The Canadian rock trio Rush will draw from an impressive song catalog spanning four decades on its current 30th anniversary tour, including classics such as "New World Man," "Tom Sawyer" and "Freewill." The band also is performing tracks from its newest album, "Feedback," a collection of favorite songs by other acts, including rock standards such as "Summertime Blues," and "Heart Full of Soul."
But it is another song in the Rush repertoire that concertgoers should pay close attention to when the band performs in the Bay Area July 9 and 10.
The 20-year-old song "Red Sector A," from the 1984 album "Grace Under Pressure," comes from a deeply emotional and personal place in the heart of lead singer and bassist Geddy Lee.
The seeds for the song were planted nearly 60 years ago in April 1945 when British soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen. Lee's mother, Manya (now Mary) Rubenstein, was among the survivors. (His father, Morris Weinrib, was liberated from Dachau a few weeks later.) The whole album "Grace Under Pressure," says Lee, who was born Gary Lee Weinrib, "is about being on the brink and having the courage and strength to survive."
Though "Red Sector A," like much of the album from which it comes, is set in a bleak, apocalyptic future, what Lee calls "the psychology" of the song comes directly from a story his mother told him about the day she was liberated.
"I once asked my mother her first thoughts upon being liberated," Lee says during a phone conversation. "She didn't believe [liberation] was possible. She didn't believe that if there was a society outside the camp how they could allow this to exist, so she believed society was done in."
In fact, when Manya Rubenstein looked out the window of a camp building she was working in on April 15, 1945, and saw guards with both arms raised, she thought they were doing a double salute just to be arrogant. She did not realize British forces had overrun the camp. She and her fellow prisoners, says Lee, "were so malnourished, their brains were not functioning, and they couldn't conceive they'd be liberated."
It is easy to see why Manya Rubenstein had given up on civilization. She and future husband Morris were still in their teens — and strangers to one another — when they were interned in a labor camp in their hometown of Staracohwice (also known as Starchvitzcha), Poland, in 1941. Prisoners there were forced to work in a lumber mill, stone quarry, and uniform and ammunition manufacturing plants.
From Staracohwice, about an hour south of Warsaw, Manya and Morris, along with many members of both their families, were sent to Auschwitz. Eventually Morris was shipped to Dachau in southern Germany, and Manya to Bergen-Belsen in northern Germany. Thirty-five thousand people died in Bergen-Belsen from starvation, disease, brutality and overwork, according to information from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Another 10,000 people, too ill and weak to save, died during the first month after liberation.
Lee told his mother's story to band drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, and "Neil took that sentiment and wrote [the lyrics to] 'Red Sector A,'" says Lee, who wrote the music. For a song that's supposed to be set in some unstated, undated future, lyrics such as, "Ragged lines of ragged grey/Skeletons, they shuffle away/Shooting guards and smoking guns/Will cut down the unlucky ones," sound realistic and reportorial. Perhaps it is the music with its pounding drums, chilling guitar and ominous synthesizer that transport the listener to a yet-to-come time and place. But maybe it is simply easier for Lee to deal with this song as metaphor instead of family history.
Lee was born in Toronto on July 29, 1953. His parents had immigrated there in 1947 and opened a discount variety store. (They had reunited after the war and lived in the officers' quarters of Bergen-Belsen after it was turned into a displaced-persons camp. They were also among 2,000 couples who married in the camp during the first few months after liberation.)
Unlike many Holocaust survivors, Lee's parents did not bottle up or hide their experiences. Lee began hearing the horror stories as early as age 8. Though his mother insists she never spoke to her children about the Holocaust when they were young, Lee remembers the stress and nightmares the stories triggered. "These were the things that happened to them during the most formative time in their lives. Some people go to horseback riding camp; my parents went to concentration camp," Lee says.
The couple gave their children a Jewish education, and Lee had a bar mitzvah at 13. Unfortunately, his father died the year before from chronic health problems that took root in the camps. Today, Lee considers himself a cultural Jew.
His mother, like many Holocaust survivors, was overly protective of her three children. During Lee's teens, which he describes as "a selfish time," he distanced himself from his parents' history, and also discovered rock 'n' roll. Singing in a rock band, Lee says, "was me yelling back" at authority. It was well after Morris Weinrib died that an aunt told Lee his father had played the balalaika at bar mitzvahs and weddings, but he had purposely kept that fact from his children. "He didn't want us going into music as a career," Lee says, adding, "It was a great feeling to know he was musical."
Lee was 16 when he formed the first incarnation of Rush with guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer John Rutsey in 1969, and released their debut album in 1973. Current drummer and band lyricist Neil Peart joined in '74, thus the 30-year celebration now.
"Red Sector A" is not the only song Lee has written based on his mother's life. Lee's solo album, "My Favorite Headache," released in 2000, includes the song "Grace to Grace," which he co-wrote with fellow Canadian Ben Mink, a multi-instrumentalist and another child of Holocaust survivors. The song, Lee explains, is partially about his mother's courage, survival instincts and "her ability to keep her head up" though all of the horror she lived through.
Lee's mother, along with the rest of Canada's Jews, has been reminded of Hitler's Germany by a wave of anti-Semitism that included the April fire bombing of a Jewish day school in Montreal. The rise in anti-Semitism in Canada, Lee says, "is upsetting to all of us. ... There is no such thing in the homes of Holocaust survivors as 'It can't happen here.' They always feel it can happen again. My mother [has] never felt secure again."
Except for possibly one time.
In 1995, Lee, his older sister and younger brother accompanied their mother back to Germany to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen. They met many other survivors as well as British army veterans who had liberated the camp. Their mother also took them back to her hometown in Poland and the house in which she grew up.
"The Holocaust doesn't go away," Lee says. "My mother still has a tattoo on her arm, but that was a great trip for her, a completion of something. It made her feel fantastic to stand on those grounds with her children. For the first time she felt like a victor, like, 'I'm here and you're not!'"
Rush performs 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 9, at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, or 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 10, Chronicle Pavilion, Concord. Tickets: www.ticketmaster.com, or www.tickco.com.
Scott R. Benarde is the author of "Stars of David: Rock 'n' Roll's Jewish Stories" (Brandeis University Press)
Why Are Pro-White Candidates Doing Terrible In Latest Elections?
Pro-White political candidates are doing terrible according to the latest election results. Why? You would think there is enough White anger out there to push the vote percentages of pro-White candidates up; but, instead we see them being pushed down to laughable percentages. Here are the reasons:
Laziness - the pro-White movement has some of its so-called leaders running as write-in candidates. This shows laziness and sends the wrong message out to the White voters.
