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A) RABBI NACHMAN OF BREZTLOV:by Hakohane,JUDAISM WHAT IT IS AND ISN’T 1 OF 4 PARTS


JUDAISM WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT ISN’T  pt 1

By Yisroel HaKohen

part 1 of 4  EVERY THURSDAY
Dacon has had many encounters over the years with many individuals who have claimed to be Jewish. This, they felt gave them the license to speak on behalf of Judaism and preach Jewish law. In fact, these people were not Jewish at all but were actually Christian missionaries. There were other types of people who were in fact actually Jewish but either hated Judaism or were totally ignorant of Jewish law but still took it upon themselves to preach what they erroneously felt was Judaism. Much of what they taught was but in fact Liberalism, Canaanite, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman or Christian law or anything that came to their mind but was not authentic Judaism. These types of people have done great damage and a disservice to those who truly seek Judaism and its authentic teachings. Dacon has been leading the fight against these people and their false teachings for years with some limited success. However, since Dacon has been the lone voice of truth pitted against the multitudes of deceivers and liars he was often shouted down, harassed, threatened, and booted out of many forums where Dacon tried to teach the truth about Judaism. Dacon has kindly asked me to write this article to briefly explain what the truths of Judaism are in order to dispel the deceivers and misinformed preachers who try to preach their false version of what Judaism is. The reader should be aware that the following article is merely a very brief summary and is in no way a complete explanation of what Judaism is. To write a proper description of Judaism would take many volumes and years to write. Therefore, anyone interested to learn more is please asked to contact thier nearest orthodox Rabbi or send questions to Dacon through this website, “Jews with Views”.
The Midrash tells us that G-d created the Torah 2,000 years before He created the world to be used as a blueprint on how to guide Him to create and run the world. Therefore, G-d looked into the Torah and used it as a guide to create the entire universe. The Torah is thus the foundation upon which this universe exists and runs.
The Rambam (Maimonides, 11th century sage) formulated 13 principles of Faith, which are incumbent upon every Jew to accept and to adhere. Principle 8 teaches: “I believe with complete faith that the entire Torah now in our hands is the same one as that was given to Moses, our teacher (without one letter having been altered or changed)”. Principle 9 teaches: “I believe with complete faith that this Torah will not be exchanged, nor will there be another Torah given from the Creator.”
The Talmud, states emphatically that if one questions the Divine origin of even one single letter or traditionally handed down interpretation of the Torah by our sages, it is as if one has denied the entire Torah (Talmud: Sanhedrin 99a)
Throughout history, the Jews have maintained the absolute integrity of their Torah scrolls, zealously avoiding any change, even of one letter. The Jews knew that their Torah was not merely a “sacred book” it was the word of G-d, and therefore it had to remain unchanged.
In addition, the Talmud teaches that one who denies that the Rabbinic tradition, what is commonly called the Oral Torah, which was given by G-d to Moses is called someone who “despises the word of G-d” (Talmud: Sanhedrin 99a) and the Rambam labels such a person as a heretic and non-believer. The Rambam lists 40 generations in the teacher-student chain of the transmission of the Oral Law from Moses to Ravina and Rav Ashi, the redactors who wrote down the Babylonian Talmud in approximately the year 500 CE. The Talmud is unprecedented in all human history that all the traditions taught by Moses could be kept intact orally for so long – nearly 2,000 years – and it is still with us today as recorded in the Talmud, Midrash, and the Code of Jewish law known as the Sculchan Aruch.
It says in the book of Jeremiah the prophet, G-d says, “Were it not for My covenant (the study of the Torah) day and night I would not have appointed (or maintained) the laws of (nature) of heaven and earth (Jeremiah 33:25) This verse informs us that the entire purpose for creation is so that the Jews should study and observe the Torah, otherwise the world would no longer exist. Therefore, it is the job of the Jews to observe the Torah in a grossly physical world to elevate the spiritual potential hidden within the physical world to bring the world to the spiritual perfection that G-d had intended when He created the world.
Much more can be said about the Torah and many proofs from history can be brought to substantiate what we have stated but we are striving for brevity and we must move on to the next stage.
To be considered a Jew by G-d, Jewish law clearly states that one’s mother must be Jewish. If one’s father is Jewish, but not one’s mother then that person is not Jewish at all. There are no half-Jews in Judaism there are only full Jews. For one’s mother to be considered Jewish she must be born from a direct line of Jewish females going back to the first three Jews, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who all had Jewish wives. Anyone coming from any other female lineage other than a direct female line going back to Abraham the first Jew is not Jewish. However, if a non-Jew is so inspired and feels a burning desire to join the Jewish people and to strictly observe all the laws of the Torah then that individual can go through a rigorous process of conversion to become a Jew. It is strictly forbidden for Jews to persuade non-Jews to convert to Judaism. The law requires that if a non-Jew wants to convert to Judaism we try our utmost to dissuade that person from converting. We tell that person that he can remain a righteous Gentile by observing the 7 laws of Noah and that the laws of the Torah are too difficult to observe for the average Gentile. We inform him that there is nothing wrong with being a Gentile and it would be better if he remain a Gentile. However, if a Gentile demonstrates his sincere desire to convert and undergoes a rigorous program of study, dissuasion, and rejection for a long period of time, by so doing he can be accepted as a full fledge Jew. The potential convert, after demonstrating for a long period of time his commitment to observe the Torah and having knowledge of the basic laws of Judaism is then allowed to convert by a competent panel of three orthodox Rabbis. The convert must renounce all non-Jewish beliefs and accept the entire Torah and live by its laws. Then the male or female convert must immerse in a ritual bath before three rabbis. A male convert must also undergo circumcision. Then that person is considered a full Jew in every way except that a female convert may not marry a Cohen, a priest who is a direct descendant through the male line of Aron the first High priest.

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I felt compelled to write the following authentic Jewish commentary on chapter 53 of Isaiah because of the recent flood of missionary propaganda that has proliferated our communities which have used Isaiah 53 as their proof that their man-g-d is referred to by Isaiah. For centuries the Christians have twisted the Biblical verses to suit their needs. Unfortunately, the Church has been able to easily deceive the masses because most of their followers and the ignorant Jews have no knowledge of Hebrew. This makes it very easy to deceive and intentionally twist the meanings of Biblical verses. The holy Jewish prophet Isaiah makes no mention of the Christian man-g-d. The Christians have transposed all of the pronouns used in the verses of Isaiah 53 to refer to their man-g-d. There is no basis to do so and it does not conform to the actual Hebrew Biblical text nor does their interpretation fit into the context of the previous chapter from which chapter 53 flows. Isaiah’s prophecy was delivered 500 years before their man-g-d died. Isaiah, as all the prophets called upon the Jews to follow the Torah. The Christian god never kept the torah as is evidenced by the testimony of his disciples. The Torah tells us that G-d has no body. How can an all powerful g-d be killed? The story of the Christian g-d resembles Greek mythology more than the actual truth. There are so many contradictions and outright errors written in the Christian Bible. To mention all of the errors, contradictions, falsehoods, etc. is beyond the scope of this article. There are many books written that point out these problems. To dispel the assertion of the manipulative and deceitful missionaries I have come to give the proper interpretation of Isaiah 53 according to the authentic Jewish Hebrew text and to the authentic Jewish sages who have been always true to the correct interpretation of the Jewish Bible.

This entire chapter refers to the song of the Nations upon Israel’s Redemption

Isaiah 53

53:1 – Who would believe what we (the nations) heard, and upon whom was G-d’s hand revealed (Israel)?

Commentary –

Who would believe – Throughout the exile, no one would have believed that the Jews would ever return to greatness. Indeed, because of this disbelief, the Christians and Muslins have tried to interpret this chapter as not referring to the Jewish People. The descendants of these men who are of other faiths will be shocked at how their forefathers mislead them. What we heard – The news of the Jewish redemption. Upon Whom was G-d’s hand revealed – This phrase is meant to scorn those nations who had expected G-d’s hand to be revealed to them, but in the end, it will be revealed to the “lowly” Jewish people.

53:2 – He (the Jews) grew before G-d like a nursing infant, and like a root in dry land, without form or beauty. We saw him (the Jews) without appearance and we desired him.

Commentary –

A nursing infant – This means that at the time of the redemption the Jewish People will appear fresh and new, as if they were just born, like a newborn infant. Their ancient roots and long history of suffering will not be evident upon them. Today, the Jews in Israel are considered a young nation despite their ancient history. Like a root in a dry land – Their sudden growth will be as amazing as the growth of a plant in the desert. This came about suddenly after World War Two at the birth of the State of Israel. Without form or beauty – Even after the redemption, the nations will perceive the Jewish People as lacking all the things that they consider beautiful. Thus this verse is warning the nations not to assess human greatness by standards of superficial beauty. We saw him without appearance, and we desired him – The nations will argue at the time of the revelation of Israel’s greatness that in the past they could not accept the Jewish people as being G-d’s chosen ones because in the past they never saw anything special in them. But after the redemption the nations will be able to perceive Israel’s greatness and the nations will desire it.

53:3 – (Israel was) despised, lacking manliness, a man (the Jews) of suffering, tormented with illness, as if He (G-d) had hidden His face from him (Israel), despised (by the nations), and we (the nations) did not value him.

Commentary –

Despised – The materialistic nations considered the Jewish people to have lacked any value and therefore they despised the Jews. Lacking manliness – The materialistic nations thought that the Jews lacked any form of true manliness because the Jews, who are servants of G-d did not have any ambition for any material accomplishments. For example the Jews were not interested in hunting, war, drinking liquor, entertainment, or sports. Man of suffering – Since G-d’s servants will devote their lives to studying His Torah even beyond their physical and material capabilities, they will develop physical ailments. This is written in the singular form, since only individual Jews will live like this. The Jewish Messiah will be one of them. As if He had concealed His face from him – The impression that the nations will have is that G-d has concealed Himself from the Jews. The nations reason that if G-d were with the Jews why do they look so awful. The nations tortured and impoverished the Jews so that they looked repulsive. Despised – This word is repeated to stress the great scorn and hatred the Jews will suffer from the hands of the nations. The Church through the centuries and the Nazis spread anti-Semitic propaganda against the Jews which depicted the Jews as the most vile of all creatures. We did not value him – The reason why the nations did not value Israel is because the nations do not place any value on spiritual pursuits. The nations respect war heroes, sports heroes, movie stars etc.

53:4 – However, he (Israel) bore our (the nations) illness and suffered our pain. Yet we (the nations) considered him a failure, smitten by G-d and tortured
Commentary –

He bore our illness and suffered our pain – The mission of the Jewish People was to serve as guides and teachers for the nations, but since they did not live up to their roles and as a result the nations remained decadent, the Jews were blamed and punished for the nation’s poor conduct. This verse also refers to the fact the nations afflicted the Jews and made them ill. We considered him – The nation’s mistaken and poor perception of the Jews is repeated in these verses, so that the nations not try to justify themselves. A failure – Such scorn has been heaped upon the Jews since the rise of Christianity and Islam. While Christian and Islamic scholars may distort the meaning of these verses, in the future the nations will all be astonished by the dramatic turn of events upon the advent of the Jewish Redemption. Smitten by G-d and tortured – The nations argue that the Jews deserve their suffering. It is interesting to note that this prophecy was fulfilled so precisely, yet the Christians have distorted and misinterpreted this verse so recklessly.

53:5 – He (the Jewish Messiah) is desecrated because of our sins (the sins of the nations and the sinful Jews), crushed by our transgressions (and this is why the Jewish Messiah’s coming is delayed). The (Jewish) suffering for our (the nations) peace is his (in the merit of the Jews), and we (the nations) are healed by his (the Jew’s) wounds.

Commentary –

Desecrated because our sins – This verse refers to the desecration of the honor and holiness of Jews by the nations. Because the nations are profane and materialistic they desecrate the sanctity of the Jewish People by luring Jews to pursue their materialistic illusions and ways and this in turn desecrates the Messiah’s holiness. Our sins – This refers to the nations’ sins against the Jews which includes all of the various decrees the nations made against the Jewish faith throughout the millennia. Crushed – Refers to the spirit. By our transgressions – This verse means that G-d is ready to send the Messiah immediately however it is our sins that delay his coming. The suffering for our peace – Since the nations were not given the Torah they cannot be held totally responsible for their bad conduct. Therefore, since the Jews did receive the Torah the Jews are held responsible for the existence of evil in the world, and are punished for it before anyone else. The peace that will come to the world in the Messianic age will be only in the merit of Jewish suffering. We are healed – The world exists only in the merit for those who study the Torah and fulfill it. The Jews are pushed to fulfill G-d’s commandments by their wounds and suffering. Thus this verse is saying that it is the Jewish People’s suffering is what brings healing to the world.

The Nations’ Confession

53:6 – We (the nations) all have strayed like sheep, each of us (the nations) turning to his own way (acting selfishly). But G-d meted out on him (the Jews) all of our (the nations’) sins.

Commentary –

We all strayed like sheep – During the Messianic era the nations of the world will admit their mistake, as if they were sheep without a shepherd. Each of us turning his own way – The nations did not do what was best for mankind as a whole. Each nation and individual gentile did what was best for its own selfish interests. But G-d meted out on him – The Jews were punished for not rectifying the world.

Isaiah’s Assessment of How the Nations Treated the Jews

53:7 – He (the Jews) was oppressed and tortured, but he (the Jews) does not open his mouth, as if he (the Jews) was led to the slaughter, a sheep dumb before shearers (when the Jews were robbed by the nations) – he (the Jews) does not open his mouth (not even to complain to G-d).

Commentary –

He was oppressed – The nations were not properly able to assess the Jews as being G-d’s chosen people. This is why the nations tortured the Jews and most of the Jews accepted this suffering in silence. Oppressed and tortured – The Hebrew word for oppressed refers to ridicule, oppressive taxation, and other forms of discriminatory oppression. The word torture refers specifically to bodily torture. This verse refers to the time period throughout the Exile after the destruction of the Temple. He does not open his mouth – The Jews did not respond to their ridicule, knowing that the nations would not understand their responses. The Jews did not resist their physical torture, knowing that this was G-d’s Will. As if he was a lamb – The Jews were almost powerless under the control of the nations as a lamb. A sheep dumb before its shearers – This phrase refers to confiscation of Jewish property, which happened countless times throughout the Exile. Dumb – The Jews were silent because they accepted their suffering as G-d’s Will and because the Jews were so tortured that they lost their ability to properly respond to the nations. He does not open his mouth – The Jews not only did not respond to the nations, but they also did not complain to G-d.

