Archive for the ‘Rabbis’ Category

‘Noahides’ Embrace Rabbinic, Babylonian Wedding Tradition

February 17, 2011

The ketubah is a non-biblical, rabbinic tradition. Like so many rabbinic traditions, it overturns biblical law allegedly for the purpose of ‘repairing’ God’s alleged poor judgment. Jesus Christ vehemently opposed these traditions of the rabbis which make God’s word of no effect, but today this hard fact is brushed aside with such fluffy slogans as, “Jesus was Jewish, and we appreciate his culture, where he came from.” In reality, the people who sign these ketubot form a covenant not with God but with the rabbis in their millenia-old struggle to overthrow God and His word and to put themselves in God’s place and replace His word with Talmud, Kabbalah and the ‘Noahide laws’ of Babylon:

We must conclude, therefore, that the writ in general and the marriage writ in particular are not original Jewish institutions. Originally they belong to Babylonia, mother of commerce and commercial deeds in antiquity. Jewish contact was necessary to introduce the writ in Judea. This contact came about in a political and commercial way during the last century of the first Commonwealth, and with it came the adoption of the ketubah, among other writs, by the Jews. (Rabbi Dr. Louis M. Epstein, The Jewish marriage contract: a study in the status of the woman in Jewish law, p.31)

Christians Embrace a Jewish Wedding Tradition

SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN – New York Times

February 11, 2011

In a San Antonio chapel last August, after reciting their wedding vows and exchanging their rings, Sally and Mark Austin prepared to receive communion for the first time as husband and wife. Just before they did, their minister asked them to sign a document. It was a ketubah, a traditional Jewish marriage contract.

The Austins’ was not an interfaith marriage. Nor was their ceremony some sort of multicultural mashup. Both Sally and Mark are evangelical Christians, members of Oak Hills Church, a nationally known megachurch. They were using the ketubah as a way of affirming the Jewish roots of their faith.

In so doing, the Austins are part of a growing phenomenon of non-Jews incorporating the ketubah, a document with millennia-old origins and a rich artistic history, into their weddings. Mrs. Austin, in fact, first learned about the ketubah from her older sister, also an evangelical Christian, who had been married five years earlier with not only a ketubah but the Judaic wedding canopy, the huppah.

“Embracing this Jewish tradition just brings a richness that we miss out on sometimes as Christians when we don’t know the history,” said Mrs. Austin, 29, a business manager for AT&T. “Jesus was Jewish, and we appreciate his culture, where he came from.”

Beyond its specific basis in Judaism, the ketubah represented to the Austins a broader concept of holiness, of consecration. “We wanted a permanent reminder of the covenant we made with God,” Mrs. Austin said. “We see this document superseding the marriage license of a state or a court.”

Full article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/12/us/12religion.html?_r=1

U.S. Media Mocks Victims in Egypt

February 6, 2011

In response to the mocking news reports from the U.S. establishment press on the violence in Egypt which the Israeli/U.S. backed Mubarak regime is most responsible for, and the Israeli/U.S. scheming towards imposing another Israeli puppet regime as a replacement for Mubarak, and the recent revelations on the sellout of the Palestinian Authority, this post from 2007 seems relevant again:

The Judeo-Masonic Tradition of Mocking the Victim

"Goy’ Sperm Yields Barbaric Offspring"

January 12, 2011

Cardinal Martini sez:

Judaism, in its study centers, has elaborated the talmudic tradition in latter-day commentaries. The church cannot ignore the results of this elaboration, as they are present in religious, legal, and philosophical texts of postbiblical Jewish literature. There are many examples of such initiatives. But for them to bear fruit, we will have to extend them to the widest possible number of dioceses, communities, and ecclesial groups, in order to dispel the clouds of ignorance (for which we ourselves are largely responsible) that have separated us in the past and set us in mutual opposition.

I am certain that a profound understanding of Judaism will be vital for the church, not merely to overcome centuries of ignorance and initiate productive dialogue, but also to deepen the church’s self-understanding. (“The Road to Jerusalem,” Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini)

I offer below, teachings from post-biblical rabbinic literature, the Sefer HaChinuch [Book of Education]. I hope that readers will extend them to the widest possible number of dioceses, communities, and ecclesial groups, in order to dispel the clouds of ignorance and to inculcate profound understanding of Judaism vital for the Church not merely to overcome centuries of ignorance and initiate productive dialogue, but also to deepen the Church’s distinction from this racial-supremacist, racial-determinist counterfeit.

