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Since President Donald Trump entered the White House, hardly a day has gone by without Israel receiving a warning from a Democratic politician or a liberal American Jewish leader that it had better curb its enthusiasm and be reticent in its support for Trump and his policies.
The partisan split is clear. A Pew survey of American support for Israel in January noted a great and growing gap in partisan support for the Jewish state. 79 percent of Republicans support Israel against the Palestinians. Only 27 percent of Democrats do.
The latest warning came this week. Ambassador Dennis Ross, the former U.S. mediator for the peace talks between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), told the Jerusalem Post that Israel needs to watch out.
“Given the strong opposition by Democrats to Trump,” Ross warned, “Israel risks getting caught up in that conflict,” he told the Post.
“There will be a post-Trump U.S. … Israel risks a backlash because the Trump administration has caused such deep alienation among Democrats, so it’s very important that there is outreach by Israel to Democrats.”
Ross also had advice for what Israelis should talk about when they talk to Americans. Israelis, he said, should avoid talking about shared values and visions of the world. Instead, they should focus their discussions with Americans on both sides of the aisle on security issues and regional Middle East topics.
Ross’s warning that Israelis should avoid speaking to Americans about shared values points to the core of Israel’s problem with Democrats — and, increasingly, with the American Jewish community which splits two-to-one in support for Democrats over Republicans.
For the better part of the history of U.S.-Israel relations, the main source of U.S. support for Israel was not shared security interests — although those shared interests are legion, and have ensured that ties between the countries have always been intense and largely cooperative.
The basic affinity between Americans and Israelis that informed their joint interests has always been our shared values. More precisely, Zionism — that is, Jewish nationalism — and American nationalism share basic features that draw them together.
Both Israel and the U.S. are states based on ideals and ideas rooted in the Bible. Jewish identity and attachment to the land of Israel, like Jewish survival through two thousand years of exile and homelessness, owe entirely to the faithfulness of Jewish people scattered throughout the world to the laws of Moses and to their national identity as the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This enduring attachment to Jewish law and heritage, and to national identity, is what brought millions of Jews to settle in the land of Israel both before and after the State of Israel was founded 70 years ago.
The Jews who have come to Israel from the four corners of the globe were not entering a foreign land as economic migrants. They were exiles returning home. Israel is not a nation of immigrants so much as a state populated by ingathered Jewish exiles.
Likewise, as Michael Anton wrote this week, contrary to the pro-open borders position, the U.S. is not a nation of immigrants. It is a nation built by settlers.
Anton defines a settler as someone who “builds ex nihilo and must form the initial social compact,” of a society.
Anton’s definition isn’t precise, at least in the case of the early settlers in the British colonies. The social compact they forged, which was later revised in the form of the U.S. Constitution, was not built from nothing. It was founded on the Bible. The Biblical laws and narratives formed the basis of enlightenment concepts like limited government, individual liberty, and freedom of religion, which in turn formed the basis of the American social compact.
Anton argued that an immigrant, in general, is not a free-floating individual who happens to fall where he falls. Rather, an immigrant is someone who “seeks to join a society already built, to join a compact already made.”
In the case of the United States, the compact that centuries of immigrants joined was anchored in the Constitution and the philosophical and religious positions that inform it. The civic religion that emerged in the U.S. was inclusive to those who accepted its basic values and principles.
Given that the social compacts of both Israel and the U.S. were forged by settlers informed by the Bible, it is little wonder that the two nations have always had a natural affinity for one another.
Which brings us back to Ross’s warning.
The problem that Israel now faces with the Democrats is that whereas Israelis have by and large remained faithful to their identity — and consequently, their nationalism, or Zionism — Democrats are increasingly becoming post-nationalist.
The distinction between nationalist and post-nationalist is not a mere policy preference. It is a far more fundamental shift in values.
Consider the situation along Israel’s border with Syria.
For the past two weeks, as the Russian-Syrian-Iranian advance against rebel-held southwestern Syria has proceeded, some 270,000 Syrians have fled their homes in Deraa and Quneitra provinces. While the bulk of the displaced have fled to the Syrian-Jordanian border, several thousand have situated themselves along Syria’s border with Israel.
In Israel, there is all but consensual support for the government’s position, stated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his weekly cabinet meeting Sunday. Netanyahu said, “Regarding southern Syria, we will continue to defend our borders. We will extend humanitarian assistance to the extent of our abilities. We will not allow entry into our territory.”
That is, Israelis are committed to being good neighbors to the Syrians.
Despite the formal state of war between the two countries, and the fact that almost all of the warring factions share a basic commitment to Israel’s annihilation, Israelis are happy to provide medical assistance to the wounded, and humanitarian assistance to the refugees on the border. But they are not prepared to grant asylum to anyone. This position is shared by all political parties across the right-left divide, except for the post-Zionist (or post-nationalist) party Meretz.
Meretz, which represents some 4 percent of the electorate, opposes the very notion of Jewish nationalism, or Zionism. It believes that Israel should open its doors – as a Jewish state – to refugees and others, including illegal economic migrants from Africa.
Meretz’s leader, Tamar Zandberg, knows that her party has no significant support domestically. And so she has focused a great deal of effort on building strong ties to Democrats and to progressive, anti-nationalist American Jewish groups to increase her party’s power and leverage in Israel.
Zandberg recognizes that her position, while marginal in Israel, is the dominant position in the American left generally and in the Democratic Party specifically. It is also an increasingly popular position in the American Jewish community.
Ambassador Ross was in Israel this week to attend the presentation of the Jewish People Policy Institute’s 2018 annual report. He serves as co-chairman of the institute’s board of directors. The report emphasized the importance of preserving the triangular relationship between Israel, American Jewry, and Washington.
The problem is that over the past twenty years or so, the American left has undergone a profound shift in values, from liberal nationalism to radical post-nationalism. This process, facilitated and accelerated during Barack Obama’s presidency, and expressed most emblematically in Democratic support for open borders, has made post-nationalism the sine qua non of the Democrats since Trump’s electoral triumph in 2016.
Israel’s relations with the American left, then, are a collateral victim of a wider shift in American society. Jewish nationalism, with its inherent affinity to American nationalism, was once the basis of Israel’s relationship with the American people as a whole. But now nationalism is the main cause of the Democrats’ increasingly fraught and antagonistic relationship with the Jewish state, while remaining the foundation of ever increasing levels of Republican affinity and support for Israel.
Perhaps Israel will be able to heed Ross’s advice, at least in terms of the Democrats. Perhaps it will be able to develop a common language with the U.S. based on shared interests. There are certainly a number of steps Israel can take to advance that goal.
But the fact is that the Democrats’ shift in values from nationalist to post-nationalist, rather than any action Israel has taken in its domestic or foreign policy, is what has caused the rupture in Israel’s ties to the American left.
So long as Meretz remains a marginal force in Israeli society on the one hand, and post-nationalist forces continue to rise in the Democratic party on the other, bipartisan support for Israel, like bipartisan support for American nationalism, will remain a thing of the past.
Reprinted with author’s permission from Caroline Glick
About the Author: Caroline Glick made Aliyah to Israel in 1991 and served as a captain in the IDF. She is a former foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and is the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Caroline covered the US-led war in Iraq as an embedded journalist with the US Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. She was one of the only female journalists on the front lines with the US forces and the first Israeli journalist to report from liberated Baghdad. Caroline is the senior fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC, is the recipient of numerous awards, and the author of “The Israeli Solution: A One State Plan for Peace in the Middle East.”
“For the LORD your God is He that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” Deuteronomy 20:4 (The Israel Bible™)
In the context of multiple anti-Israel resolutions and threats made during the Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly (PCUSA GA) in St. Louis Missouri from June 16-23, a Palestinian-Muslim human rights pioneer and a coalition of pro-Israel activists from StandWithUs, JFNA/JCPA, Israel Action Network (IAN), the Philos Project and Presbyterians for Middle East Peace stood up against the institutional bias and threats within the 223rd General Assembly.