53:8 – He (the Jews) was taken from imprisonment and judgment (by gentile judges and rulers) – who can tell this to his generation? For he (Jews) was cut off from the land of the living (and exiled) – the sins of my (Isaiah’s) people caused him (the Jews) this affliction.

Commentary –

He was taken from imprisonment and judgment – The nations who oppressed the Jews were not only the lawless masses, but the judges and rulers. This is a pathetic allusion to the mock accusations and trails that were conducted against the Jews throughout the ages in exile i.e. the inquisition. Who can tell this to his generation – Who could adequately describe all of the suffering of the Jews throughout their long and bitter Exile? He was cut off from the land of the living – This refers to both having been exiled from the land of Israel which is referred to in Psalms as “the land of the living” and this also refers to the fact that the Jews were often banished from one land to another. The sins of my people caused him this affliction – The prophet Isaiah bemoans his people’s suffering.

53:9 – He (the Jews) accepted his burial among the wicked (nations), and his (the Jews) death among the wealthy (nations), though he (the Jews) did not do any violence and spoke no falsehood (the Jews did not deny G-d even under torture).

Commentary –

He accepted his burial among the wicked – The Jews accepted death and burial in the hands of gentiles rather than deny G-d. His burial – The nations will eventually acknowledge the evil they did not only to the living but to the dead – by not giving them a proper burial or respect. This verse is written in the singular to urge every individual Jew to accept this. His death – This word is in the plural which refers to the many types of death that the Jews suffered by the hands of the Church, Islam, and the Nazis. Among the wealthy – The gentiles were already wealthy and therefore had no justification to rob and loot the Jews throughout the Exile. Though he had done no violence – There were certainly a few individual Jews who were thieves but nothing the Jews did as a whole had justified the nations’ from punishing them as a community. Spoken no falsehood – Although there were individual Jews who were willing to deny their faith in order to save their lives, but as a whole the majority of Jews chose death rather than living such a lie as to accept Christianity or Islam.

The Jewish Suffering as a Means to Attain Spiritual Greatness

53:10 – But G-d chose to crush him (the Jews) and make him ill. Yet even if his (the Jews) soul is assumed guilty (by the gentiles), he (the Jews) will have offspring living long life, and G-d’s cause will prosper in his hand (and the Jews will complete their mission).

Commentary –

G-d chose to crush him – Isaiah answers the question why G-d allows the Jews to suffer so greatly. This is G-d’s way to make sure that the Jews stay on the right path. When a person accepts his suffering as coming from G-d, he is elevated to higher spiritual levels and becomes closer to G-d. His soul is assumed guilty – Even if the gentiles accuse the Jews falsely and torture them for it G-d promises that the Jews will be given the strength to endure it. Have offspring – The Jews are promised that despite their inhuman torture by the nations their offspring will endure so that each generation will pick up from where the previous one’s left off. This was especially evident after the Holocaust where the Jews were able to rebuild their shattered lives both in Israel and the rest of the world. G-d’s cause will prosper in his hand – The Jewish People will succeed in their mission to serve G-d and spread G-d’s teachings despite all their difficulties.

53:11 – He (the Jews) will see (blessing) from his efforts (against their many obstacles) and be satisfied (with spiritual bliss). With his knowledge, (of the Torah) My righteous servant (the Jews) will make many righteous, and he will bear their sins (of the gentiles and rectify them).

Commentary –

From his efforts – The Jews will be able to overcome all obstacles. However, a great effort will be needed to accomplish their mission. Be satisfied – Most people are never satisfied in this world, but the righteous Jews will be because of their service to G-d. With his knowledge – The wisdom derived from the Torah which is the word of G-d. Make many righteous – The innocent Jews will be even vindicated in court in the Messianic era. He will bear their sins – The Jews will bear the sins of gentiles and try to rectify them.

53:12 – Therefore, I (G-d) will give him (the Jews) a portion with many, and he (the Jews) will receive a portion among the mighty (their ancestors), since he (the Jews) exposed himself to death (to die for G-d) and was counted among the sinners (the gentiles considered the Jews to be evil). He (the Jews) bore the sins of many (the gentiles) and prayed on behalf of sinners (the gentiles).

Commentary –

I will give him a portion – After the Jews will do all they can on their own to rectify the world, G-d will grant them further powers to achieve even greater things. Among the mighty – Although the Jews are weak, they will achieve great things, like their ancestors did. Exposed himself to death – The Jews were willing to die for G-d. Was counted among the sinners – No one wants to be considered a sinner. However, the Jews were called sinners by the gentiles, especially by the Church and the Jews accepted this untrue label in order to be able to accomplish their mission. He bore the sins of many – The Patriarchs prayed on the behalf of many. This verse is written in the past tense which is why this verse refers to the Patriarchs. Prayed on behalf of the sinners – This phrase is written in the future tense, teaching that the Jews are expected to always behave in this manner and pray for the gentiles. For example, on the high holidays the Jews pray for the benefit of all mankind.

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Why those who preach the Gospel are despised by G-d!

“One who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a man, and one who sacrifices a lamb is like one who breaks a dog’s neck. One who offers a meal offering is like one who offers pig’s blood, and one who offers frankincense is like one who blesses sin. They too, chose their ways, and their souls desire their abominations.” (Isaiah 66:3)

Commentary:
One Who – This verse refers to one who brings an ox as an offering to G-d with the wrong intentions, thinking he has done something praiseworthy. However, if he doesn’t have the proper intentions, it may even be considered as if he murdered a human being.

Dog … Pig – Isaiah speaks about two unclean animals here. The dog is not kosher for consumption, but provides man with benefits, whereas the pig is completely detested, and pigs are offered in pagan rituals. The pig possesses one of the two signs of being kosher which are split hooves. This verse provides a subtle rebuke which compares the one who brings offerings with the wrong intentions to offering pig’s blood

. Bringing offerings to G-d seem praiseworthy, yet they are no more valuable than the single sign of a pig if the offering is brought with the wrong intentions. The pig initially gives the impression that it is a kosher animal by showing its spilt hooves but it lacks the second sign of a kosher animal, which is to chew its cud. Therefore, the pig is more repugnant than any other non-kosher animal which lack any kosher sign at all because although the pig has one kosher sign it tries to deceive people into thinking it is kosher.

 This deception is reprehensible and therefore makes the pig more despised than any other animal. Thus, like the pig, which is to offer an animal with the wrong intentions looks good only on the surface but the lack of pure intentions makes the offering vile in G-d’s eyes just like the pig who seems to be kosher on the surface but is really not.
Offers Pig’s Blood – The pig is unclean for consumption, all the more so for an offering to G-d.
They Too, Choose Their Ways – These people are acting with full awareness and cannot justify themselves in any way.
Their Souls Desire Their Abominations – These people pretend to serve G-d, their true intention is only to fulfill their own desires.
Examining this verse more closely we can see that G-d despises the pig and is considered the most impure of all animals because the pig tries to deceive people into sin. Let us go a step further. Those people who eat and relish the pig absorb the characteristics and negative spiritual energies of the pig. “You are what you eat.” How could the pig eaters ever discover the truth? It is the very nature of the pig is to be deceptive as stated by G-d Himself through the prophet Isaiah. In fact the pig eaters claim that they know the truth and they know the true interpretations of the Bible and they have the true religion.

The missionaries who eat pork have ingested the characteristics of the pig and deceive themselves and those who follow them. How can the impure pig eaters preach the word of G-d? G-d Himself has declared them to be reprehensible as we see from this verse. The missionaries are like the pig they consume. They try to deceive and trap ignorant Jews to follow their false and impure ideologies. It is only through the art of deception and twisting and perverting the true interpretations of the Bible that they are able to prey on innocent and ignorant Jews.

 How can the impure teach the Bible and claim to be the true experts on what the word of the Living G-d is?

This verse clearly condemns the pig eater religion and its missionaries. How dare the impure pig eaters tell us pure Jews what G-d wants? It is foolish to even think that the pig eaters have any holiness or sanctity to their religion.

 Their religion is as impure as the pig. Just as the pig tries to deceive so does the pig eater religion try to deceive the world into thinking that they have the truth as this verse clearly demonstrates.
R/ Yisroel Ha’Kohen

 

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Rabbi Yisroel Ha’KaHain (Part One)
WHY ME!? THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH IN A WORLD DEVOID OF REASON
The world asks many questions, such as what is the meaning of life? Where am I going? What will be the end? How should I live my life? Will I ever be happy?

There are those questions about the inequalities of life which seem unfair and are very perplexing. One person seems to have it all too easy in life and others experience excruciating hardships. One person is born with strength and is very healthy while others are born feeble, crippled, and sickly. One is rich while another is poor. While a kindly person that never harmed a fly dies young, while a ruthless tyrant rules until a ripe old age.

 Why?

 
The person who lacks income asks, “Why does so-and-so have so much money, and even though I work harder than he does, I kill myself to make ends meet?
A handicapped person asks,  “Why is everyone so free and agile while I am so repulsively limited and impaired?”
The parents of a sickly child asks,  “Why does everyone have strong and healthy children, and I have the rotten luck of having to raise a child that needs round-the clock medical supervision?
The poor look at the rich and ask,  “Why do the rich deserve so much money and waste it on such trivial things when my life is a never-ending war with poverty and deprivation to buy to most basic of necessities?”.
The lonely and unmarried individual cannot find a spouse despite years of searching and asks,
 “Why am I – with all my good qualities – unable to get married, yet others, with so many faults, find perfect mates at a young age?”
Why was yesterday such a splendid day, when everything went according to my plan, while today – for no apparent reason – everything was a disaster and today I feel nothing but pain and sorrow while yesterday I was in seventh heaven?
Why did I have plenty of money in my pocket last month, but this month I can’t even afford to buy a loaf of bread?
Why when I was young and in school I was a straight “A” student but today I can’t even hold a job?
Why I am so unattractive when so many other people are so good looking?
Why am I so brainless when there are so many highly intelligent people out there?
The list is endless, as we all know.
The universal answer to all of life’s questions is Emuna – faith. Emuna means a firm belief in a single all-powerful, all-loving, spiritual being Who has created the universe and Who continues to run the world down to its minutest details Who is known as G-d.
G-d alone cares for each and every person in the world in a unique, tailor-made way based on our own individual needs which are best suited for each individual. Everything that happens to us in life is G-d’s personal intervention to help guide us in order to help a person fulfill his assigned mission in life and to bring us closer to G-d. G-d determines when we fail or succeed, when times are easy or hard.
Sometimes we must experience hardship in order to attain a higher spiritual level or correction of our soul just an athlete must endure excruciating pain in training to reach higher levels of achievements and reach his peak performance.
Once we have reached and attained a sense of Emuna that G-d does everything within our lives for our ultimate benefit of our souls Emuna them becomes the universal answer to all of life’s questions.
The Zohar tells us that G-d has only one essential request of us that is that G-d created us for the only purpose that we should get to know and have a relationship with G-d. Therefore, the daily events and experiences of our mundane lives are merely for the purpose to conveying personal messages from G-d Himself to each individual. These messages are designed to stimulate our faith, encourage us to speak to G-d, and thereby facilitate our ability to get close to Him.
Getting close to G-d and getting to know G-d is the ultimate facility for soul correction. This is one of our most important reasons for being on earth. G-d has countless ways to direct our lives in a manner that helps each one of us to successfully help us come close to G-d. This wanting to bring us close to Him is an expression of G-d’s immense love for each individual.
 Understanding this fact that G-d wants us to come close to him using our facility of free choice and for the purpose of fixing our souls makes us realize that everything is for the good even the seemingly bad things that happen in the world. Therefore, faith in this idea enables us to cope with all sorts of adversity and reduces our stress, worry, and anxiety.
When people ignore G-d’s gentle personal messages, G-d is then compelled to send more effective messages which include greater difficulties in one’s life to ensure that G-d isn’t going to be ignored. Therefore, those who fail to get to know G-d in good times are risking and inviting tough predicaments that will devoid of any natural or logical solution or way out, where the only remaining alternative solution is to cry out to G-d. In this way, G-d’s infinite mercy helps all of us to come close to G-d in order to achieve the ultimate correction of our soul. Thus, the more we cooperate and seek G-d before G-d is forced to send stronger and tougher situations to us, the easier our lives will become without having to suffer.
The Zohar teaches that, “How beloved are the children of Israel before the Holy One, blessed be He! G-d desires to reprove them and lead them on the straight path, like a loving father who uses a rod in hand in order to lead the son on the straight path, so that the son will not stray to the right or the left, as it is written (Proverbs 3:12), “G-d reproves those that He loves, and like a father who mollifies the child.” This implies that G-d only reproves those that he loves. Inversely, this means that G-d doesn’t reprove those that he hates! Thus, a life devoid of trials and tribulations is a not very good sign! The sages in the Talmud warned (Arachin 16b) that if a person has 40 consecutive days free of tribulations, this is a sign they have forfeited their share in the world to come! In addition, our sages teach (Kiddushin 40b) the righteous receive tribulations in this world in order to merit a lofty place in the world to come.
Therefore, people who have faith – Emuna – who direct their efforts and focus to find G-d on a regular basis have no need for difficult and harsh wake-up calls sent by G-d they live happy and tranquil lives, regardless of their life’s trails and challenges.
So many people in modern society entertain the folly that they alone control their fate; and have no need for G-d; these people are prime candidates for suffering and emotional turmoil. G-d – our loving Father – uses the rod of tribulations as an expression of love, to teach us that we are not calling the shots, but we are subservient to a higher authority. G-d often gives us a jolt in the form of some difficulty or challenge that forces us to seek His help. As was said earlier, G-d doesn’t send difficulties to those who He disdains.
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov says, “One of the major ways to come close to G-d is to speak to G-d daily in your own language the way one would speak to one’s closest friend expressing to G-d such things as your needs, concerns, aspirations, goals, feelings, troubles, love, gratitude, your mistakes, the desire to return to G-d, the need for solutions, help, advice, salvation, spiritual attainments health, financial help, protection from evil, etc.
The above teaching answers the classic question that has been asked throughout the centuries. If the Jews are G-d’s chosen people why have they suffered more than any other nation? Based on the above, G-d only chastises those Who He loves in this world and those who he hates He ignores and He allows them to choose using their free will to go down to the path of destruction without any interference or hindrance from G-d. Because man in this world is free to choose eternal life or eternal death!
The Talmud in Avoda Zara states that G-d doesn’t punish those nations who are wicked until their time has come to be permanently removed from the earth for if they would receive small doses of punishment throughout their history this type of atonement would prevent them from being annihilated because the small doses of atonement would have been enough to spare them from complete destruction. Since these nations are basically so evil, G-d, in His hatred for their evil and arrogant behavior doesn’t punish them until it is time to remove that nation from the world. Before the time of their destruction they never had the opportunity to be punished in small ways to wipe away their sins gradually. Now their sins have become so great they are unable to make amends and they must be totally destroyed, their sins are too great.
However, the Jews are punished in relatively small doses in order to effect atonement little by little in order that they are always in a state of atonement and therefore this situation actually preserves the Jews so they can never be destroyed unlike those nations who are very wicked. History has proven this teaching to be true. Although the Jews have suffered more than any other nation in the history of the world they have survived and flourished for thousands of years.
The Jews were totally powerless throughout the millennia. They had no country, no army, they were forcefully impoverished, scattered few in numbers around the world, confined to ghettos, restricted from many professions, abused, with exorbitant unfair taxes, harassed, humiliated, murdered, tortured, expelled from countless countries, their money was often confiscated, exiled and deported from my many localities, forced baptisms, their children were abducted, they were prohibited from practicing their religion, subject to inquisitions, pogroms, and holocausts, discrimination, verbal and physical abuse, restricted to live in the worst slums, forced to attend church and secular schools, women were raped, falsely accused of every evil under the sun, they were called the devil’s people, falsely accused of ritual murder, entire communities were either butchered or burned alive etc.

