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Message to Richard Spencer, Racist
[...]I want to specifically address your calling yourself a White Zionist during that interview in the sense of claiming you care about “your people” (i.e. Whites) and want a secure homeland for yourselves.
Sure, there are those who think you have a point – even some fellow Jews. But I hate to break it to you – they don’t understand what Zionism – or even Judaism – is truly about.
As someone who does, allow me to educate you.
Zionism is nothing more than the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel. You see, since we were exiled thousands of years ago, we never gave up hope of returning. This is expressed in our Jewish prayers and religious observance.
Zionism is not about racial superiority or making life hell for others – despite the claims of your fellow antisemites and ignoramuses (including some of my fellow Jews). It is about our history, our religion, our beliefs. We are taught not to “oppress a stranger” – we are to live in peace with our fellow non-Jewish citizens. Except those who try to kill us – the Torah also gives us the mandate to defend ourselves. After all, the 10 Commandments say “Do Not Murder”, not “Do Not Kill” – an acknowledgement of killing in self-defense.
Sure, your ilk love quoting the fact we believe we are the Chosen People. But this is nothing to do with feelings of superiority over other peoples. It is about spreading the light of morality throughout the world. It is actually a heavy burden, for which we have paid a huge price over the centuries. Given the idea of one G-d and judicial systems is prevalent across the world, I’d say we have achieved this to a large degree. Of course, given the current state of the world – which includes people like you spreading your filth – we still have so much work to do...
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New Joshua and Caleb Report Episode | Joseph’s Tomb
Joseph’s Tomb is in the heart of the Biblical city of Shechem, which today is the largest Arab city in Israel, with the modern name of Nablus. Even though Joseph’s Tomb is a recognized historical, biblical, and archaeological site, Jewish people are only allowed to visit once a month, in the middle of the night, under the escort of the Israeli military.
In this out of the box and eye opening episode, join Caleb and Luke, with special guest Aaron Lipkin, as they join hundreds of other people in visiting this important place in biblical ancestry. This story will connect you to the very roots of your faith, as well as give you an inside and untold view of the heartland of Israel.
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Glen Campbell was a practicing Messianic Jew for over two decades
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Glen Campbell, the country music star who died at 81 on Tuesday from Alzheimer’s, grew up in rural Arkansas. The man who sang hits such as “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “By the Time I Get To Phoenix” was raised a Baptist in a family of 12. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀
But as the Jewish Journal pointed out, Reuters reported in 2008 that Campbell had been a Messianic Jew for the last two decades of his life. He and his wife Kim attended services at a synagogue near their home in Malibu, and they celebrated major Jewish holidays, such as Passover, Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀
“Kim cooks a mean brisket but is still working on her matzo balls,” Dean Goodman wrote. “And grape juice subs for Manischewitz in the alcohol-free household.” ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀
Goodman even observed a menorah and a Hebrew book in Campbell’s home. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀
Messianic Judaism combines Jewish traditions with the idea that Jesus Christ is the coming Messiah. “It’s Jews who believe that Christ is the risen savior,” as Campbell explained to Reuters. Some Messianic Jews want the movement to be accepted as a sect of Judaism, but mainstream Jewish movements believe the ideology is a contradiction.
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Grateful Dead Songs Get Holy Twist With Hebrew Adaptions
Fans and enthusiasts of the Grateful Dead have something new to sing about: several of the iconic band’s songs have been translated into Hebrew. The unique project was spearheaded by Israeli rapper Chen Rotem, founder, frontman and lyricist of The Promised Land, a Hebrew-language cover band of the Grateful Dead.
The Grateful Dead were a hit band for over forty years, playing more than 2,350 concerts over their long career. They promoted a sense of community among their fans, many of whom followed their tours for months or years on end. The group often provided free food, lodging, music, and health care to fans along the way.
“The Grateful Dead remain exceedingly popular today,” noted Roni Segal, academic adviser for The Israel Institute of Biblical Studies, a company which offers language courses online, to Breaking Israel News. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Followers of the Grateful Dead are nicknamed “Deadheads”. The original groupies consisted of a disproportionate amount of Jews and people disillusioned with the establishment who sought a community based on peace, love and rock and roll.
