Terrorists Fire Another Rocket at Israel Thursday
by David Lev
The IDF responded to Wednesday’s Gaza terror rocket attacks by striking at terror targets in Gaza.
Despite the de facto cease fire in southern Israel, Gaza Arab terrorists fired another rocket at Israel Thursday morning. The rocket exploded in an open area near the city of Netivot in southern Israel. No one was injured, and no damage was reported.
This was the fourth rocket fired at Israel since the cease fire was announced. Three rockets were fired at Israeli targets Wednesday night by Gaza Arab terrorists. Two of the missiles aimed at Be’ersheva were intercepted by the Iron Dome rocket defense system, while the third fell near the town of Ofakim in an open field.
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GV’s observations —
Tragic irony: The Glezele Vayne banner featuring Jews being thrown out of their legal homes in Amona, of one weeping woman, bravely attempting to do the impossible, to hold back a determined Jewish force that could not come to terms with why she insisted. “I belong here.”
The Amona Expulsion — A mere six months after the Gush Katif Expulsion. 8,000 – 10,000 Jews thrown out of their legal homes in Gush Katif. By Jews. The Amona expulsion haunts me. And now it juxtapositions today’s news of Grad rockets smuggled in from Egypt, fired by Islamic Jihad…a full fledged proxy of Iran. 200 and counting in a matter of days —
Hamas says they’ve lost control to the Iranian Islamic Jihad.
The long-suffering Jews of foresight; the Jews of Gush Katif; of Amona; of Migron. They told us this day would come. When the Israeli government refused to take them seriously they wept. They wept for themselves. They wept for the future losses and suffering of their nation to whom they had given all.
The victims of 10 Av 5765 saw the children of 20 Adar 5772, running for the bomb shelters, unable to go to school, to play outside. I know because so did I. I wept that entire summer, not willing to comprehend what Israel was doing to herself. I ached to be there with them; to hurt alongside them. I watched every video, read every word of Shlomo Wollins. Neither of us could believe our eyes.
10 Av 5765: Photos of Jews throwing Jews out of their homes…nestled atop the nightmare come true; of Iranian puppets raining missiles down on those very Jews who kidded themselves into dreaming that the “disengagement” the lying words they put themselves to sleep with, would solve Israel’s problems.
“This time the world will know. Israel is serious about peace.”, they told themselves. Like a beaten wife who tries her best to cook dinner just a little more perfect next time; to apply the make-up hiding the bruises just a little thicker this time.
Newly homeless, jobless Jews wept on the 10th of Av 5765. On 10 Av 5765, they wept for their destroyed businesses, communities, batei knesseth, homes and schools. They knew they would never fully recover those losses. Not in this world.
They saw today, 20 Adar 5772. And so did I. I don’t know how anyone could not.
We aim to please the world, and so we never do. They demand more and know less. Yes, the world demands more land, more businesses, more communities, batei knesseth, homes and schools from you, Jews of Israel. It will never be enough. Can’t you see? Has murderous hatred become so normal to you? An enemy who can’t even let your dead rest in peace will not let you rest either. A world who turns a blind eye to the desecration of your dead will turn a blind eye to the desecration of your life.
Jews turned on their fellow Jews, threw them off their land, out of their homes, to please everyone but themselves, everyone but G-d. The world demands more. Knows less. And the children of Israel refuse to claim Israel’s legacy. The people chosen by G-d to lead the world to Truth have lost their the way to their Inner Truth. The people of the Book don’t believe it anymore. It is only fairy tales now.
Only thing is, all those “fairy tales” are your only raison d’etre, your only source of chizzuk. That is by Design. Ignore your legacy? Disregard your Title Deed? At your peril, for then you cut yourself off from your Source.
The Land is yours to create a Torah enlightened society…a model for the world to follow. That is your only claim.
The first step is to make your claim. Sovereign nationhood, free from all enemies foreign and domestic is a part of the Divine Plan for all nations. How can the world follow you, and learn what it means to be safe and secure in their own, unique nations if you refuse to do so in yours? The world is a garden and you are the chief flower, but if you refuse to bloom, the rest of the garden wilts.
You must lead Jews or you will be lead … to more tragic, ironic juxtapositioning.
Professor Howard Grief articulately outlines the Jewish people’s iron clad claim on all of historic Eretz Israel in the following series:
The 731 page book, above summarized, entitled “The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel Under International Law” by Professor Howard Grief is an indepth study of the subject, and should be considered required reading for anyone interested in the true history surrounding the conflict between the State of Israel and the Arab and Muslim world.
Three strangers strike up a conversation in the airport passenger lounge in Bozeman, Montana while awaiting their respective flights. One is an American Indian passing through from Lame Deer. Another was a Cowboy on his way to Billings for a livestock show and the third passenger is a fundamentalist Arab student, newly arrived at Montana State University from the Middle East.
Their discussion drifts to their diverse cultures. Soon, the two Westerners learn that the Arab is a devout, radical Muslim and the conversation falls into an uneasy lull. The cowboy leans back in his chair, crosses his boots on a magazine table and tips his big sweat-stained hat forward to cover his face. The wind outside is blowing tumbleweeds around, and the old windsock is flapping; but still no plane comes.
