"Not for Muslim consumption at this early stage"
In our generation there lived in Israel a great man of God named Meir Kahane (sadly, he was assassinated by a Muslim extremist while he was delivering a speech in NYC in 1990).
I call this man the modern day John-the-Baptist because he was blessed by God with the sacred blueprint on what the Hebrews in Israel, as a people, can do to merit bringing forth the Messiah (without the necessity of having to have a million Jews first die in a nasty war!)
If you patiently read this entire essay with an open mind you will learn things very dear to the heart of our Eternal Father; things that are pertinent to every believer who desires to become dear to God. But, to learn of these things you will have put aside some ‘Quality Time’ to read this entire essay.
Again, because of his heavenly revelations directly connected to the coming of the Messiah I call this man a modern day John-the-Baptist. Note: Prior to reading the sacred blue-print that I have touted I have included a few of his other essays. Otherwise, on account of his ‘rough treatment plan’ for dealing with the Israeli Arabs and the Palestinians you may wrongly perceive him as being racist or mean spirited.
First, I have to make this important analogy: Perhaps many of you middle aged people as youths can recall eating cracker-jacks whereas one would have to eat the entire box in order to discover the secret prize that was deposited in the bottom of the box? When I was a youth I often would eat the entire box even though I did not feel like it, just to get to the secret prize. In a similar fashion, unless one is Jewish the first half of this essay will probably be boring, but do press on and thoroughly read it, because without thoroughly reading the first half the second essential half will not be understandable, and I assure you sacred things of God will be revealed through this essay!
Note: The intention of this manuscript is not to degrade Islam. Although, the middle-east variety needs to be harshly criticized because of them tarnishing God’s spotless reputation in the eyes of the secular world with their countless acts of hatred and violence done while proudly proclaiming Allah Akbar (God is Great) to the world. Neither is the intent of this paper to elevate Judaism.
"True religion must to be based on pure truth. Therefore, you will find this essay to be a rigorous rational pursuit of truth, that is objective, based on fact, and without any agenda but to find the pure truth!" - Didn't Jesus say, "I am the way, the truth,and the life?"
Also, Gandhi said there are two sides to God; love and truth.
Some believers are afraid of stepping out in uncharted waters as I have done - afraid of heresy. Of course, this is a valid concern!
Even though I am a man who fears God I do this work of mine fearlessly. How can I be so sure of myself??? Because I know that all TRUTH is of God. Therefore, as long as I stand on what has proven itself to be true I am always in the center of God's will. Therefore, I am as safe as a baby at his mother's bosom as long as I stand on what has proven itself to be true!
Now, here are the essays of the modern day John-the-Baptist. . .
You are upset that we repress the Palestinians. You are deeply angered over the fact that we do not give up the lands of 1967, which are clearly the obstacle to peace in the Middle East.
Moscow is upset and Washington is upset. The Arabs are upset and the gentle Egyptian moderates are upset.
Well, dear world, consider the reaction of a normal Jew from Israel. In 1920, 1921 and 1929, there were no territories of 1967 to impede peace between Jews and Arabs. Indeed, there was no Jewish State to upset anybody. Nevertheless, the same oppressed and repressed Palestinians slaughtered hundreds of Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Safed and Hebron. Indeed, 67 Jews were slaughtered one day in Hebron in 1929.
Dear world, why did the Arabs - the Palestinians - massacre 67 Jews in one day in 1929? Could it have been their anger over Israeli aggression in 1967? And why were 510 Jewish men, women and children slaughtered in Arab riots in 1936-39? Was it because of Arab upset over 1967? And when you, World, proposed a U.N. Partition Plan in 1947 that would have created a Palestinian State alongside a tiny Israel and the Arabs cried and went to war and killed 6,000 Jews (My addition: 6,000 was 1% of the pop’n of Israel at that time- It would be like the USA losing 3 million in a war that was thrust upon us!). Was that upset stomach caused by the aggression of 1967? And, by the way, dear world, why did we not hear your cry of upset then?