Nearly all of the 13 resolutions considered by the Middle East committee were anti-Israel in nature and none held the Palestinian Authority accountable for harming Israelis and Palestinians alike. In the same vein, a resolution condemning the Hamas terrorist group for inciting children to violence was turned down.
A grassroots group of Presbyterian lay and clergy volunteers, Presbyterians for Middle East Peace – a group committed to a two state solution that opposes the BDS movement and is steered by Rev. Dr. Bill Harter, Rev. Dr. John Wimberly and Ruling Elder George Douglas – pushed back against anti-Israel extremists within the General Assembly.
Their efforts resulted in a call to local congregations to support grassroots reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as multiple anti-Israel resolutions being significantly amended, including resolutions that called to end all economic and military aid to Israel and a call for Presbyterians to cut off dialogue with Jews who are insufficiently critical of Israel.
“American Jews can’t ensure future support for Israel and a just peace in the Middle East on their own,” Max Samarov, executive director of research and campus strategy for StandWithUs, told Breaking Israel News.
“We need allies of all faiths and backgrounds to educate their communities about why this is an important issue. PFMEP does just that, supporting reconciliation and opposing extremism under often difficult circumstances within their church.”
Samarov attended the PCUSA GA along with other representatives from StandWithUs and in partnership with JFNA/JCPA, Israel Action Network (IAN) and the Philos Project.
Other Israel supporters at the GA stood up against the bias, including the guest of Presbyterians for Middle East Peace, Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid, a Jerusalem-based political analyst and expert on Arab and Palestinian affairs.
Eid gave testimony on June 18 opposing an anti-Israel resolution and following his presentation, a Palestinian Arab living in St. Louis who was at the GA with the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) and the Israel-Palestine Mission Network – a pro-BDS group – threatened him in Arabic and accused him of being a “Zionist collaborator.” But instead of reprimanding the individual who threatened Eid, PCUSA leadership took no meaningful action.
Dr. Michael Gizzi, an elder in the Presbyterian Church and member of Presbyterians for Middle East Peace, spoke out against the death threat and victim blaming by the Church, which he called “not only inadequate, but disgusting.”
For him, interfaith work and exposing the “deeply biased and flawed approaches of the BDS movement in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict” are deeply personal.
“I believe that seeing beyond ‘the other’ is profoundly important. It is in the face of the other, as Rabbi Jonathan Sacks tells us, in his book The Dignity of Difference, that we see “a human trace of the divine other.”
Gizzi first got involved in interfaith work when he was studying the historical Jesus and he wanted to learn more about what and how Jesus, as a Jew, would have experienced God.
“Through attending a Passover seder, I began what has been a rewarding journey, developing close ties with the Jewish community – and understanding not only how Jews experience God differently (yet, in many ways the same as many Christians), but was able to grow in appreciation for different faith traditions,” he said, adding “as someone who grew up Roman Catholic and then became a protestant (Presbyterian), I was already sensitive to “intra-faith” differences. Seeking to understand Judaism, and Islam too, was a natural extension.”
Through building strong relationships with Jewish friends, Gizzi became passionate about exposing BDS and authored a resolution seeking to distance the Presbyterian Church from a hateful anti-Israel booklet called Zionism Unsettled in 2014 and found himself in the BDS battles.
“After that experience I learned of a co-existence program that brought teens, Jewish and Arab, to my community, and I immediately realized how much more effective an approach this was than divestment,” he maintained.
Gizzi, who returned home from his most recent trip just two weeks ago, said, “That led to my first study trip to Israel in 2015. Since then I have returned four times, developing a research agenda on shared society efforts between Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs. I have spent more than two months in Israel, and in the West Bank, meeting people, and learning.”
He continued, “I believe deeply in the idea of two states for two peoples, and am convinced that the bulk of the Israeli and Palestinian peoples are capable of getting along, and living in peace. I strongly support the Jewish people’s right to self-determination and to their homeland — while I also support the same right of Palestinians to self-determination.”
Gizzi lamented, “Each trip to Israel further convinces me of how misguided the PCUSA activists are in their approaches and biases.”
“The PCUSA General Assembly is always a frustrating experience, as the strong anti-Israel and anti-Zionist positions of powerful voices in the church dominate a process that is fundamentally unbalanced, and is intentionally structured by the denomination’s leadership to reach a desired result.”
But even amidst the many anti-Israel resolutions and threats, Gizzi noted in a Times of Israel article, there may be a shift happening in the Presbyterian church towards calling for “co-existence” before “co-resistance,” which has not been their approach until now.
“This unexpected shift towards reconciliation was not only a #BDSFail, it was a change in tenor of the entire proceeding,” he wrote, adding “the anti-Israel advocates within the Church still had victories, but this resolution alone demonstrated that the commissioners representing churches across the nation were not willing to go along with the extremism that IPMN and its supporters actively encouraged and promoted.”
“The Presbyterian Church has plenty of issues when it comes to Israel, and there are a dedicated group of anti-Israel activists who will continue to cause great harm to Presbyterian-Jewish relationships, but this unexpected shift towards reconciliation alone offers a glimmer of hope.”
“I foretell the end from the beginning, And from the start, things that had not occurred. I say: My plan shall be fulfilled; I will do all I have purposed.” Isaiah 46:10 (The Israel Bible™)
Saul Kullok, a scientist with many patents to his name, has developed a formula correlating the axis of the earth and the latitudes of Israel’s Biblical borders to Prophecy. The proofs are convincing but what he said about next year will shock you.
Kullok was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and immigrated to Israel in 1974. In addition to his scientific research, Kullok has made an intense study into physical-mathematical structures contained in the Hebrew Bible and the ancient tradition of Israel. Remarkably, he discovered predefined timings for major physical events involving the People of Israel during the last 3,500 years which are correlated to physical events. Kullok is in the process of publishing his study.
Kullok discovered that major events affecting the return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel can be numerically obtained by a mathematical relation between two observable physical factors: the inclination of the planet and the latitude of the Biblical borders in Israel.
“The proofs are all written out but nobody wants to check it. It is too intimidating,” Kullok said to Breaking Israel News.
The study is complicated but that is not what intimidates other scientists according to Kullok.
“They fear the implications,” Kullok said. “It proves that God established a timetable in nature, that this is what determines the movement of the earth and not just the known laws of nature.”
He described the discovery in the simplest possible terms.
“The inclination of the planet on the year of the immigration plus the constant angular value equals the latitude of a border of Israel,” Kullok said.
“The mean inclination of the earth’s axis has decreased continuously during the 3,500 years investigated in this study; from the biblical time of Israel crossed the Jordan River after their biblical Exodus from Egypt until present times,” Kullok explained. “For each point in time, biblical and historical, the earth’s axis has a different mean inclination or axial tilt. For the contrary, the latitude of physical and biblical borders (or places), are fixed geographical values obtained in accordance with the Book of Joshua. The algorithm is a mathematical expression involving a correlation between points in time of history and the latitude of a place or border in the Biblical Land of Israel.”
“The formula means that if I know the latitude of the border, I subtract the constant angular value to obtain the mean inclination of the earth, from where the time at which this inclination took place gives the date of the event,” Kullok said. “Conversely, if I know the date, I can use the formula, insert the axial value and get the latitude of the border. This is an absolute correlation.”
“Put simply, the discovery shows that the Jews come back to Israel at fixed times that are set in the forces of nature, in the sun, stars, and earth,” Kullok said.
He emphasized that the factors in this algorithm are a powerful combination of heaven (the mean axial tilt of the Earth) and earth (the geographical latitude of the territorial borders in the Biblical Land).
“The timings given by the algorithm should be considered as predefined by astronomic and geographic physical factors, which are not under human control,” explained Kullok. “This means that the timing of a significant number of biblical and historical events involving the migratory movements of the Israelites to and from the Biblical Land was, and will be predefined.”
