A post on Arutz Sheva proposes an alternative to mandatory vaccination of the hastily invented vaccines for corona. Quoting from the post:
The issue of how to “motivate” vaccine compliance has generated increasing interest, with commentators such as Mike Cernovich writing: “Government won’t force you to take vaccine. Amazon will. Airlines will. Banks will. You won’t be able to buy, sell, or trade without the vaccine.“
According to the teachings of the Ari’zal, revealed to him by none other than Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah), Yeshu was none other than the reincarnation of Esav, the brother of Ya’aqov Avinu (ref. Sefer HaGilgulim of the Ari’zal, chapter 67). Distinctions made in the New Testament of Jesus Good, Satan Bad are a mere smokescreen. The track record of both Roman Catholicism and Protestantism, using the maxim “by their fruits you shall know them”, we can clearly see the simple equation Jesus = Satan = Esav = Edom.
The atrocities of the Roman Catholic Church are abundant but the Protestants? Here is a reformation example from Protestant Martin Luther’s Tract “The Jews and their Lies”:
What shall we Christians do with this rejected and condemned people, the Jews? Since they live among us, we dare not tolerate their conduct now that we are aware of their lying and reviling and blaspheming. If we do, we become sharers in their lies, cursing and blasphemy. Thus, we cannot extinguish the unquenchable fire of divine wrath, of which the prophets speak, nor can we convert the Jews. With prayer and the fear of God we must practice a sharp mercy to see whether we might save at least a few from the glowing flames. We dare not avenge ourselves. Vengeance a thousand times worse than we could wish them already has them by the throat. I shall give you my sincere advice: First to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians, and do not condone or knowingly tolerate such public lying, cursing, and blaspheming of his Son and of his Christians. For whatever we tolerated in the past unknowingly and I myself was unaware of it will be pardoned by God. But if we, now that we are informed, were to protect and shield such a house for the Jews, existing right before our very nose, in which they lie about, blaspheme, curse, vilify, and defame Christ and us (as was heard above), it would be the same as if we were doing all this and even worse ourselves, as we very well know. Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed. For they pursue in them the same aims as in their synagogues. Instead they might be lodged under a roof or in a barn, like the gypsies. This will bring home to them that they are not masters in our country, as they boast, but that they are living in exile and in captivity, as they incessantly wail and lament about us before God.
Since according to Ari’zal, Yeshu was none other than the reincarnation of Esav it should not(?) surprise us that the agenda of Esav/ Edom (pagan/ papal Rome) is plainly outlined in the New Testament and mirrors the above post with respect to forced vaccination by denying the ability to buy or sell. The spiritual aspect of worship may be the next thing to be implemented (see Rev 13:8, 14:9)
8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast……
16 And he causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. Rev 13
The parallels between the plans for global vaccination and the worship of worldwide new world order are spooky are they not?
Dr. Roger Hodkinson is the former Chairman of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons committee in Ottawa, he was once CEO of a large private medical laboratory in Edmonton, Alberta, and for the past 20 years has held the position as Chairman of a Medical Biotechnology company based in North Carolina currently tasked with selling a COVID-19 test. He is a medical specialist in pathology, which includes virology, who trained at Cambridge University in the UK — he is perfectly positioned to speak on this topic.
In a recent Edmonton City Council Community and Public Services Committee meeting (the audio from which is currently gaining traction on YouTube), Dr. Hodkinson says: “The bottom line is there is utterly unfounded public hysteria driven by the media and politicians. It’s outrageous. This is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public.
“[COVID-19] is nothing more than a bad flu season. This is not Ebola. It’s not SARS. It’s politics playing medicine, and that’s a very dangerous game.”
Hodkinson goes on to stress that no action of any kind is needed, other than what happened during last year’s flu season: “If we felt ill, we stayed home, we took chicken noodle soup, we didn’t visit granny, we decided when we would return to work; we didn’t need anyone to tell us.”
“MASKS ARE UTTERLY USELESS”
“There is no evidence base for their effectiveness whatsoever.
“[Masks] are simply virtue signalling.
“Seeing these people walking around like lemmings obeying, without any knowledge base, to put the mask on their face.”
“SOCIAL DISTANCING IS ALSO USELESS”
“COVID is spread by aerosols, which travel 30 meters-or-so before landing.”
“CLOSURES OF SCHOOLS AND BUSINESSES HAVE HAD SUCH TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES”
“Everywhere should be open tomorrow, as was stated in the Great Barrington Declaration (linked below).
“POSITIVE TEST RESULTS DO NOT MEAN A CLINICAL INFECTION”
“All testing should stop, unless you’re presenting to hospital with some respiratory problem … it’s driving public hysteria, and all testing should stop.
“All that should be done is to protect the vulnerable.
“And I would remind you all that using the provinces [Alberta’s] own statistics, the risk of death under 65 is 1 in 300,000. You’ve got to get a grip on this. The scale of the response … with no evidence for it, is utterly ridiculous.
“Suicides, business closures, [cancelled] funerals, weddings, etc., etc. — it’s simply outrageous, it’s just another bad flu, and [people] have got to get their minds around that.”
Hodkison concludes with some advice for policy makers in Alberta: “Let people make their own decisions. You should be totally out of the business of medicine. You’re being led down the garden path by the chief medical officer of health in this province. I’m absolutely outraged that this has reached this level. It should all stop tomorrow. Thank you very much.”
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19 Tishrei 5781 4th Day Chol HaMoed Moadim l’Simchah!
I saw mention of this “new” B-5 visa in this morning’s news and suddenly it dawned on me – this is the long-promised route to Christian aliyah. (See further here, here and here.) Make no mistake. This is the Christian side of the Abraham Accords!!
I vaguely recall seeing something about this last year, but now, in light of certain missionaries “making aliyah,” it makes more of an impression. No longer does “Bishop” Plummer’s bragging about bringing a million black Americans to “do business” in Israel sound like an exaggeration. (See “A Bridge for…Millions of African American Christians“)
The following was published in an online Messianic resource in June 2019…
The United States and Israel have a unique relationship. As allies, they cooperate in the political, military and economic spheres. American politicians often declare that the US was founded on “Judeo-Christian” values, to emphasize the connection to Israel and the Jewish people.
…Many lovers of Israel find it difficult to secure a permanent residence or even long term visa in the Holy Land. Opportunities to immigrate to Israel are generally only available to Jews and family members / spouses of Jews and Israeli residents.
Messianic Jews face an even greater impediment from the Israeli immigration authorities (Misrad Hapnim). Messianic Jews are often denied the right to make Aliyah due to having “converted” to Christianity. Christians and Messianic Jews are sometimes even prevented from visiting Israel because they are suspected of being active missionaries, entering into Israel on a mission to convert the Jewish population. As the Border Control and Ministry of Interior are not answerable to authorities outside Israel, they are rarely required to prove that their suspicion has any basis in reality.
A solution for those Americans who wish to live in Israel – B-5 Investor visa
Only recently, after many years of speculation and negotiations, on the 1st of May 2019, Israel launched its first investment visa program that allows American foreign citizens to acquire a long term visa in Israel. The B-5 visa allows US citizens to invest in a business in Israel, reside in the country or visit it as often as they wish.
After receiving the visa, the investor and their family members (spouse and children under 21) may live, work and study in Israel with no restrictions. They are free to reside and work wherever they wish, not limited to the business enterprise for which the investment visa is granted.
The B-5 visa conditions – How to get the investor visa to Israel?
The new investment visa to Israel is only available for Americans and is granted only on the basis of a “meaningful” investment. The entrepreneur is required to purchase at least 50% of a “non-marginal” Israeli business. The business enterprise must contribute to the Israeli economy and employ Israeli citizens (or be demonstrably ready to do so soon after the visa is granted).
In addition, the investor can apply for work visas for US citizens who are skilled managers and workers to receive accompanying visas to reside in Israel while working in the Israeli business. Their family members can also reside and work in Israel.