Rabbi Dov Lior, like Rabbi She’ar-Yashuv Cohen who Pope Benedict XVI invited to teach at a 2008 synod, is an apostle of the father of modern racial-supremacist militant Messianic Zionism, Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Kook.

‘Gentile sperm leads to barbaric offspring’

Kobi Nahshoni – Ynet

January 11, 2011

Israel Jewish Scene

Rabbi Dov Lior, a senior authority on Jewish law in the Religious Zionism movement, asserted recently that a Jewish woman should never get pregnant using sperm donated by a non-Jewish man – even if it is the last option available.

According to Lior, a baby born through such an insemination will have the “negative genetic traits that characterize non-Jews.”

“Sefer HaChinuch (a book of [rabbinic] law) states that the character traits of the father pass on to the son,” he said in the lecture. “If the father in not Jewish, what character traits could he have? Traits of cruelty, of barbarism! These are not traits that characterize the people of Israel” …

Lior added identified Jews as merciful, shy and charitable – qualities that he claimed could be inherited. “A person born to Jewish parents, even if they weren’t raised on the Torah – there are things that are passed on (to him) in the blood, it’s genetic,” he explained. “If the father is a gentile, then the child is deprived of these things.

“I even read in books that sometimes the crime, the difficult traits, the bitterness – a child that comes from these traits, it’s no surprise that he won’t have the qualities that characterize the people of Israel,” he added …

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4006385,00.html

Tikkun Olam is a Tribal, not Universal, Concept

September 3, 2010

[Abraham] Foxman acknowledged that he’d taken a swipe at the concept [tikkun olam, repairing the world] at last year’s Jewish People’s Policy Planning Conference but said that his problem was not with tikkun olam as a value but with its current ubiquity in religious discourse. “What I’ve been critical of is those who have sold Judaism as, ‘All you have to do is love universally and that’s Judaism,’ ”Foxman said. “It’s not—it’s ersatz Judaism. It’s Judaism lite.” It also, Foxman added pointedly, has the potential to elevate political action on behalf of others while brushing past the theological significance of acting on behalf of Jews. (Marissa Brostoff, “Beyond Repair,” Sep 3, 2010, The Tablet)

http://www.tabletmag.com/life-and-religion/44356/beyond-repair/

Also see:

Judaic Activists Set Sail for the Cause of Tribal Universalism?

Joint “Judeo-Christian” efforts at “repairing the world” (such as THIS) ultimately serve rabbinic interests.

The Judeo-Christian racket is intended only to convert Christians into “Noahide” servants. See:

USCCB States Principles for “Dialogue” Fraud

The Israeli Interlocutor Writes …

June 8, 2010

“Actually this site seems to be a perfect affirmation of Esau soneh Yaakov, wouldn’t you say so?”

My response:

No.

I’m not Esau. You’re not Jacob. I’m not biologically programmed to hate Jews–real Jews or self-styled Jews. You’re not biologically programmed to be hated by non-Judaic people. You’re a victim of a sick *ideology* which deserves to vanish into obscurity every bit as much as it’s Nazi biological determinist ideological counterpart.

I don’t oppose a people. I don’t believe that the persons who today self-identify as “The Jews” even are a people in any substantial way other than tribal ideology. I oppose corrupt ideology and the corrupt behavior it engenders in individuals regardless of their biological background.

I urge all people to throw off the shackles of the rabbis and their protection racket in both its religious and secular guises.

USCCB Party to Israeli Nuclear Hypocrisy

May 21, 2010

What about the nuclear weapons the warlike Israeli state has already in its possession?

… semi-annual consultation of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the National Council of Synagogues (NCS), May 12, in New York. The consultation was co-chaired by Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York and NCS Chairman Rabbi Alvin Berkun …

Jewish and Catholic participants … expressed grave concern about the Iranian government’s acquisition of nuclear weapons, a topic they said should be brought to the attention of congregations in both communities …

Catholic participants at the consultation included Cardinal William Keeler, Archbishop Emeritus of Baltimore; Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, Chairman of the Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; Bishop Basil H. Losten, Former Bishop of Stamford for Ukrainians; Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden of Baltimore; Christian Brother David Carroll, former Associate Director at Catholic Near East Welfare Association; Father Lawrence Frizzell, Seton Hall University; Atonement Father James Loughran, Graymoor Ecumenical Institute; Msgr. Guy Massie, Ecumenical Office of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York; Father Dennis McManus, Special Assistant to Archbishop Dolan; Father James Massa, USCCB staff; and Father Robert Robbins, Ecumenical Office of the Archdiocese of New York.

