Pharisee Tzvee

A rabbi, Tzvee Zahavy, who operates under the guise of a scholar, has written a comment on a text thought to be a lost section of St. John Chrysostom’s Homilies on the Jews:

Christian Anti-Semitism Goes Back a Long Way

Kevin at biblicalia has posted the Ending of Second Oration Against the Jews: Roger Pearse [weblog HERE] has posted and released to public domain a translation of the until recently missing ending of the Second Oration Against the Jews by St John Chrysostom [HERE].”

The text from the “Silver[sic] Tongued” orator (died 407 CE) contains such gems as, “Now then, let me strip down for the fight against the Jews themselves, so that the victory may be more glorious—so that you will learn that they are abominable and lawless and murderous and enemies of God. For there is no evidence of wickedness I can proclaim that is equal to this.”

We can only reiterate that scholarship aside, it is always hurtful for us to revisit how far back Christian antisemitism goes and what grave and unfathomable damage it has done to our ancestors.

What Rabbi Zahavy (evident in his censorship tactics) does not want discussed is the fact that the great sages of his religion, rabbinic Judaism, have taught hatred that has no parallel in the Christian canon and that many of these teachings originate centuries before the golden-tongued Church Doctor, St. John Chrysostom, when Christians were a fledgling minority persecuted by the synagogues. The great Rabbi Zahavy is well aware of the genocidal, racial-supremacist dictums of the great sage of rabbinic Judaism, Shimon ben Yohai, the Birkat ha-Minim and other hateful teachings of the rabbis which date to the 1st century A.D. But he doesn’t want the am-haaretz discussing those those things because they interfere with the illusion he attempts to create of rabbinic Judaism as blameless, ultimate good and opposition to it as ultimate evil and insanity.

It seems to me that if Rabbi Zahavy is due sympathy for hurt caused by the writings of St. John Chrysostom which he suggests he experiences as he plays golf, writes, forms young minds at prestigious American universities and relaxes in the comfort of his New Jersey abode, then the Palestinians of Gaza are due at least as much sympathy for the hurt they experience as their homes are destroyed and their family members are killed by Israeli soldiers ever more informed by the hateful teachings of the sages of Rabbi Zahavy’s religion, rabbinic Judaism.

Isn’t there a double standard at work here? Can it be that rabbinic Judaism is not an enlightened tradition; that it cannot withstand the same scrutiny commonly meted out to Christianity and Islam? Is that why the rabbi expects that his criticism of Christianity stand unchallenged? I have taken the time to study the matter and I believe the answer is yes.

It takes a special kind of Pharisaic chutzpah for a representative of the hateful religion of rabbinic Judaism to smugly attack the Christian Fathers as hateful, but Rabbi Zahavy has it, and he seems able to persuade others to go his way, and I doubt it is by means of reason. But this will change, and indeed, it is changing. The internet is not Rabbi Zahavy’s classroom.

(Matthew 6:2, Matthew 6:5, Matthew 6:16, Matthew 15:7, Matthew 22:18, Matthew 23:13, Matthew 23:14, Matthew 23:15, Matthew 23:23, Matthew 23:25, Matthew 23:27, Matthew 23:29, Matthew 24:51, Luke 13:15)

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12 Responses to “Pharisee Tzvee”