Despite all these things the Jews are flourishing today and have returned to rebuild their ancient homeland, the land of Israel after 2,000 years of wandering in exile. No other People in history have ever even come close to this miraculous feat. This shows G-d keeps His promises and controls the world. Through natural means the Jews should have never survived very long.
In contrast, the mighty empires of the world were given every blessing and goodness and were never punished until it came for them to be wiped off the face of the earth never to rise or to be heard of again. These empires had conquered and dominated many lands and peoples. They had the best and mightiest armies, technology, economies, prosperity, food, resources, large populations, strong and fortified cities, wealth, education, advanced cultures, other countries were terrified of them etc. What happened, these empires disappeared overnight never to be heard from again.

 However, the weak and defenseless Jews have not only survived but have flourished to rebuild and have become a mighty world power called Israel. Israel is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world today.

 The Jews have won so many Nobel prizes, are leaders in science, business, technology, charity, advisors to every major companies, governments, and institutions around the word. What an accomplishment for a people who are less than 1% of the world’s population and who were once so poor, despised, and downtrodden. The list goes on and on.
All the protection, achievements, and survival of each Jew as individuals and the Jews as nation can be attributed to one thing – the Jew’s faith in G-d!
All those Jews who invented pseudo forms of Judaism such as the Karites,Tzidukim, the Enlightenment movement, Conservatives, Reform, Messianic, J for J, Reconstruction, or whatever have diverted themselves from the true faith of G-d and have eventually become lost with their descendants from the G-d of Israel and hardly a trace of them is left. They or their descendants have intermarried and have become lost from the living G-d both in this world and for all eternity in the world to come. (Note: One can always repent and come back to G-d)

Jews have given the world G-d, despite the many twisted, cheap, and watered down imitations created from Jewish sources such as Christianity, Islam, reform and Conservative Judaism, Messianic, J for J and others.
All this briefly proves through the reality of history and our current times that Emuna – faith in the G-d of Israel – is critical to leading a happy, successful, enduring, and spiritual life


BS”D I will continue to write further on this all important topic.
Rabbi Yisroel HaKohain

 

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Several Brief Comments Concerning Repentance from the Talmud

From Rabbi Yisroel HaKohen:

The following teachings are to encourage all people to repent as is required by Jewish law, especially during the period of the ten days of repentance spanning from Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) until Yom Kippor (the fast day of atonement). Ideally, one should do repentance daily before one retires at night before one goes to sleep.

“Any man who confesses his sins (before G-d) has a share in the World to Come”

The Talmud informs us that there isn’t any sin that cannot be atoned for through repentance! To illustrate this point the Talmud (Gitten 57b) tells us about an incredible story of how far reaching this Talmudic statement of repentance goes:

The Talmud tells us, Rebbe Chiya bar Avin said in the name of Rebbe Yehashua bar Korcha one of the elders who was a citizen of Jerusalem told me that in that valley Nevuzaradan, the chief general (of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar who destroyed the first Temple in approximately the year 336 B.C.E.) executed 2,110,000 Jews on one stone until their blood flowed and mingled with the blood of the Prophet Zecharia (son of Yehoyada the priest who was murdered by the wicked Jewish King Joash mentioned in 2 Chronicles 24:22). … Nevuzaradan noticed that the blood of Zechariah was boiling and seething (by a stone in the valley, despite the passage of many years since his murder) and Nevuzaradan asked, “What is this blood? … (After trying to give false answers to conceal the nature of this boiling blood the Jews were finally forced to tell Nevuzaradan the truth about this blood) The Jews confessed to Nevuzaradan and said, “(In the past) we had a prophet among us who would rebuke us (about not worshiping idols. We couldn’t tolerate his rebukes so) we rose up and killed him. Many years have passed, yet his blood has not come to rest (and continues to boil demanding retribution).”
Nevuzaradan said to the Jews, “I will appease him. Nevuzaradan brought the great Sanhedrin (the Supreme Court consisting of 71 of the greatest sages of Israel) and killed them (over Zechariah’s boiling blood) to appease him, but the blood did not rest. Nevuzaradan then slaughtered the small Sanhedrin (the lower court, consisting of 23 great sages), then he slaughtered the young Jewish men and women, then he slaughtered the young (pure and sin-free) Jewish school children, but the blood still did not rest. Nevuzaradan then shouted, Zechariah! Zechariah! I have killed the best of the Jewish people (to appease you and bring atonement to the Jews for your murder). Do you want me to kill them all!? When Nevuzaradanhad had finished saying this, the blood came to a rest (and his blood stopped bubbling). At that moment Nevuzaradan had thoughts of repentance. He said to himself: If the Jews were punished so severely for killing one person, I who murdered so many people (2,110,000 Jews), how much infinitely greater will be my punishment? So Nevuzaradan ran away (from the Babylonian Army), disposed of his property, and converted to Judaism (and did a complete repentance which was accepted by G-d).

Think about the catastrophic magnitude of this sin! Nevuzaradan destroyed G-d’s holy first Temple (the first Temple was much holier than the second temple), he destroyed the entire land of Israel and everything in it, murdered over 2,110,000 Jews on one stone, exiled the Jews throughout the world, and he worshiped idols. Despite these incredible sins committed by Nevuzaradan, which almost has no equal in their enormity and severity in the history of the world, yet Nevuzaradan was still able to repent for these crimes and G-d accepted his repentance. This mind-boggling true story is such a powerful lesson which must be ingrained within us all! This incredible incident clearly illustrates, as was mentioned above, what the Talmud teaches, “There isn’t any sin that cannot be atoned for through repentance!” This includes the worst possible sins such as what Nevuzaradan had committed. So we should all take heart and courage from this teaching and not despair! No matter how bad the sins we have committed are, we can surely take solace from this teaching and we can repent for any sin we have committed no matter how heinous and terrible, as Nevuzaradan did in his time.

More from the Talmud on repentance:

Rebbe Yehoshua ben Levi said: Whoever is able to overcome their evil impulses and confess his past sins the verse teaches us that he is considered to have given honor to G–d, both in this world and the World to Come, as it says, “He who offers [his evil impulse and] makes confession honors Me (G-d) (psalms 50:23) [The unusual double Hebrew letter “nun” in the word honors refers to this world and the next.]

Rebbe Yehoshua ben Levi also said: When the Temple was standing, if a person brought a burnt offering, he was given reward for bringing a burnt offering; if a person brought a meal offering, he was given reward for bringing a meal offering; but if someone humbles himself (before G-d), the verse considers it as if he had brought all of the sacrifices, for it says “The sacrifices G-d desires are a broken spirit” (Psalms 51:19) In addition to this, his prayers are never rejected, for it says, “A broken and humbled heart, G-d, You will not despise.” (Psalms 51:19)

[The reader is asked to please read the following explanation to better understand this teaching of the Talmud and better understand the concept of sacrifices to gain atonement.]

[Note: During Temple times the Torah required that every repentant sinner would be required to offer a sacrifice in the Temple. Before the animal was offered, the man would discuss his sins with the righteous priests who would later offer his sacrifice. The priests would first give him guidance on how to repent and they would inspire him to humble himself so he would feel complete remorse and they would also teach him how to change his ways. Concerning the animal that was to be sacrificed, that animal would be considered to be a substitute for the sinner himself. In actuality, it is the sinner himself who really should have been burnt on the fire of the altar to rectify his misdeeds rather than the animal. G-d in His mercy allowed the animal to take the place of the sinner to indicate to us that the act of a sin is actually animalistic behavior. The sinner has fallen to the level of an animal, because just as animals, whom are known to live only to fulfill their lusts and desires and are devoid of morality and the desire to sanctify their lives, so too the sinner has actually fallen to the spiritual, intellectual, and emotional level of an animal and has actually become an animal on the spiritual level in the eyes of G-d. How can this former man, who has fallen to the spiritual, intellectual, and emotional level of an animal, through his sin return to his proper place – the level of a human being – and regain his status? The Torah gives us the answer. The Torah tells us that by offering an animal sacrifice – which means to destroy the animal aspect within his soul and character which he has created within himself through his sinful animal behavior, he can readily rectify himself and regain his spiritual and emotional status as a human being again. It is as if to say, “Let an animal come and atone for the man who has acted like an animal through his sinful behavior.”
After the priests finished counseling the sinner, the animal would then be slaughtered and its blood sprinkled upon the altar. When the sinner looked upon the slaughtered and burning animal, disemboweled, with its guts hanging out and its blood dripping upon the altar, he would come to realize that he himself was actually no better and no different than this animal lying before him, and that he himself should have been placed upon the altar instead of the sizzling burning sacrificial animal lying upon the fire. This entire scene would often humble the sinner and inspire him to do true repentance in his heart.
Without true remorse and without a heartfelt repentance by the sinner, the sacrifice would be considered worthless and the sinner would not be forgiven. Thus, the sacrifices were like visual and emotional aids to help sinners truly repent. However, in our times, we no longer have the benefit of the guidance of the holy Temple priests and the sacrifices to help us reach a heightened state of humility needed to feel remorse over our sins and truly repent. Without the help of a Temple is all lost? How could we ever hope to do true repentance? Therefore, the Talmud gives us encouragement and tells us that even without a Temple one can accomplish the same state of remorse as when the Temple stood and one is still able to fully repent of all of his sins. How? One must first think so deeply about his sins so that he sincerely comes to regret what he has done. If a man accomplishes this state of remorse through his contemplation, then his repentance can be considered even greater than bringing a sin offering at the Temple. Because not every sin offering, brought at the Temple was brought with sincere motives, which was to do true repentance. If this was the case, and true remorse did not accompany the sacrifice, then such a sacrifice would not bring about atonement and the sinner would not be forgiven. Then the atonement ceremony at the Temple would actually be disadvantageous to such sinners, for they would erroneously think that the sacrifice alone was enough to gain atonement for them without the need for true remorse. Thus, this situation of bringing an insincere sacrifice would actually cause them to lose their opportunity to really rectify their sins and gain atonement. They then would erroneously feel that their sins were erased and would then never truly address this sin again and thus never gain any repentance whatsoever for this sin. For such sinners, it would have been better for them not to have a Temple, so that they would certainly come to realize that it is actually true remorse which accompanied the sacrifice which was the main ingredient in affecting atonement, and not the insincere sacrifice alone. However, today, the advantage to not having the benefit of a Temple is that every sinner knows that the only way to gain atonement is trough sincere remorse because there are no sacrifices to rely on today. Therefore, a truly remorseful and devastated penitent could accomplish more through his heartfelt repentance than an insincere penitent who offered a sacrifice at the Temple.
So what is the qualitative difference between today’s repentance and that of the repentance done through a sacrifice offered at the Temple? The difference between the Temple times and our times is that the holy environment of the Temple, was filled with G-d’s Divine Presence, the holy priests, and the holy objects dedicated to the service of G-d which created the ideal atmosphere to inspire one to sincerely repent. In addition, as mentioned above, when the sinner gazed upon the burning sacrifice, it would humble the sinner and help him become remorseful, thus inspiring him to do a sincere repentance. Thus, the sacrifices and the other mechanisms that were once in place in the Temple would greatly enhance repentance and it would make it relatively easily to inspire the sinner to feel remorse and to reach a true sincere repentance. However, today, without the Temple, we do not have these mechanisms in place which would have made it much easier for the sinner to become inspired to do true and remorseful repentance. Today it is much more difficult to reach the necessary level of remorse as compared with Temple times. Although today, we do not have the benefit of the Temple to help the sinner easily reach the proper frame of mind and level of repentance. The Talmud informs us not to despair, because today, even without the help of a Temple, although it is much more difficult to achieve the proper level of remorse to attain forgiveness over one’s sins, despite this situation it is still yet possible to achieve the proper level of remorse, but today a greater amount of effort and determination is required than it was in the past when sacrifices were offered in the Temple. Please Note: During Temple times the Torah required that in addition to remorse over one’s sins a sinner was required to bring the appropriate sacrifice. Remorse during Temple times would not affect complete atonement without a sacrifice. The sacrifice, in addition to one’s remorse would propel one’s repentance to the highest spiritual realms and accomplish a complete rectification of the damage caused by one’s sins. However, today, without a Temple, we are now exempt from having to bring sacrifices. Therefore, because of today’s situation, G-d now considers true remorse as if one had brought a sacrifice and thus true remorse can actually fully rectify any sin as if one had brought a sacrifice to the very Temple itself. May we all merit true atonement and the rebuilding of the Temple speedily in our days Amen!