Kullok gave several examples of the accuracy of the algorithm, the first being the entrance of the Jews into Israel after the Exodus from Egypt. Based on sources in the Bible and the Talmud, Kullok placed the Exodus from Egypt at 1,476 BCE.
“This means that the Children of Israel came into the Land of Israel in 1,436 BCE, which according to my formula correlates with the latitude of Jericho, their entry point into the land,” Kullok said.
He noted that like any mathematical formula, this works in both directions.
Another example he gave concerned the Babylonian Exile in the sixth century BCE. Kullok’s formula correlated the date of the exile and the subsequent return with the northern and southern borders of the Biblical city of Jerusalem.
“We know the geographical latitude of the southern biblical border of ancient Jerusalem. The corresponding historical time given by the algorithm is the year 539 BCE, which is the time for when the fall of the Babylonian Empire took place,” Kullok said. “This major historical event was soon followed by the King Cyrus Edict of 538 BCE allowing for both, the beginning of the Jewish return from the Babylonian Exile and the start of the Second Temple construction.”
Kullok also explained about the definition of the border of the Arnon River, which is in the portion of Israel in the eastern side of the Jordan River. The river marks the southern border of the Tribe of Reuven. The latitude for this algorithm was slightly less precise since the Arnon River forms a delta as it joins the Dead Sea. Kullok’s algorithm correlates the convergence of the Arnon and the Dead Sea to the years 1830-1840. Though this may seem unrelated to the State of Israel, Kullok insists these years were critical to the establishment of the modern state of Israel.
“This is precisely the time for when the Ottoman Empire started to disintegrate in its Middle-Eastern domains,” Kullok said. “The process for the restoration of the House of Judah in the Biblical Land started right there by the active participation of England, a Christian Nation, and more recently with also the United States of America, also a Christian Nation. There was a theological revival at that time, a change in theology that led them to their fundamental participation in this process of return.”
Kullok said that this inclusion of Christianity in these preordained times signifies its role in the prophesied return to Israel.
“Jewish and Christian endeavors toward returning the Jews to Israel are necessarily very different,” he said. “But they are nevertheless complementing each other while working towards the same goal. They represent a two-sided parallel process, each in accordance with the words of the prophets of Israel.”
The latitude of the significant east-west section of the border delineated by the Arnon River bears an additional prophetic result, corresponding to the years 1947-1951. More significant than the UN Partition Plan establishing the State of Israel, 700,000 Jews immigrated to Israel in these years.
But Kullok’s formula is not limited to the past. The latitude of the southernmost point of the Arnon River corresponds to next year.
“The results show the year before an aliyah (immigration to Israel, literally ‘ascending),” Kullok said. “This means that in two years, there will be an aliyah which, according to the calculations, will be the largest yet. Since it is the most southern latitude of all the borders of Israel, this is the final aliyah and there will be no more exiles.”
Kullok made one final comment on the nature of his formula.
“Since the formula bears accurate results based on the Biblical borders of Israel, what is known as Greater Israel, the relevance of these borders is prophetic and still relevant today.”
Company Finding Hidden Treasure in Israel Just in Time for Third Temple
They invite their kin to the mountain, Where they offer sacrifices of success. For they draw from the riches of the sea And the hidden hoards of the sand. Numbers 33:19 (The Israel Bible™)
Shefa Yamim’s exploration of Israel’s Carmel region has turned up some diamonds. (Shutterstock)
Many people read prophecy, some understand its relevance in current events, but Avi Taub, CEO of Shefa Yamim, took it one step further and founded a multi-million dollar mining and exploration company based on prophecy. Seventeen years later, prophecy is still at the core of his successful corporate vision.
Taub grew up in the precious stones business. His family had a diamond polishing plant and dealt in manufacturing and marketing jewelry. In 1989, Taub, a follower of Chabad Hasidut, visited Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. The rabbi, known to his followers simply as “the Rebbe,” was spiritual leader to millions of followers of the Chabad-Lubavitch sect of Hasidic Judaism, who passed away in 1994. With very little explanation, the Rebbe told Taub to begin mining. Taub entered into an unsuccessful project in Australia. He struggled to understand the Rebbe’s message. Through a friend who was also a follower of the Rebbe, Taub was made aware of a video in which the Rebbe made a remarkable statement, given to then-mayor of Haifa, Arye Gurel in 1988.
“In Haifa, there is a sea. One shouldn’t become intimidated by something that is deep,” the Rebbe said to Gurel. “This is the uniqueness of Haifa – that it has a sea and that there is a valley and in the valley are precious stones and gems. The Holy One, Blessed Be He, did a wondrous thing; he concealed them in the depths of the earth, and in any case, in the depth of the river.”
Taub searched for more clues and found that the Rebbe discussed these hidden gems again in a public lesson in 1991. The Rebbe explained new and unprecedented knowledge and material resources, hidden since the Creation of the World, will be discovered as the redemption approaches. The Rebbe specified that precious stones and gems will be for the purpose of giving additional charity and performing other mitzvoth (commandments) to hasten the Messiah in its final stages.
Taub went searching for other clues to hidden gems in Israel and found hints that the region assigned to the tribe of Zevulun was hinted at in the Bible as the source of hidden wealth. This was based on Moses’ blessing to the tribe in Deuteronomy.
And of Zevulun he said: Rejoice, O Zevulun, on your journeys, And Yissachar, in your tents. They invite their kin to the mountain, Where they offer sacrifices of success. For they draw from the riches of the sea And the hidden hoards of the sand. Deuteronomy 33:18-19
The Meam Loez, an 18th-century commentary on the Bible initiated by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, wrote the following on that verse.
“There are vast amounts of natural treasures that are hidden in the sea and in the earth in the portion of the tribe of Zevulun. These treasures include the rare “chilazon” from whose blood the aqua color is obtained for ‘tzitzit’, precious stones and gems – diamonds – most of which afforded the Land of Israel vast wealth, generally speaking, and especially for the tribe of Zevulun!”
Taub was satisfied that all of the clues pointed towards Israel to find these hidden gems the Rebbe had told him to search for. He had no way of knowing that another hidden treasure, the Leviathan natural gas fields discovered off the coast of Israel in 2010, were also included in this prophecy.
In 1999, Taub and several other Chabad Jews established Shefa Yamim Co. Ltd. with the intention of locating precious stones and gems in Israel. As per the Rebbe’s instructions to Haifa’s mayor, Taub focused his company’s efforts along the Kishon riverbed in the Zevulun Valley, the Carmel Mountain Range bordering Haifa, and the area of Ramot Menashe. Their company based in Akko is in the final year of exploration and Taub anticipates that they will begin production next year.
They made important discoveries while drilling and taking soil samples, including a kimberlite, the source of diamonds, 77 diamonds of various sizes, as well as hundreds of thousands of mineral indicators that accompany diamonds and gems such as sapphires and rubies. A 3.5 mm moissanite, the largest example of this precious and rare stone found anywhere to date, was also discovered in the Zevulun region. The company recently upgraded the factory in Akko to handle more volume.
“All of the geologists, all of the experts were in shock. We succeeded in proving that faith is shaking hands with science,” Taub told Breaking Israel News. “Every day we are making new finds.”
The success went public about five months ago when Shefa Yamim began trading on the London Stock Exchange. Taub noted the timing of the discoveries of Israel’s hidden treasures.
“These stones could have been discovered ten years ago, or one-hundred,” he emphasized. “The Rebbe told us to begin now because he knew the Moshiach (Messiah) was coming and that was when these stones were to be brought to light.”
“This was the special trait of the Rebbe,” Taub explained. “He was one of the most influential spiritual leaders of the 20th century and certainly the most influential leader for so many Jews. But he connected prophecy and current events, the Bible with science.”
This is evident in the Rebbe’s personal story. Before becoming the leader of the Chabad movement, the Rebbe studied in some of the most important universities in the world, such as the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Berlin, receiving at least three Ph.D. degrees in physics, philosophy and mechanical engineering. An imperative given by such a man was not to be taken lightly. Taub noted that on the High Priest’s breastplate, every tribe was represented by a precious stone.
