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June 7, 2019

Has the World Gone Crazy Again?

 

If aliens to the Earth have arrived in the last few years gathering intelligence to decide and judge whether the Earth is worth being approached or left to mature, they would likely have some serious questions. Actually, the longer they might have viewed the Earth, they would likely have realized that what is happening is simply an infection which has always led to disastrous results and is flaring once again. This viral infection first showed its ugly hate in Pharaoh’s Egypt, which was soon to have a change in the ruling class. There was the little matter during King David’s rule when the Philistines, when they sacked the sanctuary of Shiloh, captured the Ark of the Covenant. They initially celebrated this great victory only to start to suffer plagues in their capital city. They decided to send the Ark to another city and the ills went with the Ark from city to city until the Philistines returned the Ark to the Israelites along with the proscribed sacrifice for repentance. There was the Purim attempt to murder the Jews of Persia at the crucial point before the decline of Persia before the Greeks. When the Greeks took steps to attempt to destroy the Jewish faith, they were soon destroyed and conquered by the Romans. The Romans probably were the most beneficial in their treatment of the Jews though they did this as a punishment, the scattering of the Jews throughout their empire and even beyond sold as slaves. This was intended to destroy the Jews just as it had the Carthaginians and an unknown number of others who were destroyed and removed from history. But Rome too was doomed to fall just as all who had persecuted their Jews, but Rome’s destruction was slow and painful. More recently there were the two main persecutors, Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, both presumably gone. The persecution of the Jews has spanned Europe, Africa, Middle East, the Americas, Oceania, and even parts of Asia. For a more accurate view, a survey was performed by the ADL in 2014 with access to a 2015 update showing world antisemitism by continent and links to individual nations (example map below).

 

Levels in Percentages of Anti-Semitism Worldwide by Regions

Levels in Percentages of Anti-Semitism Worldwide by Regions

 

Our aforementioned alien would be reporting that apparently the prevailing opinion appears to be that every problem can somehow be traced to Israel eventually. All the violence of the Middle East, Israel is to blame. Worldwide terrorism, Israel is to blame. Even further insanity prevails as anti-Semitism is Israel’s fault as well. Some of the tenuous and strained relationships are used to find some remote reason or historic allegation proves that Israel is at the root of whatever evils are found no matter where they may be in the world, there will be those who blame Israel or possibly just Jews generally. This special virus appears throughout history but there are periods where it starts to spread more deeply and widely throughout large areas of the world. The modern era is the first where this virus can now truly spread worldwide without any limitations, or are there. Were you to ask the average person on the street in any Western nation, they may rate their country as not being particularly anti-Semitic and would probably believe that the United States was amongst the lowest area for anti-Semitism, and that would be a good assessment as the United States had a lower than average at nine-percent, the same as Denmark. But there were others who performed better in the 2014 survey with United Kingdom rating at eight-percent, Vietnam at six-percent, Netherlands at five-percent, Sweden at four-percent, Philippines at three-percent and the lowest rating at next to none is Laos at a mere zero-point-two-percent. We must unfortunately state what many already know, many of these, especially the European nations, have increased drastically in recent years. The reality is that the levels of anti-Semitism worldwide is rising with some regions having unprecedented rise in such hatred since the end of World War II and other regions having lesser increases but still definitively higher levels of anti-Semitism are measured virtually universally. Historically, the rise in anti-Semitism virtually always arises when the world is soon to tip into calamity, violence and rising oppressions. We need to remember that what starts with the Jews, never ends with the Jews. It is as the infamous assessment made by Martin Niemöller, a prominent Lutheran pastor in Germany, who stated the following,


First, they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

 

Despite this truism being well known and that the history of anti-Semitism being on the leading edge of some of the world’s worst periods, the world still has yet to find the means of preventing this malignancy from inflicting the world. Now we see it rearing its ugly head and spreading without much of a care by most of the world where simply ignoring the new version of anti-Semitism, anti-Israelism and anti-Zionism, from spreading throughout our societies.

