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Benedict’s "Hermeneutic of Continuity" and the Rabbinic "Genius"

November 8, 2010

Below is a sermon from a Reform Judaic synagogue which nonetheless reveals teachings of the religion of Judaism which will be of particular interest to traditionalists who sense the ground shifting beneath a recent revival of traditional externals.

We should be interpreting our times through the unchanging, bedrock teachings of the Gospel, not reinterpreting the Gospel or fashioning dispensations to accommodate our times. Pope Benedict induces a double-mind in his followers when he laments a “dictatorship of relativism” and simultaneously recommends that Christians learn from rabbinic exegesis. Benedict is a vicar of Hillel, not Jesus, when he deceives himself and others into believing that innovations which overturn core principles are actually in accordance with them.

… [The rabbinic interpretation of the biblical narrative] reflects a view that human development is constantly dynamic and emergent. Equally so, it is the foundation for a relationship with God based not on blind faith and passive submission but on mutual engagement and struggle. This view of God and humanity as inherently embraced in an exchange providing mutual self-disclosure is on full display in the Biblical narrative. Even bolder is the rabbinic declaration in the Talmud that whatever may be the divine source of the commandments, their interpretation and application rests now in human hands. God’s voice is not even welcome in the ongoing legal debates.

This is the nature of [rabbinic] covenantal theology: a muscular role for human beings in shaping the framework of a sanctified world and a God willing to cede great authority to God’s creations. It is this perceived relationship of responsible human and loving God that enabled the psalmist to invert the Greek view that truth was an abstraction residing in the heavens and to proclaim instead: “Truth springs up from the earth” (Ps. 85:12)*.

As most elegantly displayed in the Talmud, from this point of view sacred truth is proposal and not conclusion, offer and not certainty. [Rabbinic] theology resists static declarations of truth, which brutalize and constrain humanity in the form of absolute doctrine, creed, and ideology. Far more supple and felicitous is the shapely form of truth in [rabbinic] tradition. Deciding is always penultimate and provisional, always yet again unsettled and displaced by new insights and interpretations. There is no more succinct an expression of this ongoing, unfolding of truth and wisdom than the simple phrase which first appears in early rabbinic writings: olam haba; which sometimes is translated as “the world to come,” but which is better rendered as “the world that is coming” constantly, incessantly. Every day there is a new infusion of divine insight, calling, and purpose.

This presumptuous assertion of human authority in the linguistic gardens planted by the divine Creator, of the ever-unsettled status of any declared truth has profound implications for the concept of “tradition.” … [T]he most successful [rabbinic] myth may be the very notion of “tradition:” the idea that there is an identifiable, essential cultural practice that has remained unchanged and true to its original formulation centuries ago.

Tradition is sometimes used as a bludgeon to intimidate those seeking to innovate. At other times it appears as a plaintive cry from the mouth of one adrift in storm-tossed seas of shifting historical epochs. Both of these formulations are initially wielded by Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof as he seeks to navigate in a world no longer familiar to him: threatened by revolution and counter-revolution on the political plane; challenged by his daughters on the domestic front; and provoked to re-examine in his most intimate relationship, that with his wife Golde, the very notion of love. The joke that this simple and holy man finally gets and shares with us is that we are constantly reinterpreting and recreating our inherited cultural patterns and that the [rabbinic] genius has been to call the resulting innovations consistent with rather than a rupture from the past …

http://www.tilb.org/sermons/documents/EREVROSHHASHANAH5771Sermon.pdf

*“Truth springs up from the earth” (Ps. 85:12 or 84:12 in Vulgate). This likens truth to a rock or foundation. See: Jesus, Gospel of Matthew 7;24-27: “Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock, And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on a rock.

And every one that heareth these my words, and doth them not, shall be like a foolish man that built his house upon the sand, And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof.”

It’s precisely the rabbinic “genius” that takes a passage of scripture which teaches that truth is fixed and interprets it to mean the precise opposite for rabbinic self-aggrandizement. Jesus tells us that a wise man’s philosophy, theology and deeds proceed from fixed, bedrock truths; those of a foolish man shift like sand and lead to ruin. It’s for good cause that Jesus taught His followers to beware the doctrines of the Pharisees whose ‘truth’ is molded like clay, or made to appear or disappear like magic. Why is the Pope telling his followers to learn from the doctrines of the Pharisees via their heirs, the rabbis?

also see:

Pope Involved in “Process of Building Deeper Religious Relations Between Catholics and Jews”

Vatican: “Christians Can Learn Much From ‘Jewish’ Exegesis of Past 2000 Years”

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George Weigel Endorses Abraham Heschel’s Hermetic/Kabbalistic Gnosis

April 29, 2010

“Go to any bookstore in North America today and you’ll likely find a large section on “spirituality,” in which there are large numbers of books about “our search for God.”

“But there is wisdom in the title the late, great Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel gave to one of his books: God in Search of Man. Biblical religion – faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus – is not about “spirituality,” and it’s not about our search for God. The God of the Bible comes to search for us, and asks us to take the same path through history that he is taking.” (George Weigel, April 15, 2010)

Am I reading unintended Hermeticism into Heschel? I think he made himself very clear:

“This outlook provides the foundation for the study of the teachings of the Kabbalah. In many places in the Zohar you will find the statement that the Holy and Blessed one created this world on the model of the world above: ‘Everything that exists above is replicated below'(Zohar Pekudei 221a). In the opinion of the sages, the people brought with them from Babylonia the names of the angels. But we have not yet been able to discover the source of the [non-biblical] concept of the parallelism of the world above and the world below.” (Abraham Joshua Heschel, Gordon Tucker, Heavenly Torah: as refracted through the generations, p.266)

Also see:

‘Shoah’ Theologian Reveals Hermetic/Kabbalistic Doctrine at Core of Holocaustolatry

Vatican II Kabbalist Sage, Rabbi Abraham Heschel: “I Want to Attack Their Souls”

Benedict’s Magick Zionist Crusader Hat

December 5, 2009

Updated with comments, Dec. 6.