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What is the purpose of this World and the Jews in History

The Hebrew world for “world” is “Olam.” Olam has another meaning in Hebrew which means hidden. Every Hebrew word teaches a lesson and the lesson of the word Olam – hidden – teaches that G-d is hidden in this world and that the world seems to run through the laws of nature. G-d intentionally runs the world this way so that man can earn his closeness to G-d through using his free choice to choose to come close to G-d. The Talmud teaches that G-d does not want to force man to do anything against his will.
King David tells in us in the book of Psalms that although G-d is hidden from view in this world if one looks more closely one can find G-d within nature, history, and world events. In other words, G-d makes His existence known indirectly in this world through nature, world politics, and through His beloved chosen people, the Jewish People.
The Torah (Bible) has made many predictions about what will happen from the beginning of time until the end of time, until the Messiah (the Jewish King appointed by G-d to save the world) will come to save the world. Many thousands of years ago G-d told the world through the Torah, the Jewish prophets, and the Rabbis what will happen throughout history. Every single prediction made by G-d, of the hundreds of predictions, has come true. No other religion or wise men have ever made predictions that have come true like the predictions made by the Jewish prophets.
Now I will give a very short summary of the main predictions made by the Jewish prophets thousands of years ago so one can understand the direction and purpose of what is happening in the world from ancient times until this very day. G-d chose Abraham, the first Jew, and all of his children after him to fulfill G-d’s mission. That mission is to tell the world that G-d exists. G-d told Abraham and many other Jewish prophets that followed him that the Jews will come to own the holy land of Israel forever. G-d told Abraham and the Jewish prophets that eventually the Jews will learn from some of the bad ways of the non-Jews and come to sin against G-d. In order to save the Jews from falling away from G-d and to let the other nations of the world learn about G-d, He destroyed the holy Temple in Jerusalem and sent the Jews into exile to be scattered to the four corners of the world. There is no land or place that does not have at least one Jew living there. G-d said that no matter what happens to the small Jewish people they will always be important in the eyes the other nations. Every major event that happened in history the Jews were involved in. The Torah also predicted that the Jews would suffer more than any other nation in the world and despite their terrible suffering they would survive and live to be saved by G-d at the end of time. The Torah also predicted that many mighty nations throughout history, much stronger than the Jews would hurt the Jews, but then at the right time, those nations would be destroyed and disappear from the earth. We see that such mighty countries that hurt the Jews such as Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Greece, Rome, and others are gone and lost forever while the Jews are still alive just as G-d promised thousands of years ago. When the entire world learns about G-d through the Jewish people then G-d will send the King Messiah, who is a descendant of King David to save the Jews and the world.
Crying over the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem on Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av) reminds us that although we were punished for our sins by losing the Temple and losing the land of Israel that we will someday rebuild the Temple. Today, 5 million Jews live in the land of Israel. This is humanly impossible. No other people was away from its land for over 2,000 years and then came back to rebuild it. No other people was so hated and attacked by all of the nations of the world and lived through every suffering like the Jews. This is an open miracle. Just as G-d had promised, that the Jews would live through every type of suffering and come back to rebuild its land. In every country of the world, wherever the Jews have lived, they have always been both important and hated by everyone. Why has the small Jewish People always been treated this way? It is because those who hate the Jews really hate G-d. G-d has promised, although many Jews will be lost, there will always be Jews in the world and G-d will protect them so that the Jews will live forever and this promise has been kept. We are now at the time called “the end of days” right before the coming of the Messiah. Many things will happen in the world that will change the world forever. One of those things is that all of the Jews will be brought back to the land of Israel to live a good and peaceful life. There the Jews will grow to have millions of children and become a large people. The nations of the world will then come to see the truth about the Jews and come to love and respect them and the Jews will never be hurt again by the other nations and they will live in peace and happiness forever

BY ISRAEL HAKOHAN

This is the continuing saga of the historical documentation of the crimes committed against the Jewish People which was practiced throughout the ages and was culminated by the Holocaust:

Hitler didn’t introduce anything new in his treatment of the Jews as many uninformed xtians would like to believe. Hitler only continued the centuries old practices he learned from the church, but on a grander and larger scale. The following are some examples:

In the year 1494: The fanatical Franciscan friar, Bernardino de Feltre, traveled throughout Italy as protector of Xtian children “whom the Jews” want to steal and crucify.” His preaching incited Italian peasants and servants to attack the Jews especially during Holy Week. This monk spread and gave credibility to the ritual murder libel. A story is told of an old Jewish man trying to help a crying xtian child who was lost from his parents. He was stoned to death by a hysterical mob who suspected he was trying to lure the child away for ritual murder purposes. This story exemplifies the kind of popular hysteria that abounded in this period and the precarious quality of life entailed in being a Jew.

In the year 1495: Alexander Yaghello, Grand Duke of Lithuania, ordered the expulsion of the Jews from Lithuania. He confiscated all of the property of the Jews expelled from Lithuania in the district of Grodno, Brest, Lutzk, and Trochi and distributed it to the local xtians. The Jews were permitted to return to Lithuania in the year 1501 and some of their property was returned.

In the year 1496: A regulation was passed prohibiting any Jew from staying in the city of Venice for more than two weeks each year. After this limit was reached a 12 month interval had to elapse before any further visit was permitted.

In the year 1497: King Manuel of Portugal issued a secret command that all Jewish children under the age of 14 were to be taken from their parents and baptized on Easter Sunday. After this crime was carried out, later the same year he expelled all the Jews from Portugal.

In the year 1498: The German Emperor Maximilian granted Nuremberg the privilege of being exempt from receiving Jews from within its walls.

In the year 1499: The townsmen of Nuremberg, Germany expelled the city’s Jewish community. Similar expulsions took place at Ulm, Nordingen, Colmar, and Magdeburg Germany. The only Jewish communities remaining in Germany were in Ratisbon, Frankfort on Main, and Worms. The Jews living there were under constant threat of expulsion and daily harassment. In Ratisbon, Germany millers and bakers refused to sell Jews bread and other staples. The clergy threatened tradesmen with excommunication should they trade with the Jews. The Jews could shop in the market only on certain days during specified hours.
Summary of the 14th and 15th centuries:
No new methods were added to the practice of anti-Jewish treatment. The Jews were subjected to the now well established practices of confiscation of property, expulsion, forced conversion, ghettoization, restrictions on religious practices, travel and occupation, denial of civil rights, torture and massacre, and charges of ritual murder, and host desecration. The Inquisitional mentality expanded the scope of future anti-Jewish treatment. As a result of the Inquisition, hatred and persecution of the Jews was no longer restrained or restricted by outward appearances. The efforts of some Jews to become less conspicuous by conversion, which removed their cultural or life style distinctiveness, were no longer a guarantee against prejudice and persecution. In this sense, the Inquisition may be interpreted as the intellectual and historical precursor of the racial anti-Jewish behavior of the 19th and 20th centuries epitomized by the Nazis. Therefore, Hitler didn’t introduce anything new in his treatment of the Jews as many uninformed xtians would like to believe. Hitler only continued the centuries old practices he learned from the church but on a grander and larger scale

 

ISAIAH“Console My people,console says Your G-d”

FROM  FRIEND,CONFIDANT, RABBI AND AUTHOR : Yisroel HaKohen

The following are verses mentioned by the holy prophet Isaiah and their commentaries in order to give encouragement to the Jewish people.

Chapter 40:

Verse 1: “Console My people, console says Your G-d”.

“Console, Console” In this verse G-d calls upon the prophets to console the Jews. The repetition means that they should repeatedly console them. G-d does not promise an immediate redemption, only the consolation of a distant salvation. At the moment they do not merit salvation. “Console My people,” this is a title of endearment that G-d always loves the Jews no matter what they have done. “Says” means to continue saying consolation throughout all future generations. “Your G-d” refers to the Hebrew Name of G-d of strict justice meaning that the Jewish People can be consoled even when Divine justice is being exacted upon them.

Verse 2: “Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and call to her, for she is filled with her
hosts and her sin has been forgiven, because she has been punished doubly by
G-d for all her sins.”

“Speak to the heart of Jerusalem” The consolation can be short, and contain only a statement of the ultimate salvation, but such a consolation does not always calm someone who is deeply distressed. Therefore, the consolation is to be expressed in many different ways and with uplifting metaphors, so that it reaches the hearts of the people, calms their difficult feelings and allays their fears throughout the centuries of exile. “Jerusalem” The consolation is addressed to Jerusalem and the cities of Judah. Isaiah speaks about a rebuilt Jerusalem in the distant future, and encourages its residents that although Jerusalem will be destroyed an ever greater future awaits them and that the Jewish People’s future greatness will be centered around the city of Jerusalem.

 “Call to her” Call to those who are near and to those who are far. “Filled with her hosts” The phrase means that her time of suffering has ended. “Her sin has been forgiven” The people are guaranteed that one way or another, their sin will be forgiven. The ultimate destiny of the Jewish People is to become a holy nation and a role model for all mankind. Following their salvation they will realize that after a long exile, much suffering, and many trails that there is no sense in returning to the behavior which previously brought them all that suffering in the first place. “Punished … by G-d”

 Everything that happened to the Jews was from G-d it was not accidental. “Punished doubly for all her sins” The prophet warns here in G-d’s Name that the Jewish People’s suffering will be “double the pleasure” they derived from their sins, not only as a punishment but also to strengthen them spiritually, in order to assure the permanence of their future purity. The “double punishment” here can also be in comparison to the suffering of the nations.

As stated many times, what are considered minor and insignificant sins for the non-Jew can be considered major for a Jew, and thus the punishment for the Jews will be double compared with the non-Jew.

PART  TWO

When Will the Jewish Messiah Come? The Talmud Sanhedrin (97a) Says:

Rebbe Yachanan said, “In the generation when the son of David (the Jewish Messiah), will come, the number of Torah scholars will dwindle, and as for the rest of the people, their eyes will be wearied through anguish and grief. Everyday will bring new adversities and harsh decrees. No sooner is one trouble over than another appears.

Rebbe Yehuda said, In the generation when the son of David will come, … the Galilee will lay desolate (possibly referring to the Lebanon War 2006), the people of the border region will wander from town to town, and not be welcome (possibly referring to Gush Katif). The wisdom of the scholars will be unpopular; G-d fearing people will be despised, the leaders of the generation (non-Torah true leaders) will act the way dogs behave (the leaders will appear to be leading but they will actually lead based on public opinion), and the truth will have disappeared. … (In the generation when the son of David will come) Rav Sheila said, “Whoever turns away from evil will be considered foolish.”

Rebbe Nehorai said, “In the generation when the son of David will come, the young will humiliate the elderly, yet the elderly will rise (respectfully) before the young. Daughters will rebel against their mothers; daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law. The leaders of the generation will act like dogs act (the leaders will appear to be leading but they will actually lead based on public opinion), and a son will not be ashamed before his father.”

Rebbe Nechemiah said, “In the generation when the son of David will come, impudence will increase; mutual respect (among people) will decrease. The vine will produce its fruit, yet wine will be expensive. The world will be converted to heresy, and there will be no one to admonish the people.”

The Sages taught, “G-d will take up the cause of His people (and redeem them) (Deut. 32:36)” when He sees that their power is gone, and there is no leader or helper. The son of David will come, when informers abound (when the informers become too successful G-d will bring the redemption (Rashi)).

Rebbe Abba said, There is no clearer sign of the arrival of the (Jewish) Messiah than this, as it says, “But you, O mountains of Israel, will give forth your branch and bear your fruit for My people Israel” (Ezekiel 36:8). (The clearest sign that the redemption is imminent is that the land of Israel will produce abundance of fruit (Rashi)

Rebbe Yochanan said, If you see a generation that slides into poverty, expect the Messiah, as it says, “And the impoverished nation You will save” (2 Samuel 22:28).

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  • 1 Yisroel HaKohen // Jun 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    David please go to youtube and look at the video “we con the world.” My sister told me about this. This was the most viewed video last Friday. Also go to Carolineglick.com. She is Natanyahu’s cheif advisor who has her own website and she does a very good job in defending Israel and stating the truth. let me know what you think.

  • 2 Yisroel HaKohen // Nov 21, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Why those who preach the Gospel are despised by G-d!
    “One who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a man, and one who sacrifices a lamb is like one who breaks a dog’s neck. One who offers a meal offering is like one who offers pig’s blood, and one who offers frankincense is like one who blesses sin. They too, chose their ways, and their souls desire their abominations.” (Isaiah 66:3)
    Commentary:
    One Who – This verse refers to one who brings an ox as an offering to G-d with the wrong intentions, thinking he has done something praiseworthy. However, if he doesn’t have the proper intentions, it may even be considered as if he murdered a human being.
    Dog … Pig – Isaiah speaks about two unclean animals here. The dog is not kosher for consumption, but provides man with benefits, whereas the pig is completely detested, and pigs are offered in pagan rituals. The pig possesses one of the two signs of being kosher which are split hooves. This verse provides a subtle rebuke which compares the one who brings offerings with the wrong intentions to offering pig’s blood. Bringing offerings to G-d seem praiseworthy, yet they are no more valuable than the single sign of a pig if the offering is brought with the wrong intentions. The pig initially gives the impression that it is a kosher animal by showing its spilt hooves but it lacks the second sign of a kosher animal, which is to chew its cud. Therefore, the pig is more repugnant than any other non-kosher animal which lack any kosher sign at all because although the pig has one kosher sign it tries to deceive people into thinking it is kosher. This deception is reprehensible and therefore makes the pig more despised than any other animal. Thus, like the pig, which is to offer an animal with the wrong intentions looks good only on the surface but the lack of pure intentions makes the offering vile in G-d’s eyes just like the pig who seems to be kosher on the surface but is really not.
    Offers Pig’s Blood – The pig is unclean for consumption, all the more so for an offering to G-d.
    They Too, Choose Their Ways – These people are acting with full awareness and cannot justify themselves in any way.
    Their Souls Desire Their Abominations – These people pretend to serve G-d, their true intention is only to fulfill their own desires.
    Examining this verse more closely we can see that G-d despises the pig and is considered the most impure of all animals because the pig tries to deceive people into sin. Let us go a step further. Those people who eat and relish the pig absorb the characteristics and negative spiritual energies of the pig. “You are what you eat.” How could the pig eaters ever discover the truth? It is the very nature of the pig is to be deceptive as stated by G-d Himself through the prophet Isaiah. In fact the pig eaters claim that they know the truth and they know the true interpretations of the Bible and they have the true religion. The missionaries who eat pork have ingested the characteristics of the pig and deceive themselves and those who follow them. How can the impure pig eaters preach the word of G-d? G-d Himself has declared them to be reprehensible as we see from this verse. The missionaries are like the pig they consume. They try to deceive and trap ignorant Jews to follow their false and impure ideologies. It is only through the art of deception and twisting and perverting the true interpretations of the Bible that they are able to prey on innocent and ignorant Jews. How can the impure teach the Bible and claim to be the true experts on what the word of the Living G-d is? This verse clearly condemns the pig eater religion and its missionaries. How dare the impure pig eaters tell us pure Jews what G-d wants? It is foolish to even think that the pig eaters have any holiness or sanctity to their religion. Their religion is as impure as the pig. Just as the pig tries to deceive so does the pig eater religion try to deceive the world into thinking that they have the truth as this verse clearly demonstrates.
    Yisroel Ha’Kohen

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    FROM: EDITOR DACON9′s INTRODUCTION FOR R’ YISROEL HA’KOHANE REASONS FOR HIS ARTICLE.

