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Not Anti-Black, Anti-Africa – A Guide to the Anti-Semitism/Anti-Zionism Debate

In the post-war era, Zionism is an ideology that has dominated the political landscape. Movements on the radical Left and radical Right have come to be defined by either their support or opposition to this cause, whilst what can only be described as zealously enthusiastic Zionism has become government policy for most European states. It’s also led to much contention. {Zionism: Early Nationalism to Modern Expansionism}

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In the beginning, what European Jews termed Zionism literally referred to returning to Zion, which can be defined as present day Jerusalem or the entire area of the State of Israel. Up until the post-war period, Jews were a stateless diaspora who resided predominantly in Europe and Russia, and throughout the 19th century the desire for a nation state of their own gathered momentum as a reaction to real or perceived antisemitism. {Zionism: Early Nationalism to Modern Expansionism}

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To remember:

crisis over anti-Semitism in Labour party continues =>people quite unable to understand how what is claimed to be anti-Zionism + not anti-Semitism can be and often is a form of anti-Semitism.

Jenny Tonge, a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, said at a fringe meeting of her party’s conference:

The pro-Israeli Lobby has got its grips on the Western World, its financial grips. I think they’ve probably got a certain grip on our party (Hirsh 2006).

This seems to be an antisemitic claim because it articulates a mindset in which a Jewish conspiracy controls the western world through its financial muscle.  It is not a claim about influence or lobbying, but

about singular and global financial control. {The Livingstone Formulation – David Hirsh}

David Ward, Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, took the opportunity of Holocaust Memorial Day to announce that he was saddened that

the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians… (Quinn 2013).

Lesley Klaff (2014) characterises this mode of comparison as ‘Holocaust Inversion’:

inversion of reality (the Israelis are cast as the ‘new’ Nazis and the Palestinians as the ‘new’ Jews), and an inversion of morality (the Holocaust is presented as a moral lesson for, or even a moral indictment of ‘the Jews’)…

David Ward responded in the Guardian to criticism of his remarks in terms strikingly similar to those of Jenny Tonge:

There is a huge operation out there, a machine almost, which is designed to protect the State of Israel from criticism. And that comes into play very, very quickly and focuses intensely on anyone who’s seen to criticise the State of Israel. And so I end up looking at what happened to me, whether I should use this word, whether I should use that word – and that is winning for them (Edemariam 2013). {The Livingstone Formulation – David Hirsh}

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  1. if we were to apply the ‘anti-Zionist, not an anti-Semite’ logic to a different minority group, the Black community for example.
  2. when hearing anti-Semitic or ‘anti-Zionist’ remarks + how others react to them is to ask myself = “what if this remark or something similar were said about Blacks or Muslims or any other group?”
  3. types of anti-Zionists insist not anti-Semitic > just opposed to Israel + Zionism + those who support this supposed ‘evil’ state.
  4. just against Israel sucking life out of + taking advantage of us through appeals like Comic Relief (the Israel Lobby), to dupe Britain every year through powerful + carefully constructed propaganda, exploiting so called ‘European post-colonial’ guilt (the Holocaust) into giving our hard earned money to helping barbarians (Fascist Israelis), = a scam.
  5. Zionists tentacles all over the world, who are more loyal to each other than they are to the countries they live in.
  6. many people who conflate their being Jewish with Israel = they are not the same thing, one can fully renounce Israel + still be proud to be Jewish

Israel is central to the identity of the overwhelming majority of Jews not just in Britain, but all over the world. The reason is because it is central to Judaism. This doesn’t mean that all Jews agree with everything that the Israeli government does. But even if a Jew or non-Jew does agree with an Israeli government policy which is unpopular abroad, this doesn’t make it legitimate to unleash hatred against them.

British Jews have other connections to Israel beyond religious reasons > family members who live there + To some = their homeland + to others = a home away from home. > strong connections to the culture of these countries and to family and friends who live there.

  • anti-Zionist assumes = being Jewish = just a faith, rather than an ethnicity, =>  doesn’t need to have any connection to a particular land or people =>one should be able to completely divorce Israel from their Jewish identity.
  • anti-Zionist mimics earlier version of anti-Semitism through the notion of a good Jew and a bad Jew.
  • anti-Zionists similarly expect Jews to abandon beliefs that majority of them hold, which are central to their identity.> conflict between Jews + ancient Greece = similar.
  • Jewish festival of Chanukah = victory against an effort which began with a Greek Hellenization of Judaism which became an internal struggle between Hellenized and non-Hellenized Jews, with the latter reigning victorious.
  • anti-Zionist Jewdas + other fringe Jewish groups = Hellenists of our time.
  • without state of Israel > Jews = be defenceless in world hostile to them => free reign to oppress Jews
  • state of Israel stands in the way <= allows Jews dignity + strength to stand up for themselves.