Finally, the American Indian clears his throat and softly he speaks, “At one time here, my people were many, but sadly, now we are few.” The Muslim student raises an eyebrow and leans forward, “Once my people were few,” he sneers, “and now we are many. “Why do you suppose that is?”
The Montana cowboy shifts his toothpick to one side of his mouth and from the darkness beneath his Stetson says in a smooth drawl. “That’s ’cause we ain’t played Cowboys and Muslims yet, but I do believe it’s a-comin’.”
In response to Sheikh Anjem Choudary’s threats that jihad is coming to the heart of America.
Cartoon from: ilovemypit’s photostream
We are bombarded constantly with the claims of alleged Israeli brutality and unfairness towards the Arabs in the Administered Territories, known historically as Judea and Samaria.
Howard Grief, author of the exhaustive work entitled, “The Legal Foundation and Borders of Israel under International Law“, on the San Remo Conference, “The San Remo Resolution converted the Balfour Declaration of November 2, 1917 from a mere statement of British policy expressing sympathy with the goal of the Zionist movement to create a Jewish state into a binding act of international law that required specific fulfillment by Britain of this object in active cooperation with the Jewish people….The term “Jewish National Home” was defined to mean a state by the British government at the Cabinet session which approved the Balfour Declaration on October 31, 1917….It was absurd to imagine that this phrase could be used to indicate that only a part of Palestine was reserved for the future Jewish National Home, since both were created simultaneously and used interchangeably, with the term “Palestine” pointing out the geographical location of the future independent Jewish state.” Link for more reading here.
Below is the map of the original British Mandate, which committed Britain legally to the job of facilitating the creation of a national homeland for the Jewish people, a comittment which they later reneged, thus violating international law, because it was no longer in the British national interest to keep their word, what with the increasing need for Middle Eastern (Arab) oil.
The British illegally backed out of this commitment. The World Zionist Organization proposed a significantly scaled down map. However, in the end, the Yishuv (Jewish community living in Eretz Israel prior to statehood) had to settle for the following UN Partition Plan. It was a hard pill to swallow, and has been dubbed “Auschwitz borders”, but the Jewish community accepted it, grateful for some corner of the earth to call their own. The Arab world rejected this plan and went to war shortly after Israel was re-born. In fact, Ben-Gurion could hear the beginnings of war as he declared Israel’s independence.
Look at the map below, from The Israeli Committe Against (Arab) House Demolitions (ICAHD). They don’t trouble themselves with Jewish home demolitions, which go on constantly, often in the dead of night against Jewish homes on legally purchased Jewish land; nor were they around during the Gush Katif expulsions, except perhaps to cheer on the destroyers; nor do they object or demonstrate against the current defacto restrictions against Jews building in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. Treating two populations living in the same region in such a radically different manner without cause (to prevent terrorism) is against international law.
Seems pretty darn unfair, doesn’t it?
Except, when one looks at the broad overview. See the map below, which demonstrates the real truth of the matter. Consider just how small the nation of Israel is, compared to the vastness of the entire Muslim empire. Then read some good history books (written by bona fide, scholarly and objective historians). And as you read, compare these maps. The Jewish people have been willing to compromise and settle for less and less and less. It seems to never satisfy the Arab/Muslim world, or to bring peace. That is because the conflict is not about land or political rights. Land and political rights are strawman arguments put out there to confuse those who don’t look at the total picture.
Sultan Knish’s (Daniel Greefield) Op-Ed at Israel National News pretty much says it all — again.
On the 11th of March, two Arab Muslim men climbed through the window of a home in the village of Itamar, and massacred an entire family, killing both parents, stabbing a 4 year old boy twice in the chest, murdering an 11 year old while he sat up reading in bed and slitting the throat of a 3 month old baby girl.
A week later, Israeli and Arab pollsters conducted a survey in the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem. A third of the Arabs surveyed supported these atrocities.
All the justifications for a Palestinian state fall away in the face of this simple fact. A third of the residents of any Palestinian state favor the murder of Jewish children. Not to achieve any larger goal, but just because they are Jewish children. To call for a Palestinian state in the face of that fact is to advocate genocide.
Photo of Nordhausen found at Louise Palanker’s Photostream
Disclaimer: Some Christians, it has come to my attention, are offended by the provocative starkness of parts of the following post.
The purpose of this post is to demonstrate concisely that Jesus of Nazareth does not fit the Torah‘s criteria for King Messiah. The status of “Messiah ben David“, another name for King Messiah, is considered by Judaism to be a uniquely special status, so much so that when the term “The Messiah” is used, everyone who is familiar with the concept of this singular personality immediately knows what exact function or office, if you will, is being referred to, (even if we don’t know the identity of the man who will fulfill that function at this point in history) much like when Americans refer to “The President”.