    R’ Yisroel Ha’Kohen received a book 6 months ago disguised as a free hebrew book looking innocent offering hebrew legitiment quotes to trap the unsuspecting and unlearned JEW into reading that deception filth introducing jesueses.The jew4jxuses is targeting this month the ashkanaz commuity as he recieved the book again and his whol ebuilding got one.
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    A local Rabbi has a recording to the neighborhood jews advising them NOT TO OPEN SUCH EVIL THINGS AND IMMEDIATELY THROW IT IN THE GARBAGE AND I ADD NOT TO RECYCLE THE PAPER FOR IT IS SPIRITUALLY UNLCEAN…
    and now to continue with ISAIAH 53 BY RABBI YOSROEL HA’KOHAN

    Yisroel Ha’Kohen

    I felt compelled to write the following authentic Jewish commentary on chapter 53 of Isaiah because of the recent flood of missionary propaganda that has proliferated our communities which have used Isaiah 53 as their proof that their man-g-d is referred to by Isaiah. For centuries the Christians have twisted the Biblical verses to suit their needs. Unfortunately, the Church has been able to easily deceive the masses because most of their followers and the ignorant Jews have no knowledge of Hebrew. This makes it very easy to deceive and intentionally twist the meanings of Biblical verses. The holy Jewish prophet Isaiah makes no mention of the Christian man-g-d. The Christians have transposed all of the pronouns used in the verses of Isaiah 53 to refer to their man-g-d. There is no basis to do so and it does not conform to the actual Hebrew Biblical text nor does their interpretation fit into the context of the previous chapter from which chapter 53 flows. Isaiah’s prophecy was delivered 500 years before their man-g-d died. Isaiah, as all the prophets called upon the Jews to follow the Torah. The Christian g-d never kept the torah as is evidenced by the testimony of his disciples. The Torah tells us that G-d has no body. How can an all powerful g-d be killed? The story of the Christian g-d resembles Greek mythology more than the actual truth. There are so many contradictions and outright errors written in the Christian Bible. To mention all of the errors, contradictions, falsehoods, etc. is beyond the scope of this article. There are many books written that point out these problems. To dispel the assertion of the manipulative and deceitful missionaries I have come to give the proper interpretation of Isaiah 53 according to the authentic Jewish Hebrew text and to the authentic Jewish sages who have been always true to the correct interpretation of the Jewish Bible.

    This entire chapter refers to the song of the Nations upon Israel’s Redemption

    Isaiah 53

    53:1 – Who would believe what we (the nations) heard, and upon whom was G-d’s hand revealed (Israel)?

    Commentary –

    Who would believe – Throughout the exile, no one would have believed that the Jews would ever return to greatness. Indeed, because of this disbelief, the Christians and Muslins have tried to interpret this chapter as not referring to the Jewish People. The descendants of these men who are of other faiths will be shocked at how their forefathers mislead them. What we heard – The news of the Jewish redemption. Upon Whom was G-d’s hand revealed – This phrase is meant to scorn those nations who had expected G-d’s hand to be revealed to them, but in the end, it will be revealed to the “lowly” Jewish people.

    53:2 – He (the Jews) grew before G-d like a nursing infant, and like a root in dry land, without form or beauty. We saw him (the Jews) without appearance and we desired him.

    Commentary –

    A nursing infant – This means that at the time of the redemption the Jewish People will appear fresh and new, as if they were just born, like a newborn infant. Their ancient roots and long history of suffering will not be evident upon them. Today, the Jews in Israel are considered a young nation despite their ancient history. Like a root in a dry land – Their sudden growth will be as amazing as the growth of a plant in the desert. This came about suddenly after World War Two at the birth of the State of Israel. Without form or beauty – Even after the redemption, the nations will perceive the Jewish People as lacking all the things that they consider beautiful. Thus this verse is warning the nations not to assess human greatness by standards of superficial beauty. We saw him without appearance, and we desired him – The nations will argue at the time of the revelation of Israel’s greatness that in the past they could not accept the Jewish people as being G-d’s chosen ones because in the past they never saw anything special in them. But after the redemption the nations will be able to perceive Israel’s greatness and the nations will desire it.

    53:3 – (Israel was) despised, lacking manliness, a man (the Jews) of suffering, tormented with illness, as if He (G-d) had hidden His face from him (Israel), despised (by the nations), and we (the nations) did not value him.

    Commentary –

    Despised – The materialistic nations considered the Jewish people to have lacked any value and therefore they despised the Jews. Lacking manliness – The materialistic nations thought that the Jews lacked any form of true manliness because the Jews, who are servants of G-d did not have any ambition for any material accomplishments. For example the Jews were not interested in hunting, war, drinking liquor, entertainment, or sports. Man of suffering – Since G-d’s servants will devote their lives to studying His Torah even beyond their physical and material capabilities, they will develop physical ailments. This is written in the singular form, since only individual Jews will live like this. The Jewish Messiah will be one of them. As if He had concealed His face from him – The impression that the nations will have is that G-d has concealed Himself from the Jews. The nations reason that if G-d were with the Jews why do they look so awful. The nations tortured and impoverished the Jews so that they looked repulsive. Despised – This word is repeated to stress the great scorn and hatred the Jews will suffer from the hands of the nations. The Church through the centuries and the Nazis spread anti-Semitic propaganda against the Jews which depicted the Jews as the most vile of all creatures. We did not value him – The reason why the nations did not value Israel is because the nations do not place any value on spiritual pursuits. The nations respect war heroes, sports heroes, movie stars etc.

    53:4 – However, he (Israel) bore our (the nations) illness and suffered our pain. Yet we (the nations) considered him a failure, smitten by G-d and tortured
    Commentary –

    He bore our illness and suffered our pain – The mission of the Jewish People was to serve as guides and teachers for the nations, but since they did not live up to their roles and as a result the nations remained decadent, the Jews were blamed and punished for the nation’s poor conduct. This verse also refers to the fact the nations afflicted the Jews and made them ill. We considered him – The nation’s mistaken and poor perception of the Jews is repeated in these verses, so that the nations not try to justify themselves. A failure – Such scorn has been heaped upon the Jews since the rise of Christianity and Islam. While Christian and Islamic scholars may distort the meaning of these verses, in the future the nations will all be astonished by the dramatic turn of events upon the advent of the Jewish Redemption. Smitten by G-d and tortured – The nations argue that the Jews deserve their suffering. It is interesting to note that this prophecy was fulfilled so precisely, yet the Christians have distorted and misinterpreted this verse so recklessly.

    53:5 – He (the Jewish Messiah) is desecrated because of our sins (the sins of the nations and the sinful Jews), crushed by our transgressions (and this is why the Jewish Messiah’s coming is delayed). The (Jewish) suffering for our (the nations) peace is his (in the merit of the Jews), and we (the nations) are healed by his (the Jew’s) wounds.

    Commentary –

    Desecrated because our sins – This verse refers to the desecration of the honor and holiness of Jews by the nations. Because the nations are profane and materialistic they desecrate the sanctity of the Jewish People by luring Jews to pursue their materialistic illusions and ways and this in turn desecrates the Messiah’s holiness. Our sins – This refers to the nations’ sins against the Jews which includes all of the various decrees the nations made against the Jewish faith throughout the millennia. Crushed – Refers to the spirit. By our transgressions – This verse means that G-d is ready to send the Messiah immediately however it is our sins that delay his coming. The suffering for our peace – Since the nations were not given the Torah they cannot be held totally responsible for their bad conduct. Therefore, since the Jews did receive the Torah the Jews are held responsible for the existence of evil in the world, and are punished for it before anyone else. The peace that will come to the world in the Messianic age will be only in the merit of Jewish suffering. We are healed – The world exists only in the merit for those who study the Torah and fulfill it. The Jews are pushed to fulfill G-d’s commandments by their wounds and suffering. Thus this verse is saying that it is the Jewish People’s suffering is what brings healing to the world.

    The Nations’ Confession

    53:6 – We (the nations) all have strayed like sheep, each of us (the nations) turning to his own way (acting selfishly). But G-d meted out on him (the Jews) all of our (the nations’) sins.

    Commentary –

    We all strayed like sheep – During the Messianic era the nations of the world will admit their mistake, as if they were sheep without a shepherd. Each of us turning his own way – The nations did not do what was best for mankind as a whole. Each nation and individual gentile did what was best for its own selfish interests. But G-d meted out on him – The Jews were punished for not rectifying the world.

    Isaiah’s Assessment of How the Nations Treated the Jews

    53:7 – He (the Jews) was oppressed and tortured, but he (the Jews) does not open his mouth, as if he (the Jews) was led to the slaughter, a sheep dumb before shearers (when the Jews were robbed by the nations) – he (the Jews) does not open his mouth (not even to complain to G-d).

    Commentary –

    He was oppressed – The nations were not properly able to assess the Jews as being G-d’s chosen people. This is why the nations tortured the Jews and most of the Jews accepted this suffering in silence. Oppressed and tortured – The Hebrew word for oppressed refers to ridicule, oppressive taxation, and other forms of discriminatory oppression. The word torture refers specifically to bodily torture. This verse refers to the time period throughout the Exile after the destruction of the Temple. He does not open his mouth – The Jews did not respond to their ridicule, knowing that the nations would not understand their responses. The Jews did not resist their physical torture, knowing that this was G-d’s Will. As if he was a lamb – The Jews were almost powerless under the control of the nations as a lamb. A sheep dumb before its shearers – This phrase refers to confiscation of Jewish property, which happened countless times throughout the Exile. Dumb – The Jews were silent because they accepted their suffering as G-d’s Will and because the Jews were so tortured that they lost their ability to properly respond to the nations. He does not open his mouth – The Jews not only did not respond to the nations, but they also did not complain to G-d.

    53:8 – He (the Jews) was taken from imprisonment and judgment (by gentile judges and rulers) – who can tell this to his generation? For he (Jews) was cut off from the land of the living (and exiled) – the sins of my (Isaiah’s) people caused him (the Jews) this affliction.

    Commentary –

    He was taken from imprisonment and judgment – The nations who oppressed the Jews were not only the lawless masses, but the judges and rulers. This is a pathetic allusion to the mock accusations and trails that were conducted against the Jews throughout the ages in exile i.e. the inquisition. Who can tell this to his generation – Who could adequately describe all of the suffering of the Jews throughout their long and bitter Exile? He was cut off from the land of the living – This refers to both having been exiled from the land of Israel which is referred to in Psalms as “the land of the living” and this also refers to the fact that the Jews were often banished from one land to another. The sins of my people caused him this affliction – The prophet Isaiah bemoans his people’s suffering.

    53:9 – He (the Jews) accepted his burial among the wicked (nations), and his (the Jews) death among the wealthy (nations), though he (the Jews) did not do any violence and spoke no falsehood (the Jews did not deny G-d even under torture).

    Commentary –

    He accepted his burial among the wicked – The Jews accepted death and burial in the hands of gentiles rather than deny G-d. His burial – The nations will eventually acknowledge the evil they did not only to the living but to the dead – by not giving them a proper burial or respect. This verse is written in the singular to urge every individual Jew to accept this. His death – This word is in the plural which refers to the many types of death that the Jews suffered by the hands of the Church, Islam, and the Nazis. Among the wealthy – The gentiles were already wealthy and therefore had no justification to rob and loot the Jews throughout the Exile. Though he had done no violence – There were certainly a few individual Jews who were thieves but nothing the Jews did as a whole had justified the nations’ from punishing them as a community. Spoken no falsehood – Although there were individual Jews who were willing to deny their faith in order to save their lives, but as a whole the majority of Jews chose death rather than living such a lie as to accept Christianity or Islam.

    The Jewish Suffering as a Means to Attain Spiritual Greatness

    53:10 – But G-d chose to crush him (the Jews) and make him ill. Yet even if his (the Jews) soul is assumed guilty (by the gentiles), he (the Jews) will have offspring living long life, and G-d’s cause will prosper in his hand (and the Jews will complete their mission).

    Commentary –

    G-d chose to crush him – Isaiah answers the question why G-d allows the Jews to suffer so greatly. This is G-d’s way to make sure that the Jews stay on the right path. When a person accepts his suffering as coming from G-d, he is elevated to higher spiritual levels and becomes closer to G-d. His soul is assumed guilty – Even if the gentiles accuse the Jews falsely and torture them for it G-d promises that the Jews will be given the strength to endure it. Have offspring – The Jews are promised that despite their inhuman torture by the nations their offspring will endure so that each generation will pick up from where the previous one’s left off. This was especially evident after the Holocaust where the Jews were able to rebuild their shattered lives both in Israel and the rest of the world. G-d’s cause will prosper in his hand – The Jewish People will succeed in their mission to serve G-d and spread G-d’s teachings despite all their difficulties.

    53:11 – He (the Jews) will see (blessing) from his efforts (against their many obstacles) and be satisfied (with spiritual bliss). With his knowledge, (of the Torah) My righteous servant (the Jews) will make many righteous, and he will bear their sins (of the gentiles and rectify them).

    Commentary –

    From his efforts – The Jews will be able to overcome all obstacles. However, a great effort will be needed to accomplish their mission. Be satisfied – Most people are never satisfied in this world, but the righteous Jews will be because of their service to G-d. With his knowledge – The wisdom derived from the Torah which is the word of G-d. Make many righteous – The innocent Jews will be even vindicated in court in the Messianic era. He will bear their sins – The Jews will bear the sins of gentiles and try to rectify them.

    53:12 – Therefore, I (G-d) will give him (the Jews) a portion with many, and he (the Jews) will receive a portion among the mighty (their ancestors), since he (the Jews) exposed himself to death (to die for G-d) and was counted among the sinners (the gentiles considered the Jews to be evil). He (the Jews) bore the sins of many (the gentiles) and prayed on behalf of sinners (the gentiles).