  1. Steve in Vista Says:

    St. Hippolytus – Against the Jews – God's condemnation upon the Deicide of Perfidious Judaism is eternal.5. Listen with understanding, O Jew, to what the Christ says: “They gave me gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” And these things He did indeed endure from you. Hear the Holy Ghost tell you also what return He made to you for that little portion of vinegar. For the prophet says, as in the person of God, “Let their table become a snare and retribution.” Of what retribution does He speak? Manifestly, of the misery which has now got hold of thee.6. And then hear what follows: “Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not.” And surely ye have been darkened in the eyes of your soul with a darkness utter and everlasting. For now that the true light has arisen, ye wander as in the night, and stumble on places with no roads, and fall headlong, as having forsaken the way that saith, “I am the way.” – John xiv. 6. Furthermore, hear this yet more serious word: “And their back do thou bend always;” that means, in order that they may be slaves to the nations, not four hundred and thirty years as in Egypt, nor seventy as in Babylon, but bend them to servitude, he says, “always.” In fine, then, how dost thou indulge vain hopes, expecting to be delivered from the misery which holdeth thee? For that is somewhat strange. And not unjustly has he imprecated this blindness of eyes upon thee. But because thou didst cover the eyes of Christ, (and) thus thou didst beat Him, for this reason, too, bend thou thy back for servitude always. And whereas thou didst pour out His blood in indignation, hear what thy recompense shall be: “Pour out Thine indignation upon them, and let Thy wrathful anger take hold of them;” and, “Let their habitation be desolate,” to wit, their celebrated temple.7. But why… was the temple made desolate? … but it was because they killed the Son of their Benefactor, for He is coeternal with the Father. Whence He saith, “Father, let their temple be made desolate; Cf. Matt. xxiii. 38. for they have persecuted Him whom Thou didst of Thine own will smite for the salvation of the world;” that is, they have persecuted me with a violent and unjust death, “and they have added to the pain of my wounds.” In former time, as the Lover of man, I had pain on account of the straying of the Gentiles; but to this pain they have added another, by going also themselves astray. Wherefore “add iniquity to their iniquity, and tribulation to tribulation, and let them not enter into Thy righteousness,” that is, into Thy kingdom; but “let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous,” that is, with their holy fathers and patriarchs.8. What sayest thou to this, O Jew? It is neither Matthew nor Paul that saith these things, but David, thine anointed, who awards and declares these terrible sentences on account of Christ. And like the great Job, addressing you who speak against the righteous and true, he says, “Thou didst barter the Christ like a slave, thou didst go to Him like a robber in the garden.”9. I produce now the prophecy of Solomon, which speaketh of Christ, and announces clearly and perspicuously things concerning the Jews; and those which not only are befalling them at the present time, but those, too, which shall befall them in the future age, on account of the contumacy and audacity which they exhibited toward the Prince of Life; for the prophet says, “The ungodly said, … about Christ, “Let us lie in wait for the righteous, because he is not for our turn, and he is clean contrary to our doings and words, and upbraideth us with our offending the law, and professeth to have knowledge of God; and he calleth himself the Child of God.”- Wisd. ii. 1, 12, 13. And then he says, “He is grievous to us even to behold; for his life is not like other men’s, and his ways are of another fashion. We are esteemed of him as counterfeits, and he abstaineth from our ways as from filthiness, and pronounceth the end of the just to be blessed.”- Wisd. ii. 15, 16.

  2. Giovanni Says:

    I submitted your column as a comment at will not hold my breath that it will see the light of day.

  3. Michael Hoffman Says:

    Always the double standard. That is the very essence of the Talmudic mentality.

  4. tzvee Says:

    This post is antisemitic and insulting to me, to my people and to my religion. I am obliged to ask you please to remove it from your blog.

  5. Maurice Pinay Says:

    Dear Rabbi Zahavy, you've accused St. John Chrysostom of preaching "hate" and myself of writing "antisemitism." If there's anything of substance that you're attempting to communicate, feel free to clarify, sans newspeak, in precise language befitting a scholar.

  6. Roger Pearse Says:

    Many thanks for the post! Would you mind linking to the text? It's here. Announcements regarding this and other translations in progress appear here.

  7. Maurice Pinay Says:

    I've added a link. Many thanks for your translation Mr. Pearse.

  8. tzvee Says:

    Let me use your words then. I pray you repent of your "Pharisaic chutzpah" and cease being such a "hypocrite." Kindly remove your post from the Internet as a first step.

  9. Maurice Pinay Says:

    Dear Rabbi Zahavy, it's hypocritical to accuse St. John Chrysostom of "hate" while upholding Shimon ben Yochai.If you adhere to the traditions of rabbinic Judaism then you curse my people in your daily "prayers," therefore it's hypocritical to suggest that you pray for my benefit. For the sake of a baseless attempt at irony, you've dug yourself deeper into a pit of hypocrisy.If you had anything of substance to say on St. John Chrysostom or myself, you would say it, precisely, rather than resorting initially to disreputable, vague, smear language (e.g. "antisemitic," "hate").

  10. tzvee Says:

    if it weren't so fruitless i'd engage you in further discourse and cast back at you the rhetoric that you defend to call you one of the "abominable and lawless and murderous and enemies of God" a la your friend St John. but you'd just echo back your constant refrain that i lack whatever sounds pithy that instant and that i do not lack hubris or hypocrisy or some such slur. to close this matter, we have sent in to the vatican a nomination for your sainthood. you meet the apparent primary criterion richly represented by the actual st john chrysostom and the nominated for sainthood pope pius xii. may you enjoy the fruits of your own karma.

  11. Maurice Pinay Says:

    Dear Rabbi Zahavy, you'd likely say it's "hateful" to acknowledge the fact that you're unwilling or unable to assess the teachings of Shimon ben Yochai by the same standard which you apply to the rhetoric of St. John Chrysostom.If you uphold the murderous teaching of Shimon ben Yochai, ("even the best of the Gentiles should all be killed,") then you might also be considered a "holy" "zaddik" of rabbinic Judaism, as he is, but I must echo St. John Chrysostom in saying you would be abominable and lawless, and yes, an enemy of God for it.May God judge you mercifully for espousing the false doctrine of "karma," "elder brother in the faith."

  12. john Says:

    “Beware of the dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!” ( Philippians 3:2 ) Offensive?

    Understanding the exclamation point that terminates this quote
    is what the Maurice Pinay blog helps me to do.

    The new design of your blog is well done and overdue to match
    the quality of the conent.


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