Message - the pro-White candidates are not talking to the voters; but, talking at the White voters. There is a difference! Roper is a good example of talking at White voters instead of talking to them and sets the best example of being the worst candidate. Metzger isn't that much better!
Support - some pro-White candidates have gotten on the printed ballot; but, have very little support from their organization or their surrounding areas and running as "look-at-me" candidates instead of serious candidates trying to win an election mandate to govern.
Same ole retards running - Gosh, does the pro-White movement have to go through a torturous 2012 Presidential election with fraud David Duke or egomaniac Brian Holland again? It sure looks like it! Enough to make you puke!
Tactics suck - being a political candidate involves thinking and using tactics to outwit and outflank your opponent. You have to be clever with your responses! Here is an example of what I would cleverly say regarding running as a Republican Party candidate:
Reporter: "You are a pro-White candidate; but, are running as a Republican Party candidate. Isn't that contradictory?"
Candidate: "No, it isn't. The Republican Party is always saying that it wants a broad range of people and different new ideas within its ranks and I am running to see if they are being truthful or bluffing the American people".
I guarantee you that a pro-White candidate would not be thrown under the bus or off the Republican ticket if they made the foregoing remark to the press.
COMMENTATE - Do I have the right to criticize other pro-White candidates if they are not up to par? Yes, I do! I ran the first National Socialist candidate in 1975 to be on the printed ballot and win a primary election and enter an American general election and received over 12% of the White vote. I have been on the printed ballot twice as a candidate in Baltimore City. Plus, I ran a Rockwellian style campaign for U.S. President in 2008. In addition, I oversaw and advised the campaign of Shawn Stuart when he ran as a National Socialist in Montana (House District 76) in 2006 and received 17% of the White vote. I get good results and run to win!
Judgment Day Perspectives Newsletter September 8, 2010
Day of Prayer and Fasting for the Restoration of True Israel 10/10/10
"The pen is mightier than the shekel." - Pastor Eli James "If you see a rabbi, there's already been a crime." - Pastor William Finck www.anglo-saxonisrael.com
Scheduled presenters and guests: Eli, Bill, Greg, Bryan, Ken Gregg, Randy Gray. Others to be announced.
Theme: The Bible and the US Constitution, America as the New JerUSAlem
Christian Israel: This is our first major annoucement of our 10/10/10 Marathon Day of Prayer and Fasting. Please join us by setting aside this day to pray and fast for the Great Awakening of True Israel to our Identity as Yahweh's chosen people and for the destruction of Mystery Babylon.
Praise Yahweh and His Son, Yahshua!!
Pastor Eli James
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Editorial: September 5, 2010
By Kenneth Lent
Topic: Yahweh God didn't abandon us to the Constitution, rather yes -- we ARE allowed to be Americans as well as Christians!
Greetings in joyful victory, in the name of our King Jesus Christ,
Some people want the Constitution to say on it somewhere “This is a Saxon Christian Kingdom government”, and they won’t be happy until it is so written.
Dear brethren – that stipulation has got nothing to do with the matter of whether our original American Constitutional government was Christian or not. Consider this: If such a “Christian statement” was written into the Constitution and yet the nation itself became 100% downgraded to house only non Saxon idolatrous heathen in the land, no matter how many times a person would then quote that inserted “Christian document statement” it would not make America a Christian government. The people are the government. Keep the liberty land alive by feeding Saxons with the correct Gospel of Jesus Christ, then the true “government” will automatically and always be Christian. We cannot legislate a Christian government into the hearts of a people by writing it on some parchment. Our ancestors of ancient Israel fell away from God’s national laws while those very laws were “the written document of government” right before them. There was no USA Constitution then to blame for their falling away! They did it with God’s Written Laws as their charter of “the law of the land”. If there is a problem in our land today, it is once again with the people themselves and not with the original Constitution.
However the application of the true Constitution and how it applies to our Dominion is an important matter to understand within the New Testament operation of Yahweh’s Kingdom. The real original 1787 Constitution does serve a purpose.
The law commentaries being complied on this website will continue to repeat and stress that the original 1787 USA Constitution was a Saxon Inheritance Trust Instrument within the already existing Christian government of America, which lawful Scriptural Kingdom government is comprised of the people, the Christian law, and the land – all three combined.
What then did the Constitution do? The Constitution decreed that the ongoing government of the Christian liberty of the land itself, that had been totally freed from Britain , would now be bequeathed (handed down perpetually) to the Saxon posterity forever. (see the Preamble) The original Constitution, the Inheritance Instrument prophesied in Psalm 102:13,14 & relate verses, is not the full Kingdom itself but it is a crucial part of the Kingdom government by which the Divine government is manifested into reality. It is administration – rightful administration of liberty and fairness based on Scripture justice. And as being such, it is one of the proper “ordinances of man” that we as Christians are directed and commanded to obey as per I Peter 2:13 .
In other words, God expects us to follow good governments of men who have adapted their times and circumstances to follow after His basic precepts. For example, “guns” are nowhere to be mentioned in the Bible yet our 2nd Amendment secures our God given right to have them. To exclude firearms from our homes on the basis that they are not mentioned in Scriptures and that this would be adding to God’s Law, is very dangerous to our present safety. Yahweh God has stated that above many other things it is imperative to have understanding of a particular issue or matter. (Prov.4:7). If a person does not take time to understand the Inheritance Trust nature of Saxon Law at the time of the Constitution’s writing – they will not have a clue as to the intent of the Constitution. There’s no way around this fact of study. Failure to do just this, has recently produced all manner of bizarre theories about the Constitution based on conjecture.
Scripturally, the administration of Yahweh’s Kingdom government laws has chronologically (and purposefully) moved from Adam, to the Patriarchs, to the Judges, to the men Kings, and then to the Body of Christ (the NT Commonwealth of Ephesians 2). Let’s please get this right --- God’s Kingdom is now in the Commonwealth government precisely where He wants it! Same laws --- different administration to fit the era.
Since the day of Pentecost and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the believers we are not to be going back to the lesser administration of the Old Testament ancient Israel era. The Scriptures are more than clear that God’s Laws don’t change but the administration to implement those laws in the land have and must, by need, changed as our Saxon race advances on into the eventual fullness of the Kingdom. Yahweh has put His laws into the New Testament Commonwealth and the original 1787 USA Constitution (Psalm 102:13,14, etc.) now administers that Commonwealth (Paul’s message of Ephesians chapter 2]. When we finally get it right, the other Saxon nations of our kindred folks will take note and joyfully enforce this administration in their countries too. (Isa. 2:3; Micah 4:2)
The original Constitution is the “grease on the wheels”, the “fire under the kettle”, or the “legs of the man”. Knock the legs out from under the person and he is easily thrust through with a sword. Even though the Constitution is not the Scriptures in and of itself, do you now see why the enemy in America has hated the Constitution only second to the Written Word itself? The original Constitution militantly secures our liberty so that our individual homes may keep the Scriptures on our mantels and teach God’s Laws to our children – our posterity mentioned in the Preamble.