    Commentary –

    I will give him a portion – After the Jews will do all they can on their own to rectify the world, G-d will grant them further powers to achieve even greater things. Among the mighty – Although the Jews are weak, they will achieve great things, like their ancestors did. Exposed himself to death – The Jews were willing to die for G-d. Was counted among the sinners – No one wants to be considered a sinner. However, the Jews were called sinners by the gentiles, especially by the Church and the Jews accepted this untrue label in order to be able to accomplish their mission. He bore the sins of many – The Patriarchs prayed on the behalf of many. This verse is written in the past tense which is why this verse refers to the Patriarchs. Prayed on behalf of the sinners – This phrase is written in the future tense, teaching that the Jews are expected to always behave in this manner and pray for the gentiles. For example, on the high holidays the Jews pray for the benefit of all mankind.

  • 6 Yisroel Hakohen // May 8, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Mission and Purpose of this Blog

    The following explains the goals and mission that has inspired the creation and existence of this blog.

    The Talmud tells us that before the coming of the Jewish Messiah, “The truth will become a rare commodity, those people who give helpful rebuke will be hated, those who fear sin will be despised, and the knowledge of the Torah will become unclear.”
    All of these predictions have come about in our times. In order to do my part in order to attempt to remedy the situation I have created this blog for those people who seek the truth and need the Torah’s guidance to help them go on the proper path and acquire the proper attitude and perspectives. The media and secular society has created their own truths and values of what it deems as right and wrong which often conflicts with Torah values. Society once rejected pornography, drug use, abortion, pre-marital relationships, corruption, theft, lies, etc. however these improper behaviors have now been embraced as the morals of the new-age. These new values of society have led to unhappiness, pain, death, and total confusion. Today, people do not know the difference between right and wrong. This is why I decided to preach Torah true values to inform the uneducated and the confused so they can make the proper and good choices that lead to life and the proper path.
    In addition, I strongly encourage people who read this blog to respond with their thoughts, questions, comments, problems etc. I will try to respond to them to help them the best way I know how. In addition, there are so many detractors out there that it is very helpful to me that even if you just send me a few words of encouragement it will give me the strength to continue to put out this blog. Therefore, words of encouragement are very important to me so it will enable me to continue to bear the abuse and carry on with this blog. There were many times I almost gave up this blog because of the many haters of the truth who viciously attacked me for merely stating the truth. Therefore, your kind words will help me continue this blog.
    In the following paragraphs I state the Biblical sources for putting out this blog and the truthful and honest way by which I present the materials listed on this blog:

    “You shall reprove your fellow Jew and do not bear a sin because of him.” Leviticus 19:17)

    In this verse, the Torah commands that each Jew is required to rebuke another Jew if he sees the other Jew do something that is improper and which violates Torah law. Therefore, if a Jew sees another Jew doing something improper and fails to correct the other Jew, that Jew who could have possibly prevented the improper act by correcting or informing the other Jew that he is doing something improper will be held responsible for the sin committed by the other Jew. The question is why should the first Jew be held responsible for the actions of another? A Jew cannot say to another Jew who tries to correct him, “What I do is my business and doesn’t affect anyone else.” This statement is completely false! Every Jew’s actions affect each other. Why should this be so? When the Jews accepted the Torah together on Mount Sinai, all of the Jews then became like one unit, functioning as one people. If another Jew failed to uphold the Torah, this means someone on my team sinned, and if I could have stopped it from happening I am therefore held responsible for that sin. However, if I did all that I could have to help and shield the other Jew from falling, I have met my obligation, and I will not be punished for the sin of the other Jew.
    The commentator, the “Kli Yakar”, explains this verse by citing a parable to explain why someone who sins is not only hurting himself but he is hurting every other Jew as well. The parable goes as follows: there was a man sailing on a huge ship filled with people. Suddenly, he hears a drilling sound coming from one of the cabins. The man then knocks on the door of the cabin to find out what is going on. When the door opens, he sees a man drilling a hole in the side of the ship. “What are you doing?” the man cries. “Oh, I am just drilling a hole in my side of the ship.” “Stop that!” the man says. “But why?” the man asks. “This is my cabin. I paid for it, and I do what I want here.” “No, you can’t! If you cut a hole in your side, the entire ship will go down and kill everyone aboard.” Therefore, if a Jew acts improperly he is hurting every other Jew.

    “Whoever tells the wicked, “You are righteous,” will be cursed by peoples and anger nations.” (Proverbs 24:24)

    Whoever tells the wicked you are righteous – This verse refers to a wise person who flatters the wicked person who he feels needs encouragement, hoping that the wicked person will come to repent. King Solomon is informing the wise that special wisdom is needed to know when such encouragement will indeed bring the wicked person closer to repentance, or the wise person’s encouragement will only open the door for the wicked person to continue in his wicked ways. Will be cursed – Others who are hurt by the wicked person will come to curse the wise person for encouraging the wicked person to continue on his wicked path even though the wise person only encouraged the wicked person in order to get him to repent. By peoples – This refers to the nations of the world. Even the nations of the world see the need for law and order, even though
    They did not accept G-d’s Torah. Even they do not appreciate the wicked and the harm they do to society. Anger – Even though there will be those people who will not be moved to actually curse the wise person who encouraged the wicked person but they will most certainly become infuriated at the wise person who encouraged the wicked person. Nations – There are certain evils which are not accepted by individuals but are accepted by the majority of the people of a nation such as unprovoked conquest through war. However, King Solomon is referring to in this verse to evil which is not accepted by all segments of the population such as the evil performed by unscrupulous lawyers and politicians.

    “Those who rebuke will have a pleasant life, and blessings of good will come upon them.” (Proverbs 24:25)

    Those who rebuke – This means those who tell the truth to the wicked without flattering them or at least tell the truth in a way that will encourage the wicked to mend their ways. For example, he can point out to the wicked that wickedness is not part of his nature and that no one is born wicked. He still has the capacity of becoming a righteous person. Have a pleasant life – Generally speaking, the life of those who rebuke isn’t pleasant. Not only fools scorn rebuke, but also respectable people tend to reject rebuke. King Solomon’s words here are more like a wishful prayer rather than stating a factual promise. Blessings of good will come upon them – Good people will bless the one who rebukes because they realize that the one who rebukes acts out of love and concern for those who he rebukes. They realize that the one who rebukes wants to bring a positive change into their lives based on Torah values.

    “The lips who responds with straightforward words will be kissed” (Proverbs 24:26)

    Lips …will be kissed – This refers to someone who gives rebuke in a straightforward way, so that his words are accepted, in contrast to those who don’t know how to rebuke, so that his words are greeted with scorn and rage. Therefore, anyone who wants to rebuke must learn how to do it properly, and anyone who does deliver rebuke in the proper way does deserve encouragement. Another understanding of this verse is that, when rebuked softly, even the wicked will close his lips, and remain silent. Responds with straightforward words – The word “responding” implies that the one who rebukes responds to an improper act committed by the one who he rebukes not that the one who rebukes initiated the rebuke without due cause.

    Now that you have been informed about the purpose of my blog and the Biblical sources that support my efforts for this blog I now invite all seekers of the Torah’s truths to take a journey through my blog and let us learn together how to become better people. Thank You!
    Dacon9.

  • 7 Yisroel Hakohen // May 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    “A wise man’s rebuke in a receptive ear is like a ring of gold and an ornament of fine gold.” (Proverbs 25:12)

    A wise man’s rebuke in a receptive ear is like a ring of gold … – This verse refers to the beauty of those who know how to give and those who know how to accept rebuke.

    “A whip for a horse, a rein for a donkey, and a rod for the back of fools” (Proverbs 26:3)

    A whip for a horse – Animals that lack intelligence can be forced with physical measures to go in the desired direction, but a fool cannot be moved, even by physical force. King Solomon is warning not to contend with fools it is a waste of time. For the back of fools – The definition of a fool is one who does not know how to use wisdom properly. While physical force can temporarily channel an animal’s behavior in the desired direction the permanent changing of human behavior requires influencing the person on a deeper level rather than using physical force to create change. The verse therefore teaches to first use verbal persuasion to change the fool. If that doesn’t work then limited level-headed physical persuasion must be leveled against the fool as proscribed by the Torah. Too much physical punishment will not influence one to change.

    “Answer a fool with his own foolishness, in case he considers himself wise in his own eyes.” (Proverbs 26:5)

    Answer a fool with his foolishness, in case he considers himself wise – This verse teaches that one is not allowed to let the fool think that his ideas are right. If the fool thinks his ideas are right he will try to convince others of his opinion. This is why a wise person should demonstrate to the fool that his ideas are flawed and are in error. However, there is a danger that the wise man will not know how to properly refute the arguments of the fool, which are based on false philosophies and attitudes, thus allowing the fool to go away even more convinced of the correctness of his opinions. In this case, arguing with fools should be avoided. Thus, only if one is sure that he can thoroughly convince the fool that his ideas are wrong should he attempt to argue with him, otherwise one should not attempt to argue with him. Furthermore, based on this verse, throughout history, whenever religious debates were imposed upon the Jewish People, it was considered an evil decree. It was as useless as arguing with a fool because no change would be accomplished despite the fact that the rabbis always clearly won those debates.
    Based on the all of the above verses this blog is for those who are willing to learn and seek change. However, for all those who are unable or are unwilling to grow and change this blog is not recommended for you.

  • 8 Yisroel Hakohen // May 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    From Yisroel HaKohen to Elisheva N.

    First of all I would like to thank you for your kind words and for your encouragement. Now I will explain the answer to your question. I have communicated and collaborated with Dacon for several years about his ideas, thoughts, and the disappointments that he has endured dealing with his blog and as a guest speaker of other blogs. Dacon at times had to endure tremendous pain, humiliation, and even death threats to stand up for the truth and the Holy Torah. Dacon often had expressed his thoughts and frustrations about these encounters to me. However, the aggravation caused by this situation has caused Dacon to lose his focus and become side-tracked in being able to properly express his feelings concerning these matters and therefore he was unable to state the mission of his blog so people would understand the theme and goals of his blog. Therefore, I volunteered to express his feelings and thoughts from what we have discussed over the past few years. I was better able to do this than Dacon because I was not subjected to the harsh treatment that Dacon endured and therefore I was able to express Dacon’s thoughts with a clearer head. I hope I have answered your question. If you feel you need to ask more about his or any other matter, by all means ask.

    Thank you! Elisheva for contacting Dacon’s blog.

  • 9 Yisroel Hakohen // May 10, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Rebbe Nachman of Breslov giving Encouragment and Spiritual Adice

    1 – When a person realizes he is on a very low level and far from G-d, this realization in of itself is a reason to feel encouraged. Before he didn’t even realize how far he was from G-d. Now at least he knows how far he is from G-d and this is itself a sign that he is drawing closer to G-d. (Rebbe Nachman – Likutey Moharan II, 68)

    2 – G-d takes pride in every individual Jew, even in the most insignificant Jew, even with the sinners of Israel. There is a special pride that G-d takes in every single Jew and even in each of his limbs and in every single movement a Jew makes. Sometimes a lowly Jew makes a slight movement with his hair on the side of his head and G-d takes great pride in this too! One should never despair of G-d’s help regardless of any wrong he may have done, because G-d’s love for him/her will never cease and he/she can always return to G-d no matter what. (Rebbe Nachman – Likutey Moharan I, 17)

    3- A holy melody or holy music (this refers to a tune that is used to praise or to connect with G-d) is the foundation of true attachment to G-d. (Rebbe Nachman – Likutey Moharan I, 3)

    4 – It is good to get into the practice of livening yourself up with a holy tune. Holy melodies are very spiritually exalted, having great power to stir the heart and draw it closer to G-d. Even if you cannot sing well, you can still inspire yourself with a holy tune. Sing it as best you can, in privacy if you feel better about that. The lofty level of a holy melody is beyond value and all measure. (Rebbe Nachman – Sichot Haran 273)

    5 – The key to everything is the way you start. The Talmud says all beginnings are difficult. The reason for this is that one must redirect things from one direction to the very opposite direction. However, once one has made the start, one will soon become accustomed to the new direction and it will no longer be so difficult. Therefore, one must marshal all of one’s strength to make a strong first start when changing direction. You must begin each time with ever-renewed fire and passion for G-d. Start each time as if you had never begun before at all. (Rebbe Nachman – Likutey Moharan I, 62)

    6 – A person should never allow his own smallness, insignificance, and humility to cover up his true greatness. Sometimes a person degrades himself too excessively and forgets that he still has many amazing talents and qualities. (Rebbe Nachman – Siach Sarfey Kodesh 1-34)

    7 – Even if you are upset and unhappy, you can at least put on a happy front. At first you may not feel genuinely happy inside your heart. Even so, if you act like your happy, the outside will eventually affect the inside and you will eventually attain true happiness and joy. (Rebbe Nachman – Sichot Haran 74)

    8 – What is there for one to be afraid about dying? The world in the afterlife is far more beautiful than this world. (Rebbe Nachman – Chayey Moharan 45) (Note: This statement was made in the context to alleviate those individuals who are anxious about death. However, Torah law requires the individual to prolong life as long as possible and prohibits suicide)

    By Yisroel Hakohen

  • 10 Yisroel Hakohen // May 10, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    By Yisroel Hakohen

    Today, there are many who question the legitimacy of the Jews living in the Holy land of Israel. No nation on earth can claim that they have a legitimate right to their land that they occupy except for the Jews. If one traces the history of any country in the world one will discover that each nation, without exception acquired their land through conquest which is a form of theft. G-d Himself took the Jews out of Egypt and ordered them to possess the land of Israel. G-d created this world and is therefore its owner. In other words, the owner of all the lands of the world gave the land of Israel as a special gift to the Jews. No other nation can make this claim. For example, England lectures and then threatens Israel that its occupation of the Holy land is illegitimate. However, England has conveniently forgotten its own past history of several hundred years. England raped and plundered much of the world for centuries. It was said of England as follows: “The sun never sets on the British Empire.” How dare England lecture others about territory? Likewise, France had Napoleon who conquered much of Europe and in the modern era controlled great areas of Africa etc. We could examine every country in the world in this fashion and we will discover they all have a common denominator they all have at one time or another invaded someone else’s territory through conquest without anyone’s permission. I will mention just a few verses from the Book of Joshua that indicate the wishes of the Master of the World as He gifted the Land of Israel exclusively to the Jews as their eternal homeland to use as a place to worship the One G-d of Israel. Thus, the only nation who truly has a legitimate right to their land, are only the Jews. No other nation or country can make this claim.