 

The most obvious rise of anti-Semitism has been within the Middle East and Europe. There are those who have attempted to blame the influx of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan for this rise, but these refugees cannot be blamed for everything. The attempts by numerous nations to outlaw Shechita (Kosher slaughter) and circumcision was performed completely independent from any refugee input. These came strictly from the historic attempts by Christian rulers and governments to attempt to force the Jews residing within their region of control to convert or at least prevent the practice of Judaism. This form of anti-Semitism is so ancient that it can easily be traced to the Romans, ancient Greeks, Persian and Babylonians. There can be no means of describing the laws banning these Torah requirements which all Jews must obey as anything other than anti-Semitism, outright anti-Semitism. Sure, these European countries have modern sounding, politically correct reasons and explanations for these laws, but they are aimed to target the Jews making their lives more problematic or even forcing them to emigrate to a more accepting climate, though the spread of such laws is making less and less nations Jewish friendly.

 

The latest flurry of anti-Semitic acts and the ensuing refusal of any proper criticism or adverse reactions came from the United States House of Representatives. Ilhan Abdullahi Omar of Minnesota, a Somalian by birth and Rashida Harbi Tlaib of Michigan, of Palestinian descent have made a very big splash than the average freshman Congress-critters. Ms. Omar made the first splash when a history of anti-Semitic tropes of hers were discovered on Twitter and other social media. But her problems did not end there as she doubled down with similar style anti-Semitic comments upon her arrival in the Congress. Not to be outdone, Ms. Tlaib echoed such sentiments with condemnations of Israel as well as the Jewish People. But that is not the worst part of this story, the really pathetic reaction by the Democrat controlled House of Representatives is the story here. And as if that was not enough, there was the pronouncement by the Speaker of the House and leading Democrat, Nancy Pelosi claiming, “I don’t think the congresswoman is anti-Semitic. I wouldn’t even put those in the same category.” And Ms. Pelosi did not leave it there rejecting any allegations of anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party adding when queried, “We have no taint of that.” These worries of signs that anti-Semitism was being normalized began when the Democrats in the House of Representatives were unable to denounce obvious and blatant anti-Semitic comments, statements and positions taken by their two now infamous members who along with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who supports her two fellow freshmen Representatives, have taken the spotlight and appear to be the new face and the future for the Democrat Party. Of course, the Jewish Representatives are all apparently too focused on the evils machinations they portend they will soon unravel from the Trump campaign and the Russia connection which they are so desperate to produce. None of these other events have even made a blip on their radar, though they had to have noticed the debate over whether or not to denounce anti-Semitism, which they did placing anti-Semitism at the tailing end of their list of other forms of hatred including Islamophobia. The refusal to report, sanction or otherwise notice the new Judeophobia (anti-Semitism) within their party is frightening, but not the most frightening of items.

 

There is one last item concerning the spreading Judeophobia which is positively frightening, and that is the lack of concern amongst the Jews in the Democrat Party. If one were to poll Jewish Democrats as to the Judeophobia sprouting within their party and its turning against Israel making supporting Israel into a partisan political position, you would likely find well over ninety percent would feign or actually honestly claim that they do not know what it is you are referencing. They will claim that they will continue to support the Democrat Party, continue to vote for Democrat candidates, continue to donate to Democrat political candidates and donate to the general Democrat funding. For them, they can see no wrong, hear no wrong and will speak no wrong about their precious Democrat Party. Their defense if one proves that there is a Judeophobic stripe running through their beloved Democrat Party, they will point out that it is not coming from their Representative. Then you also point out that their oh-so-wonderful Representative also made little or no effort to push for a letter actually condemning those who were practicing Judeophobia and instead simply caved to a general statement against hatred. Well, who actually is not against hatred other than those who actually hate, and even these often are unaware that what they repeat is hate or simply stating facts. This is most often the defense the Judeophobe will employ, that they are simply stating well understood facts which they have been told about all their lives. This was definitively the weak apology from Ms. Omar and Tlaib.