Even if Jesus is not “special” within the context of this post, if he did indeed live during the Second Temple period, and if indeed he was murdered, as so many Jewish patriots were murdered by the Roman beasts during those days, then of course, as any human being is special merely by virtue of the fact that he, like all human beings, was created in the image of G-d and was yet another martyr, at that level, Jesus would have been “special”.
However, that does not mean he was special in the messianic sense. And that is question. Was Jesus the uniquely special messiah who brings in the Messianic Age?
A. God is not man or corporeal in anyway = Jesus was a man, not God = not special
B. Sin is not only forgiven with animal blood sacrifices; human sacrifice is forbidden by the Torah = Death on a cross not necessary = not special
C. Miracles (not even rising from the dead) do not prove anything concerning candidacy for the office of Messiah = Jesus’ supposed miracles don’t mean anything = not special
D. Dying at the hands of the Romans and Sadducees was common in that era = Jesus’ death was one of many = not special
E. Messiah must complete his mission before dying = Jesus death disqualified him = not special
F. Messiah cannot simply “fly down” out of the sky. Becoming king is an intensely legal process overseen by the Sanhedrin = Jesus did not undergo such a process. (See C) = not special
Jesus was an insurrectionist against Roman representatives in Judea, made promises he didn’t fulfill, thought himself to be King Messiah and/or a prophet, did nothing to qualify as a candidate for King Messiah according to the Torah and Prophets (See Aryeh Kaplan‘s Anthology II on the process of qualifying as a prophet). He was instead killed and has never “come back.” He was not the only self-styled rabbi/prophet/messiah to get into serious trouble, make promises, and ultimately be killed by Rome. There were many in that time.
Because Jesus’ life was not special in any way from any other failed or false messiah, Jewish martyr or human being, Jews do not need to pay attention to him or his life, and should certainly not make him the centerpiece in their thinking. He is a non-issue for us and a piece of old news in our history. We rejected the Ishmaelite Muhammad for the same or similar reasons.
Next week: A Demonstration that the New Testament does not fit within the mesorah of Judaism, in that it is not a part of Torat Mosheh.
by Rabbi Chanan Morrison
Baruch Duvdevani served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Agency’s Aliyah department. He recounted this tragic story:
It was the winter of 5716 (1956), immediately following the Sinai Campaign. Poland and the USSR had just signed a treaty allowing all Polish citizens who had fled to Russia during World War II to return to Poland. Jewish or not, they had the right to return, as long as they were Polish citizens on September 1, 1939, the day the War broke out. As a result of this treaty, thousands of Jews throughout Russia returned to Poland, and the majority of them subsequently immigrated to Israel.
I was privileged to spend that year, and the next, in Poland, helping organize this mass aliyah to Israel.
One December morning, when the temperature in Warsaw reached 19 degrees below zero (Celsius), I arrived at the Israeli embassy where we were stationed for our immigration work. The courtyard was filled with scores of people who had come from Russia to immigrate to Eretz Yisrael. I stopped and talked to each and every one of them at length. Our hearts were so filled with joy that we did not feel the cold.
I noticed an old Jew standing in the corner of the courtyard. He was bone-thin, with practically no flesh on his body. His dim eyes lacked any spark of life; his cheekbones protruded profusely; and his clothes were tattered and torn, despite the bitter cold. I realized immediately that the man wanted to speak with me and that he was simply waiting for me to finish talking to the others.
I consider history and I consider the near future. Time appears to me as a corkscrew, winding around a stationary pole. I think that is how our Sages taught us. As I view photos of hundreds of automaton Hezbollah-nikim giving the Nazi salute, I feel as if my soul has been here before — and I am disturbed by the visions of the past, the future, dancing painfully in my mind.
Now I know how this happened before, and I know it could happen again……very soon.
Then I watch my beautiful, precious, innocent children as they play, not knowing the dark days we may all face, and I sigh. I read yet another news story obsessively, hearing the drumbeats, the war whoops, the bloody threats. I write, and I pray I am wrong. Someone will stop this madness, no? I sing laments over and over and over, another way to pray. I hope that somehow, this will all make some difference.
Then the lights go on in my mind. And I pack to move back to E”Y – home. American Jews, 6 million strong, back in E”Y – settling where the world forbids us to settle, all becoming obstacles to “peace” (whew), in Yehudah and Shomron, where our history unfolded…. The American can-do spirit, reviving our tired out brethren who have been saving our spot for us all these long, weary years. Our ancient kings didn’t know Tel Aviv. They knew Beit El…they knew Itamar. They knew Jerusalem. They knew Shechem, Hevron.
We need to go home, or we just may perish before we get the chance, chas v’shalom, as Ben Gurion sadly predicted — are we only Jewish dust? Will we continue to abandon half our people by loving the goldeneh golus?
This is not an advertisement for Nefesh b’Nefesh, but…who believes it is an accident, that G-d has given us this generous leg-up? In the history of the Jewish people, nothing is an accident. It all means something.
