Scandal of Israel’s “carnal” election

Menashe Dovid (מנשה דוד):

The Hebrew scriptures declare that G-d’s thoughts are not our (human) thoughts and that our ways are not His (Isaiah 55:8 ).

Originally posted on Daily Minyan:

touching-torahThe Hebrew scriptures declare that G-d’s thoughts are not our (human) thoughts and that our ways are not His (Isaiah 55:8 ). Perhaps nothing illustrates this idea better than the biblical concept of the election of the Jewish people as G-d’s very own people. It’s one of those things that has troubled the minds of many, especially and quite naturally those who found themselves among the “non-chosen”. It certainly has proven itself quite scandalous, even for many Jews themselves, and the acting out of this resentment has been quite troublesome and often very deadly for Jews over their long history.

Why has this been the case, one might ask? Among the so called “Abrahamic” religions (Christianity and Islam), the chief reason for this is no doubt jealousy. Simply put, the human mind finds it unjust that G-d, excising His free will, would set His affection on a specific people not because they are somehow…

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Never Again?

Protest: Police officers were attacked and stock was thrown around today as Gaza protestors 'wreaked havoc' in a Tesco store. Above, members of staff are pictured with damaged boxes of Coca Cola following the protest  Read more:  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Protest: Police officers were attacked and stock was thrown around today as Gaza protestors ‘wreaked havoc’ in a Tesco store. Above, members of staff are pictured with damaged boxes of Coca Cola following the protest Read more: Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Up to 100 demonstrators who ‘wreaked havoc’ in a Tesco store and attacked police officers in an apparent protest against its stocking of Israeli food are being sought by police.

Dozens of protestors gathered outside the supermarket in Hodge Hill, Birmingham, yesterday and could be heard calling on the chain to stop all trade with Israeli agricultural companies.

As the protest escalated, some demonstrators entered the premises and started hurling produce around and ‘getting aggressive’ – leaving both staff and shoppers traumatised.

It comes after a series of attacks on shops up and down the UK by protestors who are calling for Israeli produce and products to stop being sold in Britain.

A letter from an “ordinary middle-aged Londoner” expressing fears about growing anti-semitism in Britain has gone viral, with many taking to social media to express their own discomfort.

The letter from Stephen Spencer Ryde, sent to the Independent, has been retweeted more than 1,000 times since it was published on Friday.

It reads:

I’m just an ordinary middle-aged Londoner.

I work in an office. I go to football. I like eating out. I enjoy the arts. I am a proud family man. I give up time for charity work. I try to be a decent contributing member of society. I pay my taxes honestly. But there appears to be something that sets me and my kind apart.

At park gates in East London a friend of mine gets told to f**k off for photographing a flag. At a pub in Bath my wife gets called scum when she mentions her background.  In a student hall in Manchester a friend’s son is asked to leave as the specially prepared food he chose to eat is not permitted because it carries a label written in a language used by a country that is “banned” by the student union.

In Belfast a historic blue plaque is removed to deny part of my history.  In theatres in Edinburgh and London I am told to denounce my opinions or lose the right to perform.    A sportsman in Ireland tweets if he sees my kind he’ll punch us in the face and recommends others follow suit.

Protesters across the country show no shame in shouting that my historical persecutors were right and social media is rife with vitriol towards me (even from so-called friends). And in Bradford I’m told that I am not even permitted to enter the city.

What is this? Racism.  Where is this? Britain and Ireland. When is this?   Now. Who am I? I am a Jew.

Never again, we say, never again.

Stephen Spencer Ryde
London N3

A Central London branch of Sainsbury's, Britain's third largest supermarket chain, removed UK-made kosher goods from their shelves this weekend in an apparent stand with 'Free Gaza' protesters.

A Central London branch of Sainsbury’s, Britain’s third largest supermarket chain, removed UK-made kosher goods from their shelves this weekend in an apparent stand with ‘Free Gaza’ protesters.

Hezekiah king of Judah, name means Hizkiyyahu – the mighty god.