 

The rising levels of Judeophobia have reached epidemic proportions in the Middle East and Northern Africa and threatens to do similarly in many regions within Europe and throughout the Western World. As this pandemic Judeophobia continues unabated, it may have the unintended effect of doubling the Jewish population of Israel as Jews flee the coming persecution. Unfortunately, the most likely result will be about twenty-percent of Jews in afflicted regions making Aliyah or leaving to friendlier climes, which eventually will be Israel as there will be no other friendlier region left, and the remainder wondering what is happening when the Judeophobia reaches its ultimate form. The one positive in this situation is that there is someplace where every Jew will be accepted providing them with a place of last refuge. This is the reason and hope which Israel provides the Jewish People, a safe harbor in a far less than friendly world. We can only pray that all the Jews will find their desire for such refuge long before they have no other choice as it will make their transition more tranquil than coming with thousands of other Jewish refugees who have been stripped of all wealth and left for Israel to come and retrieve them before something unthinkable should be enacted. Israel absorbed closing in on eight-hundred-fifty-thousand Arab Jews evicted from their homes, many of which were hundreds if not thousands of years of their family residing in these lands, across the Arab and Muslim worlds. Israel went and brought the Ethiopian Jews and is in the process of approving more to be brought to Israel and also brought many sects of Jews from India and every corner of the globe. Israel stands ready to accept and provide a home for any Jew in need of rescue. We pray that no Jews are held hostage for ransom, as such would be tragic and set a horrific precedence. Judeophobia is a viral disease which becomes a world plague periodically and almost always is the precedence for some horrible upheavals of human history. Judeophobia is a warning signal that the train is about to leave the tracks if remedial actions are not taken to address the onset of this affliction before it becomes irreversible. The initial signs are that this will be yet another time the warning signs are to be ignored and the world turns itself inside-out all because when they came for the Jews, nobody cared as the Jews are an insignificant group of no concern to those who are not Jewish. History had proven this to be one of the worst positions taken repeatedly and apparently, we have not learned from our past. That brings us to a closing quote from George Santayana, “Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

 

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May 20, 2019

As the World Spirals into Tighter Knots of Hatred

 

There is no denying that the world has become more coarse and hate-filled. Leading the groups of hatred is the usual, anti-Semitism. Oh, wait, most of these are not anti-Semitic as they merely discuss and are critical of Israeli policies and the treatment of the Palestinians and the denial of their basic rights. That is not actually anti-Semitism, it is merely honest criticism.

 

Really? Merely honest criticism you claim. May we ask if you have any criticism for any nation other than Israel? Is it only Israel which is deserving of your selective scorn? Well, let us look a little closer at the main complaints which are spread about Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. If you are willing to look at these claims from another angle and try to have an open mind, maybe we can realize some valid points.

 

One of the biggest complaints comes down to the fact that the Palestinian Arabs have not voted in a general election since 2005 despite Israel holding three elections since then. Well, you have a valid point that the Israelis have had three elections and the Palestinian Arabs have not voted in a general election since 2005. Have you ever bothered to find out why they have not voted in any general elections since 2005? Well, despite Israeli elections, the Palestinian Authority has cancelled elections for their Parliament and for President at every opportunity when elections were scheduled. Every time some problem has cropped up making election impossible. One of the favorite reasons is because the Palestinian Authority controls areas in Judea and Samaria and Hamas controls Gaza and they just do not get along that well. Another difficulty which may have some bearing on the lack of elections is that Mahmoud Abbas knows that he would fail in retaining his position as President of the Palestinian Authority which could lead to his being removed as Chairman of the PLO and the leader of the Fatah Party which gives him the triple crown of power over the Palestinian Arabs in the areas Fatah controls. Meanwhile, in Gaza there are two groups, Hamas (often working with Iran despite being mostly Sunni or Muslim Brotherhood) and Islamic Jihad (another Shia arm of Iran in their threats upon Israel) who have an arrangement which allows Hamas, the stronger of the two, to choose whomever they desire to be the leader and head of the government. Currently that position is held by Yahya Sinwar (the former commander of the Hamas military wing and proof that there really is no difference between the military and political wings except in the eyes of most Europeans). Since the position is by appointment of a ruling council whose members are largely a secret, elections are completely unnecessary as the leadership and support are appointed positions. And talking of Israeli elections, the Palestinian Arabs are not Israelis and thus are not a party to Israeli elections and just as foreigners do not vote in other national elections (such as the French do not vote in Italian elections and the Italians do not vote in French elections and neither Italians nor French vote in the American elections). So, the Palestinians have not voted in elections since 2005 is because their governing powers have decided that elections are simply too bothersome and thus none are being held.

