Hijacking and Repackaging our Symbols

Originally posted on Menashe's Blog:

The Kiddush Cup

©Menashe Dovid, 16 Feb 2014

BullJulia Glattfelt asks the question “What’s a Kiddush Cup?” in a post on an emerging blog to promote their agenda[1]. Of course Jesus/ Yeshua used a cup at the last supper which uniquely dovetails in with the Kiddush cup of Judaism, according to Julia. Not only that Julia’s answer flies hot on the tail of the notion that the reader (presumably a Christian/ messianic ‘believer’) who has been convinced that the Torah is still in effect, now is trying to ‘work in’ the many customs and terms never even considered before and what a good place to start with non-other than the good old Kiddush cup!

The conclusion of course is most telling:

Will you drink?

Are you ready to accept that restoration plan? Will you share the covenant meal with your brethren as a memorial of the renewed…

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Uman or plain old Israel?

Jesus statue at Uman in full sight of the grave of rabbi Nachman of breslov.

Jesus statue at Uman in full sight of the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.

According to Nahmanides, residing in the land of Israel is equivalent to the performance of all of the other mitzvot. In his critique on Maimonides’ (Rambam , 1135 – 1204) list of the 613 commandments (Sefer Hamitzvot), Nahmanides lists settling in the land of Israel as one of the positive commandments that Maimonides failed to enumerate. He wrote: “Because this mitzvah of living in the land of Israel, which the sages extol to the point that they said that all who leave it to live outside the land should be deemed as performing idolatry”, and concludes that it is “a mitzva for all generations, which obligates every individual even during a time of exile”.

Outside the Land of Israel, the harmonious vision of a unified world cannot be fully revealed. There, a fragmented worldview reigns, emphasizing division and isolation. A grim sense of existential estrangement pervades all aspects of life. Any attempt to reveal the hidden unity of the world is hindered by the ‘impurity of the lands of the nations.’ In other words, the lands outside of Israel suffer from the foul odor of idolatry. The Sages wrote that Jews living outside the Land are “idol-worshippers in purity” (Avodah Zarah 8a). In other words, they are unintentionally influenced by the cultural environment of the foreign countries in which they live.

The Sages wrote that “The air of the Land of Israel makes one wise” (Baba Batra 158b). Eretz Yisrael is bound to the spiritual life of Israel, the Torah; and the essence of the Torah’s wisdom is the inner truth of a united reality. The special atmosphere of the Land of Israel instills greater awareness of the world’s unified foundation. For this reason, obliteration of idolatry is especially important in the Land of Israel.

Now with all the above said I was harshly reminded I just the last two days of how ‘impurity of the lands of the nations’ also affects the actions people who live here in Israel too. In one case someone took great exception to a video I posted by Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi titled “The truth about Rabbi Nachman of Breslov zy”a”

The video was immediately branded as Loshon Ha’Ra by a staunch follower of Breslov. However, taking time to see the video I must admit that it is not Loshon Ha’Ra at all. The video did not belittle Rabbi Nachman but rather addressed the foolish nonsense that is said to have been said by Rabbi Nachman. In essence what Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi said was that any group that insists that being in the group and believing in the unique teachings of the group as the only way to G-d is a cult and is propagating idolatry. The same cultic behaviors found in Christianity and Islam where the examples he chose to make his point.

On a personal note, only a couple of years ago I was slapped in the face by a Chabadnik for not believing in Rabbi Schneerson as the messiah and only way to G-d. Granted the Chabadnik was a bit drunk owing to it being Purim but is this not the point of Purim that the booze lets out the secrets of the heart? The secret of the heart in this case is that this Chabadnik believed in Rabbi Schneerson as the messiah and only the way to G-d. This type foolishness I run away from it is idolatry and has cult written all over it!

Idolatry unfortunately is still prevalent today both inside and outside of the land of Israel but obliteration of idolatry is especially important in the Land of Israel now more than ever! How can it be justified that being in Uman is more important than being in Israel for Rosh Hoshana, especially if one lives in israel? How can it be said that Rabbi Nachman of Breslov says he can offer salvation to anyone who visits his grave in Uman, other Rabbis are rubbish in comparison to himself and that he can pull someone out of Gehinom by their peyot and save them? People go there for these promises that even Moshe himself is unable to promise? Its time to throw out this type of rubbish from the truth!!

 

 

 

 

Article: Four ways Christianity and other world religions deceive their followers

Originally posted on Daily Minyan:

By Rabbi Moshe Ben-Chaim

The Flaws of Christianity and [other] Religions

Should we allow our lives to be guided by what is popular? Are we to simply follow the crowd, without questioning our beliefs? As all religions oppose each other, all religions cannot be God’s word.

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Our souls are at stake, and our limited time here in Earth demands that we take stock in what our actions and beliefs must be. Are we living life properly, what our Creator asks, what is truly best for ourselves? We must realize the false notions we harbor, be we Jew or Gentile. It is imperative that we all question these popular notions and not blindly coast through life, losing what could be an inspiring and enlightening existence. What a tragic loss of God’s gift of life to each of us, if we do not engage our intelligence, given to man and no other…

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Video on the Lost Ten Tribes

The mystery of the lost tribes of Israel reverberates through three millennia of human experience. Of the twelve tribes mentioned in the Bible, only those of Judah and Benjamin survived the Assyrian capture of Israel.

The fate of the other ten tribes has puzzled and provoked scholars and theologians ever since. Throughout the centuries, extraordinary theories have sprung up as to what happened to lost tribes of Israel.

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: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2726831/Police-officers-attacked-stock-thrown-Gaza-protestors-wreak-havoc-Tesco-store.html#ixzz3AixLiQ7C  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: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2726831/Police-officers-attacked-stock-thrown-Gaza-protestors-wreak-havoc-Tesco-store.html#ixzz3AixLiQ7C 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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