The enemy has been smart enough to know that a direct attack to remove all Christian Bibles from our homes would meet with a revolution for sure. But “knock the legs out” from under the nation by an indirect attack upon the Inheritance Trust Instrument (the Constitution) and the subsequent generations of posterity mentioned in the Preamble eventually won’t have the lawful liberty to keep their Bibles or even read them. Don’t think that “they” aren’t aiming for this.
Those who assume that there is no connection between the original Constitution and the Scriptures simply because the term “Christian nation” is not found in the Constitution text have failed to fully comprehend the law of that era of America . Until the 1960’s it was pretty well a scholarly “given” that the original law of the founding of America was a Christian experience. It was liberal atheistic schools of thought after the 60’s which began a program insisting that the Founders were not Christians and that the Constitution was secular.
Our original 1787 Constitution made the Christian Commonwealth work (until subversion set in). The Constitution at that time didn’t need to say “Christian government” in it because the government of the land already was Christian. You can’t set something on fire that is already on fire and the Founders were well aware of that – America was Christian both in people and government of the people. Every one of those men who signed the Constitution were Saxon Christians and they were not so dulled minded as to create a morbid suicide pact to destroy their own faith by drawing up some sort of “secular government” where heathenism could become the law of the land.
Those today who want to discard the Constitution simply because they can’t find the word “Christian” or “God” in it are also displaying a lack of normal common sense about the entire matter of the Christian basis of our nation. They have simply taken the bait of such groups as the ACLU, the ADL, or the SPLC, which present their positional statements based on intentional distortions and half truths.
As I have stated, the original Constitution made the Christian Commonwealth work just like a car battery makes your car work. Would you refuse to use a battery in your automobile on the grounds that the battery does not have your car make written on it in big letters? Try telling your mechanic that your car battery has got nothing to do with your car, and you want it unhooked and thrown out because the battery does not have anywhere written on it “this is a Chevrolet Malibu battery”. Tell him that on those grounds the battery is not “automobile oriented” and is destructive to your car, and that you think it is actually evil to have it under your hood. The premise would be so silly that I doubt if your mechanic would even take time to try to explain it to you. With that type of thinking, good luck in trying to make your car run just because you insist that a battery has to say on it that it’s for your car. Your favorite auto is going to be sitting a long time in your driveway going nowhere, regardless of how many letters you write to friends, or meetings you hold trying to explain the “evils” of your car battery, which you assume to be “anti-car” because you have scrupulously examined all of the battery label print, shown your friends the print, and are quite proud that you can’t find the make of your car written anywhere on it.
Yet this is the exact train of thinking used by some people today who can’t see (or don’t want to) that God’s Laws in America will work for the Christian Commonwealth specifically because the battery that makes it work is the 1787 Constitution, with or without a Christian label on it. Without the original Constitution enforced and “plugged in” to real American government the Christian Kingdom is going nowhere, just like the car stuck in the driveway. Stubbornness can be a fatal trait, and until people get over the fact of law that a lack of mentioning Christianity in the Constitution has absolutely nothing to do with the background and intent of its law, they will be viewing the Constitution through a perverted set of Edomite eyeglasses.
The law of our original 1787 USA Christian Constitution is crucial in regaining our Saxon liberty in America . The Scriptural, lawful, and historical references on this topic are being sorted out and uploaded onto our web pages for truth seekers to read and include in their family PC libraries. More will be added as time permits.
Link > http://www.solarsabbath.org/lawessayindex.htm
Blessings to the Remnant in Christ, Ken Lent
Item: The Christian Foundations of America
Item: Jew Admits that Judaism Violates the Mosaic Law
Seriously, what's up with all the stories about cops shooting people's dogs?
As a writer for Change.org, I spend a lot of time reading through harrowing tales of prison abuse and lives destroyed by the criminal justice system. Almost every day, though, I come across a depressingly familiar story of some belligerent police officer shooting a defenseless animal. Reason magazine writer Radley Balko has blogged about enough cases to fill a volume, including a recent one in Baltimore where an off-duty cop shot a dog he felt was being aggressive toward his own pet. He was at a dog park.
This past weekend saw another cop, this one in the nation's capital, shooting someone's pet for no apparent good reason. According to press and blog accounts, the incident began when a man walked his two-year-old Shar-Pei mix "Parrot" though an annual street fair in Adams Morgan and the animal nipped at another dog passing by. It was after the dogs had already been separated, though, that in the words of The Washington Post, a D.C. police officer "took over" the situation -- by jamming his knee on the dog's back, grabbing it by the neck and throwing it down the stairwell of a nearby antique shop. He then shot the dog as it got up, according to witnesses.
"It's definitely going to be justified based on everything that we know," Jacob Kishter, commander of the local police force, insisted to the Post. Seeking to explain the incident, Kishter "said that once the officer pushed the dog down the stairwell, 'the dog immediately turns and runs at the officer aggressively.'"
Such a primitive creature -- the dog, that is -- acting "aggressively" when thrown down a set of steps! You'd think it would have rolled over for a belly rub.
Need I bother adding that several witnesses dispute the police account?
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The St. Petersburg Times, meanwhile, brings news of a case in Florida where a cop shot two dogs, the novelty in this story being that they were both leashed at the time. As the paper reports, the dogs, a Rottweiler and a Chesapeake Bay retriever, had been involved in a scuffle with another dog when Officer Slobodan Juric showed up.
"He was real Joe Macho," owner of the dogs Chris Clark recounts.
Kevin Mancias, owner of the elderly golden retriever that was attacked, explains what happened next. "We were trying to separate them, one thing led to another, and I guess the officer felt there was an issue and shot the Rottweiler," he said. "I grabbed my dog up and took off, and three more shots were fired. When I looked back, two dogs were dead in the street."
"I am surprised he fired a round with all these pedestrians around," he added. Police investigators are looking into the matter.
It's often said that the way someone treats an animal is a pretty good indication of how they will treat other people. If a person can't feel empathy toward a cute and cuddly dog or cat, after all, how do you suppose they will feel toward another, less-than-perfect human being?
Reading stories like these -- and stories like them are in local papers across the country -- should be a cause for concern.