Jewish participants included Rabbi Jerome Davidson, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth El, Great Neck, New York; Rabbi Lewis Eron, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Judith Hertz, NCS Advisor; Rabbi Richard Marker, Chairman of the International Committee for Jewish-Christian Consultation; Rabbi Joel Meyers, Executive Vice-President Emeritus of the (Conservative) Rabbinical Assembly; Mark Pelavin of the Reform Action Center, Washington; Rabbi Daniel F. Polish of La Grangeville, New York; Carl Sheingold, Ph.D., Executive Vice-President of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation; Jacob Stein, NCS advisor; Rabbi Jonathan Waxman, Congregation Beth-El in Massapequa, New York; Rabbi Jeffrey Wohlberg, President of the (Conservative) Rabbinical Assembly.

http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=33203&t=Jewish-Catholic+dialogue+notes+individualism+of+faith

Pope: God Led Rabbi of Talmud on Right Path to Salvation

May 5, 2010

If Talmudist Elio Toaff has been led by God on the right path to salvation, who is not on the right path? “Holocaust deniers,” of course!

You can have your ‘Jesus’ and Latin Mass as long as you don’t interpret them to conflict with these principles. Understand?

From the Holy See press office:

POPE CONGRATULATES RABBI EMERITUS ELIO TOAFF

VATICAN CITY, 4 MAY 2010 (VIS) – Benedict XVI has sent a message of congratulation to Elio Toaff, former rabbi of Rome, for his ninety-fifth birthday, which fell yesterday 3 May. The Message was read out by Msgr. Georg Gaenswein, personal secretary of the Pope, in the course of the inaugural ceremony of the Elio Toaff Foundation for Hebrew Culture.

“I think”, the Holy Father writes, “using the expressions of the Psalm, how the Lord restored your soul, leading you along the right path, even through the darkest valley, at the time of the persecution and extermination of the Jewish People. The Lord, in His mysterious plans, wished you to have a unique experience of His salvation, becoming a sign of hope for the rebirth of many of your brothers and sisters.

“I am particularly happy to recall”, the Pope adds, “your commitment to promoting fraternal relations between Catholics and Jews, and the sincere friendship that bound you to my venerated predecessor Pope John Paul II”.

http://212.77.1.245/news_services/press/vis/dinamiche/c1_en.htm

Pharisee Tzvee

March 16, 2010

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.

Hypocrite!
(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)

Orthodox Judaism’s Support for Israeli Warfare

The Rise of “Israel’s” Military Rabbis

The Gaza Massacre was Perpetrated by a Religious Extremist Terrorist Organization

Gaza Massacre: What’s missing?

‘Elder Brothers in the Faith’ Incite IDF with Anti-Catholic Blood Libel

The Israeli “Defense” Force’s Hasidic Snipers

The World’s Most Kosher Army

100% Pure Judaic Racial Supremacism

Israeli "Rebranding" Efforts Failing

March 15, 2010

Rebranding the country without addressing the conflict is just plain stupid … Unfortunately, Israeli governments tend to deal with this type of policy dead end by escalating the conflict or going to war.

See:

Israel Punks Itself: With Benjamin Netanyahu’s ridiculous new global PR campaign, Israel just tells itself lies.

Let history record that Pope Benedict XVI played the lead role in the futile effort to gloss over Israeli barbarity.

See:

“Israel” Hopes Papal Visit Will Help Polish International Image In Wake of Gaza Massacre

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

Benedict’s Hasbara Mission

Benedict XVI, Hexagram Hat Make Cover of Foreign Policy Magazine

Papal-Rabbinic Fraud at the Rome Synagogue January 2010

Rabbis Want to Preserve the Ignorance that their Tyranny Depends on by Censoring Websites

January 27, 2010

“The Internet broke down the walls of the ghetto that the haredi world built up.”

Ultra-Orthodox seek boycott of their own Web sites

AMY TEIBEL – Associated Press

Monday, Jan. 25, 2010

JERUSALEM — Prominent ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbis are targeting a new foe in the decidedly impious world of the Internet: They’ve demanded a boycott of their community’s own Web sites, accusing them of disseminating “gossip, slander … filth and abominations.”

