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28 May 2018

IGNORANCE PLAGUES THE WORLD

IGNORANCE PLAGUES THE WORLD

There is Great Confusion about the “Biblical Nation of the Jews” returning to its biblical homeland, designated by G–D for the descendants of Yaakov (Yisrael – the Nation of Jews) Avinu.

FRENCH IGNORANCE SPEWS INTO ANTI-SEMITISM. The Europeanization of France's foreign policy towards the Middle East conflict – from leadership to EU-accommodation. tandfonline AND IN FRENCH POLL, MAJORITY SAY ZIONISM IS A JEWISH CONSPIRACY. The poll also revealed widespread hostility toward and ignorance about Israel. JPost  So France won’t move their Embassy to Jerusalem . . .  et tu France

GERMANY’S TWO FACES. The Europeanization of Germany's Foreign Policy toward the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict: Between Adaptation to the EU and National Projection. AND The Europeanization of France's foreign policy towards the Middle East conflict – from leadership to EU-accommodation. tandfonline So Germany won’t move their Embassy to Jerusalem?

Nations are taking sides via political–economy, thus aligning with evil vs. good.

What’s wrong with American Jewish liberals: Liberal American Jews “are not especially connected to Israel because they are not especially connected to being Jewish.” ArutzSheva  See also PewForum: Population/Distribution Charts

Why aren’t Jews in America moving back to the Jewish Homeland ?
(from whence they were originally banished)

"You Never Looked So Good" by Eytan Kobre in Mishpacha Magazine:  Growing hunger for the fleeting high of the superficial

Rabbi Mizrachi, shlit”a, in one of his shiurim, spoke about “Fake Jews.” Jews who look Jewish, practice Jewish customs, pray and “learn”, but are not internalizing Torah *“ethics” [Pirkei Avos] and values. Rampant dishonesty, lashon hara, heretical views within a Jewish lifestyle, and this he calls “Fake Jews.” [The Final War Can Begin] Perhaps along with the Erev Rav, the estranged and ‘fake Jews’ are the "generation wholly guilty”?  Or is it “heresy”: any belief or theory that is strongly at variance with established beliefs or customs. Or, because of our long long history in this Golus, we are unintentionally “wholly innocent”?
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"The Son of David (Moshiach) will come only in a generation wholly guilty or a generation wholly innocent"

Talmudists discuss the question of redemption at length, we see that to them it means a colossal uprooting, destruction, revolution, disaster, with nothing of development or progress about it. "The Son of David (Moshiach) will come only in a generation wholly guilty or a generation wholly innocent" "The Son of David will not come until the kindgom is subverted to heresy.” [Sanhedrin 98a]

BABYLONIA TALMUD:   Tractate Sanhedrin: Folio 98a:

Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship? R. Eliezer countered, But is it not written, if thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord, return unto me? R. Joshua answered, But it is elsewhere written, And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and swore by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times and a half' and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. At this R. Eliezer remained silent.

R. Abba also said: There can be no more manifest [sign of] redemption than this: viz., what is said, But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel, for they are at hand to come. R. Eleazar said: Than this too, as it is written, For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction. What is meant by, 'neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction?' — Rab said: Even for scholars, who are promised peace, as it is written, Great peace have they which love thy law, 'There [shall] be no peace on account of the affliction.' Samuel said, 'Until all prices are equal.’

R. Hanina said: The Son of David will not come until a fish is sought for an invalid and cannot be procured, as it is written, Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil; whilst it is written, in that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth.

R. Hama b. Hanina said: The son of David will not come until even the pettiest kingdom ceases [to have power] over Israel, as it is written, He shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches; and this is followed by, in that time shall the present be brought unto the Lord of hosts of a people that is scattered and peeled.

Ze'iri said in R. Hanina's name: The son of David will not come until there are no conceited men in Israel, as it is written, For then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride: which is followed by, I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall take refuge in the name of the Lord.