Photo Credit: Adam Foster
Charles Davis is a Change.org editor. He has previously covered Congress, Latin America and the war on drugs for public radio stations and Inter Press Service. Make a Difference & Spread the WordFacebook Twitter E-Mail Previous Story: Alabama Judges Take Aim At Overcrowding Next Story: Why Do Cops Fear Cameras? Maybe It's Accountability Comments (4) Sep 14, 2010 @ 11:46AM PTDarci J Interesting article. You're right, the way one treats animals is a clear indicator of their behaviors toward humans. Just look at protocols for investigating/evaluation domestic violence. Police officers often question if the perp has abused or threatened animals in the past.
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Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail Cancel Reply Comment Policy Sep 14, 2010 @ 10:18PM PTOtto VonAuchvetter Too many people do not have any control over animals. Cops have to protect themselves.
Report close You must be signed in to report content. Edit Like Reply Sep 14, 2010 @ 10:47PM PTSonja Lund There's a difference between controlling an animal and throwing it down the stairs and subsequently shooting and killing it, no?
There's many ways to establish dominance over an aggressive dog. Deliberately causing harm isn't one of them.
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Notify me of follow-up comments via e-mail Cancel Reply Comment Policy Sep 15, 2010 @ 09:08AM PTBrett C My guess is that some cops get antsy, wishing to pull the trigger on something. If they don't get the excuse to shoot some innocent man on the street, then a dog is the next best thing.
In the movie Insomnia, Al Pacino (a cop) has some doggie treats on him to befriend mean dogs that threaten to attack him when he's breaking in and entering people's homes without a warrant to doctor and plant evidence. Seems like cops in real life could carry some sort of animal treat on them just in case they encounter an unruly puppy (while their doctoring and planting falsified evidence, of course).
THE JUDAIZATION OF CHRISTIANITY By Rev. Ted Pike 24 Aug 10
Nothing gives me greater joy than a Jew finding salvation in Jesus and becoming part of His spiritual body, the Church. Yet, just as St. Paul labored to preserve the infant church from absorption into Old Testament legalism, so a similar warning must be sounded today. Evangelical churches are rapidly incorporating Jewish holidays and other philo-Judaic elements into Christian worship.
“Messianic” Jews primarily lead this trend. Messianic Judaism is the belief of many converted Jews that Jesus is properly worshipped in the context in which He was born. They seek to maintain a Jewish, often largely Pharisaic/rabbinic religious structure devoted to continuing obedience to the Mosaic Law. Today there are 250,000 Messianics in America and up to 15,000 in Israel (which include many Gentile proselytes).
Messianics diversely interpret how the Old Testament Torah should be obeyed. One extreme believes it was a mistake to ever share Jesus with the Gentiles; they think Jews “own” Jesus and He should be returned to His role as Messiah of the Jews alone! Persecuted Messianics in southern Israel are much more like “Jews for Jesus;” they simply desire to bring the good news of salvation to their people. (Some deeply appreciate Truthtellers.org and our criticisms of their persecutors, the ultra-Orthodox “Haredim,” and the state of Israel which looks the other way.)
Generally speaking, Messianic Jews are the most passionately pro-Israel of the Israel-first evangelicals. Over the decades, my personal experience has been that if my criticism of ADL, Israel, Jewish control or the Talmud spurs controversy, Messianics quickly appear to assure local Christians that there is no threat in anything Jewish. Such Messianics habitually provide a bridge of persuasion for ADL to the evangelicals. Since they are Jewish, their claim to expertise on all things Judaic gives them tremendous credibility with gullible Christians.
In this category is Messianic Jewish lawyer Jay Sekulow who heads the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Sekulow has a worldwide audience of possibly 100 million Pentecostals through his program on Trinity Broadcasting TV network. In 2005, Sekulow should have sounded the alarm when the “Philly 11” Christians were attacked as “hate criminals” by ADL. Sekulow did nothing. Along with other TBN Judao-philes, Hal Lindsey and Pastor John Hagee, he has never significantly warned against ADL's federal hate crimes bill. Instead, they magnify the threat of potential Islamic UN hate laws, acting as pipelines for ADL/Israel propaganda to the church.
Are Christians Indebted to Jews?
Most Messianics and evangelicals believe the Gentile church is incalculably indebted to the Jewish people for making Christianity possible. Yet the Bible says something different. Christians should feel grateful only to a faithful remnant of obedient Jews; they usually constituted the tiniest minority. The Old Testament is emphatic that the Jews were an unusually “stiff-necked” people who habitually ignored or persecuted God’s prophets. These prophets, including Jesus, hardly encouraged perpetual gratitude to such rebellious Jews. Instead they castigated the majority of Hebrews for their sins, setting an example that criticism of evil Jews today is not reprehensible or “anti-Semitic.”
Yet Messianic Jews insistently believe there is a uniquely chosen identity, sanctity and access to God in the Jewish race and its Torah traditions. Messianics are not attracted to Paul’s clear statements: “In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek…for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28) “ It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Gal. 5:1) Messianics continue to observe Hebrew holy days and rites originating from non-Scriptural sources, such as Chanukah and Purim. They and their evangelical followers reason that, if these holy days were given to the Jews by God, shouldn’t their observance bless believers today?
The answer is no.
The Bible portrays the faithful in ancient Israel (the symbolic “daughter of Zion”) as a bride eagerly awaiting her Husband, intended by God from the “foundation of the world” to be slain in atonement of sins for all who trust in Him and repent. Old Testament rites and observances had only one primary purpose: to prepare the bride for this coming. But now that Christ has come, they are obsolete. It’s unseemly for a married woman to keep reading bridal magazines, posting her profile on dating sites, or looking around at attractive men thinking, “Is he the one?” In the same way, it’s redundant and inappropriate for any Christian to repeat observances which were only meant to anticipate Messiah. Now He has come and we are married. The wife’s role is to lavish her spouse with undistracted love and attention. And now that the Jewish and Gentile bride has been united with her true Husband and the New Testament age of grace is in progress, it is appropriate only for the church to luxuriate in Christ’s presence, giving herself completely to her Husband in exchange for all He has given her.
Complete repentance and surrender of self is all Jesus truly wants from us. When we bring Him trust with the simplicity of a little child, we receive “peace that passes understanding.” In this state of perfect married love and trust, we do not sin. (I John 3:3-9, 5:18) Through continuing daily faith, His Spirit keeps us eternally secure.