“It would be so much greater if all the stones from the breastplate came from inside Israel,” Taub said. “We are hoping to make that possible in time for the Third Temple.”
Coincidentally, in the high priest’s breastplate, Zevulun’s name was engraved on a diamond. The only source of native diamonds in Israel is from the territory belonging to Zevulun and the only company mining these diamonds is Shefa Yamim.
Hashem blessed them and Hashem said to them, “Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it; and rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and all the living things that creep on earth.” Genesis 1:28 (The Israel Bible™)
A new gene study presents serious difficulties for the scientific theory of evolution, while bringing science one giant step closer to the Biblical story of creation.
Dr. Gerald Schroeder, an Orthodox Jewish physicist with a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was unperturbed, noting many ways in which new discoveries such as this show how science and religious belief can be complementary.
Mark Stoeckle from The Rockefeller University in New York and David Thaler at the University of Basel in Switzerland analyzed mitochondrial DNA collected from 100,000 animal species stored in the US government-run GenBank database. Their findings were recently published in the journal Human Evolution.
In analyzing the DNA barcodes, the researchers found an indicator that showed nine out of ten of all the species of animals alive today emerged about 100,000-200,000 years ago, approximately the same time that Homo sapiens appeared.
The researchers did not provide an explanation as to what led to this sudden explosion of life, but Dr. Schroeder, did suggest a theory for this phenomenon.
“We have seen that when men show up in an ecosystem, they tend to kill off the large animals,” he told Breaking Israel News. “The presence of the first Homo sapiens 100,000 years ago may have caused a man-made bottleneck and caused a significant change in the animal population. Humans have a disproportionately significant role in these natural processes, which may be what was meant in Genesis.”
Hashem blessed them and Hashem said to them, “Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it; and rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and all the living things that creep on earth.” Genesis 1:28
When discussing the timeline, Dr. Schroeder explained that the 100,000 year timeline did not contradict the Hebrew calendar which sets man’s creation at 5,778 years ago.
“The Biblical calendar of 6,000 years does not relate to the beginning of species,” Schroeder argued. “All animals have a nefesh (animal soul) but only Man has a neshama (human soul). Homo sapiens as a species did appear about 100,000 years ago but they wouldn’t be recognized as a person in the same way that we are. They had a nefesh but didn’t have a neshama. In scientific terms, people, as Homo sapiens, go back 100,000 years. But the Bible’s definition of a person is different. It includes a neshama. Science will not see the break, the change that occurred in man 6,000 years ago when we received a soul.”
“The neshama is what gives us the ability to be compassionate for someone outside your immediate clan,” Dr. Schroeder said. “Animals have a nefesh and can be compassionate to their own clan but they see anyone outside their clan as a threat. The ability to see the ‘other’ as something other than a threat, to have compassion and empathy, is what defines the neshama.”
Remarkably, man’s receiving a neshama did have an effect that even science recognized. Dr Schroeder related a visit he paid to the British Museum in London several years ago. An entire wing of the museum was dedicated to a change that occurred in mankind that museum curators believed to be the landmark that defined human society; the beginning of cities. A large brass plaque on the museum wall proudly proclaimed that this change occurred spontaneously around the world 5,500 years ago. Dr. Schroeder explained that the reason for science has yet to fully understand this sudden universal change, but can be understood in Biblical terms as the moment when man was instilled with a neshama.
“The beginning of farming 10,000 years ago led to a population explosion but without a neshama, men would not be able to live together with other people not from their clan,” Dr Schroeder explained. “One hundred thousand years ago Homo sapiens appeared, but they only had a nefesh. That is what science sees. 5,778 years ago, men were instilled with a neshama and had enough compassion, enough of a sense of the ‘other,’ to organize themselves into large societies.”
In addition to the new timeline of 100,00 years, the results of the new study are problematic for classical evolutionary theory which is based on long sequences of random mutations followed by natural selection. The gene study found a lack of variation in so-called “neutral” mutations, which are the slight changes in DNA across generations that neither help nor hurt an individual’s chances of survival. This would result in species with large, dispersed populations becoming more genetically diverse over time. The study showed that this was not the case, bringing into question evolution as it has been taught for almost 100 years.
The sight of a blue whale off the coast of Eilat on Tuesday evoked powerful images from Jewish mysticism describing the unique role this impressive creature will play after in the end-of-days
The whale that visited Eilat was an impressive 65 feet long, which is actually a modest size for a blue whale. The largest animal known to have ever existed, a blue whale can reach almost 100 feet in length and a weight of 173 tons.
“This is the first piece of evidence of the existence of a new species in the Red Sea,” Dafna Feingold, who coordinates aquatic mammal data for the Israel Marine Mammal Research & Assistance Center, told YNet. “It’s the first time unequivocal photographic proof of a blue whale in the Gulf of Suez and the Red Sea came to light.”
“The reason they aren’t often seen in our region is that they don’t have enough food (here), and I imagine it will be making its way to the southern Red Sea before long,” Feingold explained.
Whale sightings are rare in general and blue whales even more so. Blue whales, like most marine mammals, were abundant until the beginning of the 20th century when they were hunted almost to extinction. Recent estimates put the global population between 10-25,000. The Red Sea and Eilat are well away from the normal cold-waters in which whales are found.
“This is a highly exciting sighting. Whales sometimes migrate great distances,” Dr. Assaf Zvuloni, head biologist of the national marine reserve in Eilat, said to YNet. “This is not normally their region bit they are migratory”.
“It may have been some change in the environment that drove them here,” Dr. Zvuloni told Breaking Israel News. “There is undoubtedly a change occurring in the global environment, a very concerning thing, but it is impossible to say that is what brought the whale here.”
Omri Omasi, a marine inspector for the Nature and Parks Authority’s fishery supervision division, encountered the whale when he set out on a routine inspection tour of the area.
“It caught me by surprise,” Omri told Breaking Israel News. “This isn’t the region you expect to find them at all. I don’t know what brought him here. It was riveting to see a whale of that size in the wild.”
Rabbi Berger was clear on what brought the blue whale to the unaccustomed waters of Eilat.
“If something unprecedented happened, something that doesn’t seem to make sense according to the laws of nature, then it is a hint that something new and unexpected is about to happen,” Rabbi Yosef Berger said to Breaking Israel News. “The whale is coming to take his part in the meal that follows the Messiah.”
The rabbi was referring to a section of the Talmud (the Oral Law) describing the post-Messianic role of the Leviathan. In the Tractate of Baba Batra 75a, it is written that God originally produced a male and a female leviathan. God became concerned that in multiplying, the species would destroy the world. God killed the female leviathan, preserving her flesh for the special banquet that will be given to the righteous on the arrival of the Messiah. The banquet will be held inside a huge tent made from the Leviathan’s skin.
This midrash (homiletic teaching) is the source of an unusual blessing recited during the holiday of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), in which we recite upon leaving the sukkah (tabernacle): “May it be your will, Lord our God and God of our forefathers, that just as I have fulfilled and dwelt in this sukkah, so may I merit in the coming year to dwell in the sukkah of the skin of Leviathan. Next year in Jerusalem.”
“This appearance of the whale is clearly a reminder of the fabled meal that will be served after the arrival of the Messiah,” Rabbi Berger said. “But the hints that are now appearing in abundance are to remind us that we need to do our part.”
In a strange coincidence, the unprecedented appearance of a blue whale in Eilat mirrors a similar phenomenon on the other side of the globe. Sightings of blue whales off the coast of California have gone up more than four times since this time last year with more than 35 of the huge mammals seen off the coast of San Francisco this season.
Louisiana Becomes 25th US State to Prohibit Business Ties With Anti-Israel BDS Groups
“Happy is the man who has not followed the counsel of the wicked, or taken the path of sinners, or joined the company of the insolent.” Psalms 1:1 (The Israel Bible™)
Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards issued an executive order on Tuesday prohibiting his state government from doing business with companies that boycott Israel.