American citizens are now granted an opportunity to acquire long term status in Israel with the new investment visa, which is a step in the right direction.
This “meaningful” investment is nothing but a “legal” bribe!!
Now we know how Tommy Waller and his Hayovel Ministry has managed to bring in 70 volunteers (how symbolic is that number?), as well as the Plummers have managed to “make aliyah” while Israel is under its second COVID-19 lockdown.
The Deal of the Century was announced in January of 2020 and the Abraham Accords have come out of that – all while the world is supposedly “fighting” a pandemic. This plandemic is the biggest distraction ever perpetrated on a global scale. Very nefarious machinations are going on under cover of this distraction and none of it bodes well for the Torah-faithful. Having these lockdowns davka during our holidays is meant to begin the breakdown of Orthodox Judaism – to destroy Judaism as it has traditionally been practiced for literally thousands of years, but HKB”H is only letting them do it so He can bring us back to our most authentic traditions – service in the Beit HaMikdash!
These missionaries had better not get too comfortable – their stay is going to be a very short one as Mashiach will deport them all if HKB”H doesn’t outright make them disappear off the face of the earth!!
I’m taking time from my holiday to tell you this now because these days of Hoshanot are critical to the Redemption process. I hope you will understand just how dire our situation really is and that it will inspire your davening with the extra kavanot that is needed to reach the Kisei HaKavod and cause HKB”H to send Mashiach without any further delays. Ken, yehi ratzon!
(Natural News) Remember when I warned the government would dispatch vaccine enforcement teams to go door-to-door, forcing people to be injected with chemically-laced vaccine shots at gunpoint?
At the time I first warned this was coming, many people found it difficult to believe.
This is 2020, and now the full tyranny of the medical police state is on display for the entire world to see. In fact, many local governments are thrilled to roll out their medical tyranny programs, and they do so with coordinated P.R. announcements, t-shirts and a full-in media blitz.
With the kind of coordinated fanfare you might normally expect to see in a province of communist China, the City of Houston, Texas has announced a new program that will “randomly” select Houston residents who will be surprise visited at their homes by city officials and paramedics seeking to draw blood from every person living at that address as part of some grand pandemic medical experiment “for the greater good.”
Essentially, there will be a knock on your door, and if you open that door, you will be greeted with needle-gripping “authorities” who will demand that you and all your family members fill out highly intrusive forms and submit to a blood draw. Your blood will then be analyzed and added to a government database, tied to all the personal information you surrendered on the form, all under the guise of an “antibody study.”
From what we’ve seen so far, no city official has yet said the program is voluntary. “If we knock on your door, I strongly encourage you and your loved ones to participate in this important survey,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in a press release issued by the Houston Health Department.
The medical experimentation teams will all be wearing t-shirts that read, “Better. Together.” as part of the brainwashing / indoctrination training. The very slogan “Better together” is a collectivist / Marxist slogan that means individual rights and freedoms must be sacrificed for the “greater good” of society. This is exactly what you might expect to see in communist China, where individual liberty is non-existent and all people must subject themselves to the power of the State.
Door-to-door blood draws, government databases and the CDC
As the HHD press release explains:
Teams consisting of Houston Health Department staff and Houston Fire Department paramedics will visit randomly selected homes across Houston, asking household members to answer survey questions and provide a blood sample.
The entire scheme is being coordinated with — guess who? — the CDC, Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine. It’s being called an “antibody testing survey” but the Houston Health Department then claims a blood draw test, “does not replace oral or nasal swab viral testing…”
Wait, what? So if you get your blood drawn for this COVID medical experiment, you still have to subject yourself to nasal swabs, too?
Check out the City of Houston announcing this “exciting development” in the Brighteon video below, and note the guy never says this is voluntary. A full transcript follows:
Official: This is an exciting development. Our partners with the CDC, Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University and this health department, are going to be embarking on a trial where we are going to be, in advance, randomly selecting addresses across the city. We will be visiting those residences and asking people to participate in this trial.
When your home should be selected, a team consisting of a Houston Health Department employee wearing a “Better.Together.” t-shirt along with a paramedic from the Houston Fire Department, will arrive and explain to you that you are one of the ones, your home is one of the ones that was randomly selected to participate in the program. If that should occur, what you can expect is there will be a simple questionnaire to be filled out and we would ask that would be for every member of the household.
It’s not difficult. It’s pretty straightforward questions. Of course, there will be no questions related to things like Social Security number, bank accounts. None of those types of things. So, if anyone should show up asking those that, that is not us. We have no interest in that. We are never ever asking those questions. But we will ask about if you have had signs and symptoms of Covid.
If you’ve been exposed to anyone that you know that has/had Covid. Things along those lines. Medical, Covid-related questions. We’ll then ask if we can obtain a blood sample from each member of the household.
Words you never want to hear: You’ve been “randomly selected” to “volunteer” for an important medical experiment run by the CDC
No doubt if you answer “yes” to any questions about showing COVID symptoms, you will be flagged for mandatory medical kidnapping and relocation to the kind of FEMA quarantine camps that are now rapidly expanding in Australia and New Zealand.
And if your blood tests show that you have whatever antibodies they’re looking for, they will come back to your home — since they know where you live — to demand you “volunteer” more blood for medical research.
Notably, the CDC is part of this research, and the CDC claims the power to forcibly kidnap anyone at any time and relocate them to a quarantine camp against their will, completely outside of due process. In fact, the CDC can designate you to be a threat to public health and rip apart your family, confiscate your home and imprison you in a medical quarantine camp without any due process whatsoever. This is current U.S. law under any pandemic “emergency.”
It begs the question: Who would be dumb enough to submit to this medical tyranny in the first place? There is no upside for any person who might be strong-armed into participating in this COVID medical experiment. You only stand to lose: Your privacy, your rights, your blood, your home and your family.
My advice to all those living in Houston is simple: If one of these COVID medical experimentation teams shows up at your door and demands to take blood from you and all your family members:
1) Lock your door and tell them to go f##k themselves.
2) Start recording video as soon as possible. Upload that video to Brighteon.com the first chance you get.
3) Call the police and explain you are being threatened by people impersonating city officials and threatening you with violence (piercing your skin with a needle is medical violence). Explain you told the people to leave and they are refusing, and they are trespassing on private property without a warrant.
4) Ready a firearm for self-defense. Do not initiate violence, but prepare to defend your home and your life if they forcefully enter your “castle.” You may be about to be assaulted and violently attacked by a medical assault team that places no value whatsoever on your privacy, your health or your life.
5) If they break into your home, shooting them in self-defense is your legal right in the State of Texas. You have every right to defend your body, your family and your home against violent attackers and trespassers, even if they claim to be carrying out medical experiments on behalf of the CDC.
Again, do not initiate violence, but you have every right to defend yourself against their violence. The best option in all this is to simply avoid answering your door in the first place.
You want a blood draw? Two can play that game… Here’s why authorities won’t try this in rural Texas
Better yet, move out of every Democrat-run city and escape to free America, which is rural America where stupid officials don’t pull stunts like this for the simple reason that they aren’t suicidal enough to want to get show and spill their own blood when they were really trying to confiscate other people’s blood. (Two can play the “blood draw” game, it turns out…)
It almost goes without saying, but if some “Better Together” team ends up on my front porch in rural Texas, they’re going to have all sorts of blood for antibody tests… their own blood, that is, probably from one or more of my ranch dogs that took a bite out of their ass as they ran across a field or two, dodging teeth and claws as they passed numerous “no trespassing” signs and somehow scaled multiple barbed wire cattle fences and dodged tall mounds of fire ants and nopal cactus spines. No wonder they plan to bring their own paramedics to such efforts… they’re gonna need the trauma kits!