The Palestinians who today kill Jews with explosives and firebombs and stones are part of the same people who - when they had all the territories they now demand be given them for their state - attempted to drive the Jewish State into the sea. The same twisted faces, the same hate, the same cry of "idbah-al-yahud" - "Slaughter the Jews!" that we hear and see today, were seen and heard then. The same people, the same dream - destroy Israel.
What they failed to do yesterday, they dream of today - but we should not "repress" them. Dear world, you stood by the Holocaust and you stood by in 1948 as seven states launched a war that the Arab League proudly compared to the Mongol massacres. You stood by in 1967 as Nasser, wildly cheered by wild mobs in every Arab capital in the world, vowed to drive the Jews into the sea. And you would stand by tomorrow if Israel were facing extinction (My addition: If the Jews were to lose but one war all their men would be tortured / killed and all their women raped. . .because that becomes the fate of losing to a sick mob as a large portion of the Arab population is. These ones are similar to the angry Arab mobs who condemned us and chanted, “Death to America” for us invading Iraq to oust Sadam.).
And since we know that the Arabs-Palestinians daily dream of that extinction, we will do everything possible to remain alive in our own land.
The Arabs in Eretz Israel
by Rabbi Kahane
It is a central tenet of Judaism that God wished the Jew to create a unique, total, pure and complete Jewish life, society and state in Eretz Israel. This being so, who can honestly believe that He then sanctioned the democratic right of a non-Jew, who is totally alien and outside the Jewish society and who is free of its religious obligation, to have the slightest say in its workings?
Eretz Israel means "the Land of Israel." Meaning the land of the people called Israel. Precisely as Moab was the land of the people of Moab and Edom that of the Edomites. The concept, the logical concept of a land, is that it serves as the home and the receptacle for a people to lead their own unique and distinctive lifestyle. It is not the geographical area that defines the person, it is the person who controls the land. No non-Edomite was ever a citizen on Edom just as no non-Philistine was a citizen of Philistia or had any say in its national concerns or character. So, too, with Israel - the Jewish people. The Land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel. It is they who control it, define it. It is their vessel, their territory in which to create the society of Israel, the Torah society of God. Only Israel, only the Jew, has a proprietary interest in it.
And thus, Judaism lays down legal, halachic, conditions for the privilege of a non-Jew being allowed to live in the Land of Israel, the Chosen Land of God, given to His Chosen People, Israel, to create a Chosen Torah society. And this is, of course, the heart of the matter.
It is not merely that the land belongs to the Jewish people. It is that the land belongs to God and which He gave to the Jewish people for a specific reason and under a specific condition. It is the land that was indeed taken from other people - the Canaanite nations - because it is God who made the world for a specific purpose - goodness and holiness - who holds title to the entire universe, to all the land within it, and it is His to do with as He sees fit. And the rabbis, in asking why the Torah - a book of laws - begins with a story, the story of Creation, reply that should the nations point to the Jews entering the land and taking it from the seven Canaanite nations, Israel rejoins: "The world and all that is in it belongs to the Holy One Blessed Be He. When He so chose He gave it unto you and when He so chose He took it from you and gave it to us, and this is the meaning of the verse (Psalms 111): 'The strength of His deeds did He recount unto His people in order to give unto them the inheritance of the nations.'" (Bereshit Rabah 1:2).
It is the Almighty who created all - the world, the lands, the peoples in them - for a purpose. And it is He who took The Holy Land from others for the same purpose and gave it to The Chosen People, for that purpose: "And He gave them the lands of nations and they inherited the labor of peoples that they might observe His statutes and keep His laws" (Psalms 105). TO OBSERVE HIS STATUTES AND TO KEEP HIS LAWS. And that is why the non-Jew who wishes to live there can do so only under certain conditions, the most important being that he has nothing to say concerning the state, its character, its workings. This is so for all non-Jews. Any grant to them of citizenship that implies ownership and a right to shape the destiny and character of the state destroys the uniqueness and entire purpose of giving the land to Israel. It invites spiritual assimilation and eventually demands for political autonomy.