“The United States, and by affiliation Louisiana, have benefited in innumerable ways from our deep friendship with Israel. Any effort to boycott Israel is an affront to this longstanding relationship. I am pleased that Louisiana will join what is now a critical mass of states in supporting our closest ally,” Edwards said in a statement.
The order directs the state commissioner of administration to terminate existing state contracts with companies if they are currently boycotting Israel or supporting those who do. In the future, companies will be required to certify that they are not boycotting Israel before being awarded a state contract.
The prohibition does not impact speech or consumer conduct. It is limited solely to commercial conduct only and will not be applied to companies that have contracts with the state that total less than $100,000 or that have fewer than five employees, according to the executive order.
Pro-Israel groups quickly congratulated Edwards, whose state became the 25th to prohibit business with BDS groups.
“The Israel Project is grateful to the governor for his leadership in fighting back against BDS discrimination,” CEO and president Josh Block said in a statement. “Advocates of BDS discrimination remain committed to their anti-Semitic agenda of isolating and demonizing the world’s only Jewish state. Its founders have openly called for Israel’s destruction and made it clear that they target Israel’s very existence, not its policies.”
Roz Rothstein, CEO of StandWithUs, an international Israel education organization, expressed her optimism about the turn of events. “We are heartened that Louisiana has taken a strong stand opposing discrimination against Israel. Earlier this year, the city of New Orleans rejected an anti-Semitic resolution, and now the state has made clear that tax-payer funds should not support businesses which discriminate.”
By Messianic Contributor / Rabbi David Lazarus
Teach Your Children Well
While world sits in judgement over Israel's response to try and halt Palestinian violence on our border with Gaza, the Israeli army is teaching our soldiers to love your neighbor as yourself.
I am talking about a nationwide project called "Mekinot," the government financed pre-military leadership academy educating high school graduates to serve in the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). This wonderful initiative represents the essence of modern Zionism giving our young people solid ethical and moral foundations with which to serve our nation. "Young adults of all backgrounds, from north and south, Left and Right, religious and non-religious, dedicate one year to repairing the society in which we live, by volunteering, learning about the other and expanding their comfort zone," says Danny Zamir, CEO of Mekinot.
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The project has great potential for leading social change in the State of Israel by training our young people to dedicate 3-4 years of their young lives to serving the country with honor, dedication and integrity and developing vibrant and valuable future leadership to the State of Israel. I am in awe of the motivation of these young adults who dedicate an additional year to their mandatory military or national service in order to contribute to the place we all call home.
Some of Mekinot's initiatives include: acquainting Arabs and Jews, Judaism and democracy, integrating people from marginalized populations and people with disabilities, social initiatives by volunteering in local communities. Recently, however, the Mekinot began a new initiative: Getting to know Messianic Jews.
Surprised by Joy
Messianic leaders around the country have been asked to host groups from the Mekinot program to explain to the cadets about our faith as Jews who believe in Yeshua. For me it has been an honor to spend hours with these vibrant young people talking about the Bible, faith in God and how we believe that Yeshua is the promised Messiah to Israel. From all my experiences with both religious and secular cadets, I can tell you that they are extremely respectful, ask intelligent and meaningful questions and show genuine interest in what it means to be a Jewish follower of Yeshua. I am so proud to live in a country that gives our future leaders the opportunity to understand who Yeshua really is, undoing some of the anti-Semitic Christian version of Jesus my people have experienced for too long.
Of course, this was not always the case. When I served in the IDF, I was ridiculed and prevented from serving in certain units because of my faith in Yeshua. In was not long ago that Messianic Jews were prevented from serving as officers in many units and were not allowed to serve in Intelligence units. Today, because of the quality and devotion of a young generation of Messianic Jews serving in the IDF and the citizens of our beloved nation, Yeshua, the greatest Jew who ever lived, and his Jewish followers, are embraced.
At Beit Immanuel...
We hosted around 2000 high school students at Beit Immanuel this week. This is part of a typical field trip for students to visit places of historical interest. On these field trips students are asked to prepare a report on the history of Beit Immanuel dating back over a hundred years including interesting personages from the early days of Zionism. However, this time, in addition to the usual history questions, teachers asked the students to report on, "Who are the Messianic Jews?" It just so happened, that one of the girls in the class is a member of our congregation, so she raised her hand, "I am a Messianic Jewess, I can tell you about our faith," she shouted.
I am a bit lost for words as the willingness of the people of this land help their children gain a deeper appreciation for Yeshua and New Testament faith comes as somewhat of a surprise. For those of us who grew up in this land and experienced the anger (and sometimes hatred and violence) towards our Messiah, it is not easy to grasp how attitudes have changed so dramatically, so quickly. But then again, Israel are God's chosen people, Yeshua is a wonderful Messiah and this is as it should be.
Avi Lipkin, a well-known lecturer who has spoken in over 1,000 churches, announced that he has formed the first joint Jewish-Christian party and intends to lead it in the next Knesset elections. A closer look at his motives reveals that this may be the wave of the future.
The acceptance of Lipkin’s Gush Hatanachi (Biblical Bloc) party application was announced on Wednesday. The party’s founding document reads:
“The Biblical bloc protects everyone who believes in the Bible and opposes the ethnic cleansing of Jews and Christians from the Land of Israel. The Biblical bloc represents parties all over the world who espouse Judeo-Christian, democratic Western culture.”
“The party will also work to strengthen Israel by formulating a program to improve public relations around the world by recruiting Jewish and Christian speakers and training them to improve Israel’s image in the world and protect Western democracy.”
The essence of his party is much more simple.
“Christianity has its share of hatred for Jews but we have our share of hatred for Christians,” Lipkin told Breaking Israel News. “We have to stop hating the Christians. We have to become like Ruth and Naomi. In my lecture tours, I have seen that many Christians are ready for this.”
In a candid interview with Breaking Israel News, Lipkin explained how this vision of a renewed relationship between Jews and Christians makes sense in Israeli politics. He sees the Christian demographic rapidly becoming a major factor which, shockingly, currently has no representation in the Knesset.
“For hundreds of years, the only Christians in Israel were Arab,” Lipkin explained. “This changed twenty years ago when one million people made Aliyah to Israel, mostly from the former Soviet Union. Fully one third were not Jewish.”
“Eight percent of the population in Israel today is Christian but they have no representation in the Knesset,” he said. “Until recently, the Arab Christians who used to be anti-Semitic aligned with the Muslims. In the face of growing Islamic extremism, these Christian Arabs are slowly realizing they need to change and slowly, they are turning to Israel and the Jews.”
Indeed, just as many see Israel as a refuge and sanctuary for oppressed Jews from around the world, Lipkin envisions Israel as serving the same purpose for Arab Christians as well as Western Christians.
“Jews are sovereign in Israel. We have to embrace and protect our Christians from any threat coming from the Islamic side. We need to give Bible-believing Christians representation in the Knesset.”
“The Islamic Jihad already had plans twenty years ago to annihilate every Jew in the West. Because of assimilation and intermarriage, we will see a tsunami of six million Jews from America and other Western countries coming to Israel accompanied by four million Christian spouses and relatives. This is imminent and we need to be ready for it.”
His party list will be half Jewish and half Christian taken from a broad spectrum of both religions.
Lipkin made aliyah over 50 years ago from New York and lives in Kedar, Gush Etzion. He served in the IDF as a spokesman for seventeen years. A prolific author, he has written extensively on the threat Islam poses to Western culture and, more specifically, Christianity.
He worked for the Likud’s Knesset campaign in 1988, editing and translating the party platform into Hebrew, English and Spanish. After the Likud victory under Yitzhak Shamir, he was a senior editor and translator in the news department of the Government Press Office.
Lipkin earned his Master’s Degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and is considered one of the pioneers in Jewish-Christian relations.
The Jordanian government filed an official complaint with the Israeli Foreign Ministry, objecting to a recent ruling by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court stating that it is not illegal for Jews to pray outside the Temple Mount.