Final note to Houston city officials: Showing up unannounced, unexpected, at random homes in Texas — demanding blood from all the people who live there — has got to be the dumbest medical idea I’ve ever heard. It could only come from a bunch of bungling Democrats who are so clueless about biology that they think men can get pregnant and women can produce sperm. They still don’t know that chromosomes determine your gender, not some fairy magic wishing wand that you wave over your crotch. To even think that these lunatics could competently draw blood, analyze blood and run any meaningful statistical analysis on antibodies is to imagine that pigeons can play chess.
These are the dumbest people on the planet, which is why most Democrat-run cities are collapsing into destitution, homelessness and filth. In Texas, that’s Austin, Houston, Dallas / Ft. Worth and San Antonio. This is where the DEMONrats live, and yes, they’re out for your blood. And once they’re done collecting your blood, they’ll probably swing by the local Planned Parenthood for some ritualistic child blood festival activities to hail Satan as they murder human babies, all while claiming they’re working for the “greater good.”
It’s all a sham. These so-called “officials” are anti-human demons. They probably want your blood for some sort of sick pentagram witches’ brew spells or something similarly perverted like the popular Democrat “spirit cooking” dinners where they dine on human blood in the basements of wealthy Joe Biden donors. These lunatics wouldn’t recognize real science or medicine if they tripped over it, but when they say they want your blood, you should believe them. They do want it, but not for some public health program, for God’s sake. They’re probably harvesting adrenochrome to sell it to the Clintons.
The bottom line? When it comes to COVID, stay away from all officials, period. They are up to no good, and they’re obviously lying about their intentions. For all we know, they’re probably running around Houston injecting people with a new strain of the Wuhan coronavirus in order to spread the pandemic and keep their weaponized lockdowns in place, crushing human freedoms in an effort to politically hurt President Trump.
If they want blood so badly, they can go bleed each other out on the steps of Houston City Hall and do us all a favor. After all, this entire pandemic is a government creation in the first place. They built it, they released it, and now they want our blood? Get real. If you want to end the nightmare of COVID-19, slash the size of government, fire all the corrupt bureaucrats and restore individual liberty across America.
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It is official, well according to the BBC, the sky is falling. The number of deaths from coronavirus in Iran is nearly triple what Iran’s government claims, a BBC Persian service investigation has found. The Iranian government’s own records appear to show almost 42,000 people died with Covid-19 symptoms up to 20 July, versus 14,405 reported by its health ministry. The number of people known to be infected is also almost double official figures: 451,024 as opposed to 278,827. Iran has been one of the worst-hit countries outside China. In recent weeks, it has suffered a second steep rise in the number of cases.
How about some context? Context is king in not allowing folks to lose their heads and believe the propaganda of the various financial institutions which control the world’s governments. The death rate from seasonal flu is typically around 0.1% in the U.S., according to news reports. But how do they calculate and come to this number? Its all a bit of a mystery. Added to the mystery at present is the increasing number of tested covid cases.
Is it only me who notes the correlation between more tests being done and more cases detected? However, more cases being detected is not correlated with more deaths? If anything at the moment the number of deaths are decreasing even when the numbers are conflated by deaths by other causes of death being added to boost numbers to show that the effects of Covid are getting worse!
According to the CDC, a model uses a ratio of deaths-to-hospitalizations in order to estimate the total influenza-associated deaths from the estimated number of influenza-associated hospitalizations. A full convoluted article concerning the model can be accessed here. The bottom line, if one was to view such models with the lens of common sense, one may come to the conclusion that there are lies damn lies and statistics. The lies damn lies and statistics no doubt cater and pander to the agenda of big pharma and the agendas of those financial institutions controlling the governments.
Financial institutions controlling the governments? Is that not a bit of tin hat conspiracy? Again the lens of common sense would see that every country in the world has a debt. The obvious elephant in the room is the question of who owns the debt?
If we take the information in red (the uncovered data of the BBC) from the graph we can see that the number of deaths per day varies. Even if we assumed, at its worst, there was a constant of 500 deaths per day, in a year (365 days) there would be 182, 500 deaths (500 X 365). The population of Iran is 81.8 million as of 2018. As a percentage:
100 X (500 X 365)/ 818,000,000 = 0.022%
Why the panic?
Do you smell a rat? Perhaps the figures need to be juggled around a bit? Allow for delays or comparisons with previous years to make some adjustment to this years figures? The bottom line, the panic of the pandemic has to do with something else. I think that most people using the lens of common sense can see that.
“Last week, there were 61 coronavirus-related deaths, or an average of 8.71 per day.That still remains below the fatality rate for the seasonal flu in Israel, which during the 14-week flu season kills on average between 10 to 13 people per day.”
The “Nations’ 9th of Av”, is a series of interfaith events featuring prominent religious Jews and evangelical missionaries! The above website link goes live later today (30 July 2020) with an ending proffered by “Rabbi” Tuly Weiss. This blog encourages contact to these people and find out why they are participating in such an obscenity.
The obscenity being that so called prominent Jews such as “Rabbi Chaim Eisen“ are given approbation from Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, Director, Interfaith Affairs, The Simon Wiesenthal Center, Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Rodfei Sholom, San Antonio, Texas, Rabbi Steven Weil, Managing Director, Orthodox Union and Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, Executive Vice President, Emeritus, Orthodox Union:
The approbations further ones from the Christian missionary side in the form of Christine Darg and others advocating the services of Rabbi Eisen and his custom bible studies and tours provided by Zion Bible Studies.
Laura Densmore of Hebraic Heritage Ministries International (HHMI).
AnaRina Bat Tzion (Heymann) Kreisman at Align with Zion.
The dangers of the hijacking of all things Jewish now to include the 9th of Av and the present merging and normalizing of idolatrous teachings of the New Testament have been covered here extensively on this blog. The present merging and normalizing of idolatrous teachings under the guise of mutual respect and love will not bring about the redemption of the Jewish people quicker. In fact quite the opposite, some Jewish people will accept the idol Jesus/ Yeshua and will be cut off permanently from the world to come if they follow him. A Jew believing in the idol Jesus/ Yeshua must repent of this idolatry and return to Hashem and his people. To our so called prominent Jewish leaders, stop enabling the death of our people.
*The following is Part II of an article that was first featured in The Jewish Press in March 2020. Part I introduced basic tenets of evangelism, to obtain an understanding of underlying principles behind contemporary evangelism. Part II explores the reasons modern evangelicals succeed, by analyzing 1) the goods and services they provide to Jewish communities, 2) the theological meanings and agenda behind evangelical terminology.
“Relational evangelists” are a patient breed of missionary. They understand that to actualize evangelical goals, they must temporarily suspend the goal of converting religious Jews. The first stage is to form relationships with Jews so that they are no longer perceived as strangers. They can then proceed to the more ambitious stage of infiltrating religious communities in Israel, and gradually integrating themselves into the day-to-day life of Jews.
Often, these relationships are tied with business ventures, which creates financial dependency. Hayovel Ministry’s well-known program of evangelical agricultural volunteerism ensured that Jewish vintners would be dependent (or believe themselves to be so) for future harvesting seasons. With Hayovel, we see how a clever business model wedded to “relational evangelism” created opportunities with previously insulated Jews. They succeeded in creating situations where Jews viewed their presence in Israel as essential. Hayovel’s ingenuity worked wonders. They have formed relationships throughout Israel and set themselves up with Jewish business.
Part of the historically unprecedented success of contemporary, relational evangelicalism can be attributed to three factors.
Social Media: It has never been easier to disseminate one’s ideas across the world with relative ease. Social media platforms allow a savvy individual to tell a story to large numbers of previously unreachable audiences. And the narrative of “breast-beating, repentant, Israel/Jew loving Christians”, is an attractive one for many Jews who are desperate for non-Jewish friends; provided the former hide their agenda. Relational evangelists created a false narrative which is rich in dramatics (and tangible financial goodies) about wanting ‘to atone for Christian sins. It helps that Jews and Jewish hasbara organizations assist them in disseminating this narrative. Both groups use social media effectively and overwhelmingly to further their interfaith associations.
