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October 21, 2018

The Destruction of Israeli Ancient History

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You have probably read about the lengths that the Jordanian WAQF allows digging on the Temple Mount to depths as deep and thus far back as the First Temple, the Temple which King Solomon, King David’s son, built. The claim is they are digging in order to lay pipes or lay cables. They never lay any pipes or cables; they just smash everything and take it to a rubble pile alongside the Temple Mount (see montage below). There is an entire excavation team which goes through the destroyed rubble just in case something survives. The miracle is that they have found some small remnants including the pomegranate shaped bells from biblical Priestly Robes (see examples in lower picture). Sometimes using a backhoe or bulldozer, you miss the small stuff, thankfully. Then there have been the repeated destruction of Joseph’s tomb in Hebron. The articles cover the destruction of the tomb and other confrontational fronts concerning Israel and a few other places as well. But the Temple Mount and Joseph’s tomb are not the only places threatened with such damage.

 

Temple Mount Destructive Arab Waqf Excavation Dumping Site and Reclamation Sifting Inspecting Seeking Remains of Artifacts not Completely Destroyed as Intended

Temple Mount Destructive Arab Waqf
Excavation Dumping Site and Reclamation
Sifting Inspecting Seeking Remains of Artifacts
not Completely Destroyed as Intended

 

Collection of Pomegranate Shaped Bells from Biblical Priestly Robes

Collection of Pomegranate Shaped Bells from Biblical Priestly Robes

 

We figured that perhaps we might talk about damage being performed by Israeli Arabs who have citizenship and full rights within Israel who live in a village near a site being developed and studied by the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) actively at the current time. This apparently was just a little more than two brothers could take, that proof of the ancient Jews residing so close to their village, how could such be permitted as the Palestinian Arab claim is that there were never Jews residing in these locations. This is just the most recent example and for some reason it just upset me sufficiently as this was also only a few miles from where I live and where I work. An article which alerted us can be read here or just the video of the damage can be viewed here. They apparently had destroyed numerous precious objects and worse they had collapsed underground cavities and uprooted masonry stones. Antiquity thieves are a problem but at least they take care not to destroy precious items as they are seeking exactly such items to sell. There is an active black market for antiquities and it is especially active in the Middle East and specifically in Israel and Egypt as these are where some of the oldest cities and civilizations were located and are the most in demand by collectors. Here in Israel, we are particularly sensitive about these sites as they are our actual and very real history of our families as Judaism is a religion, a people and specifically a family who see Abraham, Isaak and Jacob as our patriarchs and from whom we are all, with a small exception for converts, family. We also treat all the converts and their families as part of our family and accept them just as we would any other Jew.

 

Buddhas of Bamiyan before pictured on the left and being destroyed with explosives by Taliban forces on the right

Buddhas of Bamiyan before pictured on the left and
being destroyed with explosives by Taliban forces on the right

 

The above destruction occurred at an antiquity site known as Horvat Devorah is identified in research with the biblical Dovrat, and with Dvora, described as a Jewish village in the Zippori region in the Roman period. But Israel is not the only location where these destructions have taken place. The above picture shows a before and after where magnificent Buddhas of Bamiyan were dynamited by the Taliban. There was the destruction of an entire Roman era city by ISI when they literally knocked down and used explosives to eradicate most of Palmyra. There has been the destruction of countless sites across Iraq and Syria. The reason for some of these and most of the reason behind the destruction of sites within Israel is simply because they are not Islamic and even more of a problem for these individuals is they prove that there were civilizations which came before Islam. Their claim is that if it is not Islamic, then it has no value and thus their erasure is inconsequential. Their other means is to simply claim all of the history as being simply a part of Islamic history. This has brought the claim that Jesus was a Palestinian and they even go beyond the names which are claimed by Judaism claiming that Noah was a Muslim. They also claim Abraham as well as Isaak and Jacob which is strikingly strange since they claim that they were all descended from Ishmael which would make them not related as descendants of Isaak and Jacob, but why invoke logic and reality into this discussion. The reason for the destructions throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa and the absorbing all the prophets from both the New and Old Testaments is simply because Islam was to replace all other religions and convert the world to Islam.