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Related

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  3. France struggles to define antisemitism and anti-zionism
  4. Jon Lansman, Tony Greenstein, Ann Black and Christine Shawcroft.
  5. BBC News ‘explanation’ of antisemitism promotes the Livingstone Formulation
  6. Ken Livingstone resigns from Labour, letting Corbyn off the hook
  7. Abbas’s Speech and the Window into Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism
  8. Campaigning Against Antisemitism – or not …
  9. Zionism: Early Nationalism to Modern Expansionism
  10. Guardian op-ed challenges the ‘rigid’ Yom Ha’atzmaut ‘orthdoxy’ that Israel should exist
  11. Another example of fake ‘anti-Semitism’ in the Labour Party
  12. Greek Communist Party calls Israel a “state-killer”
  13. Some Insights on the upcoming Israeli Independence Day
  14. When Hate Returns
  15. Are Jews owners or occupiers of Israel?
  16. Never Again (As Long As It Is Convenient)
  17. Zionism is antiSemitic
  18. Playing with Dates
  19. Jewdas according to Jewdas
  20. Is it time for UK Jews to pack the bags?
  21. Jeremy Corbyn fuels the antisemitism fire by Jew-baiting
  22. A Zionist helpfully explains why I am “the wrong kind of Jew”
  23. As a Lefty Jew, How Do I Feel About Farrakhan? Hey Look! A Squirrel!
  24. I Don’t Hate Jews, I’m Just anti-Zioni…..Aww Screw It. Go Farrakhan!
  25. How one courageous proactive journalist took on the IRS over “Obama anti-Zionism” and won

Jewish Concerns Forum

As the crisis over anti-Semitism in the Labour party continues. It is still, unfortunately, the case that people are quite unable to understand how what is claimed to be anti-Zionism and not anti-Semitism can be and often is a form of anti-Semitism.

Here I will attempt to shed light on the problem through satirical illustration of how the phenomenon plays itself out, if we were to apply the ‘anti-Zionist, not an anti-Semite’ logic to a different minority group, the Black community for example.

One of the things I always ask myself when I hear anti-Semitic or ‘anti-Zionist’ remarks and how others react to them is to ask myself, “what if this remark or something similar were said about Blacks or Muslims or any other group?”

Suppose an individual or group of people professed the following:

“I am not racist, I am in fact a life-long anti-racist. No one should be…

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Is it time for UK Jews to pack the bags?

Lots of Jews have left Belgium and France to live in Israel, whilst others are doubting if they would make the move also. Though there are also several Jews who do not like the politics of the present Israeli governement and the attitude of fundamentalists and ultra-orthodox Jews. But staying here they have to face the anti-Semitism among anti-Israel demonstrators as well as anti-Semitism among Muslims and right wing Flemish or French nationalists.

To hear that the time for the Jewish slaughter has come is not an idea to stay in the public picture, so many keep low profile.

Jews who accepted Jeshua as their Messiah are threatened by three fronts, the Jews who find they are traitors or do not want to accept them as Jews, the Muslims who consider Messianics also false worshippers and several Christians who consider Jeshuaists and non-trinitarian Messianics like all other non-trinitarian ‘devils’ or workers of the devil.