Originally posted on Noach ben Avraham:

Christians are fond of using Isaiah 9:6 as a “proof text” for the messiahship and deity of Jesus. Context is important to reading scripture, especially prophecy.

What is the book of Isaiah, of whom does the prophet speak in it’s chapters?

Isa 1:1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
Isa 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth, for the LORD hath spoken:

Only one person in the jewish scriptures is referred to as “mighty god” and his name is Hizkiyyahu or, Hezekiah (mighty god)

Hezekiah – Hizkiyyahu or Hizkiyyah – Among Hezekiah’s first acts was the repair of the Temple, which had been closed during the reign of Ahaz. He reorganized the services of the priests and Levites, purged the Temple and its vessels, and opened it with…

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Islamaphobia now we are talking?

©By Menashe Dovid

Many people like journalist Melani Philips are hoping that the horrific murder of Drummer Rigby in broad daylight in Woolwich London will finally wake up those in denial of the very real threat of Islam to the civilized world. Dare we say the ‘civilized’ world? After all would that be racist or anti-religious to even imply that Islam and Muslims are not ‘civilized’? Even though over a decade we have had numerous examples of uncivilized behavior by the religion of peace flying into buildings, bombing trains, bombing airports, chopping folks head off etc…..the list goes exponentially on and on!?

Mutual respect, tolerance and mutual respect in multicultural Britain

Mutual respect, tolerance and mutual respect in multicultural Britain

Already right after the murder of soldier Lee Rigby at least three folks in the UK were arrested in the middle of the night for making tweets/ FaceBook posts about Muslims and Islam. In scenes reminiscent from both the extreme left and right of the political spectrum (Gestapo, Stasi and the KGB for example) we have in the UK, the arrest of Benjamin Flatters, of Lincoln, who was arrested after police received complaints from Muslims about allegedly racist or anti-religious messages. The 22-year-old was charged with an offense of malicious communications and remanded in custody; he is due before magistrates in Lincoln.

However, can it be realistically said that criticism of Islam and Muslims are confined to just three folks in the UK? Perhaps it was a selective arrest based upon a subsequent firebombing of a Mosque by other enraged UK citizens in Grimsby Lincolnshire? Posters making anti-Islamic comments beware; your IP address may just be close enough to an anti-Islamic incident and you may suddenly get arrested for allegedly (and very conveniently for the Police and the Politicians who need to be seen to be doing something) encouraging others with your words which are obviously (?) the catalyst for the anti-Islamic incident!

May it be that the vaunted ‘well educated’ UK elite are feeling the pinch? The pinch now challenging what the UK elite would never say but rather think; ….the ‘plebes1’ of UK society are onto something and that they have valid points and real concerns? Perhaps the elite suspect that the majority of folks are not too happy with their agenda to maintain personal freedoms when maintaining personal freedoms in reality means removing the freedoms of those who dare to express their concerns with tweeted words or protest rallies? After all waving Union Jack Flags in Britain is racist and offensive to Muslims is it not?!

The elite would like us to believe we need to take a deep breath, exhale slowly as our enraged wits settle down to a calmer demeanor. Perhaps even quote the New Testament about just loving folks and turning the other cheek! How do we know that these murderers were really Muslims? Well, the video of the crime which was posted on Youtube shows clearly the bloody murderer and his brazen comments on the crime affirming his religion. Easy, now! One needs to learn a lesson from President Obama’s comments after the killing in FortHood (by a military doctor who ‘found’ Islam) and other murder scenes committed by killers shouting the name of Allah. “We are not sure,” commented the President. “..we shouldn’t jump to conclusions…we need to investigate and make sure.” Now remember to apologize, bow deeply and show respect to Islam and Muslims. Just as Obama did, just as Obama does and then remember yourself to always apologize, bow deeply and show respect!