 

Things almost always get heated when religion is the center of any discussion, but when dealing with Israel, religion becomes central. The reality is Jerusalem has only been the capital city of two civilizations, the original Israelite unifying of the twelve tribes by King David and continuing under King Solomon and onward. At a later date there was a disagreement as to who was to be the rightful heir to the throne and the twelve tribes divided into the ten northernmost tribes who kept the name of Israel and would be conquered and taken into exile by the Assyrians not to be heard from until this modern era and were often referred to as the ten lost trines of Israel. The southern two Tribes, Judea and Benyamin, were the other part of this division who took the name of the larger tribe and became known as Judea. They were conquered by the Babylonians and returned when Cyrus the Great, a Persian, conquered Babylon and freed the Judeans to return and build the Second Temple. Then came the Greeks and the Romans and on and on. Under Rome, the Romans grew tired of saying Judeans so they shortened it Judans to Junes and finally they settled, as has the world ever since, on calling them by two letters, Ju, which is pronounced the same as the modern Jew. The descendants of the tribes of Juda and Benyamin along with their Priests which were from the tribes of the Levites and the Kohanim and these were the Jews who returned and founded modern Israel coming from all the areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea including both Christian Europe and Islamic Middle East and Northern Africa as well as coming from Russia, the United States, Canada, Ethiopia, India and virtually every other nation on Earth. This is the history which the Palestinian Arabs are attempting to steal as well as the history of all of Christianity. Every Christmas Mahmoud Abbas and numerous other Palestinian Arab spokespeople claim that Jesus was a Palestinian Arab and a Muslim and claim the Churches in Jerusalem and Bethlehem are actually some of the oldest and original Mosques and belong to Palestinian Arab history. The two main churches they claim are the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Church of the Nativity. But please do not take our word for this as Christmas is fast approaching, which if you shop at Walmart, the Muzak being blared throughout the store already will make that evident, and they will likely make all these claims once more as repetition makes things believable. We have all heard the infamous quote from Joseph Goebbels which goes, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” If only this was the sole idea that the Palestinian Arabs learned from the Nazis, but then again the Mufti of Jerusalem put in place quite intentionally by the British, Amin al-Husseini, spent almost all of World War II hobnobbing with the Nazi elite and was rumored to have insisted that the Nazis promise that when they conquered the Middle East they would make it Judenrein for him as a reward for his broadcasting propaganda into the Middle East attempting to have the Arabs rise up and support the Nazis. The following leaders of the Palestinian Arabs, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and any others have proven that the apple does not fall far from the tree, an idiom of unknown origins.

 

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October 10, 2018

Judaism is a Liberation Movement and not a Suppressive Movement

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Many far leftist Jews are fleeing from Judaism under the misconception that Judaism is a restrictive, suppressive, supremacist and exclusionary religious force. Nothing could be more incorrect, but then they see Judaism through the lens of strict laws of the Orthodox and the lifting of the Commandments by the Reform movement. They are taught that the Reform movement is the freeing of Judaism from the restrictive and closed-minded world the ultra-religious Jews have formed. They go further in claiming that the ultra-religious Jews resided throughout Europe, the Middle East and Northern Africa in closed and often walled or fenced communities separating them from the remainder of humanity. This was depicted as these communities being exclusionary and oppressive, forcing the turning inward of the members of the Jewish community. But is any of this accurate or is it a misrepresentation of the facts?

 

The first thing which requires understanding is the picture of the Jewish People throughout the regions where they reside are all restricted and enclosed by walls or merely fences. This was true, but for a very different reason. The enclosing of the Jewish communities was not built by the Jews to keep out all ‘others,’ but was erected by those others in order to separate the Jews from their pure neighborhoods. These walls and fences were to keep the Jews restricted from the rest of society protecting their people from the Jew and not built by the Jews to retain their purity. If one of the outsiders would marry a Jew or Jewess, they would be considered compromised and their children as less pure than a pure Christian, while in the Muslim world it was considered advantageous to take a Jewess as one of your wives as long as the children are raised as Muslims and never are told that they are Jewish by definition. But exactly what does Judaism have to say to the remainder of the world, to those who are not Jewish?

 

Judaism has what is probably the earliest pluralistic faith. The Jews are tasked with keeping the Commandments given to the Israelite Tribes at Mount Sinai through Moses, the lawgiver. By keeping these Commandments, the Jews will be granted good fortune and the ability to show to the world what living a true Torah life is good. The Jews are not to impose these Commandments upon the non-Jews but instead to simply request that non-Jews at least follow the Noahic Code. This means that the Jews only ask that everyone else simply follow what have been called the Seven Codes of Noah and not the six-hundred-thirteen Commandments from the Torah. Hopefully, this comes as a relief to all non-Jews. Jews are supposed to prove that living by the laws of Hashem are for the good of mankind and are the way to living a life which will be rewarded. But it does not stop there, as there is more, there is always more, but you will be surprised if this is all new or the first time you are hearing these truths.