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To remember

  1. British Jews able to find some sort of balance between living with a strong connection to Israel + able to live comfortably in Britain
  2. Assimilation existed = challenge + anti-Semitism not a daily occurrence.
  3. in North London, many Jews live a Jewish life free from violent anti-Semitism
  4. obviously hate crimes, general bigotry and stereotyping
  5. Holocaust revisionism, claiming that 6 million Jews couldn’t have been killed in the Holocaust and that he had “seen proof” that the number was much lower.
  6. Jeremy Corbyn + Ken Livingstone +  Jenny Tonge + George Galloway > normalizing anti-Semitism in the Labour party and in Britain
  7. Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in 2014. => protests over Gaza throughout the world unleashed outright Jew hatred both in the public square + on social media.
    > Hashtags praising Hitler were trending, calls to kill the Jews at demonstrations + even Synagogues being rioted in Paris. All piggybacking behind the banner of accusing Israel of committing a “genocide in Gaza.”
  8. many British Jews already felt a need to keep their Judaism to themselves = should be Jewish at home + British in public.
  9. Now, whatever limited expressions of Jewishness Jews may display publicly is being condemned => Jewish community helpless in being able to protect itself, as self proclaimed anti-racists on the left, or groups that are protected by identity politics either perpetuate anti-Semitism, enable it, turn a blind eye or dismiss it as a smear.
  10. ask whether or not to see a future for themselves as Jews in the UK + What kind of Jewish life for our children in such an indifferent at best + hostile environment at worst towards the beliefs and values that define modern Jewish identity.

 

Jewish Concerns Forum

I grew up in an era where for most British Jews, we were able to find some sort of balance between living with a strong connection to Israel but were able to live comfortably in Britain. Assimilation existed and was a challenge and anti-Semitism was not a daily occurrence.

Living in North London, many Jews could essentially live a Jewish life free from violent anti-Semitism. There were obviously hate crimes, general bigotry and stereotyping that many Jews experienced at some time or another. But this was often explained away as being a phenomena that unfortunately exists, which Jews are not the only minority to experience.

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Christians, Humanity, Jeshua the Messiah, Re-blogs and Thoughts of others, Religiosity + Way of Expressing Faith

Biblical Yeshua/ Jesus or Another European Greco- Roman Jesus ??

Too many people, calling themselves Christian, are convinced they should follow and be a member of a certain Christian church, forgetting that they should not follow human beings or human leaders, but should follow the Nazarene master teacher Jeshua (Yeshua/Jesus/Jezus/Chesu/Ishi/Issou) who they wrongly have made in their god, instead of accepting him and honouring him for being son of man and son of God, who gave his body as a ransom for all.

Jeshua is the one we should follow. It is also his God we should praise and worship and trust in Him that accepted that peace offering of that humble man who never claimed to be the highest or the mightiest and very well knew he could not do anything without the Power of his heavenly Father, Who is greater than him and all others.

Jeshua put aside his own will to do the Will of his heavenly Father, the Only One True God, and expect from his followers to do the same, giving themselves into God’s Hand and not in the hands of clergy who mislead so many people with human theological teachings instead of Biblical Truth.

Let those who love Jeshua and his heavenly Father show their love for them by becoming true followers of the Nazarene rebbe by following Jeshua’s teachings and keeping to the Bible, the infallible Word of God.

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Additional reading

  1. Americans really thinking the Messiah Christ had an English name
  2. The habitual misreading of John 1 and the ‘Word being God’ #2
  3. Memorizing wonderfully 42 Equality with God & doing nothing of himself
  4. Maintaining unity of Spirit in the bond of peace becoming one with God

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  3. Embracing Peace: My Convert Story Part II
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  5. Many Scientists Convert to Islam
  6. Convert Troubles [A Critique of Born Supremacy]
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  8. Easter Vigil, from a Catholic Convert
  9. His Blood Atones For Our Sins
  10. What is Apologetics?
  11. What do you do with your guilt?Stories of the Bible – Jesus’s Story, Part Two
  12. Easter: The Story Behind “Nothing But the Blood”
  13. Grace, and Grace Alone
  14. Home: A New Pesach Reflection by Ivy Helman

“He shall be called a Nazarene.” Matthew 2:23

In the New Testament you will NOT find that salvation is about ”accepting” Jesus.

NOWHERE in the New Testament you are called to accept Jesus into your heart.

In the New Testament you will NOT find anything like ”sinner`s prayer”.

NOWHERE in the New Testament you are called to convert to Christianity-

nor Judaism or any other religion.

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Biblical Yeshua/ Jesus is our Passover Lamb.

Passover Lamb Yeshua

Only a blood sacrifice can atone for sin. 

Attempting to understand Yeshua’s/ Jesus` death on the Roman execution stake without comprehending the blood sacrifices in the Old Testament is like trying to build a house without a foundation.

The blood sacrifice of Yeshua/ Jesus was shed to restore us to right relationship with God.

