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Woe to those who plot evil, who lie in bed planning mischief! No sooner is it drawn than they do it—their hands have the strength for it. Seizing the fields that they covet, they take over houses as well, owner and house they confiscate together, they take both man and inheritance. So the Lord says this: Now it is I who plot such mischief against this breed as your necks will not escape; nor will you be able to walk proudly, so evil will the time be. On that day they will make a satire of you…Therefore you will have no one to measure out a share in the community of the Lord. Micah 2:1-5
The leaders of the Modern State of Israel, with their hopes in Iron Dome, are acting like the Jews of Old who were banished from the land for their sins. They are impostors — heading for eternal hellfire.
The remnant of Israel — People of the New Covenant, are home when united with the Lord in truth and love — as living stones building up a living Temple.
Artwork: Bushra Chaudry
Arnold Eisen, Chancellor of The Jewish Theology Seminary and a self-proclaimed religious, cultural and political Zionist, addressed the Hadassah community last evening on the subject of what Zionism/Judaism means in the 21st century.
“I don’t think Judaism survives without Jews and I don’t think Jews survive and flourish without the Jewish State…This is a great time to be a Jew, the resources we have at our disposal are truly mind-boggling. The question is whether we are going to have the intelligence to use the resources wisely.” Arnold Eisen
The view, and hope, of Mr. Eisen, and other religious Zionists, is that the modern state of Israel will help to revive Judaism around the world. He said that antisemitism is at a historic low level in the U.S. — with “assimilation and indifference” being the bigger problems.
Analysis: Rather than providing a home for Judaism, the Zionist project is making Jews more homeless and alienated than ever — from their Creator (“lost sheep of the House of Israel”). Perhaps the tendency of the diaspora to abandon Zionism is more truthful than Zionism itself — which, in spite of the religious rhetoric, is a highly material and individualistic undertaking.
The better way is to make a home built with “living stones which rest upon the living corner-stone, which is Christ, and are built together into a holy temple, far surpassing any temple built by hands, into a habitation of God in the Spirit.” Pope Pius XII, Mystici Corpus Christi
In Rabbi Sidney L. Markowitz’s book: What You Should Know About Jewish Religion, History, Ethics and Culture (1955), the essence of the Torah according to Hillel, “who, when challenged to state the essence of the Torah in one sentance, expressed it thus: ‘Do not do unto your neighbor that which is abhorrent or unpleasant to yourself.’ The rest of the Torah he maintained, was merely commentary.”
Photograph: Stephen Wise
From the Balfour Declaration: “His Majesty’s Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a National Home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine…” British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, James Balfour to Lord Rothchild, November 2, 1917, whom Dr. Weizmann had suggested as addressee
Given their superior position, the Jewish failure to work out an equitable solution, with the Palestinians, manifests an impoverishment of spirit.
“They have chosen their own ways, And their soul delighteth in their abominations…Because when I called, none did answer; When I spoke they did not hear, But they did what was evil in Mine eyes, And chose that in which I delighted not.” Isaiah 66:3-4
The real House of Israel is being erected by the Son of Man, not the Man of Steel.
On this the 66th anniversary of the proclamation of the State of Israel, we hope and pray that Jews recognize that their true identity, redemption and freedom come from being united with, and serving, their Creator and fellow man (not from self-serving nationalism or socialism), so that God may be all in all.
Artwork: George Grosz
Noted food writer and author Leah Koenig provided a cooking demo at the Jewish Theology Seminary, as part of the new JTS Ethics program — which includes food ethics. Her Modern Jewish Cookbook will be released in 2015.
Ms. Koenig’s Chocolate-Caramel Matzo Clusters and Chocolate-Dipped Figs are likely new classics for the Passover table.
“There is this vast opportunity that I believe remains untapped.” Dan Senor
Speaking at a TIKVAH event last evening, Dan Senor talked about mobilizing Christian Evangelicals to be a “grass-roots army,” for Israel in the US. Which doesn’t bode well for Palestinians, Syrians and Iranians.
In his book: Why I AM Not Christian, Bertrand Russell says “Jews and Protestants are mutually indistinguishable.” Perhaps by that he meant their individualism leads them to worship matter over essences (Church over God), thereby becoming blind and hardhearted to the bigger picture of the human community.
With a hysterical (security first!) mindset, along with a notion of being “extraordinary men with the right to commit any crime” (Dostoyevsky), many American Evangelicals and Jewish Zionists are a threat to the U.S. and the world. The good news is there are some Evangelicals and Jews with a more healthful way of being — a more Christ-like approach to their neighbor. “The best way to take care of our self is to take care of our neighbor.”
“From the beginning, Christian Revelation has viewed the spiritual history of man as including, in some way, all religions, thereby demonstrating the unity of humankind with regard to the eternal ultimate destiny of man.” John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope, (Knopf, 1994)
Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations in the UK, spoke at NYU’s Catholic Center on March 24, in a program titled: Communities of Faith and the Public Intellectual Argument. He was joined by Edward Egan, Cardinal-Archbishop Emeritus of New York.
“I believe that life is God’s question, and our existence is the only humble answer we can give.” Rabbi Sacks
Photograph: Stephen Wise
“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