 

Noahic Codes

Noahic Codes

 

Judaism actually does request one thing from all of the non-Jews. This request is that they allow us to live in our lands unthreatened and in peace. In exchange, the Jewish People will share everything discovered and all advancements and other truths as they are revealed to the Jews. We do not demand or even request that any non-Jew convert and will actually question why anybody would desire to convert as being a Jew requires much from any Jew while Judaism requires little from non-Jews beyond our freedom to Serve Hashem unhindered. We wish that we be basically left free to follow Torah and tending to our needs. We do not desire to tell others what they must or must not do. We do not desire to tell people how to live, only to provide a simple guide to what Hashem defines as a good and righteous life, the Noahic Code. Judaism does not demand that we proselytize but simply requires that we explain to those who ask, nothing more. Even when one takes an interest in what it means to be a Jew and what Judaism teaches, we simply answer their question without any implication that they consider converting and when they may request to learn about converting, we are instructed to question why they would even desire converting when that makes one’s life far more restricted while they can adopt whatever parts of Judaism they find applicable without converting and thus make their lives far more relaxed. Even once they start to learn the two years of instruction, on average, required to be mastered before one is admitted to join the Jewish People, we ask repeatedly what is driving them and are they sure this is what they really want. Yes, that is true, we actually make conversion fairly difficult and also requiring they show a knowledge and desire to commit fully to Judaism and the Commandments, even far more than many Jews actually follow, and pass testing which is administered by a board of selected Rabbis depending upon the region and level of religious observance, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist or other. Not every level of observance recognize the conversions performed by the others. In the meantime, allow that the Jewish People are to require only that they be permitted to perform their religious rites and attend to their religious obligations without being hindered.

 

The Jewish People do not have any designs on world conquest or domination of any kind. Once there was an expansive stage within Judaism, where the Israelite Empire under Kings David and Solomon conquered a region of land depicted below. Even after conquest, while Jews were granted superior rights but as long as the conquered peoples paid their tithe, their taxes, to Jerusalem, they were permitted to continue in their normal lives. This was the Greater Israel which stretched from the Euphrates River to the River of Egypt, which has often been interpreted to mean the Nile where it actually referred to the river which was the border with Egypt, called the Wadi of Egypt. There is no desire or reason which would have modern Israel demanding more lands than what was promised by the series of councils, conferences, treaties and mandates which were conceived and enacted after World War I and well before the Holocaust. This proves beyond any doubt that the desire of the Jewish People to return to the Holy Lands was real and founded well before the Holocaust and World War II and that Zionism predates even World War I and was only spurred further by the indigenous peoples’ movements after World War I.

 

Greater Israel the Kingdoms of Kings David and Solomon Between 1050 and 930 BCE

Greater Israel the Kingdoms of Kings David and Solomon Between 1050 and 930 BCE

 

The fact that at the end of the Seder service there is a prayer which states, “Next year in Jerusalem,” a desire stated after numerous other prayers and services, is indicative of the Jewish People’s desire for the return to their ancient homelands. These are only the lands between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea east and west, the Wadi of Egypt which is the current border between Israel and Egypt, the Blue Line which defines the border with Lebanon despite the reality that the traditional border for Israel’s northern border was the Litani River, and the east end of the Golan Heights with Jordan. This is the dream of the Zionists and nationalist Jews, nothing more or less. The Zionist leadership worked with the victorious powers after World War I, particularly Britain which produced the Balfour Declaration which was the kickoff of the eventual founding of the Jewish state of Israel. The promise to the Jews came as part of the redrawing of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, the German Empire and the Ottoman Empire, the three losing powers from World War I. The United Nations adopted the Mandate System which promised the above boundaries for the Jewish State. Once these lands are permitted the Jewish People, then it is thought that a period of peace may come to much of the Earth, but this unfortunately appears to be something which much of the world refuses to permit.