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Leviticus 17:11

11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for…

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Living lives in total darkness by lack of understanding the times that lie ahead

Many people live their lives in total darkness, as it relates to their lack of understanding the times and things that lie ahead. As a way of illuminating such spiritual darkness, God has provided biblical prophecy. Certain Jews were chosen by God to present His Word to the Jews, whom are known in scripture as… Lees verder Living lives in total darkness by lack of understanding the times that lie ahead

Jews, Re-blogs and Thoughts of others

Given opportunity to accept Christ as Messiah

Jews, of whom accept Christ as Messiah prior to the rapture, will be caught up to the Presence of God at the time of the rapture, and will be eternally secure in their holiness of body, soul and spirit (John 14:1-6; 1 Corinthians 15:50-54); they will spend eternity in the Presence of God in the… Lees verder Given opportunity to accept Christ as Messiah

Jews, Muslims, Re-blogs and Thoughts of others, Religiosity + Way of Expressing Faith

A Jew and a Muslim discuss Judaism & Islam at Speakers’ Corner

The advantage of Speakers Corner in London is that people can find an audience to very different opinions and even go freely in debate with the speakers or preachers.

Blogging Theology

At Speakers Corner yesterday I had a fascinating and enjoyable inter-faith dialogue with Joseph Cohen, the leader of the Israel Advocacy Movement in London.

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Jews, Re-blogs and Thoughts of others, Religiosity + Way of Expressing Faith

Priorities and the Meaning of Judaism

Differently to Christendom and Christianity people see there so many denominations, whilst in Judaism people are not confronted with denominations but still are confronted with all sorts of different opinions and ways of worshipping in one trend or big group.

An other great problem is that many Jewish groups do not want to know of other Jewish thoughts or consider them apostates or not true Jews or Jews not to have contact with. Forbearance seems to be a nonexistent term for some Jews. It would help the Jewish community if they would be more tolerant of each other and would open themselves up more to goyim.

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To remember

In a shiur audience asked, “What does it mean to be Jewish?” one reply in common: a love for Judaism but none mentioned sole characteristic of Judaism: Loving your fellow as yourself. (sums up Judaism to our guestwriter) = most improtant halacha of all

people defining Judaism for five minutes straight > not to hear word ‘love’ once =? right

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Preceding article

Who is a Jew?

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Further reading

  1. Book Review: Aphrodite and the Rabbis
  2. Jewish groups question census results showing dramatic population decline
  3. Religious believers call for change in FEMA policy to include churches
  4. Groups that claim to be Jewish
  5. The Origins of Jewish Groups and those in Canaan
  6. Jewish group wins legal fight to build synagogue
  7. Jewish Group Wins Legal Fight To Build Synagogue
  8. Hungary: Jewish group asks Orban to halt anti-Soros campaign
  9. Jewish Groups: US and Israeli Withdrawals From UNESCO Are Consequence of Political Bias
  10. Davis Imam Apologizes After Fiery Sermon Draws Global Condemnation
  11. US Muslim-Jewish Group to Build on Its Mission
  12. America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars

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Jewish Thoughts

A while ago, I went to a shiur where the speaker talked about Elul and the purpose of introspection. At one point in the talk, the audience was asked, “What does it mean to be Jewish?”. This part of the shiur took rather a long time, with countless answers supplied by people from numerous demographics, all with one thing in common: a love for Judaism. And yet, after five or ten minutes had passed, not a single person had named the sole characteristic of Judaism which, to me, is the most important.

Loving your fellow as yourself.

It’s no surprise that people have different priorities, and what sums up Judaism to me, doesn’t necessarily sum it up for someone else (though I happen to know that Hillel agreed with me). Different viewpoints make Judaism vibrant and interesting. But to sit in a room, with people defining Judaism for five minutes…

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Who is a Jew?

We present this article from Freedom from Economic, Social and Political Oppression; where current social, political, economic, cultural, and environmental issues from a secular humanist point of view are looked at.

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To remember

Human passion + emotional responses to issues which embody strong ties to self-identity are not the only consideration in addressing controversy.

cognitive uncertainties + emotional responses = consciously induced when most individuals encounter the word “Jew” or “Judaism” >  Few people have a completely neutral reaction to these words.

 

muddling regarding accurate + contextual, + interpretable use of terminology surrounding Judaism lodges a mistrust + misunderstanding of its intentions, = can result in propagation of “Anti-Judaic tradition” often falsely branded as “Anti-Semitism”.

secular “Jews” more likely to openly identify themselves as a Jew than secular persons with a Christian heritage are to identify themselves as Christians.

behaviors of adherents of Judaism <> theological tenets = classifying Jews as a race – versus basing the resolution to it – on the adherence and devotion to a theological perspective.