Yet Messianic Judaism and countless churches bring Christ that which He now despises: outdated Jewish rites and legalism. These outward signs only incline Jewish and Gentile believers to place false confidence in dead works. Of such observances God told the Hebrews in the time of Isaiah, “I hate, I despise your festivals...” (Amos 5:21) Paul could have easily been speaking to such Messianics and evangelicals, saying, “Oh foolish [evangelicals] who has bewitched you…? Having begun in the spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:1,3)
Because of a false infatuation with Judaism and Israel, Messianics and Israel-first evangelicals also encourage establishment of what Revelation calls “ Babylon the Great,” a rising system of anti-Christ Jewish control and oppression centering in Jerusalem. (See, "'Babylon the Great' is Israel") They glorify an apostate religious system of which Christ said He would never be seen again until they say, “Blessed is He (Jesus) that comes in the name of the Lord.” (Matthew 23:39)
Jesus called this rejected system the “synagogue of Satan” for a good reason. Talmudic Judaism masterminded our Lord’s crucifixion. It went on to become the foundation of the modern world revolutionary movement, spawning communism, liberalism, and Jewish financial and media control. (See, "Jewish Activists Created Communism") Modern, Christ-rejecting Judaism is nothing of which to be proud. Christ and the New Testament command us to beware of it (Matthew 16:6, Philippians 3:2, etc.) and flee from “ Babylon” on penalty of loss of our souls.
Of course there is nothing wrong with Christians worshipping in an ethnic and cultural context (Latino, Russian, African American, etc.). Yet Messianic and increasingly Judaized evangelical churches are not in that category. Most Messianic Jews may not view the Talmud and Kabbalah as inspired, yet they venerate the liturgical and ceremonial structures laid down by the very worst thing that ever happened to the ancient Hebrew religion: the anti-Christ leaders from Babylon -- the Pharisees, who wrote the Talmud.
Messianics are playing with fire. Once in the largest Christian bookstore in Portland, Oregon, I entered its “Judaic” section, which caters to the large number of Messianics in our city. To my astonishment, it sold books encouraging appreciation of the Talmud and Zohar, with works by the foremost practitioner of the Kabbalah and translator of the Babylonian Talmud, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz of Jerusalem.
Messianic Judaism is not just Christianity for Jews or even Christianity in a Jewish context. It is the modern equivalent of the “Judaizers” who plagued the New Testament in the time of the apostles. Today, as then, they attempt to bring both Gentile “proselytes” and Jews into bondage to law. Paul told Peter he “stood condemned” for allowing such Judaizers to again impose the bondage of circumcision. (Galatians 2) But many of today’s Messianic Judaizers want to do much more: impose not just mandatory circumcision on their followers but the entirety of the Old Testament law!
“The Law Kills…”
Many evangelicals are attracted to Old Testament legalism because they crave the structure and values so missing in many churches today. A recent Barna poll found that a mature, consistent Christian is increasingly hard to find in the church. (Lack of examples of maturity, vision and courage is much of the reason why the vast majority of evangelical youth abandon Christianity for the greater challenge—even authenticity—of the world.)
Yet any search for spirituality will not be satisfied through return to the dead letter of obsolete Jewish custom, only by a return to the truly spiritual. “For the law kills, but the spirit gives life…” (2 Corinthians 3:6)
What is the spiritual? It is submission to that hard-line message Jesus laid down. Just as He gave up everything in death for our redemption, so we must give ourselves completely to Him as His bride. “Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33) Christ’s power came from His willingness to do the perfect will of the Father and even die for the good of others. When we do the same, we receive a victorious peace and marriage to God with which no works, rituals or even emotions could ever compare.
Obama's March To Martial Law, while DOJ lists whites and Constitutionalists as enemy!
From: Rev. Dr. R. James Main Website: www.up-rising.tv Google group: http://groups.google.com/group/up-rising The UP-RISING Newsletter - "News and views from a pro-White, Western Perspective!"
Rev. Dr. R. James: Obama's March To Martial Law, while DOJ lists whites and Constitutionalists as enemy! The Satanic JEWS and their black and brown accomplices are now openly targetting white people and those of us that support our own National Constitution - the only piece of law in the world that gave us any kind of Sovereign rights free of tyranny. Yet, it means so little to most Americans these days. But, a small percentage of us will still fight for what is right, both in the political realm and the spiritual realm until our Creator calls us home!
http://www.truthtellers.org/alerts/jewsconfirmbigmedia.html ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rev. Dr. R. James: "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12
THE TALMUD: SCALPEL THAT BLEEDS THE MIDEAST (Reprint)
By Rev. Ted Pike 1 Sep 10
For centuries in polite society, it has been considered anti-Jewish to tell what Judaism’s Talmud and Kabbalah plainly and repeatedly teach—that pious Jews have a duty to kill or assist the deaths of Gentiles, especially those who resist the goals of Judaism.
Increasingly today, dozens of ultra-Orthodox rabbis in Israel, even members of Knesset, boldly assert that killing Palestinian Gentiles, even their babies, must be upheld as divine law. Yet last Sunday’s sermon by a powerful Israeli rabbi wanted even more—the deaths of everyone worldwide who opposes Israel. “May our enemies and haters end. Abu Mazen [Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas] and all these evil people should perish from this earth. God should strike them and these Palestinians—evil haters of Israel—with a plague."
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef founded the Shas party which is part of the prime minister’s coalition government. ABC News calls him “the spiritual leader of one of Israel’s leading parties.”
Yosef’s ruthless words didn’t only target Arabs, but anyone around the world who criticizes Zionism. "May all the nasty people who hate Israel vanish from our world,” he said, “May God strike them down with the plague, along with all Palestinians who persecute Israel." If Yosef had his way, Israel critics like Rev. Ted Pike, Norman Finkelstein, Nathaniel Kapner and the Israel Lobby authors would become victims of Israeli targeted assassinations, their voices of warning silenced forever.
As our last article mentioned, Orthodox extremism in Israel is increasingly mainstreamed; this is further evidence of that trend. Rabbi Yosef is so powerful and well known that his remarks merited a response from Netanyahu’s office as well as the US State Department, which both distanced themselves.
It is thus timely that we reprint Rev. Ted Pike’s 2006 article, “The Talmud: Scalpel that Bleeds the Mideast.”
THE TALMUD: SCALPEL THAT BLEEDS THE MIDEAST
By Rev. Ted Pike 13 Jan 06
In the Old Testament, God required the Hebrews to drive the wicked Canaanites from His promised land. Canaanite culture was saturated with infant sacrifice, ritual murder, sexual perversion, idolatry and occultism. God knew that a policy of zero tolerance toward Canaanite evil was the only way Hebrew monotheism would survive. Only then could it prepare a place for Jesus Christ, Savior of all who would trust in Him.