 

The Jews in these modern times have only a desire to build ourselves a homeland within its honestly restrictive size to the most and as far as we are able. We hope to unravel the mysteries in physics and the challenges of space. We desire to find the most advantageous means for growing crops, producing potable water, cures for diseases, treatments for cancer, the means by which humankind can achieve advances unthinkable in our times which will become evident in the future once we have attained the knowledge to imagine these wonders and to serve as an exemplary civilization through which the entire world can learn to live together in harmony for the mutual advancement. Somehow, people have taken this curiosity for desires to prove we are superior to others and lord over the world. This is untrue as we hope only to enlighten the world by setting an example which is so desirable as to have the world choose to follow our examples but not to have them bow to our lead. We will have sufficient challenge ruling over ourselves and finding the correct path we can follow which is defined by Torah, which is in and of itself a sufficient challenge. We could only expect the rest of the world to pick and choose those parts of our example which serve them best and would never expect any other civilization or group to adopt all the challenges of Judaism.

 

Star of David Ornate

 

The only request which the Jewish State, the eventual home for the vast majority of Jews, has is that we be permitted to live in peace within the borders promised to the Jewish People by the Mandate System. This would simply require for the sizeable groups of the Europeans to decide that Israel and the Jews are not the greatest threat to humanity. This would simply require for the vast selection of Arab nations to decide that they are not threatened by Israel and to reside beside us in peace and mutual prosperity. This would simply require for the United Nations to end its dedicated hatred and selecting Israel specifically for condemnations and sanction. And finally, this would simply require for the other religions to decide that Judaism is no threat which wishes to take over the world and simply decide that there is more good which will result from a Jewish State than any possible threat it could pose. If the United Nations General Assembly is any indication, it will require one-hundred-twenty-plus nations out of one-hundred-ninety-three member nations to stop supporting every motion against Israel simply for political or hateful reasons. In the end, such alterations in world vision could be the beginning of a new future in which all will reap rewards from befriending Israel.

 

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August 20, 2018

Why the Entirety of the World Hates Israel

 

This is the real truth which all the screaming, tearing out of hair, denunciations and hatred over the Nation-State Basic Law just recently passed by Israel is about. As we noted recently, virtually every nation has a nationality law and gave a nice long though partial list provided by Wikipedia. A recent article in Arutz Sheva noted that fifty nations have a national religion and many others only recently rid themselves of such. Some nations have national families such as the Royalty as in Britain which the world treats as their monarchs every time one of them marries, others have dictatorial families such as the Jong family in North Korea while still others have their elites such as the Rockefellers, Clintons, Kennedys, Bushs and others in the United States. Every nation has their own flag and national anthem and chooses their own Capital City. This was the extent of the Israeli Nation-State Basic Law. (The entirety of the Israeli Nation-State Basic Law can be read at the end of our article Leftists, the Israeli Nationality Law and President Trump)

 

It is the answer of how Israel filled in the blanks after each of those items. You need to understand exactly what the conflagrating radical protests were really all about. Israel declared itself a Jewish nation. Israel will remain a Jewish majority nation though all other religions and peoples will share equal rights with Jews. Our royalty come from the family of King David should we reestablish our royalty, though curiously left out of this law as we are a parliamentary democracy of sorts. Our flag will be a white field with a blue Star of David in the center between two blue horizontal lines towards the edges. Our National Anthem is Hatikvah. And finally, we declared our ancestral capital city of Jerusalem to still be the eternal city of the Jewish People.

 

Israeli Flag

Israeli Flag

 

We did not bother to mention that our nation is actually almost four thousand years old, though we have had a rough go of it the last half of that time being conquered, dispersed all over the world and then thrown out of every place imaginable on earth even to include briefly by General Grant in the United States who issued General Order No. 11 (included because there will be those who will claim such never happened in America and quite emphatically may we add). The Ancient Greeks, Ancient Assyrians, Babylonians, Ancient Persians, Ancient Egyptians, Romans, Byzantines, Caliphate, British, Ottomans, French, Russians, Nazis and a large number of others either attempted to wipe us from the face of the earth or, at the very least, from their territory. India, China, Japan and the Philippines are amongst the very few who have never attempted to destroy their Jewish populations. The Japanese refused to turn over their Jewish population, some of whom they had taken in to save from the Holocaust, rumored even to have refused when a visiting very high ranking Nazi officer Josef Meisinger, the Butcher of Warsaw, demanded that the Jews should be dealt with correctly by the Japanese or they could be dealt with accordingly in Germany, since the Japanese were obviously incapable of taking care of their presumed Jewish problem. When the Japanese, in order to satisfy their curiosity and placate the Nazis, in 1941 summoned two representatives from the Jewish community while understanding what the Nazi treatment of Jews would result in doing, and asked them a simple question, “Why do the Germans (Nazis) hate you so much?” The Jewish leaders gave a perfect and brilliant reply, “They hate us because they consider us Asians.” The Japanese understood the implication that they would soon be the Nazi enemy should the Nazis win their war of purification of the Earth for only the Aryan Race.