No Rabbinic Pushback: Generally speaking, Torah scholars do not waste time on social media. So, while social media is utilized by Jews who foster evangelical relationships, the forums to respond to them do not feature the most logical voices to silence them. This of course begs the question: Were this not so, would more Torah leaders pick up the ball and run with it, in a society where religious Jews often think they know better than genuine Torah scholars? I have my doubts. Yet, even a marginal online rabbinic presence would have a dramatic impact. I know of no way to encourage Rabbis to explore Facebook. A more realistic approach would be for those who understand the issues to proactively show Rabbis the plethora of documentation confirming what is occurring. Inundate them with the evidence. Rabbis need to see the full extent of the problem, and that can only be conveyed in person with a laptop.
Evangelical Donors: Evangelicals would be impotent if additional factors were missing: Evangelicals give money to Jews in Israel, whether goods/services or other forms of support which in turn raise revenue for Jews from evangelicals worldwide. Evangelicals give tangible benefits to Jews, in a society where things cost more, and people make less. They support Jewish causes big and small. They are experts at identifying neglected areas of Israeli society. The elderly, Holocaust survivors, minorities in neglected areas, the destitute, the emotionally and physically challenged, etc. Unfortunately, while COVID-19 has kept missionaries out of Israel, the economic breakdown provides new opportunities to “assist” needy Jews.
*The ability of evangelicals to discern weak points partly explains why evangelicals purchased MRI machines for Israel years ago, after noting the dearth of such lifesaving equipment in Israel. This author finds this to be an egregious chillul Hashem. That a strong, independent, Jewish nation tolerated the relative absence/dearth of such lifesaving equipment and relied upon evangelical handouts for them is disgraceful. It must be said that for all the wonderful charity institutions in Israel, there are still many Jews in neglected areas who have no one to turn to save the missionary organizations who are willing and able to help them.
Jews are generous towards Jewish (and non-Jewish) causes. Yet with many charities on the scene, few Jews are interested in funding Israeli businessmen who want handouts and free labor for vineyards, farms, and other ventures. I have discussed the use of freeevangelical labor extensively in previous articles. Jews prefer to support Hatzalah, the poor, the sick, etc. Evangelicals support ALL causes, even non productive Hasbara organizations whose activism amounts to little more than a Facebook page/Twitter account, a steady diet of “we cured cancer!” articles, and daily updates of which celebrities love us today. Hasbara organizations pop up overnight and they all present opportunities for evangelicals. It is part of a normalizing process. And if the Jew is religious and lives in “the Biblical heartland”? Praise the Lord!
Wanted: Tough Rabbis Who Care
We need Torah leadership. The dearth of Torah leaders is tragic. Virtually no prominent person today in the Torah world addresses these issues. In certain circles, halachic boundaries are trampled upon with zero consequences. (This article does not even venture into the arena of interfaith religious activities that have infected smaller but very real growing segments of orthodoxy.) People do what they want. Jewish community leaders sometimes carry more clout than town Rabbis, provided the former has a podcast/blog, sits on a communal board, has political clout, or owns a vineyard/business.
One example comes to mind. In the past, one distinguished Rabbi’s unequivocal statement explicitly prohibiting evangelical labor was ignored by aggressive advocates for such alliances from his own community. Now more than ever, we need strong Torah voices. It will be harder for people to get away with these activities if more Rabbis publicly address these issues and demand accountability.
To be clear: Distinguished Rabbis HAVE issued halachic rulings in the past. At the time, Jews advocating for such alliances refused to listen. The problem is magnified today for several reasons: 1) Rabbinic declarations that were issued and ignored five years ago carry little weight today. 2) Several of these distinguished rabbis are getting older. One sympathetic Gadol died in recent years. 3) Rabbinic statements have become infrequent in recent years. 4) Many good people who advocated against these evangelical alliances for years, are weary. When community leaders obtain free labor for a local vintner or obtain a state-of-the-art playground for the community, few Jews stand in their way. There are good reasons for this. Many Jews who opposed the earliest efforts of evangelical volunteers were silenced/ostracized by people in their communities. Over the years, other Jews were libeled, slandered, and even sued by Jews AND missionaries.
Foes Who Look Like Friends
“For in point of fact, Judaism and Christianity are not basically one but are, as Professor Freidrich so aptly states, fundamentally opposed to each other.” (Judaism and Christianity: The Differences, Trude Weiss-Rosmarin; pg. 10)
“Replacement Theology” is essential to all forms of evangelism. Contemporary evangelicals use euphemisms to stay ahead of the game. Restoration Theology is offensive to Jews, so relational evangelism is a polite way to further replacement theology using the cryptic term “restoration”.
Restoration is not innocuous. It is code for bringing Jews to Jesus. Code words present one meaning for the Christian disciple & another for the one they wish to become as one. While evangelicals’ smirk & wink with believers, Jews ignore the underlying meaning.
One characteristic of intelligent people is that they change tactics when they see that the front door is barricaded. Ideological purists continue to kick away at the door. Many of the smarter evangelicals chose to enter through the back of the house. They saw opportunities where others lacked vision. Evangelicals all understand the true meaning of “restoration and redemption”. Frequently they use these terms in front of Jews. It is plastered on websites and scattered throughout their literature. Restoration and Redemption refer to the full spiritual restoration and redemption of Jews. Evangelicals want Jews to embrace their Christian messiah.
In truth very few Jews can honestly play the “we didn’t know” game today, about these problematic alliances. Counter-missionary experts have warned them repeatedly for years about the true meaning and intention of relational evangelism. If they are blind 10-15 years in, at this point it is self-imposed, willful blindness. For those who wish to delve further, “Esav Exposed” is a great resource for learning about deceptive evangelical terms and tactics.
What is in A Name?
“Return O’ Zion” is one of the newer evangelical pro-Israel groups forming “relationships” with Jews. Using the same doctrinal based language of “restoration and redemption” they mask a theological agenda at war with Torah. Far from merely advocating for “Jewish sovereignty” as they maintain, we see the inherent features of restoration’s hidden goals. As Reverend Anthony (Tony) Abma explains:
“We do well to remember the Apostle Paul’s exhortation concerning our duty to; “minister unto them in carnal things” . Our responsibility and duty is (sic) to not only pray and believe with them for this miracle of sovereignty but to put our faith into action for this spiritual nation to be fully restored.” (The Second Conquest)
“This new generation of Jews in Israel are very fervent for their promises in the Word and desperately want a spiritual restoration and revival. It is interesting to note how the Bible[iii] describes the 144,000 as being virgins. Brother Branham clarifies the interpretation of this by stating that “they are not associated in any way with churches…” [iv]. That “…they had been Jews from the beginning, ORTHODOX…” [v]. He is referring to the “nation” [vi], not Messianic Jews who are connected with Christian denominations around the world. Brother Branham said these “Orthodox Jews” will not be associated with Churches – or even the Gospel [vii]. And yet – their time is coming! Very soon the verse in Zech 12:10 will be fulfilled and they will “…look upon me whom they have pierced…”.
Can it be stated any clearer? We have an evangelical pastor making a direct reference to orthodox Jewish “virgins” finding their way (as Abma sees it) to the Christian messiah! To clarify, these religious Jews are likened to virgins when it comes to their knowledge of the gospels. We see similar sentiments from other prominent evangelicals on the scene: “I challenge all Christians this year to replace replacement theology with a new restoration mandate.”-Tommy Waller, Hayovel Ministry (2017)
(*As an aside, Abma cites the classic Christian distortion of the prophecy in Zecharia. For a complete rebuttal of this common yet flawed “proof-text” (so beloved by missionaries), please refer to the following video from Rabbi Tovia Singer.)