 

One last comparative statement and then we will move along. Just as Mexicans and Canadians do not vote in American elections and Americans do not vote in Canadian or Mexican elections; Israelis do not vote in Palestinian Arab elections, be they under the auspices of Islamic Jihad, Hamas or Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Arabs do not vote in Israeli elections. We know what the next accusation will be, so you admit that the Palestinian Arabs cannot vote in Israeli election. That is true. So, you admit that Arabs are not permitted to vote. Everyone see the logical leap making one huge assumption, namely that all Arabs are Palestinians and thus all Arabs are denied the vote. This is the fallacy which is used all the time to prove Israel denies Arabs the vote. The slick slight of language equates all Arabs with Palestinian Arabs but Palestinian Arabs across the Arab world are denied the right to vote even if elections were held. There is a group of Arabs which make up almost one-quarter of the population and who do vote in Israeli elections as well as run for office and sit in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament and work in every profession in Israel (technically even Rabbi as there are Arab Jews in Israel who were or their relatives were thrown out of their Arab homelands within the first decade and a half after Israel was founded with the vast majority of these Arab Jews coming to Israel). The Israeli Arabs who are Muslim or Christian or any other religion all get to vote in Israeli elections as they too are citizens of the State of Israel. What many find surprising is to learn that according to the conventions under which Israel was provided to be founded by the League of Nations and the Mandate System, they were not required to allow anyone other than Jews the vote. They were required to provide economic rights, religious rights, social rights, humanitarian rights and virtually any other form of rights with one exception, they did not need to provide political rights to those within their borders who were not Jews. This was not and obviously is not Israeli law, but it was one option permitted the Jewish State which they decided not to adopt. Thus, the non-Jews in Israel have the exact same rights as the Jews and in some instances it appears they have rights denied most Jews, but these are not consequential to our discussion.

 

But this article is not going to rehash these arguments which are the backbone of the BDS Movement and are made entirely of fallacies. Instead, we are going to look at the rise in anti-Semitism and the concurrent rise of violence against Jews across Europe and in North America. The targeting of Jews has been spreading around the world as part and parcel of the leading wave of Islamist influences. In the United States it became policy in 1965 under the Hart Cellar Act. Under this legislation, immigration was switched from predominately European immigrants to areas which had less immigration previously which turned out to be used as a means for bringing Muslims to America as the preferred and target immigrants which were to be preferred. Dropped were requirements that one need learn English; any language would do as these special immigrants were to be placed together in special cities. This piece of legislation was heavily supported and all but personally walked through the Congress by Senator Ted Kennedy. The special immigration of these minorities who were minorities both as their racial definition as well as their religious preferences. The Arabs were defined as people of color despite the majority being as Caucasian as the average Norwegian. This was done for numerous reason amongst which was the programs which they would qualify for as people of color and thus an automatic minority and other benefits also permitted the government to provide them with housing thus by some miracle they were slowly introduced into the population centered by their nation of origin each resulting eventually in their becoming the plurality if not majority in numerous Congressional districts. Thus, there is now in the United States Congress Representative Rashida Tlaib who was elected from a district within Detroit but has claimed that she represents a constituency quite removed from those Detroit, Michigan neighborhoods which elected her to Congress as she has claimed that she is the Palestinian representative in the Congress. Take along side Representative Tlaib the other extrovert anti-Israel, anti-Semite Ilhan Omar as well as many anti-Israel, anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic members of the Black Congressional Caucus and their ever present apologists such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi plus Steny Hoyer and there is the makings of an uncontroversial beginnings of an anti-Semitic and anti-Israel block within the United States Congress which has been growing over the past seventy years to the point where it is becoming a danger for both the Jews of the United States and all of the people of Israel, Jew and Gentile alike.

 

Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

 

As if the growing hatred for Israel and the Jews within the Congress and add to this the seemingly ingrained anti-Israel activities and positions taken by what appears to be a majority of those who control the State Department and add in the trends following the same or similar trends across the nation and in Europe on the university and college campuses and the future is looking very bleak. According to, in English literature, the character of Prometheus speaks the phrase: Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad in the poem “The Masque of Pandora,” and we are witnessing such madness spreading through the world’s populations. This is becoming increasingly observable in Western civilization which is actually very sad. Looking back throughout history, one notices that every great empire began their downward slide leading to their eventual collapse, every one of them began having streaks of anti-Semitism which marked their turning point. This should serve as a warning to the developed world that this sickness has always led to disaster for every civilization where the ills of anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish State feelings sets in. One would hope that people are capable of learning from history, but this is happening again and, in every country, there is at least one party, often two with one far right and the other far left, willing to accommodate the influx of an anti-Semitic and often anti-Israel group of immigrants. These political operatives appear determined to change the demographics and accept this poison simply because these immigrants will elect their candidates. They are going this route in the name of gaining power but they are trading their souls for power, never a good idea as it will always lead to ruin.