The Promised Land is an apropos name for a Grateful Dead cover band: its performers are from Israel, and one of the Grateful Dead’s cover songs, originally performed by Chuck Berry, is called “Promised Land”. The song includes the lyrics, “I woke up high over Albuquerque, On a jet to the promised land…Tell the folks back home, this is the promised land calling.”
Instead of lambasting all Palestinians, Rotem chose to connect to the spirit of The Grateful Dead and inspire Israeli and Palestinian children to use music as a channel for finding common ground, even performing with Arab rapper Tamer Naffar.
“From our experience, we know that there is international interest in studying both Biblical and modern Hebrew,” Segal continued. “As music touches on an emotional level, we hope that this album will be a catalyst for people to formally study this holy language.”
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Could Biblical Hebrew be making a comeback?
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This is probably one of the only places in Rome where Old Hebrew is spoken. It is one of the classes offered at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, which also has courses each summer in Latin, ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrew. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀
They have a very interesting method, where they teach a dead language as a modern one. It requires a lot of work and careful attention for the students, but as they say, it is very fruitful. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀
Jaime Moya (Student in classical Hebrew):
“This method of teaching has a very large workload on the one hand, because you have to work at it everyday. It is demanding, it demands the student's attention in class, and you cannot miss one minute. However, the results are seen very quickly, because soon you begin to understand the texts, and see how the sentences are constructed.”
Although they are dead languages, the professor says that it is important that they are not lost, because they are the basis of our civilization. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀
Eyal Nahum (Professor of Biblical Hebrew):
"If we want to know about our future, we need to know our past. Knowing the original texts -that are the basis of our society- is crucial to understand who we are, where we are going and what are the perspectives of our future."
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The course itself is three weeks long, but has lasting effects. The university wants to show that these so-called “dead languages” are more alive each day. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀
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1,2,3,4,7? (Rainbows, Flags, and Planets) Pt. 1
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ... I did find it quite fascinating that this shape (hexagon) exists in both the images of the planet Saturn and the Star of David…
If G-D did create the planets, why would HE put a hexagon on Saturn? Saturn is the last planet we can see with our naked eye from the surface of the Earth. It is also, if counting the Sun, the seventh major celestial body in our solar system. Thus the first day of the week is “Sunday,” after the first celestial body, and the last, the seventh day, is “Saturday (Saturn-day).”
Saturn is the first planet from the Sun to have a prominent ring system around it. A ring. The seventh and last that can be seen with the naked eye. A Jewish symbol. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Fascinatingly, these “coincidences” are not very coincidental. In Jewish, biblical symbolism, rings and the number, 7, are very significant.
In fact, they appear in nearly every physical, covenantal sign G-D gave mankind, according to the Bible.
The Seventh Day, The Sabbath
One example, which was already hinted at, of a sign of the Covenant in the Bible, between G-D and HIS People, is called, the “Shabbat (Sabbath day).” The Sabbath day is the seventh day of the week, what is now called, “Saturday,” named after the seventh celestial body which bears the hexagon shape, like the Star of David.
The Sabbath day is the seventh day and also the last day of every week. It repeats in a cycle, like a circle, a ring, every week forever. It is also the fourth of the Ten Commandments. Interestingly, the numbers, ‘4,’ and, ‘7,’ are symmetrically situated only in a sequence of 10 objects…
If we have Signs of Covenants between G-D and mankind, do we have signs in a marriage covenant between a man and his wife? Yes, absolutely! We call it a wedding ring. I recently asked the question of why it goes on our “ring” finger. I note for the present what Jewish sources state, that the index, or pointing, finger is the true “ring finger”...
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Iranian Blogger Taking Hebrew Classes in Jewish Agency Ulpan
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Iranian blogger Neda Amin, who arrived in Israel last Thursday after being threatened with deportation from Turkey, on Tuesday began intensive Hebrew classes as part of The Jewish Agency for Israel’s flagship Ulpan Etzion program in Jerusalem.
Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky said in a statement: “Israel was created to serve as a homeland for a persecuted people. The Jewish Agency, which has welcomed millions of Jews home to Israel, is proud to play a part in easing Neda’s integration into her country of refuge. I spoke to Neda earlier on, welcoming her to Israel and wishing her much success in her studies, and I expressed the hope that she will one day be able to return to a free Iran and contribute to the restoration of the historically close ties between our two nations.”
Hundreds of young professional immigrants from around the world join Ulpan Etzion each year, studying Hebrew, exploring opportunities for employment and academic studies, and preparing for life in their new homeland. Participants typically spend five months in the program, which offers on-campus accommodation at The Jewish Agency’s Beit Canada Immigrant Absorption Center in southern Jerusalem and in several other locations around Israel.
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Remembering the Indian Soldiers Who Helped Liberate Jerusalem 100 Years Ago (via www.israeldailypicture.com)
An idyllic fenced park is located in the middle of the Talpiot neighborhood in Jerusalem from Hebron Road. This cemetery, which I visited for the first time last week, is the burial site for 79 Indian soldiers who died here fighting for the liberation of Jerusalem in 1917. Another cemetery for the Indian soldiers is in Haifa.
More than one million Indian troops fought with the British Army in WWI, at the Western front in Europe, in Africa, Mesopotamia, and the Middle East. On the Sinai-Palestine front, 95,000 Indian combatants served; approximately 10 percent were killed. In the 1914-1918 period, they fought the Turkish-German armies at Gallipoli, the Suez Canal, through the Sinai and Palestine and finally Damascus, with crucial battles in Gaza, Jerusalem, Jaffa, Haifa, Nablus and Megiddo.
The Indian soldiers joined other troops in the Sinai-Palestine campaign from Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies, as well as the Jewish Legion. These auxiliary forces relieved British troops badly needed on the Western front in Europe.
The Indian troops served in the cavalry, camel corps, infantry and logistics units. A large number were Muslims, and the Turks attempted to weaken their resolve with religious appeals. The importance of Muslim soldiers was understood by the British commander Edmund Allenby. Allenby’s respect for the Indian soldiers can be seen in his receiving their salute as they marched past him outside of Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem on December 11, 1917, when Allenby entered the city.
The war ended in 1918, but British and Indian troops remained to police the British Mandate and put down Arab disturbances. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
After capturing Jerusalem and Gaza, the British Army, supported by Indian and ANZAC troops, advanced to the north, eventually taking Damascus on October 1, 1918. A key battle was at Megiddo in September 1918, in what may have been the last great cavalry charge in military history.
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Liz is following Yeshua in a Hebrew way! Here's her story.
Hello! My name is Liz Milford and my husband’s name is Tom. I taught 14 years in a Catholic school and 13 years in a public school. Tom was a machine designer for over 30 years. Originally, we are from Staten Island, New York, but we now make our home in Bluffton, South Carolina. (I prayed to the Lord, asking Him to grant me more patience, and He plopped me in the middle of a 55+ Community! Our God has a great sense of humor!) Tom and I will be celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary on November 14th, as well as the 4th anniversary of the affirmation of our wedding vows on December 8th. (I’m entitled to 2 anniversary celebrations, so Tom and I chose to celebrate the first with family and friends and to celebrate the second with Our Lord.) As it says in Ecclesiastes, “a cord of three strands is not easily broken,” so Jesus is central in our marriage.
This past spring, Tom and I joined a Holy Land Excursion. ‘My, my, my, wow, wow, wow, ‘are the words I recall using to describe our trip! A trip to Israel alone defies description! So rich in history, architecture and beauty. To visit the places Our Lord has blessed is such an awesome experience. To quote a fellow traveler, “God definitely calls you to take this journey,” and I agreed without reservation.
Tom was saved in his 20’s. I was saved at the ‘tender age of 55’. During the first half of my life, I was a Roman Catholic. Then, the Lord moved in my life, BIG TIME! I seek the Lord steadily, attend a phenomenal church that preaches scripture expositorily. I am looking forward to learning more and more about Yeshua and have a positive outlook on this course of study. After all, God will give you what you need to succeed!...click through our bio link to read the rest in this identical post on Facebook.