Orthodox and Conservative Judaism = being Jewish on basis of bloodlines > maternal genealogy,

Reformed Judaism based on faith of either parent.

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non-religious Jews refer to themselves = secular Jews,= a contraction in terminology > secular persons reject superstitious beliefs embodied in religion

within Judaism significant, although small number, of rabbis that openly acknowledge to reject superstitious beliefs embodied in religion

acceptance by some Jews of secular clerics + their interpretations of religious teachings illustrates need to examine validity of “race” question since these rabbis + clerics are, by many, still acknowledged to be Jews.

Defining a “Jew” =/= complicated as it appears if “race” and/or ethnicity are taken out of the equation.

As with Christianity, Judaism, is a religion.

Christians = those who follow teachings of Christ > more accurately = adherents to organized theocracies that are based on Jesus his teachings

being a Christian =/= dependent on “race”, culture, language spoken, or spiritual beliefs of the person’s parents

being Jewish (or Muslim) =/= dependent on “race”, culture, language spoken, or spiritual beliefs of the person’s parents

Religion =/= defined by God, a god, or group of deities = created by Man in response to nature, 1 within context of accounting for death + 2 to provide moral compass in regard to social demands that arose = served as legal authority on proper behaviour within community

Judaism as a “Race” or Ethnicity = False Propaganda

Humans consistently demonstrated a compulsion to classify + categorize based on observations > speakers of a common language + national affiliation

17° century race = concept based on distinct physical (phenotypical) features (skin color) of persons (phenotype or physical appearance) > employed to categorize groups of persons on basis of differences in physical appearance, + served as underlying basis that lent support for eugenic movements in Nazi Germany, the United States, + elsewhere.

Rationalization of race = means of discrimination => immense controversy, violence, dangerous + invalid misconceptions

increasing understanding of genetics + unlocking of human genome = Science demonstrated > entire of humanity = one “race” <= human beings = genetically homogeneous in comparison to many other species > similarity in genetics amongst members of humankind = strikingly uniform

scientific, biological definition of species – a taxonomic designation given to a form of life – = espoused in idea that two individuals belong to the same species, if they can produce fertile offspring.

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who is a Jew = from Scientific, genealogical (racial) = moot because DNA studies have repeatedly + consistently demonstrated > entire of humanity is one “race” > Based on biology =

 

Ethnicity = concept determined by groups of persons typically who share similar heritage > may share (or not) – common language, religious affiliation, or nationality – + tend to be comprised of members who identify with one another = subjective.

Constitution of Bosnia-Herzegovina = 3 distinct ethnicities = 96% of its population – Bosniaks, Serbs, and Croats > All three have a unique language variant that is mutually intelligible <=  Genetic studies concluded despite ethnicity differences 3 groups share large proportion of their DNA, not only amongst themselves, but in respect to geography. => feature that most clearly separates each ethnicity = religious affiliation – Bosniaks (Muslim), Serbs (Orthodox Christian), Croats (Roman Catholic).

United States Census Bureau defines Hispanic in reference to = person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin – regardless of “race”, ancestry, or ethnicity.

in respect to Judaism any individual – who acknowledges, accepts, and observes at least some Jewish traditions – can claim to be Jewish.

As is the case with Christianity, adherents to Judaism, comprise no single ethnic or racial group.

term “Jews” refers to people who share a common theological doctrine.  = Just as a Christians can be White, or Black; American, or Spanish – so, too, can be a Jew.  Christians belong to various affiliations – Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, Anglican.

term, Anti-Semitism, used to label speech, acts, or other forms of expression as being hatefully Anti-Jewish = misleading for several reasons.

Semitic Peoples = originally defined by speaking one of several languages that share similar linguistic, grammatical, phonetical + contextual elements derived from an ancient common tongue +  refer to a group of peoples who hail from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula

classifying Jews as Semitic in respect, to heritage = term loses its validity because majority of modern Jews today descend from European, Asiatic, + African origins + different ethnic + cultural backgrounds

Ethnicities = loosely defined, can overlap, + sometimes be oxymoronic in how they are defined.