How much more so for the non-Jewish residents of the Land who lived there BEFORE the Lord gave it to the Jews. Those residents refuse to recognize such a fact. They believe the land to be theirs and dream of the day when they will regain it. To allow them to remain as proprietors, or even freely living with restrictions, is to ensure not only the general spiritual assimilation that is threatened by any large number of non-Jews, but also the threat of revanchist political and military attack.
And that is the clear concept given by the great Biblical commentator, Abarbanel, in explaining why the Children of Israel were forbidden to agree to a covenant of peace with the Canaanite nations which would give both equality and rights in the Land. Abarbanel brings down the verses in Exodus (34:11-12): "Observe thou that which I command this day; behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Peruzite and the Hivite and the Jesubite. Take heed to thyself lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land that you come upon, lest it be a snare in your midst." And here is what the great Biblical commentator says: "For having taken their land from them there is no doubt that they would always seek the harm of Israel. And that is why the verse says 'the land that you come upon,' i.e., since you, Israel, came upon the land to take it from its inhabitants and they are 'robbed' of it, how will they observe a covenant of love? It will rather be just the opposite, for they will be a 'snare in your midst' and when there will be a war, they will join your enemies and fight you."
What sheer clarity and logic and NORMALCY! What understanding of the normal workings of people's minds and national feelings! And what a difference between the great Torah scholar and the tiny Hellenists whose cowardice and fear of facing the truth lead them down such pathways of contempt for the Arabs.
Of course the admonition prohibiting a treaty of friendship and equality with the Canaanite nations is EXACTLY the same for the Arabs of Israel, and for precisely the same reason. In both cases we deal with people who lived in the Land before Israel returned. Of course, they do not accept the truth of Divine ownership of the Land by the God of Israel (My addition: This is what the Bible teaches), hence Israel's right to take the Land with sovereignty and ownership. Do we expect them to? Of course the ultimate, only reason that they surrender and live quietly is fear and their understanding that they are too weak AT PRESENT to change the situation. But of course they never accept that situation as permanent and of course they dream of the day when they will return their "stolen land" unto themselves.
And so, apart from the reason that ANY non-Jews, even those from a people who never lived in the Land, cannot be granted national and citizenship rights in a Jewish state, there is far greater reason in the case of the Canaanites and the Arabs and any non-Jewish people who once lived in Israel and who see it as their land, stolen by the Jews. And, indeed, that is why so many of the Torah commentators deny the right of the Canaanites to live in the Land at all, under any circumstances, because it is impossible that they would not plot revanchist plots.
There is no essential difference between the feelings of the Arabs and the Canaanite nations concerning the land they believe to be theirs (My addition: The present day Muslims ought to accept the Hebrew’s ownership since they recognize Moses as a Prophet, and Moses is the one who led the Hebrews to that ‘Promised land’. Plus, since the Jews miraculously won the 1967 war, and in record time, you think the Arabs might be doubting that God permanently took their land).
And while we may accept the view of those commentators who would grant the Arabs the limited rights of all other gentiles in the Land, it behooves us to watch them far more carefully than we would people who never lived there.
An Exchange of Populations
by Rabbi Kahane
In all the furor that has been created in Israel and the world Jewish community over the suggestion by certain "radical" Jews that Israeli Arabs be transferred from the country, there appears to be forgotten the fact that such an action would only be the second part of an ultimate exchange of populations.
The fact is, that with the creation of the Jewish state in 1948, hundreds of thousands of Jews fled Arab countries, almost all of whom left behind all their property for which compensation was never paid. It is worth while to look at the record before we dismiss the concept of the transfer of Arabs from Israel.
Algeria had 150,000 Jews in 1948. Pogroms in that country had occurred almost every 10 years since the 1890's, and during the 1930's, many Jews of Constantine were massacred despite French intervention. In 1961, the Front de Liberation Nationale (FLN) attacked the large cities where most of the Jews lived and 100,000 were forced to flee the country, leaving behind all their belongings. The FLN desecrated the Great Synagogue at Algiers and the ancient Jewish Cemetery at Oran, and succeeded in driving out all but 900 Jews by 1973. And so: Algeria 1948: 150,000 Jews; Algeria 1973: 750 Jews.
