Loyola Marymount commemorates Kristallnacht
Tom Tugent – Jewish Journal
October 31, 2012
…On Nov. 8, Loyola Marymount University (LMU), founded by Jesuits, will host its annual citywide commemoration of [Kristallnacht], which many historians mark as the beginning of the Holocaust. At LMU’s Westchester campus, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin will give an address titled “Why the Jews? Ethical, Spiritual and Historical Lessons.”
This is the sixth year that LMU has sponsored a Kristallnacht commemoration, part of the Catholic university’s long-standing ties with the Jewish community and its scholarly interest in Jewish studies.
Among the initiators of the commemoration was William Elperin, president of The “1939” Club, an organization of Holocaust survivors and their descendants that is underwriting the event.
“It seemed to me then, and even more now, that it is really important to teach the Holocaust to non-Jewish students at a non-Jewish university,” Elperin said. “It is really not productive to preach only to the choir.”
Indicative of the LMU leadership’s philo-Judaic outlook is its support of a full-scale Jewish studies program, under the direction of professor Holli Levitsky, and the recent appointment of the first full-time rabbi, Ilana Schachter, as campus coordinator of Jewish Student Life and Hillel [campus wing of B’nai B’rith] rabbi.
Levitsky regularly leads her mostly non-Jewish students in her course “Holocaust in Poland” on a summer trip to key Polish cities and Auschwitz. Two student projects that grew out of this past summer’s trip, a creative dance and an original composition, will be performed at the Kristallnacht commemoration.
Following will be the talk by Telushkin, author of a dozen books on ethics, Jewish history, humor and mysteries. Cantor Sam Radwine will open the ceremony, Cantor Leopold Szneer will conclude it, and a kosher reception will follow …
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Gov’t agency takes over B’nai B’rith pension
September 20, 2012
WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation, the government agency that protects retirees from failed pension plans, is assuming control of benefits for employees of B’nai B’rith International.
“The agency stepped in because B’nai B’rith wouldn’t have been able to pay its bills or stay in business unless the plan was terminated,” PBGC said in a Sept. 11 posting on its blog.
The posting said that B’nai B’rith’s pension plan ended as of April 30 2011 and that PBGC “will pay all pension benefits earned by the organization’s retirees up to the legal limit of $54,000 a year for a 65-year-old.”
The plan affects 500 current and future retirees, the posting said.
Business Insurance, a trade publication, on Thursday quoted a PBGC spokesman as saying that the plan has $55.6 million in liabilities and $30.1 million in assets.
A B’nai B’rith spokeswoman did not immediately respond to emails sent late at night seeking comment.
U.S. Catholic School Educators Will Visit Holy Land on ADL Mission to Israel
New York, NY, July 6, 2012 … A group of Catholic school educators from 10 states across the country will be traveling to the Holy Land on an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mission that aims to provide an advance course of study on anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and Catholic-Jewish relations.
The 19 participants in the nationally acclaimed ADL Bearing Witness Advanced™ program will be traveling in Israel July 11-18, where they will visit Christian and Jewish holy sites and meet with Holocaust survivors, members of the Israeli government, Arab Israelis, Israeli journalists, Catholic dignitaries, Jewish community leaders, interfaith experts and scholars [but no Palestinian Christians].
The educators represent middle and high schools in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Illinois and California.
“This mission is essential to helping Catholic educators gain a deeper understanding of the historic relationship between the Catholic and Jewish communities and develop the tools needed to teach about the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and modern-day Israel,” said David Waren, ADL Director of Education. “Now in its 8th year, the ADL Bearing Witness Advanced program continues to give Catholic educators the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the Jewish state and enhance their appreciation of the country and its history. The educators are then able to bring these experiences and lessons home to their students, fellow educators and communities” …
Sacha Baron Cohen’s claim to fame is abusing deceiving and mocking individuals and ethnicities for laughs; videotaping interviews where the subject is made to look foolish. He refuses to say how these oftentimes high-profile interviews are arranged. In 2009, Sky News documented that Baron Cohen deceived a Palestinian Christian into an interview and deceived his viewers to believe that the subject was a hostile Muslim terrorist. The man filed a defamation lawsuit. The ‘Anti-Defamation’ League of B’nai B’rith was nowhere to be found, however. There’s a reason for that.*
Sacha Baron Cohen’s father, Gerald Baron Cohen was President of the B’nai B’rith first lodge of England. He also served as a director of the university subversion branch of B’nai B’rith, Hillel (note that one of his companies is listed as “Ali G Limited.” “Ali G” is one of Sacha Baron Cohen’s characters). This rather important piece of information is left out of Sacha Baron Cohen’s biographies. Knowing it helps us to better understand his ‘humor.’
|From: Shemot, The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, December 2010 Vol 18, 3|
|From: the Jewish Quarterly, Volumes 28-30, Jewish Literary Trust, 1980|
In light of this information I think it’s safe to say that the public ‘dialogue’ that B’nai B’rith’s Abe Foxman recently had with Sacha Baron Cohen regarding his “Borat” character was a contrived ‘teachable moment.’ Others have sensed the protection racket angle to his shtick.
Sacha Baron Cohen has a new movie, “The Dictator” in which he has a few laughs at the expense of the victims of the Zionist ‘Arab Spring’ hostilities.
