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roseflyHistory has shown the anti-Zionist Jews of 1917 (including Edwin Montagu and Lucien Wolf) were right to oppose the erection of the Modern State of Israel — one of the great crimes of all time — which can’t be countenanced by anything in the bible. Today Israeli leaders, who failed to follow the call of secular Zionists to be just with the Palestinians, are now invoking the Bible and supposed “ancient claims” to justify their wrongdoing. In fact the opposite is the case, the Jews were “vomited” from the land and sent wandering because of their unfaithfulness to the covenant. The new Israel, referred to in the bible, is firstly a spiritual reality built-up through baptism not fraud and force.

“He that scattered Israel will gather him: and he will keep him as the shepherd doth his flock.” Jeremiah 31:10

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JerusalemMapSixDaysFifty years after the Six Day War, the Modern State of Israel obsesses over its physical survival versus its moral survival as a democratic Jewish state. Politics are seen as the means by which Israelis think about the meaning of Jewish existence (rather than union with God). The result is a people who have “cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and have blasphemed the word of the Holy One of Israel.” Isaiah 5:24

The way for Jews (and humanity) to be fulfilled resides not in the Modern State of Israel but rather in the Holy One of Israel.

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Reflecting on the Modern State of Israel @ 69.

The editors of Chaim Weitzmann: Statesman of the Jewish Renaissance  (The Zionist Library, 1974), refer to the 19th century Jewish philosopher Ahad Ha’am who suggested that what “preserved the Jewish nation during the 2000 years of the Diaspora and enabled the Jewish people to retain a unity which transcends geographical, political and economic diversity was the unity of cultural heritage.” He noted that the Jewish sages realized the survival of the Jewish people, which could not be based on military power, on economic strength or political influence could be placed on a cultural foundation.” And for that they needed to fulfill a “spiritual mission.”

But having rebelled against the Spirit (old and new), except to claim the land, many Jews are pursuing redemption and freedom, change and newness, through materialism (including Marxism, feminism & Iron Dome) rejecting the way to be truly free, and new. The results have been calamitous for individuals, communities and the world.

“Amen. amen, I say that unless a man be born again of water and spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” John 3:5

Artwork: The Standard Machsor, 1925

LongBeach041617eTo be truly human (to have a self) we need to be reconciled with God, beginning with God’s mercy — which is available but needs to be sought:

“I open My Heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust.” Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska

EasterVigil2017“This is the Passover of the Lord:
if we honor the memory of his death and resurrection
by hearing his word and celebrating his mysteries,
then we may be confident
that we shall share his victory over death
and live with him forever in God.”
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TrumpPlazaOn this Good Friday, with many rejecting the Savior of the world — making themselves savior of the world (and living as “animals” and “demons” in a world where productivity, equality and disruption are King), the nothingness abounds.

StPatrick'sDay17bStPatrick'sDay17On the day named for the saint who brought Catholicism to a pagan and warlike people (beginning in 432 AD), one can see the ongoing struggle between faith and rebellion playing out in the hearts and minds of the Irish.

epiphany“The Lord is a light in darkness to the upright; he is gracious merciful and just.” Psalm 111:4

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