But although God authorized harsh measures against pagan religions, the Old Testament is devoid of racism: the conviction that other peoples are inherently evil, degenerate, or subhuman. King David, notably, descended from a Jew, Boaz, and Ruth, a godly Gentile. David included righteous Gentiles in his army, such as Uriah the Hittite. Also, David was close friends with the Sidonian king Hiram, who largely built Solomon’s temple. Gentile converts like Rahab were welcomed into the Hebrew community.
Pharisees Bring Racism to Israel
Racism did not enter Judaism until the Scribes and Pharisees, who migrated to Judea from Babylon several centuries before Christ. They infused Jewish religion and culture with the idea that Gentiles are morally inferior and polluting on the basis of race. The Old Testament makes no such claim, warning only against the influence of Gentile idolatry on the Hebrews. The Pharisees introduced a racial superiority into Judaism unheard of in the Old Testament.
As a result, Jews in Christ’s time were deeply racist, convinced of their intrinsic superiority to the Gentile “dogs.”(1) The good Jew did not even talk to a Samaritan.(2) If a Gentile was beaten, robbed and thrown into a ditch, a godly Jew, fearful of becoming “unclean,” would pass by on the other side of the road.(3)
Talmud Enshrines Racism
Unfortunately, the racist revolution of the Pharisees became embodied in the Babylonian Talmud, the vast, rambling compendium of Pharisaic law. Today the Talmud and its mystical companion, the Zohar or Cabala, are the greatest spiritual, ethical, and legal guides for observant Jews. They are of much greater authority to such Jews than the Old Testament.
Popular Jewish writer Herman Wouk comments on the Talmud’s preeminence over all branches of Judaism: “The Talmud is to this day the circulating heart’s blood of the Jewish religion. Whatever laws, customs, or ceremonies we observe -- whether we are orthodox or conservative or reform or merely spasmodic sentimentalists -- we follow the Talmud. It is our common law.”(4)
Racism in Israel
The world is baffled why, in Israel today, the once persecuted Jews have become persecutors. Highly educated religious Jews, especially in the government and among the ultra Orthodox West Bank settlers, now treat the Palestinians much worse than they would treat any animal.
In his film, "Gaza Strip," veteran filmmaker James Longley graphically documents how the Israeli military shoots Arab children through the head for the crime of throwing stones. While filming, Israeli helicopters dropped canisters of debilitating nerve gas on the inhabitants of Gaza. Like the Soviets once did in Afghanistan, Israeli troops left booby-trapped toys on the ground in order to blow up curious children.
The explanation for such behavior is found in the Talmud. The Talmud teaches the superiority and divine right of Jews over Gentiles: the Jew is holy because of God’s racial covenant with Israel. According to the Talmud, Gentiles are unclean because, unlike Jews, they were not present at Mt. Sinai. By standing on the mount, the Jews were perpetually cleansed from lustful thoughts.(5)
In its article on “Gentile,” the authoritative Jewish Encyclopedia summarizes the Talmud’s view of Jewish moral superiority. “The Talmud comments on the untruthfulness of Gentiles ... and contrasts it with the reputation of a Jew: ‘The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth.’”(6) “The Talmudic writers,” this article continues, “say that ‘ ... only Israelites are men’ ... Gentiles they classed not as men but as barbarians.”(7) Rabbi Johanan ben Zakki says that if anyone teaches the Talmud to a Gentile, “such a person deserves death.”(8) Judah ben Illai recommends the daily recital of the benediction: “Blessed be thou ... who has not made me a goi [or Gentile].”(9) Jews are so holy, the Talmud says, “he who smites an Israelite on the cheek is as though he has thus assaulted the divine presence.”(10)
Talmud Dehumanizes Arabs
Humanity is shocked by how the Israeli military criminalizes Arab youth, often shooting them down as if they were subhuman. Yet this is exactly how the Talmud teaches Jews to regard Gentile children. “The Talmud outlawed the issue [or children] of a Gentile as that of a beast.”(11)
During the intifada uprising in Gaza in 1988, the world was horrified when Israeli soldiers buried alive four Palestinian youths. Yet the Talmud sanctions Jewish murder of Gentiles. The Talmud says “if a Jew throws his neighbor into a pit that contains a ladder, then hastens to remove the ladder, he is not liable for the death of his neighbor.”(12) The Jew is also permitted to roll a large stone over the pit opening, guaranteeing the victim will not survive.
According to the Talmud, “those who deny the Torah and the prophets of Israel, the law is that they should be killed and those who have the power of life and death should have them killed, and if this cannot be done, they should be led to their death by deceptive methods.”(13)
The Talmud’s homicidal hatred of Gentiles leaps from its pages. The Jewish Encyclopedia quotes one of the Talmud’s most respectable rabbis, Simeon ben-Yohai: “The best among the Gentiles deserves to be killed.”(14)
How Relevant is Talmud to Jews Today?
How relevant to Jews today is such medieval bloodlust?
The majority of Jews in America have probably never read the Talmud or even heard of Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai. For most of assimilated American Jewry, Judaism involves support of Israel and left-wing causes, but possesses a largely social, not spiritual, obligation.(15)
But in New York and especially Israel, it is very different. Today in Israel, during the annual festival of Lag Ba Omar, tens of thousands of orthodox Jews assemble in Meron, the traditional burial place of Simeon ben Yohai, where they honor his memory through song, dance, and exhortation. The prestigious Encyclopedia Judaica describes ben Yohai as one of the giants of Judaism for all time.(16)
Far from being outdated, ben Yohai’s call to slaughter the “best of the Gentiles” is the Talmudic text that authorizes Israel’s policy of killing innocent Arabs, including children. A government manual for modern Israeli soldiers includes a summary of Ben Yohai’s teaching: “In war when our forces storm the enemy, they are allowed and even enjoined by the Halakah to kill even good civilians, that is civilians who are ostensibly good.”(17)
The Talmud clearly does more than dehumanize Palestinians. It also dehumanizes the educated and religious Jews who are guided by its homicidal racism. The Talmud is the scalpel that makes the Mideast bleed.