Prior to the Shoah, Jabo toured Europe, desperately telling his beloved brothers and sisters, “Liquidate the golus before the golus liquidates you.” — to incredulous crowds of European Jews. Many jeered him, did not believe him, thought Eretz Israel was certainly more dangerous than Europe…did not want to leave family, to uproot children…to turn their lives upside down. Even many rabbis, out of well-placed concern for their flock’s souls (the Zionist leadership of Israel was proving hostile to seriously observant communities) advised their congregants to disregard Jabo. And so…many did not heed Jabo’s desperate plea.
We have hindsight as foresight because Hashem has taught us how to use our history as our future. They did not go when they could…and then, one day, Europe was on lock-down. And Jabo was right.
So, let’s build!!
Anis Shorrosh, author of ”Islam Revealed” and ”The True Furqan,” is a Christian Arab-American who emigrated from Arab-controlled Jerusalem in January 1967.
”The following is my analysis of Islamic invasion of America, the agenda of Islamists and visible methods to take over America by the year 2020,” Shorrosh says. ”Will Americans continue to sleep through this invasion as they did when we were attacked on 9/11?”
Read more: Here
The Torah is doesn’t say much on the subject of the Messianic Era, except to mention the “End of Days”. The NaKh (prophets and writings) speak more definitively about the required qualifications of King Messiah (Messiah ben David) that will rule during the Messianic Era, and even more specifically about what he will be required to accomplish in order to be considered King Messiah, as well as what the Messianic Era will look like.
King Messiah must have five basic qualifications; he must be a man, a Jew, from the Tribe of Judah, from King David, through Solomon’s line. Anyone who doesn’t meet at least these five basic requirements can’t even apply for the job no matter how righteous he is deemed to be.
According to halachah (Jewish law), a son inherits his status as a Jew from his mother, and his tribal identity through his father. If one believes the Greek Testament claims about the “Holy Spirit” impregnating Mary, then no matter what angle is taken, Jesus simply does not come from the line of David through Solomon. Christians have tried to find their way around this problem in two ways: 1) Either by claiming Jesus was adopted by Joseph or; 2) by claiming the geneology in Luke 3:23-38 as Mary’s, even though the text doesn’t make that claim. (This is also the method used for reconciling the two geneologies, which differ from one another from King David forward.) If one accepts that this is Mary’s geneology, we then find two more fatal flaws with this: 1) Again, according to halachah, even if a child is adopted by a step-father, this doesn’t change his tribal identity, which has always been and will always be determined by the child’s biological father and; 2) King Messiah must be a descendant of King David through Solomon. According to this geneology, Mary descended through one of David son’s yes – Nathan, not Solomon.
In order to demonstrate the TaNaKh’s unequivocal requirement that King Messiah must descend through King Solomon and no other son of King David, below is a list of verses from the TaNaKh. If one compares this requirement with the geneologies of Jesus in the Greek Testament, what becomes obvious is that Jesus did not and never will qualify for the position of King Messiah.
II Samuel 7:12-16
”When your days are complete and you lie with your forefathers, I shall raise up after you your offspring who will issue from your loins, and I shall make his kingdom firm.  He shall build a Temple for My sake, and I shall make firm the throne of his kingdom forever.  I shall be a Father unto him and he shall be a son unto Me, so that when he sins I will chastise him with the rod of men and with afflictions of human beings.  But My kindness will not be removed from him as I removed (it) from Saul, whom I removed from before you.  Your dynasty and your kingdom will remain steadfast before you for all time; your throne will remain firm forever.’ “
I Kings 8:15-20
” He then said, ‘Blessed is HaShem, G-d of Israel, Who spoke with His word to my father David — and fulfilled with his power, saying,  ‘From the day when I took My people Israel out of Egypt, I did not choose a city from among the tribes of Israel in which to build a Temple where My Name would be; but I chose David to rule over My people Israel.’ “ It was the heart of my father David to build a Temple for the sake of the Name of HaShem, G-d of Israel.  But HaShem said to my father David, ‘Inasmuch as it has been in your heart to build a Temple for My Name, you have done well by having this in your heart.  You, however, shall not build the Temple. Rather, your son, who will emerge from your loins — he will build the Temple for My Name.’  Now HaShem has fulfilled His word that He spoke, for I have risen in place of my father David, and I sit on the throne of Israel as HaShem spoke, and I have build the Temple for the Name of HaShem, G-d of Israel. “
“A staff will emerge from the stump of Jesse and a shoot will sprout from his roots.”
“Behold, the days are coming — the word of HaShem — when I will establish a righteous sprout from David; a king will reign and prosper and he will administer justice and righteousness in the land.”
“They will serve HaShem their G-d and David their king, whom I will establish over them.”
“ Behold, the days are coming — the word of HaShem — when I will fulfill the favorable matter that I spoke concerning the House of Israel and the House of Judah.  In those days at that time, I will cause a sprout of righteousness to sprout forth for David, and he will administer justice and righteousness in the land.”
“ I will establish over them a single shepherd and he will tend them — My servant David; he will tend them and he will be a shepherd unto them.  And I, HaShem, I will be a G-d to them, and my servant David a prince among them. I, HaShem, have spoken.  I will seal a covenant of peace with them, and abolish evil beast from the land; and they will dwell securely in the wilderness, and sleep in the forests. “
“ My servant David will be king over them, and there will be one shepherd for all of them; they will follow My ordinances and keep My decress and fulfull them.  They will dwell on the land that I gave to My servant Jacob, within which your fathers dwelled; they and their children and their children’s children will dwell upon it forever; and My servant David will be a leader for them forever.”