It’s the latest flashpoint in a long-simmering battle by rabbis in the profoundly insular ultra-Orthodox, or haredi, community to preserve their influence over hundreds of thousands of followers in an era when the forces of technology are growing ever more powerful.

The ultra-Orthodox portals do not contain the seamy material that traditionally has been the main target of rabbinical ire. But the sites, which publish articles on politics, economics, health and religion, do offer freewheeling discussions with irreverent and unmonitored reader responses – including direct criticism of rabbis’ authority.

A reader responding to a recent report on alleged bribery in an ultra-Orthodox school in the Tel Aviv area posted a photograph of the “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” monkeys, likening them to municipal, school board and rabbinical officials.

Another reader, commenting on a legal dispute that made its way from a religious court to a secular court, predicted that the “harediban” – a play on the word “Taliban” – would lose their grip on the community.

The anonymous comments are an injection of openness in the intensely cloistered world of Israel’s estimated 650,000 haredim, Hebrew for “God fearing.” The haredim live in isolated enclaves across Israel and study in closed school systems. These communities, easily recognized by their bearded men in long black coats and brimmed hats, have minimal contact with the rest of the world.

Ultra-Orthodox rabbis have labored hard to throw up walls between their community and the outside world, and technology has long been a battleground.

Television was an early target and remains off-limits in many ultra-Orthodox homes. Cellular phones were another point of contention, with rabbis ordering the use of “kosher” filters out of fear the phones would be used to access sex sites or other objectionable material.

Haredi rabbis have been railing against the dangers of the Internet for a decade. In one infamous incident, the family of Israel’s Sephardic chief rabbi, Shlomo Amar, had a 17-year-old boy kidnapped and beaten at knifepoint after he became acquainted with the rabbi’s daughter through an Internet chat room and later met her unchaperoned – an ultra-Orthodox taboo. Amar was not charged in the case.

The very existence of haredi Web sites gives the Internet a cloak of legitimacy in the ultra-Orthodox world, said Menachem Friedman, an expert on Jewish religious society in Israel.

“If there are haredi Web sites, then it means the Internet is kosher,” with all the openness to the outside world that legitimacy would imply, he said.

The sites, largely run by members of the haredi community, provide a rare outlet for public discourse, further upsetting the rabbis, says Avishay Ben Haim, religious affairs reporter for Israel’s Maariv daily.

The Web sites “set the agenda,” he said. “They are threatening the old elite.”

The rabbis haven’t been able to keep out the Web entirely. They have offered a dispensation to businesspeople and others who use it to make a living. And filters devised over the years have permitted the ultra-Orthodox to strictly screen content, allowing the Internet to flourish in their midst.

Now, the rabbis are trying to plaster the cracks in the haredi world’s self-imposed walls.

In a letter published recently in ultra-Orthodox newspapers, 21 top rabbis called for an Internet boycott, specifically of the haredi sites, which they said were “defaming the haredi community” and spreading slander and filth.

“We must vilify these sites and purge them from our midst,” said the letter.

Even if the sites themselves aren’t guilty of objectionable conduct, “they are making people use the despicable Internet, which has harmed so many Jewish souls,” added the letter, which has been posted on the same haredi Web sites they wanted boycotted.

Web site operators did not return calls or e-mails seeking comment.

In the U.S., home to the world’s second-largest Jewish community after Israel, there’s been no similar boycott call, said Rabbi Avi Shafran, spokesman for the haredi Agudath Israel of America group. But he said he could identify with the rabbis’ concerns.

The blogosphere “may have worthy offerings but it is saturated, too, with hatred, lies, half-truths and slander,” Shafran said in an e-mail. He said when sites allow anonymous comments, “the potential for what is Jewishly wrong is magnified exponentially.”

Agudath Israel of America has never maintained a Web site, Shafran said, for fear that would “send a subliminal message to people that the Web is a place they should regard as benign.”

So far, the boycott calls in Israel have already claimed significant victories. At least two sites have shut down and key figures have resigned from another.

But insiders don’t expect the ban to squelch Internet use.

“The Internet broke down the walls of the ghetto that the haredi world built up,” said Ben Haim, the Maariv reporter.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/26/AR2010012600116.html