In Morocco in 1948 there were 300,000 Jews. On June 7 of that year, mobs in Oujda sacked the Jewish quarter, killing and wounding hundreds of Jews, and in nearby Djerada, 30 Jews were massacred by Arab mobs the same night. The new revolutionary government passed anti-Jewish laws so severe that they drove out 300,000 Jews. With the return of the Sultan in 1961, there was some relaxation of the laws; but by 1973 only 25,000 of the original 300,000 Jews remained. Morocco 1948: 300,000 Jews; Morocco 1973: 25,000 Jews.
There were 23,000 Jews in Tunisia in 1948. Following the revolutionary government's program of Arabization, Jews became "instant scapegoats ," and many were arrested for "economic" crimes simply for being merchants or practicing any gainful occupation. By 1973, all but 9,000 Jews had been driven out of Tunisia. Tunisia 1948: 23,000 Jews, Tunisia1973: 9,000 Jews.
Syria had 45,000 Jews in 1948. They had prospered under the Turks and the French, but when the Arabs took over, they at once became the target for both official and unofficial violence. Anti-Jewish legislation froze bank accounts and confiscated property. New laws forbade Jews to sell their property or move more than three miles from their homes. Special identity cards were issued to them, and they were allowed to work only at certain jobs. Government employees and military personnel were forbidden to patronize Jewish shops. Today there are fewer than 4,000 Jews in Syria, and they are under constant attack. Syria 1948: 45,000 Jews, Syria 1973: 4,000 Jews.
There were 45,000 Jews living in Libya in 1948. In Tripoli in 1945, 120 Jews had been killed by mobs of Arabs. After independence, most of the others were driven from the country, many were murdered after the Six-Day War and numerous others were arrested. In 1976, there were only about 70 Jews remaining in the country ruled by Colonel Qaddafi. Libya 1948: 45,000 Jews, Libya 1976: 70 Jews.
Jews have been in Egypt since Biblical times, and Alexandria had once been, at least partially, a Jewish city. In 1945, the pro-Nazi "Young Egypt" group led anti- Jewish rioting in which many Jews were killed. In 1947, a new law for companies made it practically impossible for Jewish businesses to operate. Egypt had 75,000 Jews in 1948, when bombings, burnings and looting destroyed almost $50 million worth of Jewish property. After the overthrow of King Farouk by Nasser and his "Free Officers," life for Jews became intolerable in that country. After the Suez War, 3,000 Jews were arrested and imprisoned without trial. Thousands of others were presented with deportation orders forcing them to quit the country within days and leave all their property behind. By 1967, Nasser had managed to force all but 3,000 Jews out of Egypt. There were fewer than 500 Jews remaining in the land ruled by the "moderate" el-Sadat in 1976; the rest were driven out to find new homes, mostly in Israel. Egypt 1948: 75,000 Jews, Egypt 1976: 500 Jews. (Amnesty International reported in 1976 that there were only 350 Jews in Egypt.)
Iraq was the home of 125,000 Jews in 1948. Since then, the revolutionary government has conducted an almost incessant campaign of terror against them. Nine Jews were hanged in public and 68 tried as Israeli spies in January 1968 while chanting mobs moved through the streets beating up any Jew that passed their way, women and children included! By 1973, only 400 Jews remained in Iraq. Iraq 1948: 125,000 Jews, Iraq 1973: 400 Jews.
Yemen, where 54,000 Jews lived in 1948, had none in 1976. Hundreds were killed, and the rest found shelter in British bases until they were carried to Israel by Operation Magic Carpet. Before that, it was legal to stone a Jew to death, and the law decreed that " fatherless Jewish children under thirteen be taken from their mothers and raised as Muslims. "Yemen 1948: 54,000 Jews, Yemen 1976: No Jews whatsoever!!