Now at this stage some may say to me are you not overreacting Menashe? In view of the possibility of being carted off in the middle of the night for making a comment, why not take the advice of the elite, after all saying and doing nothing and bowing and scraping to Islam and Muslims will just make it all go away, will it not? The advice of the elite being translated into a policing policy that prefers to avoid the threat of maximal confrontation at all costs from Muslims who complain of anticipated violence by non-Muslims, whilst simultaneously the Muslims promising violence by themselves if the non-Muslim are not removed or silenced. In full compliance, the Police choose the easy option of silencing/ arresting the more compliant law abiding types. At least it would be more comforting if the police were more honest by just saying “Come on you infidels, just move down the road where your protest and your flags will not be seen eh?” Meanwhile Muslims are free to burn poppies, have banners advocating murder and beheading of infidels who insult Islam! Yet another example of the more compliant law abiding types gradually having to give up their freedoms for the sake of the one way street of “community cohesion”, “mutual respect of differing cultures and religions”, “showing tolerance” and all the other bullshit buzzwords of the politically correct.

My Story

My story begins around 11 years ago in my professional capacity as a senior lecturer in Electronic engineering at a college in a town made famous by The Beatles waxing lyrical about its potholes. As a visibly Jewish guy I suddenly became embroiled in the fallout of the 2nd Intifada and the results of the town being a major Muslim theological center of the United Kingdom. I remember the first incident vividly when I found a poster on the window of my classroom expressing death to the Jews/ Israel and praising the virtues of Hamas. From there on I was subjected to a two year period of daily verbal abuse from crowds of Muslim youths which ended around the time as I was forced to leave my job with threats of physical violence to myself.

Each day of those 2 years began when I got off the train when I had to run the gauntlet of threats and abuse as I walked through the town center to get to the college. The threats and abuse were also when I walked back to the train station to go home, if I decided to go into town for my lunch and when I walked on campus between one college building and another. A tactic I used to try to avoid such abuse was to travel between one college building and another a few minutes after official break-time between classes.

During those 2 years everybody including the students and the teachers knew of my daily plight but never said anything or did anything. It was only when things started to go wrong as a result of my illness with stress and anxiety and subsequent return to work that the college decided to do something about it. What they did was to discipline me for starting classes 5 minutes too late, my explanation for lateness they refused to consider. Then out of the blue I was frog marched out of my office to the principal where I was informed that I was suspended from college. No reason was ever given for my suspension from College and because there was no reason I returned to my job. However, I was not allowed to teach for a number of months. After this time the College became jittery as I once again resumed my teaching responsibilities and was provided with security guards to escort me from class to class. I still had to run the gauntlet to and from the train station, however. At a meeting in college the police offered a community radio to myself which I indicated I was more than happy to receive and use. However, somewhere in the corridors of power of the College it was decided that me having a police radio was not a good idea. No doubt here is yet another example of the the Police and the College doing their bit for “community cohesion” and the promotion of “respect” blah blah……….blah!

In view of my own experience of hatred by Muslims and now that hatred extending itself to Anglos, I can say in these words I told you so long long ago you Anglophiles. Instead you decided to do nothing, took the easy route and hounded me from my job. The question remaining now is; will you Anglophiles wake up, now something more closer to home has happened to you? Do you have the balls of my grandparents generation who run up those beaches in Dunkirk and Normandy (yes one of my grandparents did that) to preserve true freedom from tyranny?

First they came for the communists,and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t

a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics,and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Catholic.

Then they came for me,

and there was no one left to speak for me.

1 A derogatory term for someone considered unsophisticated or uncultured.

End Child Sacrifices

A $60,000 advertisement featuring a message from famed Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel condemning Gaza based terror group Hamas’s use of children as human shields has been rejected by The London Times, The New York Observer reported on Tuesday.

Hamas’s use of children as human shields has been widely reported throughout Israel’s current Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

In rejecting the ad, a representative for The Times explained, “In brief, they feel that the opinion being expressed is too strong and too forcefully made and will cause concern amongst a significant number of Times readers.”

