Saturday, November 17, 2007

Israel, 4

And now I conclude the series. Suffice it to say while I have not found evidence that Zionism is not inherently based on the Talmud or Kabbalah--Zionism is, basically, a movement to found a Jewish homeland, and defend it--it is what Zionists practice, not what they preach, that concerns this post. As with most Jews, I suspect most Zionists are secular, anyway.

So how did the descendants of the Pharisees come up with the Talmud, anyway? Fro the Freedom in Christ website (link below):

This is from a book by Rabbi Roy Rosenberg, "The Concise Guide to Judaism: History, Practice, Faith":

"...The early tradition of the Pharisees had held that, while the written Torah was meant to be transmitted in written form, the oral Torah was not to be put in writing. The teachings of the sages were to be memorized, rather, and transmitted by word of mouth from scholar to scholar. It did not take long, of course, for the number of interpretations and decisions that constituted the oral Torah to become so vast that even the most brilliant scholars would have trouble recalling all of them (they also had to remember the names of the various sages who had originated or transmitted a decision). For this reason the head of the academy in the early years of the third century, Rabbi Judah the Nasi (“prince,” or “patriarch”), resolved to reduce the oral Torah to writing. . . . Then in about 220 A. D., he introduced the first authoritative summary of the rabbinic tradition to that date. This was the Mishna (“repetition”). The Mishna, based upon the laws of the Hebrew Bible, is the source of all subsequent Jewish law to the present day and is an object of study in the academies of all the forms of Judaism."

Josephus wrote in his "Antiquities of the Jews": "What I would now explain is this, that the Pharisees have delivered to the people a great many observances by succession from their fathers, which are not written in the law of Moses; and for that reason it is that the Sadducees reject them and say that we are to esteem those observances to be obligatory which are in the written word, but are not to observe what are derived from the tradition of our forefathers....What the Pharisees had most against Christ was that Christ and His disciples refused to accord with the oral traditions of the elders. Christ told them, "Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: '"These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.'"

So the "letter of the Law" is the Pharisee/human interpretation of the Mosaic Torah written down, while the "spirit of the Law" is the actual Mosaic Law Torah. When the "Torah" was codified in 200 AD, the Pharisees had already perverted the Torah beyond all recognition, passed through courts and academies. This is why Jesus refers to what Pharisees have in oral tradition, "You have heard it said:" and why Christ tells the disciples the real Torah, "But I say unto you:"

If anyone questions the hatred the Pharisees had for Christ and his followers, who, shortly after Christ's death, came to be called Christians, one only need think of Saul and his persecutions until Christ converted him into Paul. Paul, in Acts and elsewhere, considered himself to be perfect before Pharisaic law, oral traditions.
Paul, a Pharisee, sets an example of the hatred of the Pharisees against Christians. In the Philippian letter, he describes his ancestry and earlier behavior toward the church: “If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless” (Philippians 3:4-6) (See also Acts 8:1...Acts was written by Luke).

Why is Paul's statement important today? Because, for one thing, Yeshiva staudents in Israel, today, spit on Christians! I have already stated what some IDF Jews do to Palestinian Christians. Further, I have already stated what the Talmud and the Kabbalah proscribes for Jews to do to Christians.

From the Freedom in Christ website: "After the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 Ad the Pharisees established a school in Galilee (Jamnia). Basically the names of the various groupings of Pharisees went under one name, rabbi, at that time. These rabbis led in the constant study of the Torah and especially the oral traditions the Pharisees taught and the legalism handed down because of the oral traditions. While the Mishna is the coded form of law BASED on the Torah, the Talmud (Gemara) is the oral interpretation and written down discussions of these interpretations. [See Adin Steinsaltz, The Essential Talmud, translated from the Hebrew by Chaya Galai (USA: Basic Books, 1976)], where he explains the Talmud:

"The formal definition of the Talmud is the summary of oral law that evolved after centuries of scholarly effort by sages who lived in Palestine and Babylonia until the beginning of the Middle Ages. It has two main components: the Mishnah, a book of halakhah (law) written in Hebrew; and the commentary on the Mishnah, known as the Talmud (or Gemarah), in the limited sense of the word, a summary of discussion and elucidation of the Mishnah written in Aramaic-Hebrew jargon....This explanation, however, though formally correct, is misleading and imprecise. The Talmud is the repository of thousands of years of Jewish wisdom, and the oral law, which is as ancient and significant as the written law (the Torah), finds expression therein."

And the combination of the Mishna and the Talmud is the Babylonian Talmud.

Thanks to the website Freedom in Christ for much of the above information.