 

Flags of Many of the Nations Who Persecuted Jews Throughout History

Flags of Many of the Nations Who Persecuted Jews Throughout History

 

The reason the world is in such an uproar, well, certain segments of the world including virtually if not all anti-Semites, extreme leftists, neo-Nazis, Communists, the Arab World, most of the Islamic World, anti-nationalists, one worlders and an assortment of others from virtually every group and nationality, is simple, because we used the name Jewish. It is really that simple and goes even deeper. They are angry because in a time where the developed world is committing suicide by one means or another starting with declining populations and unrestrained immigration of unskilled peoples and they are attempting to erase all borders, curiously starting with Israel, we had the audacity to not only define ourselves as separate, but also as Jewish and displayed that we are proud of this. Almost every nation has thrown us out and now they demand that we be removed from the only place we are truly welcome, Israel. We mentioned Jewish flag with a large Jewish Star of David, Jewish song and National Anthem, Jewish race as the majority race, Jewish lineage of kings from King David, we proclaimed our pride in being of the Jewish faith while the developed world, except flyover country and other few exceptions, is adopting forms of atheism as their religion declaring that to them as Friedrich Nietzsche had famously claimed, “G-d is dead.” Nietzsche was lamenting the loss of Hashem in the modern world of Rationalism. Israel declares that those who first chose to follow Hashem and his Law has not perished and have reestablished their ancient home just as prophesized. The People who are the Jews were declared, the Religion that is Judaism lives, the Nation of the Jews survives, the Family of Avraham, Izsak and Jacob survives and all this survival has bloomed in the deserts of the Middle East and thrives. This is what drives the frenzied exasperation.

 

It is the fact that despite the best efforts of the world for three thousand years plus trying to rid themselves of those they believe are the conscience of the world, we Jews have never declared to be such, those who declared us such and scorned us for being what they labelled us is what is driving them mad. Torah teaches us that it is our position to keep the Torah in our hearts and allow it to guide our actions and from doing this, we were to thrive. The fact that living Torah also would beget us a nation which would by an example of a system which works and would be sufficient for others to build their civilization using ours as their foundation. The Christians did exactly that and the result is that once they ceased attempting to murder the Jewish People, they thrived. As Jews, we do not wish the world all become Jews nor do we wish to rule over the world. Our desires are simple, we wish the lands promised us which were from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, no more and no less. We then wish to be left alone and we promise that we will share our discoveries, inventions and anything else we create with the world should they desire such. Thus far, the world appears to love the things we helped to develop or developed completely. Cell phones and instant messaging appear to be amongst the favorites but for the record, here is a link to Wikipedia and their list of Israeli inventions. Just in case everybody missed it, we know you have not missed it totally, but Israel is always amongst the first of the nations to get to any nation having suffered a natural disaster and amongst the last to leave. Israel even assisted the United States after Katrina and other disasters.

 

All Israel desires is living in peace and being treated as an equal by the other nations and for the world to honor the promises they made to the Jewish People. But for the Jews to have returned to their ancestral homeland, this is something that the atheists cannot take as this makes for a Jewish nation, and many religions who have for centuries based much of their raison d’etre on replacement theology where they replaced the Jewish People as the chosen by Hashem or Allah for the Islamic religion. The argument went that since the Jews had been dispersed from their ancient homeland presumably never to return, they must have become cursed by Hashem and Hashem had chosen their faith as a replacement for Judaism. The reestablishment of Israel was terrible enough for these religions, but to now declare this is the Israel of prophesy, that is like a dagger through their heart and thus cannot be permitted to remain. This is the reason for the outbursts with so much more from the far left and their hatred of all religion with the exception of Secular Humanism, a form of atheism mixed with socialism and just a pinch of a royal class of people who have attained enlightenment realizing what is truly good for everybody else and who insist everyone live in a frugal state of self-imposed poverty while the elites of the religion of Secular Humanism reside in Malibu estates clinging to the side of cliffs or in other posh places of political politeness and correctness. These people also hate the fact that Israel is turning more religious and this has not dulled the spirit or inventiveness of the people and the nation plus Israel proves virtually all of Secular Humanism has missed an important point, mankind is a better being when he has Hashem.

 

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