I Chronicles 17:11-15
“When your days are complete to go to your forefathers, I will raise up after you your offspring who will be from among your sons, and I shall make his kingdom firm.  He shall build a Temple for Me, and I shall make his throne firm forever.  I shall be a Father unto him, and he shall be a son unto Me, and I shall never remove My kindness from him, as I removed it from the one who preceded you.  I will establish him as My dynasty, as My kingdom, and his throne will be established forever.”
 In accordance with all these words and this entire vision, so did Nathan speak to David.”
I Chronicles 22:6-10
“ He summoned his son Solomon and charged him to build a Temple for HaShem, G-d of Israel.  David said to Solomon, ‘My son, I had in mind to build a Temple for the Name of HaShem, my G-d,  but the word of HaShem came to me, saying, ‘You have shed much blood and have made great wars; you shall not build a Temple for My Name’s sake, for you have shed much blood upon the ground before Me.  Behold a son will be born to you; he will be a man of rest, and I shall grant him rest from all his enemies all around. His name will be Solomon, and I will bestow peace and tranquility upon Israel in his days.  He will build a Temple for my Name’s sake; he will be a son to Me and I will be a Father to him. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’ “
I Chronicles 28:2-7
“ King David stood up on his feet and said: ‘Hear me, my brothers and my people! I had in my heart to build a house of rest for the Ark of the Covenant of HaShem, as a footstool for our G-d, and I prepared to build.  But G-d said to me, ‘You shall not build a Temple for My Name, because you are a man of wars and have shed blood.’  HaShem, G-d of Israel, chose me from all my father’s family to be king over Israel forever. For He chose Judah to be the ruler, and of the house of Judah (He chose) my father’s house, and of the sons of my father it was me that he saw fit to make king over all Israel.  And from all my sons — for many sons has HaShem give me — He has chosen Solomon my son to sit on the throne of the kingdom of HaShem, over Israel.  He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon — he shall build my Temple and my courtyards; for I have chosen him to be a son for me, and I will be a father for him.  And I will establish his kingdom forever — if he will be firm in fulfilling My commandments and my laws, as on this day.’ “
Hag Purim Someach!!
If radical Leftists lived in countries ruled by sharia as envisioned by political Islam (hear this Steven Amsel, Max Blumenthal, etc.), there would be a fatwa on them, or they would already dead.
Some time ago, as I was lamenting to a friend about Jewish leftist bleeding heart liberal types who turn coat on their own people, taking up the cause of Islamic fundamentalists, my wise friend smiled at me and said “That just proves how free Judaism is.”
He was right.
Still, it puzzles me because I know many of these radical Leftists either support gay rights and/or are themselves gay. So, what do they think will happen if the West at some point comes under political Islam’s sharia?
Oh, I know many of them don’t think this is the end-game. It is. And if, G-d forbid, the world is ultimately swayed by them…they will find out. But it will be too late for them, and for all of us.
This video is one example of Israeli freedom:
If any TV station in Gaza aired a piece even remotely sensitive to the plight of Israeli children, their station would be rubble within minutes. This is also a great example of how bloodthirsty Israelis are not.
The book of Ezra/Nehemiah clarifies what the Torah requires, as well as Deuteronomy 7:1-3 (Jewish Publication Society)
1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and shall cast out many nations before thee, the Hittite, and the Girgashite, and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; 2 and when the LORD thy God shall deliver them up before thee, and thou shalt smite them; then thou shalt utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them; 3 neither shalt thou make marriages with them: thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. 4 For he will turn away thy son from following Me, that they may serve other gods; so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and He will destroy thee quickly.
Are we in the “Last Days”, otherwise known as the “footprints” of Messiah.
Video from Torah Ohr on Gog u’Magog here:
Excerpted with permission from:
What is Torath Mosheh?
“… what exactly is Torath Mosheh? … The first step in understanding Torath Mosheh is to define the terms themselves that make up the statement.
תורה pronounced “Torah” from the Ivrith (Hebrew) root (י-ר-ה) meaning to throw, cast, shoot out like an arrow, cast or lay a foundation. The feminine noun Torah means instructions, directions, precepts, and laws. The Ivrith (Hebrew) terms for a teacher, mode, or manner come from the same root.
משה Pronounced “Mosheh” from the Ivrith (Hebrew) root (מ-ש-ה) is the correct way to pronounce Moses’s name. Mosheh is known as Mosheh ben-Amram (Moses son of Amram) or Mosheh Rabbeinu (Moses our Teacher). He is the greatest of all prophets, he is the only prophet to have interacted, both in public and in private, directly with the Creator of all things יהוה.