According to Israel’s Channel 10, Jordan charged Israel with “violating the status quo in the area and is carrying out extreme provocations that harm relations between our two countries.”
The “status quo” refers to a long-held arrangement between Jerusalem and Amman whereby Jordan became the religious custodian over the Temple Mount. According to the agreement, Jews may still visit the Temple Mount, which is the holiest site for the Jewish people, however, only Muslims are allowed to pray on the Temple Mount compound.
Jordan’s ire concerns the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court’s decision 10 days ago to reject a request by Israeli police to restrict three 14-year-old Jewish girls who had bowed down outside a closed gated entrance to the Temple Mount, from accessing the compound. The police cited security concerns claiming the girls’ actions might provoke Muslim violence.
“This [phenomenon] began on the Temple Mount, is continuing into the Old City, and what is the next stage? Someone will take out a prayer book on Jaffa Street and will be told that this is a provocation?” challenged the counsel for the defense, Itamar Ben-Gvir.
Judge Shmuel Harbest, a judge who ruled in the case, agreed with Ben Gvir’s argument
“In a democratic state, we do not distance and certainly do not arrest citizens who want to pray in a place where one is allowed to pray,” he wrote in the court’s ruling, adding that it is “the responsibility of a democratic state” to allow the girls to be present at the site and pray there unimpeded.”
Ben Gvir issued a statement, criticizing the Jordanian complaint as “first degree chutzpah (audacity).”
“I expect the prime minister to summon the Jordanian ambassador for a reprimand and explain to him that it is the right of Israeli citizens to pray everywhere in Jerusalem,” Ben Gvir said.
In a historic move, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman acknowledged Israel’s right to exist, in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, while adding fuel to an already raging fire by comparing Iran’s leader to Hitler.
“I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation,” the Saudi Prince told Goldberg. “I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land, but we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations.”
Saudi Arabia still does not have official diplomatic relations with Israel. Although it is unprecedented for a Saudi leader to recognize the legitimacy of the Jewish State, bin Salman’s remarks were not shocking and unexpected. Goldberg noted that “the Saudis, like many Arab leaders, have tired of the Palestinians,” reflecting recent reports of “fraying” relations between Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Israel, in contrast, has much to offer Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries in the region according to Prince Salman.
“Israel is a big economy compared to their size and it’s a growing economy, and of course there are a lot of interests we share with Israel and if there is peace, there would be a lot of interest between Israel and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and countries like Egypt and Jordan.”
According to Prince bin Salman, religious differences between Saudi Arabia and Israel would not necessarily preclude the development of bilateral relations between both countries.
“Our country doesn’t have a problem with Jews,” he claimed. “Our Prophet Muhammad married a Jewish woman. Not just a friend—he married her. Our prophet, his neighbors were Jewish.”
“You will find a lot of Jews in Saudi Arabia coming from America, coming from Europe,” he continued. “There are no problems between Christian and Muslims and Jews. We have problems like you would find anywhere in the world, among some people. But the normal sort of problems.”
Nevertheless, bin Salman expressed anxiety over Israeli policy on the Temple Mount, the Jewish people’s holiest site.
“We have religious concerns about the fate of the holy mosque in Jerusalem and about the rights of the Palestinian people,” he said in the interview. “This is what we have. We don’t have any objection against any other people.”
The motives behind Prince Salman’s receptiveness to initiate relations with Israel may be twofold. Prince Salman is advocating a pet project dubbed Vision 2030, a wide-reaching plan to remove Saudi Arabia’s dependence on exporting finite oil as the basis for its economy. He may therefore views Israel as an economic and technological power in the region that could work to Saudi Arabia’s advantage.
Even more influential might be a common nemesis shared by Israel and Saudi Arabia in Iran. Bin Salman once again compared the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to Hitler, makes is a powerful incentive.
“I believe the Iranian supreme leader makes Hitler look good,” Prince Salman said. “Hitler didn’t do what the supreme leader is trying to do. Hitler tried to conquer Europe … But the supreme leader is trying to conquer the world. He believes he owns the world. They are both evil guys,” he said to
“He is the Hitler of the Middle East. In the 1920s and 1930s, no one saw Hitler as a danger,” bin Salman added. “We don’t want to see what happened in Europe happen in the Middle East. We want to stop this through political moves, economic moves, intelligence moves. We want to avoid war.”
Prince Salman was critical of the influence the previous White House administration had on the region and specifically, with regards to Iran.
“President Obama believed that if he gave Iran opportunities to open up, it would change,” Salman explained. “But with a regime based on this ideology, it will not open up soon. Sixty percent of the Iranian economy is controlled by the Revolutionary Guard. The economic benefits of the Iran nuclear deal are not going to the people.”
The Prince noted that little, if any, of the sanctions relief for Iran under the 2015 international nuclear deal was funnelled to the Iranian military instead of the Iranian society. Prince Salman also doubted the international nuclear agreement’s likelihood of helping to reform Iran for the better.
“For Saudi Arabia, there is a 0.1 percent chance that this deal would work to change the country,” Prince Salman said. “For President Obama it was 50 percent. But even if there’s a 50 percent chance that it would work, we can’t risk it. The other 50 percent is war. We have to go to a scenario where there is no war.”
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said Wednesday that the ministry would waive requirements for the US State Department to obtain local building permits in order to undertake infrastructure work for the purpose of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“I am thankful for the privilege of being the finance minister and the head of the National Council for Planning and Building who will oversee the relocation of the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Kahlon said in a statement.
Kahlon’s decision followed a report Tuesday the Hebrew-language Hadashot TV news channel that the embassy move could be delayed due to red-tape surrounding State Department plans to shore up the existing US Consulate General site in south Jerusalem site ahead of the move. Construction plans reportedly include construction of a three-meter wall around the site and construction of a new road to the site.
However, the site’s current zoning status does not allow for the changes, leading Foreign Ministry Director General Yuval Rotem to intervene yesterday with Kahlon, stressing that the embassy opening – scheduled for May 14, Israel’s 70th anniversary on the Gregorian calendar – would be delayed because the National Council for Planning and Building is not scheduled to meet again before Passover, which begins the evening of March 30.
Without completion of these [infrastructure projects],” Rotem wrote, “the [Consulate] compound will not meet State Department requirements for moving the American Embassy.”
To streamline the process, Kahlon ordered the national planning board to waive requirements for the upgrade, concluding his statement with “see you all in May.”
By: ICEJ News
Posted on: 14 Mar 2018
Analysts weigh in on risks and highlights
White House senior Middle East advisors Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt convened a meeting Tuesday of senior intelligence and diplomatic officials from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates to discuss the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. Officials from Egypt and Jordan, as well as NATO governments, were also present, although the Palestinian Authority boycotted it.
“We regret that the Palestinian Authority is not here with us today,” Greenblatt said. “This is not about politics. This is about the health, safety and happiness of the people of Gaza, and of all Palestinians, Israelis and Egyptians. As you know, we are here today to consider ideas on how to address the humanitarian challenges in Gaza – a topic that has long been at the forefront of all of our minds. It has certainly been on mine.”
“We all know that none of this will be easy,” Greenblatt said. “And, everything we do must be done in a way that ensures we do not put the security of Israelis and Egyptians at risk– and that we do not inadvertently empower Hamas, which bears responsibility for Gaza’s suffering…inaction not only leads to more suffering for the Palestinians in Gaza, but also creates more security challenges for Israelis and Egyptians, and pushes the prospects for a comprehensive peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians further and further away.”
Here is a video giving some analysis of the situation in the Middle East from a US perspective: CLICK HERE
Tamara Zieve, JPost---February 27, 2018
The number of antisemitic incidents was nearly 60% higher in 2017 than in 2016, the largest single-year increase on record, according to a report the Anti-Defamation League released on Tuesday. There were 1,986 antisemitic incidents reported across the United States in 2017, including 1,015 incidents of harassment, 952 incidents of vandalism, and 19 physical assaults, reported in ADL’s Audit of Antisemitic Incidents.