“Jewish People”, or “Jews” =/= unique in terms of genetic composition with rest of humanity =/= single Nationality, heredity, or mother-tongue-language =>   Jewish identity = based on acknowledging, accepting, + practicing the religious doctrine of Judaism, or on having social or cultural ties to it.

Khazars (European, ethnic group of peoples) converted to Judaism (speaking Yiddish) =/= genealogical, linguistic, or national ties with the Hebrews that inhabited Judea prior to and up to the Roman conquest + dismantling of Judea beginning in 66 C.E >  predominantly “Jews” descended from Khazars that originally advocated for a Jewish homeland in Palestine through the founding of Zionism in the late 19° century.

organized religions > few of those claiming membership to a particular faith conduct their lives in accordance with its doctrine.

world = increasingly secular.

“Christian” > reared with Christian beliefs => identify with traditions + culture even though they might not be active participants in the theology.  < => same in Judaism <=  wish to cling on to their cultural heritage so that they remain aware of where they came from.

Secular “Jew” + Secular “Christian” = oxymoronic > secular persons, by definition, = no religious or spiritual basis for their beliefs or behaviours.

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Often overlooked in discussing Judaism =  marked transformation that occurred within its own religious doctrine in a direct answer to Christianity, rapidly flourishing through gaining converts, as the dominant and most powerful theocratic system of beliefs which placed its very basic foundations and most fundamental teachings of Jesus Christ squarely at odds with the main tenants of Judaism.  => gave Christianity an upper hand in ethics + morality in the sense that the vices of neo-Christian theology often demonstrated wickedness in the way traditional Jewish values were taught.

swelling number of Christian converts => Judaism needs to be examined in both pre-Christian world + its evolved doctrine in response to Christianity.

Judaism, Christianity, + Islam – share Old Testament + its teachings.

modern Judaism – not based on the teachings of the Old Testament, influenced by Kabbalistic ideas = belief man has three types of souls > only Jews have all three > theological dogma = toxic in terms of acceptance + conjures inhumane acts against anyone who is not “Jewish”.  >>> contradicts + diminishes traditions that were part of pre-Christian Judaism.

Talmud before Christianity didn’t exist as it does today in written form, but rather encompassed oral Traditions that were passed down from God to Moses and subsequently between generations.

Amid threat Judaism being overwhelmed by spread of Christianity => Judaic religious clerics pressured to account for their practices that were considered sinful + unethical in an increasingly Christian dominated world which at this point still banned usury in all forms, + after shunning Jewish practices of ritual slaughter of animals + circumcision of male infants at eight days after birth, viewed these rituals as barbaric, cruel and immoral.

Jewish theological doctrine incorporated combination of reactionary antiphon in response to Christianity + mysticism into the Talmud.   Many Jewish religious leaders, since, have emphasized the importance of keeping the Talmud’s doctrine hidden from an increasingly powerful non-Jewish (Gentile) population..  =  no accident.

 

organized religion > few individuals practice the “faith”  > Judaism => less strict in terms of diet, + Christianity disavowed many of virtuous teachings of Christ+> many Muslims consume alcohol.

 

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Christianity adopted by Roman Empire > official religion, +subsequent fusion of pagan elements into the Faith – Christmas + Easter traditions attracted converts > holidays celebrated in Christian world today = inconsistent with teachings of Christ.  Christmas, Easter, New Year’s, St. Valentine’s Day, etc., = commercialized celebrations > Holidays which breed excessive selfishness + false superstitions  => corrupt true Christianity + humanism + feed off of the vices of humanity.