In Aden, there were 5,000 Jews in 1947, but in 1976 there were none. In December, 1947, Arab mobs attacked the Jewish quarter, killing several people and burning down buildings. Between 1948 and 1967, most Aden Jews fled to Israel. The 130 who remained fled after the riots in June 1967 to escape torture and certain death. Aden 1948: 5,000 Jews, Aden 1967: No Jews Whatsoever!!
A total of some 750,000 Jews fled Arab lands since 1948. Surely it is time for Jews, worried over the huge growth of Arabs in Israel, to consider finishing the exchange of populations that began 35 years ago.
(My Addition: It appears to the casual observer a great many Muslims believe that they have the true faith (since they call the rest of us ‘infidels’). I know that the Almighty One loves this saying, “Actions speak louder than words.” What I can say about the Jews is that on the average they demonstrate a far, far greater love for their brethren than Muslims or even Christians do for theirs! For example, Israel will absorb any Jew who wants to move there (rich or poor). If the Muslims loved their brethren as the Jews love theirs, all the Palestinians would have been absorbed by Muslims countries decades ago! Perhaps the Lord expects the many Muslim countries to put the great love for God that they tout into action by demonstrating their love of their brethren (Palestinians), as the one Hebrew country, Israel, loves its own? Let them absorb the Palestinian brethren.)
Now you are ready to receive his revelations. . .
Prophetic Words of Kahane
And the isolation. The Jew does not wish to be isolated. He fears being alone, without allies. He fears man, he trusts only in man and so - in the exquisitely Divine way of the Almighty - precisely that which he fears will be sent upon him. He fears to do that which the Almighty demands - to annex the territories and establish Jewish sovereignty over them, as part of the Holy Land of Israel. The Almighty repays him by turning them into burning caldrons of an intifada, with confused Israeli youth not knowing whether these Holy lands are indeed Jewish or "occupied". While a world that is normal and knows that if land belongs to you then you annex it, feels free to condemn a country that does not do so as an "occupier".
He fears to throw out the cancer raging in his midst - the Arab enemy lest the world turn on him.
He is repaid measure for measure by a grim Almighty as the world, daily, condemns him for "oppression" of people that would not have been there had he had faith in God rather than fear of the Gentile.
In any event, the Jew will be isolated, and that is the greatest blessing imaginable. For so long as the Jew has even one ally, he will be convinced - in his smallness of mind - that his salvation came from that ally. It is only when he is alone - against all of his own efforts and frantic attempts - that he will, through no choice, be compelled to turn to God.
And it is only when the Jew stands alone against a world unified in hatred against him, that the Almighty will turn, in His anger and wrath, against the nations that knew Him not, and His powerful arm that will bring salvation to the Jew will be the awesome proof to the nations that the Lord, God of Israel, is indeed One - the only One.
That is why isolation will be. That it is why it must be. It is the greatest of blessings, and the foolish Jew of little faith sees it only as a curse. Foolish Jew, Jew of Exile, whose soul and mind have been destroyed by that Exile, who has turned from a Jew of faith into one of trembling before the man of dust Unless. Unless we become the Jews we were meant to be,
The Jews of chosenness. Of might and faith. Unless we ignore both the money and the honey of the United States and their empty threats and condemnation. Condemnation? It is dandruff to be brushed away before moving on to do the will of God.
In any event, there is no choice. The United States will turn on Israel, slowly and subtly, and tat not so. The difference is that if we turn from the Gentile first, we will have the Almighty as the immediate staff and our comfort. If not, we will have neither the Gentile nor,
for a terrible stage. . . the Almighty.