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Pew wrong: Orthodox Jews esteem Evangelicals
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The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) today issued a statement declaring that “Orthodox Jews have a high regard for Evangelicals,” and that they “applaud” the advocacy of Evangelical Christians for moral values “that come from Hebrew Scripture.” This comes in the wake of a report from the Pew Research Center published earlier this year, which determined that Jews regard Evangelicals the least positively among all Christian denominations. ⠀
“While we understand why Pew Research did not subdivide the comparatively small Jewish population,” said Rabbi Yaakov Menken, Director of the CJV, “it is nonetheless important to understand that Orthodox Jews, including the great majority of America’s rabbis, have a very different view.” ⠀
The CJV statement acknowledged “vast theological differences” between Judaism and Christianity, yet also pointed to strong correlations between the positions of Evangelical Christians and “those maintained by Rabbinic tradition.” Issues such as the definition of marriage, religious liberty, and beginning and end-of-life matters were cited as examples where the two groups find “common ground” — given, the CJV said, that Evangelicals “are deriving positions from explicit verses in the Five Books of Moses.” ⠀
The statement went even further. Rabbi Aryeh Spero, Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the CJV, added that “wholesome family life, traditional values, a less vulgar pop-culture, [and] the need for individual responsibility and accountability” are all issues where Orthodox Jews and Evangelical Christians share a common viewpoint. Both groups, as well, strongly support the right of Jews to live, build and study anywhere in Israel. ⠀
“It is important that we correct the record,” concluded Rabbi Menken, the primary author of the statement. “Evangelical Christians, and other sincere Christians who are helping to promote traditional morality in the public sphere, deserve to be applauded for their efforts — especially by those who have revered the source of those moral values for over 3300 years.” ⠀
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What Is the Torah Portion?
The weekly Torah portion, parshat hashavuah , serves as the focal point for much Jewish learning, from individual study to informal discussion groups to rabbis’ sermons. The Torah, also known as the Five Books of Moses or the Pentateuch, is divided into 54 separate portions, each one named for the first word or words of the passage — and each linked to a specific week. The weekly portion is read aloud, or chanted, from the Torah scroll as part of the Torah service in synagogue on Shabbat (Saturday) morning.
The Torah is part of the Tanach, or Hebrew Bible, known in Christianity as the Old Testament. Tanach is an acronym for Torah, Nevi’im (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings).
Below are the names of the Torah’s five books (each portion is a section within a book):
Genesis (“Origins”)/Bereishit (“In the Beginning”) tells the story of creation, Noah and the flood, and the selection of Abraham and Sarah and their family as the bearers of God’s covenant...
Exodus (“The Road Out”)/Shemot (“Names”) tells of how the family of Jacob grew and then was enslaved in Egypt. The baby Moses, born of Israelites but adopted by Pharaoh, becomes God’s prophet who, after bringing 10 plagues down upon Egypt, leads the Israelites through the Red Sea to freedom and to the revelation at Mount Sinai...
Leviticus (“Laws of the Levites”)/Vayikra (“And God Called”) deals mostly with laws of Israelite sacrificial worship...
Numbers (“The Census”)/Bamidbar (“In the Wilderness”) begins with a census of the Israelites and the tribe of Levi. A group of Israelites spy out the land of Canaan; their discouraging report sends them back into the desert for an additional 38 years...
Deuteronomy (“Second Law”)/Devarim (“Words”) is Moses’ final message to the people of Israel before they cross over the Jordan River into Israel...
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Has it ever bugged you how the Gospels say that after Yeshua and his followers had their Passover meal they sang a hymn, but they don't tell you which hymn it was? Like wouldn't that maybe be relevant information? Did you know that if you read the story of the Last Supper in the context of a traditional Jewish Seder, that's one of the many questions that get answered? Not only do we know what the hymn was that Christ and his apostles sang, but it will amaze you to see just how intensely messianic that hymn was.
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This is a takeaway from my newest Mishnah Snapshots study. We also talked about why there are four cups in a Passover Seder and how old that tradition is, why there's the extra cup for Elijah and how messianic THAT is, the question of where Jesus is actually going to take us because the answer might scare you, and about the prayers of the Jewish Siddur and how many of them go back 2000 years. Watch the full lesson at www.holylanguage.com/mishnah or by going holylanguage.com > learn > Mishnah Snapshot