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Additional reading

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Further reading

  1. Multiculturalism and the Jews
  2. Alan Dershowitz’s Fake claim of antisemitism
  3. israel’s genocidal political culture
  4. Jews Are Still the Biggest Target of Religious Hate Crimes
  5. Unmasking the Phantom
  6. Catholics and the Sin of White Supremacy
  7. Reflecting the Mystery: Analogy Beyond Negation and Affirmation
  8. The problem of God’s whiteness
  9. Kabbalistic Revolution Reimagining Judaism in Medieval Spain
  10. A.F. Segal: “The Other Judaisms of Late Antiquity”
  11. Snapshot of Judaism
  12. Judaism & The Fetish: A Quick Note on Marx and the (Religious) Imagination
  13. World Leading Christian Apologist, William Lane Craig Always Presents God of Islam and Judaism
  14. The truth about the Nashville Statement, and the culture’s insane freakout over it
  15. Schopenhauer on Race Differences in Intelligence and on Judaism | The Occidental Observer
  16. The Psychopathology of Judaism
  17. Christianity, Islam, and Judaism
  18. A Christianity Immersed in Empire: a book review
  19. Discovering the Didache: The Oldest Catechism
  20. terms “Judeo-Christian tradition” and “Judeo-Christian morality” are wrong and misleading
  21. The History of Israel and Judaism Debunked 1
  22. The History of Israel and Judaism Debunked 2
  23. The Chinese Jews of Kaifeng. A Millennium of Adaptation and Endurance (2017)
  24. A Jew and a Muslim discuss Judaism & Islam at Speakers’ Corner
  25. Priorities and the Meaning of Judaism
  26. BBC resource for teachers spreads inaccuracies about Judaism
  27. On Christian hatred towards Judaism
  28. Globalism = Freemasonry = Judaism
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History, Humanity, Life matters, Re-blogs and Thoughts of others

We haven’t always insisted that Gen 1 is literal 6*24 hours

We do not think we should take the Genesis 1 story speaking about a 24 hour day but about a day in the eyes of God which is much longer than 1000 hours. We should consider it more as a symbolic way of telling like we still sometimes use in our language and in “our day” or it “takes a day (at least)” indicating it takes many days or when talking about years or an age (number of years since it was made + period in history + generation +  to mean a very long time + lifetime + period or state of human life).

From the context and looking at what is written in other chapters of the Bible we may assume it is not mankind’s “day” of “24 hours” but God’s day or periods in the creation of God.

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To remember:

  • Our opinion is that the Hebrew in Genesis 1 when it speaks of days is not describing a 24 hour earth day as we know it now.
  • consider 6 days of Creation in Genesis 1 as being other than literal.
  • EG Henry Sulley

As to the period occupied in the six days of the work of creation, we have no means of knowing how long a “day” is from the Divine point of view.”[1]

  • Bro Walker stated

we cannot agree to restrict the “days” of creation to literal days, and the original “rest” of God likewise to twenty-four hours! Critics will please be merciful to us[2] possibly a fair request!

  • Bro Watkins observed

sequence of events described in Genesis 1 is the same as the sequence that geologists have discovered by studying the rocks.  This cannot be mere coincidence…”[3]

+ proposed days of Genesis 1 = 6 days of fiats (or commands by God).

  • Bro Carter said

Bible = record of God’s creative activity in the beginning and onwards.

  • Alfred Norris > Moses putting down what he heard + describing what he saw + announcing end of each period of revelation as day’s disclosure comes to its end
  • Bro LG Sargent stated to “leave the time involved in creation as an open question[6].
  • Harry Whittaker concurs with Norris [7]
  • Bro Alan Fowler also expressed this view [8]
  • slightly different model advocated by Bro Hayward > followed Bro Watkins > advocating 6 days of fiats =  work being done at a later lengthier timeframe.[9]
  • Bro Andrew Perry expressed > “localised old earth[11] model.

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Preceding

An openingschapter explaining why things are like they are and why we may have hope for better things

Bereshith 1-2 The Creation of the World – The Seven Days

How did the original readers understand Gen 1:1?

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Additional reading

  1. From dust and breath into living beings
  2. Creator and Blogger God 1 Emptiness and mouvement

 

Christadelphians Origins Discussion

I don’t have any doubt that the Hebrew in Genesis 1 when it speaks of days is describing a 24 hour earth day as we know it now.  The bigger question is whether Genesis 1 is a literal historical record of how God made all things.

There are some surprising examples exist of brethren who absolutely did not accept evolution but were prepared to consider the 6 days of Creation in Genesis 1 as being other than literal.

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Elohim Hashem Jehovah, History, Humanity, Life matters, Re-blogs and Thoughts of others, Universe (Space)

How did the original readers understand Gen 1:1?

We are limiting the meaning of the text of the first two chapters of Genesis when we would only consider earth to be our globe. From the whole Biblical contexts we may assume that we must see the difference between eretz (earth or land) and haaretz (earth or ground) and aphar ha’aretz (dust of the earth or the sand or grains of earth) having also the globe and other planets around in the universe with their suns and stars.

When Jehovah created the universe, he created so many stars and planets that we could never count them all.