Howard Sachs, ה' באדר תשע"ח, 2/20/2018 Arutz Sheva – Israel National News #7
When was the last time you read about an Evangelical Christian American farmer, young Republican, believing Mormon or Orthodox Jew taking out his 9mm MMP and murdering a kid in a drive-by shooting over a drug deal? Or killing a bunch of school kids?
Seventeen precious innocents were murdered by an evil young man in Florida in a very publicly announced “Gun Free Zone.” All the many in loco parenti could do was reach for a cellphone or in one case, a heroic adult, with nothing useful to reach for, simply used his body as a shield to protect our kids against the horror.
This week, in response, our very thoughtful and kind Rabbi looked out to us parishioners and argued that irrational fear is what is blinding the Democrats and Republicans from coming to better middle-of-the-road solutions for this awful issue of evil men shooting up our kids at school. I respect and admire his arguments. The Republican, the argument went, is mired in illogical fear, so he embraces even more his 2nd Amendment rights; he then loads up with even more ammo at WalMart to store in his bunker with his 2-year supply of dried beef jerky. The Democrat, the vast majority of Jews sitting in front of the Rabbi, in their own fear-laced emotional duress, want to make all of America, just like the Florida High School, a “gun free zone.”
The Democrats' position this week was echoed by another Jew, Bret Stephens of “the paper of record”, calling for a repeal to the Second Amendment. As a Republican Jew, a liberal, I appreciate the Rabbi’s work at trying to express a balanced approach, but I disagree with his view of my side. I’d say, no Rabbi, and no Mr. Stephens, we liberals, now called conservatives, are anything but blinded by fear. We see very clearly what is happening. We have some effective solutions.
We would say: You Democrats in the sanctuary this weekend, with all due respect, you are the blind ones, and in your blindness you are helping to create and nourish what happened in the high school this past week. You are blind to the fact that culture is a key reason why American boys, barely starting to even shave, are walking down high schools murdering 17 innocents or slaughtering 6000 this year in our Democrat-run cities.
Our liberal (now called conservative), God- fearing, Western American culture is being overthrown by radical secular leftism, a culture most non-orthodox American Jews embrace intentionally or not to varying degrees. Such a value system is directly linked to the carnage in the Florida school and our cities. That is a fundamental part of the issue, not NRA lobbyists, not bump stocks, not length of background checks, not 10 or 17 capacity magazines, not assault B B guns, assault Glocks or assault AR-15’s.
It’s also not even “the mentally ill.” How many mentally ill people versus those non -mentally ill disproportionately go about, or have ever gone about shooting up a school or murdering several thousand a year in our cities?
At the heart of the barbarity is the culture the Left has unleashed on America.
You could put a whole armory into the house of every traditional, conservative, Trump-voting Republican in America and we would live in a very peaceful country. In fact, that is what exists today. Tens of millions of these citizens possess and often conceal carrying a gun. Violence rates are almost un-measureable with these folks.
Human evil in its numbers or potency will not be significantly altered even if every Smith and Wesson in every drawer and closet of America were sucked up by some giant solar powered superconducting magnet.
When was the last time you read about an Evangelical Christian American farmer with his MAGA hat in Iowa taking out his 9mm MMP and murdering a kid in a drive-by shooting over a drug deal? How about a conservative, believing Mormon or Orthodox Jewish kid , a member of young Republicans, walking into a school to unleash his yetzer hara (evil inclination) on a few dozen pupils and teachers? Never. And it''s never, not because of 7- day waiting periods or good background checks in Utah or Brooklyn, it's because this part of America still embraces the remnants of a liberal, Judeo Christian, American Western culture.
These gun-toting folks, the remaining real liberals, reject Leftism and are not blinded to its poison. These are the Americans who are not mired in fear but are instead open-eyed and strong in their fight against the Left and the radical Supreme Court justices who erase God from America, who will fine or imprison a student or teacher who says “God bless my parents teachers, country and school” but will fight to the end for the right for hard pornography, intensely violent movies and video games to wash over every community in America.
These are the real liberals who say no to the New York Times blasting our President for talking up Western culture, our Universities turning into America and Israel hating Leftist indoctrination centers, Broadway shows making fun of Mormonism, Steven Colbert calling Catholicism a cult, Bill Mahr calling the Bible a joke, the comedian standing in public with a replica of a severed bloody head of our President, and the Democrat ACLU poised every moment to bring suit against the Ten Commandments. These are the remaining liberals fighting this hate-filled and hateful ideology of Leftism.
No Rabbi, we remaining true liberal Americans are not mired and blinded by fear. We see clearly what is going on and are not afraid to confront the darkness. We see the poison of leftism ravaging liberal American notions of respect for the sanctity of life, almost glorifying in the notion that killing 55 million American girls and boys since Roe v Wade is something edgy and progressive instead of generally immoral and barbarous.
We see the Democrat leftists poisoning our children with their nihilistic paganism, telling our boys and girls they are not boys and girls- telling them it doesn't matter if they have a Mom and Dad, banning the Bible and religious values from their schools and instituting, instead , “sex weeks” on campus or taking a knee at our football games while wearing socks depicting our wonderful policemen as pigs.
We see them pushing their lies and illiberalism down peoples' throats, telling them they are victims in a cruel racist, sexist, homophobic, capitalistic, xenophobic society built on the backs of slaves by white Christian heterosexual slaveholders. We see them weakening the spirit and character of our children telling them not to rely on themselves and their God given gifts, but wait for Government, socialism, or “the rich” to come and support them with all sorts of free stuff.
Regarding our liberal, God- given inalienable right to own a gun to protect ourselves, dear fellows on the American Left, we see clearly. We do not see through a lens of irrational fear. We do not see a terrorist behind every bush, a rapist in every dark parking lot, or an evil man outside each school door. What we see is the reality of life as given to us by a good, caring, but mysterious Creator of the universe . We see a world with very flawed creatures called humans.
We see a beautiful world but one now and forever tainted with human evil and a free will to unleash it anytime and anyplace. And that evil may not be wished or hoped away despite all the Democrat Leftist politicians and all the gun laws on all the books until doomsday. That human evil in its numbers or potency will not be significantly altered even if every Smith and Wesson in every drawer and closet of America were sucked up by some giant solar powered superconducting magnet . It is here to stay. And we remaining liberal, freedom- loving Americans thank God our founders recognized our natural right to bear arms to deal with such evil.
What a toxic brew we have allowed to stew here in America, a brew so sadly and particularly harmful, especially to our young. We stew them in the anti-American illiberalism and nihilism of leftism and so doing dismantle our Judeo-Christian American culture. No wonder the young are unleashed with their un-godly, pagan, barbaric behavior. As part and parcel of the attack on American culture , the Left trashes our great Second Amendment.
Both attacks leave our children spiritually sick and defenseless behind Democrat paid for banners in front of our Leftist public schools blazing forth the moronic illiberal messages, “Stop AR 15 Violence Now” “ Bad Guys, Beware, This is A Gun Free Zone” “ The State is What Connects Us All as Americans” “May Government Protect and Defend Us ” How pathetic. How illiberal and un-American. Shame on us adults.
Forget the left and their teachers unions, get those teachers some Glocks and teach them how to use them. And afterwards, nail up the Ten Commandments in each schoolroom and have the kids memorize them. Get those parents some school vouchers so they don’t have to suffer under the monopoly of our Democrat Leftist radically secularized public schools.
That’s what good, liberal, strong American adults do for their kids. They keep them safe and alive in the face of evil. They teach them our wonderful American history and culture. They fight evil and in so doing also reject leftism. No blinding fear here from liberal America Rabbis. It’s pretty clear to us remaining liberals
Three new permanent exhibitions opened on International Holocaust Day last month at the Ghetto Fighters House Museum (GFHM) in the Western Galilee. They commemorate the life of European Jewry and its destruction, the ideological Jewish youth movements, the resistance, and the return to life after the Holocaust.