Pronounced “Torath Mosheh” meaning instructions, directions, precepts, and laws which are directly connected to the Written and Oral Torah received by the people of Yisrael (Israel) on Har Sinai (Mount Sinai). These include both Divine and non-Divine methods of instruction in performing the Will of the Creator of all things whose name is pronounced יהוה.
Thus the following is also true:
As much as people may argue about the existence of an Oral Torah, the reality is that there is a correct and an incorrect way to understand the Torah and the physical and philosophical commands given in it. These methods of correct methods of Torah application are the Oral Torah.
Understanding Modern Messianic Heresy
Much has been written about the history of Christianity and its inception. I will not cover much of this, but instead focus on the modern movement which claims to be both Jewish and Christian.
Modern “so called” Messianic Judaism claims to follow on a history of emergence of Jewish believers in Jesus seeking to reclaim their identity as Jews and as followers of Jesus at the same time. A simple summary of that history should note that in the 18th and 19th centuries, Christians of Jewish descent increased in numbers due to social issues in Europe and America. In Europe and America the growing number of Jewish Christians were represented by missionary organizations to the Jews with quaint names.
The Christian missions to the Jews movement made an advance when Hebrew Christians, as they were known, began to associate and come together for conferences. The idea of maintaining Jewish identity as followers of Jesus began to grow. At first this had little to do with Judaism.
In the 1970’s, some of these Hebrew Christians, especially under the influence of Martin Chernoff and Manny Brotman, developed Messianic Judaism in its incipient form. The advancement here was the idea of Jews actually practicing faith in Jesus in a Jewish way.
Increasingly, however, in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Messianic Judaism became a haven for non-Jews looking to find a restoration of a perceived early church or some alternative to a church that had grown soft on Biblical practice and strong on revivalist tradition.
Due to the fact that Messianic movement is low on actual Jews, and especially devoid of Jews with a sound Torah base they have recently tried to repackage their messages to appear to be more “Jewish.” This repacking is not only for the purpose of trying to convince more Jews that their form of Christianity is somehow valid according to the Torah, but also because some Messianics have themselves felt that Christianity as a whole is lacking the actual elements that makes them Jewish. Thus, the reasoning is that if they themselves are so called Messianic “Jews” then how can they live as Jews with a text, the New Testament, that carries so many non-Jewish interpretations with it.
A perfect example of this repacking effort are Messianic commentaries on the New Testament claiming, that it can understood using Jewish texts such as the Talmud and various Midrashim. Another angle comes from a shadowy group called the Netzarim, claiming to live in Raanana, Israel, that claims to have reworked and revamped the book of Matthew to paint early Christianity a quasi-halakhic battle between Yeshu, who they claim was a rabbi of Beith Hillel, vs. a rouge sect of Beith Shammai Pharisees.
Several problems exist within the New Testament framework that makes forcing it into a Jewish, in the above mentioned ways, VERY problematic.
The above questions are very crucial in determining if such conclusions are able to be marketed as a “Jewish” methods of understanding the New Testament. Further, these questions are important if one wants to try and use Jewish texts, such as the Talmud and Midrashim, to try and make sense of Christian texts. If the baseline facts about Christian texts cannot be backed up by Judaic requirements for information, said Christian texts cannot be analyzed in this Judaic manner.
Answering the above questions reveal the following answers.
All of this is important because of the fact that ALL of Judaism is based on concept called Mesorah. This means a tested, trust worthy and unbroken chain of understanding and tradition. Further, this means is that modern Rabbis, from all ancient Jewish communities, received their ordinations as rabbis and learned from ordained Rabbis before them who learned from Jewish sages before them going all the way back to Mount Sinai. After some time these ordinations were from within two Judaic schools of thought, one in Israel and one in Babylon, with the Judaic school in Israel having the highest authority originally. After the disbandment of the Judaic school of thought in Israel, the Judaic school in Babylon become the head school of thought.
Lets take a major example, of how the New Testament fails the concept of Mesorah according to Torath. In the New Testament book of Acts 2:1; 2-13.
1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 
So according to this section of the New Testament Jews from all over the Middle East, North Africa, and Southern Europe were present during Shavuot in Jerusalem and they witnessed this major event. This event, is considered by Christians scholars the genesis of their church. Yet, the account begs the question; If there were all these Jews that witnessed this event how come there are no other accounts of it?
Using Torath Mosheh, concerning the giving of the Torah at Har Sinai, the same story and the same Torah has been preserved by Jews all over the world. If you go to Jews from Israel, Lybia, Morocco, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Afganastan, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Spain, Kurdistan, etc. you find Jews with the same story of how the Torah was given and the actual text of the Torah itself. Many of these communities had little or no communication with the fellow Jews in other regions, yet their central core Judaism is the same. Even amongst sects like the Karaites and the Samaritans one finds some of the same govering history regarding the events at Mount Sinai and how the Torah was given.
Yet, if you go to the Jews of the locations that the book of Acts claims Jews came from and ask them if they have a Mesorah from their ancestors for the events mentioned in acts you won’t find it. Go to a Lybian Jew, a Persian Jew, a Mesopetamian Jew, etc. and ask them if their ancestors had heard of such an event. It must be noted that even until about the 1500’s to 1600’s there were Jews in North Africa and Arabia who had never even heard of Jesus, let a alone Christianity. You will find that there is no account, outside of the book of acts, that records these events. Now the bigger question is who wrote the book of acts and are they are a valid Jewish source for the events they claim happened during that time?