Problem with man is that they always think they know exactly how something is. But man’s knowledge is much more limited than God’s knowledge so often scientific results first taken as the answer seem some years later not true. As such we had one time the newspaper, the Houston, Texas Chronicle, reported that

“after a recent study, scientists now think that there are 300 sextillion stars in the universe.”

NGC 4414, a typical spiral galaxy in the constellation Coma Berenices, is about 55,000 light-years in diameter and approximately 60 million light-years away from Earth

That is a 3 followed by 23 zeros! But we should know it could be many more and we should see that somehow they are all organized. Yes, groups of stars are organized into galaxies. Each galaxy contains many planets and billions or even trillions of stars. Most galaxies are then organized into groups called clusters, and these clusters are organized into larger groups called superclusters.

The first chapter of Moshe’s book does not want to bring a scientific report on how everything is placed and structured but only wants to give a short review in a way which is easy to tell to others so that they can easily remember. For that reason the story-telling is the easiest form for oral tradition, for which it was provided. As such we should not take the story to be taken literally but figuratively. Also not considering the 6 days as literally six 24 hours but more as periods of development or if you wish ‘evolution’ .

A Caucasoid female skull (National Museum of Health and Medicine).

Today we still evolve and we should see how our own children and grandchildren are already so much different than us (see their body build). Those who want to see the first man as our contemporary man from Europe or the United states of America (the Caucasian type) mostly have a superiority feeling of their own race and are ashamed to have come from living souls (Leneʹfesj chai·jahʹh) who walked on their four limbs. (If you look at the body perhaps it was even not being made to walk on two limbs.)

Those who want to adhere to creationist views show they are missing many points of later books which form together the library of Book of books we call the Bible.

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Preceding

An openingschapter explaining why things are like they are and why we may have hope for better things

Bereshith 1-2 The Creation of the World – The Seven Days

 

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Additional reading

  1. From dust and breath into living beings
  2. Creator and Blogger God 1 Emptiness and mouvement
  3. Bible containing scientific information
  4. Book Review: Ann Gauger, Douglas Axe & Casey Luskin, Science & Human Origins. Seattle: Discovery Institute Press, 2012.124pp.
  5. Largest timber-framed building part of discussion about God’s actions
  6. Judeo-Christian values and liberty

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Further literature

  1. Scripture and Science – must they agree?
  2. Is Genesis 1 poetic?
  3. OEC and a brief history of the Gap explanation of Gen 1:1-2
  4. We haven’t always insisted that Gen 1 is literal 6*24 hours
  5. Facts
  6. “You evolutionists all believe different things”
  7. Varve layers prove 45,000+ years of continuous life
  8. Alan Eyre rejecting anti science nonsense
  9. Question Evolution
  10. What Is Creationism?
  11. Lewis Black on evolution, creationism, and the Bible
  12. The truth about creationism vs. evolution
  13. Is creationism on the wane in America?
  14. Creationism Continuum
  15. Is intelligent design creationism? Dr. Stephen C. Meyer explains
  16. Stephen C. Meyer debates intelligent design with two scientists on NPR
  17. The “Intelligent Design” Version of Creationism
  18. More Extra-Solar Planets, Less Creationism
  19. ICR: ‘Extreme Non-Evolution’ Proves Creationism
  20. Creative Challenge #36: Will Creationism Ever Die?
  21. Ryan Bell’s year of atheism testimony shows need for apologetics
  22. What Atheists Believe Too
  23. Was atheism or Christianity responsible for the Scientific Revolution?
  24. Atheists More Intelligent Than Creationists?
  25. Richard Dawkins Opens the Door for Dream Research
  26. pribhleid / privilege
  27. What I Believe: Creation
  28. Christian Beliefs about Creation

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Christadelphians Origins Discussion

One pro Gap position suggests Gen 1:1 is a summary statement of the whole chapter.  While we read heavens and earth as meaning the universe and the planet, possibly the verse should be understood as meaning the sky and the land since the terms heaven and earth are used later in chapter 1.  We can test this suggestion by reviewing the chapter and context.

When we look at the Hebrew there is nothing particularly to affirm or deny the suggestion.  The word ‘heaven’ has a wide range of uses from the universe through to the sky and air.  Similarly, the word for ‘earth’ is extremely broad.  So we must go to the context of Gen1 and see how the expressions are used.

Heaven

  • Used in v1
  • V6 the firmament is defined as heaven (with waters above and below it)
  • V14 the sun, moon & stars are set/placed in the firmament…

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