    (In this verse, G-d informs the Jews that he is giving them the Land of Israel)

    Referring to the land of Israel before the Jews were ordered to possess the Land by G-d the verse says: “I (G-d) shall give you (the Jews forever) every spot on which the soles of your feet tread, as I promised Moses.” (Joshua 1:3)

    On which the sole of your foot tread – The word uses the term “tread,” not conquer.”
    G-d makes no allusion to war, to inform them that the Jews had no possibility of conquering the Land by means of military might (the same situation applies today). Likewise, the Canaanites nations did not lose the Land because they were vanquished in battle. G-d ousted the Canaanite nations because of their depraved and sinful ways and in the merit of their righteous forefathers. Every spot – this means if the Jews needed to conquer the territory of other nations beside the Canaanites these other territories would be belong to them as a gift from G-d.

    (In this verse, G-d defines the general boundaries of the Land of Israel that He has given them)

    “From the desert and Lebanon here, to the Great River, the Euphrates River – all the land of the Hittites, to the Great (Mediterranean) Sea on the west (all this) shall be your borders.” (Joshua 1:4)

    From the desert – The boundaries of the Land are delineated here in very general terms. The desert of the south is actually comprised of the Deserts of Zin, Paran, and Sinai which encompasses the entire south of the Land as mentioned in the Five Books of Moses. Lebanon – This refers to the northern border of the Land which refers to the forested region of the north which reaches beyond the modern day city of Sidon in Lebanon. Shall be your territory – These are the areas the Jews must conquer first before they are permitted to conquer other areas.

    (In this verse, G-d tells Joshua to be strong in his leadership so the Jews will be able possess the Land of Israel that He gives to His people)

    “Be strong and resolute, for you (Joshua) will enable this people (Israel) to take possession of the land (of Israel) which I (G-d) swore to their forefathers to give to them.” (Joshua 1:6)

    Be strong and resolute – Joshua had brought the Jews to a new land peopled by wicked gentiles and surrounded by nations which lead an evil lifestyle, Joshua’s responsibility was very great. Joshua needed spiritual and mental fortitude, as well as physical and material strength, to accomplish all the many acts which circumstances now required, and to guard against the numerous potential mishaps. For you will enable this people to take possession of the land – Even though the Land is being presented to the Jews by G-d, as G-d’s agent, Joshua was required to be strong and brave.

    After reading these three verses, can there be any doubt as to who is entitled to the Holy land? This explains the modern day tenacity by which the Jewish People are determined to hold on to the Land that G-d Himself had given them.

  • 11 Yisroel Hakohen // May 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    The Torah Laws concerning warfare and Jewish soldiers by Yisroel HaKohen

    This May 30, is a national holiday called Memorial Day. This holiday honors all those American servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend this country and fight for the freedoms that all Americans enjoy. It is our duty to thank all those past and present servicemen and women who served this country and for their sacrifices they made on behalf of all those who live in America and the free world. It is a shame that Memorial Day often is not celebrated in the proper spirit of respect. Most people use this day as a day to go shopping for sales or to have barbeques. Very few people take the time to consider the significance of this day and what it means. They fail to realize how much blood was spilled in order that we enjoy the benefits that America provides to all its citizens. Therefore, we want to take this opportunity thank all those who have served this country in the past and the present. We respect, honor, and cherish their service for us all even though there are many who take them for granted. As a small token in tribute to the servicemen and women “Jews with Views” would like to in the following paragraphs describe the Torah’s laws concerning war and the conduct of the rules of engagement that apply to Jewish soldiers when it comes to war and battle. We hope that those people who read the Torah’s perspective of the rules of conduct of war will come to appreciate in some small way what a serviceman or woman must endure. By writing this article we intend to salute and pay homage to our servicemen and women. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    The Torah states, “You shall not fear them (the enemy in battle), for G-d will fight for you.” (Deuteronomy 3:22) This verse obligates the Jewish soldier to be fearless in battle. Any Jewish soldier that starts to have frightening thoughts in battle about what might happen and starts to panic violates this commandment. When in battle it is forbidden for a Jewish soldier to flee from the enemy and the Jewish soldier must strengthen himself and stand firm against the enemy as the verse says, “Hear O Israel today you are coming near to the battle against your enemies; let not your heart be faint, do not be afraid, do not panic, and do not be broken before them.” (Deuteronomy 20:3) The Rambam says that one is in violation of this commandment if one becomes frightened because he lets his mind dwell on the dangers of war (Rambam, Laws of Kings 7:15). The Jewish soldier is not allowed to be afraid inwardly, panic and flee from the enemy, or allow himself to become broken. The law does not demand the impossible. The average person will become afraid in battle, but soldiers should try to avoid fear by not focusing on the dangers awaiting them. Instead they should train their minds on the fact that the enemy comes with human power, but the Jewish soldier comes with G-d’s power and anything is possible for G-d. G-d is Israel’s warrior and he would save them. With this promise Jewish soldiers could go into battle with full confidence that they would not suffer the casualties that are normal even in victory.
    The source for this commandment is that every Jew, whether a soldier or civilian is required to place his trust in G-d in all matters. A Jew should never fear for his life in those situations where he can bring honor to G-d and the Jewish Nation by demonstrating to the world that Jews are fearless because they trust in G-d. A Jewish soldier should not be concerned for his wife, his children, or his finances when engaged in battle. He should free his mind from all worries and focus on the battle alone. The Jewish soldier should think about the fact that the lives of every Jew are dependent upon his performance in battle. The Jewish soldier should realize that if he panics in battle and flees before the enemy it is as if he has spilt the blood of all Israel because this leads to defeat and defeat allows the enemy to kill other Jews. If one soldier panics he could insight panic in all his fellow soldiers and could cause all of the soldiers to flee before the enemy which could lead to defeat and harm to the Jewish People as the verse says, “Let not (the fearful soldier) melt the heart of his fellow soldiers, like his own heart (has become) (Deuteronomy 20:8) The prophet Jeremiah warned about a panic stricken soldier as follows, “Cursed is one who does the work of G-d negligently and cursed is one be who withholds his sword from blood (and does not have the courage to attack and kill the enemy in war)” (Jeremiah 48;10).
    Our sages tell us that whoever fights the enemies of Israel in battle with all his heart with the intention of sanctifying the Name of G-d he is guaranteed not be harmed, he will also merit that his children will establish a lasting and proper house in Israel, and he will merit the world to come as the verse says, “G-d will certainly establish a lasting dynasty for my master (King David) … for my master (King David) wages G-d’s battles and no evil will ever be found in you” (Samuel 1 25:28)
    The Torah guarantees that if the Jews observe the Torah that they will be victorious in battle in a miraculous way as the verse says, “You will pursue your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword. Five of you will pursue a hundred and a hundred of you will pursue ten thousand and your enemies will fall before you by the sword” (Leviticus 26:7-8) (This actually occurred during the Israeli Six Days War in 1967)
    Before the Jews approach the battle they are to appoint officers to lead the soldiers into battle. They also are to appoint strong and powerfully built military police officers who are positioned behind the ranks of battle who are equipped with heavy axes. The purpose of these military police officers is to chop off the legs of any soldier who retreats without orders from fright of the enemy because defeat starts with unauthorized flight from the enemy.
    Before Israel goes to war, it must give its enemy an opportunity to make peace. Those enemies that do agree to make peace were required to pay taxes to Israel, obligate themselves to perform national service for the Jews, and accept the Seven Noahide Laws.
    War by definition is destructive. However, the Torah demands that Jewish soldiers remain conscious of the need to maintain their regard for the general welfare of society and cleave to their love of goodness and decency. If people try to remain good even at times that call for them to commit acts of bloodshed and to murder the enemy they will be able to perfect their character. Therefore, in war, the Torah permits the killing of enemy soldiers, but a fruit tree is not a soldier; why should the Jews deprive anyone from benefitting from its fruit by destroying it. In addition, a Jew, whether he is a soldier or civilian is forbidden to destroy any useful thing needlessly such as destroying useful clothing, utensils, fields, property etc. The Torah does permit the chopping down of non-fruit trees. If the Jewish soldier will have regard for a fruit tree or other useful items while in the midst of battle this will help keep the Jewish soldier balanced and enable him to retain his humanity. He is only allowed to destroy what is necessary for the war, such as the enemy, but nothing else.
    The Torah requires that the Jewish home and military encampment be a place of holiness and sanctity. Therefore, it is forbidden for Jewish soldiers to relieve themselves within the camp, a field within the encampment, or any arbitrary place. Therefore, the officers must designate a place outside the camp where soldiers can defecate to relieve themselves. In addition, every Jewish soldier must be equipped with a shovel so when they relieve themselves they are required to dig a hole to bury and cover over their excrement (Rambam Laws of Kings 6:14-15)
    Jewish soldiers are permitted to eat non-kosher foods, even pig’s meat if they are hungry and there is no other kosher food available. (Rambam, Laws of Kings 8:1)
    There are many other laws involving war and Jewish soldiers but we have listed here only the main laws concerning warfare.
    By writing this brief list of laws about Jewish soldiers and warfare we hope to have enlightened and paid tribute to our soldiers who have sacrificed so much for our benefit and for the benefit of the world. We thank and appreciate all that you have done!

  • 12 Yisroel HaKohen // Jun 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    By Yisroel HaKohen