Evangelical Terms Explained
Doctrinally, “full restoration” refers to the day Jews embrace belief in Jesus. Until that day, evangelicals believe that the Jewish nation remains collectively unrestored. Smart evangelicals rarely focus on “conversion” or even use the term, (as many ignorant Jews claim) and instead focus on the belief that Jews must accept Jesus. This subtle point was ironically made following a much-publicized fiasco when GODTV’s Ward Simpson admitted as much. (In many ways deceptive evangelical language is the spiritual mirror image of The PA vs. Hamas’s rhetoric regarding Jews. Both want to exterminate Jews. One says it openly.)
Many missionaries believe that Jewish physical restoration precedes spiritual restoration. Some believe that jumping stages thwarts the goal. For these people, it is not merely tactical but essential.
No Commonality: There is no shared vision of redemption between Christian and Jew. Our visions of a messianic age are as different as fire and water. No bridge can close this gap without rejecting individual beliefs.
Jews who engage in interfaith alliances usually do not care about evangelical intentions. Some of the coarser people admit this. They are comfortable in their ability to interact with people they know in their hearts to be missionaries but give little attention to the potential effect on disconnected/disaffected Jews. Rarely are they committed to an honest, intellectual, analysis of Torah texts and how it relates to contemporary issues of interfaith dialogue/ alliances. Many have not read The Rav’s classic treatise “Confrontation” which is essential reading for the issue of interfaith relationships. Some actively denigrate it as irrelevant or outdated.
Usually, Torah justifications involve distorting a fragment of a Meiri. (Meiri was a classic medieval Talmudist known for lenient positions regarding Christians of his era.)
Ironically, Meiri retained standard halachic restrictions as it related to Christians and Jews. In other words, his unprecedented philosophical statements regarding the halachic status of Christianity for Christians (he says it is not idolatry for gentiles) did not carry-over into his halachic rulings. Many who cite him are unaware of Meiri’s halachic conservatism on this issue. To summarize, there are no classical Jewish texts (even those most accommodating to their worldview) that allow the kinds of pernicious associations we see today. They are certainly not following Meiri.
*On some occasions, Jewish proponents have distorted Rambam and Rabbi Moshe Feinstein to justify their behavior. Such efforts are obscene since only a tortuous reading of the sources could make one conclude the opposite of the authors’ intentions. I will address these sources (please G-d) in a future article. It need only be said that the referenced sources are strong arguments against interfaith dialogue, meetings, etc.
The Siren of Love
One hears talk of Christian love. “Love” is not enough. In the name of love, Hayovel would have never been granted permission to enter gated, insular, Jewish communities, nor would they have desired to do so. What do Jews obtain by aligning with evangelicals? They get real things in return! Above all, Jews obtain tangible benefits. In some instances, it is as simple as free labor, in the case of vintners, having his vineyards harvested for free. (An unheard-of concept since the abolition of slavery.) In other cases, individuals Jews obtain prestige, jobs/positions, and publicity (big and small) by having access to millions of evangelicals worldwide.
Whether monetary gain or other, evangelicals only GIVE because they GET something in return. This applies equally to a John Hagee or “Hayovel Ministry”. A distinguished Christian organization may give financial aid to Israel and obtain a “learning” center in Jerusalem in return, or a missionary center masquerading as a museum. A prominent figure may even be gifted citizenship!
FACT: The primary goal of relational evangelism is to gain access to Jews and to garner Jewish trust. Intelligent evangelicals (who form relationships) obtain unprecedented access and mainstreaming into Jewish communities, and even earn the ear of politicians. They have even partaken in interfaith Tanach sessions in Knesset. They have succeeded.
No one can accurately predict the nightmarish scope of possibilities resulting from evangelical mainstreaming. One would have to be a prophet to foresee everything. Yet from outright conversions (already happening thanks to overt missionary activity in Israel), to subtle forms of assimilation, normalization, appropriation, and gaining respectability (as seen in contemporary relational evangelism), we know that the result will be disastrous. Evangelicals are ecstatic. Fifteen years ago, no pastor on earth could regularly ‘share his thoughts’ about Chanukah or Tisha Ba’av in a religious newspaper. And never in history, were religious Jews and rabbis living in deeply committed Torah communities, so terribly complicit in such an unkosher forbidden admixture.
There is one degree of separation between “good evangelicals” who hide their hearts and hard-core zealots like Dr. Michael Brown or Ward Simpson, yemach sh’mam. Those who question such a claim should look at Mike Huckabee’s open support for the missionary organization One For Israel Ministry. I challenge any self-respecting Jew to watch the video above and see how they feel about Huckabee after “hearing his heart”. Jim Garlow, formerly of the missionary “Skyline Church” is often cited as a “non-missionary evangelical” (an impossibility by definition). Watch this video where Garlow welcomes the messianic synagogue “Tree of Life” to Skyline Church. Do you agree?
There is no difference between GODTV’s Ward Simpson or Hayovel ministry’s Tommy Waller. When it comes to an endgame, both share the frenetic desire to share with Jews, “this Jesus that we know”, as “Hayovel Ministry” stated years ago (minute 3:17 onward) in their foundational video. Nor has this changed today, despite the desire of Jews to believe that Tommy Waller is different today. After all, it was only several months back that “Hayovel” broadcast their virtual “Yom Haatzmaut” Conference from inside the Messianic “Bram Center” in Jerusalem, which is associated with the aggressive missionary organization “First Fruits of Zion” (FFOZ). Not only did they broadcast from the center, they openly endorsed FFOZ which is run by messianic Boaz Michael. It is obvious to any sensible thinker that no truly non-evangelizing Gentile would endorse a missionary center whose aggressive tactics are clearly defined on their website.
Longing for The Mikdash
Ironically, there is an overlap among many religious Jews who advocate for building the Third Temple and who also support evangelical alliances. All Torah minded Jews long for the rebuilding of the Mikdash. But at what cost? God forbid we build the Third Temple with such support. Better to wait a thousand years. Evangelicals have stolen untold numbers of Jewish souls. To recruit these evangelicals as our partners is perverse, and the antithesis of the Mikdash’s true aim.
We should consider these things when mourning the destruction of our two temples this coming Tisha B’av. Unfortunately, this subject matter becomes painfully relevant yet again. “Lipkin Tours” will be hosting the “Nations’ 9th of Av” a series of online interfaith events this week. The interfaith events will feature prominent evangelical missionaries AND religious Jews. Many of the Jews involved in this event insist that these people are not missionaries (some do not even care), yet a careful search of the names and organizations of the Christian participants will prove their missionary agenda. For the record, many counter-missionary experts have reached out to the scheduled Jewish participants to inform them that their actions are inappropriate and dangerous to Jewish interests. As of now, this chillul Hashem is set to take place this week.
If only certain Jews would get the message through their heads. What does it take? It is a simple equation: Restoration theology equals replacement theology! They all want the same thing. Some evangelicals are impatient zealots who burn for the gospels, others burn as well, but they have the patience and discipline of a monk. Yet all of them burn for the day when they can bring the cross to Jews.
Summation: “Return, Restore, Restoration, and Redemption” are code words for evangelists, and they have nothing in common with traditional Jewish usage. Authentic Torah prophecies yearn for the day when Jew AND Gentile will call out in HIS Name. What Jew does not long for this era of peace when the true Moshiach arrives? Yet, evangelicals are NOT the gentiles the Torah speaks about. Evangelicals evangelize to Jews and call out in the name of another. They believe that Jews who refuse to do so will be damned. When the time arrives, they will surely have no place on the mountain of Hashem.
*Rabbi Soloveitchik’s classic essay “Confrontation” and the follow-up “Addendum” are essential reading for Jews who care about this issue. The Rav articulated a sophisticated, dignified, Jewish approach on all matters of interfaith meetings, including those areas he permitted for non-religious universal matters affecting society. In the opinion of this author (as well as experts in the field), the Rav’s teachings must be the framework for future discussions and decisions involving people of Torah, as well as the opinions of the Rav’s esteemed peers at the time, who took stricter positions. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein opposed even non-theological interfaith discussions, and he used harsh halachic terms when referencing Jews who participate in such events.