 

There are those who claim that there is little to worry about because these anti-Semites and anti-Israel individuals are too small a minority to really cause any problems. That is ignoring history as this always starts out with a vocal and determined minority who over time and using the same methods gain sufficient strength to seize power and destroy the target nation from within. The difference this time is that the efforts are not to transform one nation but to transform entire continents. The Arab world already controls the equivalence of an entire continent under their control now though it is not unified at this time. All it would take is the right charismatic leader with what will be taken as the plan and the Arab world could easily be brought to congeal around such a person. If this person also takes Europe along with the Arab world and then you have a heavily armed body of nations brought together in an effort to then destroy Israel on their way to world conquest. What the world needs to awaken to is that Islam still is insistent that they are to rule the world and they are currently making their third or fourth drive for doing exactly that. We understand that the Western World which has fought two world wars has given up on the concept of one leader ruling the world unless it is through the United Nations. That in and of itself is frightening enough when one realizes that the General Assembly and all the disparate agencies of the United Nations are controlled by the Group of 77, a coalition of one-hundred-thirty-four developing nations which are led and willingly follow the Arab and Islamic world to the point that they chose Mahmoud Abbas to be their chairperson. This group has proven to be highly antagonistic towards Israel and have tended to largely vote as if they were a single unit. This makes them the gatekeepers at the United Nations.

 

Group of 77 Member States

Group of 77 Member States

 

The world is teetering on a knife’s edge with another great world sweeping conflagration waiting for when the world topples from that perch. Such a war could start over any small item just as World War I was initiated over an assassination, or it could begin as a plan by even a single nation deciding they are ready to enact their plan for domination and world conquest such as World War II began. Add in China, which many a far eastern expert has stated they have been building their military around a single concept, the ability to win the war with the United States for control of the Pacific and then the world. Be it China or Islam (namely Iran), and either way the world cannot afford to pay the price of such wars. When part of the plan is to use EMP weapons and you are talking about the mass extermination of the nation so struck, and should anyone be so foolish as to use such a device on the United States and the world would witness mass starvation with only the nations capable of feeding themselves surviving. Additionally, there are those who claim that it is entirely conceivable that nuclear weapons will be used to eradicate entire nations and then there would be the counter attack which would devastate the initiator of such an exchange. The resulting contamination by nuclear fallout and much of the world would suffer catastrophic population losses leading to potentially our world reverting to the technological level of the mid seventeenth century with all the wonders of such a brutal life spent at subsistence farming for most of the world population. One can only question is it worth destroying the world and any future it might potentially reach with the coming advancements in exchange for ruling over an impoverished and technologically reverted world. Some of those seeking to spread their rule to the world would tell you that if that was the result, then it was the will of their divine being. The one good thing is that should you reside within a few hundred miles of any major population center, which is most of Europe, both coasts of the United States, the entire Great Lakes region and the coastlines of much of the world, then your suffering will be minimal as the initial exchange of nuclear missiles will make quick work of such regions. We can only hope that sane minds will take over before the insanity gets too far, but in the meantime, pray for the Messiach as such an intervention is the best hope for avoiding the follies of man.

 

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May 15, 2019

American Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism Reprimands Europeans

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Just as Elan Carr’s speech to the confab of European Rabbis was concise and to the point, we will try and match his efficiency in use of words. But first we would like to link to our source for our material. It was refreshing to have a representative if the American Administration finally fighting for the Jews rather than finding excuses to give such efforts the sort shrift. Further, to hear one speaking truth to power, where too many people have been reluctant to call out the Europeans for making laws which basically tell their populations that Jews are no longer welcome, is a relief and gives one hope. In particular, he brought out the examples where nations have targeted Judaism stating, “We have these disgraceful pieces of legislation that ban ‘shechita’ and contemplating banning ‘Brit Mila’ … well let me tell you what this is, this is nothing other than a forced expulsion of the Jewish communities …” The beginning of his presentation was used first as a tribute to the pro-Jewish individual we have in President Trump, likely the most positive in his support and love for the Jewish People and Israel. Then Envoy Carr moved rapidly to the main points he wished to convey.