The full text of Elie Wiesel’s paid Op-Ed is below:

‘Jews rejected child sacrifice 3,500 years ago’

More than three thousand years ago, Abraham had two children. One son had been sent into the wilderness and was in danger of dying. God saved him with water from aelie-wiesel-nyt-hamas-full spring.

The other son was bound, his throat about to be cut by his own father. But God stayed the knife. Both sons – Ishmael and Isaac – received promises that they would father great nations.

With these narratives, monotheism and western civilization begin. And the Canaanite practices of child sacrifice to Moloch are forever left behind by the descendants of Abraham.

Except they are not.

In my own lifetime, I have seen Jewish children thrown into the fire. And now I have seen Muslim children used as human shields, in both cases, by worshippers of death cults indistinguishable from that of the Molochites.

What we are suffering through today is not a battle of Jew versus Arab or Israeli versus Palestinian. Rather, it is a battle between those who celebrate life and those who champion death. It is a battle of civilization versus barbarism.

Do the two cultures that brought us the Psalms of David and the rich libraries of the Ottoman Empire not share a love of life, of transmitting wisdom and opportunity to their children? And is any of this discernible in the dark future offered by Hamas to Arab children, to be suicide bombers or human shields for rockets?

Palestinian parents want a hopeful future for their children, just like Israeli parents do. And both should be joining together in peace.

But before sleepless mothers in both Gaza City and Tel Aviv can rest, before diplomats can begin in earnest the crucial business of rebuilding dialogue… the Hamas death cult must be confronted for what it is.

Moderate men and women of faith, whether that faith is in God or man, must shift their criticism from the Israeli soldiers – whose terrible choice is to fire and risk harming human shields, or hold their fire and risk the death of their loved ones – to the terrorists who have taken away all choice from the Palestinian children of Gaza.

I call upon the Palestinian people to find true Muslims to represent them, Muslims who would never voluntarily place a child in danger.

I call upon President Obama and the leaders of the world to condemn Hamas’ use of children as human shields.

And I enjoin the American public to stand firmly with the people of Israel who are in yet another struggle for survival, and with the suffering people of Gaza who reject terror and embrace peace.

Let us return child sacrifice to the darkest corner of history, and work towards a brighter future with those who choose life, Arabs and Jews alike, all of us Abraham’s children.

Messianic Madness: A New Twist on Anti-Semitism a la Asher Intrater

It is common knowledge that messianic missionary sects twist and distort Jewish texts, rituals and traditions in order to put a Jewish wrapping on Christianity, and blur the lines between faiths, all to make belief in jesus more “Jewish friendly”. 

Stopping at nothing, certain evangelizing organizations have recently taken the grotesque game of distortion to new depths as they toy with and attempt to commandeer the sensitive topic of anti-Semitism. Last spring Jews for Jesus released a promo video featuring a cross-bearing jesus in Auschwitz. The provocative clip caused outrage in the Jewish community and earned itself a condemnation from the ADL.

But Asher Intrater of Revive Ministries may have just broken the absurd-o-meter with a recently published article in Charisma Magazine*, “What is the Root of anti-Semitism?”. Asher Intrater is an in-your-face missionary with a significant operation in Israel, based out of the messianic Yad Hashmonah village located just outside of Jerusalem. It goes without saying that Intrater will not win any converts or friends with his outrageous theological acrobatics and revisionism.

Excerpts from “What is the Root of anti-Semitism?”  (July 24, 2014, Charisma Magazine):

  • “God reveals Himself to mankind in the form of a man … and that Man is Jewish…”
  • “Yeshua [jesus] will one day return to Jerusalem. At that time Satan will be incarcerated for 1,000 years…. Satan cannot attack Yeshua directly; therefore he tries to annihilate the Jewish people in order to prevent Yeshua’s return.”
  • “Some ultra-orthodox Jews attack Messianic Jews. There is a similarity between the ‘Anti-Messianic (anti-missionary)’ spirit and the spirit of Anti-Semitism. Ultimately both are aimed at stopping Yeshua from returning and ruling.”
  • “Anti-Semitism tries to kill the Messianic seed from the ‘outside’; Anti-Messianics try to stop the Messianic seed from within.”
  • “…Anti-Semitism is a reaction to the New Covenant [new testament], but not because it is anti-Jewish—rather because it is too pro-Jewish.”