WHAT WILL THE GOYIM (GENTILES) SAY?
by Rabbi Kahane
*Commentary by a present-day disciple of Kahane: It's what it all boils down to: Fear of America. The "international repercussions". Zinni, Powell, Bush - to them we bow. It is the sin of our times - a sin that religious Jews are no less guilty of. Sure, there is a God, and He is the Omnipotent One - but when it comes to "tachlis" - Bush is the relevant one. Only fear of the world stops Israel from liquidating Arab terror once and for all. It is only fear of the gentile reaction which turns our infantry soldiers into cannon fodder as they are denied the necessary air cover, lest we kill "innocent Arabs". Instead of instilling the message that we must believe in God and not Bush, we see the national camp encouraging the very opposite message. Demonstrations are held practically asking Bush's permission to continue the war against the terror. Pathetic efforts are made to show that Israel and America are in the same boat. The idea that "Israel and America are leading the free world in the war against terror" comforts us. Indeed, it may sound nice, and there might even be short-term benefits in comparing Arafat to Bin-Laden, or paralleling America's struggle against the Taliban with Israel's struggle against the PLO. But the long term effects of this message are disastrous. It conditions us to think that the fate of the Jewish People is tied to our relationship with America. It conditions us to think that George Bush is greater than Burning Bush.
TO WRECK OUR RELATIONS WITH THE NATIONS
"...in essence, he (Meshiach Ben Yosef) goes out and intentionally wrecks the relations with the gentiles! Why? Because he knows that only when we will be alone, isolated - only then will we stop trusting the goyim, the Americans. And only then, when we will be alone and isolated - then the Messiah will come. As long as there is not full trust in God, he won't come. He won't come. (This full trust) can only come about when the Jews give up all hope that the redemption can come from the goyim - Even if this recognition comes against our will. Tsheuva. To trust in God.
..We must wreck the relations, wreck the relations. And this is precisely the opposite of what people want to hear. There is no one in the street, and there is no rabbi that will say it, but again, that is how we bring the redemption - through faith. It's not easy, and it's not a small thing. It is scary! Faith is scary. To say - Let us adopt a policy of isolation, let us adopt a policy of wrecking the relations. "Are you insane", people will say. But they do not understand that if this is not done, we will suffer the pains of redemption, suffering that we cannot even fathom; bitterness that we have not yet tasted. This is our task today. To go out to the people with a message that the people do not want to hear, are not willing to hear. And they will degrade us, and worse, it is "incitement", "sedition", and who knows what else...
Question: This means that our message has changed a bit, and we have to say things more sharply than we did five years ago? (ed: that is, instead of the message being not to trust in America, the message is now to go out and wreck the relations with America)
Rabbi Kahane: I think you are right. Because there is no time. Who knows how much time is left. We have to say it - and then, 90% of our supporters will leave us. Oh well, so be it. But we have to say it. To say: Do Tsheuva! But not just the tsheuva that everyone else talks about. Of course Shabbat, and of course Kashrut (Kosher), learning Torah, modesty - everything. But - to wreck the relations! That is the real tsheuva!
To cling to God, and to separate ourselves from them. One cannot cling to God without separating himself from them. It doesn't go together. That's it. It's not easy. Isolation was always difficult. It is something that always caused worry. But it has to be. We are a "nation that dwells alone" (Am livadad yishkon - BaMidbar, 23:9). People read the verse. How nice. What a nice song it makes. But it isn't a song, and it isn't some nice saying. It is Jewish law. The laws of isolation.
Question: But where do we see such an approach - that you have to be isolated, to wreck the relations. What for?
Rabbi Kahane: Asa, Yehoshafat, Hezkiahu - each and every one - we see a common thread with each one - that he who went after the goyim (Gentiles), was punished.
Question: That means we won't buy weapons from them?
Rabbi Kahane: Of course we will buy from them, but not begging like we do today, rather like "business". Otherwise, we are their slaves. It's like Yosef. Why was he punished? Because he naturally went to the wine steward and asked: Do me a favor. He asked. And that is what we do today. If the goy gives quietly, take from him. But it is forbidden to ask from him charity - because we can exist without him. To ask him is a Hillul Hashem.
And all the while, we must take steps which will bring us to isolation. The minute we annex the territories, know that it will be a tragedy from a practical point of view. The minute we throw out the Arabs, who knows what will be! The minute we go to the Temple Mount (My addition: To this day, the holiest spot in Judaism - the Temple Mount, Jews are not allowed to pray there!) - all these steps will surely wreck the relations.