At an academic conference some years ago I heard the following joke told by philosopher Slavoj Zizek:
A student went to his philosophy professor’s house for a visit. As he knocked on the front door, he noticed there was a horseshoe hanging above the door post. When the professor answered the door, the student said, “Dear professor, why do you have a horseshoe hanging above your door? Everything you taught us would say believing in this stuff in nonsense.” The professor replied, “Oh yes, I certainly do not believe any of it. But they say it works even if you don’t believe.”
I thought of this joke as I read the many essays about Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, Jews’ responses to the corona virus. Many attempts have been made to try to understand, and often criticize, the Haredi community’s lack of expediency in closing yeshivot, enacting social distancing, and heeding medical advice. Many reasons have been given as to why this was so, some more convincing than others. Some attribute their actions to underlying beliefs in the protective character of Torah study, others to the strong focus on communal religious worship. Frequently, we find criticism, often from Modern Orthodox circles, that these beliefs are so embedded in the Haredi world that they have undermined their ability to heed science. Others claim that Haredim’s lack of scientific education made them unprepared to understand what was at stake.
A certain cynical attitude underlies some of these accusations, as if to suggest that Haredi Jews have somehow misinterpreted or misunderstood normative Judaism in ways that resulted in endangering their communities. But what I find more compelling as an explanation is an innate distrust of civil authorities’ ability to judge when a danger is so extreme that it would mandate ceasing from religious activities. Haredim are certainly aware that danger requires avoidance and distancing. I will offer one example. Rabbi Moshe Schick (1807-1879), known as MaHaRaM Shick, was one of the most venerated Haredi halachic authorities of his generation. In the midst of a long responsum he wrote:
… even regarding things related to the body (שייך לגוף ), it is forbidden to go under an unstable bridge or a crooked wall, all the more so to any dangerous place in regard to one’s soul (שייך לנפש), as the Torah teaches, “Guard yourself and guard your soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:9). Since the law prohibits going someplace that would endanger one’s body, we also find that it is prohibited to go to any place where there is danger [more generally], for doesn’t the Torah teach, “Let there not be found blood in your house.” (Deuteronomy 22:8) …
The Haredim are certainly aware of avoiding danger. The question is more about authority—who gets to determine danger and who gets to dictate what activities need to cease in light of it.
But what has been less examined is the extent to which this dire situation exposes certain fissures in modern iterations of Judaism more generally. It makes plain what we all knew, which was that many Jews who claim fidelity to normative Jewish law and practice, as rooted in the textual tradition, have also fully absorbed the Enlightenment idea that science, or scientific knowledge, represents the most accurate representation of reality—even, or especially, when it conflicts with religious beliefs. It is certainly true that Haredi leaders misjudged this pandemic and their constituents have paid a high price. However, the Haredim were “negligent” in part because they actually took seriously religious beliefs that many traditional Jews claim to hold. In other words: They really believe it!
The notion of covenantal reciprocity, that our actions are an answer to a divine command that will evoke divine mercy, runs down the spine of the entire tradition. It does not suggest mitzvot will always protect us as if they are some magical formula; we know this is not the case, as the sages somewhat cynically teach, “there are no rewards for mitzvot in this world.” But this equation is arguably the very operating system of Judaism. Other Jewish communities that pledge fidelity to the tradition are well aware of these rabbinic precepts and this idea. But in actuality, they do not really believe them, not when confronted with scientific counter-evidence. And what exactly does that say about the “belief” of the modern Jew?
Now it is certainly true that the rabbinic precept of a life-threatening situation (pikuah nefesh) nullifies all obligations, and Haredim know that as well as non-Haredi Jews. But when exactly the pandemic met the halachically mandated pikuah nefesh is a matter about which there can be some debate. Pikuah nefesh is not a halachic category easily deployed for an entire population, its effects are so far-reaching. In a state of pikuah nefesh, one can eat non-kosher food, desecrate the Sabbath, and eat on Yom Kippur. There is the famous story of Rabbi Israel Salanter (1809-1883), the founder of the modern Musar movement who made Kiddush in synagogue on Yom Kippur during a cholera epidemic (the story is recounted in Baruch Epstein, Mekor Baruch 2:11). There is some doubt as to whether he actually made Kiddush at his synagogue, but that he ate in public to encourage his constituents to do the same is widely acknowledged. But this reasoning is certainly not applicable to the current situation of quarantine.
For the Jew who professes belief in the tradition and also in secular science, the threat of the corona virus has helped illuminate where his emphases lie. In a recent essay on this subject, “Corona Virus is a Wake-Up Call for ultra-Orthodox Jews,” the modern Orthodox rabbinic hero Irving “Yitz” Greenberg claims that the “theology [of the Haredim] are refuted by facts.” But how do “facts” refute theology? Or support it? He continues, “The second serious misinterpretation in Haredi theology is to see sickness and natural catastrophes as divine punishment for sins rather than as natural phenomena.” Of course, that “theology” is not exclusively “Haredi,” but flows through most of the canonical tradition, including our liturgy (e.g., “because of our sins, we were exiled”).
In addition, Greenberg attributes Haredi inaction to a belief in “magic.” He writes, “Magic claims that through certain words or action—in this case, religious faith/behaviors—God is ‘compelled’ to do what the practitioner wants. … The Torah treats magic as abhorrent.” This is true, but not quite what was at issue with the Haredim. When one says that Torah study protects the Jew, he is not saying that it “compels” God to protect them from harm. Rather, it suggests that doing God’s will serves as strengthening a covenantal bond between God and Israel that merits divine protection. This supposition can be found in thousands of canonical sources. There is nothing inherently mystical or magical about it. Greenberg accuses the Haredi community of engaging in what he calls “magic” by (literally) believing, and acting on, what the sages said about the protective nature of mitzvot.
Consider that Jews often recite Psalms in times of distress of danger. Is it just to calm our nerves, or do we believe it can be, in some real way, efficacious? If the latter, is that “magic”? The fact that the modern Orthodox and other Jewish communities quickly ceased from the public study of Torah, closed schools, and sheltered in place was indeed smart, and correct. But the fact that there was not much consideration, as far as I know, about rabbinic teaching and the efficacy of mitzvot also says something about the ways those communities navigate between tradition and modernity. It seems clear, when science trumps religious practice, we believe science. Nothing more to be said. The Haredim, on the other hand, actually believe these religious precepts and thus were slower to concede in this circumstance—with tragic results.
But perhaps we discount the Haredi response too flippantly. What does all this say about our relationship to the tradition?
If this was simply about modern Jewish communities heeding their belief in science over religion, nothing here would be that new or interesting. But the story does not end here. The complexity of modernity and Judaism, and religion more generally, has another important layer. Modern traditional communities often pick and choose what to believe and what not to believe, what to take seriously and what to discount, sometimes in ways that are far closer to “magic” than the belief that Torah study protects one from harm.
For example, when a noted Israeli Kabbalist named Ben Tov, who claimed to be able to see one’s soul-root by reading one’s mezuzah, visited New York in the early 2000s, dozens, even hundreds, of modern Orthodox Jews lined up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, mezuzahs in hand. And when a modern Orthodox couple I know had a fire in their home, the first thing they did afterward was to get their mezuzahs checked. They wanted to see whether nonkosher mezuzot could explain their misfortune.
For the Jew who professes belief in the tradition and also in secular science, the threat of the corona virus has helped illuminate where his emphases lie.
The mezuzah is a good example, because the great legal codifier Maimonides makes it quite clear how easily the mezuzah can be treated by its owner as an amulet, that is, something that will protect your home from harm. After all, one source offered for the mezuzah is the blood on the doorposts of the Israelite homes in Egypt to protect them from the plague of the firstborn. For Maimonides, however, the sole purpose of the mezuzah is a reminder of divine presence. Anything else borders on “magic.” But, of course, much of later tradition, certainly influenced by Kabbalah, argues that the mezuzah does, in fact, have protective (“magical”) power and thus should be checked if calamity falls. It is certainly not only Haredim who believe this (see Maimonides’ “Laws of Idolatry” 11:12 and Guide to the Perplexed 1:61).