Benedict XVI at a canonization ceremony (of five) in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009 wearing a hexagram mitre


… with 11 stones on each side. Note the Templar crosses.

Credit to http://sedevacante-pax.blogspot.com/ for this find.

Original photo sources:

http://www.daylife.com/photo/0fT6gzRefX2vT

http://www.catholicpressphoto.com/servizi/2009-10-11%20canonizzazione/page4.htm

At a canonization of five saints, Oct, 11, 2009, Benedict wore a mitre bearing large hexagrams and 11 stones on each side. Since the 16th century the hexagram 11, and 22 are highly significant in Lurianic Kabbalah. They have no strong significance in Catholicism that I am aware of. Also, his pallium has 6 Templar crosses on it.

This taken by itself is interesting to me at most. If Benedict was an orthodox pope I might overlook this suspicious almalgam of symbols. But let’s look at Benedict’s fruits.

On his watch, the rightly blackened legacy of the Templars–a violent group of Zionist international bankers with occult religious practices–was rehabilitated HERE and HERE.

Benedict was the major player in the rehabilitation of the rightly blackened image of the Zionist state shortly after its despicable 22 day-long rampage on Gaza HERE, HERE, HERE.

Benedict is, I think it’s fair to say, a compulsive proponent of so-called ‘dialogue,’ a Kabbalistic kind of sorcery utterly foreign to Catholicism also promoted by Kabbalists such as Rabbi Abraham Heschel and Martin Buber. Benedict has gone so far as to make ‘dialogue’ with ‘the elder brothers’ a religious mandate HERE.

His acts of approval of Kabbalist rabbis and their traditions are too many to list. He even gave a text written by the Kabbalist Jacob ben Asher the “Ba’al ha-Turim” (Master of the Pillars) as a gift during his NYC Passover Eve synagogue visit HERE.

These and the many, many other rotten fruits of Benedict XVI are far more troubling to me than some symbols on his vestments. But the fact that he does these things and also displays the relevant symbols is rather brazen in my opinion. He’s apparently attempting to sanctify these symbols by placing them in such a prominent place as a papal mitre during a canonization liturgy.

Also see:

Occultists to Absolve Themselves

Benedict’s Hasbara Mission

Will Benedict’s Pilgrimage Boost “Israel’s” Image or Destroy His Own?

Pope’s Speech to American Zionist Leaders, Feb. 12

Benedict Praises “Noahide Law” Commission

Benedict’s Zionist Easter “Convert” Attempts Resuscitation of “Islamofascist Threat” for U.S. Presidential Election

Pope Benedict and Synod Rabbi: Like Yin and Yang

Scalia “Traditionalism”

‘Shoah’ Theologian Reveals Hermetic/Kabbalistic Doctrine at Core of Holocaustolatry

November 18, 2009

Man is liberated by God – God is liberated by Man: so says ‘Shoah’ theologian, Fr. John Pawlikowski in agreement with ‘Holocaust’ high priest, Elie Wiesel.

… the Holocaust and our contemporary evolutionary consciousness force upon us a major reformulation of our understanding of divine and human agency. In speaking of the need to rediscover a compelling God as the ground of post-Holocaust ethics, I believe I am close to the stage Elie Wiesel has reached as he has probed the depth of the Holocaust these many years … Wiesel hints that after all is said and done, the Holocaust may reveal that divine and human liberation are very much intertwined, and that, despite continuing tension, both God and humanity yearn for each other as a result. In consequence of this linkage, Wiesel is prepared to say that human acts of justice and compassion help to liberate God, to restore the divine image as Fackenheim has put it … (Fr. John Pawlikowski, “Thinking About God After Auschwitz,” Good and Evil After Auschwitz, pp 62-63)

http://books.google.com/books?id=H_ZLRVENLSkC&pg=PP1&dq=Good+and+evil+after+Auschwitz#v=onepage&q=&f=false

And while Emil Fackenheim may have said that human acts “restore the divine image” it was the rabbis of Judaism who first concocted that pantheist concept, Tikkun HaPanim (‘repairing the face’ of God).

Also see:

Rabbi Pulls Back the Veil on Judaism’s Paganism

and:

Judaism Discovered pg. 785

And note Fr. John Pawlikowski’s recent 11/11 ‘Holocaust’ ‘dialogue’ with fellow ‘Shoah” theologian Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg at a formerly Catholic college:

The college [of St. Elizabeth’s Holocaust Remembrance] observance will continue at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, again in the Dolan Performance Hall, where three internationally known theologians, Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, the Rev. John Pawlikowski and the Rev. Henry “Hank” F. Knight, will discuss “Challenges and Opportunities in the Jewish-Christian Dialogue.” The event is free and open to the public. (Madison Eagle, Nov 6th)

http://www.recordernewspapers.com/articles/2009/11/06/madison_eagle/news/doc4af20f153698a907646925.txt

November 5&6 2009 Terror Talisman

November 6, 2009

These numbers and symbols have no power. The Gospel has power, but it has been forsaken.

A 40-year-old man who was reportedly fired two years ago from an engineering firm apparently returned to that office Friday and shot six people, killing one, according to police and his former employer … Swat teams and ambulances descended on the 16-story [Orlando, Florida] Gateway Center office building after receiving reports of shots having been fired at 11 a.m. Friday morning … (1 dead in shooting at Orlando office building; suspect in custody Washington Post, Friday, November 6, 2009)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/06/AR2009110602294.html