened soul looks about and asks: ‘Who is my enemy?’ And while the ignorant soul thinks: ‘It is my neighbor, my relation, who is my enemy.’ The awakened soul says: ‘It is myself; my ignorant ego is my enemy; and it is the struggle with this enemy that will bring me light…” Inayat Khan
The traditional prayer service, hosted by the Archdiocese of New York, ahead of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, was held this evening at the Church of The Holy Family in NYC. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, were joined by numerous diplomats, religious leaders and members of the community.
“The world’s religions share the common values of peace and human dignity for all. These are also the goals of the United Nations. I count on people of faith to be bridges—from one religion to another, from one community to another, and from the present to the future—we want. I count on you to help us narrow the gaps between the world as it is and the world as we know it can be. That is our privilege and obligation, yours and mine together.” Ban Ki-Moon September 16, 2013
“We are praying together…for peace in Syria, and we are praying for all those who understand that peace can not come about from more war, that their voices will be heard loud and clear from the United Nations all the way to the land that is so holy.” Vuc Jeremic, President of the Sixty-Seventh Session of the General Assembly
Analysis: For some government leaders, guided by selfish interests, peace and stability are not really the goal. Instead, a world in constant conflict, where might equals right, presents a greater opportunity.
Often times revolutionaries, rebels and innovators are at odds with nature. The challenge is to move them to seek the truth and embrace the common good, freely, before they do any more harm to society.
The UN’s goals for a prosperous and sustainable world, and defense of human rights, can be undermined by member’s misguided activism. If religious leaders are faithful—to truth and love—they can be indispensable guides (and bridges) for sustainable living.
Photographs: Stephen Wise
“Awake you sleepers, from your sleep! Rouse yourselves, you slumberers, out of your slumber! Examine your deeds, and turn to God in repentance. Remember your Creator, you who are caught up in the daily round, losing sight of eternal truth; you who are wasting your years in vain pursuits that neither profit nor save. Look closely at yourselves; improve your ways and your deeds. abandon your evil ways, your unworthy schemes, everyone of you.” Jewish Prayer Book
On Yom Kippur, Ido Aharoni, Counsul General of Israel in New York, spoke at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in NYC.
Analysis: Today, Jews are taking their cues from the State of Israel on how to be Jewish, which has often meant setting aside the Torah (and refuge in God), in pursuit of a man-made utopia that sees itself as a miracle — with the “mightiest military force in the region,” the “#1 source of inspiration in the world,” and the “#1 destination for gay tourism,” according to Mr. Aharoni.
The People of Israel seem to have forgotten that it’s the meek and the humble, not the aggressive and violent, who will inherit the land forever.