In addition, how many modern Orthodox Jews travel to receive a blessing from a Kabbalist while in Israel, or received a dollar from the Lubavitcher rebbe, which was then saved as a charm (segulah)? I recall many of my friends in Israel, religious and secular, who had a bottle of water blessed by the famous Israeli Kabbalist Yitzhak Kaduri (1898-2006) tucked away in their refrigerator with the label “do not drink.” How many make the trek to the grave of the first-century sage Yonatan ben Uziel, in Amuka in the Galilee, to pray for a soul mate? Or stuff notes in the cracks in the Kotel? While there is certainly nothing wrong with such behavior, it is a kind of “it can’t hurt” Judaism, or maybe a folk Judaism. Maybe these Jews don’t really believe it will be efficacious but, like Zizek’s “professor,” maybe they think it works even if you don’t believe.
But what if you really do believe?
My point is that while the Haredim may be exemplars of what scholar of religion Bruce Lincoln calls religious maximalism, other traditional Jews may be exemplars of religious minimalism. Such minimalism, however, is not consistent: It includes an “it can’t hurt,” unbelief, what we can perhaps call “Zizek’s horseshoe.” If we have an ailment, we go to a doctor—and then, sometimes, we may get a blessing from a Kabbalist. The former is necessary and the latter is a kind of “just-in-case-ism.”
For the Haredi Jew, however, both may be necessary, perhaps equally. Many modern traditional Jews study talmudic passages that support the Haredi position, but when the secular world—in this case, science—intervenes, those views quickly give way. Why? Well, in part because they know that those teachings should not be taken literally. But then how do we determine what we should take literally, and what we shouldn’t?
This may be an apt time to examine our religious minimalism. Many of us profess fidelity to a tradition that teaches us things we simply do not believe, but we are not quite ready to admit that. When William James asked a schoolboy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, if he knew what religion was, the boy responded, “Sure, believing in something you know isn’t true.” When science intervenes in our religious orbit, we reflexively choose science without thinking much about what that choice represents. When facing COVID-19, of course, this was the right choice, but shouldn’t it also tell us something about our belief? Was the Cambridge schoolboy correct?
I think Peter Berger’s thesis in his The Sacred Canopy can be illuminating on this point. On secularization and the problem of plausibility, Berger writes:
Put differently, secularization has resulted in a wide-spread collapse of the plausibility of traditional religious definitions of reality … In other words, the phenomenon called “pluralism” is a social structural correlate of the secularization of consciousness … different strata of modern society have been affected by secularization differently in terms of their closeness to or distance from these processes.
For many of us, our religious lives exist under the canopy of the secular, a view of reality that has to some extent undermined the plausibility of religion as the frame of how we define the world. As Krister Stendahl, Harvard Divinity School professor and bishop of Stockholm, used to tell us, “Religion is a very dangerous thing.” Especially if you believe it. And so, when things are at stake, we choose science and disparage anyone who refuses, or is slow, to follow suit.
Ambiguity, doubt, or skepticism, lies at the very core of the modern religious experience more generally and the modern Jewish experience in particular. This is not only in regard to faith (e.g., “do I really believe in the principles the tradition mandates as true?”) but in the very nature of interpretation of canonical texts. On this, philosopher David Tracy writes, in Plurality and Ambiguity, “as the great interpreters have always recognized, the classics will not be so easily tamed. We may risk identifying with them only at the price of finding our present self-identity undone.” This may go all the way back to the “fact versus virtue” debates in the early Enlightenment. What can we really know about religion in relation to truth?
There are few contemporary traditionalists who understood the depth of ambiguity and skepticism in Judaism better than Joseph Soloveitchik, the pioneering figure of modern Orthodoxy. Yet while his Judaism remains influential, the internal engine of ambiguity, doubt, and skepticism that lies at its core seems to have largely disappeared. A friend and one-time student of Soloveitchik, Fred Sommers, once told me that he said to Soloveitchik in the mid-1940s, “I am having doubts about the existence of God,” to which Soloveitchik, putting his arm around his young student, responded, “Fred, intellectually it’s about 50-50 … But we have to believe.” Fred left Orthodoxy in the 1950s to become a renowned analytic philosopher. Soloveitchik largely avoided succumbing to the pull of the irrationalities that had in his time already become quite normative, even in his community. There is a story that a student once came up to him and said, “Rabbi Soloveitchik, I would like you to give me a blessing,” to which the Rav responded, “Why, are you an apple?”
The Haredim, or at least some of them, live in a different spiritual orbit. They take the sages at their word. They get blessings because they believe they work. They study Torah because they believe it works. When they argue in Israel that Torah study protects Israel and thus they should be exempt from army service, we look askance. We are cynical. We don’t believe that some of them, at least, really believe that. And is there any way that we can really prove them wrong?
Many of us look at Haredim as quaint, naïve, uninformed, in a previous era we might have called them “uncivilized.” But uninformed about what exactly? That Torah study will not protect them as the sages teach? That mitzvot yield reward or, as the Torah teaches, “produce fruit in its season?” Traditional Jews recite that twice daily in the liturgy of the Shema. Are Haredim guilty of “magic” because they believe these things? Hardly. They may be guilty of religious maximalism and a failure to be adequately discerning in such matters. But that is different.
Many modern Jews live as if we have resolved the paradox of religion and modernity, we have found the great synthesis, the secret formula that enables us to be both religious and modern. But this is a ruse. That paradox is never solved, and cannot be solved. We are often forced to choose, and when forced to choose we mostly choose science. Why? Because we believe in it more than we believe in tradition. Here is where we part from the Haredim. They also believe in science to some degree, they seek medical treatment when necessary, but they believe in tradition more. And so when science dictates behavior that curtails tradition, they are slower to respond.
We can resort to the model of Maimonides who offered us a rational Judaism. And that is fine. But Maimonides’ view of the rational is not ours. We live under the canopy of modern secularization. And besides, many of us also do many things Maimonides would find abhorrent, like checking our mezuzahs if things are not going well or waiting in line for a Kabbalist to tell us the secrets of our soul and how to heal our ailing grandmother. Modern traditionalism is not Maimonidean. It is a strange and often contradictory mixture of rabbinic teaching, Maimonides, Kabbalah, folkways, and secularism. The Haredim are believers in ways that we are not. In this case, it killed many of them. But whether we, or they, are living in closer fidelity to tradition remains to be seen. We believe less, and here that helped us to survive. But as much as it is worth chastising their maximalist belief, it is worth contemplating our lack of it.
The $64,000 dollar question or is it really a question? The question, is Michael ben David a missionary? The simple answer to this is yes. Is Michael ben David actually Jewish? The simple answer is no. Michael ben David has used and is still using his musical skills to gain access and deceive many Jews in our religious establishments to become his friend. Being a mi$$ionary especially to Jews is a very lucrative thing not only for the missionary but also to those Jews who encourage, promote and enable missionary activity here in Israel and elsewhere.
Is their still some doubt here as to “if” both of the above are Messianic/ Christian?
The debacle rages on and on with the symbiosis between the missionaries and the Jews who claim to represent the Jewish community. A case in point being the Hebrew speaking missionary Shelanu TV headed up by Ron Cantor. Being overly chummy with GodTV has not enabled the missionaries to go ahead with Hebrew speaking missionary Shelanu TV?
One such friend in the cabal of Jewish Rabbis enabling missionaries is shown below. Again a picture of a recent video on youtube paints a thousand words:
But is it all just good and honest loving of each other, Jew and Gentile together? After all Michael ben David has made so many Jewish friends who even support him despite knowing he is not Jewish and has a history of infiltrating Jewish establishments/ musical events [friendship evangelism?].