Now, when I come and say we must wreck the relations, I am not saying that Arens (ed: the Foreign Minister) should go to Washington tomorrow and give some fiery speech. But rather, do the mitzvoth (prescribed right action), do what we are obligated to do - and this will (ed: naturally) bring us to isolation.
Question: By seeking isolation, does this not cause us to commit the sin of "it is forbidden to trust in miracles" (Ayn Somchim Al Nase).
Rabbi Kahane: God forbid. "Trusting in miracles" is a situation where you sit and pray, and do nothing else. David went out against Goliath with the best weapon available to him, and by so doing, was not transgressing the rule "one should not trust in miracles". And we too, need to go out with the best weapons available to us, and the fact is that we have sophisticated weapons - missiles, chemical and automatic, which, even though we bought it from the gentiles... but as I said, it must be like "business". And hand in hand, we must wreck the relations, and not make accountings as to whether they will cut off aid or not, because we will get by with what we have, and with trust in God, like David......
(This next Kahane essay I have added just for flavor)
Why has thou forsaken Me?
by Rabbi Kahane (May 30, 1986)
If we would like to know the heart of the tragedy of Israel, of the Jewish-Arab struggle, of the reason why peace eludes a Jewish State that so desires it, of the cause of the ongoing suffering and tragedy, of the immutable rule that there will not be tranquility and peace for the Jew or his state, let me explain.
Some time ago, an opinion poll was given to Arabs and Jews by sociology Professor Ephraim Ya'ar of Tel Aviv University. The professor gave his respondents a list of 14 factors that may or may not influence the course of peace between Israel and the Arab states, and asked each of them to rank the list in importance from one to 14. The results? The Arabs placed "the will of God" first; the Jews placed it last.
Or another example: Yet another Tel Aviv University project was conducted by its Jaffe Center for Strategic Studies. Respondents were asked to comment on the Biblical verse, "The Guardian of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps." They were asked who, in their minds, represented the Guardian of Israel. Fifty-seven percent replied "the Israeli army" and 17% declared that it was God ... And that, dear Jew, is the reason and the source and the cause of a tragedy that is building up, and that, unless swift, radical change takes place in Jewish thought and action, will bring down horrors upon the Jew and his state, Heaven help us.
The truth is that the Jew has long since become the most unbelieving of all people, the most atheistic of nations. Deluded by his intelligence and intellectualism, believing that he inhabits the heavens, he turns into the most arrogant and proud of men. Like some modern-day Adam, he has eaten from the Tree of Knowledge and dreams of Divinity. Like some modern-day builder of Babel, he is convinced that he can climb to the heavens and conquer. His cleverness and brightness that so persuaded him that he is the wisest and most perceptive of men, insures that he will be the blindest and most obtuse. No people and no faith is so convinced that its destiny is essentially its own, in its own hands. None has relegated God to the bin of antiquity, to the shadow of irrelevance, as the Jew. There are those who are convinced that He does not exist. There are those who invent Him as a Being who, indeed, has a place, but it is conveniently limited and He had better know it. There are those who pay prodigious amounts of lip service and ritual to God and whose religion fills their lives as long as there is no need to place their "belief" on the line in time of danger.
Few are the Jews who sincerely believe that victory in war is totally in the hands of God, who are prepared to take the difficult and dangerous steps their religion demands, lest they have to put their faith where their claims are.
The people that were the most religious of all have become the most indifferent to God. The People of the Book place more faith in that of the check than the Bible.
In time of crisis, the Jew does not believe in anything, except that which he can see, touch, feel. He can see the U.S. President; he believes in him far more than in the God of Abraham. He can feel the Arabs; he fears them more than the intangible God he pays lip service to as long as there is no crisis. He can touch the tanks of the Israeli army, and so he prays that there will be enough of them instead of believing that One is enough of Him. "For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living water, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water" (Jeremiah 2). The truth is that we will swear our belief in the Omnipotence of the God of Israel as long as this remains in the abstract, in the realm of theory. We show our fervent belief in the miracles that happened YESTERDAY, but we shrink from testing them today or tomorrow. That which we need not do ourselves is easily believed in and avidly taught or sermonized. Yesterday is always smoothly dealt with - who needs to place himself on the line? Who must be tested?