B’nai B’rith is a ‘Jews’-only masonic organization which, among other things, was founded to impede assimilation of Judaic individuals by disrupting the culture and religion of their host nations while simultaneously building up Judaic culture and religion.
* I don’t imply that the ADL would have otherwise assisted a defamed Palestinian.
Cardinal Pole’s Blog: “Lessons from the Holocaust to be shared with Catholic students”
The Pope’s moral authority is plummeting to the level of counterfeit Israel’s:
Pope Benedict XVI Assures ADL He Will Continue to Raise His Voice Against Anti-Semitism
New York, NY, November 3, 2010 … In an audience at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI today assured top leaders of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) that he would continue to raise his voice against anti-Semitism and attempts to isolate the state of Israel …
Mr. Foxman … asked the pontiff to use the Church’s moral authority to help prevent Israel from being made a pariah by its enemies. “Please do not permit the world to isolate Israel,” Mr. Foxman said, to which Pope Benedict replied, “I will be there” …
“Israel” is a pariah due to its actions. Papal P.R. can’t cover that up.
The usefulness of puzzling over, debating and discussing papal double-speak is limited. While we ‘dialogue’ over these two-faced statements, a single agenda forges steadily on a clear trajectory. Oh, it may zig a hair to the ‘left’ and zag a bit to the ‘right’ at times, but trajectory is determined from long-term trends, not on short term events.
Now, it may not seem very ‘traditional’ to some Traditionalists to take first principles from the founding text of Christianity rather than pious 15th-century mystical works or apparitions, but I guess it’s my cross to be ‘weird’ or ‘Protestant’ in that sense. I look to the Gospel and see Jesus stating the principle that it’s fruits, not words, that we know intent by. This is a crucial Christian principle. Why do so few heed it? Why do so many Christians behave as though Jesus taught, “Respect prevaricators and give them the benefit of the doubt in spite of all evidence” or “Yea-no speech should be ‘dialogued’ over until a consensus interpretation divorced from observable facts is arrived at”? The very presence of yea-no speech is proof that we’re hearing evil rather than Christian teaching according to the Gospel principle taught by Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount.
The Pope proclaims in his book, Light of the World, essentially, “Jesus is Savior of the Jews – to pray for Jews to convert to Jesus is to wound them.” This is patent yea-no speech. According to Jesus’ principle, we know we’re hearing evil: “Let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil.” The whole of yea-no speech is of evil. To seize upon the yea as evidence of orthodoxy as if the no didn’t accompany it is to participate in the same evil.
Yea-no speech cannot proceed from a good motive. Neither can there be any good motive for an observer pretending that the yea hasn’t a negating no attached. To do so is self-deception at best. On the test of Matthew 5;37 this Papal teaching is of evil.
Then, according to Jesus’ test of Matthew 7;16-20 we look at the fruits. There is no evidence of Joseph Ratzinger in his 83 years ever converting one of these people he calls “Jews” to Jesus as far as I am aware, and I’m an avid researcher of such things. I’ve been asking doubters to produce such evidence since 2008 to no avail, but it seems a nonsensical exercise. Why would a man try to convert “Jews” if he believes so much as a prayer for their conversion that they don’t even hear wounds them?
It’s not for lack of opportunity that this man doesn’t evangelize “Jews.” He ‘dialogues’ with them weekly, visits their synagogues regularly and never uses it as an occasion to evangelize. On the contrary, he uses these occasions to confirm their error and delusion. The fruits of Joseph Ratzinger’s work concerning “The Jews” are of the most rotten sort: not one conversion and mass delusion among “Jews” and Christians alike on this key Gospel doctrine.
Let’s be frank, the fruits of the Pope’s apocalyptic theology–praying for the end to come quickly so “The Jews” will convert–is of the same lunatic tree that bore “Pastors” John Hagee and Tim LaHaye’s eschatology. What is Hagee and Benedict doing when they discourage evangelizing “Jews”? They’ve made the Gospel of no effect. They’ve neutralized the one thing that has the power to save their souls and impede their hostility against us. They’re buying these “children of the covenant” time to build up Pharisaic Talmudism. How much time? All of it! For whatever time there is left until the end of time we’re to refrain from “wounding” evangelization of “Jews” according to the Hagee-Ratzinger dispensation.
Think about this. This is as fraudulent and pernicious as the time-buying “Peace Process” by which an Israeli state steadily emerges on Palestinian land allegedly allocated for a Palestinian state. In that case the Israelis make an occasional token concession and feign a light at the end of a very long tunnel. Benedict’s theology is a more plain raw deal than that; there’s no concessions and the time-frame, by design, is until the end of time; we’re to “deepen our religious relations” with people who’re undermining our religion until there’s no time left. What of the souls that will be lost, Christians, “Jews” and all, during this strange dispensation lasting until the eschaton? How do we begin to account for such a loss? It would be a spiritual catastrophe on a much greater scale than the temporal Palestinian catastrophe.
What can be said of ‘traditionalists’ who call this sucker deal–these innovations and their objective rotten fruits–consistent with tradition? Whether it be self-deception or willful deception of others, it’s part and parcel of the evil from whence the teaching itself proceeds.