 

United States Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism Elan Carr

United States Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism Elan Carr

 

About the only thing he missed was how these thus far European acts against vital parts of Jewish life is just another means by which Hashem is performing the In-Gathering of Jews to the Holy Lands. Envoy Carr touched on the fact that the United States is also facing a series of crises of its own makings. He continued noting the universal rise in anti-Semitism worldwide while targeting both left and right wing anti-Semitism stating, “We have a confluence of sources of anti-Semitic hatred, from the ultra-right ethic supremacist movements to the ultra-left, anti-Israel, anti-Zionist movement, to radical Islam – movements that should hate each other far more than they hate everything else, and then united in this age old sickness of humanity known as anti-Semitism.” It was good to hear somebody fight the good fight as we have contributed to with our own miniscule means. We have yet to receive an invitation to anything resembling the stature of those to which Mr. Carr’s words were directed. About the sole omission was admitting that the United States is close behind Europe, where anti-Zionist and anti-Israel positions have been obviously manifest and celebrated on both ends of the Atlantic Ocean. So, here is United States Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism Elan Carr with his address given before the annual Conference of European Rabbis, this year in Antwerp.

 

 

We like the fact that Envoy Carr gave these European Rabbinical elites much to consider along with suggestions for the treatment of the growing anti-Semitism. Then he presented these Rabbis with direct orders to take back to their synagogues and Yeshivot the words of warning spoken that day. The remedy is what it has always been, education leading to understanding and recognition of the first seeds of anti-Semitism is when the fight needs already have been initiated. Pro-active steps are better than reactive steps, but even reactive steps are better than no steps at all. We would have to agree that the two scourges of Judaism are evidenced within his speech, growing levels of anti-Semitism and assimilation. These have been with the Jews ever since Pharaohs first restricted our use of straw provided by the Egyptians.

 

Where and when these forms of anti-Semitism will finally end is anybody’s guess. Ours is a traditional figuring that these will remain with us until the arrival of the Mosiah. It cannot be honestly claimed that these problems do not exist within Israel, as they are ever-present. What makes Israel a different case is that the anti-Semitism comes from within our people, the worst and most difficult type to fight. Where does one turn when the core of much anti-Semitism comes from within the tribes? This too is not anything original as such has posed problems from those faced by Moses upon his return down the slopes of Mount Sinai only to find those he was presumably bringing to the Holy Lands were themselves facing a crisis of the faith of the Jewish People in the sin of the Golden Calf. Imagine his dismay as Moses was coming upon this scene of debauchery being performed by the Jewish People. This was sorted out by Moses and set straight before Hashem. If only that had been the last time that the ancient Hebrews turned to a darker side and disappointed Hashem and Moses similarly, yet Moses fought for them repeatedly and properly as molding these people into a unified group capable of living a Torah defined life in the Promised Lands was his task assigned by Hashem. This difficult task was achieved only through weeding out those who were not worthy and educating a new generation which was worthy of receiving Hashem’s gift of the Promised Lands. That is what is so amazing about the Jewish People, we are continually fighting the same battles which largely exist today exactly as they did in the times of Moses. The difference is that today much of the problem could be rectified simply by bringing everyone home and then stand against the onslaught which assuredly would be coming as the Arabs would believe that this was their time to act. That form of overt hatred and anti-Semitism is far more easily fought than is that which rises from within our own ranks. The internal struggles are part and parcel of our eternal struggle and has often seen us as our own worst enemies. When we have first unified our own house, then we can administer to the rest of the world. To do so before that would be premature and leave us open for scorn. May the day soon come when we no longer sew hatred nor war anymore as we will have finally put down anti-Semitism in all of its manifestations and moved beyond primitive and petty hatreds, learning acceptance for all in our midst. Then will come the day when the words of Isaiah 2:3-4 will have come true, and finally we will realize these words.

 


And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

 

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