“The museum tries to bring humanistic point of view of the Holocaust, from the eyes of those who established the kibbutz and museum, to create a better society after the Holocaust,” said Yaron Zur, director of the museum’s Education and Guiding Center, to Breaking Israel News.
The GFHM is the first Holocaust museum in the world to be founded by Holocaust survivors. The museum not only tells the story of the Holocaust but also celebrates the courage, the triumph of the human spirit and the inspiring ability of these survivors to rebuild their lives as they had dreamed, in a Jewish national home in Eretz Israel (the land of Israel).
According to a GFHM press release, the founders of the museum all had endured and survived the Holocaust. They include remaining rebels of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, fighters from partisan units in Eastern Europe’s forests, concentration camp inmates, those who hid and circulated with a false identity, as well as those who were eventually dispersed throughout the former Soviet Union after fleeing eastward.
According to Zur, the museum portrays history as “something that is relevant to the visitors–not only about chronology or dates, or things that happened once upon a time far, far away from them.”
“Many of the things that happened to them have an impact on our society as Jews, Israelis, but mostly as human beings,” he explained to Breaking Israel News.
As an example, Zura referred to an exhibition on science and medicine in Nazi Germany that focuses on the universal and relevant questions of “how doctors, scientists, and nurses became a part of killing of people with disabilities in Germany?,” and “what needs to happen for intelligent people to become like that?”
The first new exhibition, entitled “Jewish Warsaw: A Story of the Human Spirit,” presents the richness of pre-war Jewish life and the complexity of life in the ghetto, a lesser-known chapter in the story of the Jewish community in Warsaw before and during World War II. It tells the story through the eyes of the Jews who lived before and during the Holocaust, shedding light on their daily lives, beliefs and struggle for survival.
According to exhibition curator, Tal Koborather, rather than primarily concentrating on the annihilation of Jews during the Holocaust, this exhibition focuses on life.
“Here, we give a platform for a chapter in the story that is often neglected- life, its richness and complexity, and those turbulent years that preceded the outbreak of World War II,” he said.
“This is an opportunity to break away from the horror images that we are used to seeing when we visit Holocaust exhibitions, and to discover complexity and development within one experience.”
Members of a pioneer youth movement (Courtesy of Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum Archives)
Likewise, Yitzhak “Antek” Zuckerman, one of the founders of the Ghetto Fighters’ House, said, “we have tried to convey the vitality of the people in the ghetto, their resourcefulness, their expressions of solidarity and their calls for mutual help, despite the ever-worsening situation.”
The second new exhibition, entitled “Facing the Glass Booth: The Trial of Adolf Eichmann,” seeks to evoke the feeling in the courtroom during the trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in 1961 in Jerusalem. Eichmann was one of the leaders of the Nazi extermination machine and the chief executor of the “final solution” for the annihilation of European Jewry during the Holocaust.
“Facing the Glass Booth” features the original cell where Eichmann sat and listened to the testimonies. According to a GFHM press release, “words and sentences from texts echo in the exhibition space, making an impression on the visitor, who is invited to read the full texts.”
The original cell where Adolf Eichmann sat and listened to testimonies. (Credit: Etti Rott)
The third exhibition, entitled “In Memoriam: Deported and Murdered Jewish, Roma and Sinti Children, 1942−1945” provides images of approximately 3,000 of the 19,000 children from Holland who were Holocaust victims.
“The exhibition brings photographs of Jewish and Sinti children that were deported from Holland to the death camps of Poland, giving them an image, a name, and an age,” Zur told Breaking Israel News.
“It creates something intimate between the visitor and the victims, and it’s very moving to see the family photographs.”
According to Zur, the exhibitions have already made an impact on the public.
“The response has been wonderful, and we can see that the public is very excited about these three exhibitions.”
Some major events took place on Israel’s northern border on Saturday. At approximately 4:00 AM, an Iranian drone crossed the border with Syria and entered Israeli airspace. After tracking the drone’s movements, the Israel Air Force (IAF) dispatched a helicopter to the area and successfully shot the drone down over northern Israel. In response to the violation of Israeli airspace, the IAF sent a group of F-16 fighter jets on a bombing raid in Syria.
Initial reports stated that several targets on the outskirts of Damascus had been destroyed, as well as parts of a Syrian military base near Palmyra where the drone had originally taken off. Syrian forces responded by launching anti-aircraft missiles that destroyed one of Israel’s fighter jets. Both pilots ejected before the plane crashed and were evacuated to a hospital in Haifa. Ben Gurion International Airport briefly halted air traffic Saturday morning, due to the government’s belief that some of the Syrian anti-aircraft missiles had fallen in the center of the country.
Yesterday morning’s incident represents a sharp escalation in relations between Israel and Syria. Over the last several years, Israel has taken great precautions and shown much restraint in an effort to not become too entangled in the ongoing civil war in Syria. Iran continues to take advantage of the deteriorating situation in Syria to strengthen their military presence and supply weapons to their allies, including Hezbollah in Lebanon. There is a growing concern that Iran and their militant allies in the region will try to open a new front on the Israeli/Syrian border and force Israel to fight a war on the Golan Heights.
A Time to Legislate the Heavens!
As we lifted this situation up on Saturday evening, the Lord led me to read from Esther 8. In this passage, Esther had been vindicated but the curse the enemy made over her people had not yet been reversed. As Esther approached the king, she pleaded that a new decree be made to lift the curse that Haman had decreed over the Jews.
“Now write another decree in the King’s name in behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the King’s signet ring – for no document written
In the King’s name and sealed with his ring can be revoked.” (Esther 8:8)
“The King’s edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate the armed men of any
Nationality or province who might attack them and their women and children,
and to plunder the property of their enemies.” (Esther 8:11)
As I began to pray through this, God began to stir in my spirit and impressed on me how significant it is that this very clear decree over His people and His inheritance was signed and stamped by the king of Persia himself. This decree is a far cry from the muted hissing threats we hear coming from Iran today.
In that moment, I saw the spirit of hatred for Israel lying across Iran and the Middle East in the form of a fat viper, hissing and blowing out curses. God reminded me of the curse that was leveled against the serpent in Genesis:
“You will crawl on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the women, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:14-15)
There is a spirit that will always be striking at the heels of Israel, but God has empowered us to crush the enemy’s head!
Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but God has dominion over the powers and principalities of the air and those who operate in heavenly places. Yesterday’s battle took place in the air so we pray that God will intervene on Israel’s behalf and that the wind of His Spirit would take control of the airways over Israel. We pray that angelic forces would surround those who serve in the Israeli Air Force as they take flight and that every aircraft would be pushed along by the wind of His Spirit. We pray for the right timing on the part of the military and government so that God’s will (and not man’s) would come to pass.
For those in Syria and across the Middle East, we pray that the curse of hatred would be broken and that freedom and hope would be received, through the power of Jesus Christ. For regions, homes, and families who have lived under a curse, God desires a release of freedom this year. No curse can stand before God or in His presence!
Let Joy Arise!
As the meeting progressed on Saturday night, several people came forward to share what God had shown them concerning the situation in Israel. We began to pray that this attack from the enemy would in no way distract from the celebration of Israel’s 70-year anniversary.
One person shared that Israel is expecting tourism to double this year as the nations come to Jerusalem. I believe that God has a wonderful blessing of wealth that He intends to pour out on His people this year, and we need to pray against any plan the enemy would use to deter the nations from gathering in Jerusalem. I pray for strength and courage over all of those that the Lord has called to this nation to celebrate, that no threat will steal their joy, and that no matter what warfare might come this year, Jerusalem will receive the blessing that God has intended.
“Your gates will always stand open , they will never be shut, day or night, so that people may bring you the wealth of the nations - their kings led in triumphal procession.” (Isaiah 60:11)
Hear the Lord on what blessing He has for you and receive it with celebration, this month and year!
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