Further in Acts 2:40, after Peter gives a speech to everyone present, which must have meant thousands of Jews, and it is claimed that only 3,000 of those present joined the early Christian movement. This begs one of the most obvious questions of who were these supposed 3,000 who joined them? Where were they from and where did they go? It is obvious that the Christian claim behind this story is to try and connect it with the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Yet, there were millions of Israelites at Mount Sinai and their descendents continue to the present age. If the Christian movement was so “spirit filled” why did only 3,000 join them and why did none of these 3,000 write down their accounts and their names for the sake of history? Why did these 3,000 also not continue to teach their children about this event?
Why is it that no Jew today has a continuous tradition of their ancestors having witnessed this event? There is no comparison to the Torah because the Torah lists various names of Israelites who were at Mount Sinai and who what tribe they were from.
As Rabbi Yisrael Chait writes about the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai:
“You are the ones who have been shown, so that you will know that God is the Supreme Being and there is none besides Him. From the heavens, He let you hear His voice admonishing you, and on earth He showed you His great fire, so that you heard His words from the fire.”
Someone may ask how we know that these events were as described in the Torah, clearly visible, and that they transpired before the entire nation. Perhaps this itself is a fabrication? The answer to this question is obvious. We accept a simple fact attested to by numerous observers because we consider mass conspiracy absurd. For the very same reason no public event can be fabricated, for we would have to assume a mass conspiracy of silence with regard to the occurrence of that event. If someone were to tell us that an atomic bomb was detonated over New York City fifty years ago, we would not accept it as true because we would assume that we would have certainly heard about it, had it actually occurred.
The very factors, which compel us to accept as true, an account of an event of public proportion safeguards us against fabrication of such an event. Were this not so all of history could have been fabricated. Had the event at Sinai not actually occurred anyone fabricating it at any point in time would have met with the stiff refutation of the people, “had a mass event of that proportion ever occurred we surely would have heard of it.” Fabrication of an event of public proportion is not within the realm of credibility. 
From this we learn that the Christian claim is not acceptable to Torah standards, and the only way Messianics know to deal with these issues is to claim that this event and others were buried by the Jews around the world out of hatred of Jesus. That is to say that the Messianic claim then must become that the Jews who don’t accept Jesus or the New Testament are rejecting reality and in return are rejecting truth, regardless of all of the historical issues with the New Testament and the Jesus narrative. Thus in the eyes of the Messianics and Missionaries Jews who reject Jesus are at fault and must be saved from eternal damnation.
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This blog is written from the perspective of Jewish philanthropists who do care. Indeed, it is a mitzvah to care all people. And yet, because they do insist on viewing Israel as a Jewish nation, they are sometimes shunned by Arab organizations.
Here is the blog link
It’s a good read.
According to Professor Eugene Narrett, although the West may not be out to destroy Israel, it is necessarily ambivalent to the idea that Israel remain a sovereign Jewish entity. This explains the news coming out of the Middle East.
The ”separatist” commitment, demanded of the Jewish people by the Torah, is something that runs counter to the deepest roots of Western culture. One thinker, who Professor Narrett explains as being influential in maintaining this ambivalence is Alice Bailey, who in his estimation was, for all intents and purposes, a communist. Gnosticism via Christianity also accounts for the antipathy of a sovereign Jewish nation, as well as various New Age thinkers of our day and days gone by.
The enemies of the Jewish people see this as a competition to the death between univeralism and particularism. It is, in reality, a competition to the death between forced, conformist utopianism, and the Jewish view of godly utopianism — the second ultimate goal being much superior to the first for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that our G-d given free will is not trampled along the way.
What most who are unfamiliar with the deeper tenets of Judasim do not understand is this; though Judaism has particularlist elements, it is ultimately the most universalist of the three monotheistic religions. Furthermore, for those who wish to join the Divine Mandate specific to the Jewish people (there is a Divine Mandate specific to the gentile world as well) the door is open. One need not change one’s racial make-up to join us.
Get over the idea that being Jewish is a race. Please. It is not. This can easily be proven, if you will visit Israel once. You will see black Jews, Chinese Jews, northern European Jews, Mexican Jews and “Euromutt” American Jews. If I left anybody out, just visit Israel. You’ll find whatever I haven’t mentioned here.
The fact that Judaism is passed down generationally, and that a long line of Jews are proud of their unbroken links to their forefathers, and that Judaism is not a religion which emphasizes proselytizing, may give the idea that Judaism is a race. The praiseworthy accomplishment of a long, unbroken chain reaching back 120 generations or more is not one of maintaining racial purity, but of successfully transmitted from one generation to the next, in a long, unbroken chain, the values of the Torah, certainly not any easy task, and one which takes intense dedication, and sacrifice. There are and always have been powerful, seductive, and even violent forces working against the average Jewish family which are determined to draw Jewish children away from their faith, family and community. But none of this means that being Jewish is a genetic pedigree.