Jewish Cabala Says Jews are Divine
The mystical Zohar, or Cabala, like the Talmud, is considered by orthodox Jews to be inspired by God and equal in authority to the Talmud. Many ultra-orthodox Jews, such as predominate in Israel today, consider it of even greater authority. In the Zohar, the idea is everywhere repeated that Jews are divine, holy beings, essential for the very existence of the world. Gentiles, however, are demonic and less than human. The Zohar says, “‘Living soul’ refers to Israel, who have living souls from above, and ‘cattle and creeping thing’ and ‘beast of the earth’ to the other peoples who are not ‘living soul.’”(18) The Zohar continues: “The ‘ass’ means non-Jew, who is to be redeemed by the offering of the lamb, which is the dispersed house of Israel. But if he refuses to be redeemed, then break his skull ... they should be taken out of the book of the living.”(19)
According to the Zohar, God rewards Jews for slaughtering those whom Israel regards as idolaters. “In the palaces of the fourth heaven are those who lamented over Sion and Jerusalem, and all those who destroyed idolatrous nations and those who killed off people who worshipped idols are clothed in purple garments so they may be recognized and honored.”(20) Only by the overthrow of the Gentiles, the Zohar asserts, can Israel regain its predestined position as God’s shekinah glory on earth.(21)
The Zohar calls Gentiles “Amalekites.” In a passage typical of many, it says: “They caused the destruction of the temple ... so when God reveals Himself, they will be wiped off the earth ... But withal redemption will not be complete until Amalek will be exterminated.”(22) Today the religious and military establishment of Israel commonly refers to Palestinians as Amalekites. Until final conquest of the Gentiles, the Zohar says Israel can use any means necessary to assure victory.(23)
Jewish Response to Criticism of Talmud and Cabalah
How do Jewish authorities today respond to accusations of racism within Judaism’s most sacred literature? Deceptively. Yet they do so with a clear conscience because the Talmud teaches, “it is permitted to deceive a goi [Gentile].”(24) Every year, on the eve of Yom Kippur, religious Jews recite the Kol Nidre prayer, which absolves them of any obligation to tell the truth to Gentiles in the following year.(25)
In response to criticism, rabbis usually inform Gentiles that the Talmud is divided into two categories: the Haggada, anecdotal teachings that are non-binding on Jews; and the Halakah, Talmudic law. They claim that those passages “anti-Semites” hold against them are actually Haggada, aberrations which are untypical of the Talmud’s true love and generosity toward all races and religions.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
What is Binding on Jews Today?
The surest way to determine whether a Talmudic text is Halakah is to read the original Talmud(26) and find out if it is endorsed by the Mishnah, the definitive oral law of the Pharisees. Or one may consult the authoritative Jewish Encyclopedia, available as a reference in most metropolitan libraries. Published in 1905, before ecumenical “brotherhood” between Christians and Jews excluded truth about Judaism, the Jewish Encyclopedia frankly tells us what the Talmud has historically taught Jews to believe. In its articles on “Authority,” “Gentile,” “Jesus,” “Christianity,” “Talmud,” and “Cabala,” it confirms that every Talmudic assertion or passage that I have included in this article reflects Halakah, or Talmudic law.
Do all synagogue-attending Jews in America adhere to objectionable Halakic teachings within the Talmud? Of course not. Yet Orthodox rabbinic authorities, especially in Israel, say true Jews will honor every part of the holy, infallible Talmud.
Jewish Bigots want to End “Intolerance”
Considering the racist underpinnings of the Talmud and Zohar, it is astonishing that Jewish “civil liberties” fronts posture as attempting to end racism. ADL/B’nai B’rith, the Southern Poverty Law Center, People for the American Way, and the ACLU are organizations entirely or largely dominated by Jews.
These groups never object to racism within Judaism. Instead, they vilify the “intolerance,” “homophobia,” or “anti-Semitism” of a largely Christian society. Such bigotry, they claim, is ample pretext to attempt to alter Christians’ behavior, stressing “respect for diversity” and even enactment of anti-hate laws worldwide.
What chutzpah -- that the original racists, the followers of the Pharisees, should set themselves up to cleanse the world of racism!
Such audacity and illusion should remind us of the continuing relevance of the words of Jesus, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like white-washed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”(27)
Christians and conservatives are eager to believe that Judaism is as benign in its intentions as any other religion, and that the assurances of its apologists may be taken at face value. The truth is that there are very good reasons why Jewish leadership and even much of Jewish laity are conspicuously engaged in anti-Christian activism, litigation, and legislation. Take notice next time you hear or read of the latest lawsuit against Christmas symbols, prayer in schools, Biblical creationism, etc. Almost invariably, you will find the names of Jewish lawyers, organizations, or even Jewish parents or students as initiators of such litigation. Jewish anti-Christian activism exists today because, thousands of years ago, the Pharisees violently opposed Christ and persuaded most Jews to follow them. Such antagonism to the gospel is only increasing.
Today there exists a rift between Orthodox Judaism, the position of a minority of world Jewry and the state of Israel, versus Reform Judaism ("secular" Judaism), a much larger segment epitomized by ADL/ B’nai B’rith. Yet both venerate Talmud and Cabala, and jealously guard their secrets from the prying eyes of Gentiles.
For this reason, lovers of religious freedom and Christian civilization should be suspicious of what the modern descendents of the Pharisees tell us about their hugely secretive religion. The warning of Jesus, echoing through the millennia, should ring in our ears: “Beware of the leaven [teaching] of the Pharisees.”(28)
1. Mark 7:27
2. John 4:9
3. Luke 10:31
4. Herman Wouk, This is My God , serialized in New York Herald-Tribune , 1959
5. The Talmud says, “When the serpent came into Eve, he infused filthy lust in her ... when Israel stood on Sinai, that lust was eliminated ...” Abodah Zarah, 22b
6. “Gentile,” p. 621
7. Ibid, p. 617
8. Sanhedrin 59a, Hagigah 13a
9. “Gentile,” p. 617
10. Sanhedrin 58b
11. “Gentile,” p. 620
12. Sanhedrin 76b, Abodah Zarah 26b
13. Choschen Hammishpat 156 Haggah
14. Abodah Zarah 26b (This inflammatory statement is censored from the Soncino Talmud, but is cited in the Jewish Encyclopedia’s article, “Gentile,” p. 617.)
15. The latest survey by the American Jewish Committee (Dec. 21, 2005) shows that 29% of U.S. Jews are Reform in affiliation. Since ADL/B’nai B’rith are primarily Reform in constituency, such provide enormous support for their anti-Christian, pro-hate law agenda. This poll shows 32% belong to Conservative Judaism, and only 10% are Orthodox. The high figure of Reform support contradicts the popular notion that ADL/B’nai B’rith represents a tiny left-wing minority.
16. “Simeon ben Yohai,” Encyclopedia Judaica
17. Booklet published by the chaplain of the Israeli army, Central Region Command. Quoted in Dr. Israel Shahak’s Jewish History , Jewish Religion , p. 76
18. Bereshith 47a (This format is according to the Soncino translation.)
19. II 43a (This format is according to the original Mantuan edition of the Zohar.)
20. I 38b, 39a
21. I 160a
22. Bereshith, 25b
23. I 160a
24. Baba Kama 113b
25. Nedarim 68
26. Unfortunately, the authorized Soncino translations of both Talmud and Zohar omit extremely volatile passages. The original texts may be accessed in the Judaic section of the Library of Congress. I have had passages from the original Mantuan edition of the Zohar translated from the Aramaic.