The idea of friendship evangelism is to develop and nurture friendships with Jewish people in order to eventually proclaim the gospel and evangelize to them. In friendship evangelism, missionary groups send their missionaries to get to know their neighbors, connect with communities and also even join local interest groups in order to infiltrate a community.
Are appearances between missionaries and so called Jewish leaders a form of friendship evangelism? Of course it is friendship evangelism. No amount of back peddling by those so called Jewish leaders, only when challenged, will ever make it right! To say “we are just friends” despite our “differences” will never do! To pretend that so called Jewish leaders actions do not affect the Jewish community are just another case of being in spiritual La La land. The so called Jewish leaders by their ongoing association with missionaries in such very public appearances, sanitize and make it appear kosher to fraternize with those who would want us to believe in Yeshua/ Jesus.
Therefore, Jewish people are treated by both missionaries and so called Jewish leaders as projects rather than complex and relational human beings. The various projects netting many dollars for both sides in the so called Kiruv work. Being a project of missionaries smacks of a duplicity on the part of so called Jewish leaders. The duplicity in a day and age where Jewish people are less aware of Jewish teachings in favor of political correctness may fail to see through missionaries mixed motives!? G-d forbid!
At the end of the day it is the Jewish community and parents who will suffer when the son or daughter wants to marry one of these so called messianic Jews.
Jewish enablers of messianics you are drilling holes in our boat. Stop it!
And it isn’t just the Maskenpflicht-Sturmabteilung. The new official narrative is omnipresent. The corporate media are pumping out hysteria about “Covid-19 hospitalizations” (i.e., anyone admitted to a hospital for anything who tested positive for the coronavirus) and “major incidents” (i.e., people at the beach).
You didn’t think they were kidding, did you, when they started introducing the Brave New Normal official narrative back in March?
They told us, clearly, what was coming. They told us life was going to change … forever. They locked us down inside our homes. They ordered churches and synagogues closed. They ordered the police to abuse and arrest us if we violated their arbitrary orders. They closed the schools, parks, beaches, restaurants, cafés, theaters, clubs, anywhere that people gather.
No, they told us exactly what was coming, and advised us to shut up and follow orders. Tragically, most people have done just that. In the space of four months, GloboCap has successfully imposed totalitarianism — pathologized totalitarianism — on societies all across the world. It isn’t traditional totalitarianism, with a dictator and a one-party system, and so on. It is subtler and more insidious than that. But it is totalitarianism nonetheless.
GloboCap could not have achieved this without the approval (or at least the acquiescence) of the vast majority of the masses. The coronavirus mass hysteria was a masterstroke of propaganda, but propaganda isn’t everything. No one is really fooled by propaganda, or not for long, in any event. As Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari noted in the opening of Anti-Oedipus:
The masses were not innocent dupes. At a certain point, under a certain set of conditions, they wanted fascism, and it is this perversion of the desire of the masses that needs to be accounted for.”
I am not going to try to account for the “perversion of the desire of the masses” here in this essay, but I do want to dig into the new pathologized totalitarianism a little bit.
Now, I’m going to assume that you understand that the official “apocalyptic pandemic” narrative is predicated on propaganda, wild speculation, and mass hysteria, and that by now you are aware that we are dealing with a virus that causes mild to moderate symptoms (or absolutely no symptoms at all) in 95% of those infected, and that over 99.5% survive … thus, clearly, no cause for widespread panic or justification for the totalitarian “emergency measures” that have been imposed.
I am also going to assume that you watched as GloboCap switched off the “deadly pandemic” to accommodate the BLM protests, then switched it back on as soon as they subsided, and that you noted how their propaganda shifted to “cases” when the death count finally became a little too embarrassing to continue to hype.
So, I won’t waste your time debunking the hysteria. Let’s talk pathologized totalitarianism.
The genius of pathologized totalitarianism is like that old joke about the Devil … his greatest trick was convincing us that he doesn’t exist. Pathologized totalitarianism appears to emanate from nowhere, and everywhere, simultaneously; thus, technically, it does not exist. It cannot exist, because no one is responsible for it, because everyone is.
Mass hysteria is its lifeblood. It feeds on existential fear. “Science” is its rallying cry. Not actual science, not provable facts, but “Science” as a kind of deity whose Name is invoked to silence heretics, or to ease the discomfort of the cognitive dissonance that results from desperately trying to believe the absurdities of the official narrative.
The other genius of it (from a GloboCap viewpoint) is that it is inexhaustible, endlessly recyclable. Unlike other official enemies, the “deadly virus” could be any virus, any pathogen whatsoever. All they have to do from now on is “discover” some “novel” micro-organism that is highly contagious (or that mimics some other micro-organism that we already have), and wave it in front of people’s faces. Then they can crank up the Fear Machine, and start projecting hundreds of millions of deaths if everyone doesn’t do exactly as they’re told.
They can run this schtick … well, pretty much forever, anytime the working classes get restless, or an unauthorized president gets elected, or just for the sheer sadistic fun of it.
Look, I don’t mean to be depressing, but seriously, spend an hour on the Internet, or talk to one of your hysterical friends that wants to make mask-wearing mandatory, permanently. This is the mentality of the Brave New Normal … irrationally paranoid and authoritarian. So, no, the future isn’t looking very bright for anyone not prepared to behave as if the world were one big infectious disease ward.
I’ve interacted with a number of extremely paranoid corona-totalitarians recently (just as a kind of social experiment). They behave exactly like members of a cult.
When challenged with facts and basic logic, first, they flood you with media propaganda and hysterical speculation from “medical experts.” Then, after you debunk that nonsense, they attempt to emotionally manipulate you by sharing their heartbreaking personal accounts of the people their therapists’ brother-in-laws’ doctors had to helplessly watch as they “died in agony” when their lungs and hearts mysteriously exploded.
Then, after you don’t bite down on that, they start hysterically shrieking paranoia at you (“JUST WAIT UNTIL THEY INTUBATE YOU!” … “KEEP YOUR SPITTLE AWAY FROM ME!”) and barking orders and slogans at you (“JUST WEAR THE GODDAMN MASK, YOU BABY!” … “NO SHOES, NO SHIRT, NO MASK, NO SERVICE!”)
Which … OK, that would be kind of funny (or terribly sad), if these paranoid people were not just mouthpieces echoing the voice of the official power (i.e., GloboCap) that is transforming what is left of society into a paranoid, pathologized, totalitarian nightmare right before our eyes. They’re kind of like the “woman in red” in The Matrix. When you are talking to them, you’re not talking to them. You’re talking to the agents. You’re talking to the machines. Try it sometime. You’ll see what I mean. It’s like talking to a single algorithm that is running in millions of people’s brains.
I can’t lie to you. I’m not very hopeful. No one who understands the attraction (i.e., the seduction) of totalitarianism is. Much as we may not like to admit it, it is exhilarating, and liberating, being part of the mob, surrendering the burden of personal autonomy and individual responsibility, fusing with a fanatical “movement” that is ushering in a new “reality” backed by the sheer brute force of the state … or the transnational global capitalist empire.
It is irresistible, that attraction, to most of us. The chance to be a part of something like that, and to unleash one’s hatred on those who refuse to go along with the new religion … to publicly ridicule them, to humiliate them, to segregate them from normal society, to hunt them down and get them fired from their jobs, to cheer as police abuse and arrest them, to diagnose them as “abnormal” and “inferior,” these social deviants, these subhuman “others,” who dare to challenge the authority of the Party, or the Church, or the State, or the Reich, or Science.
Plus, in the eyes of GloboCap (and its millions of fanatical, slogan-chanting followers), such non-mask-wearing deviants are dangerous. They are like a disease … an infestation. A sickness in the social body. If they refuse to conform, they will have to be dealt with, quarantined, or something like that.
Or they can just surrender to the Brave New Normal, and stop acting like babies, and wear a goddamn mask.
After all, it’s just a harmless piece of cloth.
Photo: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Oesterreichische Nationalbibliothek.