    Dacon has had many encounters over the years with many individuals who have claimed to be Jewish. This, they felt gave them the license to speak on behalf of Judaism and preach Jewish law. In fact, these people were not Jewish at all but were actually Christian missionaries. There were other types of people who were in fact actually Jewish but either hated Judaism or were totally ignorant of Jewish law but still took it upon themselves to preach what they erroneously felt was Judaism. Much of what they taught was but in fact Liberalism, Canaanite, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman or Christian law or anything that came to their mind but was not authentic Judaism. These types of people have done great damage and a disservice to those who truly seek Judaism and its authentic teachings. Dacon has been leading the fight against these people and their false teachings for years with some limited success. However, since Dacon has been the lone voice of truth pitted against the multitudes of deceivers and liars he was often shouted down, harassed, threatened, and booted out of many forums where Dacon tried to teach the truth about Judaism. Dacon has kindly asked me to write this article to briefly explain what the truths of Judaism are in order to dispel the deceivers and misinformed preachers who try to preach their false version of what Judaism is. The reader should be aware that the following article is merely a very brief summary and is in no way a complete explanation of what Judaism is. To write a proper description of Judaism would take many volumes and years to write. Therefore, anyone interested to learn more is please asked to contact thier nearest orthodox Rabbi or send questions to Dacon through this website, “Jews with Views”.
    The Midrash tells us that G-d created the Torah 2,000 years before He created the world to be used as a blueprint on how to guide Him to create and run the world. Therefore, G-d looked into the Torah and used it as a guide to create the entire universe. The Torah is thus the foundation upon which this universe exists and runs.
    The Rambam (Maimonides, 11th century sage) formulated 13 principles of Faith, which are incumbent upon every Jew to accept and to adhere. Principle 8 teaches: “I believe with complete faith that the entire Torah now in our hands is the same one as that was given to Moses, our teacher (without one letter having been altered or changed)”. Principle 9 teaches: “I believe with complete faith that this Torah will not be exchanged, nor will there be another Torah given from the Creator.”
    The Talmud, states emphatically that if one questions the Divine origin of even one single letter or traditionally handed down interpretation of the Torah by our sages, it is as if one has denied the entire Torah (Talmud: Sanhedrin 99a)
    Throughout history, the Jews have maintained the absolute integrity of their Torah scrolls, zealously avoiding any change, even of one letter. The Jews knew that their Torah was not merely a “sacred book” it was the word of G-d, and therefore it had to remain unchanged.
    In addition, the Talmud teaches that one who denies that the Rabbinic tradition, what is commonly called the Oral Torah, which was given by G-d to Moses is called someone who “despises the word of G-d” (Talmud: Sanhedrin 99a) and the Rambam labels such a person as a heretic and non-believer. The Rambam lists 40 generations in the teacher-student chain of the transmission of the Oral Law from Moses to Ravina and Rav Ashi, the redactors who wrote down the Babylonian Talmud in approximately the year 500 CE. The Talmud is unprecedented in all human history that all the traditions taught by Moses could be kept intact orally for so long – nearly 2,000 years – and it is still with us today as recorded in the Talmud, Midrash, and the Code of Jewish law known as the Sculchan Aruch.
    It says in the book of Jeremiah the prophet, G-d says, “Were it not for My covenant (the study of the Torah) day and night I would not have appointed (or maintained) the laws of (nature) of heaven and earth (Jeremiah 33:25) This verse informs us that the entire purpose for creation is so that the Jews should study and observe the Torah, otherwise the world would no longer exist. Therefore, it is the job of the Jews to observe the Torah in a grossly physical world to elevate the spiritual potential hidden within the physical world to bring the world to the spiritual perfection that G-d had intended when He created the world.
    Much more can be said about the Torah and many proofs from history can be brought to substantiate what we have stated but we are striving for brevity and we must move on to the next stage.
    To be considered a Jew by G-d, Jewish law clearly states that one’s mother must be Jewish. If one’s father is Jewish, but not one’s mother then that person is not Jewish at all. There are no half-Jews in Judaism there are only full Jews. For one’s mother to be considered Jewish she must be born from a direct line of Jewish females going back to the first three Jews, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who all had Jewish wives. Anyone coming from any other female lineage other than a direct female line going back to Abraham the first Jew is not Jewish. However, if a non-Jew is so inspired and feels a burning desire to join the Jewish people and to strictly observe all the laws of the Torah then that individual can go through a rigorous process of conversion to become a Jew. It is strictly forbidden for Jews to persuade non-Jews to convert to Judaism. The law requires that if a non-Jew wants to convert to Judaism we try our utmost to dissuade that person from converting. We tell that person that he can remain a righteous Gentile by observing the 7 laws of Noah and that the laws of the Torah are too difficult to observe for the average Gentile. We inform him that there is nothing wrong with being a Gentile and it would be better if he remain a Gentile. However, if a Gentile demonstrates his sincere desire to convert and undergoes a rigorous program of study, dissuasion, and rejection for a long period of time, by so doing he can be accepted as a full fledge Jew. The potential convert, after demonstrating for a long period of time his commitment to observe the Torah and having knowledge of the basic laws of Judaism is then allowed to convert by a competent panel of three orthodox Rabbis. The convert must renounce all non-Jewish beliefs and accept the entire Torah and live by its laws. Then the male or female convert must immerse in a ritual bath before three rabbis. A male convert must also undergo circumcision. Then that person is considered a full Jew in every way except that a female convert may not marry a Cohen, a priest who is a direct descendant through the male line of Aron the first High priest.
    The Talmud tells us that the three main good characteristics that all Jews possess are that they are by nature merciful to others, have humility, and are modest (they are modest when it comes to their nakedness and thus do not easily expose their bodies in public when it comes to dress, immorality, and they demonstrate dignity when they use the bathroom etc.). In addition, the Talmud states that all Jews deep down have a strong belief in G-d because they are descendants of the three greatest believers of all, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob their forefathers. In addition, the Talmud tells us that when a Jew adheres to the Torah there is no other People that is better than the Jew. However, when a Jew chooses to abandon the Torah, no one else can sink lower than that Jew in his depravity. Those Jews who have chosen to debase themselves have the potential to sink lower than the Gentiles, as history has shown. In addition, the Torah refers to the Jews as, “A stiff necked people” (Exodus 34:9). This quality by itself is not evil. It all depends how this characteristic is used. The Jews used this quality to stand against the tide of assimilation for thousands of years. They did not give up their faith in G-d despite the threats of torture, death, confiscation of property, denial of human rights, expulsion etc. They remained loyal to G-d and His Torah. In addition, another positive aspect of being stiff-necked is that the Jews do not easily accept new fads or philosophies which would have them abandon their belief in G-d. However, a negative aspect of being stiff-necked is that once a Jew has chosen to abandon G-d it is not so easy to convince them to return to G-d. However, G-d easily accepts any Jew who wishes to repent. In one instant a Jew can change from a sinner to saint if he does sincere repentance. (Note: Jews have other positive character traits but this will be discussed in another article).
    Another aspect of being Jewish is the Jew’s unique relationship with G-d that no other nation has. The Talmud relates that G-d offered this special status to all the other nations before he offered this status to the Jews. The other nations first questioned G-d about the contents of the Torah’s laws before they would accept it. G-d told the various different nations about the restrictive laws such as not to steal, not to commit acts of immorality etc. The various different nations said they could not abide by such restrictions and declined to accept the Torah. The Jews were then offered the torah and they accepted it without even questioning what the content of its laws were as the verse says, “He (Moses) took the Book of the Covenant (the Torah) and read (some parts of it) in earshot of the (Jewish) people, and they said (even before knowing the Torah’s entire contents), “Everything that G-d has spoken, we (Jews) will do and will obey! (and accept the entire Torah)” (Exodus 24:7) From the day the Jews accepted the entire Torah onward, the Jews were G-d’s chosen and special people as the verse says, “You (the Jews) shall be holy to Me, for I G-d am holy; I have separated you (the Jews) from the peoples (of the world) to be mine (alone).” (Leviticus 20:26)
    However, being chosen does not mean that the Jews can sit on their laurels and not fulfill the mission that G-d has chosen for them. Being chosen comes with the awesome responsibility of hard work and to observe the Torah. Being chosen does not mean to become arrogant and to mock the nations of the world who were not chosen. Being chosen means that the Jew must live up to the highest of moral standards that G-d requires of a chosen people. The Jews were warned in many places in the Torah and many times by the Jewish prophets that if they failed to keep the Torah properly they would be exiled from the land of Israel and would suffer and be degraded for centuries scattered throughout the world in exile. The punishments would last until the Jews would decide to return to G-d or until G-d would have mercy upon them. As the Torah and Jewish prophets warned these dire predictions were fulfilled until this very day. Therefore, being the chosen people not only is a great privilege but an awesome responsibility. However, with the Jews return to Israel in the last century after years of torturous exile the punishments of the exile are starting to come to an end as predicted by the Torah and the Jewish prophets.
    There are 613 main commandments and tens of thousands of sub-category commandments and hundreds of rabbinical commandments that each Jew must strive to observe. No one Jew can observe all of the 613 commandments alone. For example, there are commandments that only apply to certain segments of Jews such as commandments that apply only to priests, only to Levites, only to women, only to land owners, only to kings, only to judges, only to prophets, only to those who are in certain types of marital or family situations etc. No one Jew can fulfill all 613 commandments alone. Therefore, if a Jew fulfills a commandment that is unique to his situation it is as if all Israel fulfilled that commandment because all of the Jews are part of one collective soul.
    In addition, there are two main categories of commandments. There are commandments that are performed between man and G-d (religious rituals, prayer, Torah study, wearing tefilin (holy boxes worn on the head and arm), tzititz (fringes), affixing a mezuzah to one’s doorpost etc.) and there are commandments that are performed between man and his fellow man (doing acts of kindness, giving respect to others, giving charity etc.). They are equally important and both categories of commandments must be observed. Since there are literally tens of thousands of laws and situations in life where these laws can be applied a Jew is required to establish a daily Torah study schedule so he will know how to practice the laws and fulfill G-d’s will. The most important of the 613 commandments is to study the Torah daily so one will come to practice the laws properly. One is required to learn Torah from a qualified and learned teacher who himself practices the Torah and lives up to the high moral standards that the Torah demands.
    There are endless levels of Torah observance. Each Jew is required to do the best he can based on his abilities, education, situation, background, and circumstances. G-d judges everyone accordingly. If a Jew was brought up in a non-observant home and has no or little Jewish education or knowledge of Torah G-d will be understanding of that person and take his situation into consideration. A Jew like this should make every effort to find a competent teacher and place himself in a situation where he can join an observant Jewish community to learn how to be a proper Jew. Every Jew who is ignorant of Judaism is still able to practice certain basic commandments of Judaism even without much knowledge until he is able to find a competent teacher. Such examples of commandments that one can follow is to say daily that one believes in the One G-d of Israel, pray to G-d as often as possible in one’s own words and language praising or asking G-d for help, to eat only kosher labeled foods, to honor the Sabbath to one’s ability, to keep Passover by not eating bread products, fast on Yom Kippur, to be kind and helpful to others, give charity to help one’s fellow Jews, respect one’s elders and parents, to read English translated books on the Torah etc. Rebbe Nachman said that G-d loves the effort of every Jew, even the sinners of Israel, to come close to Him, this is very precious in G-d’s eyes.
    The main part of the Torah had to be given orally because of corrupters both from within the Jewish people and from without, from Gentile corrupters. As was mentioned above, the teachings of Moses was safeguarded orally without error by the thousands of sages throughout the centuries in order to ensure that the Torah would be safeguarded by knowledgeable Torah experts who were exceptional in their fear of G-d and were of the highest moral fiber and integrity. They were the ones who flawlessly preserved the Torah exactly as it was given by Moses. This is why the Torah was preserved by the mere fact that much of the Torah’s mysteries and details were transmitted orally to those qualified sages who knew how to interpret and observe the Torah properly.
    The following are some of the teachings given by those who tried to corrupt the Torah but have failed miserably because they lacked the knowledge of the Oral Torah. Having no knowledge of the Oral Torah clearly exposes any of the corrupter’s attempts to revise, twist, and misinterpret the Torah to their agendas. Having an Oral Torah clearly shows G-d’s wisdom in concealing much of the Torah’s teachings to only those who are qualified to possess such knowledge.
    The following are some examples at attempts to corrupt the Torah.
    Many imitators such as the Sadducees, Kari rites, Christians, Muslims etc. have been so bold as to claim that the scriptures are theirs and that they are the chosen people instead of the Jews. Had the oral Torah been put into writing, or had the Oral torah been easy to acquire, the imitators would have seized upon all the vast knowledge that the Jews possess and would claim it is theirs. The Midrash tells us that G-d foresaw that the Gentiles would translate the Torah into Greek and say that they too, are Israel. G-d says to the Gentiles: Why do you say that you are my children? I know only those as My children who possess My secrets. What are My secrets? The Mishna (and Talmud).
    When Christianity and Islam were first created they incorporated in their writings many errors about the interpretations of the original Torah because they had no knowledge of the Oral Torah which gave the correct interpretations of the written Torah text. These errors were incorporated for all time in their texts and cannot now be changed. The Christian and Islamic mistakes in interpreting the Bible stand as permanent monuments to their deceit, corruption, and inaccuracy. Even the most ignorant among the Jews perceive the errors of the Christian and Islamic innovators. For example the famous verse that says, “An eye for an eye” (Exodus 21:24). The Christian and Islamic scholars take this verse literally. However, the Oral Torah tells us this refers to monetary compensation. When the Christians and Islamics observe their day of rest modeled upon the Torah they observe Sunday and Friday and they do not know which work is forbidden on these days. The precise day of rest and which work is forbidden on the Sabbath was given in the Oral Torah alone and therefore the Christians and Islamics have erred about the precise Sabbath day and which work is forbidden. Many other laws and verses of the Torah are erroneously corrupted by these two faiths because they lack the knowledge of the oral Torah. This is the sole reason for making the Oral Torah less accessible to the nations of the world.
    After the death of Alexander the Great, the Greek king Ptolemy forced the holy sages to translate the holy written Torah into Greek and it became a tool for the nations of the world to corrupt it. Through the nation’s ignorance they began to interpret the scriptures to mean just the opposite of what it was really intended. In their ignorance the nations began to teach doctrines which were really abhorred by G-d. In addition, the nations explained the Torah in a manner which belittled the scriptures, belittled the Jewish forefathers, and great men of our nation, and which made the Torah’s laws appear crude and harsh. In their hatred of the Jews, the Christians and Islamics invented the theory that the Torah laws were made harsh for the purpose of being a yoke and a punishment for the wickedness of the Jews. This propaganda by the Christians and Islamics prepared the way for their doctrines that they have received as a new law which is more just and lenient as befits the “more righteous” Christians or Islamics. Although the Christians and Islamics profess to revere the Torah, they minimized their value in order to aggrandize their own false writings. The only real value the Christians and Islamics found in the Torah were only those quotations that corroborated their doctrines. Those teachings in the Torah that did not support their teachings were mocked, ignored, and then disregarded. The Christians and Islamics erroneously used certain verses in the Torah as excuses to torture men for the “glory of G-d”, when helpless and lone old women were burned as witches, when so-called heretics were burned at the stake etc. put an unpleasant taste for the Torah in the eyes of the nations. The Torah does not command such atrocities to be committed against human beings as the Christians and the Muslims claim and have afflicted upon innocent people. As a result, the Torah’s laws and teachings acquired an unpleasant taste in the rest of the world, even amongst the uneducated Jews. Now that the Christians and Muslims have poisoned the taste of the Torah the world cannot understand the sweetness and pleasant ways of the Torah. They cannot appreciate the holiness and sweetness of the Sabbath day or the pleasantness of observing the Torah and living a Torah family life etc.
    Here are just a few more examples of how the Christians have corrupted the Torah: the verse says, “G-d spoke to you (the Jews) from the midst of the fire (at Mount Sinai); you were hearing the sounds of words, but you were not seeing any likeness, (you only) heard a sound. He (G-d) told you of His covenant that he commanded you (the Jews) to observe, the Ten Declarations, and He inscribed them on two stone tablets. … But you shall greatly beware of your souls, for you did not see any image on that day G-d spoke to you at Horeb (Mount Sinai), from the midst of the fire. Perhaps you act corruptly and make yourselves a carved image, a likeness of any shape; a form of a male or a female; a form of any animal that is on the earth; a form of any winged bird that flies in the heaven. a form of anything that creeps on the ground; a form of any fish that is in the water under the earth, and lest you raise your eyes to the heaven and you see the sun, and the moon, and the stars – the entire legion of heaven – and you be drawn astray and bow to them and worship them, which G-d has apportioned to all the peoples under the entire heaven! But G-d has taken you (the Jews) and withdrawn you from the iron furnace, from Egypt, to be a nation of heritage for Him (G-d), as this very day. (Deuteronomy 4:12-20) In these verses, the Torah clearly states that G-d has no image or form whatsoever yet the Christians have chosen to ignore these verses and they created an image for their god and said that god came down in human form. This was done to attract idol worshippers to their new religion which at the infancy of their religion needed to increase their numbers. A brief comment from the Oral Torah that explains the part of the verse that says: “The sun, the moon, and the stars … which G-d has apportioned to all the peoples under the entire heaven.” G-d has apportioned the heavenly bodies to the nations to enjoy their light, heat, and other useful properties. G-d does not prevent the nations from straying after bogus gods. To the Nations, G-d has given the physical light of the sun to enjoy, however to the Jews G-d has given the eternal spiritual light of the world to come to enjoy. (Rashi)

    When King Solomon dedicated the first Temple in Jerusalem he said in his prayer to G-d the following, “For indeed, will G-d really dwell on earth? Why, even the heavens and the heavens’ heavens cannot contain You (G-d), certainly not this temple which I (King Solomon) have built. (I Kings 8:27) King Solomon was humbly saying that the Temple that he had built for G-d’s house cannot contain G-d because G-d is endless and is far above time and space. King Solomon was saying that no one should be fooled into thinking that a Temple can contain G-d’s divine Presence just because a cloud of G-d covered the Temple. G-d cannot be contained into a mere temple or house, which was large enough to contain the entire Jewish population. However, the Christians contradict this verse and say that G-d came to earth into the form of a man.
    The Christians made dozens of mistakes when quoting verses from the Torah in their Testament. One such error of the many errors is the following verse, “All the persons who emerged from Jacob’s loins were 70 souls (who went down to Egypt)” (Exodus 1:5) In Acts 7, it states Joseph sent and summoned his father Jacob and all his family to Egypt, 75 souls. Error! off by 5. Another mistake in Acts 7, it says Jacob was buried in Shechem which Abraham had bought from the sons of Chamor. Two errors! Jacob was not buried in Shechem and Abraham did not purchase the land from the sons of Chamor. The Torah tells us that Jacob was buried in Chevron in the Cave of Machpela (Genesis 50:13) and that Jacob purchased land from Chamor (Genesis 33:19). The mistakes made in the Christian Bible when quoting the Torah are too numerous to list here. Just suffice with the two examples that were given.
    Due to all the above mentioned errors, distortions, and corruptions it is forbidden and not proper to teach Torah to non-Jews. The parts of the Torah that the nations have had access to they have defiled and perverted causing so much death and destruction to the world through their erroneous teachings. This is why Israel has been singled out as a kingdom of priests and therefore they alone are worthy to possess both the written and oral Torahs.
    I hope I have shed some light upon a very confusing topic and have given some inspiration to those who were misinformed. I hoped I have helped Dacon with his quest for truth and to enlighten the misguided and to unmask the deceivers of the truth and to expose their falsehoods. Dacon has requested that those who were inspired by this article to please respond with comments or questions about this article. Thank you Dacon.

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