27. Matthew 23:27
28. Luke 12:1
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How Many Tanks Did Israel Lose in 2006 War with Lebanon?
by James Buchanan
A recent article in the Jerusalem Post reports “The US warned Lebanon that if it did not prevent any recurrence of the border-fire incident that occurred earlier this month, the IDF would destroy the Lebanese Armed Forces within four hours…” The US envoy’s assistant was referring to an Israeli plan for war. There’s just one little problem: Not all wars go according to plan. The last Israeli war on Lebanon was a costly disaster for Israel.
No doubt it’s a matter of state secrecy in Israel, but their tank losses in Lebanon were BIG. A low figure of 10 is a fairly certain minimum judging from various news reports during the invasion. The high figure might be 50 or maybe even 100. The Israeli invasion of Lebanon was meant to create a barren wasteland for several miles north of the Israeli border. The Israelis were systematically destroying private homes along the border. Some Lebanese received phone call warnings from the Israeli army, telling them that their home was about to be destroyed in only a few hours. This appears to be all the humanitarian concern Israel felt obliged to show. (One wonders if people with unlisted numbers were simply killed without warning?) Mounting Israeli tank losses may have accomplished what world condemnation could not.
One news article reported “Powerful anti-tank missiles manufactured by Russia and Iran are being used with deadly effectiveness by Hezbollah against the Israeli army in southern Lebanon, military sources say. A large proportion of the 68 Israeli soldiers who have died in south Lebanon since the start of the offensive a month ago were killed by such missiles… ‘The terrorists know where the weak spots are, and we are being badly hit,’ the newspaper quotes a senior official as saying. The attacks are a blow to the pride of Israel’s army. Merkava III and IV tanks are considered among the most powerful in the world and have a reputation for extremely resistant armour and protective systems… Israel’s tanks, crucial for any ground operation in southern Lebanon, have proved vulnerable to the attacks of Hezbollah and ill-adapted to the hilly and heavily wooded terrain. Israeli military officials have also admitted surprise at the level of resistance they are meeting from Hezbollah fighters, who are well-trained and have been firing at tanks from very close range.”
An Abrams main battle tank costs roughly 4.3 million. Israel’s Merkava heavy battle tank is no doubt comparably expensive. The Milan anti-tank rocket costs about $24,000 and can destroy an Abrams tank at a distance of 2,000 meters. Given Iran’s considerable oil resources, it would be a small matter for them to supply Hezbollah with enough of those missiles to destroy all of Israel’s tanks.
Even more alarming for Israel is the fact that the Russian RPG 29, which can destroy an Abrams tank at 500 meters, costs a grand total of $800. The Iranians are reportedly making copies of Russian anti-tank weapons, which would make it a lot easier for Hezbollah or the Palestinians to buy such weapons. The tank has been a symbol of oppression from Stalin’s tyranny to Israel’s many brutal forays into Arab neighborhoods. Evolving technology may be making the tank –even the most advanced heavy tank with multiple layers of explosive reactive armor– obsolete.
Israeli Rabbis Defend Book's Shocking Religious Defense of Killing Non-Jews (with Video) A rabbinical guidebook for killing non-Jews has sparked an uproar in Israel and exposed the power a bunch of genocidal theocrats wield over the government.
By Max Blumenthal
August 30, 2010 "Alternet" -- When I went into the Jewish religious book emporium, Pomeranz, in central Jerusalem to inquire about the availability of a book called Torat Ha'Melech, or the King's Torah, a commotion immediately ensued. "Are you sure you want it?" the owner, M. Pomeranz, asked me half-jokingly. "The Shabak [Israel's internal security service] is going to want a word with you if you do." As customers stopped browsing and began to stare in my direction, Pomeranz pointed to a security camera affixed to a wall. "See that?" he told me. "It goes straight to the Shabak!"
As soon as it was published late last year,Torat Ha'Melech sparked a national uproar. The controversy began when an Israeli tabloid panned the book's contents as "230 pages on the laws concerning the killing of non-Jews, a kind of guidebook for anyone who ponders the question of if and when it is permissible to take the life of a non-Jew." According to the book's author, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, "Non-Jews are "uncompassionate by nature" and should be killed in order to "curb their evil inclinations." "If we kill a gentile who has has violated one of the seven commandments… there is nothing wrong with the murder," Shapira insisted. Citing Jewish law as his source (or at least a very selective interpretation of it) he declared: "There is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults."
In January, Shapira was briefly detained by the Israeli police, while two leading rabbis who endorsed the book, Dov Lior and Yaakov Yosef, were summoned to interrogations by the Shabak. However, the rabbis refused to appear at the interrogations, essentially thumbing their noses at the state and its laws. And the government did nothing. The episode raised grave questions about the willingness of the Israeli government to confront the ferociously racist swathe of the country's rabbinate. "Something like this has never happened before, even though it seems as if everything possible has already happened," Israeli commentator Yossi Sarid remarked with astonishment. "Two rabbis [were] summoned to a police investigation, and announc[ed] that they will not go. Even settlers are kind enough to turn up."
In response to the rabbis' public rebuke of the state's legal system, the Israeli Attorney General and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kept silent. Indeed, since the publication of Torat Ha'Melech, Netanyahu has strenuously avoided criticizing its contents or the author's leading supporters. Like so many prime ministers before him, he has been cowed into submission by Israel's religious nationalist community. But Netanyahu appears to be particularly impotent. His weakness stems from the fact that the religious nationalist right figures prominently in his governing coalition and comprises a substantial portion of his political base. For Netanyahu, a confrontation with the rabid rabbis could amount to political suicide, or could force him into an alliance with centrist forces who do not share his commitment to the settlement enterprise in the West Bank.
On August 18, a pantheon of Israel's top fundamentalist rabbis flaunted their political power during an ad hoc congress they convened at Jerusalem's Ramada Renaissance hotel. Before an audience of 250 supporters including the far-right Israeli Knesset member Michael Ben-Ari, the rabbis declared in the name of the Holy Torah that would not submit to any attempt by the government to regulate their political activities -- even and especially if those activities included inciting terrorist attacks against non-Jews. As one wizened rabbi after another rose up to inveigh against the government's investigation of Torat Ha'Melech until his voice grew hoarse, the gathering degenerated into calls for murdering not just non-Jews, but secular Jews as well.