At some point between the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD and the Pharisees in Jamnia and the rise of the Zionist movement in the 19th century, I have determined from research some still rather general knowledge of what happened to the Jews. Many of them wound up in Spain when the Islamic Moors came and were later driven out under Charles Martel after 800 AD. The Jews based in Spain, the Sepharidic Jews (sometimes called Black Jews, though dark skinned were not "black" as with Africans), were led philosophically by Maimonodies, who is affiliated with the Jerusalem Talmud, who was driven out of Spain by a group of Muslims and educated in Morocco. While the Jerusalem Talmud is less popular than the Babylonian Talmud, from this Maimonodies laid out the precepts that the Seven Noahide Laws (again, these are from oral man-made tradition and are loosely based on the Ten Commandments) must be followed by Gentiles in order to be acceptable to Jews. The Talmud and the Noahide Laws complement each other. From Wikipedia: 'The Talmud also states: "Righteous people of all nations have a share in the world to come" (Sanhedrin 105a). Any non-Jew who lives according to these laws is regarded as one of "the righteous among the gentiles". Maimonides writes that this refers to those who have acquired knowledge of God and act in accordance with the Noahide laws out of obedience to Him. According to what scholars consider to be the most accurate texts of the Mishneh Torah, Maimonides continues on to say that anyone who upholds the Noahide laws only because they appear logical is not one of the "righteous among the nations," but rather he is one of the wise among them. The more prolific versions of the Mishneh Torah say of such a person: "..nor is he one of the wise among them.' But here is where I have a problem with these laws: the Noahide Laws only apply to Gentiles! It is as if the Jews set up laws for those they considered inferior, but don't have to subscribe to themselves because they follow the Torah and are not permitted to teach the Torah to the Gentiles! Must be a good excuse for spitting on us!

But I am not going to deal any longer with Maimonodies and the Sepharidic Jews because I want to get back to the Babylonian Talmud which most Jews follow if they follow the Talmud at all. Sometime after Jamnia, the Jews and their Pharisees moved on into the various parts of the Middle East and, apparently, settled in a place called Khazaria, which is close to present-day southern Russia. They were called Khazars. According to my research on Google, the Khazars were either Ottoman Islamics who converted to Judaism or were wandering remnant Jews left over from when they were dispersed while under the rule of the Assyrians after 721 BC or so. Some say one thing and some say another. The point is, it is the Khazars who came up with the Babylonian Talmud. Okay, imagine if the Khazars had been Islamic, but then converted to Judaism: this would mean that they had no clue as to what Judaism really was in either oral or written tradition ("Like, what's the Torah?"), and just who the heck converted them to Judaism in the first place? Obviously, Jews who had come out of Assyria or even remnant Jews in Babylon-Chaldea-Persia who did not return to Jerusalem-Israel with Ezra and Nehemiah and their group, but stayed in Babylon. And if they were not Islamic converts, but diasporah Jews or Babylonian Jews, don't you think that maybe they lost the meaning of the Torah anyway? It is this group, the Ashkenazi Jews, that came to Europe over the centuries of the Middle Ages, primarily to Eastern but also to northwestern Europe, especially Germany. Further, it is this set of Jews who, in the 19th century, came up with Zionism.

There is no direct connection of the Pharisees to the Zionists, but there is probably an indirect connection by virtue of the fact that rabbis used the Babylonian Talmud and possibly even the Kabbalah (which, I have shown previously, is anti-Christian), and I must say there is deinitely a spiritual connection, what with Israeli Jews spitting on Christians and all.

Finally, I get back to where I started with Christian Zionism. This group, based on a misreading of the Bible which says Jews do not have to accept Christ to be saved (and I hope I debunked it thoroughly enough in Part 1 of this series), plays into the hands of the so-called Israel lobby which drives US foreign policy in the Middle East and drives us to further death and destruction in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and (they hope) Iran and Syria. This group claims to honor Israel but refuses to let the Israeli people live in peace with their Palestinian and Arab neighbors; thus, they refuse to let the Jews in Israel live their lives in peace and safety just going about their business. I think I can honestly say that the Christian Zionists SO NOT BLESS ISRAEL BUT CURSE ISRAEL! Further, and even more importantly, Christian Zionists say nothing about Jews spitting on Christians in Israel or about IDF soldiers beating up Palestinian Christians. Not only that, but when in the company of Jews, Christian Zionists don't even mention Christ for fear of offending the Jews! Christians who o to Israel to see holy sites are admonished NOT to prosletize or mention Christ! Just how long will it be before the Christian Zionists become just Zionists, and forget about the Christ part?

And how long before, as we come perhaps to the "time of trouble" or what some call the Great Tribulation and the time of the so-called "Anti-Christ", these Christian Zionists, who refuse to witness on Christ to Jews, refuse to witness on Christ to anyone, who FEAR to mention Christ, who FEAR being called "Christian" because they might be persecuted or tortured or killed for Christ's sake, and "take the mark of the Beast" which is a spiritual sign of rejection of Christ given by God to those who reject Christ? Bcause, if you FEAR to mention Christ is your Savior to a Jew or an Islamic, how long will it be before you forget that Christ is your Savior?

It says in Revelation 21:8-- "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

I forthwith tell all you Christian Zionists out there, and you too Pastor Hagee: REPENT!

Deborah Lagarde

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