R. Simlai said in the name of R. Eleazar, son of R. Simeon: The son of David will not come until all judges and officers are gone from Israel, as it is written, And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross and take away all thy tin: And I will restore thy judges as at first.

R. Johanan also said: The son of David will come only in a generation that is either altogether righteous or altogether wicked. 'in a generation that is altogether righteous,' — as it is written, Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever. 'Or altogether wicked,' — as it is written, And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor; and it is [elsewhere] written, For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it.

The disciples of R. Jose b. Kisma asked him, 'When will the Messiah come?' — He answered, 'I fear lest ye demand a sign of me [that my answer is correct].' They assured him, 'We will demand no sign of you.' So he answered them, 'When this gate falls down, is rebuilt, falls again, and is again rebuilt, and then falls a third time, before it can be rebuilt the son of David will come.' They said to him, 'Master, give us a sign.' He protested, 'Did ye not assure me that ye would not demand a sign?' They replied, 'Even so, [we desire one].' He said to them. 'if so, let the waters of the **grotto of Paneas turn into blood;' and they turned into blood. When he lay dying he said to them, 'place my coffin deep [in the earth],


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* Pirkei Avos (Ethics of the Fathers). Pirkei Avot consists of the Mishnaic tractate of Avot, the second-to-last tractate in the order of Nezikin in the Mishnah, plus one additional chapter. Avot is unique in that it is the only tractate of the Mishnah dealing solely with ethical and moral principles; there is little or no halacha (laws) found in Pirkei Avot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirkei_Avot

* The background surrounding the Second Temple Period: Second Temple Turmoil and the Ethics of the Fathers. Rabbi Berl Wein gave a tremendous synopis this Shabbat, as an intro to his shiur on Pirkei Avos [but, of course, I cannot remember enough to write it here, see following:]

Harvard.edu. When the nascent Jewish community returned from exile in Babylon circa 515 BCE, the Temple was rebuilt and rededicated. The Second Temple stood for approximately 500 years. During the Second Temple period, the religious practices that emerged during earlier Israelite Biblical history (particularly the Israelites’ slavery in Egypt, kingship in Israel and Judah, and conquest and exile by the Assyrians and Babylonians) became further developed and refined into a more formal, post-Biblical Jewish identity. The development of what we know as Judaism today took place late in this period, as the religious leadership of the rabbis emerged. . . After the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in the year 70 CE and during the subsequent exile of the Jews from the land of Israel once again, the rabbis confirmed and remodeled Jewish practice into some of the systems more contemporary Jews may recognize today. Translating the laws of the Torah into a new cultural language, the rabbis established a comprehensive ethical system that ordered the entire life of the Jewish people. Rabbinic Judaism is therefore built upon the Torah’s commandments (mitzvot in the plural and mitzvah in the singular), encouraging Jews to serve God in manifold ways both ritual and ethical. The mitzvot concern both one’s relationship with God and with other people. As one of the early rabbis put it: “The entire world stands on three things: the Torah, the service of God, and acts of loving kindness" (Pirkei Avot [Ethics of the Fathers] 1:2).

**grotto of Paneas: The once very large spring gushed from the limestone cave, but an earthquake moved it to the foot of the natural terrace where it now seeps quietly from the bedrock, with a greatly reduced flow. From here the stream, called Nahal Hermon in Hebrew, flows towards what once were the malaria-infested Hula marshes. Banias.




The ancient city that lay at Banias was originally Dan (Mivzar Dan – the Fort of Dan) which stood atop a cliff containing a cave dedicated to the Greek god Pan (from here the name Panias comes, and this was changed to Banias when translated to Arabic.) During the conquests of the land, the city fell under the rule of the Romans, and King Herod, built a temple here in memory of Augustus.

Today, amid the natural beauty of the Banias reserve lies ruins from the past two of which are especially noteworthy. The Banias Cave is that cave mentioned built for the Greek god Pan, and in front of this, the remains of Herod’s temple can be seen. Banias Waterfall

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