Furthermore, the particularism of Judaism includes a deep sense of responsibility towards the world, rather than a sense of elitism or superiority. We are supposed to be about the business of assisting the world with it’s various and many spiritual needs, teaching the world how to have a relationship with the Creator without the crutch of idolatry to confuse the picture, not running for our lives from the latest pogrom, or more recently, suicide bomber, Kassam rocket aimed at our children’s beds, or murderers in the night, determined to slash our babies throats as they sleep.
In Professor Narrett’s article entitled Is it American Policy to Destroy Israel? he quotes Bailey on the topic of the Jewish Question as saying thus: “Remember that the Jews are found in every land, that their influence is potent and widespread, and that they wield most potently what we call money. They represent the energy and life of a previous solar system” — Bailey, “The Hidden Source of the Outer Turmoil,” January 1930 in Externalization, op. cit 75-8. According to Professor Narrett, the last sentence is in reference to the “dawning of the Age of Aquarius”. (!!)
Don’t laugh too hard. Some people really believe in this stuff. I recently watched a movie entitled Zeitgeist; The Movie. I applauded their exposure of Christianity as being heavily borrowed from Egyptian and mystery cult religions. For a scholarly approach to this topic, see Hyam Maccoby’s book The Mythmaker. The movie also spoke of the various “ages”, and mentioned that many believe we are in the “Age of Aquarius”. From approximately 16:06 minutes to 26:06 minutes, this movie asserts that religious systems are ultimately based on a misunderstanding of an ancient astrological allegory. Of course, their interpretation of Judaism is utter nonsense. For example, the movie considers the story of Moses mere plaigerism. However, the movie does bring out the fact that we are allegedly in the “age of Aquarius”… and why those who believe this would have antipathy towards a particularist religion like Judaism.
Getting back to Bailey, apparently she believed Jews to be among the “low-grade human beings that are met with in their milions on our planet”, to be people more closely resemble animal-men, not fully human due to some deficiency she imagined in the Jewish people’s enlightenment. She believed that the “Jewish problem” would be solved by a world religion based on Shamballa-wisdom as proclaimed by the Buddha and the Christ. (Rats, and liked that song by Three Dog Night.) Naturally, she also also believed in the internationalization of Jerusalem, believing it to be a city that belonged to no one religion in particular.
Professor Narrett: “This war against Judaism and the Jews, a collectivist assault of regional blocs which necessarily is a war against a sovereign and intact Israel, Y’srael Shleimah is an attack on memory, on remembrance as a habit, ideal, and practical basis for education, on free will and individualism opposed to a collective dissolution in rapture and ‘mass thinking.’”
So, does this mean that particularist Judaism is hopelessly at odds with the universalist culture of Western civilization? Professor Narrett focuses heavily on Bailey in this article, apparently because while there were powerful men strategizing the fate of countries, the nation of Israel included, there were also influential theosopical esoterics, Bailey to be counted among them, who were also affecting and continue to affect the thinking of many on the proper role of Israel in the world.
As I read Professor Narrett’s article I couldn’t help recalling a sound scolding I received in a political debate I participated in several years ago among some Ron Paul supporters. Here I was, on the same side, stating that I agreed with Ron Paul’s views on taxation, the constitution, freedom etc., even going so far as to say I don’t think Ron Paul has a “Jewish problem” or if he does, I don’t think he should. At the time, I hadn’t decided whether or not Ron Paul was a friend of the Jewish people or not. But I wasn’t vascillating that day. I don’t think these particular people were aware of my reservations, because I hadn’t expressed them as yet.
The hostility towards my thinking was palpable, and I couldn’t understand why. I thought I was on the same team. But I guess my pro-Israel views aren’t easily suppressed. I was chided for my “separatist” views. A few of these Ron Paul supporters responded to my statements with hostility I thought reserved only for bitter opponents to Ron Paul. To these people, peace would never be possible if folks like me didn’t get ourselves more “enlightened”. I was puzzled. I want peace just as much as anyone. And I’m nice to everyone — ehm — well I am most of the time. I not only pray for the peace of Jerusalem. I pray for peace among the Arab peoples as well. I am saddened by the sight of the poverty in Gaza, for the oppression the Arabs in the region suffer at the hands of their greedy, corrupt leaders. Arab misery existed before Israel. The existence of Israel is not the barrier to peace in the Middle East.
It must be noted, within the same debate on Ron Paul and his views of Israel, there were more supporters who were sympathetic and supportive of Israel than not. But the virulence of Israel’s detractors was startling.
Bailey, Blavatzky and various New Ager’s, wanting a one world, universalist religion are necessarily opposed to the idea of a Jewish nation. Their perception is that peace is not possible in a world where such separatist views prevail. We already know what most world leaders think. My question is this: How much influence do these better known theosophical esoterics have on the big political players?
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In case you slept through civics class during high school…
Exlusive Israel National News Article: FrontPage Editor at Bklyn College: Palestinians are Morally Sick