*Charisma Magazine is published by Stephen Strang, who served for many years as a Regional Director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Despite CUFI’s alleged non-proselytizing policy, Stephen Strang openly supports the messianic community in Israel as well as missionary campaigns targeting Jews.  Strang is considered to be pro-Israel, but the same cannot be said about his son Cameron Strang, who has come under severe criticism from organizations such as the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) for leading young evangelicals down an anti- Zionist path under the banners of “peace”, “justice” and “Palestinian suffering” (seeJewishIsrael’s report, “Is the End Near…For Evangelical Support? Old and New Voices Weigh In”).

In memoriam Eyal, Gilad and Naftali

by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (


This past Shabbat we read the parsha of Chukkat with its almost incomprehensible commandment of the red heifer whose ashes mixed with “living water” purified those who had been in contact with death so that they could enter the Mishkan, symbolic home of the glory of God. Almost incomprehensible but not entirely so.

The mitzvah of the parah adumah, the red heifer, was a protest against the religions of the ancient world that glorified death. Death for the Egyptians was the realm of the spirits and the gods. The pyramids were places where, it was believed, the spirit of the dead Pharaoh ascended to heaven and joined the immortals.

The single most striking thing about the Torah and Tanakh in general is its almost total silence on life after death. We believe in it profoundly. We believe in olam haba (the world to come), Gan Eden (paradise), and techiyat hametim (the resurrection of the dead). Yet Tanakh speaks about these things only sparingly and by allusion. Why so?

Because too intense a focus on heaven is capable of justifying every kind of evil on earth. There was a time when Jews were burned at the stake, so their murderers said, in order to save their immortal souls. Every injustice on earth, every act of violence, even suicide bombings, can be theoretically defended on the grounds that true justice is reserved for life after death.

Against this Judaism protests with every sinew of its soul, every fibre of its faith. Life is sacred. Death defiles. God is the God of life to be found only by consecrating life. Even King David was told by God that he would not be permitted to build the Temple because dam larov shafachta, “you have shed much blood.”

Judaism is supremely a religion of life. That is the logic of the Torah’s principle that those who have had even the slightest contact with death need purification before they may enter sacred space. The parah adumah, the rite of the red heifer, delivered this message in the most dramatic possible way. It said, in effect, that everything that lives – even a heifer that never bore the yoke, even red, the colour of blood which is the symbol of life – may one day turn to ash, but that ash must be dissolved in the waters of life. God lives in life. God must never be associated with death.

Eyal, Gilad and Naftali were killed by people who believed in death. Too often in the past Jews were victims of people who practised hate in the name of the God of love, cruelty in the name of the God of compassion, and murder in the name of the God of life. It is shocking to the very depths of humanity that this still continues to this day.

Never was there a more pointed contrast than, on the one hand, these young men who dedicated their lives to study and to peace, and on the other the revelation that other young men, even from Europe, have become radicalised into violence in the name of God and are now committing murder in His name. That is the difference between a culture of life and one of death, and this has become the battle of our time, not only in Israel but in Syria, in Iraq, in Nigeria and elsewhere. Whole societies are being torn to shreds by people practising violence in the name of God.

Against this we must never forget the simple truth that those who begin by practising violence against their enemies end by committing it against their fellow believers. The verdict of history is that cultures that worship death, die, while those that sanctify life, live on. That is why Judaism survives while the great empires that sought its destruction were themselves destroyed.

Our tears go out to the families of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali. We are with them in grief. We will neither forget the young victims nor what they lived for: the right that everyone on earth should enjoy, to live a life of faith without fear.

Bila hamavet lanetzach: “May He destroy death forever, and may the Lord God wipe away the tears from all faces.” May the God of life, in whose image we are, teach all humanity to serve Him by sanctifying life