The belief in the GENERAL Omnipotence of God easily fills our hearts. It is only when we must get down to specifics, to real and actual implementation of faith in our own lives, that the hypocrisy becomes a stench which is overpowering.
The God of Israel is not a Santa Claus. The religion of Israel is not a plaything. If there is one thing above all that the Almighty desires of us, DEMANDS of us, it is FAITH. "Therefore, the Lord heard and was wroth; and a fire was kindled against Jacob and anger also came up against Israel, because they believed not in God and trusted not in His salvation" (Psalms 78). That is the Jewish Iron Law: Belief and trust in God, rather than looking to and raising Jewish eyes unto the gentile. There can be no greater Hillul HaShem, desecration of the Name of God, than when the Jew places his faith in the power of the gentile. For what he is saying by this is that there really is no God; and this is the end of Judaism, and this is the end of any reason for the existence of the Jew.
Jews have long sighed, "It is hard to be a Jew." As with most things, this too is a statement of hypocrisy. They do not really believe it. They really do believe that they can mold for themselves a good and happy life and at the same time gild it with a thin covering of comfortable Judaism. Of course, it is nonsense. Of course, it really IS hard to be a Jew, the kind of Jew that the Almighty demands - the kind of Jew who is the son and daughter of Abraham, who faced the furnace for his belief and did not flinch; the kind of Jew who is the son and daughter of Mordecai, who faced the gallows and did not bow; the son and daughter of the Jew whose entire Torah rests on the one commandment: "And the righteous shall live by his faith." That is difficult. That is a Jew. King David turned, in his day, to God and lamented: "My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" If one listens carefully, the voice of the God of Israel can be heard in this era of Jewish neo-atheism, calling softly:
"My people, My people, why have you forsaken ME?"
Note: Before you proceed to read the second portion of this essay I want to ask for your patience. If you come across any part of my theology that you disagree with, by all means make a note of it, but please continue reading because by the time you have finished reading the entire essay I'm confident that you will be amazed about the sacred things that have just been revealed to you, and your question might have answered itself!
For me to clearly reveal something that is priceless to the heart of the Almighty I have to show you the whole picture, which is a collection of fragments. Thus, its essential that you read the entire essay, with all the fragments, before discerning the spiritual value of what is being presented to you.
Why would the Almighty choose to use a man like Rabbi Kahane in such a blessed way, to make him a modern day John-the-Baptist? Remember, he was an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi; a man who did not even believe in the divinity of Jesus! Yet God not only chose to make this fellow a Prophet but one of His top generals on the entire planet!
If you read this essay in its entirety I will, in several different ways, prove that when Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no-one comes to the Father but through Me", He didn't mean we had to accept the personage of Jesus, but rather He meant we had to develop a character like Him.
Recall when Jesus pointed to Peter and exclaimed, “Upon this rock I will build My church?" If you believe that when Christ speaks He always is speaking literally, all you Protestants must convert to Catholism as the Catholic church is the heir to the throne of Peter.
If you don't do so you are rebelling against the wishes of Christ!
(Actually, many Catholics believe that this is true!)
I, and the entire Protestant Church by us not becoming Catholic are saying Jesus wasn't speaking about the personage of Peter, but rather of Peter's invaluable spiritual gift - 'Peter had the eyes to see truth.'
We are saying that Peter wasn't the exclusive owner of that spiritual gift. And hundreds of years of church history has proven that God's annointing exists outside the Catholic Church. Thus, through this example we can see that when Christ speaks He is referring to the inner man rather than the flesh. Thus, my interpretation of that famous saying of Christ is totally in line with Christ's mo.
Please put the time aside now to ponder what you have just learned.